…well to put it lightly. The other thing which could be said is that the guy appears to be a nut.
If you look at the flyer from the “Radiation Research Trust” you’ll notice that a very alarmist quote by a Dr. Robert O. Becker is featured right on the front page. It goes on to say he is twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. (Of course it does not mention that being ‘nominated’ means absolutely nothing – Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.. seriously). However I had not heard of Dr. Becker so I decided to do some searching.
It seems he is indeed very involved in the whole “cell phones and wireless devices are going to kill us all” movement. He has been big among the electrosensitivity crowd. Here are a few pages which quote his expertise:
He’s also pretty big into such things as:
(I’m only listing one page on this topic but actually he’s apparently big in the whole colloidal silver scam world)
“Curing Cancer” with silver ions
“Vital Energy” Medicine
Regenerating Tissue by Means of Energy Fields and Ions
Conspiracy Theories about How Alternative Medicine is Being Undermined
“Bio-Kinetic Restoration” of the Immune System
And apparently he’s a favorite of the dowsing movement as well..
He’s also written a few books. His best known one is “The Body Electric” which is a rehash of the idea that the foundation of life is not physical or biochemical but rather is based on biological electro or electromagnetic energy fields. He also wrote “Electromagnetism and life,” which has a similar basic theme. More recently he helped found the whole radiation-stupid movement with “Cross Currents: The Perils of Electropollution” in 1990. Oh yes, he also was one of the editors for “Advances in Parapsychological Research.”
So that should give everyone a clue about at least one frequently-quoted “authority.” I’d encourage those who are a bit suspicious about a certain group making wild claims to at the very least Google the names of some of their proclaimed “experts.” This is, of course, all the more true if they have some wild and entirely empty claims attached to them, such as being a “Nobel Prize Nominee.”
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