Mobile Phone Health Risks

By: Nick Cox

Recent studies have raised yet more concerns over the possible effects of radiofrequency (RF) energy from mobile devices. The study revealed that prolonged exposure to RF energy severely disrupted sleep patterns. Other symptoms such as headaches and changes in mood were also reported.

Mobile phones emit electromagnetic radiation when receiving and making calls. Exposure to high levels of electromagnetic radiation, the likes used in X-ray machines, can be dangerous. However, the amount of radiation produced by mobile phones is considered to be of such low power that they present little to no risk to users.

Although there is no evidence to support claims that mobile phones are harmful, there's no harm in taking precautions to reduce exposure levels from mobile phones. Ways of doing so include:

&bullKeeping the phone away from the head - By holding the phone 20cm away from you while talking reduces radiation by 98%. If you are talking for long periods, it also might be a good idea to put the call onto speaker phone. That way you can hold the phone away from you, while still being able to maintain the conversation.

&bullUsing a hands free kit - Most phones come supplied with some form of hands free kit. If not then they are readily available for all makes and models. Using one will dramatically reduces your exposure to radiation

&bullReducing the length of time you chat - Avoid prolonged phone calls if you can. If you can't then invest in a hands free kit or if convenient to do so use the speaker phone.

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