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I stopped counting the number of times someone called my national radio show or emailed me asking about a tech myth.
Here’s one that I’ve asked quite a number of times. Will charging your phone overnight ruin the battery? Tap or click for my final verdict.
What about: “With all these data breaches, I have nothing left to protect.” That couldn’t be further from the truth. Tap or click to find out what to protect, plus nine other cybersecurity myths you no longer need to believe.
Then there are cell phones and the cancer debate.
I’ve always believed that you should never hold your phone up to your head for long periods of time. Ladies, don’t put your phone in your bra and men shouldn’t put their phone in your front pocket. More on that later.
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I am not a scientist or a medical professional. My gut tells me that it will take many years for us to know the actual effect that phone electronics have on our bodies. That time has come.
It’s been a little over 14 years since the first iPhone hit the market, ushering in the smartphone era. The latest research into whether there is a direct link between cell phones and cancer is shocking.
This information is important. Share this post with your family and friends as well. You could save a life.
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Over the years there have been many different studies of the potential health effects of cell phone radiation, from the earliest models to the latest 5G handsets, with mixed results. Therefore new research from UC Berkeley really caught my eye. It suggests that there is a link between cell phone use and an increased risk of tumors, especially on the right side of the brain.
As part of the study, Berkeley researchers looked at statistics from nearly 50 other studies conducted around the world, including the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
They found that if a person used a cell phone for more than 1,000 hours over a period of 10 years, the risk of developing tumors increased by 60%. That sounds like a lot, but when calculating it is only an average of 17 minutes per day. Their results also showed cell phone usage for 10 or more years doubled the risk of brain tumors.
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Here is my take:
Although there was no direct response to Berkeley’s research, the Food and Drug Administration has long claimed that there is no consistent scientific evidence of health problems caused by exposure to the radio frequency energy emitted by cell phones.
However, nine years ago a friend of mine – a true brain surgeon – gave me advice when I asked his opinion. Never hold it to your head. He said his colleagues saw an increase in brain tumors on the right side of the head.
I have been giving this advice for many years. Here are the steps I am taking to minimize the risk of cell phone radiation. These are good practices that can also be passed on to children, who often get their hands on cell phones at a young age.
Are you worried about a child in your life and their relationship with technology? Tap or click here to view my kids tech contract. It has smart rules that you and your family can agree on.
Get this: your phone is emitting more radiation, not less, when you don’t have a strong signal. Look at the bars on your phone. If this signal is not very strong, your phone is trying to connect to the network.
Keep it away from your head and body, especially during these times. Stick to text or use headphones or a headset.
I get it. You don’t want to have every conversation, especially in public, over the loudspeaker. However, it is a simple solution. I do this at home or in my car. When I’m on the go or in the office, I use Bluetooth.
I have mine for most calls AirPods in. The sound is crystal clear, usually better than without headphones. Wireless earbuds connect to your phone via bluetooth, which research has shown may be less of a risk than cell phone emissions. Wired headphones work too, though they’re not nearly as practical.
Sitting in the office or at the desk, a nice headset or set of Over-the-ear headphones is a great option.
As mentioned above, bras and bags are taboo. I don’t like to carry a handbag, but I don’t like my phone in my pocket. Small shoulder bags for a phone can be useful on vacation or for quick errands. I like this, and it has great reviews.
If you have to wear your phone in your pants, here are some things to consider. Signal blocking pocket. Yes, this will completely block your phone’s signal so you won’t receive calls or messages when it’s inside. More importantly, it protects your body.
This is a no-brainer for several reasons. If you’re not sleeping with your phone on “Do Not Disturb”, there is no need for buzzing, ringing and lights to interrupt your silence.
It can also be a fire hazard. Some people sleep with their cell phones under a blanket or even under their pillow. Telephones are not designed to be covered for long periods of time and require airflow for adequate ventilation. Even cheap charging cables can lead to fires. Don’t take the risk.
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