Apple AirPods' Risk Of Cancer-Inducing Radiation Hotly Debated By Scientists

Alfred Osborne
March 14, 2019

"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", said Prof Jerry PhillipsUniversity Of Colorado, who is among the large group of scientists to have signed a petition. "Use of these technologies is basically conducting a health experiment on yourself, and current regulations are oblivious to these kinds of exposures", says Dr. Moskowitz.

The bubble may be bursting for AirPods users, however, as a number of scientists have come out to say the device is harmful and may have the potential of causing cancer.

But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be risky - and much more research is needed. Phillips is one of the many scientists who have called for a restriction on use of such devices.

Wireless headphones establish a connection between content on your phone or streaming content and your ears using bluetooth, which is a radio frequency, in the same frequency range as microwaves, WiFi, cell phones and other electronic devices, according to the University of California. In some cases the levels of radiation being used that were found to be carcinogenic were lower than that of the levels suggested to be safe by federal and global guidelines.

Their central argument is couched within the second part of that quote - that national and global standards for what is considered safe levels of exposure to EMF should be lowered. But: the animals were exposed to in experiments of high-frequency radiation, were in above-average mass of genetic, neurological, and reproductive damage.

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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.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared electromagenetic field radiation a possible carcinogen.

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.

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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