… no, JunkScience.com is not trying to compete with Match.com. We’re just trying to keep naive media types from falling for old junk scientists.
CNET.com cell phone reviewer Kent German’s column on this week’s cell phone scare (“Cell phones and health? A debate worth having,” Feb. 23) relied solely on infamous hysteric Devra Davis for scientific input:
Dr. Devra Davis–an epidemiologist, environmental health researcher, and founder of Environmental Health Trust–characterizes the finding as stunning. “This demonstrates that cell phone use affects brain activity,” she told CNET. “The study used real people and was as close as you can get to a biopsy on a living brain.”
Davis, who authored the 2010 book “Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide it and How to Protect Your Family,” also cautioned against making firm conclusions from the study, but she takes a forceful role in advocating for more research. “The notion that we have enough information is completely wrong,” she said.
Yes, we only have 25 years of wide-spread, real-world experience with cell phones and many more with military radio operators — and Davis is excited because “cell phone use affects brain activity.” Really?
Mr. German… meet Sir Richard Doll and Richard Peto, two of the most prominent epidemiologists of all time. As reported by Science (November 1990), here’s what Doll and Peto had to say about Davis’ claim that brain cancer was on the rise:
Peto and Doll seemed overcome with ennui about this subject when Science contacted them at their Oxford University lab. They found [Davis’ article in The Lancet] “uninteresting,” “quite uninformative,””boring,” “old junk,” and “well known for years.”
That may be a vintage critique — but it’s one that Davis has yet to contradict or shake-off over the past 20 years.
Yes, let’s meet Devra Davis…then…
… and now…
New hair. Same old junk.
Oh, and I almost forgot… Devra Davis claims to be a “Nobel Prize winner” for her work on the discredited IPCC. LOL.