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05 November 2022

Cellular and Cancer: The Industry Loses a Worried Ally

Cellular and cancer: the industry loses a worried ally
by André Fauteux, La Maison du 21e Siècle, November 3, 2022 (Google translation)

American researcher 
emeritus James C. Lin
One of the most renowned scientists on the biological effects of radio frequency (RF) radiation used by cellular technologies, Dr. James C. Lin, says that the latest studies "give consistent indications that exposure to RF is probably carcinogenic to humans”.

A pioneer in electromedicine and professor emeritus of electrical engineering and biophysics at the University of Chicago, Dr. Lin is the past president of the prestigious Bioelectromagnetics Society, present in 40 countries. He is also a distinguished former member of the two organizations that created RF exposure limits, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Like several experts, today he disputes the validity of these limits based on the assumption that only the heating of tissues by RF would be dangerous.

He bases his analysis on two major studies done on rats and published in 2018 by the US National Toxicology Program (US NTP) and the Italian Ramazzini Institute. According to him, these studies should prompt the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to reassess its classification of RF as “possibly carcinogenic”, which dates from 2011. “This gives rise to the plausibility for the IARC to improve its previous classification, mainly based on epidemiology, at the upper level of "probably carcinogenic" for RF exposure, he wrote in an article published on October 31. In addition, more recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses of case-control research on cell phone use have reported statistically significant increases in brain tumor risk associated with 1,000 or more hours of cell phone use, or approximately 17 minutes per day over 10 years. »

In a video interview with The House of the 21st Century on the same day, the former boss of the US NTP, the toxicologist Linda Birnbaum, who for 10 years headed the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the United States, also affirmed that the RF were probably carcinogenic. She never puts her cell phone against her head, uses headphones and has installed her Wi-Fi modem in her basement, as far from the bedrooms as possible. "I would never want to live near a cell tower," she added. (Watch the interview on https://www.youtube.com/maison21e.)

Dr. Lin concludes his article on a more philosophical tone. “The simple and effective public health notion 'Prevention is better than cure' may evoke an old-fashioned notion. It can arouse intense reactions, with enormous defiance, especially on the part of individuals who can benefit from modern promotions. The cell phone and allied wireless communication technologies have shown their direct benefits to people in modern society. However, when it comes to their impact on the health and safety of humans who are unnecessarily subjected to various levels of RF exposure for prolonged periods or even throughout their lives, the jury is out. In addition, epidemiological studies and animal research provide consistent indications that RF exposure is, at least, probably carcinogenic to humans. The principle of ALARA – the lowest level of exposure reasonably achievable – should be adopted as a strategy for protecting RF health and safety. »

Open access article: Carcinogenesis from chronic exposure to radio-frequency radiation , James C. Lin, Frontiers in Public Health, October 31, 2022.

Original article in French:


Emeritus Professor James Lin: Selected Professional Achievements

Fellow of International Union of Radio Science (URSI) (Elected 2017)

Fellow of IEEE (Elected 1986; currently Life Fellow)

Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (Elected 1989)

Member, U.S. President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science (1992-1993)

d’Arsonval Medal Award of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (2003)

IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) Special Recognition Award (1991)

Chair, IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (1990-1991)

President, The Bioelectromagnetics Society (1994-1995)

Chair, URSI Commission on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine (1996-1999)

Chair, NCRP Biological Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radiofrequency Fields

Vice President, National Council of Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) (2005-07)

Member, International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) (2004-2016); and Chair of Standing Committee on Physics and Engineering (2008-2012); Chair of Radio Frequency Group (2012-2015)

Feature Editor, ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review (1999-2004)

Editor, Springer Science Book Series on Advances in Electromagnetic Fields in Living systems (2004-present)

Editor in Chief, Bioelectromagnetics (2006-present)

Columnist, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine (1999-2014)

Columnist, IEEE Microwave Magazine (2000-present)

Columnist, Radio Science Bulletin, Columnist (2001-present)

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