Sigh. Bye bye AirPods

The jury is still out about whether this truly poses a health risk or not, but do you want to be the guinea pig for this?  I certainly don’t.  250 scientists have signed a petition warning that using blue tooth ear buds could cause cancer.

Popular wireless headphones may pose cancer risks to wearers, according to a United Nations and World Health Organization petition.

Some 250 have signed the petition, which warns against numerous devices that emit radiofrequency radiation, which is used in WiFi, cellular data and Bluetooth.

Wireless Bluetooth earbuds like Apple’s popular AirPods may represent a particularly worrisome danger.

‘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,’ University of Colorado at Colorado Springs biochemistry professor Jerry Phillips told Medium.

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.

And, in some cases, the levels of radiation found to be carcinogenic were significantly lower than the maximum allowed by federal and international guidelines.

Much like my concerns with 5G, we all kind of just assume that there has been exhaustive research on this before they sell these to the public.  They do not.  At this point, why risk exposing yourself to either one when you really don’t have to.  Are you willing to take that risk for the most minor of conveniences?  It wouldn’t shock me if some day people looked back at us and how we used cell phones and wireless technology much the same way we look back at heavy smokers and wonder how they could ever possibly think that wasn’t terrible health-wise.

This article has a little bit more detail:

But some researchers question the conventional wisdom that heavier amounts of EMF are inherently more risky. In a 2018 review titled “Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health,” Martin Pall, a professor emeritus of biochemistry at Washington State University, makes the case that a device’s potential health impacts are not dependent solely on the strength or intensity of its EMF signals.

One big problem, he says, has to do with electromagnetic “pulses,” which are quick bursts of electromagnetic energy that help wireless devices communicate. “We have repeated studies that clearly show that pulsed EMFs are, in most cases, much more biologically active than are non-pulsed EMFs of the same average intensity,” he says. “All wireless communication devices communicate, at least in part, via pulsation, and the smarter they are, the more they pulse.”

He says most health authorities mostly ignore these factors. “The so-called safety guidelines do not predict biological effects,” he says.

Phillips reiterates this point. The current wireless exposure standards are “patently out of touch” with the research, he adds. “We still don’t have a handle on what constitutes dose or what parameters of exposure are important,” he says. “More research certainly is needed.”

Moskowitz thinks using wired hands-free earphones is a simple, effective way for people to lower their exposures to cellphone-emitted EMFs. “The fact that people are dependent on these devices and love them complicates things incredibly because they’ll reject any information on exposures putting them at risk,” he says. “The irony is that we don’t really need them.”

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