“I don’t have a cell phone because I know how horrible it is. Using your cell phone is like putting your head in a microwave every day.”
– Douglas Tompkins
Our generation has been privileged with unprecedented luxuries. Advances in areas of technology and science allow us to enjoy what wasn’t fathomable, just a generation ago.
But, that doesn’t mean that there are no negative sides to this equation.
With a cell phone, you can talk to your son miles away, at the touch of a button. Today, you might even be able to see him, while you’re at it.
But the cell phone may also come at a risk to your health: radiation.
What is Radiation?
According to NASA, “Radiation is energy that travels and spreads out as it goes – the visible light that comes from a lamp in your house and the radio waves that come from a radio station are two types of electromagnetic radiation. The other types of EM radiation that make up the electromagnetic spectrum are microwaves, infrared light, ultraviolet light, X-rays and gamma-rays.”
Radiation in Cell Phones
Cell phones operate by using signals, which are “specific energies of radio frequency.” But just how dangerous are these energies?
The good news is that there is no evidence that cell phone radiation causes cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, “radiofrequency energy, unlike ionizing radiation, does not cause DNA damage that can lead to cancer.”
This doesn’t, however, mean that the radiation doesn’t cause other damage and there is still much concern around this area.
These concerns have led the Californian government to release official guidelines on the matter.
What to do about it
To minimize exposure, the World Health Organization (WHO), suggests:
- Using a “hands-free device”
- Limiting your amount of calls
- Limiting the length of your calls
- Making sure you have good reception
- Using radiofrequency-reducing devices
Apparently, the debate on the dangers of cell phone radiation isn’t over. And it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, you might want to start implementing some of these guidelines.
What can you start doing today?
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