Monday, 17 June 2019

Wi-Fi exposure isn’t killing your kids says John Hopkins professor

  Steven Salzburg Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine.
Source: Forbes.

A John Hopkins University Professor has criticised a recent blog article about the health impacts of Wi-Fi by a fellow Forbes contributor Robert Szczebra that went viral.

“Wi-Fi is not more dangerous than previously thought, and it’s not going to give your kids cancer. That’s what Robert Szczerba should have written, if he’d looked at the real science instead of one really bad paper,” wrote Steven Salzberg, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine.
Szczerba claimed that “Wi-Fi devices might be causing cancer, especially in children.” The article was illustrated with a photo of a toddler playing with a tablet. The article received widespread attention.
“The problem is, it’s all wrong. Even the premise is wrong: there was no ‘previous’ evidence of danger from Wi-Fi devices, except from conspiracy theorists,” wrote Professor Salzberg.
He was also critical of the research paper that the article was based, which was recently published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure, titled “Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences.”
“I read the article, painful though it was, to see what it actually claims,” wrote Professor Salzberg.
“The first red flag is that it appeared in a very obscure journal that does not focus on radiation or environmental health.”
“The second red flag is that two of the authors, Lloyd Morgan and Devra Davis, work for a private organization whose sole purpose seems to be to promote claims that cell phones and other Wi-Fi devices cause cancer.”
“Now to the article itself I have to say that this is perhaps the worst scientific paper I have read in years – and I read a lot. It purports to be a review of some sort on microwave radiation exposure in children. It is nothing of the sort. It’s not even written like a scientific paper.”
Essentially, the article is a series of claims, most of them unrelated to one another, about the effects of microwave radiation and other topics, wrote Professor Salzberg.
“The authors have cherry-picked several dozen studies that they believe support their hypothesis, which they cite without any explanatory details, while ignoring hundreds of studies that contradict their claims,” he wrote.
Professor Salzberg then provided a more considered assessment of the issue with reference to a comprehensive review by a Dr Kenneth R. Foster, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr John Moulder, professor of radiation oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, who reviewed all the available scientific research on Wi-Fi and health in response to increased public concern about the widespread use of the technology in the home and schools.
“It only took me a few minutes to find a recent review of the literature, published just a year ago in the journal Health Physics. Note that this is a journal that’s actually about human health, unlike the microscopy journal that Szczerba relied upon,” wrote Professor Salzberg.


Published 7/4/2015

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