The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a warning against the dangers of mobile phone radiation. Yes, the thing we are all hooked on and we do not want to put down, is a major cause of electromagnetic radiation and now the CPDH has some tips to protect the public. The department has asked people to decrease their use of smartphones by keeping it at a distance when possible.
The connection between cell phone radiation and health risks is far from settled—but it’s strong enough that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued guidelines on how to minimize one’s exposure. Though phone manufacturers generally recommend certain behaviors around cell phones, like using the hands-free option or speakerphone, most people don’t look that far into the manual. Now, California issues official recommendations about how to reduce one’s risk, not of cell phone distraction, but of the radiofrequency energy they put out.
The warning comes after findings were offered up this week from a 2009 department document, which was published after an order from the Sacramento Superior Court. Last year, UC Berkeley professor Joel Moskowitz initiated a lawsuit to get the department to release the findings after he started looking into whether mobile phone use increased the risk of tumors.
The document, suggests how the use of cell phones has increased dramatically in recent years among children and young adults. The report also says that phones emit radio frequency (RF) energy, which is not good for human body.
The CDPH asks people to decrease their use of these devices and suggests keeping your distance when possible.
“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones,” said CDPH director Dr. Karen Smith.
The report suggests that the radio frequency emitted from smartphones causes brain cancer and tumors, lower sperm count, headaches and effects on learning and memory, hearing, human behavior and sleep.
A year ago, UC Berkeley professor Joel Moskowitz initiated a lawsuit to get the department to release the findings after he started looking into whether mobile phone use increased the risk of tumors.
A draft of the document was released in March, but the final release is more extensive.
“The cellphone manufacturers want you to keep a minimum distance away from your body and you should find out what that distance is,” Moskowitz told local news station KCRA, shortly after the draft release. “If you keep the device by your body you will exceed the safety limits provided by the FCC.”
According to the Federal Communication Commission’s website, there is no national standard developed for safety limits. However, the agency requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure all phones comply with “objective limits for safe exposure.”
The CDPH recommends not keeping your phone in your pocket, not putting it up to your ear for a prolonged amount of time, keeping use low if there are two bars or less, not sleeping near it at night and to be aware that if you are in a fast-moving car, bus or train, your phone will emit more RF energy to maintain the connection.
Other organizations have warned of the dangers of cell phone radiation exposure as well, including the Connecticut Department of Public Health, which issued similar recommendations in May of 2015.
However, Moskowit maintains most state and federal health agencies have not kept up with the research. “The preponderance of the research indicates that cell phone radiation poses a major risk to health,” he said in a statement.
A US-based healthcare firm generated a report that showed how Pregnant women’s exposure to non-ionising radiation from smartphones, Bluetooth devices and laptops may more than double the risk of miscarriage. After controlling for multiple other factors, women who were exposed to higher magnetic fields levels had 2.72 times the risk of miscarriage than those with lower magnetic fields exposure.
Image Source: Shutterstock