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Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

Cell Phones and Cancer

I never met a baby that didn't enjoy a cell phone. Before you pass your chatty gadget to your tiny one, consider getting him his own fake version. Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, issued a warning:

Recently I have become aware of the growing body of literature linking long-term cell phone use to possible adverse health effects including cancer. Although the evidence is still controversial, I am convinced that there are sufficient data to warrant issuing an advisory to share some precautionary advice on cell phone use.

Numerous other studies on the same subject have come up empty on such similar findings as Herberman.

To see what measures Herberman advises people to take,


  1. Do not allow children to use a cell phone, except for emergencies. The developing organs of a fetus or child are the most likely to be sensitive to any possible effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
  2. While communicating using your cell phone, try to keep the cell phone away from the body as much as possible. The amplitude of the electromagnetic field is one-fourth the strength at a distance of two inches and 50 times lower at three feet. Whenever possible, use the speaker-phone mode or a wireless Bluetooth headset, which has less than 1/100th of the electromagnetic emission of a normal cell phone. Use of a hands-free ear piece attachment may also reduce exposures.
  3. Avoid using your cell phone in places, like a bus, where you can passively expose others to your phone's electromagnetic fields.
  4. Avoid carrying your cell phone on your body at all times. Do not keep it near your body at night such as under the pillow or on a bedside table, particularly if pregnant. You can also put it on “flight” or “off-line” mode, which stops electromagnetic emissions.
  5. If you must carry your cell phone on you, make sure that the keypad is positioned toward your body and the back is positioned toward the outside so that the transmitted electromagnetic fields move away from your rather than through you.
  6. Only use your cell phone to establish contact or for conversations lasting a few minutes, as the biological effects are directly related to the duration of exposure. For longer conversations, use a land line with a corded phone, not a cordless phone, which uses electromagnetic emitting technology similar to that of cell phones.
  7. Switch sides regularly while communicating on your cell phone to spread out your exposure. Before putting your cell phone to the ear, wait until your correspondent has picked up. This limits the power of the electromagnetic field emitted near your ear and the duration of your exposure.
  8. Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train, as this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna.
  9. When possible, communicate via text messaging rather than making a call, limiting the duration of exposure and the proximity to the body.
  10. Choose a device with the lowest SAR possible (SAR = Specific Absorption Rate, which is a measure of the strength of the magnetic field absorbed by the body). SAR ratings of contemporary phones by different manufacturers are available by searching for “SAR ratings cell phones” on the Internet.

Will this warning affect your cell phone behavior?

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milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
although I'm with Greggie and I'm not believing all the hype
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I just took the battery out of my old one so yeah it's basically the same as a toy now and it has the look and feel of the real one.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
The video of the popcorn is a hoax. If you go to Snopes and type in "cell phone popcorn" you'll find the story. It's an ad that circulated the 'net as a real video.
piper23 piper23 8 years
I got an video email today of a group of friends placing their cell phone in a circle and putting kernels of popcorn in the middle. When the cellphones starting vibrating at the same time, the popcorn started popping. Something about that just isn't quite right. I'm never letting my baby play with my cellphone again.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
This list is ridiculous. "Avoid using your cell phone in places, like a bus, where you can passively expose others to your phone's electromagnetic fields." If we start having lawsuits for "radiation exposure" from being next to a cell phone user on a bus, I'm going to puke. And that's the least of the off-the-wall recommendations.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I'm not worried. Studies have proven it, studies have debunked it. But I don't let my infant play with my phone because she chews on it. *lol* Our 5- and 8-year olds sons play with them.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
Totally OT, but I LOVE that onesie in the pic. LOL! I'm a seahorse fan. ;)
katedavis katedavis 8 years
My son loves to play with the cordless phone and our cellphones. I've been thinking that I don't like him being in contact with a cellphone unnecessarily and that I should get him a toy phone. Target here we come....
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
Yes. I knew it gives radiation, but I didn't know that the keypad should be towards me and it being under my pillow is bad. This was very helpful.
TwistandShout TwistandShout 8 years
So now they're telling us not to use cordless phones, too? I honestly find it all a bit ridiculous and will not change any of my cell phone behavior. I don't use it enough for it to concern me anyway.
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