by Todd Haselton on February 2, 2010
The debate rages on, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take steps to protect yourself. While groups such as the Food and Drug Administration and CTIA-The Wireless Association have argued that cell phones don't emit enough radiation to cause cancer, others such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say cell phone use over a period longer than ten years can lead to brain tumors, salivary gland tumors, and behavioral problems. And according to these and other experts, children--whose brains are still developing--are especially susceptible.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that cell phones have a specific absorption rate (SAR) below 1.6 watts per kilogram (w/kg) of tissue. However, a recent EWG report claimed that the FCC's tests are meaningless because they don't test the effects of cell phones on the rest of our bodies, only our heads. Worse, the EWG says that the safety regulations on radiation exposure are just 2.5 times lower than the amount of radiation that caused behavioral effects in animals.
Regardless of who you choose to believe, it's better to be safe than sorry. Use these tips to help limit your exposure.