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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    david williams, 9 Aug 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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