Physiological effects of RF exposure on hypersensitive people by a cell phone

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2008;2008:2322-5. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2008.4649663.


Persons with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) complain of subjective symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, memory loss etc. resulting from radio frequency (RF) radiation by cellular phones. There have been various EHS provocation studies on heart rate, blood pressure, and subjective symptoms using GSM phones. However, there are few provocation studies on case-control study investigating simultaneously physiological parameters from CDMA phones. In this study, two volunteer groups of 18 self-declared EHS and 19 controls were exposed to both sham and real RF exposures by a CDMA cellular phone for half an hour each. We investigated the physiological parameters such as heart rates, respiration rates, and hear rate variability (HRV). In conclusion, the RF exposure by a CDMA cellular phone did not have any effects on the physiological parameters for both groups.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure / radiation effects
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cell Phone*
  • Electromagnetic Fields / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Heart Rate / radiation effects
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects*
  • Respiration / radiation effects
  • Young Adult