Hello Skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins this week.
Where’s the Panic Button on This Phone?
Michael sent in this story. This excellent article covers the facts about cellphones and cancer, as well as reasons why we get so hysterical about the issue. It thoroughly covers the studies out there and the problems with them, as well as explains what it means and doesn’t mean for cell phones to be on the WHO’s “possibly causes cancer” list. It’s a great article to forward to your friends if they are freaking out about there phones. I also recommend this excellent episode of Skeptically Speaking which covers the topic.
Getting Past Vaccine “Skepticism”
Jodie sent in this link. This article covers the issue of why people are afraid of vaccines, and why they shouldn’t be. It’s found on the blog for CBC Radio’s medical show, White Coat, Black Art. It’s a bit weird to see the term “skeptic” used in this context, but it’s fair. While the anti-vax movement is led by people who ignore the evidence, they have created skeptics who have doubts about vaccines because of what they have heard in the media. These are the people who we can hopefully affect by spreading the real, life-saving truth about vaccination.
The big cancer risk is the sun, not the cellphone
Lorne sent in this story from The Globe and Mail. While the aforementioned cellphone hystieria rages, along with fears of wi-fi and other technology, there are plenty of things that we KNOW cause cancer and the sun is a big one. It’s a giant glowing ball that is streaming dangerous radiation at us. Yet, people still flock to the beach and to tanning booths. Check out this article, understand where you are in the risk categories, and always wearyour sunscreen.
That’s the Fails and Wins this week, folks! See you next week, and don’t forget to send me your links to links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.