[RFI] CFLs and UV myth

Roger (K8RI) k8ri at rogerhalstead.com
Wed Feb 25 16:40:19 EST 2009

Hare, Ed W1RFI wrote:
> A good article that explains the issues with the study is at:
> http://www.arrl.org/rfsafety/lapin/2000/04/18/1/
> The ARRL web page on RF safety, http://www.arrl.org/rfsafety, has some
> good information on the subject.
> The most interesting point is that in the study, although a slight
> increased risk of two forms of cancer was seen, the average age of death
> of the Amateurs was about 10 years greater than the median age of death
> in the US.
If you take the likely hood of any individual getting these cancers, 
then add 10 years to the average life time you automatically increase 
the likely hood  for those individuals  of  getting quite a few diseases 
including cancer. Could perchance this slight increase for these two 
forms of cancer comes from living about 12.5% longer than the general 
population expectancy?

OTOH thinks like Asbestos have been shown to cause cancer in humans and 
one that is easily identifiable.

OTOH I realize Mercury is a poison, but when I see all the clean up 
procedures I then remember when I was a teenager I had two pint bottles 
of the stuff.


Roger (K8RI)
> I have never seen a single person that claims that the study proves that
> RF can cause cancer also claim that it proves that RF makes people live
> longer. :-)
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Doug Rehman [mailto:doug at k4ac.com] 
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 2:10 PM
>> To: 'RFI List'
>> Subject: Re: [RFI] CFLs and UV myth
>> We are perhaps wandering a bit far afield, but I guess the RF 
>> Interference could be with carbon based life?
>> Unfortunately the link is only to the abstract of the study. 
>> The abstract makes no mention of whether there was any 
>> consideration given for the occupational exposure of the hams; 
>> it also makes no mention of the activity level of the hams. I 
>> know a lot of hams who are inactive. Since no mention of 
>> considerations is mentioned, along with the amount of work 
>> that would have been required to conduct a scientifically 
>> valid study, I suspect it is just more junk "science".
>> We can thank the academic community's publish or perish 
>> mentality, coupled with the media's continual need for 
>> headlines, for much of the junk science articles.
>> Doug
>> K4AC
>>> On Feb 25, 2009, Michael Coslo wrote:
>> ---snip---
>>> A cite:
>>> Increased mortality in amateur radio operators due to lymphatic and 
>>> hematopoietic malignancies.
>>> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3422125
>> ---snip---
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