Cell Phone Cancer Conundrum
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There are currently an estimated 3.5 billion cell phone users around the globe, so it is no wonder that the health effects of these devices has come under scrutiny. Dr. David Carpenter, from the Institute of Health and Environment at the University of Albany, has publicly pointed to a study by Swedish researchers that links cell phone usage by children to brain cancer. According to Dr. Carpenter, if children consistently or often use cell phones prior to the age of 20 their chance of being diagnosed with brain cancer goes up fivefold. There have been numerous studies regarded the heated debate on whether or not cell phones are actually responsible or even linked to causing cancer. Although the official word from the FCC and numerous other high bodied government positions remains “inconclusive” there are ample enough studies indicating a strong link between cell phone radiation and cancer. This is obviously a noteworthy cause for concern; especially since so many of us use mobile devices. It may be decades before the official word is out on the matter but that does not mean you should kick back, cross you fingers and hope for the best. There are plenty of things you can do right now to prevent yourself from becoming a potential statistic.
What you should know
Before we explains some of the preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk posed by these devices there are a few points you should understand. The radiation emitted from cell phones that has been linked to poor health is called E.M.R. (Electromagnetic Radio-frequency Radiation). These are the potentially dangerous frequencies and the potentially dangerous radiation that is emitted by cellular phones. The real cause for concern when it comes to E.M.R. is that the strength of this emitted radiation has been increasing dramatically in recent decades; this is done in order to provide people with higher signal strength (better reception). Originally, the non-ionizing radiation of low frequency radiation emitted from early cell phones was considered to be safe, but the reception on these early models was also relatively poor. This early branding of cell phone radiation being non-hazardous is the primary source for why today’s mobile E.M.R. is branded non-hazardous. Calling modern cell phone radiation non-hazardous is a common, and potentially deadly, mistake made by people -as many people have failed to realize that today’s signal strength is considerably stronger than that of two decades ago (when many of these studies originally concluded cell phone E.M.R. as safe). Aside from cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, fatigue and headaches have also been linked to long term cell phone usage.
Start paying attention to the S.A.R. value of a cell phone. The S.A.R. is the Specific Absorption Rate, which is a measure of the amount of radio-frequency energy absorbed by your body from any source, including mobile phones. The highest S. A. R. in the body is in the ear and more specifically, if you are using a Bluetooth headset, the highest S.A.R. is in the inner ear. Likewise, the highest amount of tumors reported by frequent cell phone users seems to coincide around the location behind the ear; where cell phones are usually placed when receiving a call. In America, the FCC has deemed a "safe" phone, as any phone that has an S.A.R. level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg). The FCC database indexing all known cell phone S.A.R. values is publicly available on their S.A.R. database (www.fcc.gov/oet/fccid). Alternatively, the SAR value of a cell phone is sometimes published on the cell phone (usually inside the battery pack). In many other cases the phone manufacturer will publish the FCC identification number for the S.A.R. of that particular model. It goes without saying, the lower the S.A.R. value is the safer the phone is likely to be. Avoid phones with higher S.A.R. values and if purchasing a new phone look up the S.A.R. values for any of the models you may be considering. It is also useful to frequently check the index sheet for a listing of all phones in order to find models with the lowest possible S.A.R. values.
Limit Cell Use
This means keep your cell phone calls as short as possible and choosing to use a landline phone whenever possible. Limiting your exposure and contact with cell phones is the only way to limit your overall radiation level absorption. In fact, you don’t even need to answer a phone to be putting yourself at risk to some forms of cancer. Some studies have suggested that merely having a cell phone turned on in your pocket can result in a significant level of bodily absorption of radiation. Your brain is not the only vital organ at risk. Pocket cell phones have even been linked to significant drops in sperm count and it has been suggested that prolonged proximity could result in testicular cancer. What’s worse than risking your manhood over some silly phone call?
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