Update: March 16, 2015
The Bill of Goods
Rodney Dangerfield, George Burns & the WHO
“I don’t get no respect, no respect at all!” might be the refrain of Lung Cancer – our most popular cancer to die of – and yet not to research. (e.g. Breast cancer with fewer deaths get 20x the research $s) When a big study emerges on lung cancer, it’s rare. Governments for 40 years, chose to ‘blame-the-victim’ and pump money into finger-wagging advertising campaigns as their lame answer to lung cancer.
The fact is, 75% of Smokers Don’t get Lung Cancer. Some smokers live to be 105. Why’s that? Nobody has cared much really. The enemy is clear: Smokers.
The WHO (i.e. Not Daltrey & Townshend & Co.)
has trumpeted new research with Diesel Fumes as the Big Killer, within the Big Killer.
The Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study: A Nested Case–Control Study of Lung Cancer and Diesel Exhaust “ as it’s called, means Diesel Fumes becomes the clear, new second horse in this lung cancer race (albeit, a slow research race it is ).
Whaddabout Radon? Yes,they adjusted for RADON! Just a few years ago we all ran out and got Radon detectors because they said .. ‘Lung cancer is coming!’, whether you smoke or not, whether you like it or not.
This Research Obliterates the whole Radon deal.
This little spot here is dedicated to bringing you the Next Big Wave in Lung Cancer to tidily obliterate this Diesel Fumes proclamation.
(OK, maybe not obliterate it entirely and not right here and now because we need research dollars to nail it. (Start an ad agency you say? Hmmm)
In Science (in America), money is all. Like in advertising … Truth Doesn’t Matter. What Matters is What Sells.
And I have ‘a bill of goods’ here. It’s important to know when you are being sold a bill of goods. You judge if they’re any good.
Definition of BILL OF GOODS _________________________________ 1: a consignment of merchandise 2 : something intentionally misrepresented : something passed off in a deception or fraud —used in the phrase sell a bill of goods _____________________________________________________
I hereby consign this research to you. Can’t sell it. As an “independent health researcher” of 20+ years, I’ve had no funding to finish it nor had an ad agency to promote it. So it’ s up to you. Blog it, regurgitate it, take a piece & tear it apart or prove it wrong or otherwise advance the word. Thanks.
First off, ‘EXHIBIT A’ many (most?) people ALREADY disagree that Diesel Fumes are the Lung Cancer Answer. In environments other than mines the connection is not anywhere near as evident. And again – “Overall, despite an abundance of epidemiologic and experimental data [over 6000 published studies], there remain questions as to whether traditional diesel exhaust exposure causes increased lung cancers in humans”. To wit, Minus MINERS Means Minimal Match.
N.B. Miners are Exposed to Massive Electromagnetic Fields. In fact, they’re exposed to electrical conduits, communications, lighting and they may have the highest exposure of EMF in any profession. Studies on RADON and DIESEL FUMES linked to Lung Cancer Do Not Consider the Electromagnetic Radiation exposure of these workers.
Part 2: The Wrath of Technology… ooh scary!
What has Technology got to do with MINERS and Lung Cancer? Well, everything, as it turns out.
The World Health Organization recently conceded cellphones are a “possible” carcinogen. (Today, the FCC is reviewing safety standards for the first time since 1996 and The Government Office of Accountability has been looking into the adequacy of the limits for a year. Non-US countries are light years ahead).
Whaddaya gonna do? Give up your smartphone? And your microwave, and Wi-Fi? What about Smart Meters, Wind Farms and Electric Cars for that matter? And all for what, a few little cancerous tumors? Man-up.
Michael’s wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is one of the top cellphone peddlers in America. You don’t see Gordon Gekko whining. Though he did have cancer consistent with that from cellphone exposure.
Dr. Robert Kane of Motorola died of a brain tumor. Understandably, he got a bit cranky and went on to write, “Cellular Telephone; Russian Roulette”. But what the hell does he know? Just because he held the most patents at Motorola and practically invented the cellphone.
‘Don’t be evil’ Google bought Motorola’s cellphones. (that’s a whole other rant for another day, to include Mr. Brin’s PD)
The guy you want to ask is the fella hired by the cellphone industry to “make it all go away”, Dr. George Carlos. A reasonable man with $ 25 million to blow on EMF research. He wrote a book on the subject too, “Cell Phones – Invisible Hazards of the Wireless Age”. Says here it’s about the coming brain tumor epidemic. What?
So, the World Health Organization tip-toes in with a tepid statement, “possible carcinogen”. It reminds me of the old (Dr.) George Carlin routine, “The Surgeon General announced today that saliva causes cancer. However, only if taken in small amounts over a long period of time.” Let’s get to the punch line.
Again, the big RADON-Lung Cancer studies were done on MINERS. It always seemed to me ‘a stretch’ that it then applied to every single person in the world. And that one study in 1964 established Radon’s scariness. (Subsequent proofs just jumped-in, lock-step to tread the same ground. Oh, ‘cept this fella who says residential radon REDUCES lung cancer i.e. “Extrapolation of underground miners lung cancer risks to human risks at domestic and workplace levels may not be valid”. Then, he has his credible supporters HERE.)
