Cell Phones: Your Child's Health At Stake
As reported by ScienceDaily Cellphones Exceed U.S. FCC Exposure Limits by as Much as Double for Children,
A scholarly article on cell phone safety to be published in 2011 in the journal
Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine reports the finding that cell phones used
in the shirt or pants pocket exceed the U.S. Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) exposure guidelines and that children absorb twice as much microwave
radiation from phones as do adults.
The paper notes that the industry-designed process for evaluating microwave
radiation from phones results in children absorbing twice the cellphone
radiation to their heads, up to triple in their brain's hippocampus and
hypothalamus, greater absorption in their eyes, and as much as 10 times more in
their bone marrow when compared to adults. The paper's authors include three
team members at Environmental Health Trust: Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, Founder and
President; L. Lloyd Morgan, Senior Science Fellow; and Ronald B. Herberman, MD,
Chairman of the Board.
The existing process is based on a large man whose 40 brain tissues are assumed
to be exactly the same. A far better system relies on anatomically based models
of people of various ages, including pregnant women, that can determine the
absorbed radiation in all tissue types, and can account for the increased
absorption in children. It allows for cell phones to be certified with the most
vulnerable users in mind -- children -- consistent with the "As Low As
Reasonably Achievable" (ALARA) approach taken in setting standards for using
In the United States, the FCC determines maximum allowed exposures. Many
countries, especially European Union members, use the "guidelines" of the
International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), a
Three additional authors contributed to the paper: Om P. Gandhi, ScD, of the
Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Utah; Alvaro Augusto
de Salles, PhD, of the Electrical Engineering Department at the Federal
University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil; and Yueh-Ying Han, PhD, of the
Department of Epidemiology and Community Health at New York Medical College.
Drs. Gandhi and De Salles serve on EHT's Scientific Advisory Group.