Written By: Ryan McCaughey, PhD The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends limiting cell phone use for children and teenagers. They are concerned that current cell phone radiation safety limits are based on large adults – but because children’s skulls are thinner they can absorb more radiation. Research predicts that the radiation absorption in brain tissues of children aged between 5 and 8 years is about two times higher than in adults.[i] The AAP advises that there should be a review of radiation standards for cell phones in an effort to protect children's health, reflect current cell phone use patterns, and...

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Written By: Ryan McCaughey, PhD. Your cell phone communicates by transmitting and receiving encoded signals comprised of radio-frequency (RF) energy, a form of electromagnetic radiation. This signal, which is vital for communication, is also commonly referred to as cell phone radiation. Because it's not practical to eliminate cell phone radiation, alara reduces your cellphone radiation exposure to “as low as reasonably achievable”. When your phone is transmitting it is generating an almost omni-directional electromagnetic field. When you hold your phone next your head, your head is directly in the most intense region of that field. If you introduce any conductive...

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Written By: Ryan McCaughey, PhD. Exposure to cellphone radiofrequency (RF) radiation resulted in tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, according to studies from the NIH National Toxicology Program (NTP). On February 2nd 2018, the NTP released draft technical reports from its 10-year, $25 million toxicological studies assessing the health effects from exposure to radiofrequency radiation in rats and mice.[i] The NTP will hold an external expert review of its complete findings from these rodent studies March 26-28. The studies show an increase in the incidence of malignant schwannomas in the hearts of male rats as...

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Written By: Ryan McCaughey, PhD. Just as we predicted in our November 2017 blog post, the CTIA has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to block the city of Berkeley’s cellphone “right to know” ordinance. The law requires that cellphone retailers display the following notification: “To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cellphones meet radiofrequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is on and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. Refer to...

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Do You Need a Digital Detox? By: Cassie Horton   With the new year on the horizon, we’re busy reflecting on the past year and thinking of resolutions for the upcoming year. Most New Year’s resolutions are focused around being healthier, whether it’s exercising more, eating better, detoxing, or focusing on personal wellbeing. But have you heard of a digital detox and the health benefits behind this new trending topic?   A digital detox involves taking a break from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, with the goal of reducing stress or focusing on social interaction in the...

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reach cases are designed and tested by our team of antenna engineers in a state-of-the-art lab in Carlsbad, California. Phone and reach case antenna performance are very accurately measured with an ETS-Lindgren AMS 7000 reverberation chamber.1 The phone’s frequency, bandwidth and other signal variables are controlled with an Anritsu MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer2 – it’s like having our own personal network and cell tower. Similar to cell phone manufacturers and networks, we measure active OTA (Over-The-Air) metrics: TRP and TIS. TRP (Total Radiated Power) is the maximum power the phone can transmit and TIS (Total Isotropic Sensitivity) is a measure...

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