Note: they never measured EMF ... electromagnetic radiation !
Not a word about it. Ditto this damning new study of Diesel Fumes & Lung Cancer.
MINERS are Massively Exposed to myriad EMF frequencies. The lighting and the communications systems (phone lines, two-way radio, RFID, Video, Wi-Fi, Wi-Max, MagneLink) pumps, fans, portable lighting units, even helmets all are sources in a cave structure perfectly-designed to contain and amplify radiation (more so in a coal-containing mine).
The ironically named Leeky Feeder… Designed to ‘leek RF’ and act as an extended antennae! ( I’m running out of emphases here)
Is any group in the world more exposed to EMF than MINERS?
I don’t believe there is. So if you want to answer the question – ‘Is EMF radiation killing us?’ You start with MINERS ( or the Amish, on the zero exposure side). And is this the elusive LUNG CANCER ANSWER (which we haven’t been looking too hard for)? I believe it is.
If so, it Changes Everything.
Trouble with this ‘new truth’ (see ‘Dots’ below) is the Government, Industry and Media have never had a conflict-of-interest of such magnitude in history. When EMF research or outrageous politico-corporate behaviour breaks again and again and again – a Watergate-style investigation never ensues.
One Lung Cancer Story should have stayed on the front page of ever newspaper and been the lead story on the 6:00 TV news until it was solved. Gives you an idea how far back we are going! In 1994, Hydro-Québec with Ontario Hydro and Électricité de France (EDF) conduced the largest occupational study on exposure to electromagnetic fields. The study focused on leukemia and brain tumors. Utilities fund these as they’re so rare, easy to spin. They still found a 2-3X increase in leukemia and brain tumors.
Out of the Québec portion, came a Lung Cancer finding. Lung cancer is our ‘#1′ cancer to die of so any increase, let alone 2-3X … would be huge. Researchers didn’t find increased risk of 2 or 3X. They found up to 9.87X the lung cancer. Almost 1,000 %.
It was linked with the Microwave frequencies (aka Wi-Fi, cellphones, cordless, ‘Leeky Feeder’). What resulted? They cancelled the contract with McGill University, fired Dr. Gilles Thériault and legally barred him from sharing his data with the research community. What the hell?
If true – and with 47 confounders there is no reason to think it’s not ah, ‘suggestive’ – there is no more important health finding.
Other Lung Cancer – EMF Observations;
Brazil 2011. Adilza C. Dode of the Municipal Health Department, Belo Horizonte City, Minas Gerais State, Brazil found an increased cancer in proxity to cellphone towers. Lung cancer, counted the largest number or deaths and we await a distinct break-out. Overall, 6,432 people within 500 meters of a base station died of cancer whereas 292 deaths occurred between a 500-1,000 meter distance and only 147 deaths over 1,000 m. On the face of it, disturbing. Certainly suggestive?
1996, Dr. Dennis Henshaw of Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, UK predicted an increase in lung cancer.
His research shows increased radon daughter nuclei attracted by power frequency electromagnetic fields. May ALSO explain the rap on radon coupled with an closed “EMF cave” where the Miner observation was made.
Professor Johansson at the Department of Neuroscience at the
Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found a curious thing. In Sweden, lung cancer among elderly men increased markedly beginning after 1997. For men aged 80–84 years, the incidence increased from 160 to 230/100,000. For men aged 85+, the incidence increased from 95 to a high of 180/100,000 in 2005.
In 1991, the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute was established with a $ 300 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against Tobacco.
Flight attendants have been instrumental in advancing second hand smoke issues, as they were subjected to it prior to 25 years ago when smoking was banned on flights. NON-smoking flight attendants got excess lung cancer. ( Note: Since non-smoking flights, lung cancer has dropped dramatically. And whereas planes are a major source of EMF, the absence of cigarettes means no smoke synergy. Breast cancer, brain tumours, melanoma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma are increased and all have been linked to EMF )
About the aforementioned Amish?
Some of them DO smoke, being ardent tobacco farmers. And they DO get smoking-related cancers.
The study said the data, “support reduction of cancer incidence by tobacco abstinence but cannot be explained solely on this basis”
Other factors? Perhaps because they have no electricity, or cellphones, Wi-fi, appliances, electronics… or technology-generating EMF radiation.
PART 3: Connect the dots
Exactly what do we have here ?
Two huge well-designed Lung Cancer studies, 1) Miners & Diesel Fumes and 2) Powerline Workers & Electromagnetic Field Radiation
Coincidentally… Miners are massively exposed to EMF. This massive EMF exposure was never measured.
PART 4: More DOTS
Coincidentally AGAIN, a brand new study purports to have found the Key Mechanism of Action for Lung Cancer whereby reducing the protein Bax inhibitor 1 reduced Calcium. (which causes a cascade of events)
Why is that coincidental?
CALCIUM is perhaps the main mechanism of action for EMF
The biological effects of EMF radiation is there in the scientific literature for any with a modicum of common sense and the persistence to pour through it.
