A man in Italy who claimed that having to use cell phones for work gave him a brain tumor has been awarded €500 ($535) a month in compensation. Luckily, the tumor was benign, The Guardian reported, although he did lose hearing in his right ear.
In 2011, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared the radiation emitted by cell phones and wireless devices a Group 2B “Possible Carcinogen,” and most recently, the National Toxicology Program, an interagency research program, based at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, concluded that whole body exposure to cell phone radiation likely caused heart and brain tumors in male rats.
Despite such findings, cell phones have become increasingly pervasive and such a common part of our daily lives that most people never think twice about using them — which makes it even more important to start thinking about ways to be safe with your phone and other wearable, wireless devices.
One factor that should no longer be debated is the risk of cell phones to children. Children simply shouldn’t be using them. Keep your own cell phone use to a minimum. Limit wearable device usage to areas with excellent reception, as the weaker the reception, the more power your phone must use to transmit, and the more power it uses, the more radiation it emits.
Never carry your cellphone on your body or sleep with it under your pillow or near your head. And, use a well-shielded wired headset. One of the best kinds of headsets use a combination of shielded wire and air-tube. These operate like a stethoscope, transmitting the sound to your head as an actual sound wave.