Apple AirPods and Other Trendy Technologies may Cause Cancer, Warn Experts

  • Apple AirPods and Other Trendy Technologies may Cause Cancer, Warn Experts

Apple AirPods and Other Trendy Technologies may Cause Cancer, Warn Experts

Bluetooth, which allows data to be transferred wirelessly through the use of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio waves, may be especially unsafe when placed close to one's head.

The article also points out that Phillips is "not alone" in his concerns about wireless Bluetooth devices, citing a petition addressed to the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

The Airpods has become Apple's most popular accessory.

For some, it goes beyond having a device that simplifies phone use actions like making and receiving calls or simply listening to music, it is the very idea of being a part of what is considered as the newest trend in mobile technology that gives gratification.

However, health experts warn that the small white wireless devices have a devastating impact on the wearers.

Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado said that wireless headphones pose a particular concern due to the fact they're worn in the ear canal.

He is among the large group of scientists to have signed a petition calling for "protection" from the technology.

"Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to [non-ionizing electromagnetic fields] generated by electric and wireless devices", the petition states.

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Still, at high levels, EMF, can generate heat and affect cell growth.

As many as 250 researchers have appealed to the World Health Organization and UN member nations, drawing their attention to the harm even minimal electromagnetic waves were scientifically found to cause in humans, including an increase in free radicals and cellular damage, demanding that the global medical watchdog should come up with more protective guidelines.

This means that radiowaves are less unsafe than higher energy radiation like X-rays or UV, but more extremely low-frequency radiation.

"If you also use a cell phone on a daily basis, it's freakish to worry about the hazards of these earphones", Ken Foster, a bioengineering professor at University of Pennsylvania, told

Prof Foster added that cherry-picking data to prove a link to ill-health shows "these arguments have no credibility".

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 worldwide public health agency". In addition, Wi-Fi has been said to present cancer risks.