Since the introducing of mobile phones, the same question inevitably comes up: is the emitting of electromagnetic waves, risky and dangerous to our health? But a formal proof of the harmfulness of mobile phones has not been made. Is this a sufficient reason for not taking into account this possibility and not adopting few simple rules that allow us to protect us from the potential dangers? After a critical analysis of the subject, David Servan-Schreiber arrived at the conclusion that “the risk is too strong to be incurred.
There is no definitive evidence that the waves emitted by the mobile phone present a hazard to health. Yet the doubt persists. After searching the scientific literature on this subject, David Servan-Schreiber has been amazed to see how many precautions he had to take. Indeed, he learned the following:
- Electromagnetic waves do penetrate the human body, and children are more exposed,
- There is an increased permeability of the electro encephalic barrier that protects neurons and
- The use of mobile phones increases the synthesis a series of proteins involved in the stress.
Carrying a brain cancer himself, and remembering the situation fifty years ago with asbestos and tobacco, he gathered about twenty experts to establish a kind of prevention charter.
So when in doubt, as now, learn to tame your mobile phone and avoid potential dangers to your health by respecting the following 10 recommendations:
1. Do not allow children under 12 to use a cell phone except in an emergency case. The developing organs are more sensitive to electromagnetic waves. Today, most of the school children own mobile phones.
2. Keep your phone in over a meter from your body (the amplitude of the field degrades to 4 times in 10 cm or 50 times in a meter). For this, use the speakerphone mode, or Bluetooth headset (but do not keep it constantly in the ear).
3. Stay more than a meter away from a person in communication and avoid using your mobile phone in places like subway, train or bus to not passively expose other people to waves from your device.
4. Avoid carrying your phone in your clothes, even in sleep, and do not keep it near you during the night
5. If you must carry it with you, make sure that the “keyboard” is faced toward your body and the back side (where the field strength is greater) to the outside.
6. Make your calls last the shortest possible time by limiting the conversations to a few minutes (the biological effects are directly related to the duration of exposure) and then prefer to use a wired, fixed telephone, not a cordless phone which technology is akin to that of mobiles.
7. When you call, switch sides regularly and wait before you place your phone to the ear after your correspondent has picked up.
8. Avoid using your cell when the signal is weak or when you move fast as when you are on a train or in a car.
9. Prefer to communicate by SMS rather than by telephone, which will reduce the duration of exposure and the proximity of the body.
10. Choose a device with the lowest possible SAR (Specific Absorption Rate, which measures the power absorbed by the body). Check with your carrier or go compare in the electromagnetic wave level list issued by different models, on the site of David Servan-Schreiber.