A time for tinfoil hats

At the risk of sounding like a lunatic, sometimes you have to listen to the tinfoil hat crowd. Sometimes conspiracy theories are just theories — insane, irrational theories — and sometimes there’s a real conspiracy.

Governments and corporations have lied to us in the past, and are probably lying to us about all kinds of things right now. Of course, at that level they’re not called “lies”, but “spin” — a report could find that a chemical causes every single disease but cancer, and the headline will be “Study proves no link between chemical X and cancer.”

I digress, but that’s what we tinfoil hat-wearers do.

In recent years, a growing number of people are protesting the installation of cell phone towers and other wireless transmitters on the basis that being subjected to high levels of electromagnetic energy poses a risk to our health and development. Some residents in Ontario and British Columbia are attempting to block the installation of new cell towers in their communities, as well as residents in California (tinfoil hat central), New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and North Dakota. It’s already a major issue in Europe.

According to reporter Stan Cox of Alternet, this is just the beginning. A growing number of studies have found a connection between exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and childhood leukemia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), breast cancer, brain cancer, immune-system dysfunction, and low sperm counts. One trio of epidemiologists hired by the state of California to investigate EMFs found that they were “inclined to believe that EMFs can cause some degree of increased risk of childhood leukemia, adult brain cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease and miscarriage.” They also raised the possibility of increased risk of adult leukemia and, strangely, suicide.

Other studies have found short-term effects like thyroid gland malfunctioning and even developmental brain damage in rats that were exposed to EMFs at the age equivalent of human teenagers.

According to several studies, proximity matters — the closer you live or work to a tower, the more likely you are to become ill. Many school districts have already banned the installation of towers on school buildings, based on the limited amount of evidence collected to date. If you use a cell phone, you’re constantly poking your head into an EM field.

Last year at the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety in Italy, 42 scientists from 16 countries signed a resolution arguing for much stricter regulations for EM fields created by wireless communication.

So why isn’t this news? Why aren’t people burning their cell phones in public square and attacking cell towers with torches and pitchforks?


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