A Year Of WiFi Radiation Equals 20 Minutes On A Cell Phone

from the Munchausen dept

Some people in the UK have been working themselves into a lather over the supposed ill effects of WiFi, claiming a hypersensitivity to its signals that causes all sorts of health problems, and worried parents getting schools to shut down their wireless networks. This debate du jour has raged on in the press there, and now Glenn Fleishmann points to an article in The Times that says the radiation exposure from a WiFi network for a year is equivalent to that from talking on a cell phone for 20 minutes, despite the claims from the head of an anti-radiation lobby group (who also happens to sell equipment to detect and block electromagnetic radiation) to the contrary. Despite claims from sufferers of "electrosensitivity", a researcher points out that they generally can't detect the presence of WiFi or other signals in double-blind laboratory tests. The Times article closes rather dramatically: "As to whether the convenience is worth the risk - only you can decide." Since that risk hasn't really been defined clearly or authoritatively and the latest research says mobile phones pose no cancer risk, it seems unlikely that too many people will give up that convenience since all the other side can offer are the wild-sounding claims of a small minority.


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    Sanguine Dream, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 2:08pm

    One thing I've always wondered...

    is could all these "negligable amount" add up to fatal proportions? Cell phone radiation is negligable. WiFi radiation is negligable. And so are most of the other radiations from common appliances and other electronics. But if we are around all of the many differend negligable amounts of radiation long enough, won't they eventually add up to a serious thread.

    I'm not trying to FUD anyone into submission here this is just a passing thought. Of course there may be evidence to prove my thought completely false.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 2:28pm

    no.

     

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    Ron Mexco, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 2:31pm

    Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    Every night when I go to ring the bells of the catherdral I wonder if I should take the threats seriously. I know the hump on my back thinks so.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 2:34pm

    Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    your thought is good. but let me give an example of your thinking. water. if you had a drip of water that was hitting you at x presser, it won't hurt you. even if you time that drop by so many, and keep the presser the same it won't hurt you. anyway with the waves that come off theses eletronic devices don't have the ablity to change the cells in our bodies. so no matter how many of them hit us they will never be able to change a cell in our body.

    I also don't worry one bit. i have Wi-fi at home and at work. also have a cell phone. never worried about being sick.
    another thought. what about all the radio waves?? and other waves that are traveling out there. just food for thougth there.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 2:39pm

    Some idiots think they're sensitive to WiFi?

    Are they sensitive to cordless phones, too?

    Morons.

     

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    Amused Observer, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 2:44pm

    Break out the tin-foil hats and pass them around.

     

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    The infamous Joe, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 2:46pm

    I thought I was just bored.

    I knew there was a reason I watched 'Johnny Mnemonic' on TV last weekend...

    ..The black shakes will get you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 2:47pm

    Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    You must be referring to radiation as in nuclear decay radiation. It is unfortunate that one type of thing called "radiation" works the way you describe. However, "radiation" as in electromagnetic energy simply does not work in that way.

    The water analogy rebuttal is not perfect as it is conceivable that water constantly dripping might eventually screw you up. Imagine instead someone across the room whispering so quietly that it takes sophisticated equipment to amplify and hear it. Indisputably you are in the same room as the whisper and it is vibrating the air and your skin but the thought that it is slowly wearing at you is laughable. So it is with low power radiation. There are no effects, at those power levels, and so the effect cannot accumulate.

     

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    Flathead, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 3:08pm

    These are the same people...

    that lay out in the sun for hours to get a tan.

     

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    Mee!, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 3:10pm

    Oh yes...don't denie this keeps you up at night

    What people should REALLY be worried about is aliens picking up on our wireless internet and buying things with out credit cards...it's more likely to hapen.

     

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    Gus, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 3:20pm

    Well...

    I'm actually suing my neighbors because they refuse to network with wires and run WiFi instead IN AN APARTMENT!

    There's NO reason I should have to put up with their junk radiation, so to court they go!

    I have a feeling (from what my lawyer tells me) that I can at least force them to install some high-grade insulation, which will cost them an assload. I hope they go bankrupt, cocky pricks.

     

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    foofdawg, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 3:41pm

    Gus et al.

    Gus, LOL, stick it to em

    And although I agree with one of the cowards above that I don't really think this stuff is harmful in any significant way, it's also silly to say "the waves.....don't have the ability to change the cells in our bodies". If anything is emitting any type of energy, it is affecting your cells in some way, but that doesn't mean it gets re-arranged. I mean, A hammer can't change my DNA into cancer, but it can still affect you.

