Five years back when I first bought my WiFi router, I was so excited with the possibilities – Freedom from 10m long Ethernet cat6 cables at home. Networking became much easier.
I knew what did I do wrong, right at that moment itself – An unhealthy decision.
During my grad, I was always interested in RF and Networking. And now even as part of my daily job, I understand how things in software and networks can bring different kinds of illness to humans.
Not many people know that continued exposure to powerful 802.11 WiFi or any other RF signals might cause damage that could result in memory loss or other serious neurological harm. What’s worst is, this is more amplified in case of children.
Scientifically, this has never been proved but few researches has yielded results that people having similar kind of Radiation exposure – by their daily habits – WiFi, excessive cellular phone usage, etc. yielded similar symptoms. Ont he contrary, some scientists condemn the blame.
“A professor called it Compulsive Risk Assessment Psychosis, otherwise known as CRAP,’” said Rod Read of ElectroSensitivity-UK. “He says everyone is deluded. It insults and abuses people who are sick. I thought that went out with the Victorian era.”
But it`s more than CRAP. It can actually result in short term memory, dizziness, eye burns, headaches, over prolonged exposures.
Sufferers have reported headaches, nausea, stomach upsets, tinnitus, brain fog and short-term memory, to name a few. Skeptics, however, suspect that blaming EMF sensitivity for their ills amounts to an easy answer to almost any medical problem.
“There is no known mechanism by which EMF from any source — power lines, cell phones or Wi-Fi networks — can cause health problems of any kind,” said Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine. “In fact, there is nothing that even needs explaining.”
While some groups focus on non-specific symptoms, others claim links to more severe conditions such as cancer.
Scientists recognize the dangers of high-frequency ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays unleashed by nuclear fallout. Non-ionizing radiation, however, such as Wi-Fi signals, cellular networks (mobiles), television broadcasts (satellites), GPS and visible light, cannot break down atomic bonds and has long been considered safe.
“The fields that are induced by Wi-Fi transmissions are well below those that could cause problems to humans,” said Chris Guy, head of The University of Reading’s School of Systems Engineering. “The maximum power that is allowed to be transmitted by any Wi-Fi unit is one-tenth of a watt.”
But what about cellphones? GSM cellphone’s peek power, when the signal is low, can be as high as 2 watts as per the specification. Such a High power of radiation can cause tissue breakage.
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