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Tip of the week: How to reduce cell-phone radiation

Give your phone some space; Get wired; Pick your spots

Give your phone some space. It shouldn’t have been a big shock last week when the World Health Organization categorized cell phones as a possible “carcinogenic hazard.” User manuals typically advise against direct contact. Holding a cell phone 2 inches from your ear reduces the radiation “by a factor of four.”

Get wired. Using a wired earpiece can cut radiation even more. If you’re worried about low-level radiation emitted by the wire itself, minimize it by spending a few bucks on a ferrite choke. Avoid Bluetooth wireless earpieces, which emit radiation right at the ear.

Pick your spots. Few people can foreswear cell chats altogether. But do note that a phone emits more radiation when in motion or receiving a weak signal. Safest, in fact, are calls that you receive outside near a cell tower while standing perfectly still.

Source: CNN.com

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