Gallery: The Top-5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cellphone Radiation

It's official! Health experts are beginning to take the risk of cellphone radiation seriously, and the WHO's latest report confirms many peoples' suspicions about the risks of wireless technology. With this latest "news" in mind, preventative measures
It's official! Health experts are beginning to take the risk of cellphone radiation seriously, and the WHO's latest report confirms many peoples' suspicions about the risks of wireless technology. With this latest "news" in mind, preventative measures to limit your exposure to potentially harmful cellphone radiation have become all the more salient. So to be sure you don't regret the countless hours you've whiled away on your beloved cellphone, here are our top five ways to mitigate your exposure to cell phone radiation!


Most people don’t know this, but many phones now have a function that allows their cellphones to be used on airplanes. Because airplane mode cuts off all wireless transmissions from your cellular device, it also stops all risk of cellphone radiation too! So if you’re not using your phone for an extended period of time, then either turn it off, or put it on airplane mode. Because the phone uses less energy to operate when wireless transmissions are halted, it also saves battery, which makes your technology use just a tiny bit more efficient.


Where is the number one place to carry a cellphone? For the ladies, it might be a purse, but for all of us purse-less males and females, our default carrying vessel for phones is most commonly our front pocket. But when you start to consider that your cellphone is essentially a miniature antennae constantly receiving and broadcasting information, then the close proximity of the front pocket to certain… ahem… organs becomes a major concern. The answer? If you’re carrying your phone in your pocket, then either turn it off, or put it on airplane mode. If there are potential health hazards for having a phone near your head, then you can only imagine the risks involved with carrying it right next to your baby maker.


For many people, the cellphone follows us all throughout the day, even into the bedroom. Many people place their cellphone at their bedside table before catching their nightly z’s and think nothing of it. But many experts believe that this not only disturbs sleep, but can worsen some of the potential health risks. If you sleep an average of 6-10 hours a night with your phone within a 6′ radius from your head, then you’re only worsening your exposure. Again, either turn your phone off, or put it on airplane mode and use it as your alarm clock like I do. Similarly, wifi routers should stay out of the bedroom as well, and some sleep experts even recommend removing electronics from the bedroom altogether. You don’t have to go overboard, but begin thinking about creating a space that is ideal for sleeping, and relegate electronics to other parts of the home.


As obvious as it may seem, sending a text to someone requires a lot less signal power than calling your friends and family. So when it’s appropriate, opt for sending texts instead of spending those extra minutes talking on the phone. Although you might seem like an automatron to older generations, texting is the way to go if you’re aiming to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure.


There are a few of these on the market, and we expect a broader variety of products to appear in the wake of this news. The technology works just like a stethoscope and allows the user to hear their telephone conversations without the use of wires, which conduct potentially harmful cellphone transmissions directly into the user’s ear. One of the most respected products on the market for “radiation free” headsets is called “blue tube” technology. Look around and see which one fits your specific cell phone. If you’re not in a position to invest in a new headset, use speaker mode when talking on the cellphone and place your phone at least 5 feet away from you, but not so far that the person on the other line can’t hear you. Again, the farther the better.

The internet (as always) has a plethora of information surrounding cellphone radiation and EMF (electromagnetic field) exposure. Dr. Mercola in particular has been warning the public about the dangers of cellphone radiation for years, and even began a website devoted entirely to the study of EMF’s. While he’s known to be a bit of a salesman at times, it doesn’t discredit the fact that he has pioneered much of the existing medical advocacy surrounding the potential risks of EMF’s and cellphone radiation. So, educate yourself, be cautious, and most importantly, everything in moderation!


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  1. Jennifer Harris May 15, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Cell phone radiation in fact does mess with ones sleep. I speak from experience. I would often use my phone as an alarm clock then I would wonder why I couldn’t get to sleep and stay asleep. Until I read an article online saying that cell phone radiation messes with melatonin. I decided to sleep with my phone outside of my room. Every night afterwards, I slept fine and began having dreams again. So I would suggest to everyone, either sleep with your phone outside of your room, put it in airplane mode, turn your phone off, or wrap it in aluminum foil.

