It has been a great topic of discussion amongst the scientific community whether cell phones can cause cancer or not. Now, World Health Organization (WHO) has named cell phones a possible carcinogen.
It is dreadful for us to imagine a life without cell phones which has become an integral part of our lives. Cell phones, now referred to as “smart phones” have completely taken control of our lives. From shopping online to paying bills, phones come in handy for every little thing in life.
So what has to be done now when one of the top health organizations in the world has named smart phones to cause cancer? This linking of cell phones with brain cancer calls for us to analyze how we can minimize the hazardous effects of the radiations that our phones emit.
You need to lower your exposure to the radiation, so that you can reduce the potential links to cancer or other health problems. All those cell-phone addicts need to read this carefully because it is better to prevent than to cure. Here is a list of various ways through which you can do so:
1. Use a headset
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), headsets emit much less radiation than cell phones emit. Using headsets also keeps your cell phone away from your head. The farther away you are from a source of radiation, the less damage it can do. So use an earplug or headset while calling someone because it is a safer option.
2. Text when you can
Cell phones use less energy and thereby emit less radiation when we text than when we talk, says the EWG. Texting also keeps the phone away from your head which is extremely significant. All those text savvy teens are doing well for themselves by opting to text rather than call.
3. Use cell phones for FYI-only calls
Those hour long calls with your friends or family members can prove to be harmful for you. A word of caution: keep calls as short as possible. If you think you have a lot to talk about and the conversation is difficult to avoid, switch to a landline. But don’t use cell phones for those long endless talking sessions because seriously, you both are doing no good to yourselves.
4. Watch the signal bars
Having a problem with your phone connection? You can’t seem to get a signal at a certain place? If you are struggling to maintain a connection, ditch the call and wait until you have better service. When the signal strength is low, the phone has to work harder in order to connect. This means it will emit more radiations which does not sound good for you.
5. Keep the phone away from your ear when you can
You should wait for the call to connect before you bring your phone to your ear because it minimizes radiation exposure. Also, when you are the one talking, tilt the phone in order to keep it away from the ears and bring it close when you are listening.
Lin Zhong, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University in Houston told The New York Times that the radiation levels are “significantly less when a cell phone is receiving signals than when it is transmitting.”
6. No calls in elevators or cars
According to EMF-Health.com, cell phones use more power to establish a connection in enclosed metal spaces like cars and elevators.
7. Children should use landline
Today’s toddlers are using phone as efficiently as a grown up. Kids are more prone to radiation hazards. Keep your children away from cell phones and make sure they use the landline.
8. Buy a low-radiation phone
Some cell phones emit more radiation than others. If you’re looking for a new phone, you should check out the phone’s SAR (specific absorption rate), a way of measuring the radiation absorbed by the body. It is listed in the instruction manual of the phone.