#676: Further comments on Swedish EMF Health Risk Report
From George Carlo:
I would like to register a couple of additional comments relative to this latest Swedish review.
“Ę ¬ ¬ The fundamental problem with this report as well as a number of other similar reports that appear a couple of times yearly is that they are focusing on the wrong types of data to predict human health risks. Risks can most efficiently be predicted based on mechanism based in vitro and in vivo studies, clinical observations and conservative risk assessment models. Those are the tools used in pre-market testing of potentially dangerous consumer products. Had the requirement for pre-market testing of wireless devices not been waived by regulators around the world, these data would have been in hand in time to predict risks and save lives. Now, those groups responsible for the breach of public trust are hiding behind these reviews to save their behinds politically.
“Ę ¬ ¬ The ‘elephant in the room’ is that the human studies that these vested interest review groups are fond of focusing on are after-the-fact data that should appropriately be used to determine whether or not risk predictions were accurate. There has never been a public health threat identified early enough for intervention that saved lives based on epidemiological data. These studies essentially rely on body counts — a very inefficient¬ basis for public health action.
“Ę ¬ ¬ Politically, the industry/lapdog strategy is to trap¬ activist groups into engaging in the debate about the meaning of these studies in terms of proving health effects.¬ ¬ The issue of proving the presence of health effects is relevant only in litigation — and the industry has strategized that framing all of these arguments in terms of cause and effect gives them cover in the litigation which threatens their very existence. And that at the expense of not only taxpayers in various countries, but at the expense of countless lives lost that could have been prevented had time efficient intervention steps been offered.
“Ę ¬ ¬ Thus, the Swedish report is a political compendium masquerading as science. Its purpose is to cover the behinds of both government regulators who have not done their jobs and mobile phone industry companies who face serious liability because of their continuous breaches of public trust. When these facts are considered,¬ we see that the¬ wireless industry and their lapdog¬ groups¬ are not so strange bedfellows.
G. L. Carlo
Dr. George L. Carlo
Science and Public Policy Institute
1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — 7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20004