Cell Phone Radiation Protection Tips for Digital Dummies!
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Last Updated: September 27, 2020
The endless discussions and warnings about cell phone radiation protection probably bore you to death! Your wish is that someone would just pull the plug – and stop! Given you are so much attached to your smartphone, you are always looking for that one excuse that says it is safe. Then you can have your life back.
Of course, you are wrong, and your life is not entirely safe!
… the silent threat
By default, cell phones emit small doses of electromagnetic fields (EMF) which can find their into our bodies due to improper use. The exposure happens when we place our smartphones close to sensitive body parts like the head, womb, breast, and genitalia.
This radiation is classified as a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization and placed in the same category as,
- engine exhaust
… according to the WHO Press release, May 2011.
There is cumulative exposure when we use cell phones wrongly, for extended durations, and for many years. When placed a distance away from the body, the exposure reduces considerably.
In a ‘Phonegate‘ study done by the French government in 2017, we are exposed to higher levels of radiation than is indicated by phone manufacturers if studies are done under real-life circumstances i.e, like placing the phone in the pocket or next to the ear.
Cell phone radiation protection tips
Cellular phones are nice contraptions but have drawbacks that may manifest almost immediately or later in life. Nobody and not even the EMF experts seem to know the consequences resulting from extended exposure. Unless of course, they are taking us all for a ride.
The following are only a few recommendations for parents and children in the 21st Century. They rotate around three cornerstone guidelines:
- limitation of usage
- distance between phone and user
- adoption of corded phones.
1. Pay attention to the user guidelines!
In order to tone down the effects of cell phone radiation, you should follow through the user guidelines that ship with your cell phone. Otherwise, be cautious and stay informed about the larger picture of radiofrequency emissions.
- placing the phone 20cm away from the body cuts down radiation by 98%!
- buying a phone for children is safer at 14 years and above.
The developing brain in children is particularly at risk if exposed to cell phone radiation early in life. Just as well, the cumulative effects will manifest sooner or later in life.
2. Kids should make few cell phone calls
You should not allow babies to use cell phones close to their bodies and for extended durations. If they must, they should use hands-free devices. Airplane Mode should be turned on if they wish to play games for extended durations.
3. Distance between the body & phones!
Cell phones should be kept away from the skin even when you talk through them. Neither should you place them close to the head, in the bra, in the pocket, and in bed when you sleep.
Pregnant women should not place them next to the womb. For better cell phone radiation protection, they should stay on the table, in the bag, or in other containers.
Follow manufacturer directives regarding the distance the phone should be placed away from the body.
4. Less voice calls!
You are probably one of those pissed off by those that talk endlessly in their cell phones in public!
We may not realize it, but the excitement in using phones actually irritates those nearby.
Cell phones are communication and not distraction tools. Your conversations should be brief and controlled. You need to be conscious of the surrounding environment, and how positively or negatively your conversation is affecting others.
Landline receiver (corded phones) should be preferred for extended voice calls if you wish to talk for long, hoping you are not an inconvenience to anyone.
5. More texting!
Turn to voice assistants, speakerphones, corded air tube headsets, and Bluetooth headsets. Corded non-wireless devices are preferable to Bluetooth contraptions. The latter also emit a fair amount of radiation. Air tube headsets are preferable to headsets.
6. Asses the cell phone SAR!
Buy cell phones which emit the lowest levels of radiation. Generic phones, especially from China, lack proper documentation and should not find their way into your home.
The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection provides a detailed database of old and new phones in the market and corresponding radiation levels they emit. Sony, Samsung, and Google lead the way in producing phones with the least radiation.
Ultimately though, all phones emit radiation and must be treated the same way.
7. Turn off unused transmitters!
All modern phones have three transmitters:
Bluetooth is used rarely and should be turned off most of the time.
Wi-Fi too should be turned off if the cell phone is not connected to a hotspot. In the same vein, wireless devices at home should be turned off when idle.
Better still, routers and other wireless gadgets should not be placed in children’s bedrooms, or anywhere close to where they stay for extended hours!
8. No cell phone while travelling!
Cell phones should be kept away when driving or traveling in a first moving vehicle. These devices emit large amounts of radiofrequency energy when switching from one cell tower to another in a speeding car.
9. Install EMF meters at home
Acquire EMF meters to measure the amount of cell phone radiation running wild in the house. There is no point taking advanced options listed above when the home and workplace is a radiation haven.
The room where children play and sleep should be safe enough. Whole night exposure is a death trap. The 3-Axis RF meter is just an example of a tool that can be used to measure and implement cell phone radiation protection at home.