Cell phones have become an inseparable part of our lives. It’s almost always with us and when we finally put our cellphone down for a good night sleep, it's still near our vicinity; on our bed, under pillow, or nightstand. However, we are forgetting the age-old saying, “too much of anything is bad!” and cell phones are no exception.
Recently California Health Department has issued a safety message regarding the radiation of cell phones and how one can reduce the risk of being exposed.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has asked folks to reduce the usage of cell phones and similar devices and try to keep the device at a distance whenever possible.
Dr. Karen Smith of CDPH said “When you sleep, you keep the cell phone at least arm's length away from your body. And also, not carrying your cell phone in your pocket, having it either in your purse or not carrying it with you.”
Furthermore, the guidelines also included few more tips such as reducing the usage when the signal is weak and unplugging the headsets when not on call. Keeping cell phones at bay for streaming audio/video and uploading/ downloading large files.
Smartphone use continues to increase in the U.S., especially among children, and the health department said some people and health professionals have concerns about the radio frequency energy emitted from cell phones. Although conclusive medical research is lacking, some studies suggest a possible connection between cellphone use and the risk of brain tumors, low sperm count, headaches, and impaired memory, hearing, and sleep. California officials cite concerns that "long-term high use may impact human health."
I think it’s time to reset our priorities. And enjoy activities that don’t involve cellphones.