Wireless Health - Can Cell Phones Kill You?
health is an often overlooked topic. Over
the years there has been a lot of discussion and studies around whether
or not cell phones can lead to health problems; namely cancer.
The reality is that even though cell phone technology can be
considered relatively new compared to other technologies, the
radio frequencies used are comparable to those used for radio and
television, which have been around for decades longer. The
that those products have been scientifically proven to not have any
types of radio frequency waves are measured in the rate of circulation
per second. To give you an idea, FM radio has approximately
million cycles per second, microwaves are said to be at approximately
cycles per second, while cell phones are usually in the range of 800
million cycles per second. In other words, cell phone
although an innovative application of technology, doesn't actually
represent anything new in terms of what elements humans are exposed to.
types of technologies are classified under non-ionizing radiation,
which essentially means that they don't contain enough energy to break
chemical bonds in order to actually damage human cells.
to scientists, these fundamental principals of science and physics are
proof enough that wireless health should not be a concern. To
the contrary, technology such as X-rays are
ionizing radiation, which means that they can cause cellular damage.
That's why they cover your body with protective led based
blankets when you get an X-ray, don't recommend that pregnant women get
them unless absolutely necessary, and generally recommend limiting
exposure for the fear of cellular damage.
not to say that humankind might not
discover something new in the future that requires us to discard
everything we currently know about such science, however, in my opinion
(and it's my opinion only!), it seems pretty unlikely
that we would see a
major shift in such thinking among experts. The experts
appear to be taking
same stance. They do, however, acknowledge that there are
things to be learned, so research does continue. If there are
negative effects, given the billions of people who are impacted by cell
phones, and surrounding cell phone technology (i.e. cell phone towers),
it's certainly wise to keep an ear open to the news.
If you're still uneasy, see
what the experts, the World Health
Organization, who have an eye on our health, have to say about
this topic by checking out the WHO
phones do, however, create heat, and heat can be damaging.
said, cell phones are heavily regulated and must go through extensive
testing and approvals before they reach consumers hands. Any
coming from them are well below recommended limits, so again, wireless
should not be a concern. The use
headsets certainly has helped to provide alternatives to holding your
cell phone next to you ear; in other words - next to your
with wireless Bluetooth headsets, you now have a battery
hanging out near your brain all day...hmm.... The same fundamental
principals, however, apply in terms of the testing and checks and
go into the approval of such products.
in my opinion,
it's fair to conclude that in terms of wireless health, people don't
need to worry about cell phones
causing health issues. Though it certainly can't hurt to
holding your phone to your head for long periods of time, switching
your Bluetooth headset to the opposite ear on occasion, and if you're
still worried, simply use a wired headset. Again, this dialog
my opinion only. I am certainly not qualified to make any
scientific conclusions or recommendations, though the research seems to
support this point of view. Each of us needs to do
comfortable with. I'm a man of science and tend to trust the
research, but everyone is different. I personally believe
have more to worry about when it comes to getting hurt or killed by
someone texting while driving, or even crossing the street!