Question: What is E.M.R.?
Answer: E.M.R. refers to Electromagnetic Radio-frequency
Radiation which is the potentially dangerous frequency emitted by
cellular or mobile phones. High frequency ionizing forms of radiation
exists as X-rays, Gamma rays and forms of nuclear radiation known
to be hazardous . Non-ionizing radiation of lower frequency ionizing
forms such as early cell phones were thought to be safe. That view
has changed since cell phones and mobile phones have grown in strength
from low-level radio waves to high-level microwaves. No scientific
study has proven conclusively that the use of cellular phones is
hazardous to human health, yet continued use of higher frequency
phones could adversely affect the central nervous system, diminish
the effectiveness of the immune system and facilitate the development
of cancer according to scientific research. Perhaps this is why
governments and health organizations worldwide are spending millions
of dollars towards on-going research to determine the long term
effects of exposure to E.M.R from cellular and mobile phones.
Question: What is S.A.R.?
Answer: S.A.R. or Specific Absorption Rate of Radiation is
used to measure the amount of radiation that the human body absorbs
from any source, including cellular phones. The F.C.C. (Federal
Communications Commission) sets limits as to what they deemed were
safe levels of radiation from cell phones. In the beginning when
analog phones were 800-900 MHZ of power, most of the cell phones
manufactured met these safe guidelines. However as manufacturers
raised the power of their phones up to 1800-2000MHZ and analog was
replaced by digital, the majority of the cell phones now exceed
the safe levels set by the F.C.C. In fact the manufacturers continue
to lobby to have the levels raised, so they may keep increasing
the power of the phones.
The highest S. A. R. in the body is in the ear, thus the concern
about excessive cell phone use and the strength of the signal.
Question: How is S.A.R. measured on a cell phone?
Answer: When a call is made or received there is a band of
radiation from the antenna, half of which disappears into space.
The remaining radiation is around the skull, face and ear area of
the user and runs through the circuitry of the phone when transmitting
the call. A dummy head is immersed in a gel-like solution similar
to body fluid and a cell phone is attached to the ear. Readings
are taken from the antenna to determine the S.A.R. strength which
will vary from phone to phone and proximity to the closest signal
Question: What is the difference between a Radio
Wave and a Microwave?
Answer: Radio Waves are low levels of transmission power
for signals to and from your phone. These non-ionizing frequencies
of radiation are safe. However as signal strength grows from a few
hundred MHZ of power to beyond 800 MHZ, the electro-magnetic spectrum
increases and these waves become microwaves. For example, the older
mobile house and office phones were a few hundred MHZ of radio waves
but the farther you moved from the base, the weaker the signal became
and you would lose the call or it would break up. Now mobile phones
are 900MHZ to 2.4GIGS or more of power so you do not lose the calls
as you travel from room to room or go outside, but your phone is
now into Microwaves/infrared waves of radiating power.
Question: Is it true that radiation comes from the antenna?
Answer: Yes, as we explained in the S.A.R. question, there
is a band of radiation around your head from the antenna half of
which disappears into space. However the skull is hard and there
are calcium deposits for some protection. The most vulnerable area
for radiation is the soft tissue of the inner ear where most of
the reports of tumors have been reported. And as we stated the highest
incidence of S.A.R. in the body is in the ear. We have found no
reports of tumors on the skull, chin, face or opposite side of the
head, but mainly behind the ear where the phone is placed when receiving
or transmitting a call.
Question: What is meant by the term NEAR-FIELD RADIATION?
Answer: Near-field refers to that portion of the radiation
coming off the antenna that goes directly into the inner ear when
you place the phone against your ear to make or receive a call.
This portion of the radiation is considered the most dangerous to
the user for two reasons: 1) As stated, the highest incidence of
radiation in the body is in the ear and 2) most of the reports of
tumors have been reported just behind the ear, thus any product
that could effectively block that portion of radiation from entering
the inner ear would be a valuable health tool.
Question: What about using a hands-free kit
to keep the phone away from my head?
Answer: Hands-free kits are currently used for convenience,
by law in some states while driving a vehicle and mostly by concerned
cell phone users who want to keep the phone away from their head
because of concern about radiation. However in studies and tests
of many of the hands-free kits by scientists and consumer groups
in Europe, they found that the wire from the ear piece acts as an
aerial and actually increases the radiation by three times.
Question: Is there any proof that cell phones are dangerous?
Answer: The jury is still out on the long term effects of
cell phone use, while in the meantime governments worldwide and
health organizations like the World Health Organization continue
to allocate millions of dollars towards on going research to determine
the effects of cell phone usage. These organizations along with
others are documenting more reports of brain tumors and increased
cases of litigation against cell phone manufacturers.
Question: Are there any danger signals from excessive cell phone
Answer: Many users report symptoms like hot phones, headaches, fatigue,
tingling sensations and even memory loss. Of course some phones
are hotter than others. In a study of teens under 16 years of age,
scientists in Europe reported short-term memory loss (up to 50 minutes)
after using a cell phone.
Question: Should I be concerned about my teenager
using a cell phone?
Answer: By all reports, you should be concerned especially
for the younger adolesent child. Their brain tissues are still growing,
their skull is half as thick as adults yet we see a growing use
of cell phones worldwide by young teens.
Question: Are there any steps I can take to reduce
the potential risk of cellular radiation?
Answer: Yes, first use a phone with a long antenna pointed
away from the head. Every inch is important. Unfortunately we see
manufacturers making phones with short stub antennas or the antenna
inside the phone because the phone has more design style. If you
must use a phone in the car, use a speaker phone so there is no
contact between you and the phone. Cut out non-essential calls to
reduce time spent on the phone. In particular replacing your existing
mobile phones at home with cellular free long distance plans is
not a good idea. You may save money but in the long run not save
your health. There are shielding devices on the market that claim
to block radiation. Applying one of these items can reduce radiation,
but ask for valid testing from a recognized government sanctioned
laboratory to back up the claims.
Question: What about products that attach to
the phone or antenna that claim to shield radiation, do any of these
Answer: Most of these products are bogus, but research supports
that two or three of these shields may actually do what they claim
to do. Look or ask for valid testing of the product used on actual
phones by a recognized testing authority. We found that items that
attach to the antenna or base of the antenna claim to block radiation
away (yet let the signal come in) do not work---they can not do
both. If they did block radiation, they would also block the signal
and you could not communicate.
Question: What about antenna boosters that claim
to increase your signal?
Answer: We have checked these items out through testing and
personal usage. Our findings are that they are a simply, at best,
a faux ornamnet---no more than a sticker that attaches on the side
of the phone or inside the battery cover. In theory if they were
to work, they would have to be "grounded", plus if they
did work and increased reception, they would increase the radiation
from your phone, thus be counter productive to your well being.
Question: If radiation shields are effective,
why haven't the manufacturers put one in their phones?
Answer: For years the cell phone manufacturers have told
us radiation levels of phones were so low it was similar to a hairdryer.
And in the meantime they have been raising the power of their phones
to give you better reception, thus increasing the radiation levels.
As well they have told you that shields do not work, yet recent
news reports uncovered patents by the manufacturers indicating that
they are planning on putting a shield inside their phones. We expect
that the results of recent liability law suits against the cell
phone makers may change the future manufacturing standards.
Question: Which phones have the highest radiation
Answer: Each month we will post the top ten highest radiation
rated cell phones in both the United States and Europe. Please check
in often as we will update this information as new models and testing
reports are available.