Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Scientists: Apple AirPods and Wireless Headphones May Cause Cancer, Brain Damage

Scientists: Apple AirPods and Wireless Headphones May Cause Cancer, Brain Damage

More than 200 scientists from 42 countries have filed a petition to the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization, asking for stricter guidelines and regulatory standards regarding AirPods and other Bluetooth earbuds that could increase the risk of cancer. The closeness of this radiation to the brains of the users is cause for concern, say the researchers.

The article quotes Jerry Phillips, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, who says he's concerned about AirPods because "their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation".

And, in some cases, the levels of radiation found to be carcinogenic were significantly lower than the maximum allowed by federal and global guidelines. In 2017, they sold 16 million pairs. With a new design reportedly on the way, the technology company is set to profit even more on sound. Bluetooth technology uses low-power radio waves. 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 WHO has issued already the guidelines for electromagnetic radiation (EMF), but according to the scientists, even low levels of radiation could already be carcinogenic.

Electromagnetic field radiation has been declared a possible carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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EMF is a similar type of radiowave to X-rays or UV but it is not as powerful or intense. This cellular disruption can cause irreparable DNA damage in the long run, which in turn increases cancer risk. AirPods are particularly concerning due to their proximity to the brain, although there is no sufficient research on Bluetooth itself. Phillips is one of the many scientists who have called for a restriction on use of such devices.

Among the reports that research links to EMF radiation brain cancers are of great concern, this petition was written "in regards to human exposure to broad EMF radiation which includes but is not limited to devices such as cellular/mobile/cordless phones and bases, Wi-Fi, smart meters, baby monitors, broadcast antennas, gaming devices, laptops, tablets, wireless earphones, as well as electric devices and infrastructures used in the delivery of electricity that generate low frequency electromagnetic fields." .

"By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent worldwide public health agency", the experts wrote.

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