Scientists sign petition saying that AirPods can cause cancer

Here’s what 250 scientists says about your wireless AirPods

Here’s what 250 scientists says about your wireless AirPods

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.

"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", says Jerry Philips, a biochemist with a teaching residency at the University of Colorado.

The bubble may be bursting for AirPods users, however, as a number of scientists have come out to say the device is harmful and may have the potential of causing cancer.

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. Scientists are still working out the effects of long-term exposure to lower-power radiowaves.

The reports suggest that other studies have been carried out on this type of radio waves and they have found that, in animals, it can cause "radiation, reproductive, neurological and genetic damage" more often than would be expected in a normal sample of the same animals.

As many as 250 researchers have appealed to the World Health Organization and UN member nations, drawing their attention to the harm even minimal electromagnetic waves were scientifically found to cause in humans, including an increase in free radicals and cellular damage, demanding that the worldwide medical watchdog should come up with more protective guidelines.

The petition 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".

Here’s what 250 scientists says about your wireless AirPods

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

So, will your fancy new AirPods increase your risk for cancer?

And brain cancers are among the forms that research links to EMF radiation.

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.

Although very little research has been conducted on Bluetooth itself, the proximity of AirPods to the brain makes them particularly concerning.

The petition signed by the scientists notes that children are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF.

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