Hundreds of scientists from the USA and around the world filed an worldwide appeal with the United Nations calling for consumer protection from non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) created by Apple AirPods and other wireless headphones.
Very little research exists on such bluetooth technology and related health effects, but we do know they use radiowave radiation in addition to a magnetic field that passes through the brain to talk to one another.
Bluetooth, which allows data to be transferred wirelessly through the use of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio waves, may be especially risky when placed close to one's head.
But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be risky - and much more research is needed. Along with cancer, genetic damage and neurological disorders are possibly linked to EMF exposure in humans.
Many mobile phone users have abandoned their old fashioned earpiece to embrace the new wireless air pods that offer more functionality and style. Bluetooth technology uses low-power radio waves.
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AirPods in particular are concerning because they sit deeply enough within the ear canal to emit expose these fragile parts of the ear to risky among of radiation, some experts warn.
Some animal studies have suggested there is a link between radio frequency radiation and cancer.
EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or unsafe as - X-rays or UV. W.H.O developed guidelines for the level of EMF that various devices are allowed to expose users to, however those who have signed the petition argue research has shown evidence that EMF may be carcinogenic at even lower levels; even WiFi itself has been shown to pose cancer risks.
Electromagnetic field radiation has been declared a possible carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Cancer.
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".
"By not taking action, theWHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent global public health agency".