Cell Phone Radiation Exposure May Be Greater than FCC Estimates

Posted on October 21, 2011

An article published in an online journal this week claims that the “safe exposure” limits set for cell phone radiation by the Federal Communications Commission “does not adequately protect” users, especially children, according to recent news sources.

The article was published in the Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine journal, and reports that the testing that the FCC conducts underestimates radiation exposure levels. They attribute the underestimation to the size of the head the testing measure against, usually a 6’2”, 220-pound male. The research in the article reports that that size is larger than the heads of 97% of the population.

The test head is filled with liquid to mimic the contents of the brain, but the researchers argue that that is also incorrect, as there are 40 different types of brain tissue. Children’s exposure is also something that is not measured, which is significant because they have a much smaller head and a thinner skull.

The researchers suggest that MRI or CT scans would more accurately show the amount of radiation exposure.

The FCC and the Food and Drug Administration maintain that scientific evidence has not shown that cell phones cause harm. Conversely, cell-phone radiation was recently classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I’m glad to see that research is continually striving to provide more answers about the safety of the products we use. If you or someone you care about has been injured or suffered from the use of an unsafe product, I recommend you contact a product defect lawyer as soon as possible.

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