Mobile Phones

The average age of a child when they receive their first mobile phone is 8 yrs.

It seems that everyone in Ireland has a mobile phone. Do you know anyone who doesn’t. Unfortunately the technology they use involves microwave transmissions to and from the base stations, this is the same frequency used in microwave ovens, would you put your head in or near a microwave oven? Having a mobile phone held against your ear during a conversation sends these microwaves into your skull and brain.

SAR Specific Absorption Ratio

The SAR is a measure of maximum power emitted under one frequency.  Most smartphones today use several different frequencies in a single call, or with multiple uses of the phone taking place simultaneously.

Mobile phones guidelines are tested according to how much microwave energy is absorbed in a skull model and this is called S.A.R. (Specific Absorption Rate). The sole criterion for the SAR rests on the level of induced heat to be avoided and does not reflect growing scientific reports that levels that do not induce measurable changes in heat can have impacts on biological systems. The skull model size is based on an average adult sized skull filled with glucose mixture which represents the brain. Are all skulls the same size? Are children’s skulls the same thickness as adults? There are no tests carried out on child size skull models. There are no tests carried out to see what other damage there are to cells, only how much heat is generated. The European SAR limit set by ICNRP is 2W/Kg, most mobile phones output operate near this limit around 1.5W/Kg. If this test was carried out on a child skull model most phones would probably fail as the child’s skull is thinner allowing for more penetration of microwaves.

In 1997, alarming results were revealed by Dr. Om Ghandi from the University of Utah showing how radiation penetrates younger skulls far more deeply than those of adults.
In 2011 the World Health Organisation re classified mobiles phones as possibly carcinogenic based on the increased risk of glioma and other brain tumors near the ear. It may take up to 10 years for these tumors to develop which was shown by a study carried out by Dr. Lennart Hardell, Dept of Oncology, University Hospital Orebro, Sweden.

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