Government halts further research on cellphone radiation’s health impact despite previous findings?
01/23/2024 // News Editors // Views

The National Toxicology Program will not continue research on cellphone radiofrequency radiation and its health effects, despite previous studies indicating cancer and DNA damage.

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The National Toxicology Program (NTP) has decided to discontinue further studies on the effects of cellphone radiofrequency radiation (RFR) on human health. This decision comes despite their own comprehensive 10-year, $30 million study completed in 2018, which found evidence of cancer and DNA damage linked to RFR. The NTP, in a recent January 2024 fact sheet, cited the research’s technical challenges and resource intensity as reasons for halting further investigation.

The NTP has long been a leading governmental program for testing pharmaceuticalschemicals, and radiation. Devra Davis, Ph.D., MPH, a toxicologist and epidemiologist who formerly served on the NTP’s board of scientific counselors, expressed disappointment at this development. Davis, who has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, criticized the decision as ignoring “ample evidence of harm” from environmental pollutants like RFR. Her concerns are elaborated in her statement.

In February 2023, Davis and her colleagues published a review of over 200 studies linking wireless radiation to various negative biological effects, including oxidative stressDNA damage, and neurological effects. They plan to publish a new article in the Environment journal, calling for precautionary measures.

Davis, also the founding director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology at the National Academy of Sciences and president of the Environmental Health Trust, critiqued the U.S. government’s approach to wireless radiation safety. She likened it to a policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, where research is discontinued to avoid uncovering inconvenient truths about cellphone radiation.

Miriam Eckenfels-Garcia, director of the Children’s Health Defense’s EMR program, echoed Davis’s concerns, stating that discontinuing research due to its complexity and resource demands falls short of public expectations from government agencies.

As of February 2023, the NTP had made progress on several research goals related to RFR, as outlined in their fact sheet. However, the January 2024 fact sheet indicated that their research, focusing on 2G and 3G cellphones, was complete and would not be applicable to newer technologies like 4G or 5G.

Despite reaching out for clarification, the NTP did not respond to inquiries from The Defender regarding the apparent contradiction between their new fact sheet and the information on their website.

This cessation of RFR research by the NTP suggests a lack of intent to investigate the potential biological effects of 5G technology. Researchers like Davis continue to emphasize the importance of understanding and mitigating the health risks associated with wireless radiation.

In their 2018 study, as reported by The Defender, NTP researchers found “clear evidence” of cancer in male rats exposed to RF levels similar to 2G and 3G cellphones. Davis highlights that these findings are corroborated by other studies, and points out the telecom industry’s efforts to suppress these findings.

The NTP’s decision to halt further RFR research, despite the evidence and ongoing global exposure to increasing levels of wireless radiation, raises significant concerns among scientists and health advocates about the comprehensive assessment of the health impacts of wireless technology.

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