Latitudes: An ACN Latitudes reader asked, “Do you know how to find out about cell phone headset safety? I know all cell phone use is discouraged, but which is safer — the headset with a wire from the phone, or a headset with wireless BlueTooth technology?”
Glaser: Definitely the wired headset is preferable based on what we currently know. Bluetooth is a newer wireless radiation device, albeit lower power than the phone itself. I wouldn’t use it. It is also not advisable to keep the small wireless phone in the ear all the time, as some do.
Latitudes: What about cordless phones and baby monitors?
Glaser: If you ever have the chance to inform your readers, tell them not to use a cell phone or a cordless phone while holding an infant or small child. I’ve see some moms hold the phone between their own and their baby’s head — it’s almost like the baby is using the cell phone. This is the second-hand “smoke” of radiation, something people never think about.
I have written to Latitudes previously about cell phones and the dangers of electromagnetic radiation. I recently learned that cordless phones now have almost the same amount of radiation intensity as digital cell phones, and they use a very high frequency. To a great extent, they are now as much a concern as cell phones.
Have you heard about the Collaborative for Health and the Environment (CHE)? Their website has a good article on brain tumors and environmental factors. See here. This was written in 2003. Since then, new research has intensified concerns.