March 19, 2019

Experts Warn That Apple AirPods May Be Health Hazardous

14 March 2019, 09:26 | Cameron Gross

Scientists Warn Apple Air Pods May'Pose CANCER RISK' Urges WHO to Act

The new Apple Air Pods are demonstrated during an event to announce new products on Wednesday Sept. 7 2016 in San Francisco

"These [devices] are not limited to and include baby monitors, smart meters, broadcast antennas, Wi-Fi, and cordless and cellular phones and their base stations, besides infrastructures and electric devices that are used to deliver electricity and generate extremely-low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic field (EMF)", wrote the scientists in the petition.

It's nice to see at least 250 scientists from 40 countries, submitted a Petition to the United Nations and the world health organization (WHO), according to the British "Daily Mail" reported.

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.

The guidelines insist that phones should be kept away from the body when not in use.

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".

The petition further mentions such diagnoses as cancer, neurological disorders, and even DNA damage, citing research that links these to EMF exposure, and hence, the use of wireless headphones. These waves are similar to UV rays or X raysbut are not as powerful. W.H.O developed guidelines for the level of EMF that various devices are allowed to expose users to, however those who have signed the petition argue research has shown evidence that EMF may be carcinogenic at even lower levels; even WiFi itself has been shown to pose cancer risks.

People walk past an Apple store in Beijing China
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But overall, the scientific community is yet to rule conclusively on the impact of large amounts of relatively low-level EMF exposure.

He said: "There are many thousands of papers of varying quality and relevance to health that point in all sorts of directions".

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

"The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF", the petition adds.

"By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfil its role as the preeminent global public health agency".

Apple has responded to previous claims about radiation risk by saying its devices comply with all guidelines and regulations.

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