All electronics, including cell phones, emit microwave electromagnetic radiation (EMR).
Living organisms generate their own electromagnetic field at a cellular, tissue, organ and organism level called a “biofield.” Studies suggest that low dose EMR exposure can slow the growth cycle of beneficial microbes and alter healthy cell divisions. (4,5)
While the science is still not conclusive yet, a growing and compelling body of evidence is suggesting that there are significant risks from extended cell phone use, keeping a cell phone next to the body (particularity the head) and the radiation from cell towers and a Wi-Fi signal. (1)
I will explore the research into each of these in an upcoming article. In this article, I will address the Federal Regulations and manufacturers speculations regarding the safe distance that a cell phone should be kept from the body —something that no one seems to know or talk about.
According to the late EMR expert, Dr. George Carlo, who did some of the original research on the safety of cells phones, cell phones generate two types of electromagnetic radiation fields. These are called near and far-field plumes. The far-field plumes are generated from the cell phone tower to the phone and are thought to dissipate in the environment, although new research is suggesting otherwise. (1)
The near-field plume is generated by the phone itself and is thought to be the most harmful. The near-field radiation can penetrate up to 5-6 inches from the cell phone and interfere with the body’s biofield. There is compelling evidence, although not conclusive, that shows that when cell phones are held close to the body there is increased risk of cellular damage. (3) Microbes seem to be more sensitive and possibly damaged by EMRs. (4,5)
In fact, in Berkley, California, elected officials are proposing a bill to stipulate minimum separation distances from the body in compliance with Federal Regulations. (2) They are proposing the following:
The Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. Don’t carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is turned ON and connected to a wireless network. This will prevent exposure to RF levels that may exceed the federal guidelines. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for the recommended separation distance.
According to Apple, the iPhone 6 should be kept at least 5 millimeters or two-tenths of an inch from the body whenever it is turned on. The safe distance in which cell phones should be kept from the body is called the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). This is a measure of the EMR microwave radiation absorbed when a phone is held close to the body—a measure that is often experienced by cell phone users when they feel cell phone-generated heat.
Some Cell Phone Radiation Safety Precautions
- Turn off the cell phone when carrying it next to the body.
- Turn off the location services when not using them. With location services on, the phone is a satellite receiver.
- Use the speakerphone or an ear bud when talking on the phone. Avoid holding the phone to your head.
- Text or use a land line whenever possible.
- Turn off the Wi-Fi Signal when not in use (nighttime especially).
PRLog: Oct. 15, 2014 – BERKELEY, Calif.
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Author: Dr. John Douillard
Editor: Renée Picard
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