CNN Explains: Cell phones and radiation

CNN Explains: Cell phones and radiation

You love your cell phone, but is it emitting radiation that could be harmful? CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains.

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50 Comments

  1. Imnaught Aphool on October 27, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    People inadvertently grant "Authority" consent to harm them. BACKWARDS: Utilities & telecom corporations are GIVEN immunity from ALL liability by statutory laws created by corrupt governments you elect, which shelter corporations from you. Take back any consent you have inadvertently given away. Claim/reclaim your rights, the ones you have had all along. Use common law to refuse s/meters. It’s the foundation of all English law. Go to BC freedom then word press then com & click on DOCUMENTS



  2. James Rick on October 27, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Stop 5G kill towers!!! Its weaponized population control sold through hyper materialistic ignorance. If we dont stop it soon, all life on this planet will cease to exist. Do not buy a new phone and do not upgrade to 5g. Everything your told by the authorities IS A LIE!



  3. Godzilla on October 27, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Does surfing through the internet on wi fi cause radiation?



  4. Cheng Zeng on October 27, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    try a cell-repel, pretty useful!!



  5. Manpreet Heer on October 27, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    thanks



  6. Imnaught Aphool on October 27, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    “Let me be very clear. The Industry has NOT said once, not ONCE, that cell phones are safe.” – Dane Snowden, vice president & representative of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) at a safety legislation hearing in California. Every single smart meter is 40X stronger than a cell phone, surrounds the occupants in the structure, makes the home a microwave oven w/ occupants as the meat slow cooking in it. Take back your life & power. Use common law to refuse forced danger.



  7. Juan Perez on October 27, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Very good thought. You can’t pop corn too easy with a cell phone. You have to focus all the RF output on the popcorn to pop the corn. It may pop one kernel if you focus all the watts of RF output right. I checked my phone stats to see if it was in the ball park. But this puts it in perspective:
    A typical phone like mine on the 1900 band puts out 1.1429 watts or .27 calories per second according to FCC ID specifications.

    Look up the FCC ID for your phones to get a better estimate.

    It takes 540 cal to completely boil off 1 cc or 1 gram of water. 1 cc is close to 1/5th teaspoon of water.
    1 kernel of popcorn is about 1/10th gram.
    If 540/10 = 54, then it takes approximately 54 cal to boil off 1 cc of water or pop 1 kernel of popcorn.

    At 1.1429 watts my phone puts out .27 calories per second according to the FCC.. So then if 5 phones put out all their Radio frequency all at once, it could take approximately 40 seconds to pop a kernel of popcorn. And if one phone could pop a kernel of popcorn after about 3 minutes and 20 seconds next to a kernel.

    If you talk a lot on the phone it may hurt after a lot. If all that RF output could put out 50 calories and cook a popcorn kernel after 3 to 4 minutes, No wonder they say too much might do some harm. We work with radios all the time.

    But like iPhone manufacturers literature said, used wisely, wired headphones can keep the RF output away from you and doesn’t do as much damage. I like phones and I like ear buds. I’m keeping my phone.



  8. Carlos Nazario on October 27, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    I wonder if a decade from now we are going to see a spike in hip cancers where we carry them all the time.



  9. lllWARCHILDlll on October 27, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Any parent providing a cellphone to their child without monitoring it and their child is a complete and total moron. You’ve provided an open door of communication from complete strangers into their lives… and you aren’t going to be a parent for that? Either do your job or don’t have children, they didn’t make the choice to be had, you made the choice to have them.



  10. Colin Vernet on October 27, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    first of all that was in no way .9 inches, it was closer to 6. I’m pretty sure quite a few people do keep their phone a bit away from their head. but sheesh its almost like he has to compensate for something… also, CITATIONS?? I realize that in this world you can just say "studies show" and 90% of people will blindly follow you, but I really hope that some people out there can see past this blatant attempt by out dated and failing industries (like headset manufacturers) to scare you into buying their stuff. furthermore, I don’t think that we can forsake a HUGE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT on the base that there isn’t "sufficient" evidence to call it 100% safe, while a puny and highly flawed argument surfaces to say otherwise. progress should be the given the benefit of the doubt, on top of an already stronger database.

    not to be hypocritical, I will cite
    the INTERPHONE study and The Danish cohort study
    both released by the American cancer society as to say that there is no evidence of any ill effects generated by cell phones,

    as well as an article published by CNN themselves giving the opinion of Bernard Leikind PhD, who is aa physicist. having researched and taught at the University of Maryland, UCLA, General Atomics and the Livermore Laboratory. written essays about the cell phone radiation controversy for the Skeptic, a publication of the Skeptics Society, a scientific and educational organization that examines controversial claims. and who pays T-Mobile about $40 a month for his cell phone service, which constitutes all of his financial dealings with cell phone companies.



