Use but don’t overuse your mobile phones: experts

Recently in Mumbai, the experts in a discussion have cautioned people against the excessive use of their mobile phones. Some of the experts were noted saying that “living close to mobile tower is like being in a life size microwave.”

The experts at a panel discussion, that was held yesterday in Mumbai, studied upon different forms of radiation, keeping their main view over mobile phone radiation. The experts researched upon the bad effects that mobile phone radiation can carve on people, stated a release today.

Dr. Girish Kumar, Professor at IIT Bombay stated, “living close to mobile towers is like being in a life size microwave.”

On Monday the panel of experts also threw light upon the dangers of using a mobile phone for hours altogether

As we know the World Health Organisation Fact Sheet 2011 states that any person using mobile phone at a distance of 30-40 cm from the body when texting or using internet will be having reduced exposure to radio-frequency fields as compared to the person holding the handset closer than the above stated distance, the release suggested.

“WHO also advocates greater use of hands-free devices, as they help keep the mobile phone away from head and body during phone calls. Exposure is also reduced by limiting the number and length of calls. Using the mobile phone in areas of good reception also reduces exposure as it allows phone to transmit at reduced power,” it stated.

Not only the experts but also film actor Juhi Chawla and activist Prakash Munshi told of the health hazards rising from indiscriminate installation of mobile towers.

Dr. Anand Gokani, consulting physician, Bombay Hospital told about precautions that are to be taken in order to avoid such health hazards.

Dr. Meenakshi Thakur of Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai quoted about radiation diagnosis, nuclear medicines and also a few safety issues.

The main objective of the panel of discussion on “Radiations: Myths and Realities” was to answer to questions and also to educate and aware students, public and the media, by the Nehru Science Centre. The panel comprised activists, scientists and social scientists.