What you need to know about EMF Radiation
Most people are oblivious to the fact that electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation from our everyday gadgets can cause real harm to our health and wellness.
Some researchers have suggested that cell phone users, especially children, are likely to suffer from memory loss, sleeping disorders, and headaches because of radiation exposure. Research is showing links to an increased chance of cancer later in life.
Several countries, including Russia, Germany, France, Israel, Finland, and the United Kingdom, have issued warnings against children using cell phones. Still, people are not clear about what EMF radiation is and how it can affect their lives.
Here some of the top questions about EMF radiation and their answers:
1. Can cell phones really cause cancer?
Recently, a division of the World Health Organization classified cell phones as a “possible carcinogens.” It means that while there is no definite link between cellphone use and some forms of cancer, there’s enough evidence that the group believes more research is needed. WHO also cited lead, exhaust from gasoline engines, chloroform, and coffee as other “possible carcinogens.” In addition, a recent study by the NTP confirmed for the first time the link between brain tumors to cell phone radiation exposure in rats.
2. What is SAR?
SAR is Specific Absorption Rate, which is the rate at which your body absorbs energy from a radio-frequency (RF) magnetic field. Every cellphone model sold in the U.S. is tested and certified by the Federal Communications Commission to ensure it has a SAR value less than 1.6 watts per kilogram.
3. Should I buy a phone with a lower SAR if I want to reduce my exposure to cell phone radiation?
According to the FCC, consumers shouldn’t use the SAR value to compare the “safety” of cell phones. It maintains that all phones sold in the U.S. must test below the 1.6 watts per kilogram limit, and that therefore all phones that have made it to market are safe. Looking at the SAR value of a phone is a good starting place for consumers concerned about cell phone radiation exposure.
Keep in mind, Set back in 1996, FCC standards for wireless devices were based on studies with healthy 6’2”, 220 lbs men exposed to RF radiation for short periods of time. This is very different from the situation with cell phones today, in which people—including women, children and people in fragile health—are frequently on cell phones for hours a day. Furthermore, cell phones in 1996 were very different from those used today. And, very importantly, the kind of radiation damage tested for was thermal—not the non-thermal kind that the researchers today who are concerned about health risks are focusing on.
4. Should I avoid using a cell phone altogether?
The more challenging question is: can you manage to avoid using a cell phone forever?
In today’s world, cell phones have become necessary tools to conduct business and it’s not really practical to say that you won’t use them altogether. There are however, ways by which, you can reduce exposure like getting protective gear for your gadgets.
5. What precautions can I take to reduce exposure to cell phone radiation?
Here’s a quick list:
- Refrain from putting your cell phone right next to your body.
- Keep conversations short, because the less you talk on your cell phone, the less exposure to radiation you will have.
- If you can, use a phone headset as this can lessen your exposure than holding the phone to your ear. Alternatively, you can also use the speaker phone function of the cell phone.
- Turn your cell phone off when you are not using it or before you sleep at night.
- Don’t use your phone in places with poor signal because the radiation will be at its highest as the device tries to find a signal.
- Use SMS or IM rather than calling. When you’re texting or using your phone to access the Internet, you aren’t holding it up to your head the same way you would if you were talking on it. Any form of communication that doesn’t require you to put the phone to your head or right next to your body is a good way to reduce exposure.
- Put your cell phone in your purse or backpack instead of in your pocket. Again, it’s all about creating distance between you and your cell phone. So, if you carry your phone away from your body, then you are reducing your exposure.
6. Why are children more at risk to EMF radiation?
Children today are likely to begin using cell phones at a much younger age than their parents did, which means they will be exposed to this low-power radiation for a much longer period of time over their lifespan than today’s adults. They also have smaller heads and thinner skulls than adults, which allows radiation to penetrate more deeply into children than adults. EMF radiation may also have a greater effect on a child’s brain, as it is still developing. Exposure to EMF radiation can pose harm to people’s health in more ways than one. The best way to reduce the risks is to be proactive in protecting yourself and your family from radiation exposure.