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Wireless headphones can mainline radiation directly into your brain and could cause cancer, it’s been claimed.
A top biochemist has suggested that earbuds pose a major risk because ‘their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation’.
His warning comes after 250 doctors and scientists signed a petition to the UN saying smartphones, wifi base stations and even baby monitors pump out dangerous non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF).
In an article on Medium, Jerry Phillips, professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Spring, said there is evidence which ‘indicates potential concerns for human health and development from all technologies that operate at radio frequencies’.
He was one of the 250 signatories of a petition to the UN calling for ‘protection’ from the radiation emitted by electronic devices.
‘Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines,’ the petition said.
‘Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans.
‘Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.’
Here are the scientists’ nine demands
- Children and pregnant women should be protected.
- Guidelines and regulatory standards need to be strengthened.
- Manufacturers need to be encouraged to develop safer technology.
- Utilities responsible for the generation, transmission, distribution, and monitoring of electricity maintain adequate power quality and ensure proper electrical wiring need to minimize harmful ground current;
- The public must be fully informed about the potential health risks from electromagnetic energy and taught harm reduction strategies.
- Medical professionals should be educated about the biological effects of electromagnetic energy and be provided training on the treatment of patients with electromagnetic sensitivity.
- Governments must fund training and research on electromagnetic fields and health that is independent of industry and mandate industry cooperation with researchers.
- The media needs to disclose experts’ financial relationships with industry when citing their opinions regarding the health and safety aspects of EMF-emitting technologies.
- Radiation-free areas called white zones should be established.
The petition continued: ”The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF,’ they wrote.’By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfil its role as the preeminent international public health agency.’
Apple makes wireless headphones which fit into the ear called AirPods, whilst Samsung manufactures similar devices called Galaxy Buds.
Last year, Apple sold 28 million pairs of the earbuds. The year before, they sold 16 million pairs.