Last September Dr. Devra Lee Davis, an epidemiology professor from the University of Pittsburgh testified before the U.S. Senate…
“Dr. Davis,” asked Senator Tom Harkin, chairman for Health & Human Services, “you said that a cell phone should not be kept any closer than an inch to your body?”
Dr. Davis nodded.
“Where does that come from?” asked Senator Harkin.
“That actually comes from the BlackBerry manual,” replied Dr. Davis, “as well as from the iPhone manual. If you read the manual — which almost none of us does — that is what they say.”
Seeing is believing… so I found a PDF copy of iPhone’s “Important Product Information Guide” online which states: “iPhone’s SAR measurement may exceed the FCC exposure guidelines for body-worn operation if positioned less than 15 mm (5/8 inch) from the body…”
The BlackBerry manual takes it 10mm further by advising: “…keep the device at least 0.98 inches (25mm) away from your body…”
So if you can’t avoid cell and cordless phones entirely – at least do what the industry’s own manuals suggest: Avoid any direct physical contact while they are activated.
Maybe that’s why people yell when they are on cell phones. They just may be the smart ones…holding their phone so far away they have to yell!
Otherwise, use a speaker phone whenever you can or check out my previous Wellness Tip from the Future about air tube headsets.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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