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"How To" Limit Your Cell Phone Radiation Exposure Risk

Updated on September 20, 2010

Limiting Your Exposure to Cellular Telephone Radiation

Nearly everyone has a Cellular telephone… so many in fact that most of my friends no longer have land lines. Seriously what is the point if you can carry your telephone with you everywhere you go? Cellular telephones are merely two way radios that bounce signals off of towers instead of through lines. Your cell phone changes your voice into radio waves.

Recent studies find significantly higher risks for brain and salivary gland tumors among people using cell phones for 10 years or longer. The state of the science is provocative and troubling, and much more research is essential. –

Many everyday consumer items using radio waves. Radios, televisions and pagers and cordless phones all use radio waves. However radio waves vary by length and intensity, thus the potential energy is different for each device.

Another term for radio waves is radio frequency energy. The short term because it's RF. Large amounts of RF are harmful to humans. However science has not determined what constitutes a large amount in terms of risk Cell phones use only a small amount of RF, but again small is a relative term. Some scientists believe that even a small amount of RF may be harmful.

How Does Radio Frequency Energy Harm People?

Large quantities of RF can heat body tissues The eyes and testes are more likely to overheat when exposed to RF Energy. Not very comforting as most people would agree these are pretty important tissues! The reason why these areas are more susceptible first is they do not move much blood through them.

The amount of RF cellular phones, radios and television is too weak to heat the body tissues. However, some people have questions as to whether low levels of RF can hurt people. Further studies are needed to determine what effects actually occur and whether they can hurt people.

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If You Use a Cell Phone You are Exposed to RF?

The issue isn’t if you are exposed; the issue is how much exposure is “safe”. Cell phones give low levels of RF when they are in use and they also give off very low levels of RF in standby mode. The best advice to date is to limit your exposure.

Listed are basic tips as provided by the Environmental Working Group:

  • Buy a Low Radiation Cell Phone
  • Use a Headset or Speaker
  • Listen More Talk Less – More Radiation is Generated when Broadcasting
  • Hold your cell phone away from your body when using (Headset, Speaker Phone) and when in storage – keep in a purse or away from you not in a pocket or next to you.
  • Choose texting over talking when possible
  • When signal reception is poor stay off the phone – more RF is needed in low signal areas
  • Limit your Children’s exposure – young bodies absorb more radiation
  • Skip Radiation Shields – these don’t work to protect you they actually cause your phone to emit more RF due to the low connection quality.

The FDA Does Not Regulate Cell Phones

The FDA does not review cell phones for safety before sale. The FDA can act only if cellular phones are shown to cause health problems. The FDA can require manufacturers of cell phones to notify users of the danger. It may require policymakers to fix, replace or recall the phones. The FDA wants to know more about cell phone RF. The FDA is working with other health groups to do more research on RF. RF cell phones can change the way certain medical devices work. People with pacemakers and hearing aids can be affected. FDA standards for these items are already in place.

The bottom line is there is no concrete evidence that shows what is a “safe” level of radiation from Cell Phone use so you must use common sense as your guide to limit exposure.

If you are truly concerned about Cell Phone Radiation you may want to read this article published by the Life Extension Foundation.

How Much Cell Phone Radiation Exposure is Safe?

Answer: We know there is risk, but do not know at what point the risk becomes a Health Issue
Answer: We know there is risk, but do not know at what point the risk becomes a Health Issue


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    Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 7 years ago from Chennai, India

    Well conceived and written article. I believe that the cell phone is here to stay, but one can easily limit the duration of its use.