Written by Megan, Experience Life Magazine and published December 15, 2011. This article is reprinted here with notes for best protection by the Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP).
1. When talking on your cell phone, your safest bet is speakerphone mode with your phone a hand’s length away. Not quite as good (because it still emits some radiation), but better than holding the phone to your head, is a wired headset. A Bluetooth emitter is your third choice. It will deliver lower levels of microwave radiation than your cell phone, but more than the wired headset. Turn your headset off when the phone is not in use. [For best protection, CEP also recommends only using cell phone for emergencies, keeping cell phones away from babies, children and pregnant women, not holding cell phone at all, place on table two feet away or more, on speaker, and use only a Blue Tube headset, which does not transmit radiation along wires or wirelessly]
2. Try not to keep your phone turned on next to your body throughout the day. Or, if you must, position the cell phone so that the antenna, which emits radiation, is facing away from you. [For best protection, CEP also recommends: keep cell phone off when not in use and use shielded pouch to keep it in, available online at www.lessemf.com]
3. Try to use your phone when you have the maximum number of bars, indicating the best reception. When signal quality is poor, your phone emits more radiation.
4. Try not to use your cell phone in elevators, cars, trains or planes. Cell phones draw more power, and emit more radiation, in enclosed metal spaces.
5. Text instead of calling whenever possible. The farther your phone is from your body, the better.
6. When you are home, use a wired landline. Remember, cordless phones connected to a landline can emit radiation much like cell phones.
7. You may be tempted to use one of the many radiation shields on the market, but keep in mind that they may hamper reception, causing your cell phone to churn out more radiation. [ CEP also recommends turning cell phones off when not in use and considering use of bullion mesh shielding material when using cell phone, testing effectiveness with a rf field meter that measures in microwave range, if desired.]
8. If you have a wireless router in your house or apartment, keep it in a little-used room and out of the bedroom (or turn it off altogether at night). Strive to keep your bedroom as free of electronic radiation as possible. In addition to routers, banish cell phones, wireless phones and computers. Purists will want to unplug electric devices near the bed. If you are worried about “dirty electricity,” use a battery-powered alarm clock and make sure that extension cords or power strips do not sit under or around the bed. Avoid electric blankets and wired mattress warmers. [For best protection, CEP recommends not having a wireless router, use wired cable or phone line Internet only, remove all cordless phones from home, do not use cell phone in home, use landline only]
9. Connect to the Internet with an Ethernet cord, not a wireless router, whenever possible. [For best protection, CEP recommends wired connections and elimination of all wireless in home.]
10. Disable your computer’s wireless connectivity software, including Bluetooth, Airport and the like. Otherwise, your computer will continuously send out electronic “handshakes,” exposing you to more EMFs.
11. Use a “wired-only” printer, as well as wired computer peripherals like a mouse and keyboard.
12. The new generation of wireless baby monitors, often configured to sit right under the bed or the mattress, emit radiation comparable to a cell phone. [For best protection, CEP recommends never using a wireless baby monitor in home. Humans are the best baby monitors!]
13. Beware of radio-frequency-based smart meters, increasingly being installed by utilities around the United States to control power consumption within a house. They have come under suspicion as a significant source of electromagnetic radiation. For more information, please see www.smartmeterdangers.org. [CEP is the founder of Smart Meter Dangers www.smartmeterdangers.org, strongly recommends not sleeping near or in the same room as a smart meter (located on exterior wall) and retaining or obtaining an analog meter whenever possible. Smart meters are associated with symptoms of radiation-illness, including sleeping problems, ringing in ears, skin rashes, seizures, headaches, migraines, swollen sinuses, ear pain, breathing problems, and more, according to experts]