Scientists sign petition saying that AirPods can cause cancer

Ruben Fields
March 14, 2019

The report also revealed that about 250 scientists signed the petition, which warns against numerous devices that emit radio frequency radiation, which is used in Wi-Fi, cellular data and Bluetooth.

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.

Last year, Apple sold more than 28 million pairs of AirPods and more than 16 million the year prior, according to the Daily Mail. Wireless headphones, such as the Airpods from Apple are especially worrying, since they are worn directly in the ear canal and particularly sensitive parts of the ear and possibly even the brain.

Jerry Phillips, a biochemistry professor at the University of Colorado, explained to lifestyle journalist writing for Medium: "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".

But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be risky - and much more research is needed.

A great deal more research needs to be done to clarify the exact risks associated with each kind of EMF, but the petitioning scientists believe that our current use of these technologies throws caution dangerously to the wind and they want to hould regulators accountable.

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The debate may still be on regarding whether or not particular devices can cause cancer, what cannot be denied are the emerging studies on the kind of radiofrequency radiation that they all emit, including bluetooth, cellular, and Wi-Fi transmissions showing them to have very real links to cancer.

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

It mentions cancer, neurological disorders, and DNA damage as among the possible harms some research has linked to EMF exposure.

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. They called for stronger guidelines and demanded that the public be informed about the risks posed by radio waves.

The petition adds that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has said that EMF is "possibly carcinogenic". According to Kenneth Foster, a Professor of biotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania, speaks of the evidence for that of Bluetooth headphones and similar devices is no danger to go out. "By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent global public health agency".

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