     

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    PhysicsGuy, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 3:51pm

    Re: Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    if the water example isn't perfect neither is yours. mechanical (sound) waves and electromagnetic waves are in no way similar. also, electromagnetic waves aren't all pleasant, much of the spectrum can cause severe burns to the skin or cause damage to skin cells from prolonged exposure. however, no negative effects are documented from exposure to low intensity waves with a long wavelength (radio waves).

    now, the point (i think) sanguine brought up "But if we are around all of the many different negligible amounts of radiation long enough, won't they eventually add up to a serious thread." is that the cumulative effect of having many appliances transmitting using radio waves all the time could be dangerous. damage from exposure to radio waves happens when they are too intense. intensity is determined by the number of particles that are reaching your object. therefore with more and more devices you have more and more photons that you are being exposed to. since damage from the radio wave part of the spectrum comes from high intensity, we could very well be at the threshold for having too much exposure.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 3:54pm

    Gus you're a

    douchebag. Seriously, I don't even want to eleborate further.

     

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    PhysicsGuy, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 3:54pm

    oh yea...

    and to clarify my opinion on this, wifi sensitivity is a crock... if anything it would be a sensitivity to cell phone use while in an area covered by a wireless network where there are a lot of radio stations or some such scenario..

     

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    Silly, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 4:00pm

    Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    What about "THE Wave" at the ballpark? If your next to some drunk guys, could't that wave hurt you?

     

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    Jeff, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 4:16pm

    You don't know...

    It just so happens, that even PhysicsGuy, with his amazing references, doesn't know crap about this. Electromagnetism is a complicated subject, one which, to truely understand, requires a signifigant amount of very hard course work. Getting a PHD in physics is probably the hardest PHD to get. Maybe we ought to voice our concerns to our respective govts and let them pay the rich doctors to find out what exactly is the risk. Oh wait, they already said there is no fricking risk!

    BTW physics dude intensity isn't the only player, there's also frequency, which relates to energy, which relates to how well the "radiation" penetrates the skin and cells. Have you ever gotten cancer from sitting in a very bright, visible light? The sun doesn't count because the sun has damaging high frequencyt radiation.

     

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    Gus, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 4:28pm

    Say what you will

    Go ahead and call me names, I don't care what you internet rtards say. All I care about is I get to force my idiot neighbors to do something they don't want to do. What's more golden than that?

     

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    Arochone, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 4:29pm

    Adding to Jeff's....

    Ok, let's modify that whisper analogy. Instead of a quiet whisper, it's a dark room and a 5V LED. Light and radio waves are on the same spectrum. You could sit in that room all your life, and you probably would die, but it wouldn't be from the LED. Probably be from lack of sunlight or something. Maybe insanity from staring at that damn LED all day.

     

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    sceptic, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 4:36pm

    Re: oh yea...

    and to clarify my opinion on this, wifi sensitivity is a crock... if anything it would be a sensitivity to cell phone use while in an area covered by a wireless network where there are a lot of radio stations or some such scenario..

    Sensitivity to wifi is not a "crock" just very very unlikely. I actually know a person who is hyper sensitive to any EM fields. She cannot be next to a microwave, TV, cordless phones or cell phones. She is also hyper sensitive to light, so she is forced to be in the dark continuously. Of course, the big difference between her and the wussies in UK is that 40 years ago she observed several thermonuclear tests and lived in closed city in USSR next to a nuclear testing ground.

    To make the point clear, it is possible to be sensitive even to wifi, but then you sure as heck lived through some VERY unusual events and you are sensitive to just about everything around you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 4:51pm

    Re: Say what you will

    Gus, you are a true blue idiot.

    Seriously, some people (you) shouldn't breed.

     

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    PhysicsGuy, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 4:54pm

    Re: You don't know...

    So jeff, since microwaves have longer wave lengths (and are therefore are less energetic) than visible light, by your reasoning, they cause less damage to your skin. interesting, i wasn't aware of that. thank you for informing us of your wisdom. idiot.

     

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    PhysicsGuy, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 4:57pm

    Re: Re: oh yea...

