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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    Stan Mrak, 13 Dec 2006 @ 7:39am

    Damage From Wireless Radiation is not related to s

    As it turns out, the important thing in terms of damaging health effects is not the power output of the microwave signal coming from the cell phone, but the shape of the information-carrying radio wave and its proximity to biological tissue, according to Dr. George Carlo, the scientist who spearheaded a $28 million study for the cellular phone industry from 1993-1999.
    "The mechanism is not dependent on intensity,” Carlo says. “The mechanism is dependent on the type of radio wave that carries information. There is no safe level. We have not identified any level that will not trigger that response by the cell mechanism.”
    P.S. Dr. Carlo was dismissed from his position as head of research for the cellular industry in 1999 because he refused to cover up damaging evidence of genetic damage and brain tumors attriubuted to cell phones.

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