[Marxism] Why I Don't Have a Mobile Phone - CounterPunch.org

MM marxmail00 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 6 07:08:37 MST 2019

> On Dec 6, 2019, at 10:22 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
> https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/06/why-i-dont-have-a-mobile-phone/ <https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/06/why-i-dont-have-a-mobile-phone/>

There’s plenty to be concerned about with mobile phones but this piece is completely off target. From the NYT a few months ago:

The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t
How one scientist and his inaccurate chart led to unwarranted fears of wireless technology.

Over the years, Dr. Curry’s warning spread far, resonating with educators, consumers and entire cities as the frequencies of cellphones, cell towers and wireless local networks rose. To no small degree, the blossoming anxiety over the professed health risks of 5G technology can be traced to a single scientist and a single chart.

Except that Dr. Curry and his graph got it wrong.

According to experts on the biological effects of electromagnetic radiation, radio waves become safer at higher frequencies, not more dangerous. (Extremely high-frequency energies, such as X-rays, behave differently and do pose a health risk.)

In his research, Dr. Curry looked at studies on how radio waves affect tissues isolated in the lab, and misinterpreted the results as applying to cells deep inside the human body. His analysis failed to recognize the protective effect of human skin. At higher radio frequencies, the skin acts as a barrier, shielding the internal organs, including the brain, from exposure. Human skin blocks the even higher frequencies of sunlight.

“It doesn’t penetrate,” said Christopher M. Collins, a professor of radiology at New York University who studies the effect of high-frequency electromagnetic waves on humans. Dr. Curry’s graph, he added, failed to take into account “the shielding effect.”

More: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/science/5g-cellphones-wireless-cancer.html

Those still concerned about the dangers associated with holding a mobile phone against the side of their heads will be pleased to learn of a newfangled invention called earphones.

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