Here we go again. Talk about the radiation emitted from cell phones has always been a controversial topic and now another study is indicating that those mobile phones might not be the healthiest things in the world. In fact, the study is saying that “cell phoens used in the shirt or pants pocket exceed FCC exposure guidelines and that children absorb twice as much microwave radiation from phones as do adults.”
To be published in the Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine journal, “Exposure Limits: The underestimation of absorbed cell phone radiation, especially in children” says that setting the exposure limits based on adult absorption may not be terribly appropriate. Using the industry-designed process for evaluating microwave radiation, the study found that children were taking in twice as much to their heads.
But there’s more. Further study revealed that the hippocampus and hypothalamus in a child’s brain could be absorbing up to triple what an adult brain absorbs, as well as greater absorption in the eyes and up to 10 times more in the bone marrow. Presumably, this is because children have generally thinner bones and fewer defense mechanisms.
The FCC standard is based on a “a large man whose 40 brain tissues are assumed to be exactly the same,” but the paper is pushing for a more varied approach for different ages, including pregnant women.