Cell Phones Touching Body Exceed Safety Limits in U.S. and Europe Say Experts — Children More Vulnerable

By B.N. Frank

If there were clear warnings on cell phones to NOT hold or wear cell phones directly next to the body, do you think more people wouldn’t do this?  Do you think more people wouldn’t allow their children to do this?

Children are actually more vulnerable to harm caused by exposure to sources of cell phone radiation and WiFi. In fact, there is no “safe” level of exposure that has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.

Outside of the U.S., some government officials have already taken action to inform citizens of risks.  Berkeley, California stores are now required to provide printed guidelines and warnings to customers with the sale of cell phones.  This requirement was not easily won despite decades of research that has proven harm from exposure.

IEEE is one of many organizations that has weighed in on this issue:


In our publications, we have shown both from measurements and computer modeling that the specific absorption rate (SAR) reduces by 10%-15% for every millimeter separation of the cell phone on account of rapidly diminishing EM fields in the near-field region of the cell phone antenna. This rapid reduction of SAR depending on the antenna and its location on the handset has been shown, both computationally and experimentally, regardless of the phantom model such as a flat phantom suggested for SAR compliance testing of devices in contact with the body, for a sphere phantom, and for head-shaped models used for SAR compliance testing of cell phones. Unfortunately, our observations in the past were based on SARs of only three cell phones. Expecting that the SARs for cell phones may exceed the safety limits for body contact, cell phone manufacturers have started to recommend that the devices can be used at 5-25 mm from the body even though it is difficult to see how to maintain this distance correctly under mobile conditions. The National Agency ANFR of France recently released the cell phone SAR test data for 450 cell phones that measure 10-g SARs reducing by 10%-30% for each millimeter distal placement from the planar body phantom. Their data corroborate our findings that most cell phones will exceed the safety guidelines when held against the body by factors of 1.6-3.7 times for the European/ICNIRP standard or by factors as high as 11 if 1-g SAR values were to be measured as required by the U.S. FCC.

Activist Post regularly reports about research and risks associated with exposure to all sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) or “Electrosmog.” For more information, visit our archives and the following websites.

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