Media + WHO + cell phones + cancer = “run for the hills!”

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, composed of 31 scientists from 14 countries, said that a review of existing studies into cell phone use and brain tumors shows that long-term use is “possibly carcinogenic.”

One more time, Univ. of Maryland physicist Bob Parks explains why cell phones do not cause brain cancer:

Here’s the conversation I have several times a day with total strangers: Caller: do you use a wired earphone? BP: No. Caller: would it be too much trouble? BP: No. Caller: Wouldnt you be safer? BP: No. Caller: How do you know? BP: Quantum physics; all cancers are caused by mutant strands of DNA. Electromagnetic radiation can’t create mutant strands of DNA unless the frequency is at or higher than the blue limit of the visible spectrum the near-ultraviolet. The frequency of cell phone radiation is about 1 million times too low. Caller: Wow! When did this news break? BP: Albert Einstein let it out in 1905. Robert Millikan, considered to be the world’s top physics experimentalist, spent a decade constructing an experiment to test it. It confirmed Einstein’s theory perfectly. Caller: I’m shocked! Are you sure this is right? BP: Virtually the entire modern world rests on it. Caller: Why am I just hearing about this? BP: Because Sanjay didn’t tell you. We all depend on the news media to keep us informed, and the news media all over the world let us down on this one. And we scientists should have been screaming louder.

Read the whole thing. This is a funny post – e.g., you learn that CNN’s medical ‘authority’ Sanjay Gupta uses a wired earpiece. If you want still more good science on the topic, this Bob Park search should satisfy you.

Still more? OK, anti-bad-science campaigner Steve Packard says WHO Drops the Ball on Cell Phones and Cancer. And anti-bad-science blogger Orac has much more to say on the zombie cell phone cancers in The bride of the son of the revenge of cell phones and cancer rises from the grave…again. And then anti-bad-astronomer Phil Plait says Why I’m (still) not worried about my cell phone hurting my brain.