Don't keep cell phones next to your body: California Health Department

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The California Department of Public Health Wednesday released a new set of guidelines concerning the use of cellphones and radiation risk.

The guidelines are cautious.

The CDHP recommends not keeping your phone in your pocket, not putting it up to your ear for a prolonged amount of time, keeping use low if there are two bars or less, not sleeping near it at night and to be aware that if you are in a fast-moving auto, bus or train, your phone will emit more RF energy to maintain the connection. They note that the risks may be higher for children. "The preponderance of the research indicates that cell phone radiation poses a major risk to health", he said in a statement. The department itself admits the link is not conclusive.

The CDH report added, "Although the science is still evolving, some laboratory experiments and human health studies have suggested the possibility that long-term, high use of cell phones may be linked to certain types of cancer and other health effects". "We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults".

While Smith said the release of the new guidelines were not prompted by Moskowitz's lawsuit, she said they are "very closely related" to the draft Moskowitz obtained this year.

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The state argued in court that the unofficial document would cause unnecessary panic. Then again, there's also no harm in using your cellphone less, and given that we're starting to find that too much screen time can be bad for our mental health, especially for teens, it might be worthwhile to spend more time away from your phone anyway.

Moskowitz said the move is long overdue.

Limit the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, or to download or upload large files.

As the FDA states on its website, '[t] he weight of scientific evidence has not linked cellphones with any health problems.' Likewise, the FCC monitors scientific research on a regular basis, and its standard for RF exposure is based on recommended guidelines adopted by US and worldwide standard-setting bodies. The most secure approach to utilize one's telephone is the point at which it's associated with Wi-Fi.

The guidelines recommend that cell phone users keep the phone away from the body and away from the bed at night. A person can also put their cellular device on airplane mode when they aren't connected to Wi-Fi so the phone isn't drawing a signal from a cell tower.