The Safest Way to Hold Your Cell Phone
Posted in Nourishment for the Mind » Learn on Monday, December 20, 2010

The Safest Way to Hold Your Cell Phone

We admit to being totally addicted to our cell phone. It's literally the first thing we look at when we get out of bed in the morning, and the last thing we look at before we hit the sack at night.

 
So, we're not sure what to think when we hear about studies possibly linking cell phone radiation to everything from heart irregularities to brain tumors. Then, the next day, a physicist says it's impossible for cell phones to cause such ailments because they simply don't emit enough energy.

 
Clearly the jury is still out on this debate, and we may not know the truth for years. But given how other health debates of this nature turned out (ahem ... asbestos and smoking), we'd rather be safe than sorry.

 
If you're right there with us, follow these safety tips from Devra Davis, Ph.D., author of the new book "Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family," and founder of the Environmental Health Trust in Wyoming.

 
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1. Don't shove your cell phone into your sports bra (or keep it pressed against your body, period). Davis has been contacted by several doctors who have diagnosed breast cancer in women who tuck their cell into their "girls" while they work out. Coincidence? Maybe. But the fact is that the closer the phone is to your body, the more radiation you're being exposed to. If you must carry it this way, put it on "airplane mode."

 
2. Children should not use cell phones. Young children have thinner skulls and undeveloped brains, so cell phone radiation may more easily penetrate their brains. Carrying a kid? Make sure the phone isn't pressed against their body, and consider sending a text rather than making a call. In fact, whenever possible, it's a good idea text rather than actually talking on your cell.

 
3. Float the phone. According to Davis, most of us don't read the fine print in our cell phone manuals, but they do recommend holding the phone away from our heads, rather than pressed up against our ears.The waves are one-quarter the strength at two inches and 50 times lower at three feet (hello, speakerphone!).

 
4. Be antenna aware. If you must carry your phone in your pocket, or anywhere else on your body, make sure the keypad is turned toward you, says Davis. By positioning the antenna this way, any electromagnetic fields are moving away from you rather than through you.

 
Check out Davis' Campaign for Safer Cell Phones for more information about how to protect yourself.
 
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