Laptop Radiation: The Invisible Threat

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Woman using notebook computerLaptop radiation cannot be seen by the naked eye, but it can pose real dangers to our health. This exposure danger is not new.

Many other electronic devices and appliances such as desktop computers, televisions and microwave ovens all emit similar radiation, but there are certain aspects that makes radiation from laptops unique.

Forms of Laptop Radiation Emissions

Laptops are different from other electronics because they are used so close to the body. Laptops are used directly in our laps and expose us to more intense levels of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) radiation that would be harmless otherwise if we were only a few feet away.

Laptops emit two forms of EMF radiation: Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) and Radio Frequency (RF) radiation.

First, laptops produce Extremely Low Frequency (ELF). When converting energy to perform the various functions, the internal parts of the laptop generate ELF radiation which then emits out of the outer shell of your computer. Functions such as processor activity, hard drive operations, memory storage and other computing functions produce ELF. Older laptops tend to emit the highest levels of EMF radiation.

The second from of EMF is Radio Frequency (RF) radiation. To connect to the internet, laptops, tablets like iPads and other computer devices use RF signals such as Bluetooth, WiFi as well as 4G and 5G. To make these connections, your laptop is equipped with a receiver and a transmitter. The transmitter produces RF radiation, and when placed in your lap, the laptop radiates the emissions directly into your body.

Finally, laptops also emit high levels of heat. Laptops have fans that exhaust hot air and can greatly exceed 110º Fahrenheit. These fans keep the operating temperature stable inside the computer, insuring proper performance, but the exhausted hot air exposes users to potentially harmful health effects.

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Laptop Radiation Exposure Symptoms

Leading experts have known for many, many years that heat and EMF radiation exposure, particularly when prolonged at high levels, coincide with fatigue, dizziness, headaches, breathlessness, insomnia and various cancers.

When emissions are exposed directly to the lap, more serious health conditions, including infertility and skin damage have occurred. You should see a doctor if you experience any of these health issues.

In recent years, studies on radiation from laptops have shown effects on fertility as well as cell and DNA damage. With radiation-emitting devices used so close to our bodies as a normal part of our daily lives, further studies may create more consensus of understanding.




Some studies show that laptops are a health hazard while other studies say the link between laptop EMF radiation and health problems is inconclusive.

While experts are evaluating the impacts of radiation on children, adults and seniors, we may want to take precautionary measures to protect ourselves. Why risk it?

When used off the lap, your laptop presents little danger. When using your laptop near your body though, use radiation protection device like the DefenderPad laptop radiation shield which minimizes radiation dangers.

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