Is the truth sometimes bent or inhibited in the world of business? History reveals that major corporations and figures within the tobacco industry knew, and yet denied for decades the facts that smoking causes lung cancer. Today, many activists question whether or not the mobile phone and wireless telecommunications industry are doing the same.
Is there evidence of a research bias or reporting interference?
During the early 1990’s scientist Henry Lai performed experiments that had red flag implications for a linkage between cell phone radiation and cancer. Internal documents leaked from his phone company research sponsor point to an organized plan to “war-game” Lai’s credibility and curtail future research.
Dr. Jerry Phillips reports his own difficulty with trying to report on research that was not in line with mobile phone industry financial goals. He subsequently refused to work under such manipulation or to do any more research work for that particular phone company again.
The Interphone study, the largest (5,117 brain tumor cases) and most expensive (thirty million dollars) study on cell phones and brain tumors, involving scientists from 13 countries, was flawed from the very beginning. Whoever designed the protocol did it in such a way as to minimize finding any adverse effects. Despite this, adverse effects were reported – Dr Magda Havas report
Who is paying for phone radiation health research? What are the results?
A 2006 study by Henry Lai analysed 326 phone radiation health studies. He found that overall 50% showed biological effects from radio-frequency radiation while 50% did not. On top of being concerned there were 163 studies with effects, Lai went further. He filtered the studies to distinguish between those studies that were funded by the wireless industry and those that were funded independently. Lai found that independent studies revealed health concerns in approx 67% of its studies while those sponsored by mobile phone companies found biological effects in only 28% of its studies!
Kevin Kunze award winning film maker and producer of the mobilize documentary observes that the biggest problem with getting accurate research is that for every independent research report that says there’s a link between cell phone radiation and brain tumors, there’s an industry-sponsored report that comes out to refute it.
People can often be heard saying “hundreds of studies have been done on this topic, and no effect has been found” but Lai believes this to be a very misleading statement ultimately generated by the cell phone industry. Lai observes that many people just reiterate and reproduce the statement without going to look at the real studies and the effects that people have reported.
What do phone manufacturers want you to know about phone’s radiation?
iPhone 6 instruction manual: To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Carry iPhone at least 5mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.
Samsung Galaxy S5 instruction manual: Body-worn SAR testing has been carried out at a separation distance of 1.5 cm. To meet RF exposure guidelines during body-worn operation, the device should be positioned at least this distance away from the body.
Organizations such as the World Health Organization and the US Food and Drug Administration have suggested that if people are concerned and want to reduce their exposure, they could use a hands-free accessory to keep the wireless device away from the head and body during use, or reduce the amount of time spent using the device.