Wednesday, November 16, 2011

cell phones + microwaves + cancer

from Bob Park's newsletter:

Of the world’s 7 billion people, an incredible 5 billion have cell phones 
(“mobiles” in most countries).  The safe use of mobiles is therefore a 
global health concern. The response of the World Health Organization was to 
conduct a huge epidemiologic study aimed at demonstrating a link between 
cell-phone radiation and brain cancer.  The effort was seriously misguided –
no such link exists.  The study served only to raise widespread public 
alarm over a nonexistent hazard.  Epidemiology, which is the study of 
health patterns in populations; is important, but it’s not a substitute for 
science.  Science is the organization of knowledge into testable laws and 
theories.  It has been known for more than 100 years that electromagnetic 
radiation at frequencies below the ultraviolet is non-ionizing, and thus 
cannot create the mutant strands of DNA that constitute incipient cancers.  
In 1905, Einstein’s “miracle year,” he theorized that electromagnetic 
radiation consists of discrete units of energy, now called “photons,” which 
are equal in energy to the frequency multiplied by Planck's constant. It 
marked the origin of wave-particle duality and earned Einstein his 1921 
Physics Nobel Prize.  His theory is verified every time a cell phone 

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