Technologies in blind flight
250 international researchers from over 40 countries recently signed a petition warning of devices that generate electromagnetic fields (EMF), such as the wireless headphones from Apple (AirPods) or Samsung (Galaxy Buds). The reason: Many experts claim that the electromagnetic field (EMF) claims that it is carcinogenic and also has other health disadvantages.
The petition is directed to the United Nations and the World Health Organization to revise the recommendations for EMF radiation. The currently applicable guidelines are outdated and, according to the petition, new studies have now been carried out to show that electromagnetic fields are more harmful to health than previously thought.
Numerous devices generate EMF radiation
Cordless headphones, cell phones, cordless phones and their base stations, Wi-Fi, radio antennas, baby monitors - these and other electrical devices generate a low-frequency electromagnetic field, which is suspected of causing health damage. The 250 experts who signed the petition are convinced that EMF radiation poses an increased risk for numerous diseases and negative health conditions, such as:
- cellular stress,
- the increase in harmful free radicals,
- genetic damage,
- Learning and memory deficits,
- neurological disorders.
Radiation from wireless headphones goes straight into the skull
Professor Dr. Jerry Phillips of the University of Colorado is a biochemist and one of the experts who signed the petition. He is particularly worried about wireless headphones like Apple's AirPods. "Their placement in the ear canal exposes the tissue in the head to relatively high radio frequency radiation," warns the professor in an interview with the English-language newspaper "Medium". This harbors potential risks for tumors and other conditions associated with abnormal cell function. In general, however, all technologies that work with radio frequencies pose a health risk, according to the biochemist.
"We basically fly blind"
Along with Phillips, one of the U.S. petition signers is Joel Moskowitz, the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California. He emphasizes that there is very little research in the area of Bluetooth. However, according to him, the latest results indicate that the types of radiation that these headphones emit can have negative effects on health. He advises more caution with such devices until the situation is clearly clarified. "We basically fly blind," summarizes Moskowitz.
Lack of security standards
According to the petition, the current safety standards are based on the guidelines of the International Commission for Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiation (ICNIRP), which was established in 1998. These guidelines are accepted by the World Health Organization and numerous countries. In the meantime, however, growing scientific evidence would show that EMF is not as harmless as the ICNIRP claims. The scientists in the petition therefore call for:
- Children and pregnant women must be protected.
- Guidelines and regulatory standards need to be renewed.
- Manufacturers should be encouraged to develop safer technologies.
- The public should be more fully informed about the potential health risks from electromagnetic energy.
- Better strategies to minimize damage must be developed.
- Government-funded research on electromagnetic fields and health that is independent of industry.