Devra Davis PhD, MPH Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, Smombie Gate | 5G | EMF

On June 4, 2020 the Washington Post published an Oped by Thomas M. Johnson Jr., general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC counsel’s Op-ed entitled “5G conspiracy theories threaten the U.S. recovery” refers to “alarmism”  irrational fears and unproven theories.” 

In response, Dr. Davis immediately penned a letter to the editor. Here is what she sent the  Washington Post. 

Contrary to what T. Johnson asserts 6/4/2020, no US health agency has ever developed safety limits for cell phone radiation. In the 90’s, the EPA was defunded just as it was creating safety limits. The FCC adopted limits created by industry-dominated groups in 1996. As the EPA and Department of Interior have warned FCC limits do not protect against damage from long term exposures.


The National Toxicology Program (NTP) $30 million study found that cell phone radiation was associated with “clear evidence” of cancer, DNA damage and heart damage. The FDA’s rejection of this study has been thoroughly criticized by scientists. The FDA did not even review research showing brain damage and ignores research showing harm to bees, trees and birds. 


Why are 500 Italian cities and over 370 scientists (non industry funded) calling to halt 5G?   A New Hampshire Commission asks this very question. Easton Connecticut and Farragut Tennessee halted 5G, joining a growing list of cities restricting 5G


If cell phones are so safe, then why do NIH scientists clearly state on the NTP website that they themselves minimize cell phone exposure? Why is the NTP studying 5G if it is so safe?

Devra Davis, PhD, MPH is President of Environmental Health Trust

She was Founding Director for both the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council and for the Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.  Davis served as an appointee to the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and was a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Toxicology Program.  

She has authored over 200 publications on environmental health in books and journals ranging from the Lancet and JAMA to Scientific American. Her three popular books- The Secret History of the War on Cancer, When Smoke Ran Like Water and Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation- have been translated into more than 14 languages.  

She earned a Ph.D. in science studies at the University of Chicago as a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellow and an M.P.H. in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University as a Senior National Cancer Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Devra Davis PhD, MPH Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, Smombie Gate | 5G | EMF