“Evidence” of WiFi Dangers Lack Scientific Credibility
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Toronto, ON (Nov 9 2010) – The Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) today responded to dubious claims that microwave radiation, in forms of WiFi networks and cell phone use, can be dangerous. The committee submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA) presenting overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
The brief was meant to refute claims made by Trent University Professor Magda Havas, Simcoe County Safe School Committee Spokesman Rodney Palmer and Mr. François Therrien, director of SEMA, or Save Our Children From Microwaves, all who appeared in front of HESA to promote bad science in support of their unsupported claims of the imaginary disease of electro-hypersensitivity, or EHS.
“Thus there is no known mechanism by which cell phones and Wi-Fi can even cause health problems,” says CFI science advisor and electronics engineer Lorne Trottier, who runs the website www.emfandhealth.com, “the World Health Organisation has said, quite unequivocally, that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields." Trottier has heavily criticized Magda Havas’ most recent study into EHS, and revealed many critical flaws in her methodology.
Mr. Palmer’s insistence that he has had to become an epidemiologist in order to reveal the disorder among Simcoe County Students is a very dubious claim. “Though he claims some use of the scientific method,” states the brief, “he has been doing nothing else but re-reporting anecdotes of supposed victims and applying none of the rigorous data collection standards and statistical analysis that is routinely used by real epidemiologists.”
The full text of the CFI’s brief to HESA, as well as the scientific evidence supporting CASS’s position can be found at CFI Canada’s website: http://www.cficanada.ca/ontario/news/cfis_cass_submits_wifi_brief_to_hesa/
About the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) and the Centre for Inquiry Canada (CFI): CASS is a national, fast response team which critically engages with scientific, technological and medical claims made in public discourse. We address factual inaccuracies and misinformation in public debates by promoting evidence-based science. CASS is a subset of CFI. CFI is the leading freethought organization in Canada promoting reason, science, secularism and freedom of inquiry.