A few days ago, The New York Times, prompted by the announcement of the Apple Watch, published an article entitled “Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?” Read it here.
Despite it’s headline, however, it trod an overly cautious approach that under-emphasized the risks highlighted in hundreds of scientific studies, and over-emphasized the misleading language of government and industry that claims there is “no evidence” wireless tech has harmful biological effects.
After the initial article went viral, they rewrote the headline, criticized their own source (Dr. Joseph Mercola), and reiterated a World Health Organization statement that “To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”
Without getting into hairsplitting semantics, how many studies suggesting danger need be conducted before adverse health effects are “established?” It’s like they’re conitinually moving the goal post back. And yet, there is cause for optimism, now that the national government of France voted to adopt common sense precautions with Wi-Fi, especially when used around children. Let’s hope this is the start of real change. You can about France’s new rules in our prior blog post here.
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