Manufacturers of wireless technology continue to deny the toxicity of radiation emitted by their devices.
Most consumers have yet to hear about the harms of these devices, to the detriment of their own health.
The connection between radiofrequency radiation (RFR) and brain tumors and other forms of cancer has been shown in thousands of independent studies.
The effects of regular use of cell phones examined in the 2004-2005 Interphone studies by the World Health Organization resulted in the determination that their use is “probably carcinogenic” (1). Keep in mind that in the language of scientific studies, definitive words are never used so this “probably” should be interpreted as “most definitely” .
Wireless RFR from devices and transmission stations cause cancer and other less severe illness attributed to “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” (headaches, nausea, skin conditions, heart palpitations, joint pain, etc.) (2). Symptoms have been reported all over the industrialized world to the extent that the WHO has dedicated regular review of long-term mobile phone use (3). Another review is scheduled for this year.
The problem is the technology itself and the sources of RFR emissions have increased substantially as the technology has developed. In addition to cell phones, Bluetooth applications, and smart meters, millions of homes contain wireless internet routers, spreading the radiation through the entire house. It’s important to note that this type of radiation can permeate walls; it’s, therefore, a breeze from them to penetrate human tissue.
All Radiation Is Toxic To Humans
Routine medical tests (e.g., mammograms) that rely on radiation have been found to cause chromosomal damage, which increases your risk of cancer (4). A recent study found the RFR at 2100 megahertz emitted by cell phones caused oxidative damage after only 10 days (5). Another found oxidation in brain tissue after RFR exposure in just 7 days (6).
As long ago as 2010, the doubt about whether the RFR from cell phones cause brain tumors was eliminated, yet wireless technology continues into ever-expanding applications and markets (7).
A 2014 Ukrainian study concluded:
“Recent epidemiological studies unexpectedly indicated a significant increase in the occurrence of various tumors among long-term and ‘heavy’ users of cellular phones. These include brain tumors, acoustic neuromas, tumors of parotid glands, seminomas, melanomas and lymphomas. Similarly, an increase in tumor incidence among people living nearby cellular base transmitting stations was also reported.” (8)
Not Everyone Is Oblivious
A group of 222 scientists from 41 countries has come together to appeal to the United Nations to protect humans and animals from electromagnetic radiation (9).
One of its constituents from Columbia University states the necessity of such measures:
“International exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields must be strengthened to reflect the reality of their impact on our bodies, especially on our DNA. The time to deal with the harmful biological and health effects is long overdue. We must reduce exposure by establishing more protective guidelines.” (10)
The newest venture into wireless is the oh-so-cool AirPods by Apple, being released in tandem with the new iPhone 7. It promises no more wires to get tangled and pulled by your jacket zipper.
Wireless Headphone Radiation
AirPods are wireless headphones with an integrated microphone that are placed directly in the ear. The iPhone transmits signals using Bluetooth technology to the right earbud, which then transfers the signal via Bluetooth to the left earbud, passing directly through the brain.
It’s like putting your head in a microwave and pressing Start.
Even better, Apple’s website states:
“After a simple one-tap setup, AirPods are automatically on and always connected.” (11).
So, these earphones cause constant radiation exposure: in your ears when you’re using them and in your pocket when you’re not. The frequency used by AirPods hasn’t been released by Apple, meaning that scientists have yet to determine the extent of the damage they can cause.
Joel Moskowitz is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Public Health. He has done extensive research on the effects of radiation on the human body.
His opinion of AirPods:
“We are playing with fire here. You are putting a microwave-emitting device next to your brain. It’s like we keep rediscovering that Bluetooth is harmful and trying to forget it because we don’t know how to handle it from a policy standpoint. Although we don’t know the long-term risks from using Bluetooth devices, why would anyone insert microwave-emitting devices in their ears near their brain when there are safer ways to use a cell phone? Essentially I recommend using corded headsets or hands-free use of cell phones, not wireless ear buds.” (12).
It’s not policy that’s keeping us from turning away from wireless headphones and other sources of radiation—it’s business.