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Is your iPhone or Galaxy giving off more than the FCC Approved Level of Radiation?

Our smartphones are so fun, enticing and enchanting theses days--it's easy to forget they are electronic machines.  I refer to mine as a Personal Radiation Device, because honestly it emits far too much EMF for me when it's powered on. 

And now a US newpaper has done extensive lab testing on popular smartphones and they confirm it:  Most Smartphones today give off too much radiation, even when using the FCC's generous standards for cellphone emissions.

Is Your Phone Putting Out More Than The FCC Approved Level of Radiation?

The answer is yes if you have any of these popular phones:  iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X were all above the FCC limits.  Samsung Galaxy S9, S8 and J3 all failed to stay underneath the FCC SAR limits as well. SAR, or Specific Absorption Rate, is a measure of how much the device heats body tissue.  It's a standard that has been in place since the very early days of the cell phone industry.  Some scientists have argued that it isn't a particularly good way to measure the real-life use of a smartphone.  These results are significant because the phones exceed the generous FCC standards by significant amounts in some cases.

Some Folks Were So Mad They SUED

Just days after the news of these tests broke, a class action lawsuit was filed against Apple and Samsung saying that because of the high levels of RF radiation, all 12 defendants said they were damaged and now at risk for problems associated with RF radiation exposure like "increased cancer risk, cellular stress...genetic damages, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, . . "

They Claim Apple And Samsung Tricked People Into Thinking Cellphones Are Safe

I read through the lawsuit and they point out things that Tim Cook said when he announced the latest iPhone that made it sound nice and safe. "iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It's become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily lives and enables much of what we do in our daily lives."

I'm so over it. I'm so over that Tim Cook was speaking the truth- the phones are such a huge part of our lives and this EMF exposure issue is just a part of why we shouldn't over-embrace these smart devices.

On a side note, I hope you'll check out the Mind section of our site, some very interesting strategies for keeping brain fog and digital dementia at bay.  And while you're looking around- take a moment to see how you can protect your privacy.

Meanwhile, back to the lawsuit,  both Samsung and Apple, have commercials showing people lying in bed with their phones and Samsung shows a pregnant woman holding the phone to her belly. (Eeek!!!)

The truth is Dr. George Carlo led the most important research to date proving that cellphone radiation was dangerous 25 years ago.

To date, the Wireless Technology Research or WTR remains the most seminal work on the topic of adverse health effects and cell phone use. The WTR was founded in 1993 by CTIA, and back then the acronym stood for US Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, but now this trade organization just goes by CTIA and represents the U.S, wireless communications industry.

Dr. George Carlo headed this research project which resulted in the findings of genetic damage to human blood; increased risk of brain neuroepithelial tumors in those who use cell phones on the side of the head where their tumors were found; increased risk of acoustic neuroma with increasing minutes of phone use. When Dr. Carlo announced his findings with letters of warning to the major Telecom's including AT&T he was dismissed from his position and disparaged.  I have found Dr. Carlo to be incredibly wise and helpful on EMF radiation and the biological effects.

So the fact that cellphone manufacturers have yet to make cellphones safer makes me very sad.  It's up to us to protect ourselves.  The industry has demonstrated that their mission is not to protect our health and wellbeing.

IMPORTANT TAKEAWAY:  NEVER, EVER Put Your Personal Radiation Device In your Pocket!

The suit points to ads that show that Apple encouraged people to put their phones in their pockets instead of carrying them in a bag.

Apple says put phone in pocket

They note that several years ago, Apple used to warn iPhone buyers that phones should not be held against the body. Read- don't touch that phone. And certainly don't talk on it with the phone touching or close to your head; and don't put it in your bra or pocket.  If you have to carry a smartphone, do that in airplane mode.

And that's actually true.  Here's a shot from the video we did in 2016, you can see the whole video below. Here you'll notice that Apple recommends that you can reduce exposure using a hands-free option or a wired headset.

Apple RF radiation warning

RF radiation from wireless is real.

It's emitted by at least 3 antennas in the form of Blue Tooth, WiFi and cellular radiation.  YIKES.  This radiation is so powerful that Apple’s own iPhone manuals used to recommend keeping the device at least 5 millimeters away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.  5 millimeters away is almost a quarter of an inch! 

Here's how to find your Cellphone Radiation Disclaimer on iPhone:

Go to  Settings > General > About > Legal > RF Exposure. Instead of calling it “radiofrequency radiation” they refer to it as  “RF energy,” which is their reference to radiofrequency exposure.

The lawsuit states that Apple should have continued to warn consumers, even though they did tell them that they had to create space between the phone the test subject in their testing, so that they could reach safe levels.

Using a stylus is a safe and easy way to keep 5 millimeters between you and your phone while using it. 

Are You Concerned That Your Phone Is Leaking Too Much Radiation To Hold it in your hand?

