All electronic devices emit electromagnetic radiation. Your personal radiation exposure depends on three things:
- Strength: The strength of the radiation sources around you
- Distance: Your distance from those sources
- Duration: The time you spend exposed to those sources.
Below are the most common everyday radiation sources with an estimated assessment of the radiation risk. The risk assessments are estimates based on average devices and typical usage and on a scale of 1 – 10, “1” being the lowest risk and “10” being the highest. Your personal exposure depends on the specific sources in your environment and your personal habits.
Because cell phones have been prevalent only for the past decade, there is much uncertainty around their long term health risks. Cell phones are one of the primary sources of everyday radiation because of the extended periods of time that they are kept in close proximity to our bodies.
- Use cell phones that emit lower radiation (read more here)
- Limit the duration and proximity of exposure to cell phone
- Use a headset, Bluetooth earpiece, or speakerphone
- Find alternatives to cell phone use, such as text messaging or using a landline
- Limit use of cell phone while it is searching for signal (cell phones emit higher levels of radiation at these times)
- Carry your cell phone at least an inch away from your body or regularly rotate it around the body
- Do not sleep next to your cell phone while it is on
- Avoid work areas that use wireless networks and wireless phones if possible
- Limit use of cell phone by young children
- Shield children in the womb and infants from cell phone radiation by using Belly Armor products
Laptops & Computers
Laptops and computers are major sources of everyday radiation exposure due to high frequency and long duration of use. Adapters and power sockets can also be significant sources of radiation. Our exposure to laptops and computers has grown significantly over the past 10 years.
Computer screens (especially CRT monitors), power cords, and charging batteries cause most of the radiation from computers. Laptops are of particular concern because of the proximity to your body.
- Maintain distance from the rear and sides of someone else’s monitor/laptop
- Clean up the electrical wiring and adapters around your computer and desk; reroute them away from your feet and seating area
- Do not place laptops directly on your lap while working
- It is best to use your laptop on a desk with an attached mouse and attached keyboard
- Buy a laptop with a 3-pin plug. If it is not possible to get a 3-pin plug, ground the chassis of the laptop. This will eliminate the large electric field caused by the ungrounded laptop
- If you have the option, use an LCD monitor instead of a CRT
- Shield children in the womb and infants from laptop and computer radiation by using Belly Armor products
Similar to cell phones, PDAs are primary sources of everyday radiation because of the proximity and duration of exposure.
- Limit the duration and proximity of exposure
- Carry your PDA at least an inch away from your body or regularly rotate it around the body
- Do not sleep next to your PDA while it is on
- Shield children in the womb and infants from PDA radiation by using Belly Armor products
MP3 players / Portable media devices
MP3 players and other portable media devices can account for a significant amount of radiation exposure when used for extended periods of time.
- Do not sleep with your portable music players on
- Carry your portable music players at least an inch away from your body
- Shield children in the womb and infants from portable music player radiation by using Belly products
Power lines/ Cell phone towers
Radiation from power lines and cell phone towers is very high at the source; but drops off dramatically with distance. These sources are of particular concern when in close proximity to work or home where there will be extended periods of exposure.
- Avoid living, driving, or walking near high voltage power lines, cell phone transmission towers or any other radio/TV transmitter when possible
- Shield children in the womb and infants from power lines’ radiation by using Belly Armor products
Televisions produce the same electromagnetic radiation as that of computer screens. Though usually placed far enough from the body, it is a cause for concern because of the long hours we tend to spend in front of them every day.
- Buy a TV with low radiation emission level, such as an LCD type
- Do not sit too close to the TV or watch it for an extended duration of time
- When not watching TV, turn it off
- Shield children in the womb and infants from TV radiation by using Belly Armor products
Microwave ovens produce both 60-Hz fields of several hundred milligauss and microwave energy inside the oven that is at a much higher frequency (about 2.45 billion Hz). We are shielded from the higher frequency fields inside the oven by its casing, but not from the 60-Hz fields.
- Avoid standing or sitting near the microwave oven when it is on as EMF from microwave ovens can cover quite a large area
- Shield children in the womb and infants from microwave oven radiation by using Belly Armor products
DVD players / Gaming systems
These appliances produce little radiation but pose some amount of risk if they are on for long periods of time.
- Clean up the electrical wiring and adapters around your audio equipment/gaming systems, rerouting them away from your feet and seating area
- Turn the equipment off if it is not in use
- Shield children in the womb and infants from audio/visual/gaming equipment radiation by using Belly Armor products
Vacuums/ Hair dryers/ Blenders/ Mixers
Certain household appliances that require fast rotating parts or air flow can cause very high levels of radiation. The good news is the duration of exposure to these types of appliances is generally very short.
- Minimize usage and duration when possible
- Maximize distance from your body when in use
- Shield children in the womb and infants from radiation by using Belly Armor products