    Sensitivity to wifi is not a "crock" just very very unlikely. I actually know a person who is hyper sensitive to any EM fields. She cannot be next to a microwave, TV, cordless phones or cell phones. She is also hyper sensitive to light, so she is forced to be in the dark continuously.

    yea, and this shows how people claiming wifi sensitivity are full of it... there's no reason (as these people do) to single out wifi as being the cause when you'd be sensitive to ALL electromagnetic fields...

     

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    Pon, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:00pm

    Gus you're an idiot

    Gus, your neighbors are perfectly well within their legal right to use wifi in their apartment. Its radio waves in an unlicensed spectrum, anyone can transmit on that frequency without a license or permission, as long as its within the legal limits of the law, ie within power limits. I would be worried about much more high powered things like airport radars and microwave towers near me, than a little wifi router. Grow up, I hope you spend a butt load on your idiotic lawyer.

     

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    PhysicsGuy, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:06pm

    Re: Adding to Jeff's....

    Light and radio waves are on the same spectrum

    what? they're the same thing, different energy level photons, yes, but they sit in very different spots on the electromagnetic spectrum.

    and about the analogy. here's the question: if you had a device that emits x (non harmful) amount of ultraviolet light would 100 of those devices around you = 100x (harmful) amount of ultraviolet light?

     

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    Mr. Magoo, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:13pm

    PhysicsGuy - Please, start using the SHIFT key. The first word of every sentence should be capitalized. Thank you.

     

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    PhysicsGuy, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:17pm

    Re:

    welcome to the internet. just be glad i'm capable of keeping my caps lock off when i type.

     

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    jennie, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:18pm

    Not worth worrying about

    There's enough real stuff to be afraid of; I can't spend my life worrying (or even thinking about) how WI-FI is gonna kill me. I'll probably die from a nuclear blast first.

     

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    hoeppner, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:21pm

    If you're sensitive to WIFI I'd love to see you next to say a light bulb.

     

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    ShapeShifter, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:27pm

    SHIFT

    Mr. Magoo, can you help me? I don't see to have a SHIFT key - the closest thing I have is one that reads "Shift".

     

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    cantstoplaughing, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:33pm

    gus is a idiot

    Gus wtf man , can you say frivolous. You are an absolute idiot.

     

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    John, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:42pm

    It's a joke

    Gus is joking, shit take it easy.

     

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    William, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:44pm

    The intensity of WiFi is very low. Like radar and sonar and unlike visible light WiFi is able to penetrate walls and even people because the waves are very long and straight and and will therefore more likely pass through things rather then hit them. This is most likely someone looking for a reason for there headaches. And making connections that don't exist. I might believe sensitivity to high voltage EM radiation but this is just stupid. The average WiFi device uses a minuscule amount of power.

     

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    Brad, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 5:56pm

    Idiots

    I'm only following this thread to see how many more people will insult Gus, and totally miss the point that he's joking.

     

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    RiskyMethodz, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 6:04pm

    "The water analogy rebuttal is not perfect as it is conceivable that water constantly dripping might eventually screw you up. Imagine instead someone across the room whispering so quietly that it takes sophisticated equipment to amplify and hear it. Indisputably you are in the same room as the whisper and it is vibrating the air and your skin but the thought that it is slowly wearing at you is laughable. So it is with low power radiation. There are no effects, at those power levels, and so the effect cannot accumulate."






    I'm afraid your analogy is worse, however. If you put 100 people there whispering, the noise will not be negligible, but would be rather bothersome. The poster of the concern was talking about this same effect: the accumulitive amplification of harm. Your "disproof" of the concept actually backs it up.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:13pm

    Re:

    Lets continue with this analogy. How many people have 100 access points? I have two (one is off right now) The guy downstairs has one. That it in this area. The most I've seen in one area is 5. Granted I only live in Pittsburgh and work in technical support so what do I know.

     

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    Gus's Lawyer, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:19pm

    Re: Gus

    You are hereby instructed to cease and desist from insulting my client, Gus. Gus has suffered from severe side effects as a result of his neighbor's negligence.

    Just be thankful that Gus has the bravery and integrity to stand up for his personal rights. And all you can do is slag him? He is standing up for us all, much as Larry Flynt did.

     

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    sceptic, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:39pm

    Re: Idiots

    Tuesday's are our humor-less days.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:48pm

    more rads from the sun, "you need our stuff"

    seriously, you get more radiation from the sun, or depending on the type of material used in your house, more radiation from the bricks its built out of...

    basically the only people backing this (aside from the ones actually dumb enough to *really* believe it) are groups claiming "x substance is dangerous, therefore you need to buy our x product!"

