An important paper by Magda Havas


7 Janurary 2001

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Subject: An important paper by Magda Havas (guru).
Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2001 12:25:52 -0600
From: Roy Beavers <>
Organization: EMF-L List...
To: guru <>

Hi everybody:

I am in receipt of an excellent paper by Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University in Canada.  A link to the paper is provided below -- but, let me encourage all of you who are serious about the EMF saga to obtain a paper copy as I have.  It should be "in your EMF library" on a permanent basis.

I credit this paper as being the first GOOD critique of what may be the two most important (in terms of their "P.R." impact) studies that have been done on the EMF issue so far.  The long title of Dr. Havas' paper is:

Biological Effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic energy: A critical review of the reports by the U.S. National Research Council and the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as they relate to the broad realm of EMF bioeffects.......

I say that the "P.R." impact of these two papers has been great -- much more than their lack of objectivity merits -- because they have become perhaps the two most "cited" papers in news reports and other discussion of the EMF issue.  A number of "foreign" governments have recently used them as a "defense" of their EMF decisions.  i.e, To do nothing.  I'm sure that the readers of this list are familiar with them.....

But Dr. Havas is the first to subject these two papers to a CRITICAL examination of their scientific credibility and objectivity.  And, in my opinion, she has arrived at the right ANSWER -- both studies are "biased"-- (the NRC study, she says, to a greater degree) but, I believe she has arrived at the wrong REASON.......

Magda does a good job of explaining her rationale, which, by and large, hinges upon a distinction between "prejudicial bias" (by implication, that is "bad" and all true scientists seek to avoid it) or "cultural bias" which she defines as: "a type of bias associated with different scientific disciplines."

Magda, I was there!!  The indeed, UNDISGUISED bias which I saw ... had nothing to do with "different scientific disciplines."  It had to do with CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

There were simply too many of the 'key  participants' who had -- to various degrees and in various ways -- a VESTED INTEREST in the outcome.......!!!

That ... is bias of the WORST kind!  And, if we (society) cannot do something about the lack of INDEPENDENCE (thus, lack of scientific objectivity) in our EMF research, we are going to DESERVE the coming CALAMITY that the "hazards of electromagnetic radiation" can produce for ALL of mankind.......!!!

I strongly recommend that ALL of my "serious" readers obtain and study Magda's paper.......


Roy Beavers (EMFguru)

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


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: electronic version of review paper
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 14:32:23 -0500
From: Magda Havas <>
To: Roy Beavers <>


Thanks for your comments about the paper I sent you in the mail.  I have just learned that the Journal Environmental Reviews (where it was published) is now providing free electronic versions of their publications (a step in the right direction).  Unfortunately these are available only to those who have Canadian IP addresses (so some of your readers will be able to access it).  The URL is below for the review article entitled:  Biological effects of non-ionising electromagnetic energy.  Please pass it on to your readers.  Also, please alert them that it takes some time to download since the article is 80 pages long.

Thanks and hope you had a relaxing holiday!


Dr. Magda Havas
Environmental & Resource Studies, Trent University,
Peterborough Ontario, K9J 7B8, Canada   phone:(705) 748-1232  fax:(705) 748-1569

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