Do you remember when you bought a new cell phone, opened the box, and discovered a new pamphlet that warned you about the possible health risk associated with EMF radiation? Many people would probably throw this away, if they even noticed it at all, and the industry was well-aware of that. Even to this day, there’s not much of a buzz about the disconcerting risks connected with using electrical and wireless devices.
When you saw the pamphlet about EMF waves, you were probably alarmed for a moment and quickly forgot about it because, after all, how could these devices be produced and sold on a massive scale if it was that dangerous? But the fact is that EMF radiation is suspected to be dangerous, and experts are now making a new push to raise awareness about the health risks of using wireless devices.
History of EMF
In 1830, English Physicist Michael Faraday was the first to discover that it was possible to create an electromagnetic field by exploiting the relationship between a magnetic field and electric current, as described by Faraday’s Law of Magnetic Induction.
That was a long time ago. Surely, no one was concerned that EMF waves had the potential to cause cancer when they were first discovered, but now that nearly everyone on the planet is constantly using devices that emit these waves, things are much different.
How Bad Is It?
First of all, there are around 5 billion mobile phones walking around, globally. A 2011 report by the World Health Organization classified EMF radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” and this was the beginning of an increased concern by activists about the implications of health risks for consumers all over the world. Although the evidence is not definitive, the studies being conducted to find out the dangers of this radiation are revealing that it is a credible threat to wireless users, at least to some degree.
The Call for Action
The fine print about EMF radiation has been included with new cell phones for over a decade, but more than a few whistle-blowers are now demanding that consumers are provided with full disclosure about the health risks caused by wireless devices. On September 21, 2015, the City of Berkeley became the first city in the country to pass a law requiring that retailers include literature with every cell phone purchase, warning consumers not to “carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is turned ON and connected to a wireless network”.
A lot of research still has to be done before anyone can say that your cell phone will give you cancer, but there is evidence already which points to considerable health risks connected to EMF radiation. The problem is that, just like “big tobacco” companies, the telecom industry and anyone with vested interest in the manufacturing of these devices will fight for control over their product, even at the expense of public health. Hopefully, the powers that be will make the necessary changes and start producing not only smart technology, but safer technology.
1. Richard Fitzpatrick, “Faraday’s Law,” July 14, 2007, https://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/302l/lectures/node85.html
2. Press Release, May 31, 2011, International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization, https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf
3. Josh Harkinson, “Berkeley Votes to Warn Cell Phone Buyers of Health Risks,” May 13, 2015, Mother Jones, https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/05/berkeley-cell-phone-law-right-know-ordinance