Recently, scientists at the World Health Organisation announced that the agency would now list mobile phone use in the same “carcinogenic hazard” category as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform.
There have not been enough long-term studies to make a clear conclusion if radiation from smartphones is safe, but there was enough data to persuade the WHO of a possible connection.
Smartphones use non-ionising radiation, which doesn’t damage DNA the way ionizing radiation does. The cell phone radiation operates more like very low power microwaves, but nobody really likes to think of leaning their face on a low power microwave.
If the WHO’s labeling of smartphone use as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” has gotten you alarmed, here are some quick basic tips to limit your exposure.
-Tip 1 - Get AIRed
It’s no coincidence that most phones come with a wired earpiece. A wired headset will automatically decrease your radiation exposure because the phone is away from the body. Every inch you can get away from the body reduces the amount of radiation you are absorbing.
however, a wired headset will still transmit radiation through the wire, and that's a big concern, what you can and should do, is to get yourself an air tube Headset like the ProTubeZ.
And it’s not too inconvenient. CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, says he uses an earpiece because his neck doesn’t hurt as much after being on a long phone call.
- Tip 2 - Use the speakerphone
This could get quite annoying if you’re in a public place. But experts say that using the speakerphone function is helpful because you’re keeping the phone away from your brain. Every inch you can get the phone away from your body reduces the radiation. For example, holding out the cell phone by two inches drops the radiation by a factor of four, Magda Havas, an associate professor with the Institute for Health Studies at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, had told CNN.
But try not to share your conversation with the whole world. Thanks.
-Tip 3 - Don’t wear Bluetooth all the time
Bluetooth wireless earpieces will expose you to some radiation. However, it would be much less radiation than a smartphone.
The problem is that most people wear their Bluetooth on their ear. And this isn’t a good look on anyone nor is healthy.
If you use a Bluetooth device, switch it from ordinary ear BT piece to EchoTubeZ BT. Just take it out of your ear when you aren’t on the phone.
-Tip 4 - Radiation hot spots
Smartphones don’t always emit the same level of radiation. For example, your phone will emit the most radiation when connecting to cellular towers.
But a moving phone (like if you are talking while driving) will continually connect to towers that come in and out of range — and this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new antenna. A weak signal will also cause your phone to work harder, giving off more radiation. So avoid using your phone in elevators, buildings and rural areas. Research shows your device emits more radiation when transmitting than when receiving.
-Tip 5 - Read the fine print
Most of us ignore those manuals that come with our gadgets. But most cell phone safety manuals tell consumers to not keep the phone next to their head, or even in your pocket. Apple iPhone 4 says 5/8 inch away from the body when transmitting. And the BlackBerry Bold says to keep at least 0.98 inches from your body when the BlackBerry device is in use.
If you keep it next to your body, the manufacturers can’t guarantee that the amount of radiation you’re absorbing will be a safe level.
-Tip 6 - Don’t talk, text
If you don’t want to hold the phone next to your face all the time, send text messages or use your email or messaging services if you have a smartphone. This way you avoid putting the phone to your head altogether.
Mobile phone radiation and health
The effect of mobile phone radiation on human health is a subject of interest and study worldwide, because of the enormous increase in mobile phone usage throughout the world. As of 2015, there were 7.4 billion subscriptions worldwide, though the actual number of users is lower as many users own more than one mobile phone. Mobile phones use electromagnetic radiation in the microwave range (450–3800 MHz). Other digital wireless systems, such as data communication networks, produce similar radiation.
The World Health Organisation states that “a large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”