     

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    Adam_v1, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 7:58pm

    With the way my work cell phone is able to make cheap computer speakers and alarm clocks make loud annoying noises from 10+ feet away its got to be closer to 2 minutes of talking on it equals one year of WiF exposure...

     

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    Brad, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:07pm

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    Adam_v1: It couldn't possibly be time-division multiplexing, huh?

     

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    ANSIENTWUN, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 8:14pm

    physics guy

    We did this experiment in college giving a radioisotope to a rabbit and then checking its poop for radiation. Maybe physics guy should check his poop.

     

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    |333173|3|_||3, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 9:23pm

    physics guy: don't worry about Magoo, I think I know who he is (there cannot be that many of them around), and he does have at least one keyboard with Shift written all in caps, a dinosaur, and a right pain to type on.

    Microwaves are only dangerous because they happen to include the resonant frequency of water molecules, which will of course heat the water. THst is why fatty or dry foods do not microwave well, no water.

     

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    |333173|3|_||3, Dec 12th, 2006 @ 9:25pm

    Mr. Magoo...

    Shoudln't you be at work, Jason

     

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    PhysicsGuy, Dec 13th, 2006 @ 3:45am

    Re: |333173|3|_||3 ANSIENTWUN

    actually, microwaves affect water, fat and sugar molecules. also, ANSIENTWUN, what does giving a radioactive molecule actually have to do with radio waves? radioactive molecules decay and generally release gamma rays which are very high frequency, high energy waves... they're on the complete OPPOSITE end of the spectrum from radio waves...

    and chrono, despite not having 100 access points, there are still many other devices emitting radio waves all around you, my concern is with the cumulative effect of all of these devices. nobody here has yet to show anything against my question above. if someone can show me what the harmful exposure level of low energy photons (such as those from radio waves) is and an rough estimate on how much we're actually receiving given all the different devices around us, then i'll consent that there isn't (or is) a problem (yes, i could google it, but a lot of you seem hell bent there is no problem, and you have nothing to back yourselves up with [aside from, "duh, someone said it was safe so it is, duh"] and nothing to go against my hypothesis stated in the form of a question above). you all know there is a reason why there are regulations on the intensity level of radio waves used in commercial devices, and there is a standard measure of absorption of radio frequency fields called the specific absorption rate? there's not just regulations on use of the spectrum...

     

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    Aura, Dec 13th, 2006 @ 4:16am

    Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

    Most of you people should be ashame for the comments you have made about "electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS)". Sweden notes it as a physical impairment, and if you read Black on White (online) you will be more aware of people becoming aware of being so. The electromaagnetic field is cumulative, and it is not just ionizing radiation, but non-ionizing radiation that can radiate people. To educate you a little think of the ionizing radiation as cosmic and X-ray radiation. The non-ionizing radiation starts at the bottom of the Electromagnetic spectrum and works up, and that is causing a lot of cancers and other physical problems, as well as death. Think of non-ionizing radiation this way: 1. Radio Frequency Radiation (microwave as well) includes all the wireless, cell towers, cell phones etc.; 2. Ground Currents coming into buildings; 3. 60 Hz./extremely low frequencies which includes home wiring, computers, appliances, utility wires etc.; 4. Dirty electricity. Do some homework and start learning that we are all being affected, and that we must find better ways of dealing with the radiation from all of these, and that there really is such a thing as EHS. One other thing that could be causing the hyper part is all the toxic chemicals and toxic metals we are exposed to and the buildup in the human body (animals too). See a naturopath if you feel you are sensitive or hypersensitive as they usually are informed whereas most doctors are not. Think how have computer screens been changed or TX screens? Previously they used Cathode Ray tubes that put out more radiation. There are good meters out on the market to check how much radiation one is being exposed to, and the safer distance to be from it. It is estimated that around 35% of people are sensitive, and at present about 3% hypersensitive. Put your brains to better use, and learn more and maybe you will help prevent more illnesses due to radiation in the future by your knowledge. When X-rays were first used they did not realize the negative impact of radiation from it, and many people died from using it or receiving the treatments, that is unionizing radiation. It is amazing what we have attained in the last few centuries, but caution must be used and better scientific research done.

     

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    araemo, Dec 13th, 2006 @ 5:28am

    Wow... so many bad analogies

    Read up on constructive interference, a property of all waves, electromagnetic, pressure(sound), or other.

