So long, blood-brain barriers. You've served us well.
When Apple spent $3 billion acquiring Dr. Dre’s Beats, many questioned how anything that expensive could even be a viable takeover. Then a few days ago, Apple announced the new iPhone 7, completely void of any type of jack to plug headphones into.
Now, it makes sense. Apple bought the technology, ousted a competitor, and is eventually going to make wireless converts out of each and every one of you. SHEEPLE!
But the wireless earbuds also going to allow toxins into your brain by shooting microwaves all around your dumb skull, claims Dr. Joel Moskowitz, a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
He warns the intensity of wireless waves is enough to erode the blood-brain barrier, which is important if you don't want things like chemical toxins to enter where they shouldn't.
“We are playing with fire here,” he tells the Daily Mail Online via email. “You are putting a microwave-emitting device next to your brain.”
Though the new easy-to-lose earbuds are well within FCC guidelines because they use Bluetooth technology, Moskowitz is still skeptical of the growing trend in electronics. He says that over 200 scientists who study this kind of stuff as their actual jobs warn the guidelines don’t do enough to protect human health — and there’s still a lot we don’t know as far as long-term effects.
“This has been observed over several decades,” he adds. “It's like we keep rediscovering that Bluetooth is harmful and trying to forget it because we don't know how to handle it from a policy standpoint.”
Moskowitz recommends using corded headsets or other types of hands-free devices that aren't inserted into any of our bodily cavities. Certainly not wireless earbuds.
On the plus side, there are experts out there who disagree with doctors like Moskowitz altogether. Even though there have been studies performed on rats that found exposure to electromagnetic radiation (the type emitted by mobile devices) caused cancers of the brain and heart in the subjects, the results are still in question. In those events, the rats were exposed at a much higher rate than any one consumer is going to be with normal use of a cell phone, fitness tracker or smart watch. Right now, there's conflicting evidence one way or the other.
Yet Moskowitz still isn't convinced it's safe.
“We don’t know the long-term risks from using Bluetooth devices, why would anyone insert microwave-emitting devices in their ears near their brain when there are safer ways to use a cell phone?”
Basically, everything sucks and then you die. So long, blood-brain barriers. You've served us well.