August 22, 2013
Would you use a cell phone made in 1996? No? So why is the Federal Communications Commission using cell phone radiation standards set in 1996?
In the past 17 years, American cell phone usage has changed dramatically. Smart phones are everywhere, children have their own cell phones and landlines are becoming a thing of the past. We still don’t know if cell phone radiation causes cancer or other health problems. But there are real reasons to be concerned. Bottom line: current federal standards don’t do enough to protect our and our children’s health.
Today, the U.S. has 10 times as many cell phone subscribers as in 1997. Seventy-eight percent of teenagers own a cell phone. More than a third of all households are wireless-only.
Though the evidence is not definitive, numerous scientific studies show potential links between cell phone radiation and cancer, lowered sperm counts and other health problems.
This post appeared in the Health category