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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put together an online consumer guide that rates more than 1,000 cell phones based on the levels of radiation they emit.

The EWG says the list is aimed at helping consumers make better decisions about which   cell phones to buy. The free online tool offers information on each phone’s radiofrequency emissions, allowing users to compare different models.

Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG Senior Scientist
Olga Naidenko Ph.D.,
EWG Senior Scientist

"We would like to be able to say that cell phones are safe," said Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG Senior Scientist and lead author of the study.

"But we can’t. The most recent science, while not conclusive, raises serious issues about the cancer risk of cell phone use that must be addressed through further research.  In the meantime, consumers can take steps to reduce exposure."

According to the CTIA Wireless Association, there were 270.3 million wireless subscribers in the U.S. as of December 2008, a 30 percent increase in three years. Worldwide 60 percent of the population or 4 billion people subscribe to wireless services.

Health agencies in six nations have issued warnings to limit cell phone use, including Switzerland, Germany, Israel, France, the U.K. and Finland. The warnings said children were particularly at risk because their skulls are thinner and less able to shield the brain from radiation.

EWG says the current cell phone radiation standards, set by the FCC and based mainly on 1992 cell phone industry recommendations, are outdated and allow 20 times more radiation to penetrate the head than the rest of the body.

EWG is asking the FCC to upgrade its standards and examine the newest scientific evidence and to consider the increasing cell phone use by children.

"The first cell phones were marketed to adults," Naidenko said. "But today, children are just as likely to own a cell phone as a video game, baseball or bicycle."

 

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    I am in trouble after seeing that chart!

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    I didnt even know cell phones put out radiation.

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    A cell phone puts out radiation the level depending on the distance from the phone to the nearest cell tower. If the phone is correctly set up the nearer to the tower the less radiation.The problem with very low radiation output phones is that in a bad or borderline signal area you are less lightly to get a signal out & not be able to make a call in a remote place when you need it most in an emergency situation. so maybe the phones as with marine radio sets could be fitted with a low/high switch which is placed in high(normal power) position only when in bad signal areas for people who are worried about radiation levels.microwave radiation (cell phone & microwave ovens simlar freqency but different power levels (more to worry about..(grin)) only affect areas of the body with low blood supply circulation the most. The parts at risk from microwave ovens are the eyes & testicals. cell phone power levels are very much lower and it is the unproven long term affects which may be a problem.I have personaly noticed a warming of my ear when on the phone for sometime so use hands free whenever possible, including indoor cordless phones which work in the same way. (I am an electronics design eng by profession)

  • GuestDuane Koda

    I have to refrain from using cellular telephones. The few times that I had to use one were in a hospital setting. The nurses required that I use one in order to speak to a consulting physician. On each instance of using the telephone I began to experience a headache which lasted for several hours. I also experienced a degree of disorientation which lasted for several days. I concluded that I am sensitive to the RF radiation that penetrated into my brain. I also reasoned that it would be good for my health to stay away from these devices unless there was a dire emergency requiring their use.

  • gandolph

    I’m a physicist and I just wrote a blog about cell phone and microwave oven radiation. Please check it out:

    http://www.peterdolph.com/2009/08/will-microwave-radiation-give-you_19.html

  • http://www.leather-thigh-high-boots.co.uk Polly

    That was very useful. I did not expect that cell phone could put out any radiation.
    Thanks for this post.

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