  11. fitforsoccer000888 on October 27, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    You are smart. Indeed it does use electromagnetic radiation to transmit information. Instead, use an ethernet cord for your computer or android tablet. Apple tablets don’t allow wired connections btw…dangit apple!



  12. Izzy G. on October 27, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Sometimes people actually use their phones,

    other times people use their phones either to apparently-text in case they walk by someone they don’t wanna talk to

    or

    they hold their phone to their ear to apparently-talk to someone, probably cuz they won’t look alone.
    If that’s not the case, then idk why.



  13. Imnaught Aphool on October 27, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Not hard to test the radiation field around each user. Microwaves slow cook your brain. Far more retrogressive than the trendy foot x-ray machines they used to have in shoe stores. Cell phone users rapidly become physically addicted, cognitively impaired, suffer memory loss, early dementia, neurodegenerative decline, nerve & muscle diseases, autism Parkinson’s, MS.
    Generation X-Ray’s well on the way to Generation Brain Damaged. This is literally a NO BRAINER. Go cold turkey before it’s too late



  14. Carlos Nazario on October 27, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Btw. Gupta. Quit whoring yourself out for a paycheck.



  15. George Nix on October 27, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Once again, CNN caters to the lowest common denominator. Cell phone radiation as a causal to cancer formation is less logical than homeopathy or a flat earth. There is no known physical mechanism for said "radiation" to causer cancer. I could make a strong argument for CFL’s causing cancer or wearing of winter hats.



  16. ElectricSense on October 27, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Study after study is confirming just how dangerous cell phone radiation is. In May of this year the U.S. National Toxicology Program, of the U.S. National Institutes of Health published the world’s largest and most well-designed study of its type, costing $25 million. They found an increased occurrence of rare brain tumors in male rats and increases in nerve tumors in both male and female rats exposed to cell phone radiation.



  17. Cell Phone Health on October 27, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    The dangers of cell phone radiation exposure are something to be mindful about. As Dr. Gupta says, it takes years, even decades, before any real conclusions can be made. This is not unlike the tobacco issue.



  18. radblocker on October 27, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    One of the best solutions is to use air-tube headset.
    Using air, instead of wires, limits exposure to potentially harmful electromagnetic radiation and dramatically reduces the amount radiation exposure to the user’s head, ear and brain.
    The tube and earpiece contain no metal conductors and achieve up to 98% radiation reduction.
    I found the Smart&Safe headset (EchoTUBEZ) as a good, effective choice.



  19. Howard Kalnitsky on October 27, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Sanjay..when are you finally going to get it right..it is not about thermal heating any more…the tissues doesn’t need to be heated at all in order for dna to break..why do you insist on talking about this? IT is the frequencies that mess with us…heating is irrelevant.



  20. SmartMeterDangers on October 27, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Earpieces that are wireless still send the radiation to the brain. Wired headsets do the same, the radiation travels up the wire and can be measured. Get an air tube style headset. Center for Electrosmog Prevention has these.



  21. TheReclaimerRx7 on October 27, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    stupid 11th grade assignment



  22. Green Swan Inc. on October 27, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Many thanks from us at Green Swan, Inc. to both CNN and Dr. Gupta for this articulate public service announcement as to the potential health issues associated with cell phone use. We encourage everyone to pay attention to the proximity guidelines contained within your cell phone user manual. Practice the precautionary principle and remember to keep cell phones away from your head and body.



  23. Dadanklazer on October 27, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Even though this is a very serious problem, there are more problems with phones, such as texting. Are phones even worth talking on?



  24. Digitaldeath 187 on October 27, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Liar



  25. AnnaMariah Nau on October 27, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    It IS the frequencies, even from other people’s phones, the wifi etc. At least he’s talking about the issue. But there’s so much more than Just your cell phone causing issues.



  26. Imnaught Aphool on October 27, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Not true Gupta. They actually DO know microwaves used for cell phones harm you. Military documents make it clear they are the sector which created these weaponized frequencies in the first place, to kill, maim, fast or slow. Russia under Putin has developed microwave oven frequencies as fully lethal weapons.



