The world is built through communication, and phones are the essence of that communication. Communicating allows people to convey feelings, ideas, and information. And what better than doing that while on the move, even at home. Cordless phones in the house are useful and convenient, but they can hold potential dangers too. Today we’ll talk about cordless phone radiation.
Communication devices are getting more and more advanced. Phones in the past only could send or receive messages and allow people to call one another. We are now using phones that are like mini-computers in our pockets. We can play games, take pictures, edit photos, video calling, and email messaging. All at the same time.
Amazingly, aside from high-tech cell phones, one of the most traditional, unchanging, and yet still prevalent means of communication are landline phones. Since its discovery in 1876, traditional telephones symbolize the triumph of man to discover ways to contact his kin no matter where they are on the globe.
Over the years, different types of phones have been used at home and in the office. The arrival of cordless phones in 1980 was a technological advance in communication that made life more comfortable. Since then, cordless phones had not become out of trend because of the following reasons:
- Flexible to use and can be carried anywhere within the house or office.
- Better quality of calls compared to cell phones.
- It provides a more centralized means of a communication system, which is essential for offices.
- It has various functions ranging from caller ID, intercom calling, and three-way conferencing.
We admit that cordless phones are handy. However, these communication devices may be emitting more EMF radiation that we’d like to admit.
Why is Cordless Phone Radiation dangerous?
You already may know the dangers of EMF radiation on our health. This type of radiation is exclusively emitted by electronic gadgets.
Cordless phones, used by many people, are really good at emitting EMF. But the reason they are more dangerous than other electronic devices is that cordless phones emit this radiation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even when not in use.
Exposure to one EMF emitting device is not going to affect us much, as multiple studies show. However, what these studies fail to reflect, is that wherever we go, we are always surrounded by EMF emitting devices. So the effect is multiplied. This means that every day, whether you’re at home, at the office, or at school, EMF radiation is bombarding your body.
Is Cordless Phone Radiation Much Worse Than Cell Phones?
The answer to this question is a definite yes. Cell phones produce fluctuating frequencies of EMF radiation while sending or receiving data. The fluctuation is actually good because it means that you’re exposed to varying degrees of EMF radiation (which may be high or low) while using cellphones.
On the other hand, cordless phones release steady and strong EMF radiation as long as they are turned on. This means that when using cordless phones, you’re always exposed to high frequencies of EMF.
What are the Health Risks of EMF Exposure Caused by Cordless Phones?
There is no doubt that when it comes to releasing EMF, cordless phones are much more potent than cellphones. Now it’s time for you to learn the possible health risks of continued exposure to intense EMF radiation when using cordless telecommunications.
1. Brain Tumor
Some cordless phones do come with loudspeakers, but people don’t really use this feature as it undermines the fact that it can be conveniently carried anywhere. This is why people are not using this feature, and they usually place the handset close to their heads.
Now, this proximity is dangerous because it allows the EMF radiation emitted to be sent easily and directly through the brain. Research suggests that the proximity of the device paired with high levels of EMF emission makes it possible for cordless phones to cause brain cancer and tumors.
Though not proven, the following are brain cancers that cordless phones may cause:
2. Sleep Disorders and Chronic Fatigue
In 2005 and 2008, studies were conducted targeting office workers on offices using cordless phones as primary means of communication within the office and out of office.
The studies concluded that prolonged exposure to RF-EMF emissions coming from cordless phones might be the reason why some of the office workers suffer from sleeping disorders and chronic fatigue.
What’s even more compelling is that most of the individuals who suffered from these disorders kept cordless phones on their work stations, and they would still have those symptoms.
To read more on this subject, go to Effects of Everyday RF-EMF Exposure on Sleep Quality: A Cross-Sectional Study.
3. Leukemia, Nausea, and Other Health-Related Problems
Cordless phones emit strong and steady EMF radiation. Having one means that your house will have high overall EMF frequency levels.
Studies have shown that constant, increased levels of EMF radiation can result in nausea, vomiting, itchiness, depression, and even leukemia. Some research has shown the effects of EMF radiation on reproductive health-related problems. Males may suffer from motility and potency issues in sperm, and women can develop fertility issues.
Tips for Reducing Cordless Phone Radiation
The health risks above make up some of the reasons why you need to protect yourself from cordless phone radiation. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to reduce the EMF emissions of cordless phones.
