Tuesday, September 15, 2009

EWG Publishes Cell Phone Radiation Review

It has been a year and a half since I stopped using my cell phone in an attempt to see if my chronic migraines had anything to do with it. I haven't had a single migraine since then. Yes, it might be an anecdotal experience, but it worked for me. What a relief after eight years of recurring migraines. People looked at me cross eyed upon finding that I completely ditched my cell phone. "It isn't that much radiation" they would say, or "it is all in your head".

Well, finally someone publishes a comprehensive review of cell phone radiation studies that supports my hypothesis. EWG makes this information easy to understand and accessible to everyone so that those of us who are not scientists can get the truth on a controversial subject. While this is not the final say in the matter, it is a step forward. The point is, there is just too much that is unknown in the matter and nobody dare say "cell phone radiation is harmless" because there simply is no proof to back up such a lofty statement. Here is what you can do on the EWG website:
  • Look up your phone and see the top 10 best phones
  • Read and download tips to reduce your exposure
  • Read the full Cell Phone Radiation Science Review
  • Take action and tell the government that it is time to modernize radiation standards

Make sure to also read the comment posted by Lisa from EWG below!


  1. Ana, Thanks very much for sharing our report with your readers. Your readers might want to pay special attention to the info about kids' exposures, since they are ore vulnerable. One of our top 8 tips for reducing exposures is:

    Young children’s brains absorb twice the cell phone radiation as an adult’s. EWG joins health agencies in at least 6 countries in recommending limits for children’s phone use, such as for emergency situations only.

    WHY? Because cell phone standards ignore children.

    Scientists in a number of countries agree that the head and brain of a child absorb significantly more radiation than those of an adult (de Salles 2006; Gandhi 1996; Kang 2002; Wang 2003; Wiart 2008). Yet U.S. cell phone emission levels and federal standards are based on radiation absorbed by adults and fail to account for children’s higher exposures and greater health risks.

    In general, as head size decreases, the percentage of energy absorbed by the brain increases,(Martinez-Burdalo 2004). Moreover, children’s tissues have higher water and ion content compared to adult tissues (Peyman 2009). Both factors increase radiation absorption, acccording to researchers from the U.S., the Finnish cell phone company Nokia, Institute of Applied Physics in Spain and the U.K. Health Protection Agency (Gandhi 2002; Keshvari 2006; Martinez-Burdalo 2004; Peyman 2009).

    All these data, taken together, suggest that when a child uses a cell phone that complies with the FCC standards, he or she could easily absorb an amount of radiation over the maximum allowed radiation limits defined by the federal guidelines. FCC standards give adults only a slim margin of safety over emission levels that harm animals. For children, the margin is much slimmer – if one exists at all.

  2. I ran across this article that compares cell phone radiation to microwave oven radiation,

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