Have any of you tried Dr. Mercolas blue tube earbuds for your phone? They use a tube like a stethoscope to channel the sound into your head rather than having the electric wired speakers touching your skull.
If you have used it, how is the sound quality? Can you hear it well in a loud subway?
I always talk on the phone on my right side and curiously the hairs right above my right ear grows 2-3x faster than on my left. My grandfather has brain cancer so I am looking at ways to lower electromagnetic frequency radiation to my head.
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on August 02, 2012
at 02:35 PM
Those look like they're designed and priced for people who 1) don't understand what electromagnetic radiation is and 2) are afraid of it because of scary words like "electromagnetic" and "radiation".
I've made a bunch of posts on here before and raydawg in this thread has some good comments to, so I won't go on. But after looking at Mercola's website I see two things:
1 - he says EMR is bad and scary, which is just not true. Some types of EMR aren't good for you (X-rays, e.g.), but other is harmless (visible light - at reasonable intensities). Cellphones are in the GHz range which is solidly in the class of non-ionizing radiation, which means that it doesn't even interact with your body. Think of it this way, if cell phone radiation interacted with your body, it'd get absorbed by people and never make it to the tower and you'd never have any reception. The frequencies that cellphones work at was chosen so that it could go through people and walls and everything and make it to the tower.
2 - he says that his magic headphones work by reducing EMR at the head. But I see no data that shows that, just random claims and pictures of how bad cell phones are but no pictures of how good his headphones are. So even if I thought that EMR (in the GHz range) was bad for you, I still don't see any proof that his magic headphones are better than standard ones.
Edited to add: to put this in perspective with the paleo diet and such - look at how his website is worded. It's all about "scary" stuff that "science" has shown is bad. Just like that scary saturated fat that science says will kill you.
on August 02, 2012
at 10:09 AM
The fingernails on my left hand tend to grow faster than those on my right hand. It's meaningless as a measure, and has more to do with blood flow from the heart than anything else. I don't hold my cellphone in my left hand, I keep it in my backpack.
I'm not sure why the hairs above your right ear would grow any faster than those on the left, but it likely is for the same reason.
I use normal blackberry earbuds which work well. I do worry about the frequencies being generated from cell phones, and their harmonic frequencies may be close to those of the resonance frequency of water, so that's why I don't hold the cellphone up to my head (since they are near microwaves), but rather use the earbuds. However, I don't believe that they can travel up the earphone cable into my head.
The antenna inside the cellphone is very small and has a very specific shape for a reason - it's been designed and optimized to receive and send a certain set of frequencies. A long cable, such as that of the normal earphones is not optimized this way and will not permit those frequencies to travel that way. So, I don't worry about it. I'd be more worried about leakage from a microwave oven than whatever might travel up that cable.
Now, if you're worried that the tiny neodymium electromagnets in the earbuds are going to emiit electromagnetic waves, that's certainly possible, however, I wouldn't much worry about those specific frequencies, which are the same as the audible range, much affecting human tissue. If they did, then simply hearing anything would cause us cancer.
So, IMHO, don't put the cellphone in your pocket or on your belt, don't hold it up to your head, and you'll be fine.
on May 18, 2014
at 06:10 PM
@raydawg 23225, so is it safe to use earbuds? Not bring a smart ass just need a yes or no. I don't carry a backpack so where would I carry my phone safely? If it's in my pocket it can get me. How come it doesn't get you through the backpack. I'm on my phone till my ear is hot and (I know gross)all sweaty.its hard for me to understand all the information. Iam on disability. So the cell phone is my only entertainment. Yet Iam concerned. Sounds like the earbuds r the way to go? Thanks for your answer back in
on February 07, 2013
at 05:18 PM
I don't think we will have to wait 30 years for that hard-of-hearing aging population. You are too young, perhaps, to remember that in the 'golden age' of rock-n-roll, fans often stood right in front of 6 ft. high speakers while music blasted out of them for hours in clubs and at concerts. I have often thought I should put my savings into hearing aid stock because the baby boomers will lead the pack on the road to deafness.
on August 03, 2012
at 02:11 PM
Maybe you should consider not using earbuds. Not because of the radiation worries, but because of potential hearing damage.
I recently tried a pair of volume limiting earbuds by DB Logic that is supposed to limit the max volume to a level that will not damage your hearing. I was struck by the fact that the volume level is no where near as high as I normally use--not even close.
The iPod has spawned a generation of people who use earbuds hours on end at a volume level shown to cause hearing damage over the long run. Thirty years from now will we have an epidemic middle-age people that have hearing problems?
To put a paleo spin on this, man evolved to live in a world where our ears were constantly bombarded with loud noises. We certainly haven't adapted to having a sound source 1/2 inch away from our eardrums for hours at a time.