Mobile Phones Are A Danger To Health, California Warns

Carla Harmon
December 18, 2017

These cell phones tend to transmit information through low frequency radio signals and this exposes us to the radiation which is hazardous to our health.

After the release of the guidelines, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, which usually tries to downplay concerns regarding cell phone radiation, said in a statement to the Mercury News that "Americans' health is important to CTIA and the wireless industry, and we encourage consumers to consult the experts". This new set includes more steps on how to avoid radio frequency exposure, such as keeping cellphones away from the body while asleep, removing headsets when not on a call, avoiding cellphone use when the signal is weak, or not using phones to stream music or video, or to download large files. The CDHP said the average age a child first gets his or her cell phone has dropped down to as young as age 10.

In a written response to the San Francisco Chronicle, DPH stated that the reason the proposed guidance was shelved several years ago was to conform with the latest health advisory regarding cell phone use from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These cell phones have revolutionized the communication in the 21st century.

Though research on RF's effects on children specifically is fairly scarce, many psychologists have already warned that cell phone use may be linked to poorer attention, mental health and sleep for adolescents.

California authorities based their newly released guidelines on the years-long debate on whether mobile phones can give people cancer.

The CDPH asks people to reduce their use of these devices and suggests keeping them at a distance whenever possible.

The guidelines are partly as a result of a lawsuit that was brought about by Joel Moskowitz, a professor at the University of California Berkeley in 2009 that he had won previous year.

Prior to this, in 2011, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified cell phone use and other radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as "possibly carcinogenic to humans". It is sais that these devices increase the risk of harmful radiation exposure.

-Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy.

A study published earlier this year by University College Cork in the Republic of Ireland on myths about cell phones and cancer risk, found huge disparities between fact and fear.

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