Reply by Dr Damien Downing to the Guardian on Sunday, 28th July 2019 in response to the article in the Guardian on 26th July "How baseless fears over 5G rollout created a health scare"
Has The Guardian never heard of the precautionary principle? The one that the Stewart Report (the Report of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones) called for in 2000, but which has been ignored ever since. The one that says government has a responsibility to protect the public from exposure to harm, when scientific investigation has found a plausible risk.
Whatever labels – “baseless”, “half-science”, “cherry-picked” – you put on it, there is quite a lot of science demonstrating plausible risk of harm from electromagnetic fields, far too much to dismiss with a chuckle from the hardly-impartial head of technology communications for EE, Howard Jones. Could you not find an actual scientist that says they are fine?
In contrast Martin Pall has published extensively on this subject, including demonstrating the principal mechanisms of harm, and the fact that this happens just the same way in animals and plants as in humans.
When you dismiss justifiable concerns with patronising articles like this, it is no wonder there is “growing scepticism of the mainstream media”.
Dr Damien Downing
President, British Society for Ecological Medicine