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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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Dec 2006 @ 2:34pm

    Re: One thing I've always wondered...

    your thought is good. but let me give an example of your thinking. water. if you had a drip of water that was hitting you at x presser, it won't hurt you. even if you time that drop by so many, and keep the presser the same it won't hurt you. anyway with the waves that come off theses eletronic devices don't have the ablity to change the cells in our bodies. so no matter how many of them hit us they will never be able to change a cell in our body.

    I also don't worry one bit. i have Wi-fi at home and at work. also have a cell phone. never worried about being sick.
    another thought. what about all the radio waves?? and other waves that are traveling out there. just food for thougth there.

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