Cellphone Hazards - Detailed info

More than 80% of the world citizens are in possession of cell phones or similar (EMR) electro-magnetic radiation producing devices and in some cases more than one per individual. Pretty much every student, starting at the age of about 12 in US, starts using a smart phone. The worst thing is that most people are unaware and some even selectively ignorant of their risks. A recent survey revealed that 94 per cent feared losing accessibility to their mobile devices and 73 per cent felt “panicked” when it happened. This fear has been coined as “Nomophobia”.

Electro-magnetic radiation is both hazardous to the brain as by design one has to attach a phone to the ear (closest to the brain) and to other organs as it lays in close proximity to our body for easy accessibility. Researchers have found conclusive evidence that mobile phone radiation causes biological changes in human cells. The biological impact of your cell phone is not related to its power, which is quite weak, but rather to the erratic nature of its signal and its ability to disrupt resonance and interfere with DNA repair.

Scientific Findings
-In May 2011, experts classified cell phones as "possibly carcinogenic to humans" in a report to the World Health Organization (WHO).
-In October 2012 the Italian Supreme court ruled that a businessman’s brain tumour was caused by his use of a cell phone for 12 years. That ruling is not reversible and stands.
-In December 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics, a medical organization of around 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical specialists and surgeons called for action to protect children and teenagers from possible cell phone hazards.
-In December 2012 a study of cell phone users in Saudi Arabia, where cell phone use is one of the highest in the world, found that prolonged use of cell phones was associated with a number of health problems, including fatigue, headaches, dizziness, tension and sleep disturbance.
-In January 3, 2013 a Swedish meta-analysis of previous data on brain tumour risk and the use of cell phones concluded that the existing radiofrequency exposure standards are not adequate to protect public health.
-Unlike a computer, a cellphone is smaller than the size of your hand. Those tiny fonts in bright screens can make you squint and strain your eyes, a problem that affects almost 70 per cent of American adults according to a new survey by the Vision Council. This can lead to computer vision syndrome, an eye condition that can lead to dry eyes, difficulty focusing, and even double vision.
-Numerous studies have shown that excessive mobile phone use promotes psychological disorders.

Pregnancy, Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Avoid using cell phones if pregnant as much as possible. If you do have to, use a wireless headset instead.  The developing organs of the fetus or child are the most sensitive to any possible effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) exposure.
  • Keep cell phones well away from newborns. EMR travel through children’s brains much more easily due to thinner skulls and hence increases the risk of cancer.
  • Cell phones are a big NO for Children under 15 years as currently brain tumors are the second leading cause of death in children.

Tips
  • When buying a cell phone – look for one with a low SAR or Specific Absorption Rate. Lower the SAR number the better. (The National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) sets the safe SAR limit at 2watts per kilogram. SAR reading given by manufacturers is usually given at maximum emission levels but SAR can still change dramatically over a single phone call.)
    • A surge of up to 2W/kg occurs when the connection is made.
    • A call with a poor signal or low batteries can subject you to 100 times more radiation than one with good reception or high batteries.
    • Use a Cellsafe case to further reduce the SAR level.
  • Smart phones emit more EMR than other phones.
  • Keep the handset if possible at least 2 to 7 inches away from your head or use loudspeaker mode. Therefore, do not keep the cell phones close to your head when sleeping. Switch it off in the night or keep it 1.80 meters or 6 feet away from your head.
  • If a phone is laid horizontally, for example-talking while in bed, it will need to emit significantly more radiation to work. 
  • Avoid using the wired headsets. If you do use headsets use an air tube headset with ferrite beads. Blue tooth are better as they emit 1/100th the EMR of a normal cell phone. With regular headsets you get 3 times more EMR than if you hold the cell phone against your ear.
  • Avoid cell phones usage in ‘metal containers’ like Vehicles, Elevators, Airplanes, Trains and any other type of metal container as it increases the EMR.
  • Take off metal-rimmed glasses and earrings while talking, as these can increase radiation by up to 20per cent.
Cell Phone keeping In Apparel Pockets
o   If you must keep a cellphone in clothing keep keypad towards your body you so that antenna faces away from you.
o   Avoid using cell phones in your side pant pocket as radiation can affect your fertility.
o   Avoid it in breast pocket if you have a pacemaker.
o   Ladies, please don’t tuck your cellphones in your bra as it leads to breast cancer.
o   Best pocket to keep your cell phone is a knee pad pocket as in cargo pants or in a knee strap pod case.