Wi-Fi risk seems to be overblown

Some people have expressed great concern about the safety of the electromagnetic radiation emitted from electronic devices.

Some people have expressed great concern about the safety of the electromagnetic radiation emitted from electronic devices.

The possibility that this frequency of radiation could be a type-one carcinogen raises alarm. I would like to put the matter into perspective. Our world is full of type-one carcinogens, many of which are naturally occurring.

Each one of us has daily exposure to several carcinogens such as ultraviolet rays from the sun or radio isotopes in the earth.   In fact, the majority of our radiation exposure comes from the sun. It warrants mentioning other proven carcinogens like ethanol; cigarette smoke and herbal remedies containing Aristolochia.

Electromagnetic radiation covers a huge range of frequencies while the concerns about Wi-Fi are only dealing with a very small portion of the spectrum.

The radiation from electronic technology such as Wi-Fi, Blue Tooth, and cell phones is at the low frequency range, 2.46 GHz. The current scientific evidence indicates that radiation of frequencies higher than the spectrum of visible light are harmful to human health such as ultra-violet waves, X-rays and gamma rays. The bulk of evidence suggests that radiation of low frequency is not considered harmful.

I am concerned about the possibility of misinformation on the topic as many articles in the debate lack scientific basis or are under informed. Wi-Fi and related wireless signals also confer many benefits, including easy Internet access anywhere and the ability to contact anyone from almost anywhere on your cell phone. As a youth, I am willing to take the small risk in exchange for all the conveniences electronic devices give me. While not wanting to belittle the concerns of others, I hope this information can assuage some of those concerns. If future evidence suggests a risk, I feel confident  we will work to reverse/alleviate that risk.

Ryon Ready

 

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