It’s quite unbelievable to think that there was a time, not so long ago, when cellular phones were considered luxury items. Today, cell phones are for most of us, a necessity. You just can’t leave the house without one; be it for work, family or, of course, posting Facebook and Twitter updates.

Despite their unarguable convenience, not everything about our favourite device is glorious. There is a mounting body of evidence to suggest that exposure to electromagnetic frequency (EMF) and radio frequency (RF), through extensive use of your cell phone, poses a risk to your health.

Sure there are skeptics, but lets put aside all questions of scientific validity shall we? Instead, lets rely on an old adage from Benjamin Franklin - "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

Here's how you can lower the potential risks of using your cell phone:


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    Choose a phone with a low Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and RF. This keeps the radiation levels low as much as possible and is a great way to start.

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    Studies link EMF to cancer, specifically of the brain. Needless to say, take or make calls only when necessary. If there is a landline, opt for it instead. Also, you can always use a headset and effectively keep the potentially dangerous EMF away from your head when calling.

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    Use the speakerphone when the situation allows. Like the headset trick, this keeps radio frequencies further away from your head.

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    Sometimes, you don’t really need to call. Send an SMS instead. Save your battery and potentially your health in one - not bad!

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    Put the phone in your bag. Don’t carry it in your pocket, especially in your shirt pocket. Even if the cellphone is not in use, its constantly sending and receiving signals. If you can’t avoid this, there are special accessories available with built-in EMF protection.

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    In poor reception areas, harmful radio waves are amplified. If possible, wait until you're in stronger service areas to use your phone. We can't understand what you're saying when you have bad reception anyway.

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    Children and young adults could be most vulnerable to RF. Teach your children to use their phones responsibly.

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    Do not use your cellphone inside enclosed metal surroundings such as cars and elevators. Of course, you don't use your phone while driving anyway. Right?


As mentioned, there is no definite study that concludes radiation exposure from cell phones poses a great health risk, but taking precautionary measures seems prudent and wise, something we know all of our readers are.