I struggled with the headline because Mac360 readers know that Betteridge’s Law of Headlines applies when it ends in a question mark. How about, “iPhones And AirPods May Cause Cancer.” Too presumptive?
What causes cancer? Scientific evidence and a growing list of carcinogens give us an idea that our environment can and does cause all sorts of maladies; cancer included. What about your iPhone or AirPods?
Waves And Fields
Many scientists think, believe, and can conjure up some evidence that radio waves, radiation, and magnetic fields can cause cancer, but so far evidence is far from definitive that holding an iPhone to your ear or plugging your ears with expensive AirPods is cause for health concern.
- Tiny wireless Bluetooth headphones fit into the ear canal
- 250 scientists from over 40 countries have signed a petition to the WHO and UN to warn against radiowave radiation from wireless technologies
- The close proximity of AirPods to the brain and inner ear may raise cancer risks
- Little research exists on Bluetooth and its health effects but it also uses radiowave radiation
- Plus, AirPods talk to one another using a magnetic field that passes through the brain
- An expert says there is little research on this but ‘can’t imagine it’s all that great for you’
The last item in the bullet point list doesn’t sound all that scientific. Hell, without the sun, we die; too much sun can kill us, too, so maybe we need to find some spot in between, right?
Dr. Joel Moskowitz is the phrase offender of the day:
[AirPods] communicate with one another using a magnetic induction field, a variable magnetic field [one] sends through your brain to communicate with the other… But I couldn’t imagine it’s all that great for you
Fair enough, but I’m not expecting my iPhone or AirPods to improve my health just by holding it to my ear to talk, or plugging them into my ears to listen to music. What I want to know is what everyone else wants to know.
Do iPhones and AirPods (or, anything else made by Apple, because we all know only Apple causes such health scares) cause cancer?
While the scientific jury is still out on the whether or not particular devices an cause cancer, animal studies on the kind of radiofrequency radiation that they emit – which is used in Bluetooth, cellular and wifi transmissions – has suggested a link to cancer.
So, no printable or shareable science to back up the assertion that iPhones and AirPods are not all that great for us.
Apple and Beats wireless headphones account for 40 percent of the product market. But the devices could be pumping more than beats into wearers’ heads.
Or, not. Nobody knows, right?
Where is science when we need it?
The most obvious and well-established risk of radiowaves is that, at high levels, they can generate heat and cause burns. Scientists are still working out the effects of long-term exposure to lower-power radiowaves.
Apple Watch leaves a red mark on my arm above the wrist. Are there not other devices that alter the human anatomy in ways that can be deemed unhealthy, but not actually a cause for cancer?
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared electromagenetic field radiation a possible carcinogen.
That doesn’t sound good. What about Wi-Fi? It’s everywhere.
WiFi, too, has been shown to pose cancer risks.
A great deal more research needs to be done to clarify the exact risks associated with each kind of EMF, but the petitioning scientists believe that our current use of these technologies throws caution dangerously to the wind and they want to hould (sic) regulators accountable.
OK, shouldn’t the math show up sometime soon regarding smartphone and wireless earbud technology? After all, about 4-billion people on planet earth use smartphones, right? Since most of them have high quality cameras which also take video, the sheer numbers of such devices should tell us something about cancer.
Those numbers tell us there are no Martians or Bigfoot roaming the planet.