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Apple Watch EMF Radiation. Is it Safe?

Is EMF radiation coming from your Apple Watch? 

Absolutely. The Apple watch is one of the most connected devices you can wear, connected via cell signal, Bluetooth, WiFi.

Something to consider, when using wearables like the Apple watch is that it they are constantly touching your body. On your lovely wrist.  With all that wireless energy or EMF

As we said to the Tech Wellness tribe for years, distance is your friend when it comes to the waves of EMF, called RF radiation. proximity to the source of EMF radiation is extremely crucial.

We know that RF radiation exposure in the near-field drops nicely at between 8-10 inches with our smartphones, so it follows that if you're using an Apple Watch with Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity you're being exposed to man made artificial electromagnetic radiation directly on your body.

Check out  video to see the Apple watch emitting radiation in action!  She even compares it to iPhone radiation.

So many people are in LOVE with their Apple watch! The convenience, the connectivity is just so awesome but Tech Wellness wonders if risks may simply not be worth the reward.


Researching wireless radiation for many years now, we know the impact that significant exposure to EMF radiation has on the body.

Wireless EMF Energy vs. Body Energy

I've been doing EMF measurement videos on cell phones and mobile phones since 2000 because I wanted to show people the "energy waves" that can't be seen, felt or touched. In many of the videos, I talk about my belief that the energy coming from this Smartphone or this Bluetooth speaker, negatively affects the energy of my body or that I feel this energy isn't interacting with my bodies energy in a good way.

Since were electrical in nature and we now know our brains respond to the fields of energy—we can make the connection between how man-made EMFs might possibly be messing with our bodies by interfering with our natural bio-electromagnetic functions. The level of our exposure to EMF is growing daily as we become more and more connected and there may be a health connection simply because of our ever-growing exposure to all the types of EMF

But, because Radio Frequency or RF energy power has come on strong in the last 35 years and it is used in more areas of our life every single day, our main focus is reducing your exposure from wireless sources. We advocate what’s referred to as the Precautionary Principle. Basically, this means that because there’s research, lots of it actually, saying the energy that powers our cellphones– RF radiation– could be causing health concerns-including tumors and cancer, then we ought to take care when using our cell phones -and all devices that emit RF-and use them mindfully.

Max radiation Baby

I'm especially sensitive to the wireless radiation so I always recommended keeping the cellphone out her hands and on a strap,even the state of California advises   keeping your smartphone away from your body.   So, it follows that putting an Apple watch with the same functionality of a smartphone directly against our body, isn't so smart as,we absorb the absolute maximum amount of radiation. For expert analysis of How Much RF Radiation exposure is too much-look here!

 

Apple Watch Electro-sensitivity and EMF+RF Radiation Symptoms:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Feeling stressed or "wired"
  • Trouble sleeping through the night
  • Tingling skin sensations
  • Buzzing or static feeling in the brain
  • Ringing ears
  • Unexplained rashes or hives
  • Body pain
  • Weakened immunity
  • Hormonal imbalances that don't respond to treatment

If you wear an Apple Watch or Fitbit and notice any of these symptoms, you may want to try an easy self-evaluation. Try going without wearing it and avoiding contact with other wireless devices. If you feel better or symptoms improve, you may want to consider re-thinking the inclusion of a wireless wearable in your daily routine.

If you do notice Fitbit radiation symptoms and you're interested in EMF protection or in getting a meter of your own, see the Body collection in our Tech Wellness store.  We offer only items we actually use--and love. 

We're very excited we found a Fitness tracker that has Bluetooth that you can turn off. So you can track steps, heart rate, distance and more without radiation!  We think it's a great Fitbit alternative.

Fit Bit no radiation alternative

And what about serious diseases like cancer?

Apple Watch. The Background On EMF Radiation

 I started looking into the “energy effect” over 25 years ago, simply trying to identify what I was feeling. At about the same time, major research on the topic was underway. To date, the Wireless Technology Research or WTR remains the most seminal work on the topic of adverse health effects and cell phone use.