  27. Putin Bear on October 27, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    No wonder cancer is increasing at record rates.



  28. Mobile Safety com au on October 27, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Pong cases are excellent for reducing radiation. The RF3 headsets reduce radiation by 100% as they are an air tube head set without the copper wire. Most wired headsets do not have a filter to cut the radiation levels from phone to head. Check it out the company Mobile safety that specialises in anti radiation products.



  29. Brandon Cobb on October 27, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Visible light has higher energy then radio waves hhhhmmmmmmm



  30. John Puccetti on October 27, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Brain cancer is the leading cancer in children under ten. Brain cancer is up 200% in this country. I wonder why? We are all living in a microwave soup.



  31. Dani Sanchez lopez hola on October 27, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    This person is wrong very very very very wrong and dumb cellphone radiation is nonionizing



  32. Ron Frazier on October 27, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    It’s good that you are promoting some precautionary stance. There are THOUSANDS of studies which show possible or definite harm from RF microwave radiation.

    Things you can do fairly easily to reduce wireless exposure. Reasons why to do this are below.

    For most people, any harmful effects occur over time with repeated exposure rather than quickly like sunburn.

    1) Try to keep wireless devices 1-2 feet from your body. I am most concerned about this. This includes Bluetooth.
    2) Turn data functions off when not needed but keep cellular on if needed. Be aware, though, that you give up all but plain old calls and texts. For devices with no cellular, you can use airplane mode.
    3) Turn data functions off at night if possible but keep cellular on if needed. Be aware, though, that you give up all but plain old calls and texts. For devices with no cellular, you can use airplane mode.
    4) Turn your router off at night if possible but be sure to turn it back on. You can use a timer or a remote controlled outlet. I use the latter. Be aware that things like overnight weather checking will be disabled. I leave the router on if foul weather is predicted.
    5) Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth for PC’S when not needed or at night. Better yet, wire everything to the router and leave WiFi and Bluetooth off.
    6) Decommission non cellular cordless phones which radiate RF microwave energy all the time, except for possibly Eco DECT models.
    7) Try to stay 4 – 6 feet from the microwave oven when it’s running if possible.
    8) Don’t panic or get excessively angry if someone in your family doesn’t follow the rules sometimes.

