Is it Safe to Carry Your Cell Phone In Your Pocket?

Is it Safe to Carry Your Cell Phone In Your Pocket?

Apple Says: Don’t Carry a Cell Phone in Your Pocket

Mobile or cell phones communicate by transmitting radio waves through a network of fixed antennas called base stations. Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation.

Over the past few decades, many studies have been performed to evaluate whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk or not. Several studies have investigated the effects of radiofrequency fields on brain electrical activity, sleep, heart rate, and blood pressure in volunteers. There are several studies currently underway investigating potential health effects in children, adolescents, and adults.

The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.

Hence it has become essential for us to start taking precautions and limiting ourselves to EMF radiations from cell phones.

How To Carry Cell Phones To Reduce Radiation Effects?

1. Follow The Advice Of The Cellphone Manufacturer

You are probably never paying attention to this. Cellphones are tested for radiation emission and approved by the government as safe for use at a small but significant distance from your body. You should be able to find that distance in the fine print of your manual or other instructions that come with your phone, and it differs from phone to phone.

For Example, you can find all RF Information for Apple products here:

Always choose a device with the lowest SAR possible (SAR = Specific Absorption Rate, which is a measure of the magnetic field’s strength absorbed by the body).

2. Are you carrying your cellphone too close to your body?

Men shouldn’t be carrying your phone in their pants pocket. Some human studies have shown the effect of cell phones on semen. In one study, it has been indicated that semen parameters decreased when cell phones are carried in the pocket near the testes. There are times when you can’t avoid carrying your phone with you; in that case, using a hip holster is a good option. Always try to maintain distance between yourself and your phone. In conditions where you’re sitting at your desk at work, watching TV at home, or driving your car get your phone out of your pocket.

Women should not tuck their mobile phones into their bra. In fact, it’s not just your bra that you shouldn’t be putting your phone into. Even storing it in your pocket is harmful. Women who carry purses should put their mobile in their purses or bags.

The best way to avoid exposure is to hold the cellphone away from the head or body while using a speakerphone or a wired headset.

3. Is it safe to carry a cellphone in a shirt pocket all the time over your heart?

Cell phones produce measurable electrical and magnetic fields. But the strength of these fields will not affect ordinary heart rhythm or function, studies suggest. However, problems may be most likely to arise to those with an implanted pacemaker, internal defibrillator, or similar device. Problems can arise when pacemakers and defibrillators are being programmed or reset by medical staff as mobile phones’ signals may interfere with settings.

Practically, this means that to play it safe, it is recommended to keep the cell phone at a distance from such pacemakers or defibrillators to minimize potential interference.

Final Words

For many people, it’s just not practical or realistic to avoid cell phones altogether. Therefore it’s “better safe than sorry” to keep your cell phone at a distance from your body. Even an inch from the body can greatly reduce emf radiation exposure. Signal strength falls off as the square of the distance to the source.

Cell phone manuals usually advise users to carry their phones some minimum distance (a half-inch or so) away from their bodies and avoid direct contact with the skin.

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