AirPods, wireless headphones could cause cancer, scientists claim

Henrietta Strickland
March 14, 2019

"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most global and national guidelines." the petition claims.

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 devices, which harness Bluetooth technology, a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio wave that can transmit data, are in unsafe proximity to the user's inner skull, literally rubbing against it.

More than 250 scientists have signed a petition calling for global public health organization to create stronger guidelines on wireless devices.

Scientists signed a petition calling for stronger guidelines on wireless devices They cited scientific studies linking these gadgets to health problems such as cancer.

In a letter addressed to the heads of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, a group of scientists expressed concern over the public's increased exposure to non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by electric and wireless devices.

Apple's wireless AirPods may cause cancer, according to hundreds of scientists from all over the world.

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

EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or unsafe as - X-rays or UV. "Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans".

"There are many thousands of papers of varying quality and relevance to health that point in all sorts of directions", Kenneth Foster, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, insisted, adding that there is no objective evidence of harm that EMF may inflict.

But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be risky - and much more research is needed.

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 global public health agency".

Apple have said all their devices comply with guidelines and regulations, when asked about the cancer risk.

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