30/03/2005 - Science, Money and Politics
Concerningly, some people within the industry feel that it is in their
best interests to stand against scientific progress. Linked here are articles
that make for an interesting read.
The following is an email circular from Louis Slesin, the editor of
"Microwave News" (A highly respected EMF and Microwave newsletter, based in the
A couple of weeks ago, Columns, the University of Washington alumni magazine, ran a
cover story on Henry Lai's work on the health effects of microwave radiation and their
possible implications to cell phones. You can read it at:
The article begins by describing a phone call someone made to the NIH trying to shut
Lai down soon after he found that microwaves could break up DNA. On our blog, we said that
Bill Guy had made the call (see the March 11 entry).
A little background: Guy has --arguably-- been the most important establishment player
in the microwave health controversy over the last 30 years.
A week later, we received an angry, three-page letter from Guy. "I most vehemently and
unequivocally deny that I, or anybody that I am aware of, made any calls to NIH...," he
We went back to our files. Our conclusion is that we don't think that Guy's memory is
serving him well.
But this is really a story about how the wireless industry has closed down health
research in the U.S., while aggressively discrediting all findings suggestive of a risk.
Guy's letter to Microwave News and our response are posted on our Web site. Simply go
- "From the Field"