ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, ORGANIC REMIX
January 18, 2012
You may be searching the Net for answers to this question: “Is mobile phone radiation damaging my health?”
Well, the answer depends on how you use your mobile, and how much you use it. But if you are one of those people who clock up 11000 hours of mobile phone radiation every year, straight to the side of your head, brace yourself for bad news.
Cell phone brain cancer, leukemia, other cancers…
You don’t have to rely on common sense alone. Scientific evidence is also mounting. Frequent cell phone users are more likely to get sick than other people, and doctors, scientists and health researchers are trying to tell us about it. Almost every month, new research studies are published on cell phone radiation dangers. Recently published reports indicate that cell phone radiation is responsible in some degree for health challenges such as
increased blood pressure
salivary gland cancer
and many other health effects. Have a good look at this list. These are not minor health problems. Most of them are health-destroying or life-ending disasters. Could they take 10 years off your life? Even more. Knowledgeable researchers, scientists and doctors who see these patients frequently, are becoming convinced that cell phone radiation is heavily implicated in these health challenges.
Who is affected by mobile phone radiation?
Mobile phone radiation has the greatest effect on people who make frequent or extended use of cell phones. Less frequent use may also be dangerous to susceptible persons, especially children and people suffering from degenerative disease. See Who is at Risk? No-one knows how many of us are going to get sick, or how many will die because of cell phone radiation. Conservative researchers have estimated that hundreds of thousands may die. (Less restrained estimates suggest millions.)
Cell phone radiation – let’s take precautions
Responsible scientists, academics, doctors and researchers everywhere are urging us to act on the precautionary principle. This means that we should reduce unnecessary cell phone radiation exposure right now, without waiting for absolute proof of cell phone radiation health dangers. For various reasons, including heavyweight commercial interests, this proof may be very slow to arrive. What we have to do is not too difficult or burdensome. It’s really just a matter of acquiring new habits and keeping our exposure to cell phone radiation down to levels which don’t affect our health.
Reducing mobile phone radiation health risks
There is already strong evidence about the health dangers of frequent or prolonged exposure to mobile phone radiation during conversations. Less certain at present is the health danger of carrying a mobile phone on your person, or leaving it close to your body at night. Although the radiation strength is much higher while talking on a mobile phone, the duration of exposure is much greater when carrying the phone. Some of the health risks relating to mobile phone radiation, such as sperm damage and infertility, suggest that just carrying a cell phone may have consequences for your health.
We recommend that you reduce both types of exposure. There’s no rocket science needed.
Basic habits to avoid cell phone radiation
Keep cell phone conversations short.
When you have a choice, use a regular corded phone (landline).
When phoning others from a landline to their cell phone, keep your conversation short
Send a text message in preference to making a cell phone call.
If you can contact someone on a landline, avoid calling them on their cell phone.
Protection from cell phone radiation
For the best cell phone radiation protection, get yourself an air tube headset. (An air tube headset has only acoustic connections to the earpiece, not electronic ones). The mobile phone still emits radiation but you can hold it quite far away from your body while you use it.
Earbuds, bluetooth headsets and other electronic headsets are not ideal, but are better than placing the phone directly next to your head.
If no headset is available, use the speaker-phone facility, if you have one. Then you can hold the phone several inches away from your ear. This can reduce the cell phone radiation strength at your ear by 20 to 60 times!
If you can’t avoid having a long conversation with a mobile phone next to your ear, switch ears every two or three minutes.
Cell phone radiation and children’s health
Children under 10 should never use a cell phone except in an emergency, when there is no alternative. Their smaller heads, thinner skulls and undeveloped brains make children much more vulnerable than adults.
For the same reason, discourage small children from placing their ear next to your cell phone while you are using it.
Older children or teenagers should avoid chatting on cell phones. Teach them about cell phone radiation. Suggest they use cell phones for urgent communication only. Messaging, in reasonable amounts (minutes, not hours), is preferable to conversing.
If children cannot restrict their use of cell phones, buy them an air tube headset and insist that they use it. (Or get them to read this page. Yeah right!)
Carrying your cell phone
When you are carrying a cell phone, keep it as far away from you as possible. Handbags and briefcases are better than pockets, but don’t rest them on your lap.
When you arrive at your desk or any place where you will spend a lot of time, take your phone out of your pocket (or off your belt) and place it on the desk (not too close).
It is not yet known whether the abnormal sperm and lower sperm counts observed in cell phone users relate to carrying the phone in a trouser pocket. This practice is not recommended for either sex.
Don’t sleep with your mobile phone! Keep it away from the bed, or switched off.
Minimise cell phone radiation while driving
When you drive a car, remove your cell phone from your pocket or belt. Keep it in a secure place, out of sight.
Don’t use your mobile while driving. The risks are a lot more immediate than from cell phone radiation!
Using a cell phone in an enclosed space such as a car (or deep within a building) causes the phone to beef up its signal strength to maintain contact with the tower. That extra EMF strength goes into you too.
Cell phone radiation bounces around inside a vehicle, increasing your exposure and that of any other passengers. The same applies to busses and trains.
If your circumstances permit, switch off your cell phone whenever you enter a vehicle..
Cell phone radiation depends on signal strength
When you are a long way from a cell phone mast (your signal strength is low) your cell phone has to work harder. Cell phone radiation levels will be high. If possible, avoid making calls when the signal strength (as shown on your phone) is low.
The easiest way to reduce cell phone radiation?
When buying a cell phone, consider the amount of radiation it will emit. Find out the SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) of your intended phone. They vary widely. There is a legal limit (1.6 watts per kg in the USA and 2.0 watts per kg in Europe). This is the maximum radiation level you can be subjected to when using your phone. Many cell phones are rated quite close to this limit, but some are rated below 1.0 W/kg.
Beware of vendors who offer weird discs, jewellery or gadgets to reduce your absorption of cell phone radiation. If they can’t demonstrate an effect – it’s probably because there isn’t one!
If you are determined to reduce your exposure to cell phone radiation, now is a good time to read about the health risks from cell phone towers. Remember that mobile phone radiation is just part of our total (and growing) exposure to electromagnetic radiation from many different sources.
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