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How mobile phone radiation can cause health risks

Updated on August 30, 2011

As you may of heard the on-going debate on whether mobile phones can cause a potential health risk over a long or short period of time. I heard a debate about it on the radio this morning and I was rather interested, so I wanted to take a further slightly more in depth look into matter......

With even the most basic operation on your mobile phone, they have to emit a small amount of radiation. This radiation (with out getting too technical) is electromagnetic radiation and is present in mobiles for they use radio frequency (RF) waves to make and receive calls. If that makes any sense to you well done you obviously listened in science lessons, if not, well don't worry because all you need to know is it produces small amounts of radiation, which wouldn't normally matter.

But what scientists have been concerned about is those small amounts of radiation are in direct contact with the tissues in your head, when placing your mobile phone up to your head to take a call. As a result of this, thoughts over the years have been that phone radiation might contribute to long term illness and health problems. Although extensive research on this matter has taken place, there has been no conclusive evidence to show that this statement is true.

Much more time is needed to research and uncover the real effects and the technology is advancing much further and quicker than the research, but studies have shown that exposure to RF waves from mobile phones can cause:

  • slightly raised blood pressure at the time of use, pressure returning to normal when use is stopped (to put this into perspective, our blood pressure changes regularly throughout the day and is even affected by tasks such as speaking.)
  • direct brain warming after prolonged use, which disperses as soon as you stop using your phone and causes no harm.
  • mild fatigue after prolonged use

The man I heard speak on the radio, had bad headaches and dizziness when using mobile phones, and that soon went away when he stopped using his mobile, claiming that it was due to phone radiation that made him have headaches.Which made think about using phones less. But then he went on to talk about if he ever had kids he'd never let them use mobile phones, which is an extreme stance.

Then they had a doctor on line, that put him in his place, saying his condition is most likely due to phone radiation but only a small majority of people have any problems and that sometimes we have to take risks in life and with our kids lives and especially can't limit them from the important role of communication in modern life, just because of their own personal experience. He ended with a phrase I would never of thought I'd hear a doctor say, 'you risk getting up in the morning, tripping over the rug and breaking your neck but hey, we've all got to take some risks.'

But there is no evidence for for phone radiation causing :

  • tumors
  • cancer
  • foetal damage
  • brain damage
  • memory impairment

So there, just to put your minds at rest, you haven't really got anything to worry about. Maybe just try and use hands free headsets, keep your phone about 20cm from your head/ ear, don't chat for hours and beware with children using phones, all to reduce radiation going into your brain and reduce 'the risk'.


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      marstoblog 6 years ago from Hitchin, England

      Thanks Prasetio,I too have read a lot about phone radiation ,so I think it's something to keep aware of or keep in mind but don't worry too much! thanks

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Actually I had read many times about mobile phone radiation. Just use this wisely. We should care with our health, right. Thanks to remind us about this. Vote it up!


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      marstoblog 6 years ago from Hitchin, England

      tell me if you have had any problems or worries with phone radiation here in the comments!