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Physicist Eric Swanson Tells Readers to Stop Freaking out About Cell Phones
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08216/901196-35.stm

Posted By Bill Couzens,Founder Lesscancer.org

WHOS FREAKING OUT?

Unlike what Eric Swanson is suggesting in the above link about Ronald Herberman,MD a quick Google search will reveal time and time again Dr Herberman stating, “I don’t know cell phones are dangerous”. It comes up almost 2000 times.

This fact is completely the opposite creation of what Eric Swanson crafted in the Post Gazette and would like readers to believe.

No one is freaking out about cell phones. I for one am grateful for the technology.

Cool heads must prevail here and put what Dr. Herberman actually said into context.

Dr. Herberman,unlike Eric Swanson is actually a cancer expert renown around the world for discover of “natural killer cells” revolutionized the field of cancer. Herberman’s pioneering investigations of NK cells have demonstrated that they play an important role in resistance to the metastatic spread of cancer and that stimulation of NK activity by various immunomodulators leads to inhibition of metastases.Dr. Herberman’s pioneering research and aggressive clinical translation has had a profound impact on many patients around the world, and his innovation and leadership has resulted in life-saving outcomes to many patients.

And while a layman myself, It makes sense to me as a parent that a lack of data does not translate to safe, especially in the case of children.

This what really matters the choices we as parents make for our children to reduce the unnecessary and preventable exposures that could have harmful outcomes to human health.

How many times in the last 50 years have we assumed products/practices to be safe for our children because of lack of information only to say to ourselves ..maybe we should have done something else?

I know as child I used to play with mercury, I would get radiation for acne, and the lawn would get sprayed while I was playing in the sandbox. It all seemed fine then- but we know today it is not. We know that as opposed to heredity scientist tell us most cancers comes from outside of our bodies.

Today we have higher incidences on non smoking related cancer than ever before.

Every school day we have 46 children diagnosed with cancer.

Approximately 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with some from of cancer in the United States this year.

Those numbers for a “non-scientist” like me are too much, and if someone like a Ronald Herberman who is an expert- says we don’t know what cell phones do to human health-specifically children – lets use precautions.

I say why not?

Its important to let the experts be experts when it comes to cancer.

Lets not lose site of the times when there was a day when scientists, not unlike Dr Herberman were unfairly treated for suggesting precautions for cigarette smoking, those were the days, not all that long ago where articles like Eric Swansons were not out of the norm.

Collaboration and support is the way we are going to turn the tide on cancer. And while ideas may not be shared we need to be on the same side when fighting the war on cancer. The “cure” for cancer is critical-but we must expand our view to include prevention.

Since Richard Nixon first declared the war on cancer in 1971 Americans have poured roughly $200 billion, in inflation-adjusted dollars, into cancer research and cancer drug development between 1971 and 2004.

Clearly with the incidences of cancer not related to smoking that are on the rise we can be doing things differently.