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7 Cell Phone Radiation Protection Tips [Infographic]

Here is a quick infographic with short and sweet reminders on how to protect oneself from cell phoner adiation. Please share!

7 Cell Phone Radiation Protection Tips

WiFi Radiation May Be Killing Your Plants

Most homes nowadays are equipped with wifi routers to run their wireless network. These routers emit wireless frequencies throughout the network. What could the effects of that exposure be? Well, according to the following report, it could kill plants. Now the question arises, if it could harm plants, could it also harm other living beings, say, for example, human beings. Hmm.

Mobile phones have had a chequered history, being linked to cancer, migraines and exploding petrol stations, and now itâ’s time for Wi-Fi networks to be in the spotlight.  Five students at a Danish high school think there might be, and they’ve got evidence to prove it. The girls all reported having trouble concentrating the next day when they slept with their phones by their bedside.  Unfortunately, most regional high schools in northern Denmark don’€™t come with brain activity measurement facilities.

Unperturbed, the girls decided to test out their theory by placing trays of watercress seeds next to their home Wi-Fi routers, which pump out approximately the same amount of radiation as a mobile phone. As a control group, trays were placed in other rooms that had similar conditions but were without the presence of substantial Wi-Fi radiation.

After twelve days, the seeds in the radiation-free room had turned into green, leafy sprouts and showed every sign of good health. Conversely, the seeds located near the routers had died a horrible death, they were brown, shrivelled and, in some cases, mutated. The students repeated the experiment and received the same results.

Cell Phones Can Harbor Dangerous Levels of Germs and Bacteria

E.coli? Staph? On your cell phone? If you’re like most people, you don’t think much about hygiene when it comes to your mobile device. Well, this video will probably change all that.

Grossed out yet? Here’s more of the story from another source…

Mobile phones not only carry important data, but germs too. The average mobile phone user puts their phone in contact with several places where it can pick up germs.

In 2011, researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at Queen Mary, University of London found that one in six cell phones is contaminated with some sort of fecal matter, probably because their owners did not wash their hands with soap after using the toilet.Some of the phones were found to harbor E. coli bacteria from fecal origin. If ingested into the body, E. coli can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Recently, students in an Environmental Health course at South University, Columbia sought to find out what germs live on cell phones. Swabbing a sample of 60 phones belonging to students, they found that phones were frequently contaminated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

“Staph aureus is always dangerous and MRSA forms are worse because they cannot be stopped easily,” says Dr. Robert J. Wolff, PhD, program director of Health Science at South University, Columbia, who teaches the class.

Staph skin infections, including MRSA, can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses. The bacteria might remain confined to the skin, or burrow deeper into the body, causing potentially life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves, and lungs.

Basically if your hands are very dirty, then your phone tends to also be very contaminated with the same type of bacteria. So, people are advised to wash their hands with soap and water. They can also use a hand sanitizer, and importantly, clean their mobile phones often using cloths and wipes that are safe to use on devices.

“A fairly dry towel can ush off many of the germs,” Wolff says. “The towel does not need to be very wet, which can be harmful to the device.”

Is Google Glass Radiation Cause for Concern?

While the much-talked about Google Glass is yet to be released, there is already debate as to whether the radiation it emits will pose a health hazard based on current research on cellular radiation. Here’s one interesting take on it…

Google’s first attempt at face-based computing, Project Glass, isn’t very useful unless it’s connected to a wireless network.

Without a connection to the internet, it can’t deliver search results, provide turn-by-turn directions, instantly share pictures with friends, or accomplish any of the other feats promised in Google’s video demonstration of Glass.

And yet Google Glass lacks the ability to connect to a cellular network on its own. It can only access one through a wireless Bluetooth connection to the wearer’s cell phone. The question is: why?

The answer to that question is almost certainly that cellular radios simply draw too much power. Getting decent battery life out of a cell-connected Google Glass would probably require that it become Google Safety Goggles, with a battery pack attached to the strap running around the back of the wearer’s head.

But there’s a second reason that Google and every other maker of forthcoming face-based systems probably shouldn’t even attempt to turn smart glasses into cell phones: They could become the definitive test of whether or not cell phones cause cancer, and not in a good way.

Public health professionals will tell you two things about this issue: First, whether or not cell phone use elevates levels of cancer is controversial—there have been multiple conflicting studies on the issue. So, second, we simply don’t know if the radio frequency radiation pouring out of our phones has any measurable effect on us. The World Health Organization classifies radio-frequency fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

See full story on businessinsider.com (Photo courtesy of businessinsider.com)

Just how much radiation does the Google Glass emit in terms of SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) and how does it compare with regular smartphones out there?

According to Tawkon, which specialises in tracking cell phone radiation, we won’t know how much cellular radiation Glass emits until we can test them in the wild in sufficiently large numbers – and that won’t happen until they go on sale.

We do know that the radiation levels will have to remain under strict FCC limits for the devices to go on sale.

Responding to a question on Quora, Tawkon says a Google Glass prototype submitted for FCC testing was found to have an SAR of 1.1W/Kg (Watts per Kilogram).

Radiation from smartphones is gauged in what’s called “Specific Absorption Rate,” which the measurement of the amount of power/Watts (in this case radiation) absorbed per mass of tissue/kilograms (the W/kg number above).

In the US devices can’t emit more than 1.6W/Kg, and in Europe the amount is slightly higher at 2W/Kg.

If we compare them to the latest smartphones it appears that Google Glass produces quite a large amount of radiation. We know that Apple’s iPhone emits 1.18W/Kg while Samsung’s Galaxy Note II throws out 0.171 W/Kg.

At 1.1W/KG the Google Glass prototype would appear to be quite high, especially for something you wear on, rather than hold to, your head.

Tawkon’s Mark Lerner puts it this way,

“For a comparison, the iPhone 5 has an SAR 1.18 W/Kg while the Samsung Galaxy S3 has an SAR of just 0.342 W/Kg. Based on this scale, you could say that Google Glass has a rather high radiation output, compared to other devices.”

But we don’t know how long, or how often, the device will run at this level. We also don’t know if this SAR value will be lowered on the production devices. Remember that the FCC documents report the value from the prototype, not the retail device.

See full story on .sociable.co (Image courtesy of .sociable.co)

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Cell Phone Use Linked to Hearing Loss

Can you hear me now? Well, apparently, if you’re a frequent mobile phone user, there may be a chance that you won’t, or will have difficulty doing so. Here’s a report from a study conducted a couple of years ago…

More recently, medical doctors from another part of the world have also reported seeing more patients with cell phone-related hearing loss problems…

Girl on phoneMUMBAI – Over the last decade, cellular phone usage has grown exponentially with the introduction of new communication systems and newer and smaller phone models. But it is a mark of how much people use cellphones these days, that doctors report as much as a 50% hearing loss among users.

Dr Divya Prabhat, ENT surgeon with Bhatia and Wadia hospitals, said he had been getting many patients who complain of pain in the ears and even hearing loss.

“The most common complaint is that after they hang up, the ears get hot. Many patients come with complaints of tinnitus, where there is a buzzing in the ears. This also results in irritability and lack of concentration,” he said.

But the most serious ENT problem is hearing loss. “I recently got a 45-year-old patient who had 30% hearing loss in her right ear, as she would be on phone all the time. When I told her to talk on the phone with the left ear, three months later she came with a 50% hearing loss in the left ear,” Dr Prab-hat said.

These are temporary threshold shifts, he said, meaning that these problems can be cured, when the habit is changed early. But if a person continues to use the phone excessively, it may turn into a permanent problem.

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