California State Senator Mark Leno has introduced a bill that would require all cell phones sold in California to include information about their radiation emissions. The Environmental Workers Group has compiled their list of the safest cell phones on the market based on the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using the wireless device. The levels range from 0.3 to 1.6 watts per kilogram of body weight. The US maximum allowable level of specific absorption rate was set by the federal communications commission in 1992.

At this time manufacturers are not required to share with us, the consumers, the amount of radio frequency emitted by our cell phones, however some do share this information by including it in the materials inside the box. Senator Leno's bill would put this information in front of us as we go to buy our next cell phones.

Researchers in European countries suggested that people who use cell phones for more than 10 years face a greater risk of developing a brain or gland tumor. Yet, according to the FDA's website, "the weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any healthy problems." However, the FDA site recommends that adults and children can reduce their exposure to radio-frequency by, "reduce the amount of time spent on the cell phone" and "use speaker mode or a headset to place more distance between the head and the cell phone." The issue with children and cell phones is that their skulls are thinner and therefore are not able to shield against the emissions.

I would recommend that you check out the radio frequency emitted by your cell phone. I am worried about all of us that carry our cell phone in our pockets or on our hips. For women with their cell phones on their hips, the radiofrequency is close to our ovaries and for men who put their cell phones in their pockets, think how close that it is your genitals. Consider where else you can put your phone so that you do not have to carry it on your person.