Cellphones were introduced to the public in the 1980s and became widely available in the U.S. during the 1990s, and we now live in a society where cellphone-only households are normal. It was inevitable that the same technology that delivered us the smartphone would eventually transition into various forms of wearable tech.
Some of the hottest holiday gifts on the market include a smartwatch attached to your wrist, fitness trackers, virtual reality headsets, smart rings and jewelry, and miscellaneous thingamajigs embedded into clothing apparel. The latest and greatest devices coming to market might make your life more entertaining or a little easier in the “Internet of Things” (IoT) world, but the danger lies with unnecessarily ramping up your exposure to radiofrequency radiation (radio waves), which is a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (EMR). If you are curious about the rollout of 5G and its potential health ramifications, I opined about that in “Your World and Brain on 5G,” published on Sep. 19.
Radiofrequency radiation falls into the low-energy radiation category and is emitted from sources such as wireless and cellular phones, Wi-Fi, all types of portable wireless devices, computers, televisions, smart meters, radios, radars, and satellites. EMR is a type of radiation that is electric and magnetic, and it comes from manmade and natural sources that vary in strength from low to high energy. EMR sources include radio waves, microwaves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, x-rays, and gamma rays.
Despite the sanguine point of view by organizations such as the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute, the most recent studies reveal that cellphone radiation alone can cause cancer. If you are not the “research and read” type on the latest studies as new gadgetry floods the consumer market, I recommend you stay abreast and regularly check informative sources such as the RFSAFE YouTube channel or Tony Keppelman’s EMF Services. Here is just a sampling from those two sources:
- Campaign for Radiation Free Schools – EMF Health
- The Phones Emitting the Most and Least Radiation – Statista
- Cancer is Now the Leading Cause of Death – GreenMedInfo
- Cell phones and Wi-Fi Hurting the Birds and the Bees – Newsweek
- How Far Should the Cellphone Be From Your Body? – Tech Wellness
- Exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields breaks DNA – GreenMedInfo
- Cell phones exceed radiation Safety Code guidelines – Parents for Safe Schools
- Major Cell Phone Radiation Study Reignited Cancer Question – Scientific American
- Effects On Fetal And Newborn Development – Americans for Responsible Tech
A smartwatch emits extremely high levels of radiation when enabled for wireless, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi to receive and send data, as you have a cell tower directly attached to your wrist. They are unlikely to cause you any immediate harm, but if you wear it 24/7 as a timepiece, you are looking for unseen trouble. Are you aware that well-made classic wind-up watches with all kinds of built-in gadgetry are still available?
Maybe you prefer a more fashionable “keeping up with the Joneses” look.
If you insist on owning a smartwatch to add to the array of widgets you already possess or are unwittingly exposed to, do not wear it as a 24/7 timepiece. Your skin and body are exposed to radiation when it is powered on, connected to the Internet, and utilizing those mysterious apps that came with the sales pitch and transmit personal data about you into Big Brother’s cyber mainframe.
Consider the following guidelines for your health and safety.
Whenever your cell phone or WiFi enabled contemporary gadget is on, keep it a safe distance away from your body and definitely do not sleep with it anywhere near your head. Avoid carrying it anywhere on your body, most especially in a bra or shirt pocket near your still-beating heart. If you keep it powered on while you sleep, make sure it is far enough away but close enough to hear an alarm or emergency call. Make use of that speakerphone option as much as possible instead of holding it next to your head. If privacy or background noise is a concern, switch to a high-quality set of wired ear buds. Note that cellphones and Wi-Fi gadgets emit lower radiation levels when there is good reception, but weak connections require more power usage and result in more radiation.
Precautions for cordless phones are no different from a cellphone. Remember to keep the main receiver base several rooms away from any bedroom. If you can, use an older cordless phone system that operates at 900 MHz vs. newer high-frequency models.
When connecting your desktop or laptop computer to the Internet, hardwire the system using an Ethernet connection. Any peripheral such as a printer or scanner should be hardwired via USB or a digital port. Hardwired connections are significantly faster, more secure, and better for your health. Always keep your modem or router Wi-Fi disabled, but enable it when guests need Internet access and you prefer they do not play on your personal tech.
Wired headsets are also dangerous because the wire itself can act as an antenna that attracts and transmits radiation directly to your brain. No matter what type of headset you use, whether wired or wireless, be sure it is a “shielded-wire” and/or “air-tube” type.
There is no such thing as a safe level of radiation or specific absorption rate (SAR) value that will protect you. An SAR value only addresses thermal risks by comparing one phone to another and is not a measure of biological safety. The longer you are exposed, the greater the risk becomes.
“There is no safe level of exposure and there is no dose of radiation so low that the risk of a malignancy is zero” – Dr. Karl Z. Morgan
“There is no safe level of exposure to ionizing radiation, and the search for quantifying such a safe level is in vain.” – Rosalie Bertell, PhD.
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