Given the size and influence of the wireless industry and the love affair our society is having with wireless devices, including cell phones, i-pads and computers, getting the word out about the health risks associated with microwave radiation (or radio frequency radiation), which powers those devices, is pretty daunting. But it has to start somewhere, so here we go.
We now know that chronic, low level exposures to this type of radiation can cause non-thermal damage to our brains, thyroid glands, salivary glands, sperm and breasts. Yes, breasts. Some teenage girls use their bras as a convenient place to carry their cell phones, and we are just now beginning to see some breast cancers in young women who did this and are now dealing with a life-threatening health crisis. See a newly published study here.
Before safer technologies are developed, there are some reasonable precautions you and your family (especially children and teens) should take when using wireless devices: keep conversations short and never hold a cell phone directly against your head. Use the speaker setting or an “air tube” headset. Do not carry the phone on your body (e.g. in a pocket or a bra). Don’t keep your cell phone next to your bed and certainly not under your pillow!
For more tips, see the Cell Phone Tips Card from Grassroots Environmental Education.