Scientists sign petition saying that AirPods can cause cancer

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently determined that EMF is "possibly carcinogenic" to humans, the petition adds.

As many as 250 scientists from over 40 countries have conveyed "serious concern" over the radiation generated by wireless devices, defined as the non-ionizing electromagnetic field (EMF).

Dr. Joel Moskowitz of the University of California explains, "Apple's wireless Airpods communicate with each other using a magnetic induction field, this is a variable magnetic field that is sent through the brain to communicate with the other one which is doing the same".

The scientific jury is still out on the whether or not the particular devices an cause cancer, but animal studies on the kind of radiofrequency radiation that they emit has suggested a link to cancer.

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But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be risky - and much more research is needed.

Their central argument is couched within the second part of that quote - that national and worldwide standards for what is considered safe levels of exposure to EMF should be lowered.

However, the petition isn't new - it originated in 2015 - and specifically calls out non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (used in all Bluetooth devices), as well as radiofrequency radiation emitting devices (like cell phones and Wi-Fi) as unsafe.

One of the greatest risks may be hearing loss from listening to music too loudly on your headphones, but many experts agree that the technology doesn't increase one's risk of developing cancer, according to the report.

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It mentions cancer, neurological disorders, and DNA damage as among the possible harms some research has linked to EMF exposure.

Airpods in particular have been singled out because of how they sit deeply enough the ear canal to expose some fragile parts of the ear to risky radiation.

The petition demands that existing guidelines be strengthened and the public be better informed of the risks of radio waves.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared electromagenetic field radiation a possible carcinogen. These waves are similar to UV rays or X raysbut are not as powerful.

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'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 fulfill its role as the preeminent global public health agency", the experts wrote.

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