Cordless phones

Most people would not want to have a cellphone base station located in their garden. But if you have a cordless phone, then do you realise you probably have the equivalent microwave radiation of a cellphone base station right inside your house?

Unlike cellphones, which poll for signals intermittently, most Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) phones are designed to poll for signals at full strength 24/7, even when you are not actively using the phone to make a call. Worse still, even if you do not have a DECT phone yourself but your neighbour does, the effect can be almost the same because microwaves travel straight through walls. And, of course, they radiate the same type of pulsed microwave frequencies into your head as a regular cellphone when in use (ever wondered why your ear gets so hot?).

Time after time, I visit the homes of clients who report a range of health problems or difficulty sleeping that can be traced to the DECT phones they are using. Sometimes all that’s needed is for them to replace their DECT phones with good, old-fashioned corded phones, which emit no microwave radiation at all, and the change is pretty much instantaneous. For others, especially anyone experiencing poor quality of sleep, rapid or irregular heart rhythms, chest pains, or high or low blood pressure, then they may also need to drastically reduce their exposure to other forms of microwave radiation too. This means only turning on and using their cellphone/mobile phone when absolutely necessary (ie. a real emergency, not just for convenience), and using cabled broadband all the time rather than WiFi.

For many people, this may feel like too much of a lifestyle change, or too much of an expense, but it costs nothing to give it a go for a few weeks to see if it makes a difference. Most are amazed how much better they feel, and some report they are able (after taking advice from their doctor) to reduce or stop taking prescribed medications they previously expected to be on for the rest of their life.

So how can you check if you have a DECT phone that may be affecting your health? I recommend a meter called Acousticom 2 that is specially designed for the job and will tell you if levels are within tolerable ranges or not.

You can also get a rough idea from using a portable radio on AM setting. Turn the dial to slightly off station at the lower end of the AM frequencies, so that all you can hear is static. Then slowly bring the radio close to the phone when it is resting in its base station. If the static becomes louder as you move the radio nearer to the phone, then you have the type of DECT phone that is always on.

At the very least, move it as far away as possible from anywhere you spend extended periods of time during the day, and turn it off at the mains during the night while you sleep. Or, if you feel you absolutely must have a cordless phone, invest in one of the new ones that has an Eco-DECT setting and does not emit radiation when the phone is docked in its base. Some new models also have reduced level radiation when in use. However you will need to read the small print before buying, because some so-called ECO phones do not have either of these functions.

Eco-DECT phones have been available in Germany for some time, and can now be purchased in many other countries around the world (look for the Siemens Gigaset brand, which you can buy from in the UK). I’m not recommending them, you understand. They just seem to me to be a lot less of a health risk than the old-style DECT phones so many people have lurking in their homes at the moment.

More information
DECT cordless phones (and WiFi) causes heart irregularities
Low radiation DECT phones

Copyright © Karen Kingston 2012

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