The following are tips on how you can do it.
1. Go back to basics
It may be a good idea to replace your cordless phone with a traditional one with a cord. Corded phones emit relatively low levels of EMF when compared to cellphones and cordless phones. By ditching your cordless phone, you are lowering the amount of EMF that your house or office receives.
2. Unplug the Cordless Phone at Night
You should consider unplugging your cordless phone at night when it is unlikely for anyone to call. After all, people can still reach you at night via your cellphone in case of emergencies. As said earlier, a cordless phone emits steady and strong EMF radiation so long as it is turned on. Unplugging it from its power source will completely shut it down, reducing the amount of EMF that it emits to an absolute zero.
3. Don’t Put in A Cordless Phone in the Bedroom
You shouldn’t put a cordless phone in the bedroom. Your bedroom is a place where you rest at night. Thus, putting a cordless phone in your bedroom means that you are regularly exposed to intense EMF radiation that can be detrimental to your health.
4. One Cordless Phone Is Enough
Do you have an obsession with cordless phones? Do you like them so much that you keep 2 or 3 at your house? If this is the case, then you should really give up that obsession of yours. Keep in mind that one cordless phone emits high frequencies of EMF radiation enough to cause various health problems. Just imagine what 2 or 3 would do. We highly recommend that you only keep one cordless phone at your house since it is economical and safe at the same time.
5. Balance Things Out
If you can’t really refrain from having multiple cordless phones in the house. Then we suggest that you reduce EMF levels by placing your attention on other devices. Use light bulbs that emit very low EMF emissions and a WiFi router guard. There are many EMF protection products that can help you to set up what’s best for your home.
The idea here is simple; out of all the appliances present in the household, the cordless phone must be the only one with the highest EMF radiation for you to balance things out.
To know if the EMF levels of the objects in your house are perfectly balanced, we suggest that you use an EMF meter. An EMF meter allows you to measure the EMF that each appliance emits. We recommend that you use TriField TF2. It can detect all forms of EMF radiation, including electric, magnetic, and RF.
6. Craft EMF Customized Wearables for Your Cordless Phone
If you love to craft things, you can reduce the EMF that cordless phones have by making EMF accessories. You can make an EMF resistant cover for the handset of the cordless phone made out of EMF protective fabric. We suggest that you use Armshied EMF Copper Fabric or Armshield Faraday Fabric since they are easy to sew into different customized accessories for your cordless phone and are really good at blocking EMF radiation.
Better Alternatives But Require A Bit Of Money
Reducing the EMF radiation of cordless phones is fast and easy if you are willing to invest money. The following are better alternatives.
1. Gigaset Cordless Phones
Gigaset is a brand that manufactures cordless phones that are user-friendly. This company understands that EMF makes people health-conscious, so it strived to produce cordless phones that have low EMF radiation.
The low EMF radiation of their cordless phones is made possible by a feature called ECO DECT. This allows the cordless phone to go into standby mode and reduce power consumption. By allowing the cordless phone to switch on standby and save power, less EMF is emitted, and it is safer to use.
You can see their extensive range here.
Gigaset cordless phone that we highly recommend is the Gigaset A270.
2. Wired Headsets
Wired headsets allow you to talk using a cordless phone at a distance.
One of the best wired headsets that you can buy is the Arama Cell Phone Headset. It is compatible with most cordless phones and has features such as a noise-canceling microphone, comfortably fitted earpieces, and in-line controls.
If you think that Arama is a bit expensive, then WRZ X6 Earphones are your next option. It features a built-in microphone that transmits clearly with the help of unique earbuds.
Cordless Phone radiation is one that you should be aware of. When you are exposed to high EMF, there is a possibility that health-related complications may soon follow. This is why you should be vigilant and replace cordless phones with wired ones instead. Though cordless phones may be really convenient, wired phones are safer. Between convenience and safety, I know what I would choose.
If you really love cordless phones so much and can’t get yourself to replace them with wired ones, then you should consider lowering the EMF level of your house or office. One of the ways to do this is to use incandescent light bulbs instead of LED ones and use appliances that have low EMF emissions.
Finally, if you need to use a cordless phone, get one that has the ECO DECT feature. Compared to regular cordless phones, those that use ECO DECT has lower EMF emissions, and you can always pair them with wired headsets.
So what are you waiting for? There are many solutions, and you don’t have to put your health in danger anymore.