By B.N. Frank
Last month, CBSNews.com posted “Cell Phones & Cancer: 8 Dumb Things to Boost Your Possible Cancer Risk”
#5 on their list: “Keeping the keypad turned away.”
“Cell phones typically emit more radiation through their backs than through the keypad side. So if you hold the phone so that its back is facing you, you may be getting an extra dose of radiation,” Dr. Davis says.
The World Health Organization classified it as a “Possible Carcinogen” in 2011.
Cell phones and other wireless devices come with user guidelines so this isn’t actually a new warning. Many of us are guilty of not reading, remembering, or following the guidelines.
CBSNews.com Dumb Thing #2 is carrying a cell phone too close to your body. If you want to do this anyway, remember the keypad needs to be against your body so you don’t absorb as much radiation.
We can’t hear, see, smell, or taste cell phone radiation. But without it, our cell phones and other wireless devices won’t work. We’re all being exposed to this more of this than ever before in history. Even if you feel fine now, radiation exposure is cumulative. You may not feel fine forever.
Even though boosting cancer risk is no laughing matter, I can’t help but think about fart jokes when I read “Dumb Thing #5”. Maybe that’s because cell phone radiation exposure disrupts the blood-brain barrier which can lower impulse control.
I really miss the days when people only turned on and used their cell phones during emergencies. It actually wasn’t all that long ago.
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