Almost since the introduction of cell phones into modern society, there have been questions about the safety of these devices we are increasingly hooked upon. Not only are more and more people using cell phones, but these devices are capable of performing more and more actions. While there is no definitive link yet to our biggest fear, brain cancer, there are those who experience negative effects as a result of cell phone usage.
A condition known as Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) Sensitivity can lead to headaches, asthma, high blood pressure, and nerve damage among other things. With cell phones so prevalent in 21st century society it may seem difficult to avoid these side effects if you suffer from EMF Sensitivity, but there are ways to minimize the impact of EMF on your lifestyle.
The first step in looking for a cell phone that will minimize your reaction to EMF waves is to research the SAR value of a device. SAR stands for Specific Absorption Rate and is used to identify the amount of radio frequency energy that is absorbed by the body during the course of using a device. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides a list of each cell phone and its SAR value, helping you determine which device would best suit you.
Taking into account the SAR value of any device you select is just one piece of the puzzle. There are other functions common in devices in the 21st century that can irritate those with EMF Sensitivity. Capabilities such as GPS, 3G, 4G, and color video can all lead to EMF Sensitivity, but these specific capabilities don’t necessarily affect everyone suffering from sensitivity. The most common irritant is GPS capability, so choosing a device without GPS capability is a good start.
The type of transmission technology that a provider uses can also harm those with EMF sensitivity. There are two popular transmission technologies in use in the United States. CDMA technology is used by Sprint-Nextel and Verizon Wireless, while AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM technology. These represent the four largest carriers in the U.S. GSM technology, such as that used by AT&T and T-Mobile has been shown to irritate EMF Sensitivity more than the CDMA technology used by Sprint and Verizon.
Choosing a carrier with the right transmission technology can help reduce the impact of EMF Sensitivity. Depending upon your lifestyle this might require sacrifices. CDMA technology is used primarily in North America, while GSM technology is popular with carriers around the world.
In the end it is critical for those suffering from EMF Sensitivity to adjust the way in which they interact with their cell phone. This doesn’t have to mean using your phone less, but it does require changes to your connection with your device. Consider the following tips to minimize the impact of any cell phone on your health and well-being:
- Minimize direct contact with device. Wait for calls to connect before placing near your ear, and leave phone at least six feet away while on but not in use.
- Do not carry phone in pants pockets. The tissue around the midsection is some of the most absorbent skin on the body, soaking in EMF.
- When not using your phone, TURN IT OFF
EMF Sensitivity can’t be prevented, but it can be managed. Following the advice above will not only help those suffering this sensitivity find the right cell phone and carrier for them, but will also help them minimize the risk of irritation while using their device.
Author Bio:– Guest post contributed by Victoria Johnson, a freelance mobile technology writer who currently writes for a popular phone sim card provider.