Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Experts Warn That Apple AirPods May Be Health Hazardous

Experts Warn That Apple AirPods May Be Health Hazardous

The International Agency for Research on Cancer too recently agreed that these EMF waves could be "possibly carcinogenic" to humans.

The technology uses electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio waves to transmit data, and its use so close to a user's inner skull is considered unsafe.

Dr. Joel Moskowitz of the University of California explains, "Apple's wireless Airpods communicate with each other using a magnetic induction field, this is a variable magnetic field that is sent through the brain to communicate with the other one which is doing the same".

Very little research exists on such bluetooth technology and related health effects, but we do know they use radiowave radiation in addition to a magnetic field that passes through the brain to talk to one another.

The article quotes Jerry Phillips, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, who says he's concerned about AirPods because "their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation".

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

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.

"Bluetooth could open the blood-brain barrier that evolved to keep large molecules out of the brain, since the technology tends to be low-intensity", said Moskowitz.

Several scientists have signed a petition asking the United Nations and World Health Organization to regulate wireless technologies in particular that use electromagnetic radiation.

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

Animals exposed to these forms of radiation have been observed to develop reproductive, genetic, and neurological damage which has become more common in those animals than would be expected.

EMF is a similar type of radiowave to X-rays or UV but it is not as powerful or intense.

You've probably seen the trendiest of people strutting their stuff with a pair of wireless headphones.

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

The petition also mentions the fact that respective agencies that are supposed to introduce EMF exposure safety standards on permissible EMF exposure levels have so far failed to so, adding that "no sufficient guidelines" have been imposed "to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF".

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