    Enough people whispering at a given pressure level could cause damage, if their sound waves were in-phase.

    They could also completely cancel eachother out, if they were exactly 180 degrees out of phase.

    Essentially, it's most likely a wash. Constructive interference could cause the waves to have higher intensity, and destructive interference could cancel that out, meaning that all the waves average out.

    That said - likely people aren't sensitive in the same way they're sensitive to foods they're allergic to. You can play sounds that are at a frequency noone can hear, but still cause high stress after long exposures, so any double-blind test to see if people can detect electromagnetic interference would have to A: Do the test inside a faraday cage with no other EM sources, and B: look for secondary effects instead of merely asking 'can you tell if there are waves in here?'.

    Is it likely people are sensitive to Wifi radiation? No, probably not, the FCC limited transmit powers to SO LOW it's not funny.

    Cell phones? Possibly, it's a lot more likely anyways. The instantaneous power levels are much higher.

     

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    Stan Mrak, Dec 13th, 2006 @ 7:39am

    Damage From Wireless Radiation is not related to s

    As it turns out, the important thing in terms of damaging health effects is not the power output of the microwave signal coming from the cell phone, but the shape of the information-carrying radio wave and its proximity to biological tissue, according to Dr. George Carlo, the scientist who spearheaded a $28 million study for the cellular phone industry from 1993-1999.
    "The mechanism is not dependent on intensity,” Carlo says. “The mechanism is dependent on the type of radio wave that carries information. There is no safe level. We have not identified any level that will not trigger that response by the cell mechanism.”
    P.S. Dr. Carlo was dismissed from his position as head of research for the cellular industry in 1999 because he refused to cover up damaging evidence of genetic damage and brain tumors attriubuted to cell phones.

     

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    Paul, Dec 21st, 2006 @ 8:41pm

    WiFi/Mobile Phones cause physical discomfort in so

    I used to use amateur radios and never had a problem with the radiofrequency (RF) exposure. But ever since I began to use a mobile phone and WiFi equipment, I started noticing prickling sensations and tremor like feelings in my nerves as well as getting headaches and blurred vision. The correlation between experiencing these symptoms and using either a mobile phone or WiFi handheld is striking. I am left with no doubt that there is a problem here that needs investigation.

    I suspect that what could be going on is a kind of interference with body's nervous (or 'eletrical') system by these kinds of signals. I think two factors might be involved: the frequency of the signal and the type of waveform (as a previous respondant also suggested).

    This is definitely something that needs more serious research. It would seem that some individuals are more susceptible than others and perhaps most people don't notice any problem at all. It will be difficult convincing those who don't experience any problem and deny there is any kind of problem to be considerate of those who do. But with the right kind of research this should be possible.

     

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    Jan Walker, Jan 1st, 2007 @ 6:43am

    Radiation

    Two comments: 1: I lost an aunt due to lack of protection from early testing. It was breast cancer. 2. Talk about someone with problems from a microwave, talk to the millions of people out there that have the early versions of pacemakers. My late father did. Everytime we wanted to use an older model, we had to let him know not to come around it. Today, I can stand in front of my microwave and not have any problems with my pacemaker.

     

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    james arnold, Jan 2nd, 2007 @ 3:43am

    Radiation

    When I moved near a high power line, I wasn't too concerned. Now they put a mobile tower on the closest tower to my home, less than 300 feet. Now I'm having a hard time sleeping, with a constant ringing in my ears, a numbness on the roof of my mouth, and a recurring fever blister on my bottom lip. I'm considering selling this house and I wonder who I can contact to get a radiation or signal strength reading to know if my family is really at risk.

     

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    mahesh, Feb 21st, 2007 @ 1:48pm

    cell phone radiation

    yes that is right the effect of cell phone not only that to know more about this cellphone visit Cellphonera diation

     

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    C Sharer, Mar 18th, 2007 @ 3:29pm

    Re: WiFi/Mobile Phones cause physical discomfort i

    Like most people I thought "electrosensitivity" was just a myth. That was until I installed a Wi Fi connection to my PC and Laptop. When the Wi Fi is on, I get a numbness in one side of my face, a slight headache, and some blurring of my vision in my right eye. I never expected Wi Fi to be a problem to me. Never even gave it a moment's thought until I started to experience these odd symptoms. When the Wi Fi is off these symptoms gradually subside. I have now had to resort to using my old modem to connect to the internet - very annoying as I really need to use both laptop and PC at the same time - the reason I got the Wi fi in the first place! What is going on here? How can I propect myself from the Wi Fi? Cheers C Sharer

     

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    The bear, Mar 26th, 2007 @ 3:03pm

    Re: Re: EMF, The silent killer of XX CENTURY

    Don't be brave with microwaves....
    They are silent killer of XX CENTURY

    Although only one drop of water with x pressure is enough to kill one person.
    You need to read more physics...

