Cell Phone Radiation Precautions

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At my last job, employees were not allowed to keep their cameras and cell phones in plain view at their desks for security reasons because we handle customer sensitive and confidential information. This means that we had to keep our cell phones in our drawers or purses and the ringtone had to be set on vibrate. One of my coworkers had this small radio that she used to listen to music. I kid you not, each time right before someone's cell phone went off, her radio would get static interference. Whenever there were this unusual extended statics from her radio, we knew someone's phone would ring a second later, which helped us because it was hard to hear our cell phones ringing when they were set on vibration. Now there's scientific reasons why the radios would get interference and why we feel a bit tingly when our phone goes off.

Although there's no concrete proof that cell phones cause brain cancer and other health hazards, I think it doesn't hurt to exercise precautions and get into good habits of using them safely. Here's a jist on how cell phones work: Cell phone transmits electromagnetic radiation called radio frequency energy, also known as RF, to send signals from the phone itself to a nearby tower so that the phone can be identified. When the transmission occurrs, radiation comes into and out of the cell phones. When you use your cell phone, it sends a wave out to locate the nearest tower, the waves go into your brain. I found Dr. Mehmet Oz's Cell Phone Precautions to be sensible and worthy to follow through. Here's a brief overview of his precautions:

1) Children under 14 should send text messages or use head sets or phones on speaker phone.
2) Use a headset or speaker phone because they emit almost no RF.
3) Stay off the phone if the signal is poor because it may be emitting more RF as it tries to locate signals. Also avoid talking on the phone while driving because you increase your RF exposure risk since the phone signal must move to several wireless towers.
4) Avoid wearing wireless ear pieces if you are not having a conversation on your cell phone. Wireless ear pieces is still searching for signals, therefore, you're still getting radiation transmitting to your brain.
5) Don't keep cell phones in your pocket or attached to your belt.

You can read more in depth details on information outlined in this post here.


14 comments:

Cheryl said...

It does make sense and how does one really know what a cell phone may do, as they haven't been around long enough or studied enough to know what concerns there could be. As with everything else one must follow the directions and use the item for its intended purpose. Scary though to read about your cell phones in the office setting off the radio! Surely would warrant some investigating!

Rose Belle said...

@ Cheryl - I think its good that long term studies are underway about the effects of cell phone usage on us. Having radio waves shooting in our brains just don't sound right.

foongpc said...

Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving your comments! : )

I totally agree with taking precaution regarding usage of cell phones. Although it's not yet proven that cell phone radiation is harmful, I think the damage will be known in the long term.

I always try to use the speaker phone unless it's a very brief conversation. And I will switch it off and not put near me when I go to sleep.

ladyviral said...

We don't know if the radiation that emits from the phone or the frequency would actually harm someone... but to be honest I feel it is still much more advisable to take precautions.

after long exposure of something is not good for us... like for example, exposure of the tv or the computer monitor... hurts our eyes doesn't it? I guess it is about the same concept there :).

Rose Belle said...

@Foongpc - that's good advice: use the cell phone speaker. You're actually not holding the phone to your head.

Rose Belle said...

@Ladyviral - I'd rather follow the doc's precautions than to be ignorant about the hazards of cell phones to our health.

KN said...

Good to know all these factors. There's been quite a lot of rumbling about cell phone dangers. I keep my phone in the living room when I go to sleep.

StylishCouture said...

Now that's scary to learn that radiowave goes right through your brain when you use your phone!!! I didn't think driving increases your exposure. Thanks for posting!

Rose Belle said...

@KN - That's a great thing to do, keeping the phone out of the bedroom at night.

~dolly~ said...

wah.. i also slp with my cell phone off.. hehehe..
sounds healthier XD

Gratitude said...

It really makes sense to exercise due caution, since we have seen how the waves affect electrical appliances near the handphone when it's ringing.

I'm mindful now not to leave the handphone by my bedside (fear it'll affect my already malfunctioning brains) nor do i always keep it in my pockets (fear that it'll affect my ahem ahem) LOLZ
+Anton+

Rose Belle said...

@Dolly - I leave my phone in another room when I go to sleep.

@Gratitude - I see what you are saying, I don't keep my phone on me. If I'm out, I put it in my bag and at home, I leave it on high ring tone in the living room.

Being and Quirkiness said...

You might want to consider orgonite to neutralize the negative effects of electromagnetic waves. It's results are quite surprising really, on many levels...

Rose Belle said...

@Being and Quirkiness - I've never heard of orgonite but I will look into it. Thanks for sharing.