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

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 13, 2019

Over 250 are signing a petition calling on the United Nations and World Health Organization to create stronger guidelines over devices like AirPods and possible links to cancer.

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.

An estimated 28million Apple AirPods have been sold along with many Samsung Galaxy Buds which use Bluetooth technology - a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiowave that can transmit data.

But it's this proximity to the user's inner skull that has left some experts concerned about the detrimental health impact it could be having.

Philips 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'.

He is among the scientists to have signed the petition that highlights the potential for cancer, neurological disorders and DNA damage.

It reads: "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 adds that the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently determined that EMF is "possibly carcinogenic" to humans.

EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or unsafe as - X-rays or UV.

"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most global and national guidelines", according to the petition.

There is no conclusive evidence on the effects of EMF.

Other scientists say there is no risk with Kenneth Foster, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, saying "these arguments have no credibility", according to a Medium post.

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.

"The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF", the petition said.

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