Statement by Dr. John Bucher, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program on the Peer Review of the Cell Phone Radiation Radiofrequency Studies

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Statement by Dr. John Bucher, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program (NTP) on the Peer Review of the Cell Phone Radiation Radiofrequency Studies

This statement by Dr. Bucher was sent to Environmental Health Trust by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Office of Communications and Public Liaison Monday April 2, 2018

“It was gratifying that the members of the expert panel unanimously praised the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation (RFR) Studies as very well done, and vitally important research. They acknowledged the difficulty of conducting the study and the challenges of analyzing the data.  Scientific peer-review by external experts is an essential part of the NTP’s scientific process, and I thank the panel members for their expertise and service. They conducted a thorough review, engaged in spirited debate, and grappled with the same uncertainties experienced by the NTP staff.

In the end, the panel agreed with the NTP conclusions for the cell phone RFR studies conducted in mice. For the rat studies, the panel recommended that some of the NTP conclusions be changed to indicate a stronger level of evidence that cell phone RFR caused certain tumors.

Working from the NTP’s scale of Clear Evidence, Some Evidence, Equivocal Evidence and No Evidence, the panel made the following recommendations:

For male rats, GSM-modulated cell phone RFR

  • Malignant schwannoma in the heart – reclassified from some evidence to clear evidence of carcinogenic activity
  • Malignant glioma of the brain – reclassified from equivocal evidence to some evidence of carcinogenic activity
  • Pheochromocytoma (benign, malignant, complex), a tumor in the adrenal gland – reclassified from equivocal evidence to some evidence of carcinogenic activity

For female rats, GSM-modulated cell phone RFR

  • Malignant schwannoma of the heart – reclassified from no evidence to equivocal evidence of carcinogenic activity

For male rats, CDMA-modulated cell phone RFR

  • Malignant schwannoma in the heart – reclassified from some evidence to clear evidence of carcinogenic activity
  • Malignant glioma of the brain – reclassified from equivocal evidence to some evidence of carcinogenic activity

For female rats, CDMA-modulated cell phone RFR

  • Malignant schwannoma in the heart – reclassified from no evidence to equivocal evidence of carcinogenic activity

The recommendations of the external expert panel will now be taken under consideration by NTP staff and reviewed for a final decision from the NTP Director. The final report will be published in fall 2018.”

-Statement by Dr. John Bucher, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program (NTP) on the Peer Review of the Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation Studies

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Toxicology Program released a statement about the conclusions of the panel for each endpoint, found here . This is the most important document to read from the meeting in terms of conclusions. https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/trpanel/2018/march/actions20180328_508.pdf

Read an NIEHS April 2018 article on the peer review meeting here “NTP cell phone studies — experts recommend elevated conclusions” National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

Read more about the NTP NIEHS peer review at https://ehtrust.org/clear-evidence-of-cancer-concludes-the-expert-panel-to-the-us-national-toxicology-program-on-cell-phone-radiation-study-findings/

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New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer, Scientific American March 29, 2018

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Can your cellphone cause cancer? Scientists find definitive link in study of rats” The News and Observer March 28, 2018

“Researchers find the cellphone-cancer risk is higher than originally thought” The Blaze March 30, 2018

The Nation: How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation: The disinformation campaign—and massive radiation increase—behind the 5G rollout. By Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie, The Nation, March 29, 2018

Advocates for Tougher RFR Standards Welcome Expert Views, Paul Kirby, Senior Editor, TRDaily

 

Learn more about the National Toxicology Program Studies on Cell Phone Radiation  

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Public Service Announcement on the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations To Reduce Cell Phone Radiation Exposure

EHT has created two short videos about safer technology. One is 30 Seconds and the other is one minute and 30 seconds! Shot in Jackson Hole Wyoming and showing in local movie theatres. This PSA includes recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the Vienna, Athens and Cyprus Medical Association recommendations.

Watch the 1.5 Minute Public Service Announcement here

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued specific recommendations to reduce wireless cell phone exposure and updated their online resources for parents concerning cell phones and wireless devices.

“They’re not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer,” said Jennifer A. Lowry, M.D., FAACT, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee in the AAPs press release on the NTP Study Results.

American Academy of Pediatrics Official Letters on Cell Phones and Wireless Radiation

2013 AAP Letter  to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg calling for a review of RF guidelines

2012 AAP Letter to US Representative Dennis Kucinich in Support of the Cell Phone Right to Know Act

2012 AAP Letter  to the FCC Chairman calling for the FCC to open up a review of RF guidelines

News Reports

WMKY Public Radio: AAP Recommends Putting Cellphone Use on Hold for Children’s Health

WebMed: Children Face Higher Health Risk From Cell Phones

Baltimore Sun: Pediatric researchers suggest potential dangers for children from cellphone exposure

Watch more public service announcements on EHTs Public Service Video Playlist here 

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“Cell Phone Radiation is Likely a Human Carcinogen.”

“The Precautionary Principle must be applied now.”

Dr. Anthony Miller
Israel Institute for Advanced Study EHT Expert Forum Working Group

Note: This post is from 2017. Dr. Anthony Miller has elevated his opinion in 2018 and now states that cell phone/wireless radiation is human carcinogen. Please see the 2018 press release with his statement at this link 

February 1, 2017: At the Israel Institute for Advanced Study Dr. Anthony Miller presented a plenary lecture with a summary and analysis of recent epidemiological case-control studies on cell phone radiation, including the Interphone study, studies performed by Hardell, and the CERENAT study. Dr. Miller concluded that the body of evidence has increased since the World Health Organization International Agency for the Research on Cancer  classified radiofrequency fields (RFR) in 2011. The current research evidence in 2017 indicates that RFR should be considered a probable human carcinogen and the public should take cautionary steps to reduce exposures.

“Even if the risk per individual is low, it is widely distributed and could become a major public health problem. The Precautionary Principle must be applied now”.

Anthony Miller,  MB, MRCP, MD, FRCP, FRCP (C), FFPH, FACE, Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Senior Medical Advisor, Environmental Health Trust, USA; Previous Director of Epidemiology, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Full Bio

Epidemiology of Cell Phones and Other Wireless Transmitting Devices – An Update

PDF of January 25, 2017 IIAS Presentation

Dr. Anthony Miller’s Bibliography on RF and Cancer

During the Conference, working groups reviewed the evidence and the epidemiology working group concluded that  the current research evidence indicates that RFR should be considered a probable human carcinogen. Please see a video of the working group report below.

Please watch more lectures from the Israel Institute for Advanced Study EHT Expert Forum Working Group at this link.

The video below is a compilation of clips from the conference:

 

See a more recent video of Dr. Miller speaking about how this radiation is a carcinogen below.

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