An appeal from 2015 is the entire buzz recently on the internet. 247 scientists from 42 countries did many researches and tests on the wireless devices we use in our everyday routine life. They stated that wireless devices are very health risky because they emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Exposure to electromagnetic fields may cause many serious problems for suppose:
- Genetic damage
- Reproductive issues
- Neurological disorder
- Learning and memory deficits
This appeal was even taken to the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN).They demanded some stricter guidelines for wireless devices because of electromagnetic fields. This was to protect the people against any kind of risk to health.
Although this research had solid points, not much has been done for the prevention of electromagnetic fields from our wireless devices.
WHAT IS ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD?
When electricity is produced, some invisible radiation and energy is produced. This area of invisible energy and radiation is called electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
Our everyday wireless devices emit a low level EMF called radio frequency radiation (RFR). Some of the devices are:
- Bluetooth headphones
- Cell phones
- Microwave ovens
International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2011 classified electromagnetic radiations as carcinogenic to humans. This was due to the fact that electromagnetic radiations increase the chances of glioma. Glioma is a brain cancer that has a relation with the usage of cell phones.
It does not end here as research from National Toxicology Program (TNP) in 2018 have claimed that exposure to high levels of RFR can be a cause of cancer in rats. High level of RFR is used in our 2G or 3G cellular phones.
After all the researches, the main question is how does all these are related to humans and exactly what level or amount of exposure to RFR is a threat to human health.
ARE CURRENT EMF GUIDELINES NOT ENOUGH?
Joel M. Moskovitz, PhD is the director of Centre For Family and Community Health at University of California, Berkeley said that “the amount of radiations from wireless Bluetooth is actually less than the amount that is produced by cell phones.”
But the problem is not just the emission of radiations; there are many other factors too in radiations that are impacting. Our body also absorbs these radiations. This means these harmful radiations get inside of our body and stay there.
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So even if the radiations from wireless headphones are lower in quantity, the placement is the issue. Joel M. Moskovitz explained that the wireless headphones are more dangerous to a human body because it is very close to the body especially the head. In fact, the exposure you get from your cell phones is half or maybe a third less of the exposure to the head.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) to be 1.6 watts per kilogram of the wireless devices due to the short-term heating risks. Although the Specific Absorption Rate (SPA) level of Apple AirPods is 0.466watts per kilogram, the amount of usage is the concern here. If AirPods is used many hours a day, it is enough to be a severe risk for health.
It is almost impossible to avoid wireless devices in this era, but there are a few steps we can take to lower the exposure of these harmful radiations. So here are a few of the precautions with the wireless devices that should be taken:
- Do not use when the battery of your cell phone is low.
- For long calls, use the speaker option or wired headphones.
- Children’s skulls are thinner so EMF radiations are more dangerous to them, so keep the usage of wireless devices at minimum for them.
- Use your cell phones when the signal is strong because bad connection emits more radiations.