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Cell Phones and Safety Are Cell Phones Safe to Use? 
December 2000
By Daniel Cheung

At some stage, we would all have heard warnings against the use of cell phones.  We have been told survey A shows that they are dangerous to health, while survey B says it promotes faster thought processes.  Here's where we show you the facts.

Cell phone risk issues come in two categories - health and safety.  The health issue is mainly linked with the topic of cell phone and base station radiation.  It is a contentious issue, causing a continuing, vehement debate.  The safety issue is less contentious, but much more concrete and pertinent.

Cell Phone Health Risks

Cell phone handsets and base antenna towers have long been linked with causing health risks to human users.  Most of the suspicion is based on the fact that mobile phone handsets and base antenna towers (the large, stationary devices set up by cellular service providers to send and receive phone signals) emit Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) radiation, which has potential links to cancer. 

What is Cell Phone Radiation?

Cell phones emit radiation because they are an electrical product - and all electrical products do it. Your computer, microwave and television all emit radiation.  Cell phones do not emit more radiation than any of the above.

The radiation is produced both within the body of the phone and at the antenna. One interesting fact is that the radiation emits both from the antenna and body of the cell phone, and that radiation is not necessarily reduced by the use of handsfree kits.

Are Cell Phones Dangerous to Health?

There is no conclusive evidence to suggest any link between cell phone EMF radiation and cancer.

There is no conclusive evidence to suggest any link between cell phone EMF radiation and cancer.

The simple fact of the matter is that, to date, no one has proven a link between cell phone transmissions and human health risks.  In fact, many respected research bodies (such as the U.S. Good and Drug Administration and the independent Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) have found that mobile phone radiation levels are well within the acceptable minimums for exposure.  Therefore, in fact, cell phone radiation has no scientific link to any human health risks.

Is there anything I can do to reduce cell phone radiation?

If you are still not convinced of the safety of cell phone radiation, there are products in the market that claim to reduce this.  However, take the time and care to read and ask more about the product and check for the accreditations.  Many of these products are just pieces of plastic that do nothing.  If you are worried enough about your health to purchase a device like this, you should also be worried enough to ensure you buy a product that is tested properly.


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