George Carlo's Cell Phone Radiation
Controversy $25-Million Scientific Study Project Part
Carlo made one other major move to ease the concerns of the
scientists—and to impress the politicians. He created a Peer
Review Board (PRB) that would be headquartered at the
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, led by the respected Dr.
John Graham, of the Harvard University School of Public
Health. The peer-review group would be comprised of
internationally recognized experts who would examine the
findings of studies done by or funded by Carlo's SAG project
and also review funding proposals from outside researchers.
That clearly pleased the officials at the FDA; their agency
was already enmeshed in a major controversy over breast
implants and did not relish the prospect of having to be on
the front lines of two political wars simultaneously.
Those moves enabled Carlo to ease, at least initially, the
concerns and jealousies within the scientific community.
To ease the concerns of the journalists who thought he would
be an industry shill, Carlo—well, Carlo frankly did not know
what, if anything, he could do quickly. He didn't see how he
could win the media's respect, or at least a decent interval
of benign silence, until he had time to prove himself by
doing his job. Carlo knew, deep down, he was not going to be
a shill; but then again, truth be told, he always thought,
deep down, that his research project would conclude what the
early studies and the cell phone industry had always
asserted—that there was no evidence that wireless phones
cause cancer. So Carlo just went about his job, hoping his
SAG and the Harvard-led peer-review group would provide
valuable credentials of respect. He believed that if he
conducted himself responsibly, he would be judged
"Revolutionary New Technologies
Protect You from the Harmful Effects of
Cell Phone Radiation,
Computers, Bluetooth Headsets, Microwave Ovens,
Cordless Phones, and other Wireless Technologies."
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