The petition reads, "Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices".
This trendy wireless bluetooth headphone fits right into the ear canal, the close proximity of AirPods to the brain and inner ear may raise cancer risks, as such 250 scientists from over 40 countries have signed a petition to the United Nations and W.H.O to warn against radiowave radiation from these wireless technologies.
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". Cell phone exposure experts are disappointed that there is no research on what this activity could do to the human brain.
Last year, Apple sold more than 28 million pairs of AirPods and more than 16 million the year prior, according to the Daily Mail. Scientists are warning that microwave radiation from many popular wireless technologies could pose serious health risks, this petition has quickly collected 250 signatures.
But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be unsafe - and much more research is needed.
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.
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At high levels EMF can generate heat, cause burns and affect cell growth in humans.
The reports suggest that other studies have been carried out on this type of radio waves and they have found that, in animals, it can cause "radiation, reproductive, neurological and genetic damage" more often than would be expected in a normal sample of the same animals.
This means that radiowaves are less risky than higher energy radiation like X-rays or UV, but more extremely low-frequency radiation.
The petitioners stop short of naming Bluetooth or any particular products, the technology does use radiofrequency radiation, and AirPods in particular also use an electromagnetic field.
Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado said that wireless headphones pose a particular concern due to the fact they're worn in the ear canal. The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently said that EMF waves could be carcinogenic to humans.