The secret inside your cellphone (CBC Marketplace)

  • Published: 25 March 2017
  • As new science fuels the debate about cellphone safety, we take a closer look at a little known message inside your cellphone's settings and manual telling you to keep the device 5 to 15 mm away from your body. We ask why this message exists, why it's so hidden, and whether Health Canada is doing enough to protect us.
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Comments • 4 013

  • Tony Pepperoni
    Tony Pepperoni  3 hours back

    Now that I saw this, I'm never putting it in my pants pocket. I'm keeping it in my back-pack. Also I'm getting a wire microphone and ear phone plug to talk, and I'm turning off my phone when not in use.

    • Box Addict
      Box Addict  2 days back

      Dont worry sheep 5G is on the way

      • Greatsprit1
        Greatsprit1  2 days back

        Why did they not show which phone has the most EMF radiation?

        • leewisowaty
          leewisowaty  2 days back

          I've had cell phones since 1984. No heath issues. May effect other people in a different way

          • Gary Esken
            Gary Esken  4 days back

            I knew these claims were true because I had to work on radar equipment and it's very high with RF energy and I knew the warnings of the Mfr's booklets.

            • cogniterra
              cogniterra  5 days back

              We've watched the cell phone industry's behavior at close range---don't trust them. They are trying to get you to believe something that they know is not true.

              • GiGi 4life
                GiGi 4life  5 days back

                For Samsung and LG....we cover our assesssses to the bare minimal.

                • GiGi 4life
                  GiGi 4life  5 days back

                  🗣️Soooo they are killing ppl by the masses?🤔😬

                  • John La Marca
                    John La Marca  7 days back

                    GEE! This is hard to figure out... Warfare makes them rich so we should always believe we are spreading democracy and saving the world... God put them in charge of us... How do we know? Their fairytale book told us so!! They talk to God - then they tell us what God said... No one ever lies to put billions of dollars in their pockets!!
                    I usually keep mine in a shopping bag or on a table...

                    • Rizki Ferdian
                      Rizki Ferdian  1 weeks back

                      it effects brain too especially iphone users, causing them becoming even more dumb.

                      • Christopher Frost
                        Christopher Frost  1 weeks back

                        What's a MillImeter.!

                        • Baby Fox
                          Baby Fox  2 weeks back

                          This is so true .... thank God for this because when I wear my cargo pants and place my cell phone in my pockets in about 5 minutes the cell phone generates so much heat I have to take it outta my pockets.......

                          • Janice Evans
                            Janice Evans  2 weeks back

                            This whole thing will become mute once 5G Comes into cities bc 5G will be baking us everywhere 24/7 without a phone.

                            • Pat Cavanaugh
                              Pat Cavanaugh  2 weeks back

                              None of this will go away. No one cares ... it's here to stay. The End.

                              • Pat Cavanaugh
                                Pat Cavanaugh  2 weeks back

                                Nobody has the inclination to read small is time consuming and who has good vision anyway, after using computers and cell phones every day? I wonder how many automobile accidents are caused by poor vision? Have you ever tried to read the ingredients on a jar of food, when the background is black and the tiny print is deep red? Spare me. Thank God for magnifying glasses.

                                • The Blue Rose in Winter

                                  Hi Australia here.I heard about this 2 years ago and i have got a MB phone since but keep it in my purse or bag well away from my body ,and use a earpiece instead of putting it to my ear.i take no chances.PS ever think about those computers at home and those microwaves you use all the time even the TV can be dangerous with radiation. but the MB phone that is the worse.

                                  • William Griffin
                                    William Griffin  2 weeks back


                                    • Rose Friend of Jesus
                                      Rose Friend of Jesus  3 weeks back

                                      Just wait until 5-G comes out.

                                      • Riot Ryleigh
                                        Riot Ryleigh  3 weeks back

                                        At 15 minutes I noticed the woman with red glasses and the blue shirt, her necklace is gorgeous! I adore her style. 🤗💎

                                        • FirstPerson
                                          FirstPerson  3 weeks back

                                          so what I have learnt is I need a handbag to carry my phone and take it out only when I need it. No wonder I always see Samsonite having an extra pocket just for a cellphone.

                                          • Kenneth Radke
                                            Kenneth Radke  3 weeks back

                                            If I get any type of head tumor or backside tumor as I carry my cell phone in my back pocket, I will file a class action lawsuit against the powers that be.

                                            • Diane Celotto
                                              Diane Celotto  3 weeks back

                                              I always use ear buds, headphone. Or use the speaker , as much as possible.

                                              • Gigi From God
                                                Gigi From God  3 weeks back

                                                I never ever care my cellphone on me!!! Always in my handbag.

                                                • Peggy Witherspoon
                                                  Peggy Witherspoon  3 weeks back

                                                  It's better to be safe than sorry. Do your homework / research. Don't be deceived.

                                                  • Annalee QB
                                                    Annalee QB  3 weeks back

                                                    She said she will report back in 20 years...IN Twenty Years Most Will Be Dead.

