AirPods are particularly concerning due to their proximity to the brain, although there is no sufficient research on Bluetooth itself.
Existing evidence "indicates potential concerns for human health and development from all technologies that operate at radio frequencies", Phillips said.
There is no question that Apple's wireless Bluetooth AirPods have been a big hit. Dr. Moskowitz focuses on cell phone exposure, and says "there isn't even any research on what it could be doing to the brain, let alone regulation to limit potential effects". And you are possibly carcinogenic.
But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be risky - and much more research is needed. Scientists are warning that microwave radiation from many popular wireless technologies could pose serious health risks, this petition has quickly collected 250 signatures.
However, the petition isn't new - it originated in 2015 - and specifically calls out non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (used in all Bluetooth devices), as well as radiofrequency radiation emitting devices (like cell phones and Wi-Fi) as unsafe. In some cases the levels of radiation being used that were found to be carcinogenic were lower than that of the levels suggested to be safe by federal and worldwide guidelines.
AirPods are Apple's most popular audio accessory since launched in 2016 and continue to remain incredibly popular choice of around 28 million so as to tackle the tangled headphones.
"Over 1 billion iPhone users worldwide offer great potential growth opportunities for AirPods", TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a research note released previous year.
All wireless headphones connect via bluetooth using electromagnetic energy, bluetooth uses a form of low power radiowaves.
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While high levels of EMF waves can cause burns and impact cell-growth in humans, it isn't clear what can result with prolonged exposure to the low amount of EMF waves produced by devices like the AirPods.
"Bluetooth could open the blood-brain barrier that evolved to keep large molecules out of the brain, since the technology tends to be low-intensity", said Moskowitz.
EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or unsafe as - X-rays or UV.
NIH has published further evidence of cellular transmission causing certain kinds of cancer.
Jerry Phillips, a biochemistry professor at the University of Colorado, explained to lifestyle journalist writing for Medium: "My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation".
The petition adds that the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently determined that EMF is "possibly carcinogenic" to humans.
Scientists say the type of electromagnetic frequency radiowave (EMF) that transmit data through the devices can cause serious health issues.
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