Scientists: Apple AirPods and Wireless Headphones May Cause Cancer, Brain Damage

14 March, 2019, 09:29 | Author: Sammy Rose
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More than 250 scientists have signed a petition urging the United Nations and World Health Organization to develop stronger guidelines regarding the potential cancer risk and other health effects caused by non-ionizing electromagnetic fields, or EMFs.

As many as 250 worldwide scientists have signed a United Nations and World Health Organisation petition raising serious concerns against the use of numerous wireless devices and call for protection.

Apple sold 28 million pairs of their wireless earbuds last year, and 16 million the year before; with a new design said to be on the way this company is set to profit even more, but the real cost is not known.

Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado, told Medium: "My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation".

Now, scientists calling for more oversight and warnings for all manner of radiowave-based technologies are particularly concerned over the intensity and proximity of Bluetooth radiation to the human ear canal and brain.

The petition reads: "Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices". "The concern here is probably more neurological diseases and disorders as opposed to cancer", added Moskowitz.

The most obvious and well-established risk of radiowaves is that, at high levels, they can generate heat and cause burns.

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Airpods and similar devices comply with the legal limits for EMF radio waves but the scientists who signed the petition worry that the guidelines are too lax.

This means that radiowaves are less risky than higher energy radiation like X-rays or UV, but more extremely low-frequency radiation.

But overall, the scientific community is yet to rule conclusively on the impact of large amounts of relatively low-level EMF exposure.

"There are many thousands of papers of varying quality and relevance to health that point in all sorts of directions", Kenneth Foster, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, insisted, adding that there is no objective evidence of harm that EMF may inflict.

Advent of new wireless technologies are outpacing research and regulation, and its effects could have unsafe even disastrous health effects, such as the untested 5G posed to roll out using broader and far stronger signals than ever before.

"By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfil its role as the preeminent global public health agency". In addition, Wi-Fi has been said to present cancer risks.

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