French Experts Recommend Reduced Exposure To Mobile Phones

by Aruna on  October 17, 2009 at 10:35 AM News on IT in Healthcare
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Reports say that French health watchdogs, in a precautionary move, recommended reducing exposure to mobile phones and other portable wireless devices.

The guidelines are an interim step pending the outcome of wider research into any impacts from health from radio frequency fields.
 French Experts Recommend Reduced Exposure To Mobile Phones
French Experts Recommend Reduced Exposure To Mobile Phones

"The time for inaction has passed," Martin Guespereau, director of the French Health and Security Agency (Afsset), said at a press conference.

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"Let's not wait until the indications become pathologies before moving forward with limiting exposure," he said.

More than 1,000 studies were reviewed by Afsset, focusing on mobile phones, Wifi emitters, microwave ovens, cordless home phones and other gadgets that use frequencies of between 9 kilohertz (kHz) and 300 gigahertz (gHz).

Most of the studies did not show any negative impacts.

Some research, however, did point to possible health problems, including cell damage, reduced male fertility and a lower blood flow to the brain.

Emphasising caution, Guespereau also pointed out that cellphones have been widely used for barely a decade, not long enough to study long-term impacts from constant exposure.

"We cannot endorse the idea 'nothing has been proved, so nothing needs to be done'," said Guespereau.

Given the uncertainty, the agency said further research was needed to determine potential health impacts and in the meantime advised the public to exercise caution.

"If environmental exposure can be reduced, it should be," the agency said in a statement. It referred to a principle it called ALARA, "As Low As Reasonably Achievable."

Exposure to children should in particular be limited, Afsset said.

Other recommendations included the use of "hands-free" kits for cellphones and switching off machines such as modems and Wifi emitters when possible.

Consumers can also choose devices that have a low "specific absorption rate," which measures the level of radio-frequency emitted, and use gadgets that monitor radiation intensity.

For cellphone networks, Afsset suggested France's three competing telecoms giants share local transmitters to reduce the tally of relay stations.

An interim European Union study released earlier this year concluded that cellphone use is unlikely to cause cancer, but said that the effects of long term use and on children were unknown.

A comprehensive review of the potential health consequences of mobile phone use, known as the Interphone Study, overseen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is set to be released before the end of the year, a spokesperson said Thursday.

Source: AFP

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Well, if the question is whether too much cell phone usage is a threat to health, then the answer is simple.......yes!

1) Firstly, in a country like india, how many people know the term 'specific bsorption rate'? What is its min and max value of body exposure? Are the mobile companies following any stict law regarding SAR? If i am not wrong, mobile towers are to be constructed beyond a minimum height and distance from human habitat, do we follow any such law or is the government looking up to it? Cellular companies are just looking at their gains, all this does'nt matter to them it seems.

2) We are now facing a new addiction problem....Mobile addiction. Youngsters and teenagers are constantly getting attracted to this device leading to a crave for newer models for popularity. Robbery,late night calling leading to sleep disorders,pornography, you name it we have this connected to the cellular world these days. Youngsters are freaking out on SMS's, games, movies, internet on mobiles and how much qualitative use is being made we all are aware right?
I read this news coloumn in times of india where a teenage girl had to be put in a de-addiction centre just because she became mentally instable just because her friends stopped messaging her and calling her. prior to this she used to steal money from her parents to recharge her mobile.
As we see, mobile has become the fastest,easiest,cheap means of communication,entertainment,pleasure today. But a thought must be put to it whether this technology is so necessary that our generation next suffers from it.

3) Radiation exposure over a very long time will, without any doubt, will leave microscopic changes at hormonal,structural,cellular levels. well it is yet to prove so i need not say much but postural musculoskeletal problems, sleep disorders, personality disorders, depression are already errupting in the cellular mania. cellular communication is also causing a major change in human interaction on family,business,friendship levels. with a cell phone in our hand we are spending less time for say a cup of coffee with a friend or a face to face chat with a loved one.

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