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Even the Cell Phone Companies Say: Don’t Carry Your Cell Phone in Your Pocket or Bra

The number of sources of human-made EMF emissions continues to explode. It’s no longer just cell phones and WiFi. With the addition of wireless thermostats, wireless speakers, smart refrigerators, and tons of Bluetooth devices, we’re surrounded by electromagnetic fields every waking moment of our lives. 

That said, some of these sources account for more of our daily exposure than others. And there’s one habit in particular that can make a huge difference to how much EMF radiation you absorb daily. 

That habit is carrying your cell phone in your pocket or bra.

Now, I get it: you need your phone with you. And your clothing is the obvious (and most convenient) place to keep it. So, what can you do to stop carrying your cell phone in your pocket or bra? Let’s take a look.

Cell Phones Emit Dangerous EMF Radiation

Like all wireless devices, cell phones transmit electromagnetic fields or EMFs to connect with the network tower or communicate with other devices.

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There are hundreds of peer-reviewed, high-quality scientific studies linking prolonged EMF exposure to numerous negative health outcomes. These include: 

The IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) under the WHO (World Health Organization) classifies this type of radiation as a Class 2B Carcinogen. And in 2018, the US National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) $30M study also found “clear evidence” that mobile phone radiation led to an increased rate of cancer and genetic damage in mice.

The Cell Phone in Your Pocket Emits Many Types of EMF

One important thing to realize about cell phones is that they don’t just emit one type of EMF. Every wireless feature your phone has is a separate EMF source.

Think about this. At first, cell phones were just for calls.

Then came data and texting>>Then they added WiFi>> Bluetooth.

And to support features like Apple Pay, they added NFC (or near-field communication). And the latest one is wireless charging.

So, the innocent-looking device in your hand is actually emitting EMF from half a dozen sources, all at once.

And even when you’re not making calls, if your phone is on and not in airplane mode, it’s actively transmitting these radiations.So, you see, carrying a cell phone in your pocket or bra is a huge risk. And this risk is separate from the fact that your phone can explode in your pocket.

Even the Manufacturers Say It’s Not Safe

Now, when you read this type of information, you may be tempted to second guess the science. After all, why would wireless companies tell you that their phones are safe if they aren’t?

Well, you should take a look at the fine print in your cell phone’s manual.

Even Apple Says: Don't Carry Your Cell Phone in Your Pocket
An excerpt from the Apple iPhone manual

A lot of people don’t even realize that cell phone manufacturers warn you not to keep your cell phone in your shirt, pants, skirt, or trouser pocket. They do this because, if you do, your exposure level can exceed the FCC guidelines.

As just one example, the Apple iPhone 7 manual warns users to “carry iPhone at least 5mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.”

One might also argue that all phones must be lawfully manufactured under the SAR limit. SAR or Specific Absorption Rate is a test that determines how much EMF your body is absorbing from a certain device. But there are two problems with it.

First, cell phone companies can test the SAR value of their phone themselves, which gives them an opportunity to fake the results. Check “The Phone Gate scandal” for example. And second, experts believe that this test is inherently flawed.I have written a separate in-depth post on why SAR limits aren’t an ideal way to determine if a cell phone is safe. So, give it a read.

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FCC Guidelines for Cell Phone Radiation

How can cell phone companies get away with this? Well, according to FCC guidelines, the “‘body-worn configuration should be done with the device in a belt clip or holster.” So, the FCC tells manufacturers to test their EMF emissions based on the assumption that people will not carry their phones in their pockets or in their bras!

But, of course, so many of us do. Because it’s so convenient. Many of us don’t even have anywhere else to put our phones.

What You Can Do

Here are some of the things you can do to protect yourself from EMF’s hazards while carrying your phone.

Stop Carrying Your Phone in Your Pocket or Bra

The best way to reduce the EMF-induced health risks while carrying your phone is to stop carrying it in your pocket or bra.

That’s it.

