Okay, I admit that I can be somewhat of a conspiracy theorist, and at the same time I can be extremely skeptical about conspiracy theories. Here is the latest dilemna that has my undies all tightened up in a wad.
I sat an open house a few weeks agao, during which I met the next door neighbor, and had exchanged some friendly chat. Before the open house ended, he came back and asked me to stop by his home after I finished the open house. "Great" I thought. "Maybe he's thinking about selling, and he wants to talk about listing his property with me." We Realtor's are always so optimistic, aren't we?
I won't drag this story out. What he wanted to talk to me about was my cellphone. He noticed I keep my Bluetooth on my ear, and my phone snug on my belt. He asked me to take a little test. He had me take off my Bluetooth, dial his phone number and hold my phone up to my ear. At the same time, he had me keep my other arm straight down at my side, with that hand palm out and palm up, holding my arm and hand as strongly as I could. Next, after his phone began to ring, he pulled down on my open palm, and I nearly fell over, losing my balance instantly. Then, he had me do the test over, with the phone at my ear again, but without dialing so the phone was not "on". No problem, I could resist his pulling and maintained my balance. Repeat the test, with the phone on again. Again, I nearly fell over.
The third time we did the test, with the phone on, again I called his number, but this time he placed a little "chip" device on the phone. His phone was ringing, he pulled down, but this time I maintained my balance.
I was mystified, and somewhat impressed. Also, very curious.
He went on to give me information about electromagnetic pollution, cell phone radiation and on and on. He told me about how in Europe and Australia, the public outcry has grown so loud that there is pending legislation to address the issue. He and his wife loaded me up with literaure and websites to check it all out. They referenced numerous Doctors and "scientific" studies, publications, websites and web links that document the growing body of information documenting rising brain tumor rates, due to increased cell phone usage. It was a plethora of information and documentation.
They both told me about how the U.S. government has managed to keep all of this information "hidden". Why don't we hear about all of this in the U.S.? Conspiracy, obviously. Just like the tobacco industry. The payoffs. The denial. The money.
Now I was captured. I love conspiracy theories, if only for the entertainment value. Now I was motivated to do my own research. I went on the internet, read all that I could find regarding this so called "electromagnetic polution" and such. Most of what I found debunked all of this as so much nonsense. No double blind studies that verify and connection between brain cancer and cell phone usage. Almost all testimony supporting such theories are anecdotal, no "valid" studies that have any statistical significance, or are able to be repeated if they do.
Now I was convinced. The whole point of this couple scaring me about cell phones, was so that I would buy into the product they are selling, an anti-radiation super-duper-save-your-life BioPro "chip". That was it. No way am I going to become one of those lunatics protesting cell phone towers on my block, like those parents fighting having cell phone towers near the schools or recreation centers in my neighborhood.
Since that day two weeks ago, I continue to get emails from them, full of Doctors testimonies about the validation of the scary fact of electro-pollution. So far, I'm still not buying it.
Then today, I got this link to a story done on 60 Minutes, from the broadcast in Australia on Friday, April 3, 2009. It's just under 14 minutes long. The news anchor 's dialogue begins with "An international team of doctors, including two of Australia's finest surgeons, have just released their latest comprehensive research..."
After you watch this, tell me what you think.