Protection against the unknown in a mobile world
Ollie and Lizzie discuss protection from mobile phone radiation. The NHS says the risks from low energy non-ionising radiation are small, but, as Lizzie points out, there are concerns about long-term exposure, and she wants to protect her children, which is why she’s found a novel product called Envirochip.
“I can’t think of anyone we know who smokes any more, unless you count Mr Johnson who lives on the corner,” said Lizzie to her husband Ollie, who was sitting on the floor surrounded by components for the latest piece of ‘baby-tech’ they’d bought in anticipation of the arrival of their second child.
He stopped, puzzled at the way her train of thought was going. She didn’t say any more, so he gave her a prompt: “And?”
“Well, it’s bad for your health; everyone’s health, but there was a time when it was supposed to be cool and sophisticated, and good for you, and people were just about encouraged to do it.”
Ollie was lost. “Agreed, but why mention it now? We don’t smoke, and we don’t know anyone who smokes, apart from Mr Johnson. I don’t see what you’re getting at.”
“We spend a lot of time using our phones; that’s what I’m getting at.”
“Oh, well now you’ve really lost me. What has something that’s bad for you, but was once supposed to be good for you, that we don’t do anyway, have to do with mobile phones?”
Lizzie made the link for him: “There’s a chance that mobile phones could be harmful. Smoking was once thought to be safe, but now it’s known that it isn’t, and mobile phones could go the same way.”
Ollie remained sceptical. “Based on what?” he asked. She turned the screen of her tablet towards him. “The NHS. They say it’s by no means clear that mobiles won’t ultimately increase someone’s risk of getting cancer, because they’ve not been around for long enough to prove or disprove it, and I don’t think the risk is worth ignoring.”
Ollie took the screen from her and read what the NHS had to say about the potential dangers. “They say it’s unlikely, but there’s still uncertainty,” he offered.
“Exactly,” said Lizzie. “Our house isn’t likely to burn down, but we have an insurance policy in place in case it does. And that’s why I think this is such a good idea.”
She took the tablet back from him and opened another tab. “Envirochip. It’s something that you stick on your mobile, and the tablet and the router; all the tech things we have. A company called Syenergy Environics in New Dehli has come up with it. They say it changes the radiation coming from electronic gadgets so they don’t disturb cellular communications in the body.”
Ollie took the tablet from her again and read out loud: “The Envirochip is a passive device and generates random waves at higher frequencies, which carry the constant microwaves emitted from mobile phones, computers and other Wi-Fi devices in a random form to make them compatible with the body’s waveforms, so they’re no longer harmful for the human body. That’s what the website says.”
“Exactly. I read it before I started telling you. I think it’s a very clever invention, and I think a lot of people would agree with me. Why would you want to take a risk by not having it? More and more things are going to be done on line in the future, so phones and tablets and things are here to stay, and that’s going to put Alice and this young man at risk, because they’ll be exposed to this from birth – or even before,” she said, patting her widening midriff. “I think we should seriously consider investing in this technology as well as everything else. I just think you can’t be too careful.”
“OK,” said Ollie. “I’ll look into it some more, just as soon as I’ve cleared all this off the carpet before Biffo eats some of it.”