What are the Safest and Most
Dangerous Ways to Use a Cell Phone? Part 2
Home Radiation Protection
I also recommend that everyone who uses a cell phone follow
these commonsense guidelines:
• Children Should Always Avoid Using Cell Phones: Barring a
life-threatening emergency, children should not use a cell
phone, or a wireless device of any type. Children are far
more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults, because
of their thinner skull bones and other factors.
• Reduce Your Cell Phone Use: Turn your cell phone off more
often. Reserve it for emergencies or important matters.
• Use a Land Line at Home and at Work: Although more and
more people are switching to using cell phones as their
exclusive phone contact, it is a dangerous trend and you can
choose to opt out of the madness.
• Reduce or Eliminate Your Use of Other Wireless Devices:
You would be wise to cut down your use of these devices.
Just as with cell phones, it is important to ask yourself
whether or not you really need to use them every single
time. Even portable home phones, including the older kind
that operate at 900 MHz, can be a problem. The lesson from
the field is that all DECT portable phones are a problem.
If you do not know if you have a DECT phone (as many are not
labeled as such), the ONLY way to know for sure is to
measure. You can learn about measuring instrumentation at
For "hands free" calls at home, I recommend getting the
old-fashioned speakerphone (either attached to the phone or
separate) or using SKYPE on your computer on speaker mode,
which is terrific.
• Use Your Cell Phone Only Where Reception is Good: The
weaker the reception, the more power your phone must use to
transmit, and the more power it uses, the more radiation it
emits, and the deeper the dangerous radio waves penetrate
into your body. Ideally, you should only use your phone with
full bars and good reception.
Also seek to avoid carrying your phone on your body as that
merely maximizes any potential exposure. Ideally put it in
your purse or carrying bag.
• Turn Your Cell Phone Off When Not in Use: As long as your
cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even
when you are not actually making a call.
• Keep Your Cell Phone Away From Your Body When it is On:
The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation
exposure, is near the emitting antenna. You do not want any
part of your body near this area and proximity is
everything. The closer the phone is to your body, the worse
the exposure -- with the exposure falling off dramatically
with distance. Thus, using the speaker mode, the farther you
can keep the phone away from your body and still hear the
call, the better.
• Use Safer Headset Technology: Wired headsets will
certainly allow you to keep the cell phone farther away from
your body. However, if a wired headset is not well-shielded
-- and most of them are not -- the wire itself acts as an
antenna attracting ambient radio waves and transmitting
radiation directly to your brain and your body, for example
over your heart.
Make sure that the wire used to transmit the signal to your
ear is shielded.
The best kind of headset to use is a combination shielded
wire and air-tube headset. These operate like a stethoscope,
transmitting the information to your head as an actual sound
wave; although there are wires that still must be shielded,
there is no wire that goes all the way up to your head.
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