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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    C Sharer, 18 Mar 2007 @ 3:29pm

    Re: WiFi/Mobile Phones cause physical discomfort i

    Like most people I thought "electrosensitivity" was just a myth. That was until I installed a Wi Fi connection to my PC and Laptop. When the Wi Fi is on, I get a numbness in one side of my face, a slight headache, and some blurring of my vision in my right eye. I never expected Wi Fi to be a problem to me. Never even gave it a moment's thought until I started to experience these odd symptoms. When the Wi Fi is off these symptoms gradually subside. I have now had to resort to using my old modem to connect to the internet - very annoying as I really need to use both laptop and PC at the same time - the reason I got the Wi fi in the first place! What is going on here? How can I propect myself from the Wi Fi? Cheers C Sharer

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