In the fall of 2000, an article was published that made newspapers all over the world! Headsetswere said to INCREASE the radiation coming from your cell phone! David Carnoy, a writer forCNET, investigated this issue, and wrote the following piece. After reading it ourselves, morethan ever, we feel that prudence is the best approach. Choose a low SAR rated phone, protectyourself by wearing a BioElectric Shield, and add emf neutalizers to every phone you have. Theold expression: "It's better to be safe than sorry", probably holds very true in this situation.
Are Cell Phone Headsets Safe?CNET wireless
By: David Carnoy
11/15/00"Until recently, the underlying safety of cell phone headsets was not really a cause for concern.The common wisdom was that if you were worried about cell phone radiation and its potentialhealth hazards, the best way to talk safely was to get a headset. But that all changed a fewmonths ago when Which, a British consumer magazine, published a study that suggested thatheadsets or hands-free kits actually increased the level of radiation inside the head by up to threetimes. Which further exacerbated the situation on November 2, when it printed a follow-up studyconfirming its previous findings.As you might imagine, the study contains a lot of technical jargon that's not exactly layman-friendly. But emerging from the technobabble are some key issues that have fueled thecontroversy:ERA Technology, the independent laboratory that conducted the testing for Which, did notinitially measure specific absorption rates (SAR). Instead, it set out to measure radio frequency(RF) radiation emissions. Which says it's not anti-SAR, but it questions the SAR measurementtechnique with regard to hands-free kits.After Which released its first study in April, the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)commissioned its own SAR test on hands-free kits. According to the government's report, thekits reduced radiation exposure.In response to the DTI report, Which conducted some SAR tests at the same laboratory used bythe DTI. According to Which, "We found no positions where the kits gave higher readings thanthe phones. But we also found that the shape of the SAR test rig made it impossible to get thehands-free kit wire into the position that gave the highest readings in ERA's tests."So Are They Safe?Slightly baffled, I decided to call someone who'd actually tested headsets in an independent labto get his take on all this. I contacted Dr. Jacek J. Wojcik, APREL Laboratories' CEO andpresident of the Spectrum Sciences Institute. His company, based near Ottawa, Canada, recentlymeasured SAR levels for Plantronics' headsets and in the past has tested other headsets and cellphones.