• 15 JUL 18

    The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones

    The Guardian

    Excerpt:

    We dismiss claims about mobiles being bad for our health – but is that because studies showing a link to cancer have been cast into doubt by the industry?.
    Eleven independent scientists spent three days at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, discussing the study, which was done by the National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services and ranks among the largest conducted of the health effects of mobile phone radiation. NTP scientists had exposed thousands of rats and mice (whose biological similarities to humans make them useful indicators of human health risks) to doses of radiation equivalent to an average mobile user’s lifetime exposure. The peer review scientists repeatedly upgraded the confidence levels the NTP’s scientists and staff had attached to the study, fuelling critics’ suspicions that the NTP’s leadership had tried to downplay the findings. Thus the peer review also found “some evidence” – one step below “clear evidence” – of cancer in the brain and adrenal glands.

    Not one major news organisation in the US or Europe reported this scientific news. But then, news coverage of mobile phone safety has long reflected the outlook of the wireless industry. For a quarter of a century now, the industry has been orchestrating a global PR campaign aimed at misleading not only journalists, but also consumers and policymakers about the actual science concerning mobile phone radiation. Indeed, big wireless has borrowed the very same strategy and tactics big tobacco and big oil pioneered to deceive the public about the risks of smoking and climate change, respectively. And like their tobacco and oil counterparts, wireless industry CEOs lied to the public even after their own scientists privately warned that their products could be dangerous, especially to children. SNIP…

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    • 09 JUL 18

    The Wifi Alliance, Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood: 5G Wireless

    From Global Research

    By Renee Parsons
    Global Research, July 06, 2018

    Excerpts:

    Just as any new technology claims to offer the most advanced development; that their definition of progress will cure society’s ills or make life easier by eliminating the drudgery of antiquated appliances, the Wifi Alliance was organized as a worldwide wireless network to connect ‘everyone and everything, everywhere” as it promised “improvements to nearly every aspect of daily life.”

    The Alliance, which makes no pretense of potential health or environmental concerns, further proclaimed (and they may be correct) that there are “more wifi devices than people on earth”. It is that inescapable exposure to ubiquitous wireless technologies wherein lies the problem. ..SNIP

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    • 11 MAR 18

    Scientific Bullshit — How ‘Science’ Is Used To Deceive The Public

    From Gavin Nascimento’s blog

    Excerpt
    Scientific Bullshit — How ‘Science’ Is Used To Deceive The Public

    Did you know that there was a shocking study published in the Public Library of Science Journal, that found“up to 72%” of scientists admitted their colleagues were engaged in “questionable research practices,” and that just over 14% of them were engaged in outright “falsification”?… SNIP This becomes especially concerning when we consider how “science” seems to have replaced organized religion as the new authority that should blindly be obeyed in many ways. People speak of it as if it is infallible, and anyone who questions the high priests of science are generally attacked, degraded, and dismissed as modern day heretics. SNIP

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    • 14 FEB 18

    Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting mislead about research on health effects from electromagnetic fields in new report

    From Mona Nilsson, The Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, February 8, 2018

    Excerpt:
    In 2017 the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) published a report on environmental health issues (Miljöhälsorapport 2017) that included a section on EMF health risks authored by Anders Ahlbom (AA) and Maria Feychting (MF), both professors at the Karolinska Institute. The report from Anders Ahlbom and Maria Feychting is grossly misleading about the available scientific evidence. SNIP

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    • 31 JAN 18

    ACEBR’s Rodney Croft comes under attack for his misrepresentation of the NTP study.

    Expert Reaction to Rodney Crofts Criticism of the National Toxicology Program Findings

    Dr. Rodney Croft, Director of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research at the University of Wollongong has stated a “number of criticisms” to the findings of the National Toxicology Program study. His criticisms included his statements “that the rats treated with RF lived longer than the controls…the controls did not have ‘any’ tumours… and the lack of clear dose-response relationships. He concluded that “the NTP report does not provide reason to move from the current scientific consensus that mobile phone-like exposure does not impact health.” Read Rodney Croft’s Reaction to the NTP here.

    January 3, 2018: Dr. Ron Melnick has provided a response to the comments made by Rodney Croft. Read on…
    SNIP

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    • 19 DEC 17

    ICNIRP ‘Jumps the Gun’: The Early Christmas Gift for Telecoms

    Published on the blog of Daruisz Leszczynski

    December 18, 2017

    Excerpt

    On Dec. 7th, 2017, International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), has published a ‘Note on the Revision of the High-Frequency Portion of the ICNIRP 1998 EMF Guidelines’.

