Modern conspiracy theorists are at it again — with every chance that presents itself; they’re throwing a wrench in every aspect of the technological strides we’ve so far accomplished.
Even with no conclusive evidence that smartphones and other wearable technology devices pose as a health risk, there are some who’ll stop at nothing but to convince themselves that these devices cause cancer.
Could this be true? Do smartwatches cause cancer?
Well, the answer is NO — and that’s because the level of the non-ionizing radio frequency (RF) energy emitted is on the extreme low to have any significant impact on your health. Of course, few people still insist on how some biological effect would even occur at low RF, but that’s just conjecture as there’s NO conclusive evidence backing up the claim.
So yes, you can relax and have a peace of mind as there’s NO scientific evidence supporting the claim that your smart-watch will or can leave you with any cancer.
However, that’s NOT to say that reputable outlets will stop publishing fear-mongering articles. Of course, it’s beyond embarrassing when reputable sources rush to publish a string of pseudo-science quackery on subjects they’re totally clueless about. But that ends today — as we’ll be delving on the subject on a much more deeper scale by breaking down the science behind radiations and the effect it has on your health and biology in general.
The Connection between Radiations, Electrons, Atoms and You, a Smartwatch User
It’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do wondering if your smartphone or smartwatch has any health effect. After all, every single one of these devices arrives with radios — and radios as we know they tend to emit electromagnetic radiations.
That forms the basis of all the health concerns raised against these devices, considering electromagnetic radiations have been found to cause cancer.
These devices are designed to use radio waves to communicate wirelessly. Whether it’s Bluetooth, LTE or normal communication, all this is facilitated through the emission of radio radiations. Goes without mentioning that radiations are NOT limited to wireless communications only. Almost everything in your house emits some sort of radiation. From your microwaves to your TV set and the AM/FM radio, it’s safe to say we’re surrounded by emissions left, right, and center — speaking of which even the earth itself emits radiations.
Not all Radiations are Equal Though
Not all radiations are equal. Neither are they equally harmful. However, one easy way to understand the possible effect of some of this radiations is to sort them out into ionizing and non-ionizing radiations.
Ionizing radiations simply pack enough energy that makes it possible for them to strip electrons off the orbit of an atom, thus dragging the number of charged electrons out of balance by converting it into a negatively-charged ion. That’s the whole science behind the ionization effect of some of these radiations.
As with non-ionizing radiations, these don’t have such kind of power — and that’s where the radiations emitted by smartwatches fall.
The Effect on Ionizing Radiations
When an individual atom loses an electron, that doesn’t amount to anything significant. The atom will merely replace the lost electron from somewhere else or decide to share it with another electron, thus forming a molecule.
But this is a little different with humans, considering our bodies contain a very few lone atoms that are unperturbed. Instead, we have complex molecules consisting of dozens, hundreds, thousands or even millions of atoms. Examples include metabolites, lipids, proteins and so much more.
Naturally, the atoms making up a molecule are held together by a series of chemical bonds. Some of these bonds were ions at some point, and the reason the atoms share electrons is to balance negative and positive charges.
So when ionizing radiations interfere with this natural setup of things, the molecules stop working like they’re supposed to. Some will, therefore, fall apart or pick an entirely new electron and end up forming a totally different molecule — the result of which, the corresponding cell may stop working or dies. So that’s exactly what passes it as a possible cause of tumor or cancer.
But with Non-ionizing Radiations
The radiations emitted by smartwatches or cellphones, on the other hand, do not carry any ionization power. It’s NOT in their nature to strip away an electron from an existing atom; ergo, a near zero possibility of causing cancer or brain tumor as claimed by a group of self-proclaimed cancer experts.
Modern conspiracy theorists are at it again — with every chance that presents itself, they’re throwing a wrench in every aspect of the technological strides we’ve so far accomplished.
Even with no conclusive evidence that smart phones and other wearable technology devises pose as a health risk, there are some who’ll stop at nothing but to convince themselves that these devices actually cause cancer.