There are a lot of powerful statements and comments that get straight to the heart of the issue of research and politics. Comments from Dr George Carlo in particular stand out, and we thought is worthwhile sharing them with you all because they give a clear indication of what the problem is in relation to the research that is presently being conducted to investigate potential implications wireless technology has on the health of the general public.
“There is a distinction between research aimed at cause and effect, and research aimed at surveillance, screening and intervention that is important but often overlooked.
Most of the public has been tricked by the industry and government agencies into believing that the answers to all of the question lie in more research on cause and effect. That is perhaps that biggest ruse of all. Cause/effect research done today, helps no one today, and it may not even help anyone tomorrow. In my view, what we need to help people exposed today is surveillance related research aimed at identifying high risk groups for intervention. It is simply too late in the game to rely only on basic cause/effect research to help public health.
Wireless technology contributes a pervasive exposure that now impacts billions of people around the globe. We have never, in history, had such a large ‘population at risk’ from any consumer related technology. But, the elephant sitting in the room, so to speak, is that this problem is ‘post-market’. The horse is already out of the barn. The exposures are already occurring every day. And, to make matters more complicated, the technologies evolve and change within every year – so the exposure characteristics are continually morphing. Therefore, causation research studies per se, no matter who funds them or who conducts them, are only marginally relevant to public health protection.
While scientists are arguing over parochial nuances – including funding sources, locations of tumors, whose research is better than whose – millions who could be helped with surveillance are not being helped.
The industry likes the concept of causation research because it delays the day of reckoning. Government agency officials like causation research because it allows bureaucrats to cover their behinds. The media likes causation research because it gives them something dramatic to talk about. But it doesn’t help anyone else.
A basic tenet of public health has always been to understand enough about a disease process to be able to prevent or control it. We are there with our mechanism-based understanding of the effects of EMR in all the known effect windows. So, if we are serious about protecting public health, we should be focusing our efforts on the development of tools to help identify early stage symptoms so that corrective interventions can be applied early enough to work.”
Dr George Carlo
Source: h.e.s.e project
Dr George Carlo, Ph.D, M.S., J.D is public health scientist and epidemiologist and is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on Electromagnetic Radiation. From 1993-1999, Dr. Carlo headed a $28.5 millions project, funded by the telecommunications industry, to study cellphone’s health effects. He discovered that the risk of acoustic neuroma (a form of brain tumour) was 50 percent higher in long-term cellphone users, also that the amount of cellphone use and this tumor appeared to follow a dose-response curve. In recent years, Dr. Carlo has been alerting the public about the adverse health effects of mobile phones and wireless radiation. He is especially concerned about the promotion of wireless technology targeted at children and youth. Click here for more information.