In 1996 the FCC adopted guidelines for evaluating human exposure to RF (radiofrequency) energy from mobile phones. The guidelines have not changed even though cell phone usage has increased exponentially.
In 2011, the International Association for Research on Cancer, an agency of the World Health Organization, released a report that classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.
In 2012, The Government Office Of Accountability published a report stating that testing requirements for mobile phones should be reassessed by the FCC. To date, the FCC has not updated their exposure limit to the new recommended limit adopted by other countries including countries in Europe. The guidelines have not changed and we are being exposed to more radiation than ever.
In 2018, The National Toxicology Program, a division of The National Institute of Environmental Health, released their final reports on a study involving rats and mice concluding that the rats that were exposed to high levels of radiofrequency radiation, like that found in 2g and 3g cell phones, developed cancerous tumors of the heart with evidence of tumors in the brain and adrenal glands.
Ronald Melnick, a senior scientist who led the study expressed his concern about the risk for children stated that “For children, the cancer risks may be greater than that for adults because of greater penetration and absorption of cell phone radiation in the brains of children and because the developing nervous system of children is more susceptible to tissue damaging agents”.
Now, contemplate the fact that tablets use many of the same components as cell phones, and think about all of the children who use these devices daily for educational and entertainment purposes. Also, consider virtual reality technology where headsets hold cell phones right up to our children’s skulls. Let’s not forget what Dr. Melnick stated about increased penetration and absorption in the brains of children yet how many parents are aware of this?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports the review of radiation standards for cell phones in an effort to protect children’s health, reflect current cell phone use patterns, and provide meaningful consumer disclosure. Providing parents with information about any potential risks arms them with the information they need to make informed decisions for their families. The AAP advocates for more research into how cell phone exposure affects human health long term, particularly children’s health.
A Call For Clarity
Consumer Reports agrees with concerns raised by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Government Accountability Office about the tests, and thinks that new tests should be developed that take into account the potential vulnerability of children.
We think that cell-phone manufacturers should prominently display advice on steps that cell-phone users can take to reduce exposure to cell-phone radiation.
NJ Teachers Say Radiation Is A Health Threat
The 203,520-member New Jersey Education Assn. says devices such as cellphones, computers and WiFi are “ubiquitous in schools” but “threaten the physical and mental health” of teachers and staff. “At their best, they are powerful tools for education. At their worst, they threaten the physical and mental health of teachers, para educators, secretaries, librarians and other school staff members and students who spend numerous hours using the devices.