Aveilim – and all people using the phone much now: Do not use a cell phones or cordless phone all day long!
I hate to say what may come across as sharp or cynical in any way, but the fact is that all major experts agree that cell phone radiation is harmful to a person! It harms DNA, it harms the blood-brain barrier (a special filter around the brain) and, drumroll, the immune system!!! And people must know that cordless phones – since ‘99 – are the same as cell phones, as it is the digital signal that is harmful. (They began using that in ‘99, as it harder for scanners to eavesdrop, and for data. The power is irrelevant (Dect etc.) it is the type of signal – the digital signal that is most relevant, and this includes Bluetooth earbuds (better to have a white tooth!).
If you are going to take calls, it must be on a wired landline!!! Someone who sits with a wireless phone all day is making a hoax out of coronavirus, as the radiation is harming the person – and those around him, and is weakening the immune system!!!
I know this is very hard for some to swallow, but the reason is that most people know very little about this. But I have spent over 100 hours on this, over the years, and have read the books, and listened to the interviews of the greatest experts worldwide. All experts who have done research on this agree that it is far from simple.
A wireless device must be kept eight inches away from the person at all times while in use; it should be used on speaker only. Even then, it should be used only for a few minutes at a time a few times a day.
All this includes wireless router for computers.
Recently, many employers have distributed laptops to their employees so that they can work from home. Many do not have a wired internet connection at home – which is nice for hashkafic reasons, but hashkafa does not allow people to be zapped with proven-cancer-causing radiation!!! Ask for a wired connection – even if it’s for the time being! (And do not use it with a wifi [wireless] router!)
Using a wired headset with a cell or cordless phone is not a solution, as the wire catches onto the radiation, and becomes like an antenna – bringing the radiation up to the head. If it is earbuds, it brings it even closer in than a phone! One solution is to use a ‘hollow-tube headset‘, where the last eight inches is a hollow tube that brings the sound to the ears. At least the wire is not next to the head.
All this is important for listening to and giving shiurim, and general use as well. (And for teenagers, radiation is even worse than adults, as the skull is not as thick and strong yet, and for children is much worse.)
For a wired landline, there are headsets which make it easier than having to hold the phone the entire time, and will also make the sound of a shiur clearer than speaking into a speaker phone, as the mic. is right in front of the speaker’s mouth. (Interestingly, many headsets have been going out of stock in recent weeks.) Your local electronics store most likely sells these headsets. There are those that plug into a special plug in the phone – which resembles a thin headphone plug. For phones that don’t have this special plug, there exist headsets that plug into the regular handset port on the phone – such as Cisco Headset Telephone Headset RJ9 with Noise Cancelling Microphone Jabra Compatible Plus Extra 3.5mm Connector – $36.99 – available on Amazon. (Your local electronics or housewares store may be able to order it for you.) There are also headsets which plug into USB, for computer hookup. There are also professional hookup devices – to connect a sound-system to a phone line, and which include sound-adjustment feature etc. JK Audio seems to be the leader in this field; their devices are used with broadcast of the president’s speeches etc. You can’t go to now, but call B&H: 800-BH-PHOTO
Several helpful suggestions when using landline: Deactivating call-waiting (‘clicks’): If the line you are using has call waiting, it can help to temporarily deactivate it. Dial *70 before beginning to dial (it then reactivates automatically after you hang up. You can only deactivate when calling out; it doesn’t work when receiving a call.) When deactivated, callers will either get a busy signal, or, if you have phone-company voicemail set up, it will go directly to voicemail. You can also do call-forwarding – to have calls that come in during that time forwarded to another number. To activate: *72+forwarding # (you must answer the forwarding number [the call that line receives] when you do the forwarding; if the call is not answered, it does not activate). To deactivate: *73.
Electronics and radiation around the bed hamper melatonin production. It is to be understood that the body has electricity! This might sound funny, as one wonders where the battery is! But if one understands that a battery works with chemical reactions, it is not hard to understand that there is electricity in the body. This can be measured with a special electrical meter; when held near the heart; the needle will jump with each heartbeat! Everything in the world has magnetism (which is what electricity is). When a drop of water sticks to the side of a cup, that is magnetism. Electrical current around the bed causes one to not sleep deeply. (To use a cell phone to see the time etc, place in airplane mode – no radiation. However, even then, it is not healthy to keep it under the pillow, as the electronics themselves have a magnetic field. Also, some cell phones – like iPhone – updated emails etc. even when off, so it must be placed in airplane mode. In an Iphone instruction manual, it says to keep it half an inch away fro the person at all times. Now think about it; a company which has more cash at hand than the US government ($75B), is not too afraid of lawsuits; for many companies, lawsuits are cheaper than warning messages (which greatly reduce profits), and yet they write this! If so, what does it really mean?!?!) For when it is on one’s person, there is a Faraday pouch which blocks signals.
Also, note that a cordless phone base gives out radiation 24/7; it is like a mini-cell phone tower in the house!!! (They do this so that when one takes the handset far from the base, it notifies the person that it is out of range. However, while this would be nice if the radiation is of no issue, in actuality, that is simply not true. At the extreme bare minimum, the base should not be kept in a bedroom, so that at least at night, the body can repair and recharge. Even better, unplug it, and have a wired phone plugged in. (If the electrical adapter is unplugged, there is no radiation – you will see the picture of the antenna on the handset blinking.)
In my mind it is simple that the trade off of the difficulty of even not being able to receive any condolence calls compared to being zapped with radiation many hour per day, is definitely not worth it. I’m sorry to say, but the fact that people are talking much more recently (phone companies have said that calls have gone up much – as opposed to texts) is part of the gezeira min Hashomayim. Use a wired landline, and talk to you hearts content!