Many people share the common misconception that all and any radiation is dangerous, including the one coming from cellular phones. This is due to the fact that most don’t understand the difference between the two types of radiation, the quite dangerous ionizing (radioactive) radiation, and not so dangerous non-ionizing radiation of electromagnetic waves used in radio transmissions, broadcasts and mobile communication, as well as in the microwave ovens.
Ionizing radiation is comprised of high energy sub-atomic particles and can be dangerous even in relatively small doses that can result in internal cell damage caused by free radicals. Non-ionizing radiation in form of low energy electromagnetic waves can be dangerous only in immense amounts that cause thermal damage to the tissues like in a microwave.
The danger from ionizing radiation (radioactivity) is the main reason why nuclear reactors are built far away from populated areas, protected by thick layers of concrete, lead and other radiation-absorbing materials. Unlike nuclear reactors, cell towers, cell phones, radio antennas and electrical equipment have nothing to do with radioactivity and ionizing radiation. Their non-ionizing radiation is not dangerous and that’s why they are so widely used and spread throughout the world. Here are the two drastic examples from the history of human kind that show the danger of one and no similar danger from the other type of radiation:
Marie Curie, the famous chemist and physicist and double Nobel prize winner worked with radioactive isotopes and was the main contributor in creation of a theory of radioactivity, a term she coined. Due to her work in radioactive environment, she died at the age of 66 of aplastic anemia, caused by exposure to ionizing radiation.
On the other hand, Nikola Tesla, the famous genius, engineer and inventor who changed the world with his numerous inventions in areas of electricity and radio waves, had spent so much time in many labs and surroundings abundant and saturated with electromagnetic and radio waves due to all kinds of low and high frequency currents, Tesla coils and even numerous experiments with wireless transfer of significant amounts of energy, some of which used to knock down an entire power plant. Had electromagnetic radiation been dangerous, he would have died a young man, but he didn’t. He lived to be close to 87 years old.
There are so many theories that radiation from cellular phones can affect living organisms, but although cell phones have been around for decades, nobody has been able to scientifically confirm any of these claims. Although WHO recently said that cell phones can possibly cause cancer, it has been impossible to prove any negative effects of normal amounts of non-ionizing radiation to human health.
I am skeptical about the recently published findings that a cell phone call can alter some brain functions – perhaps a land line phone call can cause the same brain activity as it enters a phone call communication mode. Either way, the study had a very limited sample and didn’t result in any proof about any negative impact. Cell phones emanate very low amounts of the very low energy non-ionizing radiation and so far the only proven negative and sometimes deadly effect of cell phone use is when they’re used for texting while driving.
Here are some of the biggest studies that show no increase in incidence of cancer in population that uses cell phones (there are so many of them online that I only picked the three biggest and most important ones):
DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE!