Cell Phone Radiation Poses Health Risk to Children, Adults
Cell Phone Radiation Protection
Mobile Phone Radiation Protection
Trifield Electromagnetic Field
by Deborah Mitchell
Some of the most popular cell phones on the market are among
the ones that emit the most radiation, placing cell phone
users at possible risk of cancer. This warning comes from
the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which just released
an online consumer guide that provides comprehensive
information on cell phone radiation emissions for consumers.
Samsung Impression and Motorola RAZR are named as top two
cell phones that have the lowest radiation emission.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research
organization that provides information to consumers on how
to protect human health and the environment, rated more than
1,000 cell phones that are marketed in the United States.
The cell phones found to emit the greatest amount of
radiation were the Motorola MOTO Vu204 (Verizon Wireless),
T-Mobile myTouch 3G (T-Mobile), Kyocera Jax S1300 (Virgin
Mobile), the Blackberry Curve 8330 (Spring, US Cellular,
VerizonWireless, MetroPCS), and Motorola W385 (US Cellular,
There has been controversy and debate for years about the
possible risk of cancer associated with cell phone use.
While the EWG study and recent scientific research are not
conclusive, together they raise enough red flags for
consumers to take note about the risk of cancer. Olga
Naidenko, PhD, senior scientist at the Environmental Working
Group, noted in the group’s news release that there is
enough concern that consumers should take steps to reduce
their exposure to cell phone radiation.
Of special concern is cell phone use and radiation exposure
in children, whose softer, thinner skulls have less ability
to protect the brain from radiation. Research shows that
children’s brains absorb two times the amount of radiation
emitted from cell phones as those of adults. According to
the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 71 percent of
children ages 12 to 17 owned cell phones in 2008, and more
than 50 percent of them used the phone daily.
Cell phone users can access the Environmental Working
Group’s online guide to which cell phones to buy based on
the amount of radiation they release. Currently, the US
government does not require cell phone manufacturers to
label their products with the amount of radiation they emit.
The EWG would like consumers to tell the federal government
that disclosure by cell phone manufacturers should be
To help reduce exposure to cell phone radiation, the EWG
recommends that consumers text more and talk less, use
headsets and speaker phones whenever possible, and to not
use their cell phone when there is a weak signal.
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