One of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning is to check my cell phone, I check e-mails, quickly scan through my Facebook feed and catch up on the morning news. During the rest of the day, I use my phone to talk to family and friends, take photos, send text messages and more. Finally, after the boys are in bed I usually sit down to enjoy an audiobook on my phone. My device is with me during the entire day, every day.
If you are anything like me then you probably carry your cell phone with you most of the day. If you do then I highly recommend you watch the following videos from Devra Davis, an American epidemiologist, and scientist when you have some time. I recently came across these and they have really opened my eyes with regards to cell phone radiation and the dangers of being exposed to it by keeping your phone on your pocket or close to your body. The full video and shorter version are both below.
Cell Phone Radiation: Why You Should Keep Your Cell Phone Out Of Your Pocket!
Not using a cell phone at all is not really a practical solution and it would be completely unnecessary, but reducing radiation exposure and protecting our children should be the priority. Below I share some of the ways we can protect ourselves and our families from unwanted cell phone radiation.
- Keep your cellphone away from babies and young children. Children’s skulls are thinner than adult’s and their brains are still growing and developing. Radiation from cell phones is likely to cause more damage in children. If you call a family member or friend to have a chat with your little one always use speakerphone or make the call on Skype or FaceTime.
- Try to not use your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed. Avoid using your cellphone if you are in a car, bus or train. Moving at high speed automatically increases power to a maximum as the cell phone continuosly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna.
- Carry your cell phone in your purse or backpack instead of in your pocket and avoid carrying it on your body at all times. If for some reason you must carry your cell phone on you, make sure that the keypad is positioned toward your body and the back is positioned toward the outside so that the transmitted electromagnetic fields move away from you rather than through your body.
- Keep conversations short, use speakerphone, text more and use a headset. Cell phones should really be used for emergencies and short conversations only. Experts also recommend using either a wired headset or a Bluetooth headset when using a cell phone. While you may still be exposed to some radiation using headsets, it is still a lot less than holding the phone directly to your ear.
- Turn your phone off when not in use or put it on Airplane mode. Turn off your phone when you go to sleep and put it on “airplane mode” when using other phone features to shut down the cellular radio portion of the phone. I will start doing so when I sit down to listen my audiobooks in the evenings.
- Check your device manual to find out their recommendations with regards to exposure. If you own an iPhone go to Settings, General, About, Legal, RF Exposure on your phone. You will find that they warn you against carrying your phone too close to your body.
Where do you carry your cell phone? Do you carry it on your pocket or keep it in your purse/bag?