Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wi-Fi, Cell Towers And Smart Meters -- Oh My!

Joel's comments: Dr. Soper, a particle physicist, provides the typical physicist's explanation why wireless radiation cannot possibly cause health effects which is based upon the amount of energy in the microwave's photons -- an explanation that ignores important biologic processes.

Dr. Dart, a physician who specializes in environmental medicine, briefly summarizes the substantial biologic and epidemiologic evidence for wireless radiation effects.
Summary of Q&A:

Soper: Scientists in general are skeptical about the health effects of low intensity microwave radiation. Expert committees almost uniformly tell us that there is no danger. He doesn't believe these groups have been corrupted by industry as industry has a hard time influencing scientists.  IARC has a low standard for carcinogenicity (e.g., coffee is a possible carcinogen). He dismisses epidemiologic studies and non-randomized trials due to weak methodology. He also dismisses sefl-reported symptoms.

Dart: Every few years many researchers who specialize in this field call on governments to take action to reduce exposure to low intensity microwave radiation. Government-assembled committees are politically biased. Many industry-funded studies are biased not to find effects. Microwave radiation exposure affects calcium channels which leads to free radical creation and DNA damage. RF exposure suppresses melatonin which increases breast cancer risk in women.


Wi-Fi, Cell Towers And Smart Meters -- Oh My!

KLCC (Eugene, OR), Mar 16, 2015  (58 minutes)

City Club of Eugene. Recorded on: March 13, 2015
Some ongoing concerns among community members center on cell tower locations, mobile telephones, digital “smart meters,” wi-fi in homes, schools, and even some new autos. Emissions from the devices range along the microwave electromagnetic spectrum bands between radio waves and infrared light. The issue is whether increased exposure to those devices have an impact on people’s health.
Mainstream science has neither proposed a causative mechanism nor demonstrated correlations between microwaves at common levels and health symptoms. Yet some people describe a hypersensitivity to microwaves. Two questions to be debated: Are objections to the placement of devices are a triumph of emotion over science? In the absence of sufficient evidence, should policy be based on an abundance of caution?
Eugene physician Paul Dart earned his MD at Mayo Medical School (Rochester, MN) in 1984. His full-time practice in Eugene offers allergy and environmental medicine. He has spoken to EWEB and legislative committees on the hazards to humans of increased microwave exposure.
Professor Davison Soper taught physics at the University of Oregon from 1977 to 2013. The Register-Guard recently published his op-ed citing a lack of scientific evidence for health concerns.
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

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