    Regarding the health danger from RF (radio frequency) microwave radiation from wireless devices, whether it’s non ionizing radiation or not is not relevant. There are, in fact, THOUSANDS of studies that indicate that low levels of non ionizing radiation well below safety standards in the USA have biological effects and are possibly or definitely harmful. There are different mechanisms for health damage. Effects may be subtle (or not). They may be long-term. They may be non-obvious. They vary by person. How much health damage, how fast, and to whom is highly variable. One expert estimates that one third of all people in modern culture are being harmed in some way from EMF (Electromagnetic Fields – including RF). 3-5 % of people or more are Electromagnetic Hypersensitive and may have debilitating effects. Children are more susceptible to the risks. Look at the new data. "Radiation Nation" book by Daniel and Ryan Debaun. "The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs" book by Nicolas Pineault. Books and videos by the above and Oram Miller. Look at Building Biology guidelines. Many countries have imposed much stricter standards and guidelines than the USA. We are incredibly behind on this. All the digital wireless devices we commonly use emit RF microwaves. Regarding Bluetooth, I have personally measured the RF microwave field from a standard Bluetooth cell phone headset 15" away from the meter to be as much as 2000 uW/m^2. This is 20 TIMES the Building Biology recommendation of 100 uW/m^2 for daytime exposure. Common meters cannot accurately measure this source any closer, but the field would be much stronger when you actually put the headset into your ear. See information on "near field" vs "far field" measurements (https://www.createhealthyhomes.com/EMFs_intro.php). Also, measuring .8 GHz – .9 GHz devices like cell phones, old cordless phones, and smart meters closer than about 4 feet will give inaccurate readings. The emissions begin from the headset as soon as it is connected to the phone, whether a call is in progress or not, and continue. Also, similar emissions begin from the phone and continue. I have not tested other devices like earphones or headphones but they are probably similar. I used a Cornet ED88TPlus meter, which is a good introductory meter for around $ 200. Extremely cheap meters are unreliable. Bluetooth devices emit RF microwaves all the time, even if idle. DON’T USE BLUETOOTH DEVICES … OR WIFI DEVICES (like VR headsets) … OR CELLPHONES … OR CORDLESS PHONES NEAR YOUR BRAIN or body parts if you can avoid it. If you do, seek out low power devices with only a 30 ft range (for Bluetooth) and minimize exposure time. Move whatever the Bluetooth device is connected to away from your body. Better yet, use speakerphone or an air tube headset. Try to keep the device 1-2 feet from your body. Don’t store a phone or tablet right next to your body if possible. Women and girls, don’t store one in your bra. Pregnant women and mothers, do not let your unborn or born children be exposed to wireless RF microwave energy at close range very much or very often. Don’t use wireless baby monitors without an RF microwave shield between the monitor and the baby. Aside from being usually insecure, they bathe the baby in RF microwaves 24 hours / day. Move your phone away from your body while driving. Just don’t forget it later. One option is to turn off 3G and 4G and 5G (if applicable) mobile data, WiFi, and Bluetooth when not needed. You could still receive calls and texts. This greatly reduces emissions. For tablets which don’t need to receive calls, put them in airplane mode when data is not needed. Eliminate cordless DECT phones for which the base stations also emit SIGNIFICANT RF microwave radiation when idle. You may be able to use an ECO DECT phone, which doesn’t transmit until it has to. But, this is not standardized, so you must investigate the radiation behavior of each model of phone. You sometimes have to turn the ECO feature(s) on in a menu. This may reduce the range of the phone and the battery life of the handset. The base may start radiating RF microwaves as soon as the handset is removed from the base. I’m not sure how older non DECT cordless phones behave. All cordless phones emit substantial RF microwave radiation when on a call, and should be used at a distance if possible. Stay 4-6 feet plus from your microwave oven when it’s running or eliminate it. Wire computers, printers, and other network devices to your router and turn off their WiFi. If you don’t need WiFi at all, turn off the router’s WiFi. Otherwise, turn your WiFi router off at night when sleeping and turn off WiFi and Bluetooth for all devices until you wake. Note that if your devices do things overnight that require updates, like monitoring the weather, this will be disabled. On some WiFi routers and routers with some alternate firmware, you can reduce the output power of the radio. You can put a shield around the router to reduce emissions. You can get shielding products to put on your lap etc. between your computer and your lap or between your phone and your head. Be aware, though, that if you’re looking at the screen and using WiFi, the antenna will be emitting substantial amounts of RF microwaves in your direction. As an example, as I type this on my tablet, the RF toward my head 1.5 feet away is peaking over 6000 uW/m^2. This is 600 TIMES the extreme level of 10 uW/m^2 for Building Biology guidelines for sleeping areas. The device will be radiating RF microwave energy whether you’re watching it or not. It is also 60 TIMES the Building Biology recommendation of 100 uW/m^2 for daytime exposure. Most devices radiate from the screen. This applies even if I had a shield on my lap. Smart TV’s, IOT (Internet of Things) devices, and smart appliances emit RF microwaves most or all the time. It’s best to minimize or avoid use or stay a few feet away. If you are traveling (or even at home) you can make use of a travel router. You connect your PC to the travel router with a wire (although it could be wireless). Then you connect the travel router wirelessly to the hotel. This moves the WiFi emissions away from you by the length of the wire and you can turn WiFi off on your PC. I used to be an avid user of all these devices until I started learning this information. I have substantially curtailed and modified my usage. I still use my tech. I just use it differently. I realize this can be overwhelming. See links below for info.

    A traditional Naturopathic Doctor may or may not know about EMF’s. But they may be able to help with health consequences. These are different from Naturopathic Physicians which are more "Westernized" in their practice and may be less wholistic in their outlook. But, if EMF’s are your problem, or part of it, you must reduce or eliminate or shield the sources. Consult a certified EMF professional if needed.

