Mobile Phone Protection - Just what is safe?

Technology - how do we live without it?

I’m a Building Biologist, but I’m just like everyone else. I have my mobile phone with me ALL the time - I have to for my business, plus I have kids and it’s pretty much essential. But there’s a catch - the radiofrequency (most people call EMF) emitted from having them in use is a major cause for concern for our health.

OK, so most of us know this.

Actually, along with the US, UK and Germany, Australia has the most relaxed exposure standards in the world. However, did you know that despite unbiased research and reporting that radiofrequencies may indirectly induce cancer by generating free radicals, damage DNA and interfere with antioxidant repair mechanisms - Australia’s public exposure standards are 100,000 times higher than places like China, India and Russia?

Also, other effects of non-ionizing radiation (which is what the exposure from your mobile phone will give) include mitochondrial dysfunction, permeability of the blood-brain barrier, and increase in histamine and a reduction in MELATONIN….but that is for a later post!

So, even if you knew this too, as consumers we want to do everything we can to reduce our exposure right?

Let me tell you, there are a multitude of products out there that claim to ‘reduce EMFs’. These can include devices you plug into the wall, stick on your phone, crystals, grounding devices - I’m sure there’s even an essential oil for it!!

Sorry to break it to you, but if a signal is still emitting from your phone so that you can make or receive a phone call or text….it’s doing absolute JACK!

What’s even worse, is that when we use these ‘gadgets’ we have a false sense of security and will then expose ourselves even more.

IT’S NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM

Here is what you can do:

  • switch your phone into flight mode at night (yes your alarm will still work)

  • text as much as you can rather than call

  • keep calls short, use CORDED headphones, or the speaker feature

  • keep your phone off your body (it says so in the very well hidden terms on your phone)

  • DOWNLOAD your podcasts and songs first, then listen to them in flight mode

  • Same goes for kids using phones for games - if you do give them this option download first, then play in flight mode

  • If you buy a gadget or phone cover to protect yourself- make sure you are able to test it first. If you can’t then don’t buy it. You shouldn’t be able to make or receive phone calls or texts at all.

It’s actually pretty simple - using your phone comes with risks and reducing your exposure can only be done by using these tips.

Stick with FLIGHT MODE as it’s free and don’t be fooled by clever marketing!


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Nicole Beringer