CDC expresses precaution with cell phone use and then retracts their position
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at September 2nd, 2014
The last few months have been busy at the Centers for Disease Control. Not only have they been battling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa but they have also been faced with explosive allegations from internal whistleblowers that the government had data linking vaccine preservatives to autism yet failed to share this with the public.
The CDC has also found itself backpedaling on its June 9th publication of cell phone radiation concerns. After various journalists and scientists picked up on the CDC’s heightened concerns at its website, specifically, their statement: “We recommend caution in cell phone usage,” the CDC suddenly abandoned the cautionary language on August 20th.
Kathy Harben, a Public Affairs Specialist with the CDC, stated that the precautionary language was unintended and that is why it was removed. Yet Jim Turner, a public interest lawyer and board chair of Citizens for Health believes that powerful interests were at work: “Somebody alerted them [the CDC] that they wanted it down or there was going to be trouble.”
The underlying reasons behind the sudden reversal in precautionary language may never be known. It remains nonetheless the responsibility of consumers to learn about cell phone radiation, its potential harmful effects, and use means to distance themselves and their children from exposure.
Category: Cellphones and Health Consequences