Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mobile Devices and Cancer Risk

Everyone seems to have a mobile device, even children. While this seems to be a new awakening for society and the world at large, are we assessing the possible dangers of this wired world? The mainstream news rarely post information about the hazards that might be affecting our families and loved ones, yet there is viable information that shows there may be problems. In this article from Dr. Mercola we can get a sense of the larger picture. 

"Is Your Cell Phone Putting You at Risk?"

The war rages on about the safety of cell phones. Depending on which side of the argument you listen to, there’s either nothing to fear, or your phone is causing grave harm when it comes into close contact with your body. Where does the real truth lie?

The year 2014 marked the first time in history that there were officially more mobile devices than people in the world – approximately 7.2 billion.
Although significantly lower, the number of cell phone users is forecast to reach 4.77 billion by the year 2017.
That’s a lot of cell phones and cell phone users. But what’s even more fascinating about all these mobile devices is thebehavior that surrounds them:
  • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults own a smartphone and over 250 million of them use their phones an average of six days a week
  • The average cellphone owner checks their phone 110 times a day, or about nine times each hour
  • A whopping 46 percent of smartphone owners say “they couldn’t live without” their phones
  • As of December, 2015, 47 percent of homes used only cell phones
  • More than about half of U.K. cell phone users suffer from “nomophobia,” or the fear of being without their phone (and the number may be even higher for American users)
Clearly, cell phones aren’t going away anytime soon. I use my smartphone every day, too. But how I use mine most likely differs from how the typical user uses theirs…

So what can you do to make cell phone usage safer for yourself and your family?
First and foremost, I recommend you consider not allowing your child or pre-teen to have a cell phone.
For teens, I encourage you to educate them on the dangers of holding or storing a cell phone close to their bodies and to remind them to use a safe headset if they need to make a call.
And, no one should ever use one while driving, including texting.
Here are some additional suggestions for minimizing your exposure to cell phone radiation:
  1. Reduce your cell phone usage. Turn your phone off when you don’t need it.
  2. Use your cell phone on speakerphone whenever possible. Avoiding contact with your head is the most important safeguard you can take.
  3. Keep your phone as far away from your body as possible. There's a significant drop-off in radiation exposure for every inch your phone is away from your body. Don’t stow your cell phone in your pocket!
  4. Don’t place your phone against your head while the call is connecting. This is when your phone is sending out its strongest signal and you don’t want this surge of radiation penetrating your head!
  5. Use a landline at home and at work. Just because everyone else goes cordless, you don’t need to.
  6. Avoid using your cell phone if reception is poor. The weaker the reception, the more power your phone uses to transmit, and the more exposure you receive.
  7. Limit cell phone use in your car. The metal parts of your car – the roof, doors, and chassis can magnify the radiation. Plus your phone has to work harder and increase its transmitting strength as you travel between cell towers.
  8. If you must make a call unprotected, limit it to less than two minutes. Radiation exposure is dose-related. The longer you spend on your phone, the more potentially harmful microwave radiation you’re exposed to.
  9. Use low power Bluetooth® technology or a headset to keep your phone away from your body. But just remember that if you use your Bluetooth® or headset a lot, you are still exposed to radiation right near your head.
  10. For the ultimate in safety, use an air tube headset that’s specially designed to reduce cell phone radiation.In just a minute, I’ll tell you about the one I use.
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This is a real concern and the more you know the better you're prepared to make decisions for yourself and your family to protect yourself from potential harm.