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Cell Phone Dangers: Loaded with Mercury, Chlorine, Cadmium, Health Risks.

By Lisa Garber  – NaturalSociety  October 14th, 2012.

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Not that you’ll be eating your cell phone anytime soon, but did you know that it’s loaded with toxins like mercury, chlorine, and cadmium? Helping to analyze cell phone dangers, the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan teamed up with ifixit.com to take apart and identify components of 36 models of cell phones. They found at least one of the following in every device:

  • Bromine
  • Chlorine
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Mercury

In total, ifixit dismantled over a thousand cell phones to test for toxins by utilizing X-ray fluorescence to irradiate and measure the radiation given back by an object. Certain materials—like the toxins—are identified by the signature of radiation the object re-emits.

“Even the best phones from our study are still loaded with chemical hazards,” bemoaned Jeff Gearhart, research director of the Ecology Center. He published the results of the study on his website, HealthyStuff.org. “These chemicals [are] linked to birth defects, impaired learning, and other serious health problems.”

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  1. jessesToons
    January 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing this article, I heard about this and wasn’t sure to believe it but I did just to be safe and now I’m looking for a new phone and phone company. My sister heard about bell – Willowbrook mall that she has been considering but I can’t decide if its the one that I want. I feel if I get that I would be happy with it but I really want to try sprint or at&t. I just need to do some more research. I’m really excited I’ll be happy no matter what I choose.

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