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Shield Yourself from Cell Phone Radiation

Although the scientific jury isn't out yet as to whether or not cell phone radiation is harmful, some studies' results are troubling enough that cell phone users should consider taking steps to avoid this lurking danger.

According to The Environmental Working Group , recent studies find significantly higher risks for brain and salivary gland tumors among people who have used cell phones for 10 years or longer

Here are some simple ways to reduce exposure to possible contaminants:

Use a headset or the phone's speaker function, as headsets emit less radiation than phones. But some wireless headsets emit continuous low-level radiation, so take yours off when you're not on a call. Using a phone in speaker mode also reduces radiation.

Listen more and talk less. Oddly, your phone only emits radiation when you talk or text but not when you receive messages.

Text more (except, obviously, when driving). Kids have it right – even if inadvertently. Phones use less power -- less radiation -- to send text as opposed to voice. Texting also has the added benefit of keeping the radiation source away from your head.

Hold your phone at an arm's length. Keep the phone away from your torso when you're talking. Do not hold it against your ear, in a pocket or on your belt, where soft body tissues can absorb radiation.

Limit children's phone use, as young children's brains absorb twice as much cell phone radiation as those of adults.

Click here for more information about cell phone radiation.

How do you talk on your cell phone? Do you modify your behavior with the possibility of radiation in mind? Let me know here.

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