Laptop Radiation: The Invisible Threat

Man 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.

What Makes Laptops Different?

Laptops used directly in our laps expose us to more intense radiation that would be harmless otherwise if we were only a few feet away.

Laptops have internal parts that heat up and radiate. Older laptops emitting the highest levels of heat radiation. Laptops generate Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) from storage and computing processing. When laptops use Bluetooth, WiFi and wireless cellular connections, they emit higher frequency, Radio Frequency (RF) radiation. All three of these sources are very close to your genitals, skin and muscles. Your exposure to these dangerous radiations may create bodily reactions such as skin rashes and muscle soreness. In some cases, infertility can occur.

Laptop Radiation Exposure Symptoms

Radiation Exposure SymptomsLeading experts have known for many, many years that heat and Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) 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.

Radiation Sources

LaptopLaptops 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.

When converting energy to perform the various functions of the laptop, Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) are created. These fields are in the low frequency range and radiate out of the outer shell of your computer from such sources as processor activity, hard drive operations, memory storage and other computing functions.

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

Conclusion

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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