I am horrified at what I have been reading about EMFs from electronics: tvs, cell phones, portable phones, computer screens,
household appliances, electrical outlets, etc. How can I find out more about this. Prevention Magazine issue 1/2010 p.85
is really scary. I've just read Executive Summary of the California EMF Risk Evaluation for Policymakers and the Public.June 2002. Do you have any suggestions on how to reduce the risks?
From what I have been reading, there have been many research programs testing emf's and the scientific community is mostly convinced that the tests so far find the low levels emitted from hand held devices such as cell phones and pda's and other electronic devices in common use today are "harmless" or of "very low concern". Others are not convinced and studies/tests are ongoing.
I know that my cell phone emits something because it causes my desk top speakers and cb speakers to crackle when it rings. In fact, the crackle begins before the actual ring so I know a call is incoming. Whether or not there are any health affects from this is something I have no idea. I don't feel anything after years of use so until proven unsafe I just won't worry about it too much...maybe our generation will be the guinea pigs for the welfare of the next generation.
I will eventually pass on from this life and with literally thousands of possible causes of death, I would be amazed if the coroner reports the cause of my demise to be cell phone use. In the meantime, these devises give me an improved quality of life on a daily basis that I am not willing to forego based on extremely limited and unlikely possibilities.
I agree with hcmc, in addition to what was mentioned there are hundreds of more important issues to worry about other than electro magnetic radiation. I spent my career working in electrical/ electronic engineering and suffered no ill effects. In addition to the electrical work I was also involved with nuclear devices and radioactive materials. I live near a 13,500 volt power line and have not become "crispy".
I agree with those who say there are far more urgent issues
going on in the world right now over which we seem to have
little control and no voice. If the electro magnetic radiation is of
great concern, then individuals can choose to stop using those
devices. I respect that but will take my chances.
Without these devices those of us who have businesses or
jobs or just want to keep up with current events, friends and
family would be at a loss.
I do have concerns about kids with their IPods glued into their
ears at the highest decibel level 24 hours a day. They may well
pay the price with impaired hearing when they get older. But
of course they don't believe they will ever get old. ;-)