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Hazards in Your Cellphone

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • In 2017, Wendy Mesley with Canada’s CBC News conducted an investigation into a hidden warning in cellphones
  • The warning states to keep the phone a certain distance away from your body — usually 5 to 15 millimeters (mm) — to limit exposure to radiofrequency (RF) exposure to under the federal safety limit
  • If you carry your phone in your pocket or your bra, or hold it against your ear when you talk, you’re violating this warning and increasing your RF exposure with unknown health consequences
  • When cellphones were tested right next to the body, RF exposure went up significantly, by three to four times, exceeding the safety limit in all cases
  • Research found exposure to radio frequency radiation (RFR) used by cellphones was associated with an increase in DNA damage, which could lead to tumors
  • Avoid carrying your cellphone on your body unless in airplane mode and never sleep with it in your bedroom unless it is in airplane mode

In 2017, Wendy Mesley with Canada's CBC News conducted an investigation into a little-known fact about cellphones. Inside the manual is a warning, one that could drastically change the use of cellphones as you know it — if only it were taken seriously.

In short, the warning states to keep the phone a certain distance away from your body — usually 5 to 15 millimeters (mm), or two-tenths to six-tenths of an inch — to limit exposure to radiofrequency (RF) exposure to under the federal safety limit.


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