Cell Phone On Your Belt Brings Radiation To Liver And Kidneys
The Sunday Mirror
July 10, 1999
Leaving a mobile phone clipped to your waist leads to a hotspot of radiation being pumped into the liver and kidneys.
Yet thousands of people are now attaching mobiles to their belts as they switch to hands-free kits thinking they are safer.
The changeover came after the Sunday Mirror warned that the brain can be affected by harmful rays if users spend too long with their mobiles clamped to their ear.
Yet a new series of tests we exclusively commissioned, have revealed that using a phone while it is clipped to your belt could be even more dangerous.
Tests on a dummy torso packed with chemicals designed to mimic the body showed the area around the liver and kidneys being flooded with energy.
The bright red area is the spot nearest the mobile phone’s antenna and earpiece.
Alasdair Philips, of the consumer group Powerwatch, said: “We could be looking at a health time bomb waiting to explode.
“There is concern that they may intensify radiation exposure to the ear canal. Using a hands-free kit and making a call with a mobile phone clipped to your belt also means the phone will generally be working at a higher power level.
“That’s because it is generally harder to transmit from waist-height than head-height. But there’s a lot of body tissue in that area which has good conductivity and absorbs radiation more quickly than the head.
“The risk would be to the organs which are situated in that part of the body – the liver and the kidneys.
He added: “When a call comes in, people with hands-free kits should unhook their phone and hold it about a metre away from their body.
“And even if the phone is only on standby, if it is clipped on to your belt, you should make sure it’s not in the same place.”
“People who use hands-free kits tend to spend more time on the phone because they think they are safer. But not only does the body absorb more radiation than the head, the phone has to work harder to pick up a signal if it is down by the waist, so it kicks out more radiation.”
A spokesman for the Federation Of The Electronics Industry, which represents mobile phone makers, said any safety worries were always taken seriously.
A Major Concern of Hands Free Usage
When a cell phone is attached to a belt, or in your pocket/purse radiation can penetrate the area near the cell phone handset. This radiant energy is absorbed much faster than at your head because tissues and organs such as liver, kidneys and reproductive organs provide much better conductivity than the skull. Simply put most of your major organs have no bone protection like your brain does.
To avoid excessive microwave exposure to vital organs and/or fetal development when using your cell phone next to your body, a deflective barrier “RF Safe Flip Case Shield” should be used between you and the handset itself. Simply always keep the shielded “front” of the phone facing your body at all times. See video – results may very depending on phone model