The health hazards of cell phones
This brings us to the larger issue of health hazards of cell phones. Now that we have smart phones and we use them for all our telecom needs, we should understand the implications of using them for extended periods of time.
Radiation from cell phones is a known danger, even though governments set the permissible specific radiation levels (SAR) for cell phone manufacturers. According to Tawkon, an Israeli company whose iPhone app to measure radiation level was rejected by Apple, a mobile phone emits less radiation when connection quality is good than when it is poor. The proportion of radiation absorbed by the human body when making a call varies according to: The model of mobile phone, conveyed by SAR and the antennas proximity from the body.
The Independent report, quoted above, also lists the following hazards for humans:
• Most research on cancer (caused by cell phone radiation) has so far proved inconclusive. But an official Finnish study found that people who used the phones for more than 10 years were 40 per cent more likely to get a brain tumour on the same side as they held the handset.
• Equally alarming, blue-chip Swedish research revealed that radiation from mobile phones killed off brain cells, suggesting that today's teenagers could go senile in the prime of their lives.
• Studies in India and the US have raised the possibility that men who use mobile phones heavily have reduced sperm counts. And, more prosaically, doctors have identified the condition of "text thumb", a form of RSI from constant texting.
• Professor Sir William Stewart, who has headed two official inquiries, warned that children under eight should not use mobiles and made a series of safety recommendations, largely ignored by ministers.
If you want to read more research on this topic, visit this Bio Electromagnetic Research Initiative. A lot of research can be found there.
The idea of doing this post is not to scare you. I use a cell phone too. The idea is to share a concern that can affect our common future.
Now that youve got buzzed about it, do care to pass it on. Or share with me if you know something about this issue.
Zafar Anjum, online editor of MIS Asia dot com, covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, outsourcing and telecommunications, among other areas of interest for FBM Asia publications. Follow MIS Asia on Twitter at @MIS Asia or follow Zafar on Twitter at @zafaranjum or subscribe to MIS Asia RSS feeds. Zafars e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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