Mark Lerner
Mark Lerner

June 18, 2013

Cell Phone Industry Playing "War Games"

From June 10th to the 14th, Thessaloniki, Greece was home to both the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA) and The Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) as the two organizations joined forces to co-host BioEm2013 - the premier international conference in the area of bioelectromagnetics.



This Joint Meeting of BEMS and EBEA was expected to stimulate further research in this field through the exchange of ideas and lively debate on state-of-the-art knowledge and gaps to be filled. The program provided a comprehensive overview of the field of bioelectromagnetics - from fundamental research topics on the interactions between living tissue and EM energy to medical applications. BioEM2013 also featured invited plenary talks by world-renowned scientists, a variety of special sessions and panel discussions aligned with the most pressing issues in the field of bioelectromagnetics, as well as, informative technical sessions, poster sessions, and social functions.


One of the aforementioned world-renowned scientists invited to lead panel and special discussions at BioEM2013 was Dr. Devra Davis. During her almost 40-year career that has spanned all areas of academia, public policy, and scientific research, Davis has tackled publicly sensitive topics from tobacco, to asbestos to the overuse of diagnostic radiation. In a response to the first day of BioEM2013, Dr. Davis posted on Dariusz Leszczynski’s blog, Between a Rock and A Hard Place -  a science blog on mobile radiation and health.


In her blog post titled “Guest blog from Devra Davis of the Environmental Health Trust”, Davis focused on the “war games being played by the [cell phone] industry to confuse the public and exaggerate doubt.” Davis mentioned the Danish Cohort Study as one tactic the industry uses to defend cell phone use and to avert the conversation away from harmful radiation. The study effectively is comparing brain cancer that develops in people who first had cell phones two decades ago--and did NOT use them for business purposes--to brain cancers in those who acquired them afterwards. Davis argues that the study is severely constrained and is not a complete study of a population over time.



It is important to note that in 2011 the expert reviewers of the IARC reached a similar conclusion about this Danish Cohort Study. However, like Davis, they too did not rely on it. Rather, they reached the conclusion that cell phone and other wireless radiation is a “possible human carcinogen”!


In fact, new experimental and epidemiological information generated since the IARC report was issued in 2011 has persuaded Davis and a group of world-renowned doctors to go one step further. They believe that cellphone radiation should be considered a “probable human carcinogen”!


The fact that the cell phone industry continues to defend itself using the Danish Cohort Study causes Davis great concern. She states, “The world is poorly served by repeated presentations of the Danish work.” She commended Leszczynski, the aforementioned author of Between a Rock and A Hard Place, for “continuing to raise the level of discourse and insisting that uncertainties in science should not merely become excuses for continuing unabated policies but provide a pressing rationale for substantial investments in research and training, as well as appropriate prudent policy responses.”


To read about the leading epidemiologists conclusion that cell and cordless phone radiation is a probable human carcinogen, click here.


To learn more about the war games being played by the cell phone industry to confuse the public and exaggerate doubt, click on the following links:




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