Health Risks from WiFi

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Does exposure to wi fi radiation cause any health risks to children or adults?
ASKED: June 26, 2009  5:26 PM
UPDATED: June 28, 2010  11:53 PM

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Maybe this <a href=”http://lmgtfy.com/?q=wifi+health+risks”>Google search</a> will help you out on this question. Lots of information out there and as with anything on the internet… take it with a grain of salt unless you can confirm the source as legitimate and trustworthy. However, the third or fourth link down on the page comes from the World Health Organization (WHO) and might be about the best answer on this topic.

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  • BlankReg
    The links that Labnuke99 points to are a very good starting point to investigate this subject. As he says the WHO one is particularly good. There was a lot of press about this a couple of years ago. As far as I can tell it was all just scare mongering to sell a few more papers. There has been no evidence that non-ionising radiation causes any health problems. Wi-Fi installations are usually a reasonable distance from the body, and particularly from the head, and with distance the strength of the electro-magnetic field is reduced greatly (inverse square). An ironic point is that the people who make the greatest noise about this sort of thing, are quite happy to use a mobile (cell) phone, which potentially sends out higher power levels, and is held right next to the head !!! I think the risks are very very small indeed, and there are much more important things to worry about in our lives.
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  • JennyMack
    Well said, Labnuke99 and BlankReg. Great answers!
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  • Antarbh02
    Thanks to Labnuke99 for the helpful answer. The WHO references are excellent and tell me what I need to know. BlankReg's comment on holding the phone close to one's head is spot on. I agree with BlankReg about the irony of the way people who raise these issues while being quite happy to hold mobiles to their head for prolonged periods. As far as I know there is evidence that prolonged holding of a mobile to the head heats the brain locally, though it is not thought to do any long term harm. As with all technology one has to be aware of the possibility of health issues associated with the use of the technology, but there is no need to be paranoid.
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  • Technochic
    I use a blue-tooth ear-peice for my cell thank you very much! I don't want that next to my head either! And I would also caution men specifically from using a laptop with wi-fi on their laps. Set it on a desk or table so at least there is some distance between it and the "family jewels" as it were. I have seen multiple articles for male fertility issues linked to excessive use of a wi-fi enabled laptop set on the lap. Google "Laptop use and male fertility" if you want more info. Even if it isn't conclusive or you are not convinced, would you really rather take that chance if you want children? :-)
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  • BlankReg
    But blue-tooth uses the same 2.4GHz frequencies as Wi-Fi, in a pulsing mode rather than continuous transmission, so all you have done is change the frequency, but at least it is at a lower power level :-) You also expose your self to this when you microwave that tasty dinner. Loads leaks out, regardless of what they say. I had a chance to use a spectum analyser to diagnose a particularly difficult problem at a customer site. To get an idea of what these different sources look like, I did some tests at home, with the different appliances. Microwave was worst, and from quite a distance as well, Wi-Fi is distict on a particular channel (spreading over about 3 or 4 from the centre), blue tooth is pulsed all over the band. The bottom line is that there has been a lot of discussion, and no proof one way or the other. Do I use a laptop with wi-fi ? Yes. Am I worried ? No. I suspect the heat from the laptop has more effect on the 'jewels' than wi-fi, but as far as I know it is all still in working order !
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  • AAAAZZZZ9999
    It's sad to read the gullibility of people who think that because it hurts others and because it’s not hurting them, then all those other people are paranoid, or possibly schizophrenic. It has been well expressed throughout the world of the danger of DECT phones and Wi Fi, and I assume that all who have posted on this article, have NEVER researched the concerns of the millions, and millions of parents who have seen their children change so dramatically after Wi Fi was installed in their schools. As one of those who suffer from such, and worked amongst the so-called harmless communications equipment for many decades, I now know why I suffer the way I have ever since the floodgates were opened by greedy government officials and electronic companies, and gullible drones called the PUBLIC. They said for the past six decades that DDT, Dieldrin, Asbestos, and cigarette smoking was harmless and wouldn’t kill you. I guess many who have died from those killers of the past made stupid comments like most posters have on this article. Yes, I am have seen them all before, all those bullet-proof, gung-ho users of all those things of the past, and they said that those things were harmless and wouldn’t kill them, as they mixed their DDT and Dieldrin and Asbestos into a healthy breakfast meal, as they puffed on their Camel cigarette. Oh well, they are all dead now. So for all you bullet-proof, gung-ho users of the latest and wonderful electronic and communicating equipments who claim that the invisible waves of electro magnetic radiation can't hurt you, then keep on preaching your gullibility, because I can assure you that it will all come back and bite you.
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