Wireless Headphones Like AirPods Could Pose Cancer Risk

Judy Cobb
March 14, 2019

250 experts have signed a petition, which claims that the product could pose cancer risks to those who use it.

With this exposure close to the head, like in the case of headphones, the blood-brain barrier thins and weakens, leading to neuronal damage, DefenderShield cited Goldsworthy's research.

Jerry Phillips, a biochemistry professor at the University of Colorado, explained to lifestyle journalist writing for 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".

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.

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.

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.

Their central argument is couched within the second part of that quote - that national and worldwide standards for what is considered safe levels of exposure to EMF should be lowered. "The concern here is probably more neurological diseases and disorders as opposed to cancer", added Moskowitz.

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

Bluetooth technology communicates to a cellular device that's usually not more than a few feet away, which means that,"it's transmitting at quite a low power level", University of Pennsylvania bioengineering professor Kenneth Foster told the Los Angeles Times in a 2016 interview about wireless headphones.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed guidelines for the level of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) that various devices are allowed to expose users to.

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

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

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

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