    Revision of the guidelines has been long awaited because the current guidelines are very old. As stated in ICNIRP’s note:

    “…current guidelines for the high-frequency (100 kHz – 300 GHz) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum were published in 1998. Given the large body of relevant research that has been generated since those 1998 guidelines, ICNIRP is now revising the guidelines to incorporate this literature…”

    The ICNIRP’s Note ends with information that the draft of the revised guidelines will be open for public consultation because ICNIRP is keen to obtain feedback:

    SNIP

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    • 13 SEP 17

    Smart grid public communication in the UK

    I remember reading some time ago that for advertising in America the ad firms target an average intelligence of an 11 year old to get max impact. If that is true, then what would that age be for British gas and electricity consumers considering the current “Gaz and Leccy” advertising smart grid campaign from Smart Energy GB “The voice of the smart meter rollout”?
    See the GAZ and LECCY video clip…..

    Don

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    • 12 SEP 17

    Wireless Industry Brochures Lead The Public To Misinterpret That Wireless is Safe

    Wireless Industry Creates “Communication Materials” and Propaganda: When The Public Misinterprets It As Cell Phones and Wireless Being Safe, Industry Does Not Clarify

    Excerpt:

    Just as the Tobacco Industry created a “Playbook” to defend cigarettes and manufacture doubt about the health effects of cigarettes, the Wireless Industry seems to have a fine-tuned “Playbook” of advertising, public relations and industry-funded science to defend wireless products and falsely reassure the public that cell phones and wireless products are safe.

    Cell phones and wireless were never adequately tested for human health effects. Wireless devices were not premarket tested for long term safety. Research has accumulated indicating that wireless “radiofrequency” radiation has serious biological effects. Despite this reality, the wireless industry has and is currently heavily funding a public relations effort that propagates the myth that cell phones and wireless “are safe”. This webpage is an educational resource documenting materials used for the wireless industry “Playbook”.

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    • 27 AUG 17

    Are Corporate Ties Influencing Reuters Science Coverage?

    NOTE: I find it of special interest in the below article the role the Science Media Centre (SMC) has played in spinning science on behalf of its corporate funders. I have written on this previously. See my history of the SMC model of so-called science communication here…

    From EcoWatch
    By Stacy Malkan

    Ever since they classified the world’s most widely used herbicide as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a team of international scientists at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer research group have been under withering attack by the agrichemical industry and its surrogates. SNIP

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    • 20 AUG 17

    Will New Zealand’s 5G research be a spin job?

    I received the below article from the LA Times this morning. Not a very informative article as it is mostly referring to cell phone research which really isn’t that applicable to the frequencies used in 5G technology. However, I noted the brief reference at the end which mentions 5G research which is being conducted by the telecommunications and Network Engineering research group at Massey University, New Zealand. This research is using “modeling” to determine the possible health effects of “many, many transmitters transmitting together”. SNIP

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    • 10 AUG 17

    Rodney Croft: Spruiking for the industry in the Philippines

    Croft on his recent visit to the Philippines :

    “Croft emphasized there are no risks but only benefits in deployment of cell sites necessary for the country’s growing requirement for digital connectivity ”
    ““We have no reason to think that anyone getting exposed to cell site towers are going to be adversely affected in terms of their health. Large amount of research has failed to find any evidence that anyone has been hurt just because they were exposed to these telecom facilities,” Croft said during the conference.” SNIP

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    • 19 JUN 17

    Monsanto Spin Doctors Target Cancer Scientist In Flawed Reuters Story

    From the Huffington Post by Carey Gillam

    Excerpt

    In a well-orchestrated and highly coordinated media coup, Monsanto Co. and friends this week dropped a bombshell on opponents who are seeking to prove that the company’s beloved Roundup herbicide causes cancer… It was a blockbuster of a story, and was repeated by news organizations around the globe, pushed by press releases from Monsanto-backed organizations and trumpeted by industry allies like the American Chemistry Council…It was also flawed and misleading in a number of critical respects. SNIP

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    • 30 APR 17

    Cell Phones Exceed Canada’s Radiation Exposure Limits – CBC Investigation

    Excerpt

    As Commonly Used, Cell Phones Exceed Canada’s Radiation Exposure Limits – CBC Investigation
    Canadians Await Government Action As Cancer Connections Strengthen

    March 31, 2017

    For Immediate Release

    Ottawa – A CBC investigation revealed that cell phones exceed maximum permitted exposures during normal use, and expose Canadians to three to four times more radiofrequency energy than measured during testing per regulations. Since 81% of Canadians are unaware of fine print warnings in the phone or manual, they naturally hold cell phones against ears and carry phones in pockets. Few people distance wireless devices from the body by at least 5 to 20 mm for phones and 20+ cm for tablets.

    In response to CBC, the federal government alleges that phones are still “safe” when exposure standards are exceeded….SNIP

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    • 29 APR 17

    Dariusz Leszczynski: Where science and big money collide…

    From the blog: Between a Rock and a Hard place

    April 28, 2017
    Excerpt

    Where science and big money collide, we enter a strange “twilight zone” of science politics, where various methods are applied to neutralize “inconvenient” science.

