How Wi-Fi affects you – 2

People may be affected in many different ways. Reported health effects from this type of radiation are one or more of the following:Neurological: headaches, dizziness/nausea, memory and concentration difficulties, insomnia, depression/anxiety, fatigue/weakness, numbness/tingling, muscle and joint pains.

Wireless Fidelity – is a term used to describe the way computers can connect to a network without the need for cables. Instead, the connection is made using microwave radiation, along which the data are sent in pulses.

This is relatively new technology that has taken off at a rapid pace. The first wireless sytems were developed in the early 1990s (such as WaveLAN); however, it was not until 1999 that wireless technologies were widely accepted. The most common 802.11g protocol has only been around since 2003.

Because there is such a high demand for wireless convenience, the rate at which Wi-Fi technologies are being deployed exceeds the rate at which researchers can study its long-term effects on humans.

Although no studies have specifically looked for health effects from Wi-Fi, there is a growing amount of scientific research on related wireless technologies that suggests possible adverse health effects.

A survey of this research, conducted by Powerwatch in the UK, found a number of significant health effects from mobile phone masts (which use a frequency from 0.9 to 2.1ghz, close to the 2.4ghz used for Wi-Fi). There is, in fact, very little research looking at phone masts that has failed to find an effect.

The number of studies and research papers that point to adverse effects from wireless technologies has prompted a number of leading scientists and organisations to advise a precautionary approach to the use of wireless devices.
What are the health effects?

People may be affected in many different ways. Reported health effects from this type of radiation are one or more of the following:Neurological: headaches, dizziness/nausea, memory and concentration difficulties, insomnia, depression/anxiety, fatigue/weakness, numbness/tingling, muscle and joint pains.

Cardiac: heart palpitations, shortness of breath, heart arrhythmias, high blood pressure.
Eyes: pain/discomfort, pressure in the eyes, deteriorating vision, cataracts.
Ears: ringing in the ears, hearing loss.

Other: skin problems, digestive problems, dehydration, nosebleeds, impaired sense of smell and light sensitivity.
Research has also pointed to an increased likelihood of long-term effects – including cancer, neurological diseases, genetic effects such as male sterility, miscarriage and birth defects, as well as asthma, diabetes, thyroid dysfunction and bleeding disorders.

It is also known that microwave radiation penetrates the body of a younger person more than an adult, so the possible long-term effects on young, developing children are of particular concern.

extracted from EMFactsConsultancy at EM Facts

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