Following the Benjamins…
Recently CBS News posted an attention-grabbing guide on their website: “Cell Phones & Cancer: 8 Dumb Ways to Boost Possible Cancer Risk.”
There are 2 references listed to validate concerns regarding possible cancer risk:
- A 2009 study by the Journal of Clinical Oncology and
- A 2011 statement made by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer.
There is also a reference and link provided to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website where the CDC claims: “There is no scientific evidence that provides a definite answer to that question.”
What’s weird, though, is that the CDC acknowledges the IARC statement:
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified RF radiation as a “possible human carcinogen.” (A carcinogen is an agent that causes cancer.)
Even though they acknowledge this, what’s also weird is that the CDC didn’t acknowledge that the WHO classified cell phone radiation as a “possible carcinogen” in 2011.
However, they did acknowledge the WHO about this:
Scientists are continuing to study the possible health effects of cell phone use. For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) is currently looking into how cell phones may affect:
- Some types of tumors (a lump or growth)
- Our eyes
If you’re wondering why the CDC is being so mamsy pamsy, look no further than this 2016 New York Times investigative article: “At CDC, a Debate Behind Recommendations on Cellphone Risk.”
Just weeks prior to the article being released, the CDC agency recanted the “bold” position it had made previously against the dangers of cell phone radiation.
The former director of CDC division, The National Center for Environmental Health, Dr. Christopher J. Portier, would NOT recant though.
Dr. Portier had also served on the International Agency for Research of Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization. He said the I.A.R.C. declaration led him to seek a review of the CDC guidelines.
Oh what a tangled web they weave…
Unfortunately, the 2016 NY Times article did not include all relevant facts which led to anotherinvestigative article from Environmental Health Trust:
As a public service, Environmental Health Trust (EHT) is posting 500+ internal CDC emails, obtained as part of the FOIA request, detailing how the cell phone industry directed changes in the CDC website content.
- Information on the risk to children’s health was deleted.
- Information on cell towers never saw the light of day.
- A scientist well known for affiliations with the wireless industry came on as a consultant to the CDC.
So there’s that.