How to reduce everyday radiation exposure

I was getting ready for the day and my husband was baffled with the layers of items I was putting on as I was getting dressed. I’m sure he was thinking if I was getting ready for battle. In a sense, I kind of was. Other than a bra and undies, I was wearing a radiation shielding belly band and a supportive pregnancy belt before I had even put any clothes on. Just in case your wondering, I’m 30 weeks pregnant.

Most people might be aware of pregnancy belts which are designed to support a growing belly and help reduce lower back pain but many might not know what a radiation shielding belly band is. Have you heard of it?

I definitely didn’t when I was pregnant with my first child!

As a work from home mum and running an online business, I spend a lot of time on my phone and computer. I was already concerned about radiation in our home, every night I turn off the WIFI and put my mobile phone on aeroplane mode charging in a separate room.

Now that I’m pregnant with my second child, I bought myself a radiation shielding belly band and blanket from Radia Smart and I use these two products every day when I learnt that a child’s head absorbs more radiation than adult, I can’t imagine the impact it would be for brain development for a growing fetus.

Everyday radiation is a health risk. As an OBGYN, I recommend my pregnant patients and those looking to conceive to minimize their exposure, and using a barrier from possible radiation sources is a practical way to do this.

Dr. Huai-Yan Ang, Obstetrician & Gynecologist
Photo by Daria Shevtsova

What is radiation?

Radiation is energy, it’s something we can’t see but affects us. A good example is sunshine radiation. Depending on the weather, time of year and day, it’s the effect on us varies on how the sun’s strength, distance to our location and how long we are in the sunshine for.

The radiation I’m most concerned about is the artificial radiation that is emitted by things such as mobile phones, laptops, computers, power lines, cell phone towers, wireless networking, cordless headsets and microwaves. I think we can all agree that mobile phones would be the number one source of everyday radiation particularly for the most part it’s always switched on and we carry it with us at all times. We pretty much do everything with our mobile phones, I know for me I use it a lot for navigation, as an alarm, timer when I’m cooking, banking and online shopping on top of using it for work and keeping in touch with friends and family.

Why is too much exposure is bad for our health?

Both human and animal studies report large immunohistological changes in mast cells, and other measures of immune disfunction and disregulation due to exposure to ELF and RF at environmental levels associated with new electrical and wireless technologies.

Dr Olle Johansson

What we know about radiation is that it has a biological impact on cell growth, DNA replication and brain function. I don’t know how many times, I’ve had to stop women placing their mobile phones in their bra, on their lap or anywhere near their reproductive organs and recommending them to go back to corded headphones. I guess this would also apply for men too, carrying their mobile phones in the front pockets and this latest obsession with smart-watches.

I think also we need to consider the impact of baby development in the first trimester when cell division is so critical. Reducing exposure needs to be taken into consideration even before conception occurs.

A joint study conducted by Denmark and United States surveyed the mothers of over 13000 children who were aged seven between 2005 and 2006, they found that mothers who had used a mobile phone while they were pregnant were 54% more likely to have children with behavioural problems, such as hyperactivity and difficulties interacting with other children. ¹

Photo by Bruce Mars

How can we reduce our everyday radiation exposure?

There are two main ways:

  1. Get rid of the source or significantly reduce the exposure to the source
  2. Use products that help reduce the exposure to the radiation.

With mobile phones, I prefer to use a corded headset or use the speaker function. The added benefit is that you don’t have to charge corded headsets! I always have my phone or tablet on aeroplane mode when my son is using it. So make sure you have pre-loaded games and movies ready to go. I don’t wear my mobile, it’s either in my bag or up high. I know when I hold my mobile phone for too long, the heat and radiation start affecting my arthritis so limited use is intentional when checking emails and social media.

Since my work life revolves around my laptop, I make sure I never rest my laptop on my body. I will only use this at a table or desk and if I haven’t got my radiational shielding belly band on, I’ll use my radiation shielding blanket.

Here is a link to the bundle deal I purchased. I would recommend to start using radiation shielding products before conception even occurs if you are trying to fall pregnant. http://radiasmart.com.au/bundle-deal-organic-radiation-shielding-blanket-belly-band/

Use my referral code MERLY to get a $10 discount.

Reference

1 Divan, H.A. et al., ‘Prenatal and Postnatal Exposure to Cell Phone Use and Behavioural Problems in Children’, Epidemiology 19(4), 2008, pp.523-29.

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