Cell Phones emit what is known as Radiofrequency or RF radiation. RF radiation poses such a serious health risk due to its ability to be absorbed by the body and penetrate tissue. This tissue penetration of RF radiation has been found in several studies to damage cells and break DNA strands. In 2011, the WHO classified RF radiation has a Type 2 Carcinogen.
Current Cell Phone Safety Standards Are Not Accurate
When it comes to Cell Phone radiation, the biggest concern among the regulating bodies who set Safety Guidelines is the amount of radiation actually absorbed by the skull during Cell Phone use.
In fact, the wll-known SAR rating used for Cell Phones stands for Specific Absorption Rating and is a measurement of the amount of radiation absorbed by an average head during Cell Phone use.
But here is where the catch comes in. As focused on in a 2011 study conducted by various researchers in the US, the model head size being used to test radiation absorption rates is not an accurate representation of the average cell phone user’s head. The model head size used represents that of a military man’s head.
The study states:
“The existing cell phone certification process uses a plastic model of the head called the Specific Anthropomorphic Mannequin (SAM), representing the top 10% of U.S. military recruits in 1989 and greatly underestimating the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) for typical mobile phone users, especially children. Radiofrequency (RF) exposure to a head smaller than SAM will absorb a relatively higher SAR.”
The researchers point out that smaller heads will absorb more radiation and more readily, In addition, another inaccuracy of the current head size model has to do with the replication of the head’s own electrical fluid.
“Also, SAM uses a fluid having the average electrical properties of the head that cannot indicate differential absorption of specific brain tissue, nor absorption in children or smaller adults.”
With the fastest growing demographic to use Cell Phones being the ‘tween market (between the ages of 8-12), it seems it would make sense to create a different head model more representative of a child’s skull.
“The SAR for a 10-year old is up to 153% higher than the SAR for the SAM model. When electrical properties are considered, a child’s head’s absorption can be over two times greater, and absorption of the skull’s bone marrow can be ten times greater than adults.”
The study concludes:
“Therefore, a new certification process is needed that incorporates different modes of use, head sizes, and tissue properties.”
So, unless your head size is that of an average military man, your skull is absorbing more Cell Phone radiation during average use than is deemed safe by current standards.