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EMFguru #12-97, NCI is in the news again...

Hi everybody:

When you have doubts about the record of (dis)honesty of the U.S. government (because "someone" UP THERE decides the public doesn't have the right to know), think about the following news report......

The list of such examples is getting long, Agent Orange, The Gulf War, The U.S. Embassy in Moscow, etc. Slowly new details are coming out about each of these. Most recently about the Gulf War -- the Pentagon is now admitting that as many as 100,000 U.S. troops were in the path of a known chemical warfare blast fall-out. In the beginning, we were assured "NO" U.S. troops were exposed to chemical weapons in that war....

The NCI cited below is the same NCI which recently staged a "P.R." circus to tell the world that they had proved that EMF from power lines were a non-problem. The immediate reaction by the REAL experts who have looked at their study has been to point out that, actually, they proved the opposite!!!

They proved that the magnetic field (MF) "metric" which they studied had results that CONFIRMED previous findings which show a risk factor for childhood leukemia in the 1.5 to 3.0 range when the "time waited average" MF exposure exceeds 2 mG!!!

...And, as many have now written, the NCI study was fundamentally flawed for having failed to consider the electrical field metric..... ...And, the "time waited average" doesn't have much currency in the EMF research community these days either ... until the role of transients is better understood. If the transients are a significant (or THE significant) metric, then the "time weighted average" may be about as irrelevant as the mG readings....

Still, the same NCI you will read about below -- one of America's RICH health bureaucracies -- told the whole world: Forget about this EMF nonsense ... we've proved it isn't real ... you can stop spending money researching it........

The National Cancer Institute, part of the same governmental agency that has the responsibility to tell the truth to the American people about EMF....... Read on! And remember!!!


It is better to light a single candle ...
than to curse the darkness!

The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. (AP) - Two nuclear industry watchdog groups on Wednesday asked two Cabinet secretaries to make public a long-delayed government study on radiation exposure from nuclear tests in the 1950s.

The Military Production Network and Physicians for Social Responsibility wrote U.S. Energy Secretary Federico Pena and Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, asking that the National Cancer Institute study be released.

They say the cancer institute - part of the Department of Health and Human Services - has for years withheld information about radiation exposure millions of Americans received from the tests, even though evidence suggests the releases may be linked to thyroid cancer.

``This is appalling that the National Cancer Institute did not make this available as soon as possible. It's been too long sitting on this,'' said Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

``The thyroid doses to children who were around in the 1950s and drinking milk almost throughout the United States are much, much greater than previously thought,'' said Makhijani, who has seen some of the data.

About 1,200 cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States.

The ongoing study, begun in 1983, looks at the dispersal of radioactive iodine-131 from nuclear weapons tests in Nevada between 1951 and 1958. The material was carried by prevailing winds and deposited, sometimes by rainfall, in much of the continental United States and parts of Canada.

Much of the criticism of NCI inaction on releasing information has been aimed at Bruce Wachholz, who heads the institute's Radiation Effects Branch.

Wachholz said on Wednesday that he hopes to have the report released by the end of September. He also confirmed that officials at the Energy Department have received some study results.

``We certainly will release the report as soon as we can,'' Wachholz said.

One person not happy about the delay is Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., who was instrumental two months ago in pressuring NCI to discuss the study's status.

``I think somebody has some explaining to do,'' the Senate minority leader said Wednesday by phone from Washington. ``I am extremely concerned about the slow progress of the study.''

The watchdog organizations' letter also asks President Clinton to form a group to ``investigate the cover-up of this data and to make recommendations for policy changes.''

Susan Gordon, director of the Military Production Network and a co-author of the letter, said the NCI apparently is unwilling to deal with the legacy of nuclear tests.

``I think that this points out that the agency is still run by old warriors (and) the Cold War mentality is still deeply entrenched in these agencies,'' Gordon said on Wednesday.

AP-NY-07-23-97 2140EDT

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