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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    Paul, 21 Dec 2006 @ 8:41pm

    WiFi/Mobile Phones cause physical discomfort in so

    I used to use amateur radios and never had a problem with the radiofrequency (RF) exposure. But ever since I began to use a mobile phone and WiFi equipment, I started noticing prickling sensations and tremor like feelings in my nerves as well as getting headaches and blurred vision. The correlation between experiencing these symptoms and using either a mobile phone or WiFi handheld is striking. I am left with no doubt that there is a problem here that needs investigation.

    I suspect that what could be going on is a kind of interference with body's nervous (or 'eletrical') system by these kinds of signals. I think two factors might be involved: the frequency of the signal and the type of waveform (as a previous respondant also suggested).

    This is definitely something that needs more serious research. It would seem that some individuals are more susceptible than others and perhaps most people don't notice any problem at all. It will be difficult convincing those who don't experience any problem and deny there is any kind of problem to be considerate of those who do. But with the right kind of research this should be possible.

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