Electromagnetic radiation is of two types, Ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation. In this, ionizing radiation is more dangerous than non-ionizing radiation since it has the power to ionize particles in its path. Higher frequency radiation like X-Rays and gamma rays are ionizing radiations. Exposure to this kind of radiation is quite dangerous and sometimes results in death. In today’s world, it is impossible to escape electromagnetic radiation. Our whole world is buzzing with electromagnetic radiation caused by cell phones, radio and TV signal transmission, power lines, microwaves, hair dryers etc. We are exposed to electromagnetic radiation wherever we go, whether in office, school, home or on the road.
With such levels of exposure to electromagnetic radiation, comes the fear of radiation poisoning. Many fear that electromagnetic radiation causes cancer. Though many studies have been conducted on this topic, nothing conclusive has been said about cancer caused by radiation. The scientists who have studied the effects of radiation say that there isn’t enough concrete data available to study the effects of long term radiation exposure. But there are also scientists who believe that there has been an increase in the rate of cancers and tumors in the latest years. They attribute this to the increase in electromagnetic radiation in the atmosphere.
Damaged DNA is believed to be the cause for cancer. Scientists are of the opinion that the radiation which is emitted into the atmosphere by cell phones and other electrical appliances, are not strong enough to cause damage to our cells. Studies are still going on to find out whether electromagnetic radiation and the increase in the number of cancer and tumor patients are connected.
We need electromagnetic protection
In this scenario, there are few things we can do to protect ourselves from radiation. Becoming aware of the dangerous of electromagnetic radiation is the first step. Knowing what causes radiation and what are the harmful levels of radiation is the first step towards shielding oneself from this danger. Though cell phones emit only slight levels of electromagnetic radiation, it is best to use it as less as possible. Since the effect of long term use of cell phones are still under study, taking precautions to safe guard oneself is very important. Using cell phones in areas of low reception should be avoided, as the Electromagnetic radiation during this time is more. Unplug all appliances when they are not in use. When there is no electricity running through them, they cannot emit electromagnetic radiation.