250 scientists warn trendy wireless earphones may pose higher risks to cancer

Here’s what 250 scientists says about your wireless AirPods

Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, made the contrary connection in a recent article for Medium, when he said, "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".

The WHO has guidelines for what it considers to be a healthy level of EMF but the new petition claims that more research is needed.

In a petition to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO), the researchers, who hail from 42 different countries, point to Bluetooth technology as cause for concern.

"We haven't done all we need to do in terms of looking at this technology's health effects and we need to do more", said Kheifets. 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".

But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be risky - and much more research is needed. Scientists are warning that microwave radiation from many popular wireless technologies could pose serious health risks, this petition has quickly collected 250 signatures.

All wireless headphones connect via bluetooth using electromagnetic energy, bluetooth uses a form of low power radiowaves.

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Although high levels of EMF can generate heat, cause burns and affect cell growth in humans, scientists have not determined the impact of large amounts of relatively low-level EMF exposure, produced by devices like AirPods.

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.

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.

You've probably seen the trendiest of people strutting their stuff with a pair of wireless headphones.

The petition demands that existing guidelines be strengthened and the public be better informed of the risks of radio waves.

In 2002 and 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified EMF and ELF (extremely low frequency) fields as possibly carcinogenic. These forms of energy are powerful enough to shake up atoms that compose cells but not powerful enough to change their structures, which means their radiowaves are less unsafe than radiation from X-rays or UV, but are still risky.

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