Scientists warn Apple AirPods may pose cancer risk
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many as 250 researchers have appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO)
and UN member nations, drawing their attention to the harm even minimal
electromagnetic waves were found to cause in humans, including the increase
in free radicals and cellular damage, demanding that the international medical
watchdog should come up with more protective guidelines.
Despite the enormous popularity wireless headphones, such as AirPods and the similar Samsung Galaxy Buds, have earned in recent years, researchers are increasingly voicing concerns about the harmful effects they may have on human health.
The devices, which harness Bluetooth technology, a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio wave that can transmit data, are in dangerous proximity to the user’s inner skull, literally rubbing against it.
The petition, called International EMF Scientist Appeal, and signed by as many as 250 professionals in the field, reads as follows:
"Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices".
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. The document also brings up recent findings by The International Agency for Research on Cancer, suggesting that EMF “possibly” has “carcinogenic” effects on humans, since high levels EMF can increase heat and thereby boost cell growth in human bodies.
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”. The petition has openly criticised the WHO in this regard:
"By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfil its role as the preeminent international public health agency".