Lower frequency, Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), higher frequency, Radio Frequency (RF) radiation and heat radiation emitted from laptop computers can pose real dangers to our health. This exposure danger is not new. Appliances and devices all around us emit similar radiation including, desktop computers, mobile phones, television sets and microwave ovens.
What’s different with laptops though?
Laptops used directly in our laps directly touching the body expose us to more intense radiation that otherwise would be harmless if we were only a few feet away.
Laptops have parts that heat up and radiate, with older laptops emitting the highest levels of heat radiation. Laptops generate electromagnetic, low-frequency radiations referred to as Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) from storage and computing processing. When laptops use Bluetooth, WiFi and wireless cellular connections, they emit higher frequency, Radio Frequency (RF) radiation. All three of these sources are very close to your genitals, skin and muscles. Your exposure to these dangerous radiations may create bodily reactions such as a skin rash and muscle soreness. In some cases, infertility can occur.
There are government standards for electronic devices on Electromagnetic Field (EMF) radiation that laptop computers typically meet. However, these standards were written for general use assuming a safe distance from the devices. It is not clear if the standards were written to protect us from electronics used in our laps. Health officials and industry leaders have differences of opinion on this subject, making it a difficult technology area to understand. However, in spite of negative publicity and health scares, we continue to use electronic devices in our daily lives so guarding against possible health dangers will be left up to us.
Laptop Radiation Exposure Symptoms
Leading experts have known for many, many years that heat and electronic radiation exposure, particularly when prolonged at high levels, coincide with fatigue, dizziness, headaches, breathlessness, insomnia and various cancers. When emissions are exposed directly to the lap, more serious health conditions, including infertility and skin damage, have occurred. See a doctor if you experience any of these health issues.
In recent years, studies on the effects of laptop radiation were conducted with some demonstrating cell and DNA damage, while others claimed no impacts. With emitting devices so close to our bodies as a normal part of our daily lives, further studies may create more consensus of understanding.
Laptop Radiation Sources
Laptops have fans that exhaust hot air and can greatly exceed 110 degree temperatures. These fans keep the operating temperature stable inside the computer, insuring proper performance, but this exhausted hot air exposes users to potentially harmful health effects.
When converting energy to perform the various functions of the laptop, Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) are created. These fields are in the low frequency range and radiate out of the outer shell of your computer from such sources as processor activity, hard drive operations, memory storage and other computing functions.
To connect to the internet laptops, iPods and other computer devices use technologies such as Bluetooth, WiFi and 4G. To make these connections, your laptop is equipped with a receiver and a transmitter. The transmitter produces higher frequency Radio Frequency (RF) radiation and when placed in your lap, your laptop radiates the dangerous emissions directly into your body.
Some studies show that laptops are a health hazard while other studies, cannot not find a strong link between health problems and laptop radiation. While experts are evaluating the impacts of laptop radiation on children, adults and seniors, we may want to take precautionary measures to protect ourselves. Why risk it? When used off the lap, your laptop presents little danger. When using your laptop near your body, invest in a protective device like The DefenderPad which virtually eliminates laptop radiation dangers.
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