Is Your Cell Phone Safe?
Some research on cell phones suggests increased risk of brain and mouth tumors and behavioral problems in children from the use of cell phones.
Here are some tips on making cell phone activity as safe as possible:
By low-radiation phones. Check out how your cell phone compares to others on the release of radiation with the Environmental Working Group Buyers Guide at: http://www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/Get-a-Safer-Phone. Cell phone model numbers are often printed under the battery. Some recommendation from the group include:
- Cell phone reception: The stronger the signal the fewer the rads so stay off the phone if you see fewer bars. Wait to answer calls when your signal is stronger.
- Keep your kids off the phone: Environmental Working Group research suggests that limiting cell phone use in children is the best plan. Young children’s brains absorb twice as much cell phone radiation as those of adults (and many children seem to stay on the phone longer so what does that tell us?)
- Listen more: Radiation is released when sending voice mail and text messages to another caller—so it’s safer to listen than to be talking all the time. Fewer rads are released when texting than talking. One theory is that your body is safer because you’re holding the phone away from your body to text.
- Store and hold your phone away from your body when not in use. Don’t store your phone in a pocket or on your belt where soft body tissues absorb radiation—especially if you are having infertility challenges.
- Use a headset or speaker. Some wireless headsets emit continuous, low-level radiation so take these off when you’re not on the phone.
Radiation Shields: People ask me all the time if they should put those radiation shield gimmicks on their phones, computers and other electrical equipment. Save your money. These shields give us a false sense of security by reducing connection quality. The phone is then forced to transmit at higher powers with higher radiation.
We won’t even talk about cell phone safety tips while driving. Of course it’s best to refuse to drive with people who talk with their hands and give you their full attention while they are driving—especially while driving on snowy roads! I’ve seen people read books while driving and work on computers as well. I’m thinking that may be even more dangerous than using a cell phone!
(Note: Thanks to fellow healer Jessica Drollette for this topic for the newsletter.)
Read more about Cell Phone Safety:
- Cell phone safety tip use in automobiles here: http://www.progressive.com/vehicle-resources/cell-phone-safety.aspx
- Driving Distractions Legislature bills: http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=13599