January 2012

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Avoiding Cell Phone Hazards

In our November/December story “Calling on Caution” (Earth Matters), we learned about a possible link between cell phones and cancer, especially in people who use cell phones intensively over a long period of time. On our blog at www.energytimes.com, we asked our readers what precautions they are taking.

I wear a Q-Link and use speakerphone as much as possible.
Anonymous blog response

After reading a lot about cancer and cell phones, and other wireless objects, we have invested in the GIA cell guards for our cell and cordless phones, microwave, computer, etc.
Anonymous blog response

Q-Link is a pendant worn around the neck; the GIA cell guard attaches to the phone. “A number of devices have been marketed that claim to ‘shield’ or otherwise reduce RF [the radiation emitted by cell phones] absorption in the body of the user,” says the Federal Communications Commission (www.fcc.gov). “Studies have shown that these devices gen­erally do not work as advertised. In fact, they may actually increase RF absorption in the head due to their potential to interfere with proper operation of the phone, thus forcing it to increase power to compensate.”

The country’s best-known consumer protection group, Consumer Reports, has not tested such radiation-shielding devices and cannot comment on their effectiveness. However, the group agrees with the commonsense advice found in our original article: Reduce cell phone usage, especially by children, and keep the phone away from your head as much as possible.

Corrections
In our November/December story on Denise Richards, the dancer with Richards in the photo on page 24 is Maksim Chmerkovskiy, not Louis Van Amstel. And in our October Malady Makeover story on fatty liver disease, we said the liver is the largest organ in the body; that distinction goes to the skin.

Look for These Web Extras
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