Dr Oz: Does Your Phone Case Reduce Radiation?
Dr Oz was taking a closer look at smart phone radiation risks, and wanted to share with his viewers different ways they can reduce their exposure. How you use your phone can make a big difference. Do you have a really safe case on your phone? Do you think your smart phone case can actually help protect you from radiation? That’s what Dr Oz wanted to find out.
Dr James Rosser explained that a recent report claimed that some cell phone cases are so poorly made that they can actually “intensify the radiation” that hits a person’s head and body. A poorly designed case can actually block a phone’s antenna, which changes the way the phone transmits signals, leading to more radiation going straight at the user’s head.
Dr Oz: Smart Phone Cases To Protect Yourself
Dr Rosser tested radiation levels of phones in a variety of different cases, made from different materials including metal, soft plastic, a radiation-reducing mixture of plastic and metal, and hard plastic. The FCC actually requires you to test metal cases, but most manufacturers aren’t doing any testing on their metal cases. So how did they measure up?
Keep in mind this was a very small sample, but Dr Rosser began by explaining that the metal case can decrease the radiation exposure by 20% but your reception could be affected as well. There’s one case that was actually designed to decrease radiation exposure and Dr Rosser said it blocked radiation by 11%. The hard plastic case decreased radiation exposure by about 6%. The flexible soft plastic case increased radiation exposure by 16%.
Dr Oz: Reduce Radiation Exposure
Dr Oz then talked to a woman who admitted that she constantly holds her cell phone in her bra. Given that she should actually keep her cell phone at least an inch away from the body, she said it was pretty scary. Even if the risk is very little, it’s certainly not worth it. Plus, while you’re sleeping, keep your cellphone away from the bed to further lower your radiation exposure.