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How Can You Protect Yourself While Using Your Phone

October 17, 2012

Image The World Health Organization, recently placed mobile phones under the category of “carcinogenic hazards” along with lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform. Studies suggest that long exposure and usage of mobile phones can cause brain cancers and other diseases.

Our mobile phones communicate using signals in the microwave spectrum, the invisible radio spectrum of radio frequency penetrate our bodies whenever they are in close contact with us. Here are some of the precautionary methods you can apply to reduce the radiation absorbed by your body while using your mobile phone.

  1. As much as possible, limit the length of your calls on your mobile phone. Prolonged conversations with your cellphone can increase your exposure to the radiated signals from your device. Studies show that even a two-minute call can alter your brain’s natural electrical activity up to an hour afterwards.
  2. Use hands-free cellphone accessories such as corded earphones if you cannot avoid long talks through your mobile phone. Creating enough distance can help you reduce your exposure to the radiation which your phone emits. Turning your phone to speaker mode will also allow you to hold your phone away from your body, thus creating the same effect.
  3. Stay where you are when you are speaking with somebody on your phone.  Avoid moving or walking when you are on your mobile phone, your phone keeps a track of your location ergo it emits more radiation when you are in transit.
  4. Turn off your cellphone when it is not in use. Besides conserving your battery, turning off your phone will stop radiation from emitting from it. Even at a standby mode, your mobile phone is still capable of discharging considerable amount of radiation.
  5. Keep your phone away from your vital organs like your heart, liver, etc.  Avoid keeping your phone in your pocket, instead put it in your bag which is still close enough to be handy in case you need to use it.
  6. Explore products that can protect you from radiation exposure. There are several products in the market that claims that they can reduce radiation emission. You just have to be knowledgeable about the product you are buying and make sure to read the information accompanying the product.
  7. Purchase a mobile phone which rates as low as possible on the scale of radiation emission. The US government had set standards for phone manufacturers on the amount of radiation a device can emit when in contact with the body. According to them, the energy absorbed by the body should not exceed 1.6 watts per kilogram. Use this as your guide when purchasing your mobile phone.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, it is still better to be safe than sorry. Take these precautionary measures and erase all your worries about the harmful effects of radiation to your health.

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