Are Apple Earpods dangerous to your brain?

Researchers warn of cancer from Apple Airpods

Who doesn't know them yet? The Airpods from Apple connect wirelessly to a smartphone via Bluetooth - the popular technology for short-range radio. According to "", wireless headphones from Apple and Beats account for 40 percent of the market. Last year Apple sold 28 million of the small white plugs, in 2017 it was 16 million.

250 scientists from 40 countries have now launched an appeal. Wireless technology is associated with potential health risks and politicians have failed to limit these risks. The two plugs in a set of Apple's Airpods, for example, communicate with each other via an electromagnetic induction field - one plug sends signals through the user's brain to the other plug.

Science doesn't quite agree

The US National Institute of Health doubts that radiation from smartphone networks is actually carcinogenic. In contrast, the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared radiation from electromagnetic fields as a possible carcinogen as early as 2011. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at Washington State University, wrote a study in 2018 on the topic: "Wifi is a major threat to human health." He argues that a health hazard does not depend solely on the strength or intensity of an EMF signal.

As Pall writes, the relevant research literature shows how pulsed electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) are, in most cases, more biologically active than non-pulsed EMFs of the same intensity. All wireless communication devices were based - at least in part - on pulsation. "The smarter the devices, the more they pulsate," says Pall's study.

Appeal to the WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has established guidelines for EMF that are permitted for various devices. However, concerns about EMF technology and its effects on people are growing. As a result of such concerns, the said appeal was launched to warn of the health risks of such products.

The authors of the appeal are now turning to the United Nations and WHO. EMFs are carcinogenic at even lower thresholds than the WHO guidelines have prescribed. Bluetooth is not mentioned by name in the appeal, but the technology uses radio frequency radiation and the Airpods emit EMF at a low frequency. The proximity to the brain is particularly worrying, it says in the letter.

According to the petition, the WHO is failing to protect the general public if it does not respond.

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