Cell Phone Radiation
Understanding Cell Phone Radiation
Over the past decade, the use of cell phones
has grown exponentially. Indeed, recent estimates place the international use of
mobile phones at well over 190 million people. As the use of cell phones becomes
more commonplace, a growing number of researchers are beginning to explore the
consequences of intense, long-term exposure to cell phone radiation.
Some Interesting Facts about Cell Phones
As a culture, we are inseparable from our phones.
We use them for work, errands, and all manner of personal communication, and
quite frankly, we would be lost without them. In a short period of time, cell
phones have become integral to our daily functioning. These days, you'd be
hard-pressed to find many people without one.
Although mobile phones have ushered in a new era of ease and accessibility, they
have also brought their own set of hazards. Increasingly state and federal
legislation is beginning to tackle the issue of ensuring safe cell phone use
while driving. A somewhat more complex issue, however, pertains to the health
hazards that may be associated with cell phone use
What can I use to
protect myself from cell phone radiation
One of the primary health concerns with mobile
phone use is the impact of cell phone radiation. By definition, a cell phone must release
amounts of radiation to pick up the radio waves by which it operates.
This means that each time you place a cell phone near your head, you are
increasing your proximity to these emissions.
It is unclear whether cell phone radiation engenders adverse health outcomes;
however, many people point to research trends indicating a substantial increase
in the rates of brain cancer over the past two decades. Although this increase
is likely due to many different factors (including improved diagnostic
technology), many people fear that cell phone radiation may be contributing to
Based on preliminary research, the FDA concluded that cell phones do not
emit enough radiation to pose serious health risks. At the same time, they
acknowledged that some studies have produced mixed findings, and they pointed to
the need for further study. In particular, as cell phones are a relatively
new technological development, there is a need for longitudinal studies that
assess the long-term consequences of frequent cell phone use.
In the absence of clear answers, many people are left wondering about what they
can do to protect themselves from cellular radiation. Although there are many
safeguards you can take, the answer depends, in large part, on how often you use
your phone and the level of risk you feel it poses. People who use cell phones
very rarely (e.g., children or elderly who have phones that are only for use in
emergencies) are not likely at risk for adverse outcomes.
People who use cell phones regularly, however, would be well advised to consider
some form of protection. These days, there are a number of devices that can
shield you from cell phone radiation while still allowing your phone to function
at optimal capacity. Take some time to research the full range of options and to
decide whether a phone shield makes sense for you.