Swedish researchers have found that children and teenagers are five times more likely to get brain cancer from mobile phones, causing concern their may be an epidemic of the disease for young people later in life.
Such concern has led the French government banned cell phone use for toddlers.
The truth is, we are all at risk from cell phone radiation, no matter our age. I just got a new iPhone 5. I found the following information under the settings:
Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) refers to the rate at which the body absorbs RF energy. SAR limits are 1.6 Watts per kilogram (over a volume containing a mass of 1 gram of tissue) in countries that follow the United States FCC limit and 2.0 W/kg (averaged over 10 grams of tissue) in countries that follow the Council of the European Union limit. During testing, iPhone radios are set to their highest transmission levels and placed in positions that simulate use against the head, with no separation, and near the body, with 10mm separation.
To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones or other similar accessories. Carry iPhone at least 10mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.
10 mm is not very far away, but when I can’t hear well because of ambient noise, like in the car, I definitely hold my phone closer to my ear (and brain). It is actually why I prefer texting to talking.
If you own an Android, there’s an app called Too Close that will help keep your phone at a safe distance.
Phone radiation warnings are published in all user manuals by law, but many users forget to keep the phone at a safe distance from the head. In order to address the issue, Green Swan, Inc. is proud to introduce the release of Too Close™ for Android, a unique new software product designed to warn users when the phone gets “too close” to the head in violation of published SAR safety guidelines.
Too Close™ takes advantage of spatial proximity data in the Android OS with a proprietary system designed to issue an alert any time the cellular phone remains near the head for a certain period of time. At set intervals, alarms will sound reminding users to move the phone away from the head. The alerts are conveniently suppressed while in headset or speakerphone mode, thereby encouraging compliance with FCC safety guidelines.
This app is really easy to use. I hope Green Swan develops one for the iPhone soon!
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