You’re not old enough to remember this, but history books will show you ‘funny’ pictures of Radioactive Soap — which cost more than regular soap, of people getting X-rays at parties, or of scientists promoting cigarettes as a healthy relaxation tool.
We’ve been wrong before.
Now we’re wrong about cell phones. If you don’t believe me, read this review of the many studies that have found that the sort of waves emitted from cell phones do cause cancer. — You might notice they refer to some of the emissions as microwaves.
When consumer microwaves first came out, they looked more like a griddle and were fully open. Nowadays we know enough to put a strong shield around them, to tell pregnant women not to use them, and health nuts won’t touch the things.
I’m not telling you to wear a tinfoil hat or to throw your cell phone into the ocean (please don’t!) But, as the severity of the risk drops with distance from the emitter, you can do the following:
- Don’t sleep with your cell phone under your pillow (as I’ve been doing)
- Don’t keep your cell phone in your back pocket
- Buy earbuds with a mic and plug in for long calls (Bluetooth isn’t great, either)
- Don’t buy a house right under a cell phone tower
You might think I’m a little crazy, but that’s okay by me — as long as you decrease the amount of time you spend with your phone against your face, I’ll be happy.