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The endless discussions about cell phone radiation protection probably bore you to death! Me too … sometimes. It is mentioned over and over, and we wish someone out there would just pull the plug, and gives us the good news. Because we love our smartphones, we are always looking for that one excuse that says it is safe. Then we can have your lives back.

My brother and sister, of course, you and I are wrong about this, and our lives are in serious jeopardy! And it is troubling to imagine what smartphones do to children! When the consequences begin happening, only then shall we wish we had paid just a little attention!

By default, cell phones are designed to emit small doses of electromagnetic fields (EMF) at all times. The exposure happens when we place them close to sensitive body parts like the head, womb, breasts, and genitalia.

In a ‘Phonegate‘ study done by the French government in 2017, indications are we are exposed to higher levels of radiation than is indicated by phone manufacturers. This happens when the studies are done under real-life circumstances.

This radiation is classified as a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization. It  is placed in the same category as,

  • engine exhaust
  • DDT
  • lead

… according to the WHO Press release, May 2011. There is cumulative exposure when we use cell phones wrongly for extended durations and for many years.

Protection Tips

The following are a few recommendations for the stubborn headed men and women in the 21st Century. They rotate around three cornerstone guidelines: limit usage, increased distance and use of corded phones.

1.  Become an Informed Digital Dummy!

These little gadgets are nice but have their own drawbacks which may not show for years. Nobody and not even the radiation experts seem to know the true consequences. Unless of course, they are taking all of us for a ride. Instead, they are fighting amongst themselves and making a fool of everyone. Thank you if you have noticed… and shame on you the wobbly EMF experts!

In order to tone down the effects of cell phone radiation, we should follow through the user guidelines that ship in the packaging. For example, placing a phone 20cm away from the body cuts down radiation by 98%! Likewise, buying a phone for children is safer at 14 years and above. The growing brain in children is vulnerable if exposed to cell phone radiation in early childhood. The cumulative effects will manifest themselves late in their lives.

Children too should be allowed to caution adults who they feel are abusing cell phone use.

2.  Less Cell Phones for Kids!

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Children should not use cell phones much

We should not allow babies to use cell phones close to their bodies and for extended durations.  If they must, they should use hands-free devices. Airplane Mode should be turned on if they wish to play games.

3. No Phones Close to the Body! 

Cell phones should be kept away from the skin even when we talk through them. Neither should we place them close to the head, in the bra, in the pocket, and in bed as we sleep. Pregnant women should not place them next to the womb. For better cell phone radiation protection, they should stay on the table, in the bag or other containers.

We should follow manufacturer directives regarding the distance the phone should be placed away from the body.

4.  Talk Less!

Most of us are actually get pissed off by those that talk endlessly in their cell phones! We may not realize it, but the excitement in using phones actually irritates those nearby. They are communication and not distraction tools. Our conversations should be brief and controlled.

Landline receiver (corded phones) should be preferred for extended voice calls.

Corded phones are safer for extended communication

Corded phones are safer for extended communication

5.  Text More!

Besides the default SMS app, we can use the countless messaging apps available in app stores. Messaging is preferable to making voice calls.  The phone should, however, rest a distance away from the genitalia and womb when we are sending messages.

We can also turn to voice assistants, speakerphones, corded air tube headsets, and Bluetooth headsets. Corded non-wireless devices are preferable to Bluetooth contraptions. The latter also emit a fair amount of radiation. Air tube headsets are preferable to headsets.

Texting is a preferred
Texting is a preferred approach when opting for cell phone radiation protection

6.  Watch Out for SAR!

We should buy cell phones which emit the lowest levels of radiation. Generic phones, especially from China, that lack proper documentation should not find their way into our lives.

The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection provides a detailed database of old and new phones in the market and corresponding radiation levels they emit. Sony, Samsung, and Google lead the way in producing phones with the least radiation levels.

Ultimately though, all phones emit radiation and must be treated the same way.

Implementthe SAR guidelines in your cell phone

Implementthe SAR guidelines in your cell phone

7.  Turn Off  Unused Transmitters!

All modern phones have three transmitters:

  • Cellular
  • Wireless
  • Bluetooth

Bluetooth is used rarely and should be turned off most of the time.

Wi-Fi too should be turned off if the cell phone is not connected to a hotspot. In the same vein, wireless devices at home should be turned off when not in use.

8.  No Cell Phone While Travelling!

Cell phones should be kept away when driving or traveling in a first moving vehicle.  These devices emit large amounts of radio frequency energy when switching from one cell tower to another in a speeding car.

9.  Watch the Service Signal!

The network bars on cell phones are indicative of the strength of the network service. 3 to 5 bars imply a good signal while 1 and 2 indicate bad signal.  Cell phones emit higher levels of radiation when the signal is poor.

10.  Install EMF Meters at Home

We should all acquire EMF meters to measure the amount of cell phone radiation running wild in the house. There is no point taking advanced options listed above when the home and workplace is a radiation haven.

The room where children play and sleep should be safe enough. Whole night exposure is a death trap. The electrosmog or 3-Axis RF meters are just two examples of tools used to measure and thus ensure cell phone radiation protection.