Tips for Limiting Your Exposure to Toxic RF/EM Radiation
Before you buy a cell phone (which is, after all, a mini microwave transmitter/receiver) for your child, consider this: In 2002, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) categorized extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” And children are especially vulnerable to this type of radiation, due to their thinner skulls and fast-growing nervous systems.
Cell phone use has been linked to an increased risk of developing a nasty type of brain tumor called glioma. Cell phones transmit and receive microwave radiation, deemed “possibly carcinogenic” by the IARC.
Try these tips to protect you and your family from the hidden dangers of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.
1) Do not allow young children to own or routinely use cell phones. Thinner skulls mean children absorb up to twice as much radiation as adults.
2) Hold cell phones at least a couple of inches away from your head when speaking. Even a little distance reduces your exposure to the radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) emitted by mobile phones.
3) Text more, and talk less. But never text while driving, of course.
4) Consider using a headset, or talk on speaker. Avoid wireless headsets, though. They’re also radio wave transmitter/receivers.
5) Don’t use “radiation shields”. They force your phone to emit even more radiation to maintain a good connection.
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The Environmental Working Group. Guide to Safer Cell Phone Use page. Available at: http://www.ewg.org/cellphone-radiation. Accessed on Feb. 21, 2013.