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How to safely use a cell phone and avoid radiation emissions


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Many scientists and health organizations have conducted tests to determine the health risks associated with cell phones and the electromagnetic emissions they produce. Some of the reports indicated an increase in cancers or brain tumors when cell phones were used by children or by adults.

I can’t imagine giving up a cell phone in today’s world, we’ve all become dependant on the freedom of receiving calls, texting, surfing the web or checking our email from any location. So the question becomes, how do we safely use this technology.

  • As often as is possible use your phone as a speakerphone.
  • Use a headset when possible; be sure the headset does not emit a radio or electromagnetic frequency. Consider using a wired headset to avoid emissions.
  • Keep the phone away from your body, in a purse or briefcase when not in use. The radiation emissions drop off to safer limits when the phone is away from your body by as little as two feet.
  • Turn off the phone when not in use.
  • Don’t sleep with your phone next to your bed. Even when your phone is turned off the battery still emits a frequency that can be harmful to your health.
  • Limit how much time you use a cell phone, especially in how often your child uses a cell phone.
  • Replace your cell phone annually as the technology changes in how the phones are shielded limiting the amount of emissions the cell phone makes.