There's no denying that technology has tremendous benefits, but it's important that we use it wisely and know when to put it down.
I've found seven basic ways people can reduce their exposure to wireless radiation:
1. Keep your cellphone away from your body.
Did you know that the owner’s manual of your smartphone now says to never put the phone within approximately 1 inch of your body? This includes your head. The distance warning was added a few years ago after the World Health Organization listed wireless technology as a Class 2B “Possible Carcinogen.”
Text rather than talk on the phone whenever possible, and use a speakerphone or hands-free headset when you do have to call someone. Turning off the Internet data function and using airplane mode often will also significantly reduce your exposure.
2. Put your phone on airplane mode while you sleep.
Make sure to put your phone on airplane mode before you go to bed. It will still function as an alarm clock in the morning once you do.
3. Turn your home Wi-Fi system off at night.
The electromagnetic fields from wireless technology affect sleep quality for many people because melatonin—the hormone that regulates sleep cycles—can be disrupted by microwave radiation. You can use a Christmas light timer to automatically turn off your router every night.
4. Whenever possible, use Ethernet cables.
Wired Internet is faster, safer, and more secure.
5. If you use devices like iPads or Kindles, download what you need and then turn off the wireless/airport functions.
This way, you can use the device when it's not constantly radiating.
6. If you have a baby, use a wired baby monitor.
Microwave radiation exposure is especially dangerous to children because their cells are growing and multiplying at a much faster rate, so any damage can be magnified over time. To protect your infant, I suggest looking into a safer, wired baby monitor.
7. Avoid cordless phones.
Get a basic corded phone or a cordless phone with an “Eco-Mode” setting that only radiates when it’s in use.
You have choices about what goes in your home. Choose wisely.