All mobile phones, once turned on, emit certain amounts of electromagnetic radiation in the microwave radio frequency range. During the past 15 years or so, when mobile phone use has become phenomenal around the world, the effects of this radiation on human health have been intensively studied and the subject of many heated debates. In recent years, we have seen report after report associating prolonged use of mobile phones and exposure to different amounts of mobile phone radiation with brain tumors, cancer, stress, headaches, cognitive problems and sleep disorders.
Most of these studies, however, have been questioned by other scientists or considered biased by other groups who also presented evidence to the contrary. As such, as of yet there is no definitive and indisputable conclusion about the dangers of cell phones. Scientists correctly caution that there is so much we don’t know about the effects of cell phone radiation, and that the full impact could be known in the next few years, when it is too late to reverse any damage.
“The latency between exposure and brain cancer could be 20 or 30 years,” observes Professor Devra Davis of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. By using cellular devices without a clear understanding of the dangers, “we are basically treating ourselves like lab rats in an experiment with no control.”
To mitigate the potential dangers of cell phones, experts recommend certain safe practices when using wireless devices. Some of the most common recommendations are: Keep your cell phone away from your body, send more text messages and talk less, use the earpiece or speakerphone function, use your landline, turn off your cell phone while charging, keep phones Cell phones away from children and buy or use phones that have been certified or tested to emit the least amount of radiation.
It is with the intention of educating the public about the dangers of mobile phone radiation that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has conducted a comprehensive study, covering over a thousand cell phone models on the market, detailing the amount of radiation that every mobile phone emits. The EWG is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles, that aims to “use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.”
These are the 10 mobile phones that emit the least radiation, according to the EWG report:
1. Samsung Impression (SGH-a877) [AT&T]
2. Motorola RAZR V8 [CellularONE]
3. Samsung SGH-t229 [T-Mobile]
4. Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837) [AT&T]
5. Samsung Propel Pro (SGH-i627) [AT&T]
6. Samsung Gravity (SGH-t459) [CellularONE, T-Mobile]
7. T-Mobile Sidekick [T-Mobile]
8. LG Xenon (GR500) [AT&T]
9. Motorola Karma QA1 [AT&T]
10 Sanyo Katana II [Kajeet]
Visit ewg.org/cellphone-radiation/ to view the report and see the full list.
As noted by the CTIA, the wireless industry lobby group, there is still no conclusive and fully substantiated study on the dangers of cell phones. However, it is no secret that government agencies in some countries have begun issuing warnings and ordering cell phone manufacturers to clearly indicate the amount of radiation emitted by each model they sell to the public.
Until we can finally close that gap in our knowledge about the dangers of cell phone radiation, we can only take precautionary measures to protect ourselves. An important way to protect our health is buying or buying mobile phone models that have the least amount of radiation.