Powerwatch Comments on Rubin et al study
Excerpt from Electrical Hypersensitivity 8 © Alasdair and Jean Philips
There are a number of problems with this study that will contribute to the “no evidence”
Firstly, a number of really ES people who volunteered to take part were too badly affected, did
not complete the tests and so had to be excluded from the analysis. Indeed, to be included you
had to be able to use a mobile phone.
Secondly, the background RF fields in the rooms were not controlled and the rooms were not
screened so (a) there was a general level of RF pollution all the time and (b) any mobile phones in
nearby rooms would have, at times, affected the ambient microwave fields.
Thirdly, and probably the most important problem was due to the design of the MTHR (UK Govt
Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research) handset that was used in the tests. In order
that the handset should “warm up” the same in “sham” mode as it usually would in normal use,
the MTHR specified that the microwave power should still operate and just be fed to a “dummy
load” inside the handset. That works fine for the temperature control but also results in
significant microwave fields around the handset when in the “sham” (= no exposure) mode.
These are shown at: http://www.mcluk.org/MTHR_exposure_systems/SARplots.htm