As one part of the US political system calls for more wireless internet, another is calling for health warnings on mobile phones. Obviously these are different parts of the system, but it does reflect the complexity of the modern world.
Many people want to draw the analogy between mobiles and cigarettes to find both a health issue and corporate deception in the marketing of the products. There are sufficient other examples like asbestos to raise one’s concerns. And there is a grand temptation for a politician to be the one who puts their name to some great act of salvation.
But even the best of intentions can be wrong. The story of William McBride is instructive. He was hailed as a hero for identifying the birth defects caused by thalidomide, but then of fraud when making similar claims about Debenox.
If the US politician were successful in getting a health warning put on mobile phones today it would probably read,
The surgeon-general advises that the weight of scientific opinion is that there are no health effects from the use of mobile phones.