Subject RADIATION STORIES DON'T MAKE NEWS Written 435 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in cdpch

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Subject: RADIATION STORIES DON'T MAKE NEWS ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Written 4:35 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in MEDIA'S VDT RADIATION STORIES THAT STILL DON'T MAKE THE NEWS Project Censored: Nomination for the "Ten Best Censored Stories of 1990" The fact that display monitors emit significant and dangerous radiation was known more than eight years ago. In October, 1982, Dr. Karel Marha, a biophysicist at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) in Hamilton, Ontarioa, warned that there was scientific evidence to suggest that pulsed electric and magnetic fields could be more harmful than nonpulsed fields and recommended that workplaces be redesigned so that VDT operators do not sit close to their display monitors or to neighboring monitors. Marha's warning was ignored by government health officials in Canada and the United States and the CCOHS press releases were not picked up by any major newspaper in the United States or Canada. In fact, a year later, the medical director of the New York Times told a congressional subcommittee that he was aware of "no medical evidence of serious VDT-related health effects." By then, of course, newspapers everywhere had become highly dependent upon computer technology. Thus, it is not surprising that, according to a July 1990 article in the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), it is only in recent months that the press has gotten around to paying attention to the VDT radiation story but "the context--research delays, bad information, government complacency--continues to go uncovered." Further, research from Sweden, Spain, and Canada adds that the magnetic fields are most harmful during the very early stages of pregnancy. This suggests that there is little point to a proposed policy of alternative work during pregnancy because by the time a woman knows, or can prove to her employers, that she is pregnant, the period of greatest risk has already passed. More than ten years after the reproductive-risk issue first emerged, not a single animal study on VLF fields has ever been attempted in the U.S. Meanwhile, the American Newspaper Publishers Association (ANPA) has dismissed radiation risks. According to the CJR story, "Last summer (ANPA) announced that surveys of 10,000 VDTs indicated that there was no VDT radiation hazard." The ANPA has yet to make public any substantiation for its "not hazardous" claims. Paul Brodeur, a staff writer at the New Yorker, specializes in medical and science writing, and has won many national awards for his reporting on the effects of electromagnetic emissions and other health hazards. His 1989 book, Currents of Death, is considered the classic on the hazards of electromagnetic radiation. Brodeur concludes a recent article, which warned readers of MACWORLD that computer monitors may post a very real threat to users, with the following warning: "One does not need to be a medical doctor to appreciate that such electromagnetic phenomena, which have no counterpart in man's evolutionary history, may well prove hazardous to health." It is a warning that the ANPA, and the media as a whole, have continued to ignore. SOURCE: MACWORLD, July 1990, "The Magnetic-Field Menace," by Paul Brodeur, pp 136-145; COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW, Jul/Aug 1990, "Uncovering Radiation: VDT Stories That Still Don't Make the News," by Louis Slesin, pp 4,6. End of text from Source: Peacenet Via New York Transfer News 718-448-2358, 718-448-2683 --- [ This file has travelled through the Socialism OnLine! BBS at +1-719-392-7781, 24 hours, 300-9600 bps HST/MNP/V42bis, on its way to you, the reader of this file. Please share any information you have about "big brother." Venceremos! ]


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