    One of the examples of such collision between science and big money is presented in, as always, a very good story from Louis Slesin: ‘Peer Review in the Raw’. From his long-time perspective as Editor of the ‘Microwave News’ Louis is showing, yet again, that science and politics in EMF are a “toxic mix” for science.

    The story of Henry Lai and N.P. Singh reminded me of my first publication in EMF arena.

    In 2002 my research group published article that made worldwide headlines: ‘Non-thermal activation of the hsp27/p38MAPK stress pathway by mobile phone radiation in human endothelial cells: molecular mechanism for cancer- and blood-brain barrier-related effects.’ by Leszczynski D, Joenväärä S, Reivinen J, Kuokka R; Differentiation. 2002 May; 70(2-3):120-9…. SNIP

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    • 28 APR 17

    Important reading: Peer Review in the Raw (Microwave News)

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News

    This story was 20 years in the making.

    If you want to know what it has been like to do research on the potential health effects of cell phone radiation, please read this story. I hope it will change the way you think about the peer review process and the power of entrenched interests to manipulate what gets published in the scientific literature –and, ultimately, shape public opinion.

    This story should also help you understand how EMF/EMR research has come to be falsely portrayed as junk science. SNIP

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    • 01 MAR 17

    Science Propaganda wars (The Ecologist)

    Propaganda wars: ‘pro-science’ GMO, chemicals boosters funded by climate change deniers

    Stacy Malkan

    28th February 2017

    Excerpt

    They promote GMOs, defend toxic chemicals, and attack people who raise concerns about those products as ‘anti-science’. But behind the slick ‘astroturf’ PR fronts lurk some very dubious funders: the same arch-conservative foundations that finance climate science denial. Stacy Malkan exposes the key players in the agribusiness and chemical industry propaganda wars. SNIP

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    • 17 FEB 17

    Monash University study shows how close we like to keep our mobile phones (and Rodney Croft’s dismissive spin)

    Don’s comment:

    The the Herald Sun article below we see how “spin” can be used to discount the findings of a study. Ignoring the IARC findings and a host of other research. Rodney Croft gets the final say in the article with the disingenuous statement: “there was no scientific evidence showing a link between mobile phone use and cancers”.

    From the Herald Sun by Lucie van den Berg,
    February 16, 2017 12:00am

    Excerpt:

    MOBILE phones are our constant companions, but new research reveals how close we actually like to keep our prized possessions. The Monash University study into the storage habits of young women found 15 per cent of woman had even carried their smartphone tucked into their bra or sport’s top.In an online questionnaire, almost 200 Melbourne women aged 15-40 were asked about where they carried their phone and their perception of potential health risks…

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    • 10 JAN 17

    Paolo Boffetta, Italian Epidemiologist, Distorts Power Line Risks

    From Louis Slesin, Microwave News

    Excerpt:

    Facts don’t seem to mean much anymore. We live in a “post-truth” time. As 2017 opened for business, a stark example of the new reality came to our attention courtesy of Paolo Boffetta, an Italian epidemiologist now at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

    In an interview with Fox News, Boffetta said that the link between power lines and childhood leukemia had been debunked. In response to a question as to whether it was safe for a pregnant woman to live next to “huge power lines,” Boffetta advised that there was no reason for concern.

    Boffetta has lost his truth compass…..SNIP

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    • 06 DEC 16

    New Book Dismisses Cell Phone Cancer Risks

    From Microwave News:

    An epidemiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City has written a new book that, according to the publisher, offers a “much-needed antidote to what has been called ‘an epidemic of false claims’.” One of these is that cell phones might cause brain cancer.

    What purports to be common sense advice about how to evaluate health risks is anything but. It’s nothing more than industry pseudoscience.

    The public deserves better –so does Albert Einstein.

    Read our review of this bad little book, with the misleading title, Getting Risk Right.
    SNIP

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    • 29 NOV 16

    Has the WHO EMF Project been hijacked by ICNIRP?

    From Lennart Hardell’s blog:

    Has the WHO EMF Project been hijacked by ICNIRP?

    Recently the following appeal has been posted at http://olgasheean.com/who-emf/ .
    Sign this VOTE of NO CONFIDENCE in WHO’s EMF Project ….SNIP

    [Commentary from Lennart Hardell and Michael Carlberg]

    IARC as part of WHO evaluated radiofrequency (RF) radiation in May 2011 and concluded it to be a possible human carcinogen, Group 2B. However, in a fact sheet issued by WHO in June 2011 shortly after the IARC decision it was stated that ‘To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use’.

    WHO has still not acknowledged health risks form RF radiation: ‘No major public health risks have emerged from several decades of EMF research, but uncertainties remain’.

    WHO plans to publish in 2017 an Environmental Health Criteria Monograph on RF radiation. It has been open for comments and parts of our letter to WHO is shown below: SNIP

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