California tends to be one of the more cautious states when it comes to elements of potential harm. Thanks to Proposition 65, certain products have an approximation of this statement on their labels:

This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects and/or reproductive harm.

One of the long-running concerns health professionals have had with cellphones is the radiation involved in transmitting and receiving signals — how much exposure is too much? Where should put them? Well, after nearly 45 years of cellphones being around, the California Department of Public Heath now has guidelines on how to deal with with their RF — and is now advising people to do the following:

  • Keeping the phone away from the body
  • Reducing cell phone use when the signal is weak
  • Reducing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files
  • Keeping the phone away from the bed at night
  • Removing headsets when not on a call
  • Avoiding products that claim to block radio frequency energy. These products may actually increase your exposure.

In other words, get your phone away from your pocket, now. Sorry.

“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director. “We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce some exposure for both children and adults.”

Generally, these considerations should be taken a just bit more seriously with kids all the way through college age and the elderly — they’re just good ideas in general. But so far, there’s still no established and consistently researched link from the RF doses of cellphones to cancer.

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