Are cell phones dangerous to your health? That is the claim of a group of influential scientists who claim that wireless cell phones have been linked to cancer, infertility and numerous neurological diseases and that more needs to be done to protect people from the electromagnetic radiation being sent out into the world by cell phones, cell phone towers, power lines and wireless internet.
Vodacom spokesman Richard Boorman has played down the report, which was published in the scientific journal “Reviews on Environmental Health”, and has insisted that the findings are a mistake. “There have been thousands of studies into the effects of radio frequency on health,” he says. “There is no evidence to convince experts that exposure below the guidelines set by International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) carries any health risks for adults or children.”
The scientists from the Swedish Carolina Institute, however, see things rather differently, believing that they have indeed found evidence of “serious disruptions to biological systems” as a result of wireless devices, including cell phones. “Many researchers now believe the existing systems are inadequate to protect public health because they do not consider prolonged exposure to lower emission levels that are now widespread,” the panel concluded, recommending that governments immediately lower exposure limits to electromagnetic radiation and for an international registry to be formed to track cancers and other diseases, while Professor Yuri Grigoriev, the Chair of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection has advised children and pregnant women to avoid using cordless and cell phones wherever possible.