UC Berkeley scientist says AirPods could cause brain damage

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“We are playing with fire here,” according to Dr Joel Moskowitz, a professor at the UC Berekely School of Public Health.

UC Berkeley scientist Dr. Joel Moskowitz believes that using AirPods could cause users brain damage. Even though Apple passed FCC requirements for acceptable radiation levels, Moskowitz still believes that brain damage is possible. The idea of Bluetooth radiation causing brain damage or being a health risk isn’t new and it has been debated off and on over the years. Cellphone usage is still hotly debated and some consider their use potentially harmful.

“We are playing with fire here,” Dr Joel Moskowitz, a professor at the UC Berekely School of Public Health, told Daily Mail Online. “You are putting a microwave-emitting device next to your brain. This has been observed over several decades, he says. It’s like we keep rediscovering that Bluetooth is harmful and trying to forget it because we don’t know how to handle it from a policy standpoint. Although we don’t know the long-term risks from using Bluetooth devices, why would anyone insert microwave-emitting devices in their ears near their brain when there are safer ways to use a cell phone? Essentially I recommend using corded headsets or hands-free use of cell phones, not wireless ear buds.”

This is one of those issues where different scientists produce conflicting results and there are two varying ideas of what is harmful and not. Moskowitz’s conclusion would not only apply to Apple’s AirPods but also every Bluetooth headset on the market. They all work in a similar fashion yet they’ve all been passed by the FCC. So who do we believe in this case? The FCC is supposed to have our well being at the forefront of their minds so you would think their judgement to be pretty solid. But scientists like Moskowitz make valid arguments and I guess it will take more research and debate to perhaps settle this dispute.

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  Source: DailyMail UK
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