New California Health Guidelines warn people to keep cell phone away from Body
Last month, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a new set of guidelines on cell phone use and radiation risk. The CDPH’s guidelines state that some scientific studies have linked long-term, frequent cell phone use with brain cancer, low sperm count, and learning, hearing and sleep issues. The guidelines also note that the risks may be higher for children. CDPH director Dr. Karen Smith stated,
It’s clear that there are people who are concerned. So our job, is even in situations where the science isn’t entirely definitive, when there are simple things that people can do to reduce exposure, it’s our job to tell them how to do that.
The CDPH drafted guidelines on cell phone radiation risks back in 2014, but the guidelines were never released until March 2017 after losing a court battle with UC Berkeley researcher Joel Moskowitz. The CDPH admits the link between cell phones and the risk of radiation is not conclusive, which is why it did not want to release the guidelines in 2014. However, many scientists and health advocates believe the risk is real, and they’ve been pushing the state to acknowledge the issue. According to Dr. Smith, small changes such as keeping your phone out of your pocket and storing it away from your bed at night can help reduce radiation exposure. It is going to be hard to convince people to keep their cell phone away from their body. The potential health risks cell phones pose to people will definitely continue to be debated for years to come.