Should Cell Phones Come with Health Warning Labels?

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allie_valenza

I have also heard that cell phones are damaging our health but it's hard to believe it. Plus, we are not using them 24 hours per day so I don't think we should worry about this. There are other things that are a threat to our society: pollution, lack of resources, drugs and so on. We need more developed outpatient drug treatments, less polluting cars and factories, more people willing to plant trees. If think of how bad cell phones are we only complicate our lives!

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viciousglad

Most people don't know but two minutes on a cell phone compromises the brain-blood barrier. Even more if you spend 2 or more hours per day on a cell phone, and that side of your brain never cools off. So this is a major problem to deal with. Even if we are fighting with other big issues like rehab from alcohol and drugs, see here - Utah Drug Rehabilitation, phones might be the next thing to watch out for.

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PhotoSci

It's truly ironic, though sad, that the Environmental Health Trust uses an image of Albert Einstein to promote founder Devra Davis' beliefs that cell phones cause cancer and other ill effects. In 1921 Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect which says, in part, that to eject electrons from one state to another--the mechanism by which radiation can cause cancer--requires that the impinging radiation have a certain minimum energy. Such radiation is called "ionizing radiation". 

Cell phone radiation is too low in energy by orders of magnitude to do this. That's why it's called non-ionizing radiation. It doesn't matter how much or how long or how intense--it simply can't happen. The only thing that cell phone radiation can do is cause molecules to roll around or vibrate a bit. That's called heat. But the amount of heat generated by a cell phone is so tiny that it takes extremely precise instrumentation to even measure it, and your body's cooling system handles it with ease. You will hit your body with far more heat radiation by walking into a warm room.

Devra Davis should know all this. She has a Ph.D. in something called "science studies", which presumably includes some science. By using the term "radiation" without qualification, Dr. Davis plays on our fears of the known effects of ionizing radiation like ultraviolet light (which, though non-penetrating, can cause skin cancer) and nuclear radiation (which can be penetrating and cause internal cancers).

Is it absolutely, positively, undeniably for sure that cell phones cannot cause cancer? No, because science doesn't work that way. But is there any credible evidence or a plausible mechanism by which this can happen? Nope. None. Zero, Zip Nada. Zilch.

It is true that using a cell phone can be dangerous--if you're driving or otherwise engaged in dangerous activities. But if you're worried about it causing cancer, there are other precautions you should take first: don't turn on your microwave or wireless router, wear an ice pack on your head when you go out on a warm day, and don't ever get a fever.    

   

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Baer

The radiation varies with the output power. If you have a weak signal the phone powers up some to maintain contact. In my old Ham Radio days we used to be able to bring a florecessent light a few feet from the transmitter antenna and see it "magically" light up with no wired connection. Yes the power output from a cell phone is orders of magnitude less but even a tiny amount of poison will harm you if ingested often enough.
The answer is to use a wired (not BT but wired)headset so that the radiation is not right next to your head.

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aviaggio

Haven't scientists debunked this nonsense many times over? No one argues that cellphones give off radiation. But the amount is so small that's it's ridiculous. And I think there was something also about the wavelength of the radiation being too large to be able to have any kind of impact on our cells.

Considering cell phones have been in common use for over 15 years you'd think we'd be seeing a lot of brain cancer "victims". But we aren't. Hmmm, I wonder why...

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I Jedi

Come on, anyone half-delusioned to think cell phones are completely harmless is fooling themselves. Now, rather it causes severe/mild symptoms after pro-longed exposure is another matter at hand. Do I believe cell phones should come with a radiation warning, yes. This is just good public practice, as I am sure it will force manufactures to find ways to shield their customers from as much radiation as possible.

Oh, and FIRST TO POST A COMMENT ON THE NEW WEBSITE DESIGN... HA. HA. HA.

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