But if not in your pocket, where should you carry your cell phone? The answer is—as far away from your body as possible. Even placing your phone in a belt holster, backpack, or a purse – just a few millimeters away from your body – is a major improvement.

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The reason behind this is that the power of EMF diminishes exponentially with distance. This is why “maximizing your distance from EMF sources” is one of the two key rules for living life with less EMF exposure.  

“When cell phones are on, connected to a wireless network, and placed in a pocket, the radiation is two to seven times higher than if it were placed in a purse or holster,” says Dr. Lily Friedman of Comprehensive Wellness Institute in South Florida.

Even the California Department of Public Health warns consumers not to carry their phones in their pockets.

So, remember, every inch, or even a few millimeters, matters.

Use Airplane Mode

Of course, many of us find it difficult (if not impossible) not to carry our phones in our pockets or bras. After all, it’s too much of a hassle to carry a holster or a purse in certain situations.

There’s another simple solution for those who need or want to continue carrying their phone directly against their body: turn on the airplane mode.

When your phone is in airplane mode, it isn’t transmitting harmful EMF radiation anymore. As long as your phone is in airplane mode, it’s safe to put it in your pocket.

Use Parts of Airplane Mode

The downside of using airplane mode is, of course, that you can’t receive any calls or texts. And for some of us, that isn’t feasible – perhaps you need to be reachable for work or your family.

While putting your phone in airplane mode is the best protection when carrying your phone, you can still reduce your phone’s radiation emissions and receive calls. That’s because airplane mode isn’t all-or-nothing.

Pro tip: there are airplane mode options.

For instance, let’s say you need to receive a call, but that’s it. You can disable WiFi, Bluetooth, and cell data. You’ve cut a bunch of your phone’s EMF emissions.

It’s not as effective as disabling all wireless emissions with airplane mode, but it certainly makes a difference.

Use SYB EMF Shielding Products

While maintaining a safe distance and turning on airplane mode are the best ways of protecting against your phone’s EMF emissions while carrying it, they aren’t the perfect solution for everyone. And if that’s the case for you, we have something that might interest you. Introducing the SYB Phone Pouch.

The SYB Phone Pouch

Named the best value EMF protection case by EZVid, the SYB Phone Pouch is the perfect solution for those who can’t put their phones on airplane mode all day, or carry a bag or a purse just for the phone.

Those of us old enough to remember the technological trends and fashions of the mid-to-late ‘90s might be familiar with the idea of a cell phone belt clip. It was used as a solution to the pocket-dial pandemic, which came with cell phone popularity. Little do most consumers know that they also provided us with mildly effective cell phone radiation protection.

SYB Phone Pouch, Neoprene Cell Phone EMF Protection Sleeve
The SYB Phone Pouch

That’s right. According to major smartphone manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, and LG, we all still use belt clips. In the fine print about safe device use, they all insist on the same point: carry your device away from your body — in some cases, at least 5-10cm from your body.

And since the majority don’t wear belt clips anymore, we came up with a solution to effectively separate your phone from your skin while your phone is still in your pocket.

So – What Is It?

On its face, our SYB Phone Pouch looks much like a mild-mannered phone case – the kind that people use every single day to protect and carry their phones. Of course, ours is more comfortable. But the really powerful secret of our Phone Pouch is that it deflects up to 99% of harmful EMF radiation away from your body.

And to top it off, the SYB Phone Pouch provides this powerful protection without interfering with your reception or draining your battery.

The pouch is designed to sit comfortably on your hip and is made from a soft neoprene material that is sturdy enough to carry the largest smartphones yet soft enough to provide cushioning. It has an open section at the top so you can easily slide your phone in and out as needed while also enabling a connection to battery packs or wired headphones.

That’s the ergonomic overview. The premium feature is the one you can’t see. The radiation blocking.

How Our Cell Phone Radiation Protection Works

There’s an inside layer on each pouch that sits between you and your smartphone. It’s constructed from a layer of fine fabric, interwoven with ultra-thin metallic threads which physically repel incident radiation away from its surface.

