Here are ten simple recommendations to use your cell phone more safely:
1.) Utilize “Airplane” mode as often as possible. This will keep your phone from emitting microwave radiation into your body. The next best option is to turn off all antennas – including the cellular data (3G/4G), Bluetooth, WiFi and WiFi Hotspot option. This will still allow you to receive a text or incoming call, but your phone will not constantly ping the network every few seconds. This will turn your smart phone into one of the phones we used 10 years ago (like my flip phone seen to the right!). It will only radiate when a call or text comes in or goes out. If you need internet service, simply turn back on the Data (3G/4G) or WiFi antenna.
2.) Use speaker phone for all calls. Never put an operating phone to your head. Currently, the new iPhone has the best speaker phone. However, this iPhone is also one of the highest emitters of microwave radiation, so keep it farther from your body. Note that protective cases can actually make your phone more dangerous to use:
3.) As much as possible, just use a cell phone for basic text messages and emergency calls. This reduces your radiation exposure, provides you with the necessary communication ability and reduces the need for having yet another cell tower go up in front of a family’s home. Use a corded landline phone and a wired computer for most of your voice communication if possible (Skype/Zoom).
4.) Avoid Bluetooth headsets. They are powerful microwave transmitters right next to your brain. The phone is also radiating in your pocket, near reproductive organs. When at the gym, use a simple iPod or download podcasts/music to your phone. put it on Airplane Mode and use wired headset. This video will show you what Bluetooth radiation sounds like:
5.) Do not store your phone in your pocket, in your bra strap or on the body unless it is on airplane mode.
6.) Use an “Airtube” Headset. The Airtube headsets work better than normal headsets because there are no wires (which act as an antenna for microwave radiation) going up into your head and the magnetic speaker is not in your ear canal. It is nearly one foot away. I recommend this model or this model.
7.) I also recommend that you get an extension cord for your headset. This will allow you to place your cell phone farther away from you on a nearby table while you make a call. Distance is your friend when it comes to cell phone radiation.
8.) Use the Airtube Headset and extension cord as the headset for your computer and any other cordless phones you may use. Unlike other normal headsets, they have very small magnetic and electric fields in the ears and will not transmit RF from the phone to your head.
9.) If you do use wired headset, clip these Ferrite snap beads onto the cord. They will filter out most of the RF going up to your ear. This set is just $10 for 20 pieces. You can also use them to filter EMI on chords in your home (like telephone and ethernet).
10.) Note that I no longer recommend a safer smart phone. A couple of years ago, I would recommend the Samsung phones over the iPhones. Samsungs would emit less radiation and I have had over a dozen friends complain about hand/arm pain when holding a transmitting iPhone and headaches/heat when putting an iPhone to their head. However, newer smart phones (2015-2017 models) all seem to be very powerful with 5-6 antennas that are constantly pinging the network (3G, 4G data, WiFi, talk/text cellular, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.). I recently had a friend complain of hand/arm pain within just 2 weeks of using the new Samsung Galaxy S7. So, if you need to get a new smart phone, keep most of the antennas off (go into your phone settings to do this) and get in the habit of using “Airplane Mode” and the other suggestions above. I would also steer away from the new iPhone as it is is just under the legal limits for microwave radiation emissions. And, as the conservative and well-regarded Consumer Reports has recently stated, the FCC radiation limits and the SAR guidelines do not actually protect people.
Here is a video that helps to show this:
This video quickly shows you how to use a cell phone safely.