In a recent study, it was revealed that keeping cell phones on the same side of the head as the phone’s antenna for as long as 50 minutes caused brain tissues on that side of the head to mobilize more glucose than the opposite side. Many scientific results have confirmed that exposure to electromagnetic radiation, due to the heavy use of mobile phones can cause cancer and malignant brain tumours.
According to International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, “heavy use” of mobile phones is defined as a total of 2,000 hours of mobile phone use in the course of a decade. So, even if you use your mobile phone for just 1 hour per day at your work place or home, after 10 years, you run the risk of cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified RF fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. This will no doubt make many cell phone users nervous and anxious about cell phone technology.
Today it is unrealistic to give up cell phones, so, many scientists and medical experts are recommending measures to avoid excessive use of cell phones.
The exposure to harmful electromagnetic radiations emitted from our cell phones depends on a variety of factors including the technology of the phone, the distance between the phone’s antenna and the user’s ears, the extent and usage, and the user’s distance from cell phone towers.
If we make a few lifestyle changes and are careful, we can reduce the risk of cancer.
- Keep away from your head: Holding the phone as far away from the head can significantly lower the chance of radiation permeating through your skull and entering your brain.
- Shorter conversations: Keep your cellular phone calls brief and avoid using cell phones for an extended period of time. Whenever possible, break your conversation into multiple short calls. Use a cell phone only if a wired phone is not available for use.
- Reduce the amount of calls per day: The longer the cell phone is in use, the more exposure time waves have to damage your brain tissues. Try to minimize the daily hours of use of your cell phones.
- Go cordless: Switching to hands-free device like a Bluetooth headset or a wired ear clip can help in cutting down the harmful rays. Using a cordless earpiece moves the antenna away from the user’s head, which decreases the amount of RF waves that reach the head.
- Call only when there's high connectivity: Avoid making phone calls in case the cell phone signal is too weak or when you are in confined areas like elevators, buses, subways or other underground vehicles.
- Choose the right phone: Different models of cell phones can give off different levels of RF waves. Choose a phone with a low SAR value. This information will appear as FCC ID number on the cell phone you choose to purchase.
- Use Text instead of Voice: Whenever possible, try to send a text message and minimize outgoing calls so at least you can limit the use of cell phone for outgoing purposes. When receiving incoming calls, use cordless headsets and keep your mobile phone away from your head.
- Mobile Web Calling Apps: Free Web to Phone calling applications have forced people to use cell phones more often. Try to minimize use of cell phones for your web based calls. For example, instead of making Skype calls from your mobile phones, you could use your computer and still call for free.
Apart from cancer, there are a few other health concerns that have been raised about cell phone use. Scientists have found that RF waves from cell phones could interfere with medical devices such as heart pacemakers. So, people with pacemakers may want to take some basic precautions to help ensure that their cell phones don’t cause a problem.
Many people, especially teenagers, are found to be less careful when using their mobile phones. With these life threatening findings, it has become essential that everyone takes steps towards protecting oneself by minimizing the use of cell phones.
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