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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    PhysicsGuy, 13 Dec 2006 @ 3:45am

    Re: |333173|3|_||3 ANSIENTWUN

    actually, microwaves affect water, fat and sugar molecules. also, ANSIENTWUN, what does giving a radioactive molecule actually have to do with radio waves? radioactive molecules decay and generally release gamma rays which are very high frequency, high energy waves... they're on the complete OPPOSITE end of the spectrum from radio waves...

    and chrono, despite not having 100 access points, there are still many other devices emitting radio waves all around you, my concern is with the cumulative effect of all of these devices. nobody here has yet to show anything against my question above. if someone can show me what the harmful exposure level of low energy photons (such as those from radio waves) is and an rough estimate on how much we're actually receiving given all the different devices around us, then i'll consent that there isn't (or is) a problem (yes, i could google it, but a lot of you seem hell bent there is no problem, and you have nothing to back yourselves up with [aside from, "duh, someone said it was safe so it is, duh"] and nothing to go against my hypothesis stated in the form of a question above). you all know there is a reason why there are regulations on the intensity level of radio waves used in commercial devices, and there is a standard measure of absorption of radio frequency fields called the specific absorption rate? there's not just regulations on use of the spectrum...

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