Are Cell Phones Safe? New Website & Research Provides The Answer

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News Posted: Tue, Sep 29 2009 10:36 PM
We've heard facts that claim cell phones are perfectly safeand other pieces of information that say cell phones are dangerous. Now, a new website from ProCon.org is available to help you decide for yourself.

Even though the radio frequency (RF) radiation levels in cell phones areregulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and generallyconsidered to be safe when used properly, there is still plenty of researchthat shows cell phone use could cause cancer, disrupt pacemakers, decreasefertility, damage DNA, and increase the risk of traffic accidents.

The FCC and other government agencies claim the majority ofscientific studies show there are no adverse health effects from cell phoneuse. That's not to say there aren't other studies that point out the dangers ofcell phones, particularly those that occur while using a cell phone and drivingat the same time.



With its http://cellphones.procon.org/website, ProdCon.org hopes to provide information to readers to help them thinkcritically, educate themselves, and make informed decisions regarding cellphone use.

A few interesting tidbits from the site:
  1. Cordless home phones, television, radio, laptops, andpalm held computers all produce radiofrequency (RF) radiation, the same type ofradiation that is produced by cell phones.
  2. The radiation emitted by a cell phone can penetrate 4 - 6 cm(1.6 - 2.4 in) into the human brain. The amount of RF absorbed into the headcan be reduced by using a wired ear-piece (not a Bluetooth unit) rather than placingthe phone against the ear.
  3. A 2002 report by the National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration (released in 2009 under a Freedom of Information Actrequest) concluded that using a hands free device (Bluetooth, headset,etc.) does not reduce distraction or make cell phone use safer whiledriving. As of Sep. 2009, six states had passed laws requiring the use ofa hands free device while driving.
  4. On July 24, 2008, a warning was issued by theDirector of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute to faculty andstaff to decrease cell phone exposure due to a possible connection between cellphone radiation and brain tumors. The warning prompted a congressional hearingon cell phone use and tumors.
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Not many answers in the article, just more questions.

Since cell phones are such a new technology we won't know what the long term effect of the RF is until much much later. I'm leaning towards them being harmless.

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More like you hope you won't die when they figure it out Wink. I think this is just the same old things we have been hearing for a while now.

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