Apple AirPods Could Pose Cancer Risk: Say Scientists

Here’s what 250 scientists says about your wireless AirPods

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 unsafe. "And exposure from the Bluetooth device would be very, very low".

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.

"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", Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado, told Medium.

Still, at high levels, EMF, can generate heat and affect cell growth. Scientists are still working out the effects of long-term exposure to lower-power radiowaves. They called for stronger guidelines and demanded that the public be informed about the risks posed by radio waves.

EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or unsafe as - X-rays or UV.

Last year, further evidence that cellular transmissions may indeed cause certain kinds of cancer was published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Like many pieces of modern tech, AirPods harness Bluetooth technology - a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiowave that can transmit data.

Now, scientists calling for more oversight and warnings for all manner of radiowave-based technologies are particularly concerned over the intensity and proximity of Bluetooth radiation to the human ear canal and brain.

Here’s what 250 scientists says about your wireless AirPods
Apple AirPods and Samsung Galaxy Buds in cancer fears over radiation levels in headphones | Daily Star

"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most global and national guidelines", states the petition, which also casts serious shade at the WHO.

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

WiFi, too, has been shown to pose cancer risks.

And brain cancers are among the forms that research links to EMF radiation.

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 petition signed by the scientists notes that children are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF.

"By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent worldwide public health agency", the experts wrote.

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