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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    sceptic, 12 Dec 2006 @ 4:36pm

    Re: oh yea...

    and to clarify my opinion on this, wifi sensitivity is a crock... if anything it would be a sensitivity to cell phone use while in an area covered by a wireless network where there are a lot of radio stations or some such scenario..

    Sensitivity to wifi is not a "crock" just very very unlikely. I actually know a person who is hyper sensitive to any EM fields. She cannot be next to a microwave, TV, cordless phones or cell phones. She is also hyper sensitive to light, so she is forced to be in the dark continuously. Of course, the big difference between her and the wussies in UK is that 40 years ago she observed several thermonuclear tests and lived in closed city in USSR next to a nuclear testing ground.

    To make the point clear, it is possible to be sensitive even to wifi, but then you sure as heck lived through some VERY unusual events and you are sensitive to just about everything around you.

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