The cell phone industry would be happy if everyone would just ignore it.But the topic of mobile phone radiation and its link to health problems is only gaining more attention. One research after another seems to be coming out with new studies linking mobile phone radiation with adverse health effects.The knee-jerk reaction by the iindustry is to deny these studies and hold on to their position that mobile phones are safe. Well, let’s take a look at some of the research.
A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has found that a child exposed to mobile phone radiation in the womb and after birth has a higher risk of behavioral problems by the time the child reaches the age of seven. The study was run against over 28.000 seven-year-olds and their mothers who were part of the Danish National Birth Cohort study. Those exposed both before and after birth to cell phones had a 50 percent more chance of displaying behavior issues. Children who were exposed only while in the womb but not after birth had a 40 percent greater chance of displaying behavioral issues. And those not exposed to mobile phones while in the womb, but were using them by age seven, exhibited 20 percent more risk to having behavior problems.
A report compiled by professor Girish Kumar from the electrical engineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay suggests that cell phones should not be used for more than 24 minutes a day because of the harmful effects of the radiation. Dr. Kumar based this figure on the SAR limit for cell phones of 1.6w/kg . This translates into a usage for six minutes a day; factoring in a safety margin of three to four, a person then should not use a mobile phone for more than 18 to 24 minutes a day. The report also cites studies that state cell phone radiation can affect male fertility, damage DNA, and harmful to pregnant women.
Research has also shown that cell phone radiation can lead to eye cancer. The study, carried out by a team from the University of Essen, in Germany, investigated a form of eye cancer called uveal melanoma, in which tumors form in the layer that makes up the iris and base of the retina. They examined people with uveal melanoma and obtained details about their use of digital mobile phones. This was compared with a control group without the disease. At the end of the study, it was found that the people who had cancer used the cell phone more often than those who did not have the disease.
Here are a few precautionary measures one can take to reduce the effects of mobile phone radiation. Using the speaker mode instead of placing the phone right on the side of the ear can dramatically reduce exposure, since the radiation drops radically with distance. Sending text requires less power than voice. Wearing a hands-free headset (preferably air tube headset) also moves the radiation away from the head. Do not make calls when n the signal strength is weak to avoid having the phone work harder to make a connection. These simple precautionary steps, while small, would add up to lessening the impact of the mobile phone’s microwave signals on the human tissue. The cell phone is a great advancement in how we communicate with each other. Let’s just use it more intelligently so we can enjoy it more without any dire consequences down the road.
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