WARNING: CELL PHONES MAY BE LINKED TO BRAIN CANCER, OTHER HEALTH RISKS
The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning about cell phones, the radiation they emit, and the possible danger to human health. A warning has also been issued for children who use cell phones. The following article is reprinted from https://www.cdph.ca.gov.
As smartphone use continues to increase in the U.S., especially among children, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued guidance for individuals and families who want to decrease their exposure to the radiofrequency energy emitted from cell phones. Research suggests long-term, high use may impact human health.
Cell phones emit radiofrequency energy when they send and receive signals to and from cell towers, and some scientists and public health officials believe this energy may dangerously impact human health.
CELL PHONE USE INCREASES IN CHILDREN
“Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones” – Dr. Karen Smith, Director, CA Department of Public Health
Meanwhile, cell phone use in the U.S. has increased dramatically in recent years. About 95% of Americans own a cell phone, and 12% rely on their smartphones for everyday internet access. In addition, the average age when children get their first phone is now just 10 years old, and a majority of young people keep their phones on or near them most of the day and while they sleep.
“Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night.”
DOWNLOAD THE SAFETY GUIDELINES
The new CDPH guidance includes practical steps both adults and children could take to reduce exposure to radiofrequency energy from cell phones. That includes:
- Keeping the phone away from the body
- Reducing cell phone use when the signal is weak
- Reducing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files
- Keeping the phone away from the bed at night
- Removing headsets when not on a call
- Avoiding products that claim to block radiofrequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure.
FOR ADDITIONAL SAFETY GUIDELINES and to read more, PLEASE CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THE PDF.
Special thanks to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for the text and information.
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