Wireless Headphones Like AirPods Could Pose Cancer Risk

Desiree Burns
March 15, 2019

Short wavelengths, as well as the rapid rise and fall times of pulses emitted by Bluetooth and cell phones, can damage human cells by throwing off calcium ion signalling and causing ion channels to leak. And you are possibly carcinogenic. Scientists are warning that microwave radiation from many popular wireless technologies could pose serious health risks, this petition has quickly collected 250 signatures.

Some 250 have signed the petition, which warns against numerous devices that emit radiofrequency radiation, which is used in WiFi, cellular data and Bluetooth. In some cases the levels of radiation being used that were found to be carcinogenic were lower than that of the levels suggested to be safe by federal and worldwide guidelines.

While high levels of EMF waves can cause burns and impact cell-growth in humans, it isn't clear what can result with prolonged exposure to the low amount of EMF waves produced by devices like the AirPods.

"Over 1 billion iPhone users worldwide offer great potential growth opportunities for AirPods", TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a research note released previous year. "Very little research has been done on Bluetooth itself, as it tends to be low intensity it could open the blood brain barrier, and there is concern that there is probably more neurological disorders and diseases as opposed to cancer." explains Dr. Moskowitz.

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

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Last year, further evidence that cellular transmissions may indeed cause certain kinds of cancer was published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The WHO has issued already the guidelines for electromagnetic radiation (EMF), but according to the scientists, even low levels of radiation could already be carcinogenic.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2011 categorized radio frequencies like bluetooth as a "possible human carcinogen".

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

Some experts believe that AirPods may be especially risky since the devices sit deep inside the ear canal where they emit radiation to fragile parts of the ear.

"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 said.

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