The WTR was founded in 1993 by CTIA, and back then the acronym stood for US Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, but now this trade organization just goes by CTIA and represents the U.S, wireless communications industry.

EMF Radiation and Cancer: Dr. George Carlo headed this research project which resulted in the findings of genetic damage to human blood; increased risk of brain neuroepithelial tumors in those who use cell phones on the side of the head where their tumors were found; increased risk of acoustic neuroma with increasing minutes of phone use. Other research around the world followed and then in 2011, the World Health Organization classified RF exposed as a Group 2B possible carcinogen. This was big news, in fact, I did a video recap of it back then to explain what that means:

I've been doing EMF measurement videos on cell phones and mobile phones since 2000 because I wanted to show people the "energy waves" that can't be seen, felt or touched. In many of the videos, I talk about my belief that the energy coming from this Smartphone or this Bluetooth speaker, negatively affects the energy of my body or that I feel this energy isn't interacting with my bodies energy in a good way.

Since were electrical in nature and we now know our brains respond to the fields of energy—we can make the connection between how man-made EMFs might possibly be messing with our bodies by interfering with our natural bio-electromagnetic functions.

Because Radio Frequency or RF energy power has come on strong in the last 35 years and it is used in more areas of our life every single day, our main focus is reducing your exposure from wireless sources.

We advocate what’s referred to as the Precautionary Principle. Basically, this means that because there’s research, lots of it actually, saying the energy that powers our cellphones– RF radiation– could be causing health concerns-including tumors and cancer, then we ought to take care when using our cell phones -and all devices that emit RF-and use them mindfully.

  •  Known Health Effects. For years we've seen study after study showing how wireless energy can affect our health. I personally know it affects me—I get headaches, anxiety, and tingling. Research points to possible effects that range from infertility to cancer (in some cases and for some people). If you start digging into, you'll quickly find that the news is pretty scary--frankly, I don't like to think about it.
  • Reported symptoms of exposure to wireless energy, provided by Dr. Ronald Powell note a study of 400+people, shows sleep disruption, headaches, ringing or buzzing in the ears, fatigue, loss of concentration, memory and learning ability and dizziness and disorientation at the top of the list.
  • Epidemiologist, Tech Wellness Expert and author, Dr. George Carlo has been studying this type of EMF- RF(radio frequency energy) for decades and he tells us,   "The health effects aspect is complicated. There is now no doubt scientifically that radio waves carrying information trigger some type of biological response in almost everyone exposed. However, what happens after the triggering is variable. For some people, the triggering causes debilitating biological cascades that manifest as EHS, other symptoms and frankly, disease."
  • Millions of people rely on Wikipedia for every imaginable kind of information--but in the case of EHS-- Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) they are doing the people who have it a big dis-service. Here's what they claim:  "it's a claimed sensitivity to electromagnetic fields to which negative symptoms are attributed. EHS has no scientific basis and is not a recognised medical diagnosis. 

  • Research Studies. Tech Wellness has curated and included 100's of studies reporting biological effects from exposure to RF radiation. Here's one example:  A European study from 2015 showed that heavy cellphone use for over ten years correlated to a double risk of brain cancer, and even more alarming, kids who begin using cell phones as teenagers had a four to five times higher chance of being diagnosed with brain cancer.
  • How the Heck Did this Happen? How did we get to the point where cellphones are everywhere and wireless energy now blankets the world without doing all the research first? And knowing the potential hazards.
  • Our Public Policy and Science Expert, Dr. George Carlo explains how the cell phone industry was able to get this technology to market before it was properly tested. His book, Cellphones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age details industry corruption and how research about health impacts has been suppressed for years.

      So, When it comes to Wireless RF -Is there a safe level?

    • Tech Wellness is your trusted resource. Our research section is a good place to start if you’re really curious about what scientists are finding out about our beautiful bodies and wireless energy.
    • Also, the makers of the cellphones and watches we love to use reference RF energy and safe distance levels in their manuals. Our research section has links to the iPhone 8, Macbook, Apple Watch And Samsung manuals. Here's a sample, “During testing, Apple Watch radios are set to their highest transmission levels and placed in positions that simulate use against the head, with 10mm separation, and on the wrist with no separation. When placing the Apple Watch near your face, keep at least 10mm of separation to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.” Apple advises that the watch stays a 1/2" from your face so levels don't go above the "tested" levels. Hmmmmm... 
    • Here's more of what Apple has to say from the Apple website:
      • Apple Watch has been tested and meets applicable limits for radio frequency (RF) exposure. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) refers to the rate at which the body absorbs RF energy. SAR limits depend on whether Apple Watch is used against the head or on the wrist. In some countries, the SAR limit is 1.6 watts per kilogram averaged over 1 gram of tissue for use against the head and 4.0 watts per kilogram averaged over 10 grams of tissue for use on the wrist. In other countries, the SAR limit is 2.0 watts per kilogram averaged over 10 grams of tissue for use against the head and 4.0 watts per kilogram averaged over 10 grams of tissue for use on the wrist. During testing, Apple Watch radios are set to their highest transmission levels and placed in positions that simulate use against the head, with 10 mm separation, and on the wrist, with no separation. When placing Apple Watch near your face, keep at least 10 mm of separation to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels. Although this device has been tested to determine SAR in each band of operation, not all bands are available in all areas. Bands are dependent on your service provider’s wireless networks.
    • One of the largest European Telecom providers put a warning in their recent manual for their WiFi router: "Avoid placing your Speedport router in immediate proximity to bedrooms, children's rooms, living rooms (means also common rooms or lounges,) in order to keep the exposure to electromagnetic fields as low as possible."
    At Tech Wellness, We’re Using Our Meters to measure wireless devices. Our meters measure levels of power density of the electromagnetic waves, not biological effects. We use the meters to visualize the wireless energy so that we are aware that we are being exposed.
    • Being EHS, I take good care of myself—but I need to be mindful of the power density level of the wireless RF energy and the amount of time I'm exposed because EMR is like a pollutant, allergen, or toxin to my body and I sometimes begin to feel symptoms. 
    • Are you sensitive to wireless energy? Dr. Carlo explains, "Some people are being adversely effected but don't know it because they confuse common symptoms like headaches, anxiety, being short-tempered, dizziness, sleep problems, weight-gain, and low energy with other things in life and don't connect it to wireless devices and the infrastructure. Still other people have developed adaptive responses so they are not functionally impaired at all. It's important for people to become informed so that they can figure out where they fit and then take steps accordingly."
    • Like with any environmental assault, a healthy immune system helps. Dr. Carlo points out "It's not possible to eliminate all of the RF that is around us; it is always a race between damage and compensation. One thing that advances compensation is a healthy lifestyle and exercise."

     DNA is the genetic material that makes us who we are and defines how our bodies operate. Mutations in DNA are believed to be an initial step in the creation of cancer cells in the body.
    Another review of 16 studies done over a period of time concluded that risk of developing a brain tumor on the same side of the head as our typical cell phone use was increased nearly 2.5 times.
    Yet another study conducted in Israel determined that cell phone users who were using their phone more than 20 hours a month had nearly double the chance of developing cancers in the salivary gland.

    Here's the Meter if you want to detect the RF wireless energy in your life.  It's FUN and INTERESTING and very HELPFUL for avoiding it.

    Calibrated entry level RF wireless energy detector meter

    Tech Wellness only sell meters that are CALIBRATED, so you can be sure they are accurate!

     

    Meters don't measure SAR, they measure the Power Density of the Radio Frequency Waves.  SAR is the amount of energy(measured int heat) that the body absorbs.  If you're interested here are the SAR levels for various Apple Watch


    Model A1860

    1.6 W/kg (over 1 g) SAR Limit
    Head: 0.53

    4.0 W/kg (over 10 g) SAR Limit
    Wrist: 0.18

    Model A1889

    1.6 W/kg (over 1 g) SAR Limit
    Head: 0.29

    4.0 W/kg (over 10 g) SAR Limit
    Wrist: 0.15

    Model A1890

    1.6 W/kg (over 1 g) SAR Limit
    Head: 0.16

    4.0 W/kg (over 10 g) SAR Limit
    Wrist: 0.14

    Model A1861

    1.6 W/kg (over 1 g) SAR Limit
    Head: 0.52

    4.0 W/kg (over 10 g) SAR Limit
    Wrist: 0.34

    Model A1891

    Model A1858

    1.6 W/kg (over 1 g) SAR Limit
    Head: 0.35

    1.6 W/kg (over 1 g) SAR Limit
    Head: 0.17

    4.0 W/kg (over 10 g) SAR Limit
    Wrist: 0.034

    Model A1859

    1.6 W/kg (over 1 g) SAR Limit
    Head: 0.11

    4.0 W/kg (over 10 g) SAR Limit
    Wrist: 0.023

     

    What can you do about Apple Watch Radiation? As we mentioned earlier, go ahead and try the symptom test.  If you notice any of the RF radiation exposure sensitivity, please try removing the Apple Watch and see if that helps.

    If you're concerned about the results of research studies on EMF exposure and health effects, avoid using the Apple Watch as much as possible. 

    I can tell you for certain, I would never wear an Apple Watch, a Fitbit or any other wearable.

    I protect myself from wireless radiation by using No-Radiation headphones, putting my phone in a cute case dangling from my wrist, not using Bluetooth items in my home and keeping the WiFi off as much as possible--and turning it off with a WiFi Switch.

     


    5 comments

    • Hi Walter, If you’re detecting uT that’s a micro-tesla which is a measurement of magnetic energy. In this post and in the video we’re using a meter that detects RF radiation, which is a high frequency wave vs magnetic fields. Our focus at Tech Wellness is RF radiation, simply because with all of our smart devices, there’s so much more of that energy-just about everywhere. We talk a bit about magnetic energy here: https://techwellness.com/blogs/expertise/emf-radiation-symptoms-and-protection

      August
    • I have a smartwatch from a visit to China, the top of Watch measures only 10 UT but the back of the watch that sits on your wrist when powered on measures 859 UT. Is this more than the recommended amount.

      Walter H
    • Fine we know the level 10 mm from your head. Why Not Prove the point and do it like the Real World , Right against your Head !!
      What would the Watch measure 10 mm from your body ?
      I assumed decades ago it seemed irrational to think it was Fine against your Ear .. so I’ve used it as a speakerphone all along !

      mark thompson
    • Hi Jeannie,

      Wiring up laptops, computers, tablets and even phones helps you eliminate 100% of the Near Field electromagnetic radiation. (EMR) The people who are telling you it’s a waste of time may not realize that the most dramatic and intense exposure results when you’re near the source. The Near-Field dissipates as you move away from the device, WiFi Router, Cell tower-or various sources of EMR. Please watch the “See The Wireless Energy” videos in our Video section for a demonstration. WiFi modems, routers, cellphone towers, 5G connections and satelites to contribute the ambient EMR that is escalating around us and the closer you are to the sources, the more EMR your exposed to, so distance is your friend as we say at Tech Wellness. Hopefully, more and more people will understand the very real biological effects and begin to choose lower power modems and routers and intentionally hard wire, but eliminating your near field exposure will help you and your kids dramatically. Thank you and Be Well!

      August
    • Hi, I have been told that hard wiring my kids laptops which we use for home schooling is a waste of time because wifi is all around us – our neighbours use wifi which we can access with a password, cell towers and satelites beam it all around us, even our own home modems send it to the other non-wired devices. How can we eliminate or reduce it?

      Thanks,

      From Jeannie,

      jeannie ball

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