Waiting for “Conclusive Proof”

You often read that there is no “conclusive proof” that non-ionizing EMF poses risks to human health. But what does that actually mean? As just one example, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) explains in their primer on the risks of cell phones:

Current scientific evidence has not conclusively linked cell phone use with any adverse health problems.

It is true that science has not conclusively linked cell phone use with health risks. For something to be conclusive, it must be incontrovertible.

The science on the health risks of EMF is not incontrovertible. While the body of science in this area increasingly shows there to be a wide array of potential health hazards resulting from EMF exposures (from activities such as using your cell phone) there are other studies that demonstrate no adverse health effects.

So, it is true that science has not conclusively linked cell phone use with health risks. At the same time, it is also true that an increasing body of science has demonstrated significant cause for concern— numerous scientific studies have linked use of cell phones and WiFi to a wide array of health risks including multiple types of cancers, melatonin suppression— even infertility and impotence.

While it is true to claim that this science is not conclusive, that is really a cheat. Because, even though the science isn’t conclusive, that same science has repeatedly demonstrated significant cause for concern.

Wireless devices increasingly surround us. Do we want to wait 50 years for "conclusive proof" of their risks?
Wireless devices increasingly surround us. Do we want to wait 50 years for “conclusive proof” of their risks?

Science takes time. As one regulator recently explained, “50 years must pass to determine whether an adverse event directly related to the use of cell phones would crop up in any individual.”

And yet, the proliferation of wireless devices and technologies continues to grow at an exponential rate.

So, you have a choice: do you want to wait half a century for “conclusive evidence” to emerge to incontrovertibly prove the link between EMF exposures and negative health outcomes?

Or, based on the increasingly worrying evidence demonstrated by numerous scientific studies, do you want to take precautions and reduce your exposures to this force that the World Health Organization designates as a Class 2B Carcinogen?

Don’t be fooled by “conclusive proof”. Examine the evidence, and draw your own conclusions.

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