Cell Phone Radiation: 10 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure

Well, the World Health Organization just came out and said cell phones may cause cancer, listing them in the same category as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform.

Now, the jury is still out on whether cellphones pose a serious risk. But we do know that they emit radiation, which ain’t a good thing.

Here are the top 10 ways to reduce your exposure.

  1. Use speakerphone or a headset
    Speakerphone is ideal. 

    Using a headset is better than holding the phone against your face. But radiation still passes through both bluetooth and wired earpieces.

    A safer option is an “air tube” earpiece. Instead of using a radiation-conducting wire all the way from phone to brain, these sets deliver sound through a tube.

  2. Carry the phone away from your body
    The best way to avoid exposure is to hold the cellphone away from the head or body. 

    Carry your phone in your bag, purse, in a wagon – anywhere except in your pocket or on your belt where soft body tissues can absorb radiation.

  3. Texting is better than talking
    When you text, your phone only needs to ping the cellphone tower for a moment – as opposed to a 15 minute phone conversation. 

    Besides, who doesn’t prefer a txt over the dreaded voicemail?

  4. Don’t call when signal is one bar or less
    Fewer bars on your phone mean that it works harder and emits more radiation to get the signal to the tower. Make calls when your signal is strong.

  5. Wait for the call to connect before putting it to your ear
    Cellphones emit the most radiation when they are attempting to connect to cellular towers.

  6. Keep kids off the phone
    Children’s developing brains and tissues are thought to be most vulnerable to cellphone radiation. Health authorities in Britain, France, Germany and Russia have all issued warnings against allowing small children to use cellphones for extended periods, if at all.

  7. Talk less!
    In our age of distraction, sometimes it’s nice to just unplug.

  8. Hang up when you buckle up
    This one is a blow to me, because I love talking on the phone when I drive. But when you’re in a moving vehicle like a car or train, your phone repeatedly issues little bursts of radiation to connect with towers as it moves in and out of range.

  9. Get a phone with a low SAR (Specific Absorption Rate)
    In other words, a low radiation cell phone. My beloved iPhone doesn’t make the cut, but I think we’ll see many more options in the future. 

    Here’s CNET’s guide to the 20 lowest-radiation cell phones.

  10. Use a land line
    Old school, I know. But this is by far the safest way to talk on the phone. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of nostalgic for the days when there was just one family phone.

What do YOU think? Will the WHO announcement change the way you use your cellphone?

Sources:

  • http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/05/31/who.cell.phones/index.html
  • http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/17/5-ways-to-reduce-cell-phone-radiation/

  • http://www.emf-health.com/articles-10tips.htm
  • http://www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/8-Safety-Tips

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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  3. Peter March 21, 2013 at 10:24 am

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  4. Tyrell M. September 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I’ve reduced talking on the cell phone since December 9th,2011 and continuing to do so as it’s to always stay committment in taking care of myself wholistically. I’m using the home phone almost all the time and it feels relaxing knowing that business and personal matters can be done.

  5. SML September 5, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Thanks to make aware me about deadly radiations. But my question is; How safe is to use internet on our Mobile Phones or through a Wireless Data Cards?

  6. Tom - houston samsung repair August 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Such vital and useful information. Many people would be grateful for you providing advice for cell phone usage, knowing how it’s become a crucial component of our lives. Ever since I received free text, I’ve been texting mostly.

  7. Blake January 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

    You’re so right that it’s such a dilemma because cell phones have been so integrated into our daily lives. I love my iPhone too!! #2 really is a big one for most people; I used to have mine in my pocket or in my lap all the time and now I make sure to keep it on a table next to me or cup holder in my car. But I’ve done some research on radiation protection products and found there are some products out there which allow you to go about your daily life with peace of mind. The best ones I found were from Pong Research because they divert the cell phone radiation away from your body and head, and don’t disrupt the signal. Pong’s cases protect the whole cell phone, and still provide good protection from drops and bumps. They offer cases for the iPhone, Android phones, Blackberrys and even the iPad. It’s only slightly more expensive than other sturdy cases, so why not spend the little more to protect yourself and your children!

  8. Noah November 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Got an app for the iphone we have that is a savior! It’s of white noise. Now, we don’t want to use the iphone so close to our babies head due to the radiation the iphone gives off. However, I’ve been reading that if you put the phone in “Airplane mode” it stops the transmission of wifi and cellular radiation. I know the iphone will probably emit trace amounts of EMFs, but this I’ve been told, it is nothing to worry about for the baby. Anyone hear of this? Concur? Disagree? Discuss? Thanks!

    • Genevieve November 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Hmmmm…. there could be other options if you’re worried about EMFs like battery operated noise makers, fans, etc. I would think on airplane mode the exposure would be pretty low but you might want to have your iPhone handy vs. up in your baby’s room :).

  9. Priyanka Singhal September 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Texting is always best rather than calls. Although i prefer to use earphones (wired) for making calls. These radiations are very dangerous.
    And Yes landlines are the best.
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    • Genevieve September 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      LOVE texting. So much better than voicemail or emails.

    • Genevieve September 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      No doubt. Landlines are the bomb. In person is even better :). But I do love my iPhone.

  10. Amanda June 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    As far as home phones go, I just found out that home wireless phones send out way more radiation than cell phones. And they are constant. You should look it up. We got rid of ours. :/ Thanks for the great article!

    • Genevieve June 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

      Amanda! Great point. I forgot to mention that. Yes, the wireless are bad news. We need old school rotary phones :).

  11. Lisa June 8, 2011 at 6:53 am

    I have read also that a person should not sleep with there phone in there room. Put it in the living room and use an old fashioned alarm clock.
    I love your videos,
    Lisa

    • Genevieve June 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Thanks for the good words, Lisa! And, yes, I can totally how a cell phone in the room could disturb your sleep. They’re not pillows, people! LOL.

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