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Archive for March 10th, 2010

Everywhere you go, you see cellphones.  It is amazing to think how anyone got anything done before their creation.  With the increase in the usage of cell phones, research is being done to see if the radiation emitted from them can cause cancer and/or other ailments.  While there is no set decision either way, it is always nice to get the facts and make a decision for yourself.  As for me, I use an head-set that I remove when not in use.  I am also looking into buying a new phone that emits less radiation when it is around.

I recently came across the Environmental Working Group, who test various cellphones and rates their radiation emission.   I was not too happy to find that my current phone emits a high dose of radiation by the ear, as well as when it rests near me.   (It might be time to take advantage of the ‘upgrade’ option.)  Below is one of the articles on their website listing “8 Safety Tips” for cell phone usage.  At the end of the article, I have included a link to their website so you can check your phones radiation emission rating.

“EWG’s Guide to Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Exposure”

Cell phones emit radiation to send voice and text messages to the other caller. Health risks aren’t confirmed, but some (not all) studies of frequent cell phone users suggest increased risks for brain and mouth tumors and children’s behavior problems.

To be on the safe side, follow the tips below to reduce exposures.

1. BUY A LOW-RADIATION PHONE

Look up your phone on EWG’s buyer’s guide. (Your phone’s model number may be printed under your battery.) Consider replacing your phone with one that emits the lowest radiation possible and still meets your needs.

2. USE A HEADSET OR SPEAKER

Headsets emit much less radiation than phones. Choose either wired or wireless (experts are split on which version is safer) using our cell phone headset guide. Some wireless headsets emit continuous, low-level radiation, so take yours off your ear when you’re not on a call. Using your phone in speaker mode also reduces radiation to the head.

3. LISTEN MORE, TALK LESS

Your phone emits radiation when you talk or text, but not when you’re receiving messages. Listening more and talking less reduces your exposures.

4. HOLD PHONE AWAY FROM YOUR BODY

Hold the phone away from your torso when you’re talking (with headset or speaker), not against your ear, in a pocket, or on your belt where soft body tissues absorb radiation.

5. CHOOSE TEXTING OVER TALKING

Phones use less power (less radiation) to send text than voice. And unlike when you speak with the phone at your ear, texting keeps radiation away from your head.  (Note from me: Do not text while driving)

6. POOR SIGNAL? STAY OFF THE PHONE

Fewer signal bars on your phone means that it emits more radiation to get the signal to the tower. Make and take calls when your phone has a strong signal.

7. LIMIT CHILDREN’S PHONE USE

Young children’s brains absorb twice the cell phone radiation as an adult’s. EWG joins health agencies in at least 6 countries in recommending limits for children’s phone use, such as for emergency situations only.

8. SKIP THE “RADIATION SHIELD”

Radiation shields such as antenna caps or keypad covers reduce the connection quality and force the phone to transmit at a higher power with higher radiation.

For more information, click here to visit EMG’s website.



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