Phone Radiation What it is and How to Prevent it

Any electronic device be it laptop, tablet, and cell phones emit what is called Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Field (RF EMF) radiation, an unseen form of energy which can cause damaging health effects if left uncontrolled. Common sense dictates that this is especially true for children, whose brains are fragile and still developing. Indeed, in this case, the science matches common sense.

The term, radiation means the emission or transmission of energy in the form of waves or particles through space or through a material medium.

Mobile phone radiation is classified as non-ionizing. Non-ionizing radiation refers to a variety of electromagnetic radiation. In the simplest terms, this means that non-ionizing radiation only excites matter into another form of energy. It does not ionize molecules which can cause more harmful radiation effects

Other forms of non-ionizing radiation include microwave, radio waves and visible light. We cannot avoid those types of radiation and most of us cannot avoid mobile phone radiation. This is a type of radiation that we are exposed to daily.

Other forms of non-ionizing radiation include microwave, radio waves and visible light. We cannot avoid those types of radiation and most of us cannot avoid mobile phone radiation. This is a type of radiation that we are exposed to daily.

Preventive measures to take for Phone Radiation

  1. Alternatively you can Use the speakerphone on your cell phone when you can have a public conversation, or hook your cell phone up to an earphone or headphones to keep it as far from you as possible while still talking on it. Since the phone will not be as close as it is supposed to be to your ears, it will prevent you from any effect that may arise otherwise

2. Keep your phone charged up. When the bars are low on your cell phone it is working harder to capture a signal from the radio towers, which means that the radiation it emits is even greater. Only make calls when your signal is strong. Consider texting when you can’t charge your phone.

  1. Text instead of talk. This pings the cell phone towers for seconds rather than minutes and minimizes your radiation exposure.

4. Don’t talk while you drive. The constant movement means that your phone is also trying to make contact with cell phone towers over and over again, increasing its frequency, and therefore your radiation exposure. But you shouldn’t text while you drive either – so don’t do anything while driving!

5. Look for low–radiation emitting phones. There is a list of the 20 best phones for low-radiation emissions, here. The Samsung Galaxy Note is at the top of the list – sorry iPhone users!

6. Go old school. Use a landline. If you are under the age of 20, you might scoff at this suggestion, but landlines don’t expose you to radiation. Wait to talk to your BF at your grandmother’s house on her old wall phone. Your brain will thank you.

7. Don’t put the cell phone to your ear until a call connects. Dial on speaker phone and then if you must talk straight into the phone, only talk once your end-user picks up.

8. Minimize use. Talk less on your phone and you will be exposed to less radiation. I know this is difficult for some of us, but when you can have your conversations in person. I recently took a vacation for an entire week and couldn’t use my cell phone at all. After the first day I had technology withdrawal since I was so used to having a phone in my hand, but after that, it was remarkably peaceful not to have to respond to every little thing within minutes.

9. Keep your cell phone far away from you while you are sleeping or do not using your cell phone in sleepy mood. There is no reason for it to be close to you if you aren’t using it unless you’re expecting a call – especially if you keep it on sound, not vibrate.

10. Lastly, consider investing in some form of radiation protection. There are tons of products out there, such as Global Healing Center’s cell phone radiation protector. You can also protect yourself from radiation in your home by placing a large electromagnetic field protector in the area.

What Studies around the globe has found out on radiation

Very few studies have been conducted around the world on RF radiation exposure to children. To date, the general consensus is that epidemiological data has not been able to definitively prove that brain tumors and leukemia in children occurs from RF EMF exposure, although information is beginning emerge.

However, some speculate that this disconnect, or large knowledge gap exists from lack of funding in this study area. Unfortunately, the evidence that has been produced, is often dismissed as scant. On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that RF EMF research, especially in relation to children, should be given priority, because of their belief that there is a lack of information in this critical area.

In Australia, several studies have investigated the effect of cell phone radiation exposure on cognitive function of adults. In 2010, this lead to the investigation on children and adolescents as their developing nervous systems were considered of special interest. Over 200 students were assessed by two tests, one at the beginning of the year and one at the end.

Some changes in cognitive function associated with increased RF EMF cell phone radiation exposure were observed. The changes were unfortunately dismissed as statistically insignificant. The problem with this study was however, that the test population (statistic sample) was much too small and study scope too limited to draw such conclusions.

In a 2010 study conducted in Germany, researchers studied over 3000 children randomly selected from the population of four cities in the South of Bavaria. Interview data was taken on the participants’ mental health, socio-demographic characteristics and other points of interest.

Using a personal dosimeter, the test subjects were assessed for RF EMF exposure over the course of 24 hours. In total, 7% of the children and 5% of the adolescences showed abnormal mental behavior.

Using multiple logistic regression analyses, it was determined that measured exposure to RF fields in the highest quartile was associated to overall behavioral problems in adolescents.

Credits: Modern Ghana, Defend Shield

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