Cell Phone Safety

Interesting follow-up to our blog yesterday on the California Department of Health’s decision to release new guidelines with suggestions about how to lower exposure to cell phone radiation. Popular Science fired back with a headline that read, “Cell phones aren’t a public health risk, no matter what California says.”

Below is an excerpt from that story.

The California Department of Public Health recently released guidelines for decreasing one’s exposure to cell phone radiation. This seems, at first, like a reasonable thing to offer. But the problem with a government body issuing guidelines on how to avoid something is that it implies the thing should be avoided. And there’s no evidence that cell phones are dangerous to your health. Period.

The Popular Science report went on to say, “The reality is that we haven’t even been able to find a mechanism by which cell phones could cause health problems in the first place. It’s a non-ionizing form of radiation, so it doesn’t damage DNA. All it might do is heat a small area of your body, but studies have shown that it is such a minuscule amount of heat that it would likely have no ill effects. Men do sometimes worry that heat in their testicles can cause fertility problems, and frankly that’s a valid fear. But the warmth from your phone’s radiation is tiny compared to how much heat you trap by wearing tight, synthetic underwear. Skinny jeans are riskier than your smartphone.”

And it wrapped up with this shot across the bow of the California cell phone guidelines.

All that being said, cell phones do pose one massive risk. Thousands of people die every year because a driver decided to text or talk on the phone. . This is the single biggest danger phones pose. Not brain cancer, not infertility—distracted driving is the real problem.

So go ahead and leave your phone in your pocket. Talk on it for hours. Heck, you could duct-tape it to your face if you so choose. Just put it down when you get in the car, and you’ll be fine.

Check out the Popular Science article and let us know what you think. Do you agree that the California guidelines are much ado about nothing, or do you believe there is something there we should be paying attention to? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Working together with our partners to drive healthy discussions around the health stories making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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