Yesterday, story published by the known-to-be-well-informed Microwave News made social media abuzz. My past experience tells me, however, to put the predictions on hold… because the spin doctors are at work. This is not any “conspiracy theory”, this is a fact of life. Huge telecom industry has certainly put lobbyists and associated scientists to work diligently to prevent possible damage to the business. This is their job, this is their business and they would be irresponsible if they did not do it. Anyone believing in the self-policing of the industry for the good of the peoples’ health is absolutely naïve, and there are numerous examples to show it.
Few important points, before jumping into premature conclusions:
The scientific results of the NTP study were not published yet, neither as a report nor as peer-reviewed articles. The results were seen only by a selected few and any opinions are, at this point, just hearsay. Therefore, it is not possible to reliably discuss the quality of the research and meaning of it in the context of the to date published animal studies and other research. This context, by the sheer numbers and by the misleading use of the “weight of evidence” term, is disadvantageous for the NTP study.
The sub-title of the Microwave News stating: “U.S. Government Expected To Advise Public of Health Risk” was being misunderstood in many social media comments. This advisory might be just a wishful thinking. Fact that the “…Discussions are currently underway among federal agencies on how to inform the public about the new findings...” does not mean that any warning by the US Government will be issued. In 2011, after the IARC classified cell phone radiation as a possible carcinogen, US CDC issued a call for a precaution that was soon after retracted… after “discussions among the federal agencies”.
So, I am not holding my breath… Spin doctors will explain soon, usefulness or uselessness of, the NTP results.
I am waiting for the publication of the data.