California Department of Public Health Issues New Warnings about Cellphone Radiation Exposure. Again.

I’ve written before about the potential dangers of exposure to cellphone radiation. Considering our collective addiction to cellphones and the known levels of radiation emissions coming from cellphones, I’ll likely write more about this topic again in the future, unless somethings change about both the ways in which we use our cellphones and the way manufacturers protect consumers from known levels of cellphone radiation emmission. Now the state of California Department of Public Health has reissued warnings and suggested guidelines for safe useage of these radioactive devices.

These new warnings from the CDPH are far from the first round of dire warnings that the state of California has issued about the dangers of cellphone radiation exposure. Far from it. It’s just the most recent in a long line of warnings that the California Department of Public Health has issued about our collective and continued exposure to cellphone radiation.

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Now, it’s worth mentioning that despite California’s warnings, there are other scientific studies that do not reach the same conclusions that the state of California has. Nonetheless, it would seem to me that exercising an abundance of caution when dealing with potentially carcinogenic radiation is both wise and prudent, especially if you have children who use these devices, since they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of close range radiation exposure over time. Not to mention, even if you scoff at the warnings and guidelines issued by the state of California, it’s worth keeping in mind that despite the fact that Apple (and the other smartphone manufacturers) have their own clear and concise warnings and cautions when it comes to usage of their devices, relatively few of us follow even those minimal precautions.

For instance according to the manufacturers, cellphone radiation isn’t safe when you carry said radioactive device in your pocket or hold said radioactive device up against your skull, or let your children hold it against their significantly thinner skulls. And yet, most of us persist, as if oblivious to the manufacture’s own warnings that come with the devices in question.

The recent California state warnings about cellphone radiation exposure include taking the following precautions:

  • 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.

When all is said and done, it’s up to each of us to decide how we choose to use our technological devices, just like it’s up to each of us to decide whether or not to smoke cigarettes, or spend hours on end in the summer sun without sunscreen. Personally I’ll choose to listen to the science and words of warning coming out of California, and err on the side of caution.

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As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Dig reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Dig's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Dig also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Dig's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Dig loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech