Radiation from Wi-Fi Dangerous?

Thanks to Robert’s Interests, who posted most of this article on his post.  I read most of the article from his post (he left out some unimportant info. but since I either post the whole article, a summary, or just the title of the article with its link), I decided to copy and paste it on here.  This article came from The Guardian.

The article mentions the “pregnant women” setting (an upgrade from a Wi-Fi router) for the reach to go further.  The company that made the setting said there is a concern for radiation emission from Wi-Fi routers to pregnant women, hence the setting.  However, their competitor said that there was no danger.

Due to the One Child Policy in China (and now amended policy which would be discussed in another post), it’s actually a one pregnancy policy, for many couples try to bypass the one child by using In-Vitro Fertilization, so they carry multiple babies in one pregnancy, which is legal.  Do you remember the mother with quadruplet (identical) sons, and shaved their heads to numbers, “1,” “2,” “3,” and “4” so that their teacher (and peers) can tell them apart? For those who obey the One Child Policy as it intended (and to have safer pregnancies), you only get one, and everyone tries to keep the fetus as healthy as possible.  [FYI, if you have a disabled child, you can have another child.]

Anyway, technology is not my expertise.  To my understanding, radiation causes cancer, which is dangerous to everyone, especially pregnant women, and the effects of radiation on fetuses are harmful to their development and may even cause deformities.  Again, to my understanding, Wi-Fi routers emit in circles, much like radio waves, so if a pregnant woman stands far away from that router, she would be receiving less radiation to herself and her fetus.  However, she won’t know where all the routers are, so she could inadvertently be very close to a router and receive a larger dose of radiation.  In addition, Wi-Fi routers could be anywhere and everywhere (in the big cities at least), so no matter what, radiation is everywhere anyway, since almost everyone has a cell phone that stays on all the time, which also emits radiation, and therefore, a carcinogen.

Chinese tech firms fight over Wi-Fi router with ‘pregnant women’ setting

Xiaomi accuses rival Qihoo of scare tactics after it markets router complete with safety mode for women expecting a child

The World Health Organisation says there is no empirical evidence to suggest contact with electromagnetic fields lead to complications during pregnancy.

Move over Apple and Samsung, the latest tech rivalry is in town – and it’s to do with a router aimed at pregnant women.

Chinese tech firm Qihoo has launched an upgrade to its P1 router, which features three settings: “wall penetration”, “balance” and … er, “pregnant women”.

Quite aside from this product not being a good enough reason to use the word penetration, the router has upset rival firm, Xiaomi.

Xiaomi has released its own new router, the Mi. The firm took to social media site Weibo to denounce Qihoo’s product as scaremongering.

Xiamo’s post read: “The so-called pregnancy mode [of Qihoo’s router] is just a marketing tactic. Wi-Fi usage is safe, so please rest assured when using it [Xiaomi’s router].

“We firmly oppose, and feel ashamed of, those who create rumours and arouse instability for business purposes.”

Zhou Hongyi, chief executive and president of Qihoo, hit back with the rather brilliant but ominous statement: “We will wait and see who has a more profound understanding of Wi-Fi routers, me or our competitors.”

Hongyi claims that the upgraded P1 router protects pregnant women from any harm from signals, as it reduces radiation by around 70 percent.

“We are targeting people who are afraid of radiation”, he said. However, in a statement to South China Morning Post, Qihoo acknowledged that no definitive link has been made between Wi-Fi signals and poor health.

“We aren’t scientists. We haven’t done many experiments to prove how much damage the radiation from Wi-Fi can cause. We leave the right of choice to our customers.”

Debate surrounding the safety of electromagnetic fields has grown in recent years, but according to the World Health Organisation, there is no empirical evidence to suggest health implications.

“The overall weight of evidence shows that exposure to fields at typical environmental levels does not increase the risk of any adverse outcome such as spontaneous abortions, malformations, low birth weight, and congenital diseases.

“Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.”

It remains to be seen whether Qihoo will bring out a router with a specific setting for women in that awkward, panicky stage of having a late period and fearing the worst (raising a child with Garth from IT), but we live in hope.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/24/pregnant-women-wi-fi-router-qihoo-xiaomi-fight-china

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I began writing Elle's Adventure in China (EACh) in June 2014 as a fun summer project, but as obstacles kept interfering with my plans, I forked and forked more options. I took writing this novel much more seriously in mid-July, and want to have it officially published someday in my lifetime. As many artists put their hearts into their projects, so do I. I did not start out liking to read, but a professor suggested a book for me for homework a few years ago, and it was an amazing book. Since then, I read for pleasure, and I hope my novel, Elle's Adventure in China, does the same for as many of you as possible. The same thing goes to writing. I did not like to write until I took a course where the professor and papers made me love to write. I hope every one of you find what makes you happy and dedicated to work. In May 2015, I started my other blog, Read and Write Here (R&WH), as a place to post other things that aren't China- and Chinese culture-related and not EACh. I share some of my memories and experiences from student teaching, irregular participation in Daily Prompts, etc. I'd like to have regular people and bloggers to write book reviews and post it on R&WH someday. Keep reading and writing!

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