Project Censored (PC) selected “How Big Wireless Convinced Us Cell Phones and Wi-Fi are Safe" as one of the ten most under-reported stories of the past year. The PC story featured a new study of miscarriage in pregnant women and a special investigation conducted for The Nation and The Guardian which examined how news about wireless health risks has been censored by the media due to industry influence. PC is a media research initiative that champions the importance of a free press for democratic self-government.
Environmental Factor, the award-winning newsletter of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, reported:
"In a milestone year for the Environmental Factor, a look at the top 20 stories reveals coverage of draft and final cell phone studies dominated reader interest .... Coverage of the National Toxicology Program’s studies on cell phone radio frequency radiation accounted for 29 percent of pageviews to monthly issues in 2018.... We would not be surprised if the November story on the final NTP cell phone radio frequency radiation studies appears on the 2019 top stories list."
Researchers at Yale University and the Connecticut Health Department published the first case-control study examining the association between cell phone use and thyroid cancer. The researchers found elevated risks of thyroid cancer among heavier, long-term cell phone users. This research may help explain why thyroid cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. Incidence has nearly tripled since the 1980’s from four per 100,000 in 1980 to fifteen per 100,000 in 2014.
Yet health agencies (e.g., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization) and quasi-official groups (e.g., the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) continue to dismiss the preponderance of research which finds that cell phone and wireless radiation causes bioeffects and health effects.
Following the tobacco industry playbook, the CTIA, the wireless industry trade association, launched an advertising campaign, "The Global Race to 5G," which claims that the U.S. could reap massive economic benefits, but only if it is the first nation to deploy this technology. The CTIA successfully lobbied for greater access to the electromagnetic spectrum including millimeter waves in addition to more microwave spectrum and limits on fees that localities could collect for "small cell" antenna sites.
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