Forget About WiFi, You're Irradiating Your Child With The Baby Monitor

from the tinfoil-beanie dept

Newspapers and TV shows are having a great time fueling the freakout over the supposed dangers of WiFi, following the formula of technology paranoia + kids = gold. Over the weekend, the story was given a new twist, when one paper reported that radiation from baby monitors could be hurting babies. This is the sort of stuff the papers live for: the conflicts of modern life! Do you bathe your child with radiation and run the risk they'll grow a third arm or something, or not use the baby monitor and run the risk of missing out when the child needs you? Meanwhile, those laggards at the BBC are still worried about WiFi, with a new program claiming that radiation from a WiFi access point is three times greater than that from a mobile phone base station. Of course, never mind that the claims don't stand up to scientific scrutiny, and plenty of scientists -- without a vested interest in selling papers or attracting viewers with scare stories -- say it's safe. Some businesses, however, are lining up to capitalize on the fears, such as a Swiss company that's selling underwear woven from silver, which it says will ward off cell-phone radiation from the wearer's groin.


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    What the, May 21st, 2007 @ 3:39pm

    Who talks from their groin.

    Who talks from their groin anyway? Why do people fall for such foolish nonsense.

     

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    Daniel, May 21st, 2007 @ 3:43pm

    The Groin speaks

    I know lots of people who talk out of their ass...

     

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    Daniel, May 21st, 2007 @ 3:43pm

    The Groin speaks

    I know lots of people who talk out of their ass...

     

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    MissingFrame, May 21st, 2007 @ 3:57pm

    Re: Who talks from their groin.

    Who talks from their groin? Everyone who bought handsfree to keep from getting brain cancer.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 21st, 2007 @ 4:07pm

    We're not going to make it, are we? The human race, I mean.*

    It's not the tech that will destroy us. It's our irrationality in the face of technology. Sometimes I worry that our minds weren't actually evolved to handle anything more than voodoo. That's what this fear of wifi is. Voodoo. Sympathetic magic.

    *Stolen from Terminator 2.

     

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    Ratatouille, May 21st, 2007 @ 4:08pm

    Silver?

    Protect your child from WiFi and Werewolves!

     

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    dorpus, May 21st, 2007 @ 4:11pm

    Why stop there?

    Child safety seats have a nasty habit of decapitating the passengers they are supposed to protect. In my new hospital job, I got to see all the details of how this happened to one unfortunate child, her head flew through the windshield.

    Neighbor's swimming pools also tend to have a magnetic attraction for small children. One such child wandered away forever during a mother's day party, resulting in the mother going berserk, biting her tongue, and spraying blood all over the ER walls.

    But in our polite society, it's more fun to think about abstract threats.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 21st, 2007 @ 4:17pm

    Neighbor's swimming pools also tend to have a magnetic attraction for small children. One such child wandered away forever during a mother's day party, resulting in the mother going berserk, biting her tongue, and spraying blood all over the ER walls.


    Thank you, David Lynch.

     

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    PhysicsGuy, May 21st, 2007 @ 5:02pm

    Re: Why stop there?

    wow, they actually allow you to work at a hospital? god has a cruel sense of humor.

     

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    Urza, May 21st, 2007 @ 6:13pm

    Re: Who talks from their groin.

    Um...your phone is constantly transmitting and recieving. Unless you're like me and keep it turned off when not in use. But most people don't. So if you keep it in your pocket, unless you're using it a hell of a lot, you'll get more radiation to your groin than your head.

     

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    buckykat, May 21st, 2007 @ 6:15pm

    my tv station said something stupider

    they claim that you shouldn't try to conceive a baby during summer because it will do badly on standardized tests. this is denver's 7 news saying this.

     

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    Anonymous marsupial, May 21st, 2007 @ 6:50pm

    Well Hi Dee Ho,
    Guess what ... life is eventually fatal for everyone.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 21st, 2007 @ 8:21pm

    Not conceiving in the summer may have some merit. That has to do with pestisides being more abundant in the spring and summer. We all have to live life though, and to think of giving up a nice midsummer frolick in meadow, well, thats unspeakable.

     

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    rEdEyEz, May 21st, 2007 @ 8:52pm

    Re: Re: Moby be his name

    Forget about the third arm, if irradiating my son's loins will produce rampant abnormal growth, then it is within my interest and my Swiss daughter-in-law's interests that this "unforeseen phenomena" runs its "unnatural" course...

     

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    Lewis Salem, May 21st, 2007 @ 10:00pm

    Nice post dorpus. You have emboldened us all with confidence in our health care system.

     

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    Dosquatch, May 22nd, 2007 @ 5:15am

    Re: Why stop there?

    Sure, even hospitals need janitors.
    Err, sanitation technicians. Custodial engineers?
    Goddammit, what's the current safe phrase for garbage man?

     

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    Dosquatch, May 22nd, 2007 @ 5:16am

    Re: Why stop there?

    OK, show of hands - who else immediately had a desire to strap the dorpus in a baby seat?

     

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    Cixelsid, May 22nd, 2007 @ 5:38am

    Underwear woven from silver

    LOL! Let me just get my aluminium foil helmet and I'm good to go!

     

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    Anonymous of Course, May 22nd, 2007 @ 6:23am

    Re: Underwear woven from silver

    A cavity in a conductive material is a resonant
    circuit, even if it's filled with Q spoiling brains.
    The aluminium foil might hurt more than it helps.

    I think worrying about things like baby monitor
    emissions is rather strange given how the majority
    of automobile drivers conduct themselves.

    At least the woven silver underwear might retard
    bacterial growth. That's something.


    PS
    Dorpus makes me laugh. Is that wrong?

     

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    Cixelsid, May 22nd, 2007 @ 6:47am

    Re: Re: Underwear woven from silver

    PS
    Dorpus makes me laugh. Is that wrong?


    No, it just means you're slightly less anally retentive than most people. The guy cracks me up too.

     

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    Rational Beaver, May 22nd, 2007 @ 12:28pm

    I'm going to start selling swimsuits lined with sodium to...um...protect against any waterborne radiation.

    And rid the world of a few stupid people...

     

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    Matt Bennett, May 22nd, 2007 @ 2:22pm

    SPACE UNDIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    Poss, May 22nd, 2007 @ 5:46pm

    Oh dear god, the madness spreads

     

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    Alan, May 23rd, 2007 @ 6:58am

    Re: Re: Why stop there?

    *** holding hand up high ***

     

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    Lloyd from Electricsense, Aug 3rd, 2010 @ 9:24am

    So you want to make your baby electrosensitive?

    Let's just be clear, I am electrosensitive and have been for over 8 years, and I am very used to people pooh poohing this whole thing, as your article does. But it does exist and believe me there can be nothing worse than putting an electromagnetic emitting device in your childs bedroom - long term this will do harm, science is still catching me up on this.
    Anyway, my advice, for what its worth, is if you do want to put a baby monitor in your childs bedroom make sure its a wired one or an analogue one, see http://electricsense.com/?p=897

     

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