I think these studies of Miners and Powerline Workers with the Calcium studies of mechanism provide a major research intersection. And Lung Cancer is a great intersection because it has been left alone for so long yet contains the largest number of dead bodies.
In Summary Miners +EMF + EMF + EMF + EMF + other stuff = Lung Cancer.
Today, reporters – some whose companies have lost EMF lawsuits – take (mis)direction from the Legal Department. Researchers, arguably, don’t want to bite the only hand left with cash in it, Industry. (Though, the vast preponderance of scientists have no training/understanding of EMF, far too many pretend they do.)
Esteemed investigative science writer, Paul Brodeur wrote The Zapping of America: Microwaves, Their Deadly Risk, and the Coverup – 1977, Currents of Death – 1989 and The Great Power-Line Cover-Up: How the Utilities and Government Are Trying to Hide the Cancer Hazard Posed by Electromagnetic Fields – 1993. We can decipher this message. Many EMF Books followed, while others preceded his clarion calls.
Coupled with 100,000+ scientific papers on the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, that many media stories, the by-now hundreds of dedicated researchers and hundreds of thousands of EMF advocates, People can’t say “I didn’t know”. They CAN say, “I didn’t care”.
Until it hits home of course. This suggests… it already has. We’ll save the full hazard scope and politics for other days but draw the one screamingly obvious analogy.
The Surgeon General¹s Report in January 1964 finally denounced the hazards of cigarette smoking.
The next August, Harvard’s Dr. Clarence Cook Little (Scientific Director of the Council for Tobacco Research) after evaluating 350 separate reports, declared there was “little to support” for the charge cigarette smoking causes lung cancer. The American Medical Association – representing the doctors of America – refused to join the fray had just received $ 10 million from the tobacco industry for research into the possible hazards of smoking. You’ve seen doctors of the day in ads virtually prescribing cigarettes for all manner of malady. No?
In 1945 the first studies linking smoking and lung cancer appeared – the increased risk was 2 X. Today, we know smoking increases the risk of lung cancer by 10X up to 50 X based on the length of time smoked.
The TOBACCO industry is Big. They had no problem delaying their comeuppance for 5o Years! And they still remain ‘off the hook’ relatively speaking.
[ Disclosure: I have attempted to mitigate Tobacco’s legal exposure by offering to put this research initiative into action. No go. Their loss.]
The EMF “industry” is 1000x Tobacco in size. Yes, ADD up the Cellphone, Wireless, Utilities, Computer, Electronics industries but also EVERY industry in the World. Each one has a legal-financial exposure from EMF that exceeds their revenues.
We’re exposed to a quintillion X more man-made EMF radiation than we were just 50 years ago. That’s lots more.
What’s the definition of Impossible? A) Finding a NON-exposed EMF control group B) Finding a Business with no EMF conflict-of-interest C) Both (i.e. impossible to choose between A & B).
Government and Industry are in sync on EMF. We are all in the EMF business. It’s funny. Er, not funny at all really. It’s stupid. And I don’t mean in hip ‘sick’ sort of way but in the old, traditional sense where we are so stupid people die, in large numbers and unnecessarily.
I’m reaching you say? Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing? Besides, I’m only ‘reaching’ into the scientific literature.
If it was only Lung Cancer, it merits the urgent attention of research agencies the world over. The list of maladies caused by this radiation is so long to even mention them would illicit guffaws (and to interrupt existing laughter may be dangerous to any readers already).
To do this right requires a lot of researchers and others and 1,000 pages if we limit our proof to Lung Cancer. I’m unqualified to deliver the necessary coup de grâce here. But I will build the vehicle.
One Other little Thing, the flip side
Interesting research here. Very Weak RF Signals Treat Inoperable Liver Cancer. So, RF (radio frequency EMF), non-ionizing is 10X more effective than the best standard practise when treating INOPERABLE liver cancer. That’s a Hmmm)
But it’s OK, this RF-EMF is ” 1,000x LOWER than that from a cellphone” say the researchers! Does that sound OK to you? Are you still awake? Anyone out there think that MINES – with their massive EMF – would make a great new venue for Health Tourism?
A biological effect is a biological effect. EMF is ALSO used to TREAT; Depression, Bipolar Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Cancers and they are just getting started. Cause & Cure? Certainly proof of health effects!
We have dozens of examples of ionizing radiation – for good and bad. Ever had a CT Scan? It’s about 400x the radiation of a chest x-ray. It’s a 5 minutes exposure. Good bet you’d be dead real quick if you spent the day in there!
EMF is about frequencies – Cause & Cure. To leave these glaring questions unanswered is criminal. Many believe the answers are here and our governments and industry are keeping them off the table. Were they ON the table, it would impact the morbidity and mortality of many tens of millions of people.
In time, when this all comes down, your family will ask, “Why didn’t you tell me?” “I didn’t know” is not an answer. It’s also a lie. I could on. For the 3 or 4 of you who have actually made it this far, I Congratulate You.
Start here and now with Lung Cancer and EMF exposure. It looks to be the world’s ‘lowest hanging fruit’ in terms of saving lives. ( not to mention for that so-far elusive Nobel Prize)
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