These thread fibers are thinner than human hair. But when we weave them into this pouch, they form a shield that effectively blocks up to 99% of the radio frequency (RF) and microwave EMF radiation that your phone uses to communicate wirelessly.

After extensive practical testing, we crafted a shield that permits only a fraction of one percent of radiation to pass through, making it significantly safer to carry your phone in your pocket.

Shields on One Side Only

One common question we get is, why don’t you put a shield on the other side to double the protection? 

The reason is that our pouches are designed to shield your body from harmful cell phone radiation without interfering with your phone’s reception or battery life. If we surround your phone, it wouldn’t be able to transmit or receive any data at all.

It would protect you, for sure. But also turn your phone into an overpriced rock!

How to Use the SYB Phone Pouch

There’s an unobtrusive belt hoop on the body-facing side of the pouch that allows you to attach the product onto your belt or slip it into your pocket.

You can insert the phone into our pouch with the screen facing either direction. The key to the pouch’s design is that only one side has the EMF-repellant mesh (the rear side) – as long as your phone is on the other side of that mesh, our cell phone radiation protection will do its job.

Unique Benefits

Cell phones are available in all shapes and sizes these days, and we’ve designed the SYB Phone Pouch in two sizes to cater to all audiences. Our large design can house the vast majority of cell phones, while the extra-large model houses anything unusually large: behemoths up to 3.25” wide!

But the ergonomics are secondary to the most important feature: our pouch protects you from harmful radiation. Remember that the world’s top manufacturers recommend maintaining a 10-25mm gap between your cell phone and body at all times. And that’s the minimum recommended distance. Several feet would be much safer but, of course, impractical.

Our Phone Pouch allows you to keep your phone accessible at all times, close to your body, but with barely a fraction of a percent of radiation poking through.

Simply put, our SYB Phone Pouch is the most stylish, affordable, and effective form of cell phone radiation protection on the market today.

The Very Stylish SYB Pouch Deluxe

While the SYB Phone Pouch is great for carrying your phone in your pocket, if you have more than one phone or want to carry other small electronic items, it might not be enough.

This is why we designed the very stylish SYB Pouch Deluxe – with all the benefits of the SYB Phone Pouch and more.

Made With SaferBody™

Like the SYB Phone Pouch, the SYB Pouch Deluxe is also made with SaferBody™ technology. We have tested it in independent laboratories to ensure effective shielding of EMFs operating on frequencies ranging from a few MHz all the way up to 20 GHz.

This means the SYB Pouch Deluxe can effectively shield EMFs from 5G sources as well.

Just put your phone and other small electronic gadgets in the Pouch Deluxe, and it will deflect 99% of EMFs away from your body.

Convenient & Stylish

The SYB Pouch Deluxe includes three ways to carry:

  • Removable shoulder strap to use as a cross-body bag
  • Hoop for carrying on your belt (with convenient velcro for easy use)
  • Removable carabiner for carrying on belt hoop

And it features:

  • Two separate compartments, each with a zipper closure
  • Top flap with magnet closure
  • A pen holder

At 7.5″ tall x 5.3″ wide x 1.6″ deep, the SYB Pouch Deluxe comes in a convenient size that fits literally any phone – and more.

There’s room enough for your keys, wallet, lip balm – whatever else you want to carry. And the classic black color makes it suitable for everyone – men and women, adults and kids.

Get your own SYB Pouch Deluxe at the SYB Store

Final Thoughts

While carrying your cell phone in your pocket or bra is a huge source of EMF radiation exposure for many people, it’s definitely not the only one. So, you need to take a holistic approach when it comes to EMF mitigation. Check out the SYB Healthy Living Tips page for more information.

Also, EMF isn’t the only risk that tags along with tech use. Today we use our internet-connected gadgets for virtually everything. From shopping to socializing and entertainment to education—everything’s online. And that comes with many physical, mental, and emotional effects.

This is why you need to build a healthier relationship with technology. Learn how on season 2 of The Healthier Tech Podcast, where experts from different industries share tips on making technology safer for you and your loved ones.


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