EBN blogger Cagri Tanriover stirred up a hornet's nest with his thorough examination of the dangers of radiation from electronics devices in Electromagnetic Radiation in Our DNA. The debate over cellphones and brain cancer is not likely to go away, nor should it. If it's dangerous, I want to know about it.
On the other hand, when it comes to bacteria and viruses, I think if you go looking for them, you are going to find them. Most recently, enterprising scientists have gone to the gym, to the bottom of handbags, to reusable grocery store bags… and now, it's smartphones' turn.
Smartphones are bad for your health. Literally.
My personal opinion is smartphones put you at risk because people insist on using them while driving. Less dangerous, perhaps, are the microbes related to meningitis, pneumonia, and gonorrhea found on smartphones. Check out this report at MSNBC.
The good news, as always, is that most people have antibodies against these things, and you are unlikely to catch a deadly disease from your smartphone. Unless they are linked to cancer.
Anyway, I'm not going to go into a lengthy debate over the health risk of smartphones. I have a love/hate relationship with these studies that go looking for contamination. I think if you look hard enough, you'll uncover something nasty. (The same is true of anyone running for political office.) Yet, I've read or watched just about every “the dangers of” reports that have been written or broadcast.
The handbag I use is at least five years old. And I still opt for plastic grocery bags that I reuse at least once.