However, in the light of research, it’s not just the electrosensitive who may need to take steps to minimise their exposure to EMF radiation. Since 2011, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified powerline and radio frequency radiation as “class 2B possible carcinogens”. According to ES-UK, there are scientists now claiming it should be reclassified as class 2A (probable) or even class 1 (certain), with hundreds of studies linking it to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumours, DNA damage and leukaemia.
Mobile phones emit a similar kind of low-level radio frequency to microwaves, which comes as no surprise to many of us. Yet we’re often all too happy to place these devices close to our brains as we chat away. Although the research linking mobile phone usage to brain tumours is not yet conclusive, there is enough of it for us to sit up and listen.
Mobile phones are such a big part of our lives nowadays it may be unrealistic for most of us to consider stopping using them altogether. However, there are some small changes that you can make that will help reduce the overall amount of mobile phone radiation reaching your body...
1. Keep your mobile phone away from your bed at night
It’s advisable to keep your mobile away from your bed whilst you sleep at night. A HuffPost and YouGov survey recently found that 63% of 18-29 year old smartphone users sleep with their mobile or tablet actually in their bed. This could be a bad idea, not only because it exposes the body to unnecessary radiation, but also because research has shown that the blue light emitted by mobiles can disturb the body’s circadian rhythm – or ‘biological clock’ due to the suppression of melatonin production. This may result in not only a less refreshing sleep, but also long-term health conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Therefore, it’s advisable to not use your mobile or tablet shortly before going to sleep, and to try to keep it out of the bedroom altogether.
2. Use speaker phone, headset or Blocsock
If your job or the demands of your day-to-day life make it difficult for you to get by without making calls, there are a few simple ways to reduce the amount of radiation reaching your body. You can use the speaker phone facility on your mobile, or better still, use low radiation earphones that convert the electric signal into harmless air waves. These allow for a crisp, clear sound when you’re communicating on the phone, whilst reducing radiation at the head by over 99%.
A Blocsock pouch comfortably fits most phones, and can be used easily when making calls or as a mobile phone case. Containing powerful shielding material, it reduces SAR by 96%.
3. Choose a low-radiation phone
Different mobile phones on the market emit different levels of radiation, so it makes sense to choose a model with a low SAR (specific absorption rate). The SAR measures how much electromagnetic radiation gets absorbed by the tissues in your body whilst you use your phone. You can find a list of mobile phones with lowest SAR values here.
4. Text rather than call
Texting is preferable to making a call as radiation reaching the body decreases with distance. Texting also emits less radiation than calling. If you really must make a call without speaker phone or a headset, keep the duration as short as possible. Radiation levels are highest at the very start of a call before the other person picks up, so it may be advisable to wait a few seconds before putting the phone next to your head.
5. Watch out for weak signal strength
When signal strength is weak, the phone has to work harder to transmit and receive, and therefore emits higher levels of radiation. Try to only use your mobile when you have full bars of signal.
6. Try not to use your phone in transport
Enclosed metal areas ‘trap’ radiation and impede signal, meaning that your phone needs to work harder to get reception. For this reason, it may be best to avoid using your mobile in areas such as the car, train or plane.
7. Try a harmonising device
Radiation harmonising devices are becoming increasingly popular. Although this is a developing area of research, many of our electrosensitive customers have reported excellent results from these. Green8 Gold Small Harmonisers and Phi electroDOTs are both designed to convert mobile phone radiation into less harmful frequencies.