                                                    • RoosterStone
                                                      RoosterStone  3 weeks back

                                                      "Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars" - nothing is by accident, it's by design.
                                                      ~ Bill Cooper


                                                      • Praveen Sriram
                                                        Praveen Sriram  3 weeks back

                                                        This is creepy. I rather give up my smartphone for a dumb phone and use the internet on my laptop or desktop. The smartphone is very bad for mental health.

                                                        • Joe Carr
                                                          Joe Carr  3 weeks back

                                                          So CBC, Could We Have a Follow Up Show? Has Anything been Done, are there and changes, are the phones or covers any better and what about 5G, is it even more harmful to your bodies Cells? A few Questions you never asked, Who Deems the 'Safety Limit' Safe? Are they trustworthy and Are They Correct?

                                                          • Beauford Ntokozo Zondo
                                                            Beauford Ntokozo Zondo  3 weeks back

                                                            I’ll always say this Politicians they will never protact and serve people all they want it’s money and power they don’t care about humans but as long as humans put them in power so that through them they can have power and rule over Us.

                                                            • Rank OnTop
                                                              Rank OnTop  4 weeks back

                                                              Move to Canada and sue is what I'm hearing.  They obviously are in denial. But they make taxes off of phones. The rule makes will be gone shortly and we will be suffering with their decisions.

                                                              • Charlie Bucket
                                                                Charlie Bucket  4 weeks back

                                                                I didnt know about any of this

                                                                • Kelly Ann Bobb
                                                                  Kelly Ann Bobb  4 weeks back

                                                                  I have a samsung and it's actually not that hard to find information regarding exposure on your phone. You need to look under phone info in Settings. There should be a section called legal. you may have to search a few sections but it should lead you to the health and safety area of the legal information required to be disclosed by the maufacturer.

                                                                  • kate
                                                                    kate  4 weeks back

                                                                    We have to lift our phones, in order to answer them ( then the minute you lift the phone, we get radiation )

                                                                    • carshatter
                                                                      carshatter  4 weeks back

                                                                      now with 20-300ghz wave that is the same used in miltary weapons around 90. and they are wiring them outside everyones windows hidden on telephone poles..

                                                                      • MAKEITGROW72
                                                                        MAKEITGROW72  4 weeks back

                                                                        Wtf 2k👎🏻 The 2K or already f*** in the head

                                                                        • Meekseek
                                                                          Meekseek  4 weeks back

                                                                          How to make sure to not expose ourselves above the governments limits, because the governments limits are word eh.

                                                                          • Cayrick Pan
                                                                            Cayrick Pan  4 weeks back

                                                                            Wait till 5G arrives. Then you will have something to worry about.

                                                                          • constance royval
                                                                            constance royval  4 weeks back

                                                                            Mine is in my purse--my husband seldom carries his unless he is going some place without me. Then it is in his console of his truck or in his lunchbox. We are the odd one out. We speak to people face to face. I love human contact.

                                                                            • Moun Bakko
                                                                              Moun Bakko  1 months back

                                                                              ... life is a two way street... give a little take a lot... benefits out-weigh danger... there is no perfect situation... the basic principle of life?... choose... it is this that defines existence.

                                                                              • Sunny Ray
                                                                                Sunny Ray  1 months back

                                                                                So 20 years ago this lady knew....
                                                                                How many times has she covered it??? Just wondering... Of course this is a topic that will not be well received by all......(get it?)....

                                                                                • atinis
                                                                                  atinis  1 months back

                                                                                  *OLD IS GOLD!*

                                                                                  • Samuel Bailey
                                                                                    Samuel Bailey  1 months back

                                                                                    Neuro surgeons are correlating the side where Tumors are found, on people, with the side that they use their phones, in the USA.

                                                                                    • Jeffrey Bozko
                                                                                      Jeffrey Bozko  1 months back

                                                                                      i wonder, was it also this bad with the earliest cell phones? with 2g and before that? I wonder because that's the times i've had the cellphone planted onto my ear the most.

                                                                                      • Jeffrey Bozko
                                                                                        Jeffrey Bozko  1 months back

                                                                                        Imagine all the hours of conversation you've had it planted right onto your skull, imagine phone calls where you had bad connection, the ammount of radiation is insane.

                                                                                        • Michele Walburn
                                                                                          Michele Walburn  1 months back

                                                                                          I use my cell phone on speaker phone because I always got the mute button if I don't

                                                                                        • T-i-t-c-h
                                                                                          T-i-t-c-h  1 months back

                                                                                          RF is Bad

                                                                                          • T-i-t-c-h
                                                                                            T-i-t-c-h  1 months back

                                                                                            laptop im on

                                                                                            • Tes Tos
                                                                                              Tes Tos  1 months back

                                                                                              Ask the tel companies to provide call logs on individuals with tumors or any other abnormality, that should show a pattern, instead of people trying to remember how may times have they used their phones. I'm pretty sure the tel companies would not mind putting a head proximity counter/alarm system on their phones, the will gladly put it in their phones for you. That would provide the data w/o the tax payers bill of 20 million dollars, specially when the results are "inconclusive" or in other words a waste of tax payers money!