Re­duce ex­po­sure to cell phone ra­di­a­tion

Lesotho Times - - Health -

FOR those who pre­fer to be on the safe side, there are a few ways to adapt one’s cell phone habits to limit ex­po­sure.

Keep the phone away from your head A Blue­tooth head­set is one of the best ways to re­duce ex­po­sure, as it al­lows the user to keep the source of ra­di­a­tion at a dis­tance. Although this ad­vice is of­ten heard, it is sel­dom fol­lowed. If you find it te­dious to use a Blue­tooth head­set all the time, try at least to use it on longer calls as well as dur­ing di­alup and the first few sec­onds of a call, when the phone is emit­ting its high­est level of ra­di­a­tion.

It is also a good idea to avoid keep­ing the cell phone turned on all night and sit­ting on the night­stand next to your pil­low.

Limit use in low-re­cep­tion sit­u­a­tions When the re­cep­tion sig­nal is poor, the phone com­pen­sates by turn­ing up the strength of the sig­nals it emits. Con­se­quently, it is rec­om­mended to limit the length of calls in places where re­cep­tion is limited: un­der­ground park­ing lots, in ru­ral ar­eas far away from phone tow­ers, or in cars (even while stopped).

Also, avoid us­ing a cell phone on a rapidly mov­ing train or bus, as the pas­sage be­tween dif­fer- ent cell tow­ers along the route sim­i­larly causes the phone to turn up its sig­nal emis­sion.

Prac­tise chil­dren Since chil­dren’s bod­ies are still de­vel­op­ing, they could be more sus­cep­ti­ble than adults to any po­ten­tial neg­a­tive ef­fects of elec­tro­mag­netic ra­di­a­tion. Par­ents should de­lay giv­ing chil­dren their own cell phones un­til it is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary and limit the time a child spends us­ing the de­vice.

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Don’t waste money on an­ti­ra­di­a­tion de­vices Sev­eral shops and web­sites of­fer gad­gets that claim to pro­tect phone users from elec­tro­mag­netic ra­di­a­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately, the vast ma­jor­ity of th­ese de­vices do not live up to their claims, ac­cord­ing to a se­ries of tests con­ducted by the French Na­tional Agency for Health Safety (ANSES). In par­tic­u­lar, the anti-ra­di­a­tion stick­ers de­signed to be stuck on the back of a cell phone have ab­so­lutely no im­pact.

On the other hand, some anti-ra­di­a­tion phone cases have been shown to limit the user’s ab­sorp­tion of the phone’s rays, but they make it nearly im­pos­si­ble to re­ceive or make a call. — al­l4­women

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