Cell Phones and Cancer: Who Cares What WHO Says?
WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today's media hoopla about the World Health Organization classifying cell phone use as "possibly carcinogenic" is much ado about nothing. The studies the WHO relies on are weak association studies (link here: http://tinyurl.com/3to2prw) that have zero reliability.
Steve Milloy, publisher of JunkScience.com, commented, "Study subject radiation exposure is based on self-report and so is uncertain. No one knows what causes gliomas, so confounding risk factors could not be ruled out. The reported statistical associations are not strong enough to overcome the inherently unscientific nature of epidemiology."
Most epidemiologic studies report no link between cell phone use and cancer. That some do is no surprise — just by chance some will. That all the studies basically bracket the no-effect level indicates that cell phone use poses no cancer risk.
Milloy continued, "The fact that the WHO panel was led by Jonathan Samet is yet another red flag of junk science.
"Hundreds of millions have used cell phones for decades without any detectable health effects. Before that, studies of military radio operators reported no ill effects from more intense exposures to radio frequency waves.
"The bottom line is that the WHO classification is a political judgment — not a scientific outcome — one that was no doubt pushed by grant-grubbing cell phone researchers and cheered on by the tin foil hat crowd, " Milloy concluded.
Steve Milloy is the author of Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What Can You Do to Stop Them.