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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    Jeff, 12 Dec 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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