Are mobile phones dangerous? Why take the chance?

How to reduce your exposure to mobile phone radiation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that mobile phone radiation may cause cancer by listing it in the same cancer risk category as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform. The WHO advises taking “pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands-free devices or texting.” To date over 2,000 peer reviewed studies have brought to light other concerning health effects.

Top ways to reduce your exposure:

1. Keep distance between you and the phone

Remember the principle that increased distance from a transmitting phone (even a couple of centimetres) greatly reduces your exposure.

2. Use speakerphone or an airtube headset

Many wired headsets double as an aerial and transmit radiation along the wire to feed radiation directly into the ear canal. This may increase radiation to the brain by 300%! A much safer option is an “air tube” headset or plug in handset. Bluetooth headsets constantly emit low level radiation and are not recommended.

3. Carry the phone away from your body

Specially made anti-radiation holsters and pouches place a shield between the phone and the body and stop radiation being directly absorbed. Otherwise carry your phone in your bag, purse or briefcase – anywhere except in your pocket, bra or anywhere else close to the body.

4. Talk less by texting or using a landline

When you text the phone only needs to ping the mobile phone tower for a moment, as opposed to a 15 minute phone conversation. By far the safest way to talk on the phone is to use a landline.

shutterstock_2655149965. Keep kids off the phone

Children’s developing brains and tissues are more vulnerable to mobile phone radiation. Health authorities in Britain, France, Germany and Russia have all issued warnings against allowing small children to use mobile phones for extended periods, if at all.

6. Wait for the call to connect before putting it to your ear

Cell phones emit the most radiation when they are attempting to connect to base towers. If you’ve have no choice but to use your mobile normally we recommend a proven anti-radiation case that channels and re-directs 60-90% of radiation out of the rear of the phone.

7. Don’t call when signal is low

A blocked or weak signal, as indicated by fewer signal bars, forces the phone to emit more radiation to maintain the call. Make calls when your signal is strong & be careful how you hold your phone. Holding it with a tightly closed grip will significantly block signal.

8. Hang up when you are travelling

Many of us love to talk on the phone while driving. When you’re in a moving vehicle like a car or train your phone repeatedly issues increased bursts of radiation to connect with towers as it moves in and out of range.

9. Purchase a phone with a low SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) to avoid mobile phone radiation

In other words, a low maximum radiating cell phone. Find your phone’s SAR rating and compare it with others.

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