CELL PHONE MICROWAVE EXPOSURE
It's true that a headset will transmit microwave radiation
up the wire into a person's ear. When a person holds a cell phone up to his
ear, if his head happens to be between the phone and the nearest cellular relay
tower, the cell phone outputs higher radiation to get a stronger signal
through. If a person wears a cell phone on his belt and the phone is turned on,
the phone will periodically send a strong pulsed locating signal to find a
tower and to notify the phone service provider that the phone is turned on and
available to receive a call. Every time the locating signal is sent, the person
wearing the phone gets a slight blast of microwave energy directed to the
internal organs around the waist. If a person talks on a cell phone with a
headset and keeps the phone on his body, his body (and less so his head)
receives the brunt of the microwave exposure.
Comments have been made that the cell phone industry is in a similar position as the early days of the tobacco industry when it knew that its product caused cancer. There is plenty of data indicating that microwave radiation causes adverse health effects from DNA strand breakage to brain tumors. Cell phones now come with a warning that there could be a possibility of health risks. People who want the convenience of a cell phone are not interested in hearing about a possible health risk. Children are particularly vulnerable to health risks of cell phones because the smaller size of their heads in relationship to the size of the microwaves passing through it. (Analogous to second-hand smoke, cell phones emit invisible microwave radiation to those in the immediate vicinity. I hope cell phone usage never gets approved for airplane flights - imagine being stuck on a 3 hour flight next to someone talking away - not only annoying but also being exposed to that radiation the whole time.)
Much research is available on the internet regarding the hazards of cell phones. Here's a link to a brief summary article:
www.microwavenews.com is considered the best source for up to date information on research done around the world on health effects of microwaves and electromagnetic fields.
If you use a cell phone, the headsets that have an empty plastic tube leading up to the head are much safer to use than a wired headset. Some phones now come with a built in speaker phone, and for some phones you can buy a speaker phone which attaches to your phone. You can buy 2 headsets with the tube at the top for $20.99 (RF3 Cellular Headset) at
Cell phones vary in the strength of the microwave signal they emit. A good, reliable and relatively inexpensive ($81.50) microwave meter I have used for years is the MicroAlert. It gives you pause to have a cell phone trigger the meter at 8 or 10 feet away when you've heard a microwave oven also trigger the meter close up. Many cordless phones operate at the 2.4 gigahertz frequency and will set off the microwave meter. Bluetooth wireless technology will also trigger the meter, as will driving by a cell phone tower.
Other resources: Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age: An Insider's Alarming Discoveries About Cancer and Genetic Damage by George Louis Carlo
Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience? or Environmental Hazard?
by B. Blake Levitt
Interview with Robert Becker, M.D. "I have no doubt in my mind that at the present time the greatest polluting element in the earth's environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields."