Advice from Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz:
Q: Is there a consensus on the effects of holding cellphones to our ears?
A: Cellphones do emit electromagnetic radiation that penetrates your body, affecting the cells in ways that may cause them to turn cancerous. Children’s smaller bodies are even more vulnerable because their tissue absorbs more radiation. The jury is still out on whether cellphones definitely increase the risk of brain tumours, because not every study shows a link. But some research has found a connection, and the results point to a real risk.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization, recently put cellphone radiation into category “2B”, meaning it’s possibly carcinogenic in humans. We call this category 2B avoided. Because the IARC is a respected organization, we’ll err on the side of caution and take its findings seriously.
1. TXT more , talk less. Do what young adults 10 times a day, on average. Text, don’t call. Texting keeps your phone at arm’s length, and inches matter in radiation waves.
2. Use the speaker function or a headset. Again, the farther away the better. Headsets or ear buds keep exposure lower than wireless car gadgets, which also emit radiation. Best of all are “air tube” systems, which transmit sound via a hollow tube. Most electronic stores carry them.
3. Don’t pocket your phone. Take the device out of your pocket whenever you can. Otherwise, men, the electromagnetic radiation may zap your fertility.
I would add:
4. Limit your texting so you don’t get “text neck”, from spending more that 10 times a day sending a message. How many texts do you send/receive a day? I’m sure the number is staggering.
As to points:
2. Keep the volume in your ear buds to a maximum of 85 decibels, to prevent long-term hearing loss
3. I will definitely consider this one.