California has issued a warning about the dangers of cell phone radiation.
Perhaps the biggest difference between life now and life a generation ago is that we are all constantly connected to each other and to the internet.
The devices many of us use more than any other – both to talk on the phone and connect to the internet – are cell phones. So it may seem scary that the California Department of Public Health has issued guidelines to help people "decrease their exposure to the radio frequency energy emitted from cell phones."
The department said the information was intended to help people who are concerned about health risks including brain tumors, lowered sperm counts, and effects on learning, memory, and sleep.
The CDC's position is that there are no scientific findings that provide a definitive answer to the question of whether cell phone radiation causes cancer.
California's department of public health suggested that people who want to reduce their risk of radiation exposure could take the following steps:
- Keep the phone away from the body
- Reduce cell phone use when the signal is weak (since searching for a signal could use more energy)
- Reduce the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files
- Keep the phone away from the bed at night
- Remove headsets when not on a call
- Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy, since such items may actually increase your exposure