A photo of a medical doctor in a laboratory coat with a cigarette in his hand and the slogan: “More doctors smoke camels than any other cigarette”, came out in publications in a new marketing promotion in the year 1946. Nope, this wasn’t a parody. Way back then, doctors were not aware that cigarette smoking may possibly cause cancer, lung illness and heart illness.
In a comparable scenario, various researchers and costumers are now wondering whether wearable gadgets will be deemed dangerous in a number of decades’ time.
We have extensively alleged that mobile phones, which emit low levels of radiation, which if held too close to the human body for extensive periods, may possibly result to disturbed blood rhythms, cancer, brain tumors, and other physical condition dilemma. However, here we are in the year 2015, with businesses like Samsung and Apple persuading us to purchase their gadgets that we are supposed to attach to our bodies all throughout the day.
Although there is no authoritative investigation on the physical condition effects of wearable gadgets (the Apple watch is not even on store shelves yet), we can assume a bit from the present research on cellphone radiation.
The most authoritative and questionably fair outcome in this area come from a board within the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), that consisted of 31 scientists from 14 nation states.
In 2011, the board concluded that cell phones were “possibly carcinogenic” and that the gadgets could be as dangerous as certain dry-cleaning substances and insect repellents after scrutinizing dozens of peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. Note that the board defended its conclusions with the remark “possibly”.
The WHO board concluded that the farther a device is away from someone’s head, the less dangerous – therefore texting or exploring the net will not be as harmful as making calls, with a cellphone a few inches from the brain. This is the reason why there were serious alarms concerning Google Glass when it was initially publicized and why we have been told to make use of hands-free gadgets when making calls on mobile phones.
Dr Lennart Hardell, head of a study performed by a group of European researchers, a lecturer of oncology and cancer epidemiology at Orebro University Hospital in Sweden, concluded that talking on a mobile or cordless phone for extensive periods may possibly triple the threat of a certain kind of brain cancer.
There is, for sure, an opposing research. However, some of this was partially financed by mobile phone businesses or trade groups.