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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    Jonny., 28 Dec 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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