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  • AegisGuard™ LS Radiation Shields are the most thoroughly tested cell phone radiation shielding products available. All tests are  conducted for either a continuous 8 hours, 24 hours or 1 year, depending upon the AegisGuard model and object tested, instead of a few seconds or minutes as presented by other shielding product suppliers.
  • There are cell phone, headset and other radiation shielding products sold by companies making false and misleading claims about providing EMF and RF safety and protection.
  • Radiation is emitted from many parts of a phone and penetrates head and neck when a cell phone is in use and held against the face. The highest emissions are generated by the radio system (transmitter and receiver) located inside a phone, or other wireless device. New phones have multiple transmitters and receivers to support multiple communication technologies. 
  • On February 19, 2002, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a consumer alert about coin sized radiation shields that attach to the earpiece of a phone, stating "there is no scientific proof that the so-called shields significantly reduce exposure from electromagnetic emissions. In fact", says the agency, "products that block only the earpiece — or another small portion of the phone — are totally ineffective because the entire phone emits electromagnetic waves. What’s more, these shields may interfere with the phone’s signal, cause it to draw even more power to communicate with the base station, and possibly emit more radiation." The FTC filed charges citing "false and unsubstantiated claims" against two companies selling these types of products on February 20 2002 and the companies were ordered to discontinue promoting their products in 2003. 
  • The global controversy surrounding the health effects of cell phone radiation, mobile and cellular phone headsets, and SAR standards being used as the criteria for determining cell phone safety has intensified every year since 1993. 
  • Using a phone with a hands-free headset and earpiece can be a greater health risk than holding the phone against your head. As far back as December, 2000, the British government reversed their endorsement advising consumers to use headsets as mobile phone safety devices after tests confirmed they can represent a greater radiation health risk than holding a phone against the head. They also distributed leaflets throughout the United Kingdom addressing the health risks of mobile phone radiation and advised consumers to employ a "precautionary approach," particularly with children
  • The FDA issued a Nomination during February, 2000, stating "There is currently insufficient scientific basis for concluding either that wireless communication technologies are safe or that they pose a risk to millions of users." In December, 2000, the FDA initiated new studies when industry-sponsored research discovered cell phone signals cause genetic damage in human blood cells, which in turn encourages cancer growth. But the FDA knew in 1993 that wireless products "can accelerate the development of cancer," according to a report in the February, 2003 issue of Microwave News. Click here for additional information.

In May, 2000, a British government report prepared by IEGMP confirmed the FDA's position and included Recommendations that can result in significant implications for consumers, regulatory authorities and the mobile phone industry.

  • SAR tests are the global safety criteria for measuring temperatures (thermal) emitted by all wireless products and networks during the specific amount of time a product is tested, and the duration of these tests are typically less than 15 minutes. There is irrefutable evidence that wired and wireless radiation frequencies affect protective biological mechanisms in the body far below what can be measured at the thermal level, and the shielding effectiveness of all AegisGuard™ products is determined by measuring the actual frequencies. Discounting SAR is justified because none of the heath effects attributed to cell phone radiation are thermally exacerbated or induced, and all of them have significantly longer incubation periods than what can be determined during an observable test.

The wireless radiation SAR standards accepted by the United States Federal Communications  Commission (FCC) and regulatory agencies worldwide are based upon a study prepared by the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in 1986. As you review the following, it should be remembered that none of the health effects attributed to cell phone radiation are thermally induced.

Their estimated "safe thermal level" references were derived by reviewing various studies that measured the rectal temperature of an adult male positioned in direct sunlight for 30 to 60 minutes, applying an "estimated maximum temperature threshold" of  39.2o C. (102.5o F.) to their study. The people conducting the study included various disclaimers that the results would be different for a person of a different size or age, and this has since been confirmed, particularly for children.

This "estimated maximum temperature threshold" was then used to calculate the "estimated safe absorption rates" for individual body organs at a specific frequency lower than what is used by cellular phones, 70 MHz. Here too, the study includes a disclaimer, stating "this assumption would be expected to be valid for RF R at frequencies up to the postresonance region (perhaps up to about 1 GHz for the average man), but might not be valid at higher frequencies."

The frequency used by older cellular and cordless phones was in the 900 MHz. band. Almost every cellular phone and many cordless phones sold since 2001 operate at frequencies far above 1 GHz., clearly indicating the SAR standard should not be used as the criteria for determining the safety of these products.

  • Scientists worldwide have conducted studies and presented their findings about the health risks attributed to mobile or cellular phone radiation since 1993. Disagreements about their findings, the health risks and current safety standards has created a global controversy and numerous debates, with frequent comparisons being made to the asbestos, cigarette and saccharin debacles. 
  • In July, 2000, the US industry funded CTIA announced plans to include instructions for accessing cellular phone SAR radiation emission information inside the packages for certain phones. The New York Times reported on July 19, 2000 " the move is seen as protecting manufacturers from the type of legal action which has shaken the tobacco industry."


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