French health agency: Try to limit your exposure to mobile phones if only because we don't have enough data to say otherwise


A group of researchers in France just recommended that we all limit our exposure to wireless devices, including mobile phones, Wi-Fi, and microwaves, because we really don’t understand how prolonged exposure to them can affect us. That’s particularly true with mobile phones, since they’ve really only been around for, what, 10 years? (Obviously there were available for longer than that, but Joe Public didn’t buy his first phone till a little bit later.) You can’t categorically say, based on 10 years of sometimes spotty data, that “phones are bad!” or “phones are good!” We simply don’t know.

So what are you supposed to do, exactly? Well, “exactly,” who knows? You can do the obvious, like not put a Wi-Fi router underneath your baby’s crib, or sleep with your iPhone under your pillow. It may well be that, yeah, no harm will come from that, but nobody knows what’s going on here. It’s like in the Age of Exploration: yeah, we think there might be land that way, but for all we know we’ll fall right off the surface of the Earth.

The French team, part of the French Health and Security Agency, looked at more than 1,000 studies, and most of them didn’t say anything like, “We’re doomed!” Still, some did say, “Eh, maybe? We need more data.”

Basically, we have no idea what the heck is going on, which is fantastic.