Freedom of Information Act Reveals 1993 FDA’s Concerns Re: Carcinogenic Effects of EMF

“In the spring of 1993 at the height of public concern over cell phone–brain tumor risks, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) biologists concluded that the available data “strongly suggest” that microwaves can “accelerate the development of cancer.” This assessment is in an internal agency memo recently obtained by Microwave News under the Freedom of Information Act.”

“U.S. EPA released a draft copy of its report on the evaluation of the potential carcinogenicity of electromagnetic fields. The report, first of all, finds that In view of these laboratory studies, there is reason to believe that the findings of carcinogenicity in humans are biologically plausible. Of course, they were referring to laboratory studies that they had reviewed. This admission by the EPA means that the carcinogenic effects of electromagnetic energy are valid or likely….The EPA has concluded that the results of the occupational cancer studies are remarkably consistent …. [T]he consistency and specificity of the findings provide evidence that EM- field exposure in the workplace may pose a carcinogenic risk for adults . . .” (see footnote 94).

Radiofrequency energy exposure has moved into the everyday environment for most people. What was true for the relatively few individuals in the past is now, by the EPA’s own conclusions, the norm for the entire population.

In summary form, the EPA’s report of five case control studies found that four of the jive noted significantly elevated risks of cancer in the following categories of employment; (1) gliomas and astrocytomas in Maryland electricians, telephone servicemen, linemen, railroad and telecommunication workers, engineers as well as electronic engineers; (2) primary brain cancer in workers of Philadelphia, northern New Jersey, and south Louisiana involved with design, manufacture, repair, or installation of electrical and electronic equipment; (3) brain cancer in East Texas male workers involved in highly exposed (EM fields) occupations in the transportation, communication, and the utilities industry; (4) brain cancer in workers identified in a 16-state NCHS survey of industries and occupations” (see footnote 94). One common thread that runs through these four case studies is brain cancer.

Realize now that the levels of electromagnetic energy to which those workers were typically exposed were much lower than the exposure to which a portable cellular telephone user is subjected with each telephone call. The EPA, in this report, concedes that “There is a link between exposure to EM fields and certain forms of site-specific cancer, namely leukemia, CNS, and lymphoma” (see footnote 94).

Of course, in the instances when the exposure is directed at the head and brain of the human subject, as it is with portable cellular telephone use, we should expect that the predominant form of cancer would be central nervous system (brain) cancer.

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