Cell phone research counters psychosomatic theory

Letter writer believes science proves psychosomatic theory wrong

Re: Letter writer dubious about effects of radio waves (Letters, Oct. 26)

The writer suggests that people who claim to suffer from the effects of electromagnetic radiation are really just having a psychosomatic spell. It’s all in their heads, he opines.

I’m reminded of a 10-year, $25-million study by the U.S. National Toxicology Program that was concluded just this spring which stated that there was a direct correlation between radiation emitted by cell phones and cancer.

Just imagine the reaction of the rats that were the subjects of this study if they had only realized as they lay dying from brain cancers (gliomas) and schwannomas of the heart that it was not the radiation that had laid them low. It was really just their imaginations run amok.

Dennis Noble

Colwood

Editor’s note: The issue of radiowaves relating to cell phones continues to be the source of much debate. Readers can directly access details from the study referred to above at ntp.niehs.nih.gov/results/areas/cellphones/index.html.