Last updated on: 2/19/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

George Carlo, PhD, JD Biography

Title:
Former Chairman of the CTIA Wireless Technology Research Program (WTR)
Position:
Con to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"
Reasoning:

“Since 1993, I have headed the WTR [wireless technology research] surveillance and research program funded by the wireless industry. The goal of WTR has always been to identify and solve any problems concerning consumers’ health that could arise from the use of these phones. This past February, at the annual convention of the CTIA, I met with the full board of that organization to brief them on some surprising findings from our work…

The rate of death from brain cancer among handheld phone users was higher than the rate of brain cancer death among those who used non-handheld phones that were away from their head;

The risk of acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour of the auditory nerve that is well in range of the radiation coming from a phone’s antenna, was fifty percent higher in people who reported using cell phones for six years or more, moreover, that relationship between the amount of cell phone use and this tumour appeared to follow a dose-response curve;

The risk of rare neuro epithelial tumours on the outside of the brain was more than doubled, a statistically significant risk increase, in cell phone users as compared to people who did not use cell phones;

There appeared to be some correlation between brain tumours occurring on the right side of the head and the use of the phone on the right side of the head…

Today, I sit here extremely frustrated and concerned that appropriate steps have not been taken by the wireless industry to protect consumers…

Alarmingly, indications are that some segments of the industry have ignored the scientific findings suggesting potential health effects, have repeatedly and falsely claimed that wireless phones are safe for all consumers including children, and have created an illusion of responsible follow up by calling for and supporting more research.”

“Dr. George Carlo’s Letter to AT&T Chairman & CEO,” www.emf-health.com, Oct. 7, 1999

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Chairman, International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry (CTIA) Wireless Technology Research Program (WTR)
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
  • Former Adjunct Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Former Professor, Medical Sciences, University of Arkansas
  • Former Professor, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Has served as an advisor to: the US Congress, World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Education:
  • JD, George Washington University National Law Center
  • PhD, Pathology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1979
  • MS, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1977
  • BA, Celluar and Molecular Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1975
Other:
  • Has been featured on: ABC News 20/20, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC’s The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, PBS, BBC, CBC, AM Canada and many other radio and television shows
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?