Letter from Dr Devra Davis to Baltimore Sun

De: Devra Davis <[email protected]>

Objet: please share on social media etc...

Date: 11 mars 2017

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-wifi-school-20170312-story.html

 

herewith a full copy of what I separately sent to the editor

 

The authors (Berezow and Bloom, Baltimore Sun) http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/ are gravely mistaken and seriously misinformed regarding the latest research on wireless radiation and health and about biophysics.  The recommendation to reduce or eliminate schoolchildren's exposures to wireless radiation by the Maryland Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC), an agency within Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene rests on the same public health principles underlying smoking prevention, seat belts and bike helmets: prevention of harm is always better than treatment of damage.  

 

Their first serious error concerns the nature of wireless emitted from the two-way microwave radios that cell phones constitute and that also tie tablets to the internet unless they are hard wired through ethernet cables.  All radiation exists on an electromagnetic spectrum.  The fastest highest and shortest electromagnetic frequencies constitute ionizing radiation that operates between 3 x 10 to the 16th to 19th power (termed exoHerz) times a second.   X-rays are electromagnetic waves with wavelengths in the range of 0.01 to 10 nanometers and energies in the range of 100 eV to 100 keV.


(Source: Boundless. “X-Rays.” Boundless Physics Boundless, 08 Aug. 2016. Retrieved 11 Mar. 2017 from https://www.boundless.com/physics/textbooks/boundless-physics-textbook/electromagnetic-waves-23/the-electromagnetic-spectrum-165/x-rays-597-11175/)  

 

The high power of ionizing radiation can break the ionic bonds that hold together the basic building blocks of DNA.  In contrast, the impact of wireless radiation is not linked to its energy but to the pulsed erratic nature of its signals.  Thus, the authors are correct that cellphones are weak in power, but they fail to understand that this weak power is pulsed erratically sometimes with 4 different antennas operating at the same time at between 800 million to 2.4 billion cycles a sec (800 MHz to 2.4GHz); this weak radiation can break membranes and induce a cascade of cellular damage tied with increased risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.  Thus, relatively weak wireless radiation, also termed microwave radiation, consistently damages human sperm and induces serious behavioral deficits according to numerous independent studies that can be found on our website www.ehtrust.org  

 

As proof of the capacity of weak wireless radiation like that emitted by today's cellphones to have serious biological impact, consider the largest best-designed study yet conducted on the subject. The acclaimed U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) regularly conducts studies with uniformly validated protocols to detect health impacts on rodents in order to predict and prevent human harm.  Such tests are used by industry and the government to inform decisions about pharmaceuticals as well as to identify and evaluate chemical or physical environmental hazards.  At a cost of $25 million the NTP released its final but partial technical report in May of 2016 finding significant increases in relatively rare tumors of the brain and heart in animals exposed in their lifetimes to the same types of radiation to which humans are regularly exposed.  Because these results stunned Dr. John Bucher, Director of the NTP, they were released after blinded pathology review involving numerous experts.   Not a single one of these same tumors occurred in the control group.  In the NTP study both groups of animals were housed in a facility created by the Swiss national institute for technology that prevented any extraneous exposures to electromagnetic fields. 

 

The allegation that the only confirmed impact of phones is psychosomatic ignores the substantial independent literature that comes from infertility clinics finding damage to sperm quality and quantity, such as that amassed by Cleveland Clinic chief of infertility, Ashak Agarwal MD PhD, or Distinguished Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University Sir R. John Aitken MD PhD.  Others have confirmed that independently funded studies tend to find an effect, while those funded by industry consultants such as those from Exponent tend to find no such problem.   

 

The NTP results confirm earlier findings from German and Finnish government researchers as well as the Officer of Naval Research indicating that microwave radiation can induce an array of biochemical markers such as increases in reactive oxygen species, leakage of blood brain barrier and damage to mitochondrial DNA.  To use such tests in evaluating drugs, but deny their validity for environmental exposures endangers public health.   

 

The public is poorly served by publishing attacks on the independent scientists and pediatricians that serve gratis on the committee by industry-supported young scientists Berezow and Bloom. The authors have a total of ten scientific publications to their names in fields such as dental microbes and yeast genetics and not a single publication in the field of bioelectromagnetics.  Those who hold themselves out to be promoting solid science have a duty to be better informed and to fully disclose the nature of the financial support of the institution in which they work.  

 

 

In light of the major flaws and serious errors in this oped, its failure to take into account a substantial scientific and engineering literature on the topic, the lack of transparency in financial reporting of their institution*, and documented bias of the organization that has been described as " I call on the editors to retract it.

 

*In violation of IRS requirements for form 990 for nonprofits they do not name their contributors but list them solely by number.

http://acsh.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2013-132911127.public.pdf

 

 

I would be glad to write a shorter less techy oped to explain further and more clearly and believe you do have an obligation to do due diligence on your contributors and you can certainly delete any of the opaque stuff above especially the second paragraph.

 

Here's what a group of experienced reporters have written about their group.

 

https://usrtk.org/hall-of-shame/why-you-cant-trust-the-american-council-on-science-and-health/


The American Council on Science and Health is a front group for the tobacco, agrichemical, fossil fuel, pharmaceutical and other industries.

Personnel

  • ACSH’s longtime “Medical/Executive Director” was Dr. Gilbert Ross.[2] In 1993, according to United Press International, Dr. Ross was “convicted of racketeering, mail fraud and conspiracy,” and was “sentenced to 47 months in jail, $40,000 in forfeiture and restitution of $612,855” in a scheme to defraud the Medicaid system.[3]
  • ACSH’s Dr. Ross was found to be a “highly untrustworthy individual” by a judge who sustained the exclusion of Dr. Ross from Medicaid for ten years.[4]

Funding

ACSH has often billed itself as an “independent” group, and has been referred to as “independent” in the press. However, according to internal ACSH financial documents [http://www.motherjones.com/documents/809483-acsh-financial-summary] obtained by Mother Jones:

  • “ACSH planned to receive a total of $338,200 from tobacco companies between July 2012 and June 2013. Reynolds American and Phillip Morris International were each listed as expected to give $100,000 in 2013, which would make them the two largest individual donations listed in the ACSH documents.”[5]
  • “ACSH donors in the second half of 2012 included Chevron ($18,500), Coca-Cola ($50,000), the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation ($15,000), Dr. Pepper/Snapple ($5,000), Bayer Cropscience ($30,000), Procter and Gamble ($6,000), agribusiness giant Syngenta ($22,500), 3M ($30,000), McDonald’s ($30,000), and tobacco conglomerate Altria ($25,000). Among the corporations and foundations that ACSH has pursued for financial support since July 2012 are Pepsi, Monsanto, British American Tobacco, DowAgro, ExxonMobil Foundation, Philip Morris International, Reynolds American, the Koch family-controlled Claude R. Lambe Foundation, the Dow-linked Gerstacker Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, and the Searle Freedom Trust.”[6]
  • ACSH has received $155,000 in contributions from Koch foundations from 2005-2011, according to Greenpeace.[7]

 

Devra Davis, PhD MPH

Fellow American College of Epidemiology

Visiting Prof. Hebrew Univ. Hadassah Medical Center & Ondokuz Mayis Univ. Medical School

Associate Editor, Frontiers in Radiation and Health

President Environmental Health Trust

P.O. Box 58

Teton Village, WY 83025