Way back in 2011 the World Health Organization’s Agency IARC had sounded caution bells about the increasing levels of man-made EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) Radiations. Now in 2021 with the increasing intensities of EMF we need to take maximum precautions.
These days we are all constantly surrounded by Radiations emitted by an array of Personal-use Electronic Devices – like Cell Phones, Laptops, Tablets, Wifi-Routers, Smart Wearables etc. All of them emit EMF Radiations of varying intensity and penetrating power. It is worth noting that in case of most such gadgets the current Safety Standards are highly inadequate to protect the users from the ill-effects. In fact, a Court Hearing is presently on in the US for the suit filed by Environmental Health Trust against the Govt. Authority FCC for not updating the age-old Safety Standards for WiFi Electronic Devices.
Under the prevailing pandemic situation of ‘home schooling’ and ‘work from home’ all are getting exposed to Radiations like never before. Many scientific research studies have demonstrated that a number of negative health effects can result from such exposure. The risks can range from simple to complex health problems ... the list is long. In this context the advisories coming from the national as well as international agencies such as American Academy of Paediatrics are worth taking cognizance of and implementing them on priority.
Simply put, using the same cell phone/tab, in the same position, for the same length of time affects a child more adversely than an adult. Why do children face greater health risks? The answer lies in the image below:
Child’s Exposure to EMF Radiation occurs during his/her own usage of smart devices as well as while being in the proximity of other persons using the same. Hence both need careful monitoring.
Although EMF Radiation Protection is critical for children it is important for everyone in the house, young and old alike. The Personal-use Electronic Devices like Cell Phones, Laptops, Tablets, Wifi-Routers, Smart Wearables etc. all can significantly influence our health depending on “how and how long we use these devices”.
Despite their name, Laptops are not meant for laps. The EMF Radiations emitted by a Laptop can reach an intensity as high as 100 milliGauss. Compare it with the EMF Radiation under a High Voltage Power Line, which is proven to be a health hazard, falls in the range of 10-70 milliGauss.
Cellular (Calling) Tablets emit the same kind of EMF Radiations as the Cell Phones. Non-Cellular Tablets operating in local WiFi/Bluetooth network emit less EMF but during their long/wrong usage, the Cumulative Quantum of Radiations they emit can give rise to adverse health issues.
MUST AVOID ALWAYS
Instead of holding the Tab in hand or resting it on chest/stomach/lap keep it on a Table.
Or better still, use a ‘Tablet Stand’. You can thus keep the Tablet further away from your body and sit with proper posture, especially while watching the Tablet for long periods. Increasing the distance between your head and your Tab is also better for the eyes.
Cell Phone uses cellular network like 4G/5G. To be able to connect with the nearest tower, even in low network areas up to a distance of 45 miles (72 km), a Cell Phone has to generate massive amount of EMF. Keeping this in mind we need to take many precautions.
Smart Watches, Fitness Trackers, Sports Watches, Smart Jewellery ...
All emit radiations even when they are not active. The intensity may be low but they are tied right on the body and may stay there for a long time which causes concern about the cumulative exposure, that amplifies long-term health risks.
Since we spend a fair amount of time sleeping and it is the only time for the body to recoup/repair/grow, it is especially important to protect yourself and family from EMF Radiations during the night. Remove all wireless devices from the sleeping areas or deactivate their Wi-Fi feature at night. Turn Off all Cell Phones/Tabs/Dongles or keep them in Airplane mode.
While modern technology is welcome, it is not always 100% safe. We may overlook the fact that all electronic devices, big or small, that connect ‘wireless’ are a source of EMF Radiations. They impact not only the user but the whole household. Keep them at a safe distance, limit their usage for essential purpose and for minimum necessary time. We must objectively consider their Benefits to Cost Ratio and avoid situations where the health costs are high but benefits are meagre.