We live in an era where possible health risks posed by our dependence on technology are often ignored, simply because we can’t live without the latest gadgets and technology.
Multiple studies have cited reasons for the public to be wary of the negative effects of radiation emitted from various gadgets and technology. Yet, despite warnings and amid an ongoing debate on the long term effects of exposure to EMF, anyone who shows concern for radiation exposure is still met with skepticism.
These days, it is not just smartphones that we have to worry about. Laptops and tablets, often used by children, are an inherent part of daily life now. Homes, schools, offices, and commercial spaces run on WiFi networks. Vehicles, IDs and credit cards are equipped with RFID tags which require close proximity to radiation emitting devices to be read, all of which, prolong our exposure to EMF and could pose health risks.
The modern world is basically swimming in a sea of electromagnetic and radio frequency (RF) radiation—necessary to power our devices and provide the level of convenience we require. Question is, are you really going to wait until brain cancer rates go up before you take necessary, and wholly doable, precautionary measures?
Perhaps all it takes is a reminder of just how simple it is to protect yourself from harmful radiations. Take a look at the following simple ways to limit your day-to-day exposure.
When using your mobile phones
The safety of cell phones in relation to radiation exposure has consistently been raised because of how often it is used and how close it is to our head when we make phone calls.
- Use an airtube headset when you have to make phone calls. Traditional headsets are built using metal wires, which can actually raise your exposure to harmful radiation. Airtube headsets use a non-metallic hollow tube that lets sound travel from the device to your ear.
- Choose your phone case wisely—some actually serve to cause more harm than good. Metal or aluminum cases, similar to traditional headsets, can amplify RF and EMF signals. The risk of radiation exposure from RFID equipped devices and gadgets are typically low. However, the RFID readers are the bigger problem. Most experts recommend “keeping a minimum distance of around 20cm from RFID readers at all times.” You can hit two birds with one stone by choosing a case that not only protects your phone from nicks and scratches, but also offers anti-radiation protection such as these wallet cases from Vest Tech.
- It’s typical for most users to place their phones beside their beds when they’re sleeping, but when you’re not using it, it’s best to keep your phone at a safe distance and on airplane mode.
Kids and tablets
The popularity of tablets among children is undeniable. It’s now used as a learning tool as much as a recreational piece of technology where children do their homework or play games.
- Similar to mobile phones, make sure you use anti-radiation cases or shields for your kids’ tablets.
- Limit kids’ use of the tablets to a few hours each day for homework and play. This way you’ll also give kids the option to enjoy some much needed physical activity instead being cooped up indoors with their gadgets.
Around the house…
Between your WiFi, microwave, and other gadgets in your home, your household appliances can pose a lot of dangers.
- For households with infants, be sure that you are protecting your little ones from EMF exposure by using anti-radiation blankets., These specially designed blankets use a special silver fiber to help minimize kids’ exposure to radiation at this very vulnerable stage in life.
- To protect against potentially dangerous radiation emitted by microwaves, use a microwave shield. It attaches to the microwave door to help minimize potential exposure for anyone in close proximity to the machine. A helpful addition to one of the busiest spaces in the home.
- Avoid sitting too close to desktop computers or placing your laptops on your laps. Or use a protective laptop shield.
These simple tips shouldn’t disrupt how you use technology and at the same time should help lower your radiation exposure and reduce long term risks.
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