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Saturday, September 26, 2009

TweetThis! Healthy and Safety tips for mobile (cell) phone users

Some days ago I published a post ranking ten mobile phones that are believed to be 'not so' safe to use, in that list too, were a number of 'least dangerous' phones. A good blog reader, Miss Candy1, commented in that post saying that her phone stays almost next to her all night long when she goes to sleep, to which I replied that, I remember reading an article warning against keeping cellphones in close proximity because of  its believed "some" potential health hazards to certain parts human internal soft organs. I then promised to gather some information for her and thus, this post features health tips regarding mobile and cell phones. Credits goes to the various sites which published these articles that are hereby quoted in highlight and linked.
Phone companies are insisting that mobile phones only omit low levels of radiation, but tests have shown that even exposure to low levels of radiation CAN be harmful.
Mobile Phone Radiation - The Facts & How You Can Protect Yourself

Cell phones emit radiation to send voice and text messages to the other caller. Health risks aren’t confirmed, but some (not all) studies of frequent cell phone users suggest increased risks for brain and mouth tumors and children’s behavior problems.
1. Lowradiation-cellphon (list by EWG) BUY A LOW-RADIATION PHONE
Look up your phone on EWG’s buyer’s guide: www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/Get-a-Safer-Phone. (Your phone’s model number may be printed under your battery.) Consider replacing your phone with one that emits the lowest radiation possible and still meets your needs.

2. USE A HEADSET OR SPEAKER
Headsets emit much less radiation than phones. Choose either wired or wireless (experts are split on which version is safer): www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/Get-a-Headset. Some wireless headsets emit continuous, low-level radiation, so take yours off your ear when you're not on a call. Using your phone in speaker mode also reduces radiation to the head.

3. LISTEN MORE, TALK LESS
Your phone emits radiation when you talk or text, but not when you're receiving messages. Listening more and talking less reduces your exposures.

4. HOLD PHONE AWAY FROM YOUR BODY
Hold the phone away from your torso when you're talking (with headset or speaker), not against your ear, in a pocket, or on your belt where soft body tissues absorb radiation.

5. CHOOSE TEXTING OVER TALKING
Phones use less power (less radiation) to send text than voice. And unlike when you speak with the phone at your ear, texting keeps radiation away from your head.

6. POOR SIGNAL?  STAY OFF THE PHONE
Fewer signal bars on your phone means that it emits more radiation to get the signal to the tower. Make and take calls when your phone has a strong signal.

7. LIMIT CHILDREN’S PHONE USE
Young children’s brains absorb twice the cell phone radiation as an adult’s. EWG joins health agencies in at least 6 countries in recommending limits for children’s phone use, such as for emergency situations only.

8. SKIP THE “RADIATION SHIELD”
Radiation shields such as antenna caps or keypad covers reduce the connection quality and force the phone to transmit at a higher power with higher radiation.
Environment Working Group (EWG) -  http://ewg.org/Health-Tips

Additional tips
  1. Reduce talk time
  2. Wait for the call to connect before placing the phone near your ear
  3. Avoid using cells in an enclosed space as radiation are higher
  4. Avoid using cells in speeding cars, buses, trains, planes as radiation levels is higher. And yes, there is something called second hand radiation too which can harm those next to you.
  5. Avoid living near a cell phone tower
  6. Use a hands-free device, but new research is saying that blue tooths are not necessarily safe. Some bluetooths intensify radiation into the ear canal!
  7. Choose a phone with a low SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) but even this does not really keep radiation within safe limits, although it does reduce it.
Ways to protect yourself from mobile phone and tower radiation -  http://nitawriter.wordpress.com

There is also an article listing "11 Cell Phone Protection Tips to Minimize Radiation Exposure" most of the tips you have read them above, you may benefit from additional information written in this article, here is the link: http://streetdirectory.com/cell_phones
Bloggers like to leave the best for last, and so is this article!
The following link offers comprehensive information regarding cell (mobile) phones which I suggest you DO NOT MISS, have a look: http://buzzle.com/articles/cell-phone-safety


1 feedback :

Candy1 said... Sun Oct 18, 05:26:00 PM MST  

Oh wow so many things I didn't know about. The good thing I am doing is that I am texting more than talking (since i get them for free hehehehe) and I already what things to avoid e.g. putting the phone in the pocket.

Others I will consider ila hii alarm hii ngumu kuacha dada Subi lol!! Maana its like my lifesaver na mie nina usingizi mzito sana. Anyway I will try tho!!! Thank you for posting this!

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