It's important for us to be really honest about the possible threat of EMF fields to ourselves, our children, and our animals. This requires that we look at the issue from a position of absolute neutrality, and with a clear intention of being very open to the truth. We do this by a thorough investigation of the science provided to us by the cell phone industries as well as independent scientific studies, and apart from both business and politics. This requires us to put aside our personal prejudices either for or against the truth of this matter.
Would we rather err on the side of caution, or on the side of what we would like to believe? And which position do we feel is safe in terms of taking responsibility for subjecting ourselves and those we love to this new environment of electromagnetic radiation?
Q. Are cell phones really dangerous?
A. Research has shown that the microwave radiation from cell phones is indeed dangerous to our health. This is of special concern for children. Check out the links on my EMFs page, as well as the links below. There are many articles well worth reading on this subject.
There is confusion because, on one side of the issue, there is the cell phone industry with their scientists supplying the data, which assures you that cell phones are completely safe. And on the other side you have the independent scientists who point out the flaws in the studies that the industries provide for their proof. Since the threats to your health are not small for either you or your children, it’s well worth doing the research.
There is another issue here which is, simply, that most of us really like our cell phones, and do not want to hear or know that they are a danger to our health. This, of course, is a personal issue. Each person must make up their own mind and take responsibility for their decision. This becomes a little more far-reaching and complex when one’s children are involved.
Q. What are my best options for safer cell phone use?
A. The best option is to use your cell phone as little as possible.
Another option is to find out just what the radiation is of the specific phone you are considering using. Cell phones differ quite a lot in terms of the amount of radiation they emit. Get the lowest radiation emitting phone you can find.
Still another option is to use a headset, but this depends on the brand and model of your cell phone. Shop carefully because the headsets of some brands and models can actually subject you to more radiation. The phones in question use the headset as an aerial, and send the radiation up the wire right into your head.
There are, however, headsets that use a thin sound tube with no wires to transmit the sound. These are by far the safest bet. Click here to see the Aircom Air 1 Air Tube Radiation-free Headset on ElectraHealth.com. It fits many different phones. Call the contact number on the website if you have questions about it.
A third option is to use the “speaker phone,” and place the phone as far away from you as possible. If you use the "speaker phone" and hold the phone, you are still receiving a strong degree of radiation. You want to have the phone as far from you as you can. Distance reduces the radiation. A selfie wand would help.
It is definitely not a good idea to use your cell phone in a metal enclosure like your car or an airplane. The radiation bounces off the metal so you receive the radiation repeatedly from those metal surfaces as well as from the phone itself. This is how your microwave oven cooks your food.
Then there is the issue of all the people around you using their cell phones. The simple, but not often easy, answer for this is simply to create space between you and them.
Q. What about Bluetooth? Is it safe?
A. No, it's not safe. The Bluetooth device puts the transmitter right in your ear. Yes, it's got a weaker transmitter than your cell phone, but it's still right in your ear and next to your brain — not safe.
Q. Is it safe to carry my cell phone on my person?
A. Safe is an interesting word. If you must carry it on your person, it is safe if it is totally turned off or in airplane mode. If you want to be available for calls without checking your messages and then calling back, it's best to carry it as far away from your body trunk and your head as possible, and that would be on your lower leg close to your ankle. You can have someone sew a pocket there on your pant leg, or do it yourself.
Q. Do I need to be concerned about cell phone towers?
A. Cell phone towers put out signals 24/7, and different cell phone towers put out different strengths of signals. You receive more radiation the closer you are to the tower. If you are half a mile or more away from a cell phone tower, the signal from it is actually quite weak in comparison to the signal put out by your cell phone, which is in your hand. However, the signal from the cell phone tower increases quickly the closer you get to the tower. It is important to remember that you can turn off your cell phone, but the cell phone tower is sending out its radiation 24/7.
EMF radiation is cumulative, so the fact that the towers are radiating 24/7 is something to be concerned about. It is not a good idea to live or work in a building with a cell phone tower on the roof or very nearby. In a situation like that not only is the signal very strong, but, as I’ve said above, it’s radiating 24/7. It's a good idea if you're intending to buy a home or rent an apartment, to have it checked for EMF fields before you commit to it.
The best way to know the degree of radiation from cell phone towers is either to get a meter that is reliably accurate and learn how to use it (and this takes some learning and experience), or, better yet, have a professional like me who has experience measuring fields, and knows how to allow for conditions that may affect the readings, measure the signal for you. Guidelines suggest that the signal should be less than 0.0003 µw/cm (microwatts per centimeter squared), or less. For many people this is still far too high.
You can read more about the safety issues of cell phone towers on my Cell Phone Towers page.
Click on the blue heading to read these questions and answers by scientist Arthur Firstenberg. These questions probe even more specific scientific and medical facts about cell phone and cell tower radiation, cell phone use, “safety” limits, and the parallel history of cell phone usage and disease.
Terms to know:
— blood-brain barrier: The blood–brain barrier acts effectively to protect the
brain from circulating pathogens. For a complete
description, click here.
— centimeter(cm): 1/100th of a meter
1 cm = 0.3937 inch (four-tenths of an inch)
30 cm = 11.8 inches (approx. 1 foot)
— 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G are successive generations (G) of wireless technology
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This is a study of four women—ages 21 to 39—with multifocal invasive breast cancer. All four women regularly carried their smartphones directly against their breasts in their bras for up to 10 hours a day for several years, and developed tumors in areas of their breasts immediately underlying the phones. All four women had no family history of breast cancer.
(Click on the blue heading above to read the article and watch the video.) Jamie Ouverson, has talked with teachers, students, and even Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Chris Beard about their experiences with cellphones. From class interruptions to cyber bullying this short April 8, 2019 article and video presents some very eye-opening information.
"Cell Phone Radiation: Is the Danger All in Your Head?"
This is a 14-page comprehensive presentation by Dr. Joseph Mercola explaining very clearly the situation that faces us concerning the safety of electromagnetic fields. Dr. Mercola gives detailed information on what these fields are and how they affect us, and cites the scientific studies from which he has drawn his conclusions. These studies are well documented and clearly presented. I highly recommend this article. Click on the following link to download the report:
|Cell_Phone_Dangers_Report.pdf (PDF — 496 KB)|
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This December 20, 2012 interview reveals how the cell phone industry manipulates scientific research at every level. Scroll down below the video to see printed highlights from the interview.
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Click on the blue heading to read this article by Camilla Rees, founder of www.Electromagnetichealth.org. November 5, 2009
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Brad Jacobson interviews Devra Davis, PhD MPH (Master of Public Health), a leading expert on the health effects of cell phone radiation, going to battle against a multi-trillion-dollar industry. June 7, 2013
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Dr. Devra Davis, one of the most well-respected and credentialed researchers on the dangers of cell phones, and founder and president of Environmental Health Trust, shares information about the risks of cell phone use you might not be aware of.
This 2009 documentary presents a comprehensive understanding of the dangers of cell phones and cell towers.
Click on the blue heading to rent or buy this documentary on amazon.com. I recommend watching the entire film, but you can click here to watch a short film presenting the key points of this documentary.