Skeptic North has been quite vocal during the debate over cellular and wireless technology and their purported health effects in the past. There has been a terrific investigation into certain sauna salesmen and their claims of expertise over WiFi by Steve Thoms here as well. Bad Science Watch, the new Canadian science advocacy group, launched a project last week to do a more comprehensive investigation into all of the groups and individuals in Canada making anti-wifi claims to uncover any undeclared commercial interests and fully document all of those spreading mis-information about wireless technology and electro-hypersensitivity (EHS).
In the debate over which projects to tackle first, we had a number of considerations not the least of which is the desire to have a “win” early and not waste our efforts on low impact ideas. It has also been suggested by some of our supporters that we should let the industry fight the battle over WiFi and cellular tech. After all, they have a much bigger vested interest in the outcome and by speaking out on behalf of the science we are giving them a free boost that they don’t need. We see the problem differently, which is why we are focusing on wireless internet hubs and the bogus diagnosis of EHS in this upcoming project.
While the epidemic of brain cancer caused by cellular telephone use has yet to materialise, it is important for us to continue studying it. However, the plausibility that WiFi hubs are creating sick people has never been demonstrated and those who are promoting the diagnosis if EHS do not have science on their side. Even more, the opportunity cost of missing a diagnosis of a dangerous heart condition or a debilitating anxiety disorder is high if we let EHS distract from mainstream scientific medicine.
This project will let us characterise all of those promoting these ideas and set the stage for future efforts to combat their pseudo-science. Please help us accomplish this task by volunteering to a project committee or donating today. There is only a few days left in our founder’s campaign to raise $6000.00 for our first year’s operating costs and first project budgets, so we could use your help. Go to www.badsciencewatch.ca for more information on volunteering or donating.
We are also looking for scientific and legal advisers to help legitimize our efforts and make sure we stick to the science, if you are looking to have an impact on Canadian society through the promotion of science in public policy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.