Friday, June 3, 2011

Get Bluetooth, Not Radiation

I would be the first to admit that I have an addiction to my cell phone. I do everything on it. Aside from the usual phone calls and text messages most everyone makes with their cell phones, I also maintain my schedule, check out my Facebook Wall, browse the Internet, check and reply to emails, write my shopping and grocery lists, and check the weather, not to mention many other tasks and pastimes for which I use my cell phone.

When the World Health Organization announced earlier this week the possibility that radio frequency electromagnetic fields caused by billions of cell phones worldwide may raise the risk of developing cancer, I became worried. And I'm sure many other people around the world felt the same.
In the past when something was announced to not be healthy for me, I kicked whatever habit it was. Cigarettes cause cancer? No more for me. Coffee causes cancer? Hot tea, it is. But could I really give up my cell phone?

I would even be surprised if I could find someone over the age of 15 that didn't have a cell phone. Most of my acquaintances primarily use their cell phones over landlines. And some have even done away with their landlines all together. I couldn't help but imagine billions of people suffering from cancer a few years down the line. But after hearing an interview with NPR's health blogger Eliza Barclay on NPR, my fears were calmed.

In the interview, Barclay recommended that cell phone users use wireless headsets so that the antenna wouldn't be close to your head, but near other parts of your body. Thankfully, I am the cell phone user that rarely has her cell phone to the ear.

When I'm in my car, I use my Flexsmart X2 FM Transmitter to answer and make phone calls, as well as to listen to music from my phone. In fact, I rarely take my cell phone out of my purse when in the car.

When I'm at home, I use the Apple headphones with the microphone to talk on the phone, primarily because I'm always busy cooking, doing laundry or something else where I need my hands to be free.
When I'm in the mood for a wireless headset, I use my AudioACTIVE headset, which also works out great for working out and exercising.

Although scientists have yet to provide solid facts of this warning being fact, I understand the concern that the announcement may have raised. If you're like me and would like to take extra precautions just in case, Bluetooth headsets and connections are a great option to getting rid of your cell phone (or in my case, my life line).


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