Apple AirPods and Other Trendy Technologies may Cause Cancer, Warn Experts

Apple AirPods and Other Trendy Technologies may Cause Cancer, Warn Experts

Apple AirPods and Other Trendy Technologies may Cause Cancer, Warn Experts

The petition adds that the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently determined that EMF is "possibly carcinogenic" to humans.

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.

Neither Apple's AirPods nor any other wireless headphone product was mentioned in the petition, and one researcher says riling people up with scary headlines doesn't do any good.

The white toothbrush-heads of Apple's Airpods have become an iconic new technology, and are to be seen everywhere this year, having sold 28 million worldwide.

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But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be unsafe - and much more research is needed.

Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, made the contrary connection in a recent article for Medium, when he said, "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".

In the Petition, the researchers warn of different devices, which emit high-frequency radiation, which can be found in WiFi, Bluetooth and mobile data transferred.

A great deal more research needs to be done to clarify the exact risks associated with each kind of EMF, but the petitioning scientists believe that our current use of these technologies throws caution dangerously to the wind and they want to hould regulators accountable.

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However, the petition isn't new - it originated in 2015 - and specifically calls out non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (used in all Bluetooth devices), as well as radiofrequency radiation emitting devices (like cell phones and Wi-Fi) as risky. Scientists are working on establishing effects of long term exposure to such devices, other than the most obvious and well established risk of generating heat and causing burns.

In 2002 and 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified EMF and ELF (extremely low frequency) fields as possibly carcinogenic.

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

"Clearly there is a great and present need for more research to be done to clarify the exact risks associated with each kind of EMF, scientists believe the current use of these technologies is throwing caution to the wind very dangerously, and they want to hold regulators accountable as such they write: ".various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF... by not taking action W.H.O is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent global public health agency". "By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent global public health agency".

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