Should we review cellphone radiation emission standards?

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Alfred_0403

We often hear about the potential dangers posed by cell phones and the non-ionizing radiation they emit, but there is still no consensus on whether they can be directly linked to cancer or any other health problem.

CTIA, the American Cancer Society, World Health Organization and Food and Drug Administration, among others, have “all have concurred that wireless devices are not a public health risk,”

The Environmental Working Group, believe that cellphone radiation standards are outdated and we should review them. This news comes on the heels of the World Health Organization’s recommendations on cellphone usage, which is to be released October 2009.

On the list of the Top 10 worst perpetrators, 2 BlackBerry devices show up, and they come in right under what the FCC deems to be acceptable.

Overall, we should wait until the WHO comes out with their study in October 2009. While we know low levels of radiation have no impact in a short period of time, it’s hard to say what the impact will be over long periods of time.

[Special thanks to Michael K for sending this in at tips [at] blackberrycool [dot] com]

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  • mike

    You are amazing. Every long term study of the purported danger of cell phones has found none. Insisting there is no consensus is as absurd as pushing abstinence only classes over comprehensize sexual education.

  • mike

    You are amazing. Every long term study of the purported danger of cell phones has found none. Insisting there is no consensus is as absurd as pushing abstinence only classes over comprehensize sexual education.

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  • Lee

    You don’t test radiation emissions by taking IR photos of someone’s head – you test it by using instrumentation designed to test radiation. This photo shows us nothing.

    Turn your phone completely off and hold it to your ear for 15 minutes. Pretend to talk. Then tell me the side of the head your phone was on doesn’t feel hotter. You’re putting a hunk of plastic ON your head – of course the temperature is going to increase!

  • Lee

    You don’t test radiation emissions by taking IR photos of someone’s head – you test it by using instrumentation designed to test radiation. This photo shows us nothing.

    Turn your phone completely off and hold it to your ear for 15 minutes. Pretend to talk. Then tell me the side of the head your phone was on doesn’t feel hotter. You’re putting a hunk of plastic ON your head – of course the temperature is going to increase!

  • Lee

    You don’t test radiation emissions by taking IR photos of someone’s head – you test it by using instrumentation designed to test radiation. This photo shows us nothing.

    Turn your phone completely off and hold it to your ear for 15 minutes. Pretend to talk. Then tell me the side of the head your phone was on doesn’t feel hotter. You’re putting a hunk of plastic ON your head – of course the temperature is going to increase!

  • Michael K

    To answer Mike above, the beauty about studies is that there are new ones that come out and refute old findings. Better to be skeptical than delusional. It also makes you wonder about laptop radiation and its effect on our naughty bits.

  • Michael K

    To answer Mike above, the beauty about studies is that there are new ones that come out and refute old findings. Better to be skeptical than delusional. It also makes you wonder about laptop radiation and its effect on our naughty bits.

  • Michael K

    To answer Mike above, the beauty about studies is that there are new ones that come out and refute old findings. Better to be skeptical than delusional. It also makes you wonder about laptop radiation and its effect on our naughty bits.

  • Webru

    Don’t wait for the WHO… the Interphone study keeps getting delayed because there are only 2 ways to interpret the results: cell phones cause cancer on the close ear, or they protect from cancer on the other ear. Which makes sense?

    It was already shown by William Bise in 1978 that very weak pulsed microwaves can alter human EEG:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/751078
    The reason that study is never considered is that it’s just not possible to make phones that work and stay below levels he showed are disruptive to the brain. The only hope is to go well above 10 GHz, because then the microwaves will not penetrate the skull efficiently:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4719908

  • Webru

    Don’t wait for the WHO… the Interphone study keeps getting delayed because there are only 2 ways to interpret the results: cell phones cause cancer on the close ear, or they protect from cancer on the other ear. Which makes sense?

    It was already shown by William Bise in 1978 that very weak pulsed microwaves can alter human EEG:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/751078
    The reason that study is never considered is that it’s just not possible to make phones that work and stay below levels he showed are disruptive to the brain. The only hope is to go well above 10 GHz, because then the microwaves will not penetrate the skull efficiently:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4719908

  • maarsel atallah

    hey can you tell me the right amount of radiation in ghz the blackberry transmits?

  • maarsel atallah

    hey can you tell me the right amount of radiation in ghz the blackberry transmits?