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  1. Use your speakerphone: When talking on your cell phone, your safest bet is speakerphone mode with your phone a hand’s length away. Not quite as good (because it still emits some radiation), but better than holding the phone to your head, is a wired headset. A Bluetooth emitter is your third choice. It will deliver lower levels of microwave radiation than your cell phone, but more than the wired headset. Turn your headset off when the phone is not in use.
  2. Try not to keep your phone turned on next to your body throughout the day. Or, if you must, position the cell phone so that the antenna, which emits radiation, is facing away from you.
  3. Keep your phone charged: Try to use your phone when you have the maximum number of bars, indicating the best reception. When signal quality is poor, your phone emits more radiation.
  4. Try not to use your cell phone in elevators, cars, trains, or planes: Cell phones draw more power, and emit more radiation, in enclosed metal spaces.
  5. Embrace texting: Text instead of calling whenever possible. The farther your phone is from your body, the better.
  6. Opt for a wired landline when you are home: Remember, cordless phones connected to a landline can emit radiation much like cell phones.
  7. Be careful of radiation shields: You may be tempted to use one of the many radiation shields on the market, but keep in mind that they may hamper reception, causing your cell phone to churn out more radiation.
  8. Think about where you place your wireless router: If you have a wireless router in your house or apartment, keep it in a little-used room and out of the bedroom (or turn it off altogether at night). Strive to keep your bedroom as free of electronic radiation as possible. In addition to routers, banish cell phones, wireless phones, and computers. Purists will want to unplug electric devices near the bed. If you are worried about “dirty electricity,” use a battery-powered alarm clock and make sure that extension cords or power strips do not sit under or around the bed. Avoid electric blankets and wired mattress warmers.
  9. Use an Ethernet cord, not a wireless router, to connect to the internet whenever possible.
  10. Disable your computer’s wireless connectivity software, including Bluetooth, Airport, and the like, when possible. Otherwise, your computer will continuously send out electronic “handshakes,” exposing you to more EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies).
  11. Use wired computer peripherals: Use a “wired-only” printer, as well as wired computer peripherals like a mouse and keyboard.
  12. Be careful about wireless baby monitors: The new generation of wireless baby monitors, often configured to sit right under the bed or the mattress, emit radiation comparable to a cell phone.
  13. Inform yourself about RF-based smart meters: Beware of radio-frequency-based smart meters, increasingly being installed by utilities around the United States to control power consumption within a house. They have come under suspicion as a significant source of electromagnetic radiation. For more information, please see

This originally appeared in “Wake-Up Call” in the December 2011 issue of Experience Life.

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