There is no denying the cancer risks associated with excessive cell phone use but have you ever considered the radiation that you might be facing when wearing something as simple as a Fitbit or smartwatch?

EMF’s are something we all need to be aware of and the dangers surrounding them are for some reason often underplayed. Studies have shown that they might be doing much more harm than you think. WHO even goes so far as to classify them as a possible carcinogen to us humans. Not only can these EMF’s cause cancer they can also damage our heart and lead to a number of other conditions.

You see, while these small wearable devices are a bit different from cell phones they still put off RF’s in their own ways. Animal studies in regards have shown that low-intensity exposure to things like this can generate free radicals within the body, damage DNA, and disrupt the blood-brain barrier. This is something that really needs to be looked into more specifically in the future.

Fox News actually reported as follows in regards:

But there is something called the precautionary principle that states when an activity is potentially harmful to human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.

One who is being cautious is Hugh S. Taylor, MD, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale School of Medicine. Though wearables emit lower energy levels than smartphones, some people should still consider themselves at risk, he said.

“My warning is that we should be particularly cautious in pregnant women,” Taylor told “Especially something such as a watch if you have your arm straight down or resting on your belly.”

And sporting a wearable in addition to carrying a smartphone and tablet could have a cumulative effect, he said.

“I worry that wearables may increase our total exposure. All that radiation will be adding up. Wearables are something you’re more likely to keep on your body, so you’re more likely to have a sustained close exposure.”

Taylor, most of whose work focuses on fetal development, said fetuses exposed to radiation from their pregnant mothers’ cellphones can develop behaviors such as hyperactivity, poorer memory and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in childhood.

But the effects of RF radiation on the average consumer are what concern Moskowitz.

“If [you] were to go to the NCI (National Cancer Institute) website, [you] would probably read that there’s been a lot of research. [They would say that] we really don’t know the answer, and more research is needed,” he said. “That’s the conventional party line of our government and many governments around the world.”

Echoing Taylor’s concerns, he added: “Besides the peak RF exposure from Bluetooth devices, which is what the SAR measures, we need to be concerned about the cumulative RF exposure, as people may keep these devices on all day long.”

For example, he said, one of the effects of daylong, very low-intensity exposure to microwave radiation from Wi-Fi is that it “opens the blood-brain barrier. So if you have any toxins in your blood system, those toxins can now penetrate your brain tissue with very, very low exposure to microwave radiation.”

Even Bluetooth, where the SAR is low, “could be problematic leaving [the device] near the head, because of the blood-brain barrier phenomenon,” Moskowitz said.

But the risk of RF radiation is insignificant when a wearable can help a person in dire need of medical care, said David O. Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany (N.Y.).

“You have to evaluate what the risk is. It has to be balanced against the benefit. If you have a wearable that’s monitoring a disease state, that’s a very different issue,” Carpenter told

I guess the point is we know that there are risks but we aren’t being as informed as we should be. We should all be looking more into things before using them, sure to some people using these devices might be worth it but regardless the risks need to be noted by all.

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