     

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    Andre, May 21st, 2007 @ 1:26pm

    Electrosensitivity test?

    Hi.

    Ok, I propose a simple test. Build two absolutely identical rooms separated by a door. The door is fully shielded as are both rooms.
    Now, arrange your device in the ceiling of both rooms with power only provided to one at a time, put half your test candidates in each room and then monitor how many people move between the rooms.

    Under normal conditions there should be a 50/50 ratio, if one individual favors one room then this should then null out.

    Voila, a totally foolproof double-blind test for electrosensitivity.

    Perhaps someone can do this as part of a PhD in Psychology or Biology?



    -Andre

     

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    Sam Blue, May 21st, 2007 @ 3:23pm

    It won'

     

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    Sam Blue, May 21st, 2007 @ 3:29pm

    It won't matter

    Even if scientists do manage to prove, without a doubt, that wi-fi and cell phones are harmful to our health, people will continue to be dismissive and will continue to use them. It was in 1946 when scientists agreed tobacco was bad for you. But people still smoke, people still drink and drive. People still throw batteries in the garbage, even though they know it's a bad idea. Even though millions have been spent studying the issue, it weon't matter what science produces. Wi-fi has provided too much of a convinience for people to give up that easily.

     

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    It's all over, May 22nd, 2007 @ 12:36am

    Re: Well...

    Help!

     

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    im to good for a name, Jun 18th, 2007 @ 6:24am

    man

    man man man, manly man. MAN!!! manly man man man WOMAN!!! Don't you agree?

     

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    david williams, Aug 9th, 2007 @ 1:45pm

    wifi hell

    I have suffered to some degree for several years with headaches brought on by the use of everything from microwave ovens to Wii game consoles.
    I have worked in IT for 20 years and possess a BSc in Maths and Computing. Hypersensitivity is not bunkum. I am very scared of the effects that it has on me and am currently waiting to visit a neurologist (september).
    I do not possess a mobile phone. A few years ago i owned a nokia 3310? phone and was unable to use it for calls as i suffered searing burning pain in the inner ear. I couldnt be bothered learning text speak so the phone is switched off and in a drawer.

    Now i suffer further pain with the advent of wireless enabled and bluetooth enabled phones. I have to request that my colleagues switch off any wireless routers, mobile phones network cards whilst in the office.

    At home I even develop headaches when playing with the childrens Wii.

    The wireless router pains are the worse. Once i develop them I am unable to shake them off until i get to sleep.

    I often wondered whether this was pshyco-sematic. So did my colleagues. They have tried doing blind tests on me switching the router/devices on and seeing if i can tell. Let me assure you i can tell you that when the Linksys router is switched on it feels like my brain is frying.

    I am very concerned because WiFi is so popular. I am also concerned that (especially) here in the UK not enough has been done to test against the effects.

     

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    jen, Apr 24th, 2008 @ 3:48pm

    Re: wifi hell

    I agree with you david. I too have gotten headaches to the point where it hurts to even open my eyes, and having that last throughout the night into the next morning after spending quite some time on my wifi laptop. I NEVER get migraines other than when I spend a long time on wifi internet. I also feel nausious at times and I even hear the high pithed frequencies coming from the router itself on occasions. It drives me crazy. to think that this constant feed of radiation will not effect us on our cellular and moleculer level is just stupid. At one point it wasn't 'known' cigerettes were BAD for our health either...and we all see how THAT worked out.

     

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    N downes, May 18th, 2008 @ 1:17pm

    Wi Fi, Bluetooth, Xbox and mobiles

    First things first, anonymous coward - its best you stay that way because if i had the pleasure of your address trust me you would never breed. This shit is real and i suffer it every day. I long for the day someone takes this to the court of European rights as being the right to live in clean radiation free air. Never mind i guess you all live in marlborogh country!!! F*****g idiots!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 13th, 2008 @ 9:21pm

    Comentary on our society

    It's that age old mentality: if it isn't happening to me, the problem must not exist. This will eventually change, the only question is the number of deaths that need to occur before it does.

