Public Health officials, particularly the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), have initiated a campaign to inform the public about the dangers of Radiofrequency (RF) Energy by issuing guidelines on how to minimize exposure to cell phone radiation.
The guidelines were issued in the wake of increasing evidence that cell phone radiation which falls under RF, is linked to cancer, attention, mental health, and reproductive health issues.
How does RF Energy Affect Us?
Cell phones work by sending and receiving signals using cell phone towers that are located in our environment. The signals are a form of electromagnetic radiation called radiofrequency (RF) energy.
Other sources of RF energy aside from cell phone towers are radio and TV transmitters, microwave ovens, Wi-fi routers, laptops with Wi-fi turned on, etc. When a phone sends signals to cell towers and back, the energy involved passes through the head and body of the person using the phone – and that’s where our health problems originate from.
Dangers to Health from Cell Phones
Although studies are still being conducted on the impact of RF on humans, several human health studies have already detected the following diseases and ailments as an offshoot of cell phone radiation:
* brain cancer and tumors of the acoustic nerve (needed for hearing and maintaining balance) and salivary glands
- headaches and effects on learning and memory, hearing, behavior, and sleep
* lower sperm counts and inactive or less mobile sperm
How Can One Reduce Exposure to RF
There are several ways to reduce exposure to cell phones – and most of them are just based on common sense. These are —
* Keep your phone away from your body as much as possible.
Your phone doesn’t always have to be near you all the time. Leave it at a distance of a few feet away from you when not in use.
* Avoid holding your cell phone near your head. Use your speakerphone or headset instead. Wireless (Bluetooth) and wired headsets emit much less RF energy than cell phones.
* Send text messages instead of talking on the phone when possible
* If you are downloading large files or streaming a movie on your phone, try to keep the phone away from your head and body.
- Carry your cell phone in your shoulder bag, handbag, backpack, or briefcase. Don’t carry it in your bra, or belt bag or your holster. The cell phone’s antennas are constantly trying to connect to a cell tower. When it does that, then RF energy is still being emitted; avoid that at all costs.
* Reduce or refrain from using your cell phone when it is sending HIGH LEVELS of RF energy. This happens when —
- There are only a one or two bars of the signal displayed. Cell phones emit more RF energy when the signal is low because it keeps trying to find a cell tower somewhere.
- You are in a fast-moving car, bus, or any other vehicle while trying to connect with someone.
- You are streaming audio or video content, or downloading large files. Download them first, then listen to them in airplane mode. The cell phone does not emit RF energy while in airplane mode because airplane mode shuts off cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.
* Never, never sleep with your phone in your bed, at arm’s length or near your bed! If you’re not expecting a call, turn off your cell phone and put it in a place several feet from your head and body. People are not aware that even if your phone is still turned off, it can still be detected by satellite receivers, which means it is still emitting some form of signal or RF energy while off.
* Take off your headset when you’re not on a call. Headsets actually release small amounts of RF energy even when you’re not using your phone.
* Reduce or minimize children’s exposure to cell phones. Children’s brains are still not fully developed and are more sensitive to RF energy than adults.
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