Specific Absorption Rate: How much are you absorbing from your phone?
In 1996, mobile radiation exposure guidelines where created by the FCC with the help of the FDA, EPA, NIOSH and OSHA.
The guidelines created a measure of the rate that body tissue absorbs radiation energy during cell phone use called the specific absorption rate (SAR). The SAR for cell phone radiation was set at a maximum of 1.6 watts of energy absorbed per kilogram of body weight. The limit was set due to the thermal effects of cell phone radiation – it was not set to mitigate other biological effects cell phone radiation might have such as DNA damage or cancer. The FCC SAR limit is based upon a cell phone call that averages 30 minutes when the cell phone is held at the ear.
Holding a phone away from the body or using a wired earpiece lowers the amount of radiation absorbed, and text messaging rather than talking, further lowers that amount.
In a ranking of mobile phones that provide least and maximum radiation, Samsung seemed to have the lowest radiation levels, where as Motorola shot right to the top of the list. Apple, Blackberry and Nokia phones also seem to do more harm than Motorola.
Seeing that top brands like these are openly declared harmful, maybe we should take a closer look at what phones we’re buying.