In the current times we all love and need our cell phones. We also understand the alarm over recent headlines shouting that cell phones may cause tumors in your brain and hearing center. The source was impressive: the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization.
Relax a little. You can reduce the threat a lot.
Here’s the basic problem. Cell phones emit electromagnetic radiation that penetrates whatever part of your body is closest, causing cell damage that could turn cancerous. Children’s smaller bodies are even more vulnerable. The radiation can penetrate 4 inches into the brain of a growing child.
IARC has just put cell-phone radiation into category 2B, meaning it’s possibly carcinogenic in humans (DDT is also in category 2B). We call this category “2 B avoided.” Here’s how to cut your exposure without trashing your phone:
TXT more, talk less. Do what kids do 110 times a day: Text, don’t call. Texting keeps your phone at arm’s length, and inches matter. At 6 inches, you’ve cut levels by practically 97%!
Use the speaker function. Again, the farther away, the better.
If you can’t use the speaker, use a headset. Headsets or earbuds attached with wires keep exposure lower than cell phones and wireless ear gadgets, which also emit radiation. Lowest of all: “air tube” systems that transmit the sound via a hollow tube.
No pockets. If you keep your phone in your pants pocket, take it out whenever you can (home, desk, car). Otherwise, men, you may zap your fertility, too.