Where do you keep your cell phone at night when you go to bed?
If you're like most people, it'll be right next to your head on your nightstand.
The California Department of Public Health is warning that people who keep their cell phones within arm's reach while they sleep could be at an increased risk of of cancer, infertility, and other health issues.
The agency released guidelines for reducing exposure. They include:
- Keeping the phone away from the body
- Reducing cell phone use when the signal is weak
- Reducing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files
- Keeping the phone away from the bed at night
- Removing headsets when not on a call
- Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure.
Cell phones emit radio frequency energy when they send and receive signals to and from cell towers.
CDPH said some scientists and public health officials believe this energy may impact human health.
Yours truly believes the same. I don't need no stupid study to tell me so. I can feel the heat when I hold the phone to my ear for an extended period of time - probably literally frying my brain cells.
Our bodies are electrical - our heartbeat, the cell to cell communication, and even our biological clock uses electrical activity to regulate our circadian rhythms.
That means other electrical fields can interfere and disrupt our own.
You know how you're supposed to turn off all devices in a plane before take off so it doesn't mess with the plane's systems? Same thing...
So if you hear people poo-pooing the idea that cell phones and other electronic devices put our health at risk, ignore them.
Oh. And if you already have young 'uns with phones or other electronic devices, you just might want to make sure they're covered too.
The California Department of Public Health said children could be most at risk for problems.
"Children's brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use," said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. "Parents should consider reducing the time their children use cell phones and encourage them to turn the devices off at night."
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