Hands-Free Cell Phones Turn Up the Heat - The Borneo Post - Sunday, 17 February, 2002
British consumers group warned that new research shows radiation to the
brain might actually increase if the earpiece wire is used and held in
certain positions. With well over a quarter of a billion mobile phones in
use worldwide, possible health hazards posed by mobile phones have
generated intense interest amid fears that low-level radiation could
trigger a string of ailments, especially tumours.
hands-free cellular phone kit became popular as much for safety as for
convenience by putting a respectable distance between the mobile
microwaves and the human brain. However, Britain's Consumer's Association
said the device was unreliable as a safety mechanism. Its latest research
shows that the key factor is the distance between the earpiece and the
mobile phone antenna.
association's tests demonstrate that there is a range within which the
kits reduce radiation exposure, but on either side of the range the kits
can actually work as conductors, amplifying by as much as three and a half
T. Don't Phone Home!
researchers raised new fears over radiation caused by mobile phones, and
said that children and teenagers under the age of 18, who represent a
quarter of Britain's 25 million mobile users. Radiation is known to affect
the brain rhythms, and children are particularly vulnerable.
effect of microwaves from a mobile phone is a bit like interference on a
radio. It has an impact on the stability of cells in the body. The main
effects are neurological, causing headaches, memory loss and also sleeping
These findings came
as the British government launched a new task force to study
the possible risks of mobile phones. The British government commissioned
inquiry into potential risks said last year, that children should be
discouraged from using mobile phones.
No Mobile Phones Before Bed!