Ways to protect yourself from mobile phone and tower radiation
Last month pre-paid mobile subscribers (85 percent of cell phone users in India country are pre-paid, accounting for 70 percent of revenues) got lucky. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has disallowed the hefty processing fee on recharge vouchers (30-40 percent of the cost of the voucher). Talk time for subscribers could increase substantially. For example a pre-paid customer of Bharti Airtel would get talk time of 150 minutes on a Rs 345 voucher instead of the earlier 90 minutes.
The falling costs of cell phones and talk time is contributing to the growth of this industry and for cell phone companies it means beefing up of infrastructure. But we should say STOP! There are hundreds of cell phone towers in India and many of them are in residential localities as we have not had the regulation to prevent them from coming up within 50 meters of a residential area (this is now changing). But even this is not safe! And cell phones certainly aren’t.
Time to ponder on the health aspect. That heavy cell phone usage and being near cell towers causes/aggravates various health problems is now well known. Health problems can range from tumors, cancers, and infertility to memory loss, headaches, allergies and eye problems. Although the research available on the long term threats isn’t sufficient, scientists are warning us about “unknown risks.” And really smart people are telling us that it’s better to be safe than sorry. In fact it is believed that small animals, insects and birds have been badly hit already.
- Reduce talk time
- Don’t allow children to use cell phones as radiation penetrates their skulls more deeply
- Place cell phones as far away from your body if using a hands free device
- Wait for the call to connect before placing the phone near your ear
- Avoid using cells in an enclosed space as radiation higher
- Avoid using cells in speeding cars, buses, trains, planes as radiation levels higher. And yes, there is something called second hand radiation too which can harm those next to you.
- Avoid using a cell when signal is weak
- Avoid living near a cell phone tower
- Use a hands-free device, but new research is saying that blue tooths are not necessarily safe. Some blue tooths intensify radiation into the ear canal!
- Choose a phone with a low SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) but even this does not really keep radiation within safe limits, although it does reduce it.
Considering that the average Indian spends (December 06 data) “more time talking on his mobile than his counterparts anywhere else except the US,” we certainly need to be careful. And add to this the fact that we are the third largest cell phone market after China and the United States.
Wonder what the future will bring. I think some serious protective devices will come up (there are a few already) and soon it might become compulsory to use them.
Update: 25th October 2009: Looks like the future is already here. A new study by the WHO (World Health Organisation)
has found that using a cell phone heavily for more than a decade can cause cancer, specificially brain tumors. This is contrary to the lies which has been told by cell phone companies over the years. My reading is that soon, maybe another 20 years or so, the results will be so clear that cell phone companies will have to put warning signs on their gadgets.Th0s study is one of the most comprehensive ones ever undertaken, and was done in 13 countries, and interviewed 12,800 people.
(Photograph is by me and copyrighted)
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