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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    Bear, 31 Jul 2008 @ 8:52am


    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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