The California Department of Public Health’s recently released guidelines reveals that prolonged and frequent smartphone use could boost the risk of brain cancer, impaired sperm production, and issues with learning and sleeping.
Even though authorities admitted that the research linking cell phone use to these conditions is not definitive, there are legit concerns and people should be warned. The guidelines, which had been in the making for three years, were released after the department lost a lawsuit urging it to publish them, in March.
UC Berkeley researcher Joel Moskowitz who sued the department has authored numerous papers on wireless radiation and the health risks of cell phone use.
The department cautioned that the risk could be higher in teens and kids, and dismissed claims that it has released the document because of Moskowitz’s lawsuit.
Smartphone Use Seems to Pose Hidden Health Risks
Smartphone users are advised to not keep their phones in their pockets or close to their beds at night because of radiation.
In a recent interview, Moskowitz criticized the department for taking so long to publicize the risks.
I think it means they’re very concerned, and they’re just being conservative in their language,
the professor said.
It is worth noting that the release of the guidelines means that health professionals working at CDPH were able to convince their superiors about the health risks.
Many researchers and public health advocates believe the risks are not imagined. Several California municipalities have their own rules that require stores and other outlets to display phone health warnings despite wireless industry pressure.
The wireless industry claims that cell phone use is not linked to any health risks. It underlined that the FCC considers the RF exposure to which an average American phone user gets exposed is within ‘safe’ limits.
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