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10th Feb


Avoid Being Zapped by Your Phone

Everyone seems to be addicted to their cell phones, but there is a growing body of scientific research indicating that the radiofrequency radiation they give off may be harmful. Consequently, as with any technology whose risks are not fully understood, it might be a good idea to limit your family’s and your own exposure by taking some simple precautions.

  • First, choose a cell phone with a low SAR (specific absorption rate) rating,which measures the strength of a magnetic field absorbed by the body. This may not be easy since manufacturers come out with new models almost monthly, but don’t give up! The Federal Communications Commission’s website will be the best place to find an updated list of phones that don’t exceed the maximum acceptable SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram. Go as low as you can!
  • Second, don’t rely ONLY on your cell phone. You should have at least one landline installed in your home, and possibly in your workspace. You can talk forever on a landline with no radiation risk whatsoever! And in an emergency, a landline is a more reliable source of communication.
  • smart phone 2Next, don’t hold your cell phone directly against your head. All cell phone instruction manuals include this instruction (to avoid legal liability) and they know why. Use your phone on speakerphone setting, or use an earpiece or headset with an air tube. Did you know that the radiation is highest when the call is connecting?
  • Keep you phone OFF your body when not using. Front pants pockets for men or bras for women are both bad locations for a wireless device, as these parts of our bodies are particularly vulnerable to wireless radiation. And pregnant women should definitely not carry their phone anywhere on their body, or even in a pocketbook or bag that is held against their body. We have good science that shows developing fetuses are particularly vulnerable.
  • Don’t use your cell phone when the bars are low (when the signal is weak), as this will boost the power of your phone as it tries to connect to a new relay antenna.
  • Text instead of talking when possible. This keeps the cell phone farther away from your head and body.
  • Try not to use your cell phone for long conversations in enclosed spaces. Cars, trains, elevators, buses and subways are essentially metal boxes where the microwaves bounce off the walls, with your whole body absorbing the radiation. Power levels will increase also as your cell phone has to work harder to get a signal out through metal walls.And always ride in the “Quiet Car” if your train line has this option….people are supposed to switch off their cell phones in these cars so your exposure to second hand radiation will be limited.
  • At night, do not leave your cell phone on your bedside table or worse, under your pillow! I hear from parents that many teenagers have this habit. I know you have to pick your fights with your kids, but this battle is worth fighting.

All of the above can protect you and your family from serious potential health problems. It’s better to be safe than sorry…always!

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