Since 2011, the World Health Organization has classified radiation from cellphones as a “carcinogen” that could be linked to causing cancer.[i] Last year, the U.S. National Toxicology Program also released partial results from an animal study finding that radiofrequency radiation was linked to a higher risk of two cancers in male rats.[ii] While not conclusive, it is concerning considering how many adolescent use cell phones when their brains are still developing. [iii]
California is the first state to issue safety guidelines, in part, because of Professor Joel Moskowitz’s efforts at the University of California at Berkeley.[iv] Professor Moskowitz sued the State back in 2009 because the Department of Public Health refused to release information about the dangers of cell phone radiation. [v]
The California Guidelines advise how you can limit your exposure:
- Reduce cell phone use when the signal is weak.
- Reduce use of cellphones to stream audio or video, or download large files.
- Keep an arm’s length away from your phone at night, especially your head.
- Use speakerphone or headphones when talking.
Be sure to follow these guidelines if you use your cell phone frequently.