Hot Cell Phones

Written by Tara Peris
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A good deal of research on cellular phones focuses on the issue of hot phones. This work has examined the effects of heat emanating from phones after long periods of use. In particular, it has centered on potentially adverse reactions in the human body. Although still in its infancy, work in this arena is of paramount importance for understanding the risks associated with prolonged cell phone use.

If You Can't Take the Heat

Cell phones and other wireless devices use electromagnetic fields to transmit their messages back and forth. In cellular and cordless phones, the antenna is the transmitter source and thus, the source of radiation emission. What this means is that it is the source of the heat. Notably, radiation is itself a type of heat, but some EMF frequencies are hotter than others.

In general, cell phones use very low-frequency wavelengths. These waves cannot be seen with the naked eye and they are not especially hot. However, you may have noticed that after prolonged use, your cell phone gets hot to the touch. This is due in part to radiation emissions.

Doctors and scientists take this hot phone syndrome as a cause for concern. Specifically, since radiation is a heat source and since high levels of radiation can heat and permeate human tissue, there is a possibility that radioactive toxins may be able to enter the bloodstream. Research is still underway to explore this process, but many scientists are advocating for the use of protective shields until clear findings emerge.

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