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It’s Safe To Put Your Fitness Tracker Back On

You can’t avoid wearable technology. With the Apple Watch just weeks away from going on sale, and every person who moves sporting one flavor or another of activity tracker, wearables are the “it” gear of 2015.

And what if they were hurting their wearers?

A New York Times column by Nick Bilton raised concerns about fitness trackers and their link to cancer, focusing on various studies about cellphone use.

The column immediately came under fire from many health professionals as scaremongering, and a day later by the Times own Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, as half-baked.

Speaking to Time, Fitbit CEO James Park said, “In general, cell phones are definitely a very different beast than the low-powered wearables. The transmit energies are orders of magnitude higher."

So feel free to keep using your Fitbit or Jawbone to track your steps, sleep, and eating habits. There is no evidence linking these low-powered devices to any health issues short of the anxiety you may develop when you see how little you move, or how poorly you sleep.

Among the oddities in the story was the quoting of controversial Dr. Joseph Mercola, which prompted this response from Science of Us: 23 More Things Dr. Joseph Mercola Has Said Will Give You Cancer.

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