We’ve covered the potential risks of cell phone radiation quite a bit here on MNN — an issue that I personally don’t think gets enough attention, considering the ubiquity of cell phone use these days. But last week, NY Times gave some coverage to the health risks of cell phones with an article that asks, Should You Be Snuggling With Your Cellphone?
The piece looks at some of the worrying studies we’ve covered here on MNN — as well as a new book by epidemologist Devra Davis called “Disconnect,” which “concludes that the question is not yet settled” when it comes to the effects of cell phone radiation.
What’s a cell phone owner to do? Don’t have the cell phone too close to you, whether it’s pressed up against your ear or against your body in your shirt pocket. That advice is the same as those given by Environmental Working Group, which has warned about cell phone radiation risks in the past.
Holding the phone away from your body is the best way to reduce radiation risks, according to NY Times, but EWG also offers other tips for radiation worry warts — and even has a “Get a Safer Phone” feature to help you pick a low radiation phone — or to see just how high your phone’s radiation emission is.
Unfortunately, my Blackberry doesn’t score well — a big reason why I think I’m going to end up switching carriers when my service contract ends with Credo Mobile. The company’s great and green, but doesn’t offer enough safer cell phone options. In the meantime, I’m going to try to get in the habit of using my headset more often when talking on my Blackberry.