I was drawn to go back to my roots of having studied electronics and communication engineering after seeing the video Dr. Suman S Karanth published recently on myths related to cancer. What took my attention was the word “radiation” that she mentioned and I began to read and research on everyday radiation risks we face. The video is worth watching and here is the link to watch it, if you haven’t done so already.
I am going to quote a lot from the article I have read and believe to be useful for all of us. This is also for all those people who do not have the time or patience to read an article or watch a video with technology terms or simply for people who do not understand the terminologies used in it.
Going to put things very simply and bluntly. Here’s what the articles and videos say.
The biggest threats we have in our everyday lives is the exposure to radio frequency, elecromagnetic, non-ionizing radiations.
Internet has become so cheap, thanks to service providers in India that WiFi is now available for free in all homes, schools, colleges, restaurants and hotels whether you need it or not. Shockingly it is one of the largest and longest radiation exposure we have everyday.
Children, embryos less than 100 days inside the womb of pregnant women and infants are at high risk of genetic damage.
Here’s what you can do at home to reduce the radiation exposure:
- switch off WiFi router when not in use.
- hard wire the internet cables around the house and plug in all the devices using internet.
- use Wi-Fi router protection guards available in stores.
2. Cell phone and Bluetooth radiation
Though it has made rounds in the internet for long now saying the radiation from cell phones can be linked to development of tumors, a lot of us have actually paid less attention to it. Many articles and published work from doctors across the world can be found on this topic and you are free to research it as per your convenience.
Here’s what they suggest:
- switch to simples corded headset instead of Bluetooth earpieces.
- keep the cell phones on speaker and a foot away while attending calls.
- a normal corded handset is better than using a cell phone for calling.
3. CFL bulbs
All CFL bulb manufacturers advertise their products attracting customers with a promise of reducing the electricity bill consumption on the use of CFL bulbs. What they do not say is the health hazard associated with it.
Here is the alternative:
- halogen incandescent light bulbs
4. Baby monitors
Though they are not commonly used in India, I thought this is worth a mention as the radiations emitted by baby monitors have been mentioned in a couple of articles as a reason for infant cot deaths.
Though baby monitors may not be completely unavoidable in certain circumstances, it may be wise to invest on baby monitor protection cases available in online stores or going for a walk and eco-mode low radiation emitting models.
If you noticed the trend, in most cases it urges us to go back many generations when cells phones and smart devices were unavailable. Go back to wiring cables, go back to corded phones. Technology may have advanced many folds and many areas like internet of things, artificial intelligence and so on may be the trend but so has the number of cases in the healthcare sector. Insomnia, uneasiness, palpitations, headaches, tumors, cancers and so on.
All we urge our readers is, be aware of the electronic devices that you use in your everyday life and work towards achieving safe ways of using gadgets.
The article I referred to is accessible in the link below
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