Apple AirPods Could Pose Cancer Risk: Say Scientists

Apple AirPods Could Pose Cancer Risk: Say Scientists

"Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices", the petition reads.

Those who use wireless headphones such as Apple AirPods are being warned of possible cancer risks due to the Bluetooth technology.

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.

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

Advent of new wireless technologies are outpacing research and regulation, and its effects could have risky even disastrous health effects, such as the untested 5G posed to roll out using broader and far stronger signals than ever before.

Apple sold 28 million pairs of their wireless earbuds last year, and 16 million the year before; with a new design said to be on the way this company is set to profit even more, but the real cost is not known.

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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.

Many mobile phone users have abandoned their old fashioned earpiece to embrace the new wireless air pods that offer more functionality and style. Scientists are working on establishing effects of long term exposure to such devices, other than the most obvious and well established risk of generating heat and causing burns. Bluetooth technology uses low-power radio waves.

The scientific jury is still out on the whether or not the particular devices an cause cancer, but animal studies on the kind of radiofrequency radiation that they emit has suggested a link to cancer.

The petition adds that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has said that EMF is "possibly carcinogenic".

"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most global and national guidelines." the petition claims. These waves are similar to UV rays or X raysbut are not as powerful.

The petition also mentions the fact that respective agencies that are supposed to introduce EMF exposure safety standards on permissible EMF exposure levels have so far failed to so, adding that "no sufficient guidelines" have been imposed "to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF".

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