In his most recent campaign against Lennart Hardell from the Orebro University in Sweden, Alexander Lerchl again turns out to be an unscrupulous lobbyist of the mobile phone industry. Now he attempts to discredit the work of this internationally renowned researchers, only because his results point to an increased risk of brain tumours in long-term users of mobile phones and, therefore, heavily displease him and, of course, the mobile phone industry, too (http://www.izgmf.de/scripts/forum/index.php?id=51141). In doing so he shows again that he has a much better command of how to manipulate research than of how to carry it out. His method is always the same: He turns a first suspicion of fraud gradually into certainty, although he cannot provide any evidence. Either he invents a suitable story for this purpose as in case of the REFLEX study or he makes use of mudslinging previously cooked up by others as in case of Hardell. In her report for the Pandora Foundation the Swedish journalist Mona Nilsson, who already revealed a secret lobbying for the mobile phone industry by Anders Ahlbom from the Karolinska Institute, pulls to pieces Lerchl’s web of lies. [126 KB]
This clearly demonstrates how politics and industry make actively use of science to protect their interests. Selected scientists are appointed to societally distinguished positions from where they successfully do their lobbying job - like Lerchl as Dean for Life Sciences and Professor and Chair of Biology at the private Jacobs University Bremen, Associate Member of the Committee on Publication Ethics in London (COPE), and until the end of 2012 member of the German Radiation Protection Board (SSK). Because of this one must be afraid that the ones suffering from harmful effects of radiofrequency radiation and the many more, who most probably will join them, will probably remain for quite a long time without protective measures unless they help themselves. One possibility is to donate for Lennart Hardell’s current research project, the results of which might substantially accelerate the establishing the truth.
Recently Alexander Lerchl wrote an open letter to Niels Kuster, co-author of the REFLEX study, in which he repeats his allegation that the results of the EU-funded REFLEX-study are based on forgery. Of course, there are special reasons for his new attack that bears comparison with running amok. Recently, a German district court in Hamburg decided in a suit filed by Franz Adlkofer against the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) that the results of the EU-funded REFLEX study must be regarded as being confirmed by a series of other studies (Az.: 324 O 255/12). Franz Adlkofer assumes that with this decision Lerchl’s ongoing efforts to convert fancy into facts in the interest of the telecommunication industry finally failed. This is the story behind … [115 KB]
The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) closed down Professor Dariusz Leszczynski’s research division in 2012. The obvious reason of this decision is to make clear to the public that mobile phone radiation does not harm human health and that, therefore, a further investigation of the biological effects can be stopped. This stands not only in contrast to the decision of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that classified radiofrequency radiation in 2011 as ‘possibly carcinogenic’ – while ‘probably carcinogenic’ would have been more appropriate – but also to the judgment of the highest Italian court that awarded a long-term mobile phone user a lifetime compensation because of a benign brain tumor caused by mobile phone radiation. The STUK decision, that most probably has been enforced by intervention from the outside, is obviously intended 1) to deny the fact – just like the tobacco industry did in the last century - that the telecommunication technology bears a health risk, and 2) to prevent a progress in radiation research that would confirm the need of precautionary measures. By donating for Professor Lennart Hardell’s research project you can help that this malicious efforts will remain without success. In a comment to Leszczynski’s scientific blog [440 KB] “Mobile Phone Radiation and Health” Professor Franz Adlkofer criticizes the STUK decision as being absolutely irresponsible.
Alexander Lerchl, a member of the German Commission on Radiological Protection, started a new campaign, and this time against Lennart Hardell from the Orebro University in Sweden. He strictly rejects the results of Hardell’s epidemiological studies, only because they show an increased risk for brain tumours in long-term users of mobile and cordless phones. Just as with the REFLEX study, his campaign is solely based on lies, suspicions and calumny. In a letter, Lennart Hardell explains how and why [389 KB] . Meanwhile, it is just the telecommunication industry and health politics in Germany who still believe that a man of this character can convincingly play down the risks of mobile phone radiation – however, the effect may even be an opposite one.
Prof. Hardell’s interim report briefly informs about the overall status of epidemiological research and the progress made within his ongoing study funded by Pandora. After a first transfer of 18,000 Euro another 32,000 Euro are still missing for the completion of this - as it looks like – trend-setting research project. Pandora once again asks the citizen of Europe for further donations. Only then we will know in due time whether the risk of brain tumours further increases with the duration and frequency of mobile phone use. Should this be the case, politics and industry which have misused science already for decades will find themselves confronted with the wreckage of their irresponsible and ruthless conduct.
This is again a Europe-wide appeal to donate for Lennart Hardell, who after the transfer of 18,000 Euro from the Pandora Foundation needs another 32,000 Euro to complete his study. Hardell’s interim report informs us about the status of research altogether, the progress made in the meantime, and the significance of the expected results. Please help us to take away the primacy over research from politics and industry, which they misused already for decades for their own purposes.
Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News, states in connection with his obituary on Dr. Milton Zaret that it is really nothing new when those, who today raise concerns about cell phone health risks, are treated badly. Franz Adlkofer describes [340 KB] that the methods to get rid of critical scientists remained the same over decades, while the reasons drastically changed.
Lennart Hardell and colleagues reviewed the Danish cohort study and the conclusions drawn and published their reservations in the Reviews on Environmental Health. Franz Adlkofer categorizes this study as a further example of how science is misused in the interest of the telecommunication industry. [378 KB]
The jury is still out on health risks of mobile communication radiation as Nina Lakhani states in an article in The Independent: Comment with link to original article [341 KB]
Europe-wide call for donations [371 KB] for Lennart Hardell, who has tried for already two years to get enough funds for the evaluation of his epidemiological data.
Invited by Lawrence Lessig from the Harvard Law School, Franz Adlkofer held a lecture titled 'The exposure limits supposed to protect people from radiofrequency radiation are the result of institutional corruption'. An extended version of the lecture [1.066 KB] is now available.
Statement in English [63 KB] and French [64 KB] from Franz Adlkofer when asked by a French organization to support the creation of a microwave-free environment for electrosensitive people.
A year after the pilot study started we can inform you on the outcome of the Mastbruch project.
Comment on the classification 'possibly carcinogenic' [109 KB] of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The attempts at the Medical University of Vienna to delete research results on mobile communication radiation finally failed. Press release [88 KB]
A report by Don Maisch [346 KB] describes the involvement of politics and industry in mobile communication research in Australien.
Does government-funded research help to play down the possible health risks of mobile phone radiation? Press release [102 KB] on Franz Adlkofer's evaluation of research carried out by Alexander Lerchl, professor at the private Jacobs University in Bremen