  2. Roz Batten February 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    its just that i saw the video .. the thought of carrying my phone anywhere but in my back pocket was daunting .. i didnt want to carry it in my hand or in my backpack which doubles as a handbag .. i then wondered if putting it on flight mode might lessen the radiation and make it less dangerous .. which is how i found this page .. thankyou for the reassurance .. my phone will be on flight mode all the time its in my pocket from now on .. :)

  3. Roz Batten February 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    to ogremkv ..
    its probably a good idea to read ALL the information, not just one side which could be biased and have an agenda, before making comments that could be potentially dangerous .. why dont you check this out .. ..

  4. Claudia Sainz de Zenteno March 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I read that the cell phones emit a dangerous non-ionizing form of electromagnetic radiation; radiation which can be absorbed by the tissues and cells which come into close contact with the phone. That’s why I decided to do something that reduce cell phone radiation levels for protect to my family. I found cases from Pong Research, I read that this technology reduces exposure to radiation while optimizing the mobile reception. I was skeptical about it, anyway, I decided to try it, because Pong is the only technology proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce the exposure to mobile device radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit without compromising the device’s ability to communicate.

  5. BtrColts June 9, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Thanks this was very helpful. My mom read about cell phones potentially being dangerous and she was panicking because I’m always playing games on my iPhone and listening to music. Before reading this I wasn’t sure if airplane mode would be a safe alternative to having to turn my phone off. Now that I see it’s ok I can still play the games and listen to music all while being safe from radiation!

  6. cliffchampion June 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm


    sorry you feel this way! if you re-read the article closely, i’m quite careful to spell out the fact that it’s a potential health hazard, not a definite one. while i remain convinced that the current research surrounding the issue is severely underdeveloped, there’s still room for future reports to reveal even more on the subject.

    also, airplane mode would help in this situation… because you’re trying to mitigate cellphone radiation, and because that’s caused by the wireless transmission of information… temporarily deactivating that would in fact reduce your exposure. (much like if you were trying not to get wet, and you turned off a faucet… the water would stop, and your hands would remain: dry.)

    i also never claimed that it changed sperm dna. again, this article was aimed to educate readers about how be proactively cautious in light of this concern.

    additionally, i never stated that radiation disrupted sleep patterns. because there is suspected health risks for cell phone radiation, sleeping next to your cellphone is… (you guessed it) a risk. so i advised people not to do that (read) if they want to lessen the risk.

    i’m glad to hear you agree on the texting bit.

    as for mercola… he may not be your cup of tea, but he’s certainly less of a quack than the “pill for every ill” mantra of the medical community at large.

    re-read the article again. i was very thorough, and made sure to use measured language throughout. sorry if your misunderstood!



  7. ogremkv June 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    You’re kidding right? The WHO “suggests” that cell phone radiation “may” be a carcinogen.

    Please, find one case of cancer that is attributable to cell phone radiation. There is NO study of any kind that even suggests cell phones may cause cancer of any kind. The link below provides summaries and links to the ACTUAL STUDY REPORTS that say so.

    This kind of research has been going on since at least 2001.


    This is a neat blog, but when you get out of your range, you really get out of it. Please, research these things before writing about them.

    Further note that if brain cancer is what you are afraid of, then airplane mode won’t help. It turns off the radio… so you can’t send or receive calls, texts, or anything.

    “Jewels”. 1) Please cite a study that cell phone radiation damages sperm. 2) Again, airplane mode means you are carrying a $200 brick around. 3) Sperm show decreased mobillity and possibly lower sperm count, NOT DNA damage. Guess what, you can get the same effect from your own body heat. Wearing tight under has the same effect as cell phones (and not that this study was to ejaculated sperm, not inside the body. Big difference.

    “Sleep” ?!?!?! The mind boggles. Please, show me a study that EM radiation (not the noises made by electronics, but the radiation) disrupts sleep patterns. Yes, the circuits hum and capacitors charging drives me nuts, but it is NOT RADIATION!

    Texting… finally something that makes sense and is actually valid.

    And for the record, the FDA has had to request that “Dr.” Mercola stop making illegal claims. Great source you’ve got there.

    I think I’m done with this website. It’s a shame. It seems like it has good articles, but I can’t trust anything that is said here.

  8. Diane Pham June 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

    i need to stop using my phone as an alarm near my head. great tips!

  9. JasminMC June 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for the tips! This is scary news so it helps that we can at least protect against the radiation.

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