As noted in my earlier post, a reader wrote in a few days ago, sharing his travails of living with the mobile phone radiation, despite keeping a good general health.

Holding a mobile phone in hands caused mild breathlessness and fatigue, and bringing it close to ears led to painful spasms, as if the entire brain was vibrating. I felt like throwing the mobile phone away, recalls Deepak Ramaswamy.

He tried different phones but no luck. Then, about six years ago, he stumbled upon a particular model that had tolerable levels of radiation for him. With the ear-phone, it got even better and the phone has since served him well. But as the device outlived its lifespan, he got worried, given that the model had been discontinued by the manufacturer, Nokia. The model was 6101.

That brings up an increasingly serious issue of mobile equipment radiation, that affects different people by varying degrees.

This week itself, the Delhi High Court reportedly sought responses from Department of Telecom, Delhi government and a telecom operator, apparently as a result of a petition to ban installing mobile phone towers within 50 meters of schools, hospitals and residential localities. DoT had already earlier accepted an inter-ministerial committee’s recommendations on electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation, to be effected from November 1, 2012. While the exposure limits for base stations would be lowered to one-tenth of current levels, the specific absorption rate (SAR) for handsets would be brought down to 1.6 Watt per kg. Incidentally, a Wikipedia definition says SAR is the rate at which energy is absorbed by the body when exposed to an RF EMF.

Such measures could bring much relief to users like Deepak Ramaswamy, as the device he used had a very low SAR, of less than 1, for the range of phones around in 2006. Devices with very low SARs are now more commonly available, to effectively meet needs of users who are relatively more susceptible to mobile radiations.

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