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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just added a bunch of new 2010 phones to their interactive cell phone radiation list and database.

According to the EWG, they're, "Troubled by recent studies that have found significantly higher risks for brain and salivary gland tumors among people using cell phones for 10 years or longer. More research is crucial."

The ten safest phones...

  1. Sanyo Katana II [Kajeet]
  2. Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837) [AT&T]
  3. Blackberry Storm 9530 [Verizon Wireless]
  4. Samsung I8000 Omnia II [Verizon Wireless]
  5. Samsung Propel Pro (SGH-i627) [AT&T]
  6. Samsung SGH-t229 [T-Mobile]
  7. Helio Pantech Ocean [Virgin Mobile]
  8. Sony Ericsson W518a Walkman [AT&T]
  9. Samsung SGH-a137 [AT&T, AT&T GoPhone]
  10. LG Shine II [AT&T]

More help...
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This is another strange area - in part depending on science as İ have not heard of a mainline scientific group declaring a problem. İ definitely don't consider the EWG to be mainstream! Really İ thought this was in the area of the loony fringe.

A big part depends on your usage - İ think anyone spending much time on a phone, unless required for work such as a poll taker, is time wasted. RF is so pervasive today that you would have to go to the back country to be away from it. İ am quite sure that texting or talking on the phone while driving is far more dangerous than the RF. 

İ did read one suggestion that cell phones are behind the bees demise - don't know what brand they were using though. Must be fantastic to have such small phones so they can tell each other where the good flowers are. 
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I agree that more research is very much needed in this area. Personally, I'm inclined to agree that usage is the big deal. I have the smallest phone plan my cell company offers and I'm still only on the phone for about 1/4 of the time I pay for. I wish they had a smaller plan :( but I digress. I haven't seen much solid info on this issue - i.e. actual studies (big studies) and cell phone dangers are terribly low on my list of concerns; as in non-existent.

Then again, I know some people worry, hence the link. I think people should just get off the phones. When I lived in Humboldt I would rarely see people walking around on phones then when I moved to an actual city (in NM) I was shocked because everyone and their dog walked around attached to their flipping phones. It creates a super impersonal society in my opinion. No one says hello anymore because everyone's on a damn phone.

Also, I see kids who are way too young on them way too often. I don't know, it just seems like the more tech we get the further we're cut off from actual humans and the experience of a tech free nature too. Sad.
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So what's the story with "cell guards" that are purported to protect the cell phone user from harmful radiation exposure? What's with "live" water and "optimized water systems"? So many of my friends have bought in to these companies -- and they're sane, seemingly intelligent people! I feel like I'm living in Stepford. I am so tired of being bombarded with Direct Sales company scare tactics, without a sound, trustworthy voice to turn to. Why are there no "watchdog groups" protecting the consumer from fraudulent claims?

 

The EWG had this to say about the cell phone protection question:

 

  • Environmental Working Group Susan, Good question, we do address radiation shields in our report

    FAQ, here:http://www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/faq (#14).

    I sent your question along to our cell phone guru in the event she has something to add.

    Hope this is helpful. Best, Lisa

    November 29 at 1:16pm · Like · 
  • Environmental Working Group 
    Susan, Just got a reply from her. She says there is no guarantee that
    they actually work, and no one is watching over the market, so there are no guidelines as to what would
    be a “good device.” So while we support engineering innovation, at this moment with the information
    available, EWG does not support this approach. Hope this helps, Lisa

    PS - But we did put together this practical tip sheet on how to reduce your exposure: 
    November 30 at 3:18pm · Like · 
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And please, no sales pitches from reps -- I only want to hear back from people who are not connected financially to this issue smile.gif

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