From Microwave News
January 9, 2016
Making It Up As He Goes Along
Paolo Boffetta, Italian Epidemiologist, Distorts Power Line Risks
Facts don’t seem to mean much anymore. We live in a “post-truth” time. As 2017 opened for business, a stark example of the new reality came to our attention courtesy of Paolo Boffetta, an Italian epidemiologist now at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
In an interview with Fox News, Boffetta said that the link between power lines and childhood leukemia had been debunked. In response to a question as to whether it was safe for a pregnant woman to live next to “huge power lines,” Boffetta advised that there was no reason for concern.
Boffetta has lost his truth compass. The power-frequency EMF link to cancer stands.
This is not the first time Boffetta has courted controversy. His work as an expert witness defending a company accused of negligence for exposing workers to asbestos has rankled the international public health community. One of the leading Italian newspapers has called him the “devil’s advocate.”
Boffetta now helps set cancer prevention policy at Mount Sinai medical school. This is the same medical center where Irving Selikoff did his landmark studies showing the toxicity of asbestos. What would Selikoff say if he were alive today?
Louis Slesin, PhD
Editor, Microwave News
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