Are Bluetooth Headsets Safe? - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Are Bluetooth Headsets Safe?

July 24, 2009

“You mention talking on a cell phone all day as a hazard,” writes Catherine, a reader a of my blog. “My husband’s job requires a lot of cell phone time and we were recently wondering if a Bluetooth earpiece is a safer alternative than directly holding the phone?”

(For those who live in a cave and don’t know… a Bluetooth is a small earpiece that transmits between your ear and your mobile phone. See for more info than you’d ever want to know about the subject.)

Whether the Bluetooth is safer than a cell phone is difficult to say. The cell phone pumps out a signal strong enough to reach a cell phone tower. Your Bluetooth needs only transmit to your cell phone which then relays to the cell phone tower.

Some doctors and scientists believe, however, that the frequency (2.4 GHz) a Bluetooth uses is more damaging than the one the cell phone uses. 2.4 Ghz is also very close to what a microwave oven emits according to the Research Center for Wireless Technology.

(I don’t recommend microwave ovens – in case you were wondering).

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Is the Bluetooth safer? It’s sort of like asking whether it’s healthier to smoke cigarettes or cigars? Or would you prefer nickel for breakfast or mercury?

The Bluetooth emits less radiation but at a frequency that may be more damaging. Who knows? It’s currently being tested out on the general public. In a few decades we’ll probably have a solid answer. In the meantime, you’ll have to decide whether you want to participate in the experiment or not. (“We Are the Experiment” is the title of an unpublished book of mine.)

In all likelihood if there is any benefit to a Bluetooth compared to a cell phone it is probably minor.

Would a Regular Headset Be Safer?

Maybe. Maybe not. The problem with a headset is the electrical wire running to your head from the cell phone may function as an antennae concentrating even more radiation at your head.

A Safer Option

Ideally you just want to limit or eliminate your use of wireless technologies. But for someone like Catherine’s husband who requires a cell phone for work, there is another option. It’s a called an air tube headset and I’ll share with you my take on it on Monday.

Remember, though, millions of people use cell phones and don’t develop brain tumors. Often times other factors – including conflicts, stress and emotions – are at play that can amplify or decrease the effects of a cell phone. So if you must use a cell phone just make sure your body’s strong and healthy in other ways. If you have chronic health problems then signing a two-year contract with Nokia may not be a wise move.

Counteract the affects by getting grounded out in nature as often as possible, eating unprocessed foods and sleeping without electricity (all of which I cover in Future Health Now! plus much more).

Stay tuned, more info on cell phones coming on Monday. Have a great weekend.

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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