Other wireless devices:
Wireless (Wi-Fi) routers and other such devices are becoming increasingly common. The energy radiated from devices such as routers is far less than a mobile phone. But we tend to keep them on for far longer durations, sometimes days on end. The good part is; such devices are located far from your body unlike a mobile phone. It is; however, advisable to turn off such appliances when not in use and keep them at a distance.
What should we do? Do not worry, we will not tell you to abandon your precious wireless partner. But you can try to switch to a CDMA phone from GSM. Not only is CDMA a superior technology, it also emits much lesser radiation than a GSM phone. Use a landline when possible. We understand that it is not very hip. But think of it as a retro fashion statement, like using a typewriter. If you could reduce the time you spend on calls, there would be nothing like it. But there are alternates:
Texting rates have dropped like it is nobody’s business. There are also messengers that use GPRS for which most phones are enabled.
Using the speaker phone though it is not always a viable option but one could try it when alone.
A normal or Bluetooth hands-free is a more tenable option. Not only does it keep the radiation at a distance, it leaves your hands free for other tasks. Avoid keeping hands-free devices on for long as they emit low level radiation themselves and increase chances of ear infections.
While talking, keep the receiver as far away from your ear as possible. You know when you are in a crowded place or when the reception is bad; you speak into the mouth piece and only bring the phone to your ear when the other person is talking. It would be a good idea to do this all the time. This is because more energy is radiated when sending rather than receiving.
Avoid carrying it in your trouser or shirt pockets. Carry it in your bag/purse. When you are not travelling, keep it on a stand away from you. Many of us have a habit of keeping the mobile phone switched on and close to our heads while sleeping. Having a source of radiation close to your head during 6-8 hours of sleeping sounds like a bad idea, doesn’t it?
Avoid network cold spots as maximum amount of energy is radiated when a mobile phone is trying to make initial connection with the tower to make a call. By waiting till the connection is made and then bringing the handset close to your ear, you can avoid a lot of radiation. When in a parking lot or other enclosed location, one tends to press the phone against his/her ear all the more. The cell phone also has to try harder to connect to the tower. This further increases absorption of radiation by the brain. Whenever possible, try to make a call only when receiving decent network.
Most of us would be embarrassed to use a prosthetic but we happily carry our cell phones around all day, flaunt it even. I myself felt restless for the few days it took me to buy a new mobile phone when I decided to replace my old one. We do not have the time to start a family and raise kids but we give our gadget more attention than a toddler would ever require. The day when people enroll for mobile phone abuse rehab camps doesn’t seem far. That is why features such as this one are called for.
We have stayed cleared in this feature of sensational claims of brain tumors and the like. You will come across enough of those in e-mail forwards. But being aware of the risks is crucial. Children’s brains are more fragile and have higher water content. Damage caused by exposure to radiation at a young age can be deeper and more serious. Keep your kids from using mobile phones for as long as possible. You and me never had a pager till we were past college and we did just fine, didn’t we?
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