I certainly am.  You see, I'm sensitive to the invisible EMF radiation coming from the phone, to the point that I can feel it.  In a moment I'll share some of the research on health effects and expert recommended levels of EMF exposure, but first I want to share some ideas on how you can avoid potentially harmful EMF radiation exposure that comes with your smartphone:


You Can Make Your Personal Radiation Device (Cell phone) Safer:

Eliminate Some or All Of the Radiation: The Absolute Number One Best Way To Reduce Exposure!  I do this by using Airplane Mode and disabling Bluetooth and WiFi. The phone can still be a camera,  an alarm clock and a music player even in Airplane Mode. 

Eliminate The Radiation While Carrying Your Phone In Style: You can also put your device in a Faraday Bag and a great hack is to create a Wired Connection for your phone.

rose gold cellphone radiation faraday case

Keep Distance: I feel best a minimum of 8" to 10" from phones - 2' to 5' feet is optimal. I  carry the phone in my bag or case with a strap. 

case with straps for cellphone

Distance your Digits.  I recommend touching and texting with a non-wireless stylus pen, which will give you 3" of EMF dissipation.

Distance Between The Phone and Your Beautiful Brain. Use air-tube headphones or speaker mode when making a call and put the phone as far from your body as possible.

air tube safe headphones


And Here's Why It's Lovely To Maintain A Healthy Distance:

Devra Davis from the Environmental Health Trust reminds us that for every millimeter closer we are to a device's antenna, we receive a higher exposure of radiation.

And I like to remember that this higher radiation at the antenna doesn't just apply to our phones,  manufacturers have the similar "disclaimers" for tablets, laptops and even WiFi routers.

 Apple’s RF Exposure (by product)

Apple Products - Legal RF Exposure

Samsung COMMON Phone Health and Safety and Warranty Guide

In the report below from 2017 CBC takes your behind the scenes as they show how testing is done. They show how levels of SAR increased 3 to 4 times higher when the phones were tested to simulate exposures right up against our bodies.



Scientists and Experts Have Concerns About the Safety Of Being Exposed To RF Radiation:

The iPhone and Galaxy phone owners in the lawsuit believe radiation is dangerous (and science is confirming it) and that this artificial RF radiation is harming our bodies.

This is an international SAR exposure crisis.  Although as we noted above, August did a video 3 years ago noting the disclosure she found online that Apple admitted that in order to maintain the levels under the SAR ratings, the iPhone was placed away from the body, the French government had done testing of their own and was sued to disclose their findings.  Just like the Chicago Tribune testing, in something called Phonegate, the results of 8 phones we're over the limit!

The easiest way for me to explain is that we are electromagnetic in nature--and as such our body's energy is affected by the electromagnetic energy in our environment. I like to think of this energy as just one more pollutant, toxin or irritant in our environment that's messing with my body's energy.

Epidemiologist, Tech Wellness Expert and author, Dr. George Carlo has been studying this type of EMF- RF (radio frequency energy) for decades and he tells us this about cellphone and WiFi radiation exposure,  "The health effects aspect is complicated. There is now no doubt scientifically that radio waves carrying information trigger some type of biological response in almost everyone exposed. However, what happens after the triggering is variable. For some people, the triggering causes debilitating biological cascades that manifest as EHS, other symptoms and frankly, disease."

No Fear, Practice Mindfulness. That's our mantra here at Tech Wellness Our Wireless Guide has more detailed information on electromagnetic radiation and Wireless RF. It also includes more ideas for living healthy and balanced, while still staying connected. Our goal is to facilitate maintaining health while people access the benefits of emerging technology. 

So what's a smart woman to do? We have two videos that demonstrate how easy it is not to carry or touch the phone.  Really.

I would love to hear if either of these lovely options work for you.

And Here's How to Carry Your Phone Without Touching It. For Samsung, Nokia and Apple :)



    And don't forget about the little ones or your teens.  They deserve protection too.  Older kids will like our Best Precision Stylus and the younger than 6 group, our Kids Crayon Stylus

    • The stylus pens are easy to handle, just like a normal ballpoint pen.
    • Touch tips have a smaller surface area than most fingers, which improves accuracy.  This is especially helpful if you have large fingers.
    • A stylus pen is always clean, and leaves no oily stains or smudges on the screen from using your fingers.
    • Helpful if you’re wearing gloves, you have long nails, or if you’re worried about germs.
    • They helps with visibility as they block less of your screen view.
    • Much better for handwriting, signing digital documents, or drawing.

    Want to know e v e r y t h i n g? Read our Wellness Guide to EMF, Electrosmog and RF Radiation and you may also enjoy the definitive guide to Electro-sensitivity or EHS. 

    We all want our family and friends to be safer, so please share this video and article. Our mission is to empower you to live a safer, healthier, more secure and more balanced relationship in our digital world.

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