Scientists Say AirPods May be Linked to Cancer

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Phillips is one of the many scientists who have called for a restriction on use of such devices.

Very little research exists on such bluetooth technology and related health effects, but we do know they use radiowave radiation in addition to a magnetic field that passes through the brain to talk to one another.

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. Dr. Moskowitz focuses on cell phone exposure, and says "there isn't even any research on what it could be doing to the brain, let alone regulation to limit potential effects".

As many as 250 scientists from over 40 countries have conveyed "serious concern" over the radiation generated by wireless devices, defined as the non-ionizing electromagnetic field (EMF). Why are wireless headphones particularly concerning?

AirPods are Apple's most popular audio accessory since launched in 2016 and continue to remain incredibly popular choice of around 28 million so as to tackle the tangled headphones.

"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.

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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. It goes on to say that the risk of cancer, neurological disorders, and DNA damage that have been associated with EMF exposure can not be ignored.

The reports suggest that other studies have been carried out on this type of radio waves and they have found that, in animals, it can cause "radiation, reproductive, neurological and genetic damage" more often than would be expected in a normal sample of the same animals. These waves are similar to UV rays or X raysbut are not as powerful.

The petition adds that the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently determined that EMF is "possibly carcinogenic" to humans.

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

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

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