    Hope this helps. Ron

    Intro EMF Video
    Wireless Wake-up Call
    Jeromy Johnson – TedX Berkeley
    https://youtu.be/F0NEaPTu9oI

    Intro EMF Video
    Why Cell Phone Radiation Is The New Smoking…
    Nick Pineault
    https://youtu.be/UR15wJvfvy0

    Intro EMF Video
    Oram Miller
    On The Signs of EMF Sensitivity
    https://youtu.be/Av48EFJDgns

    Intro EMF Video
    Julie Watts TV Investigates
    EMF RF Blocking Cell Phone Cases
    https://youtu.be/56K28JwRPHg

    Building Biology Institute
    http://building-biology.org

    Bioinitiative 2012
    https://bioinitiative.org/

    International EMF Scientist
    https://emfscientist.org/

    Oram Miller – Certified Building Biology Consultant
    http://createhealthyhomes.com/

    Nick Pineault – Author of The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs
    https://theemfguy.com/

    Radiation Nation book website
    https://radiationnationbook.com/

    Defender Shield by the authors of Radiation Nation
    https://www.defendershield.com/

    Jeromy Johnson – EMF Expert
    https://www.emfanalysis.com



  33. ClassyShows on October 27, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Radiofrequency radiation from cell phones is non-ionizing and is not powerful enough to cause cancer.



  34. Adam Allegro on October 27, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Winning an argument against a genius is hard. Winning an argument against an idiot is impossible.



  35. Virtus on October 27, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    "Electro sensitive"? You couldn’t come up with something better could you?



  36. EDG on October 27, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    1:00 it also tells you the same for uhf/vhf handheld radios because humans are shit antennas and block reception. how is cnn still got followers with all its fake news



  37. fitforsoccer000888 on October 27, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    The solution is an earpiece? Like, a wireless one? I guess in theory it’s less radiation, but has anyone tested bluetooth to see if it’s actually less?



  38. Imnaught Aphool on October 27, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Holding a cell phone away from the head ignores the rest of the frequedncy equation, namely the triangulation of frequencies from all the cell towers pulled into the area by the cell phone. En route, the towers send frequencies through the brains &bodies of the cell user & others all around each cell user.Keeping phones one inch away from a brain that runs on bio-electricity is dangerous. Using an ear bud is even worse since this creates an antenna to direct frequencies deeper into the brain.



  39. Richard Gao on October 27, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    In my opinion, this video doesn’t explain the whole story about cell phones and radiation. Cell phones typically use radiowaves as a method of communication (e.g. waves from the radio tower reach the phone and vice versa) and this is generally how you are able to call other people on your phone. Radiowaves are in the lowest frequency range in the electromagnetic radiation spectrum (gamma rays have the highest, and visible light is in the middle). As a simple explanation, the amount of energy that an EMR wave carries is directly proportional to its frequency, so the higher the frequency the higher the amount of energy. Since radiowaves have lower frequency than even visible light, this means that they exhibit energy levels which are less than the sunlight we receive everyday. So if you’re scared about dying from cell-phone radiation, guess you shouldn’t be going outside either.

    I am not saying that cell phones are not posing a greater risk to human health, but rather that the radiowaves which are emitted from your cellphone is hardly the main cause of "the harmful effects."



  40. Girs on October 27, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Stupid 6th grade assignment



  41. AnnaMariah Nau on October 27, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    You are so right. I talk to people every day who were fine, and then a Smart Meter, cell tower or some other new EMF source overloaded their system, and even after the meter was removed, or they moved, they were still having issues. Many have found that a BioElectric Shield, or other radiation protection device has helped them get back to normal.



  42. maharley27 on October 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Air tube headset? hmmm. . . interesting. ill look into that.



  43. Nikki Ralston on October 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    dowload TAWKON app – its great for letting you know when radiation exposure is high an reminds you to talk safely



  44. Katzelle3 on October 27, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Well, I have a Galaxy Note 2. Hah! Take that, suckers and enjoy your cancer!



  45. fibsernum30 on October 27, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I am no scientist nor doctor. All I know is that I alternated sides carrying my cell phone in my front pants pockets, and a couple of years ago spontaneous raw sores began appearing on my outer thighs where the cell phone had rested in various pants pockets.

    Neither my internist nor dermatologist had a plausible answer (dry skin?, rubbing? – I carry a large pocket knife which causes no sores). For some reason they dismissed the cell phone as a suspect. I finally stopped carrying my phone in my front pockets six months ago – no sores since!

    By any rational standard there is strong evidence that the cell phone was the culprit. I find this very disturbing and don’t understand why definitive research has not been done.



  46. Panata Pun on October 27, 2019 at 6:41 pm


  47. TEAMJESUS 70 on October 27, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Airplane Mode. Still, the best excuss not to talk to people.



  48. ZeeFry on October 27, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Very good video you help me a lot thank you: D



  49. Laura Lewis on October 27, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    So, the conspiracy theorists were correct on this one. Scary sh*t!



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