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Warning against cell phone radiation scams

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – It's an ongoing debate, cell phones and the risk of Cancer. There are devices that claim to shield you from harmful radiation released by your cell phone. Who doesn't have a cell phone these days? And who hasn't heard that they could give you Cancer?

Erin Mitten, with Cell Phone Technicians in Chesterfield, repairs cell phones, he has heard it all.

"In your owner's manual, it does say to keep your phone about an inch away from your body," he said.

While he stresses, consumers need to be careful, he's not convinced cell phones cause cancer.

We checked with the World Health Organization. It says while cell phones do release radio-frequency fields, there are no studies that prove cell phones can cause cancer. Despite these studies, there are devices out there that claim to protect you from the Electromagnetic Waves emitted by your cell phone. They are sometimes called cell phone radiation shields. We wanted to know, could they really protect you?

"Invest 10 dollars in a corded headset if you have concerns and also text message more often and you will be in much better shape," Mitten said.

We also ran the question by Tom Gallagher, with the Better Business Bureau. We asked him should consumers buy these cell phone radiation shields and do they work?

"There is always somebody somewhere who has got some initials after his name, who is going to say this is really great stuff. The Federal Trade Commission says it, the BBB says it, there is just no documentation to show that these things are going to do anything for you at all," said Gallagher. 

A quick web search and we found several companies selling the cell phone radiation shields. Mitten says one of the leading sellers is, Alpha Bio Centrix. For about $40, you can buy what it calls the Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation Defender. On its web site, the company claims the devices contain material that helps block radiation in cell phones and other electronics. 

"I would call them very predatory is what I would call them. They are using fear factors, much like the fallout bunkers back in the 80's," said Mitten.

We reached out to Alpha Bio Centrix via email and phone about their product and haven't gotten a response. According to the World Health Organization, there is no proof that these cell phone shields do what they claim. Experts say more studies need to be done but if you're still concerned, you have options. Some recommendations include, limiting your cell phone usage, buying an earpiece, use your speaker option and using your texting feature more.  

Here are some helpful links: 

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs193/en/

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt109.shtm

http://wynco.bbb.org/article/shield-yourself-from-a-cellphone-radiation-scams-28961

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