Centre Daily Times - - Opinion -

The process of agency cap­ture, where the group that is be­ing ex­am­ined takes over the agency that is sup­posed to reg­u­late it has got­ten out of hand over the decades.

The FDA is an ex­am­ple. An­other slightly dif­fer­ent one is the in­flu­ence the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try has on the med­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment. More overt ef­forts have oc­curred in the EPA and the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Bureau, a top down cor­rup­tion.

An­other that cur­rently con­cerns me is the hid­ing of ad­verse health ef­fects from ra­dio-fre­quency and other ra­di­a­tion level ex­po­sures we are get­ting. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion is cor­rupted on this is­sue, 5 of 6 board mem­bers are from the tech world, other agen­cies are also cor­rupted.

Granted, ra­dio-fre­quen­cies are non ion­iz­ing ra­di­a­tions but they are not with­out sig­nif­i­cant ef­fects. These are ex­po­sures we and our chil­dren get by us­ing cord­less phones, Wi-Fi, cell­phones and tablets. Prox­im­ity to cell tow­ers, and some smart me­ters give the high­est spikes of ra­dio-fre­quency ra­di­a­tion. There are plenty of re­search pa­pers in­di­cat­ing harm­ful ef­fects on fe­tal and child de­vel­op­ment, in the re­la­tion­ship to autism, to can­cer, es­pe­cially brain can­cer, cog­ni­tion prob­lems, be­hav­ior prob­lems, en­docrine prob­lems, heart ef­fects and sleep prob­lems, to name a few. These works are ob­fus­cated by tech spon­sored de­nial re­search and overt in­flu­ence on agen­cies. We can get rid of cord­less phones, em­ploy eth­er­net con­nec­tions in­stead or Wi-Fi, use air­plane mode when car­ry­ing phones around, ac­ti­vat­ing only when needed, use speak­er­phone mode to keep ra­di­a­tion fur­ther from our heads.

Doug Keith, State Col­lege

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