WHO Says Cellphones Possibly Cause Cancer… Hires a Parrot

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This scientific argument back and forth between scientists on the connection between cell phones and cancer baffles me. It has been years going back and forth and the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have come to the conclusion that cell phone radiation are now classified as “possibly carcinogenic.” Seriously! A parrot could have simply repeated the exact studies this working group went over to come to the same inconclusive conclusion. They are using this “Possibly carcinogenic” classification to call for more research.

It reminds me about what my dad used to say about scientists and researchers. Their goal is not to find a solution because then they wouldn’t have any work or grant money left. Instead they come up with a possibly stimulating hypothesis and ask for more research (aka money). Rinse and repeat.

On the other hand with footnotes like the two below I wonder why they even bother:

(2) ‘Limited evidence of carcinogenicity’: A positive association has been observed between exposure to the agent and cancer for which a causal interpretation is considered by the Working Group to be credible, but chance, bias or confounding could not be ruled out with reasonable confidence.
(3) ‘Inadequate evidence of carcinogenicity’: The available studies are of insufficient quality, consistency or statistical power to permit a conclusion regarding the presence or absence of a causal association between exposure and cancer, or no data on cancer in humans are available.

This all makes me wonder when we will finally get a study that will put this matter to rest one way or another. The thing is what would you do if they found a link? Throw your BlackBerry in the ocean?

Full study PDF via AP via Engadget

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  1. Isnt the publisher of this the same group that stated “There is compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60%. ” The W.H.O. is not a reliable source of information….

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