The question some people are asking is, are there any dangers in using a mobile phone?
More health organisations and public health agencies are
publishing advice on how to limit your self
from the electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones. The most important advice that they
have to offer is to try and keep the phone as far away from your body as possible, especially your head.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the
World Health Organisation, have conducted the biggest ever study on the effects
of mobile phone radiation on the human body.
A group of experts from France analysed data from a total of 13 countries and cross referenced different types of tumours that they felt were associated with mobile phone use.
Their research indicated that the chances of developing a malignant tumour, called glioma, are significantly increased for people who have used a mobile phone for at least 10 years.
The problem of electromagnetic radiation from mobiles is an increased problem for children. In the UK, 90% of children aged 16 own a mobile and 40% for primary school age. (the USA figure for primary school age is 20%, source taken in 2010).
Children feel a need to own a mobile phone. Very clever advertising can make the phone attractive to children and when they reach their teens there is a social pressure. Their friends have got one, it's cool to own a mobile and heck, look at the features, music and games.
However, children are the most at risk to electromagnetic radiation from mobiles. Their skulls are softer and thinner, and therefore provide less resistance to radiation. With their heads being smaller, a larger part of their brain is exposed to radiation. Also, because their brains are developing, they are more at risk of neurological interference from RF radiation.
Sir William Stewart of the National Radiological Protection Board, in a study stated that children under 8 years old should not use a mobile phone at all. He also states that mobile phone masts should not be anywhere within the vicinity of a school.
Professor Lawrie Challis who is chairman of the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme, and previously vice chairman of the Stewart enquiry, has stated that he would not like his grandchildren to use mobiles more than they needed to.
According to a study carried out at the Neurological Hospital of the University of Freiburg in Germany, the electromagnetic radiation from a mobile phone can significantly increase a persons' blood pressure as well as affecting biological processes in the brain (measured by EEG).
The problems worsen with children because their skulls are thinner and radiation from a mobile can penetrate a child's skull 75% through the brain tissue.