Do you still have one of those cordless phones hanging around your house?
More and more of us are giving up our landlines, specifically our cordless phones in favor of signing up for a good family plan with our cellular phone provider. This makes sense economically and in terms of convenience.
If you need another reason to switch think about this. Cordless phones come with serious health complications and are considered unsafe by many in the scientific community.
For the hold-outs among us who still enjoy having a cordless phone, perhaps the dangers associated with them for you and your family will make you take a second look. Children and pregnant women seem to be much more susceptible and may react much more strongly than others to the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) surrounding cordless phones even when exposure levels are considered safe as established by government standards. This is substantiated by a report published just a few weeks ago. The lead author of the report, John Wargo, Ph.D. professor of Environmental Risk and Policy at Yale University, tells us, “The scientific evidence is sufficiently robust showing that cellular devices pose significant health risks to children and pregnant women.”
EMFs, a form of radiation present wherever there is electrical activity are a real problem when we talk about cordless phones, also technically known as digital enhanced cordless telecommunication (DECT). The dangers associated with the cordless phone are many and emanate from different sources associated with the phone.
The base of the phone, according to a recent study printed in the European Journal of Oncology, emits radiation that causes an irregular or rapid heartbeat. Some participants in the study also reported anxiety and pain and pressure in the chest.
Does your cordless phone have multiple bases? Multiple bases, while requiring less movement around the house, create multiple sources of exposure. Radio frequencies (RF) also have the capability of going through walls and ceilings so where you decide to place your phone and bases are definitely an important consideration. A helpful tip: when the base of your phone is unplugged it ceases to emit any EMFs.
What Else Do You Need to Know?
Alasdair Phillips, director of the group Powerwatch, self-described as a small non-profit independent organization with a central role in the UK Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Radiation health debate, educates us about the consequences of using cordless phones in his highly referenced report Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication or DECT phones.
The report tells us in great detail about the pulses of microwave radiation cordless phones emit. The phone itself, the part that seems inseparable from the side of head, pulses consistently with 250 milliwatts equating to 100 bursts of these fixed pulses of microwave radiation penetrating through the talker’s ear every second. More and more researchers are coming on board with the belief that this fixed, consistent pulsing interferes with our normal brain function, accounting for the detrimental reactions of the user.
Microwave radiation from many different sources with the same levels of exposure as from using a handset produced multiple effects on health.
According to Powerwatch these effects include:
- Genetic damage inside blood cells
- Suppression of important blood chemicals
- Reversing the action of the common breast cancer treatment drug Tamoxifen
- Association with clinical depression
- Some forms of organic dementias
- Brain tumors
- Immune system dysfunction
- Headaches, earaches
- Extreme fatigue
- Loss of concentration, memory loss, attention disorders
Still not convinced that your cordless phone is giving off EMFs? Sometimes seeing is believing, you might want to buy an EMF meter so that you can actually see what the radiation levels are on your cordless phone and similar devices.
Now that you know the dangers what can you do?
What are the Solutions?
- Throw it away! Yes, I said it. Throw away (or recycle) your cordless phone. Switch back to a corded phone. Ok, this seems radical but it is by far the best and really, easiest solution. I understand if you’ve become so adapted to the convenience that this solution seems out of the question. Here are some other ideas.
- Invest in a low EMF or eco- DECT cordless model. While still emitting EMFs they are much less.
- Place the phone base away from any area in your home where people spend a lot of time. Six feet is a minimum distance.
- Charge phone only when you need it (or slightly ahead of time).
- During night time hours, take the electric plug out of the wall socket.
- Make calls brief. Kids can talk about nothing for hours!
- Utilize the speaker phone. This also spares your neck from the too familiar scenario of holding the phone between your ear and your shoulder when you are multi-tasking.
Whether you utilize one or more of these solutions, what is the most important thing to remember? When you’re walking around your home using your cordless phone, taking it with you from room to room, you’re also taking its’ EMFs along too!
[About the author: Lloyd Burrell became electrically sensitive in 2002, a condition triggered by moderate exposure to cell phone radiation. Lloyd now likes to share his insights on all forms of EMF protection including dirty electricity filters, EMF shielding and EMF healthy living tips. You can download his free report to learn more on this subject from his EMF information website electricsense.com.]