Scientists: Apple AirPods and Wireless Headphones May Cause Cancer, Brain Damage


Like many pieces of modern tech, AirPods harness Bluetooth technology - a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiowave that can transmit data.

250 scientists have signed a United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO) petition making that claim.

Last year, Apple sold more than 28 million pairs of AirPods and more than 16 million the year prior, according to the Daily Mail.

The guidelines insist that phones should be kept away from the body when not in use.

Scientists signed a petition calling for stronger guidelines on wireless devices They cited scientific studies linking these gadgets to health problems such as cancer.

"Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices". "Very little research has been done on Bluetooth itself, as it tends to be low intensity it could open the blood brain barrier, and there is concern that there is probably more neurological disorders and diseases as opposed to cancer." explains Dr. Moskowitz.

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"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most worldwide and national guidelines", the scientists collectively wrote in their appeal.

Although high levels of EMF can generate heat, cause burns and affect cell growth in humans, scientists have not determined the impact of large amounts of relatively low-level EMF exposure, produced by devices like AirPods. These forms of energy are powerful enough to shake up atoms that compose cells but not powerful enough to change their structures, which means their radiowaves are less unsafe than radiation from X-rays or UV, but are still risky. He spoke: "There are many thousands of papers of varying quality and relevance to health that point in all sorts of directions".

Advent of new wireless technologies are outpacing research and regulation, and its effects could have unsafe even disastrous health effects, such as the untested 5G posed to roll out using broader and far stronger signals than ever before.

The petition also mentions the fact that respective agencies that are supposed to introduce EMF exposure safety standards on permissible EMF exposure levels have so far failed to so, adding that "no sufficient guidelines" have been imposed "to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF".

Apple have said all their devices comply with guidelines and regulations, when asked about the cancer risk.