     

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    Bear, Jul 31st, 2008 @ 8:52am

    Re:

    I used to get bad headaches when I was using my mobile phone, now I only use it for short calls when necessary. We had a wi fi router here just after xmas 2007, it made me feel really bad, so back to cables. A friend of mine laughed when I told him about the wi fi router, but then realised he'd been getting headaches since having wi fi. He was off the net for a few days until he got a cabled router, now he's okay, no more headaches. So for you smug buggers out there who think it's a load of tosh, think on this; what's microwave radiation doing to YOU and others, who don't notice any ill effects? Be afraid, be VERY afraid.....

    By the way the author of the main article is not very knowledgeable about radio frequency radiation. I've done loadsa pirate radio on medium wave & fm - no problems there because these radio bands are lower in frequency, and are not microwave frequencies, as mobile phones and wi fi are. The higher up you go, the more dodgier it gets - we all know what microwave ovens do don't we! When testing radar in WW2, the operators couldn't understand why there were dead pigeons in front of the radar antennas; WARM dead pigeons.....

     

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    Jonny., Dec 28th, 2008 @ 10:04am

    Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    Mobile phone radiation doesn't add up in the end because all heat caused by the microwaves is conducted into your blood and carried away from your brain, so that negligible amount will not 'build up'.

    I don't know enough about Wi-Fi radiation to say anything really, I haven't even found out what type of radiation it is because everyone just seems to say "Oh noes, electromagnetic radiation!" which could be radio waves, visible light, UV light, infra-red light, gamma rays, x-rays etc.

    But if long term exposure to neglibile amounts of radiation could be fatal then we would all be dead already, because there is so much background radiation.

     

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    Steve כאבי גב, Apr 6th, 2009 @ 5:49am

    Radiation and Headaches

    It's a relief to hear this news my neighbour has a router right behind my headboard as he owns the adjoining house. I was always worried how it would effect me. Steve

     

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    Jesse, May 14th, 2010 @ 12:51pm

    You all need to know something, that is that your mind is a very powerful thing. If you think you are getting sick from radio waves then you will feel sick. Real blind test have been done, and it has virtually been proven that people with emf sensitivity are not really sensitive to radio waves at all. They are sensitive to the thought of radio waves being there. They have a disorder of the mind built on fear. Thankfully with proper understanding of how radio waves work you can over come that fear and move on with your life, and the symptoms will disappear because you will stop giving them to yourself. Be free. Stop being afraid people. You are bringing this on your selfs.

     

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    james, Dec 11th, 2010 @ 1:22pm

    Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    The answer is no. cellular radiation, as all should know, is non ionizing, which in civilian terms relates to the fact that it cannot damage your dna. because it is not strong enough to damage your dna, constant exposure at acceptable levels put in place by the government would make little difference other than the fluctuation of temperature (mostly less than a degree when the device is in close proximity.

     

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    Doug, Oct 13th, 2013 @ 9:38am

    Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    Cell phone radiation for 1/2 hour has been shown to break down the blood brain barrier. That's serious - google it.

     

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    Doug, Oct 13th, 2013 @ 9:42am

    Re: Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    Cell phone radiation breaks down your blood brain barrier for all kinds of bad things like diseases to get through. You won't die right away - just be ill for many years and probably die a lot younger.

     

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    Doug, Oct 13th, 2013 @ 9:46am

    Re: Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    It breaks down your blood brain barrier enough for dye to get through with just 1/2 hour exposure. This means diseases that effect your body can now get into your brain. Have fun believing a lie until you and others suffer the consequences.

     

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    Doug, Oct 13th, 2013 @ 9:48am

    Re: Re:

    It breaks down your blood brain barrier enough for dye to get through with just 1/2 hour exposure. This means diseases that effect your body can now get into your brain. Look it up - the dye study is not the only one - others show brain damage. Good for you to not fall for it.

     

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    Doug, Oct 13th, 2013 @ 9:51am

    Re: Oh yes...don't denie this keeps you up at night

    1/2 hour cell phone use has been shown to break down the blood brain barrier. This means diseases that effect your body can get into your brain so I understand why you think that way
    .

     

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    Doug, Oct 13th, 2013 @ 9:52am

    Re: Gus et al.

    1/2 hour cell phone use has been shown to break down the blood brain barrier. This means diseases that effect your body can get into your brain.

     

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