On FEb 6 2017 à
14:57, Susan Clarkewrote
scientific and medical consensus of the 1960s, which
resulted in greater protections from the US Congress (as
below), the electronics industry began to pummel the
professional culture in a variety of ways. Medical and
scientific communities in particular were attacked with
public ridicule, until the term "electromagnetic fields"
itself became an embarrassment amongst professionals. This
continued over the decades, to the point that few in the
medical or scientific community would even use the term or
discuss the subject! To this day, shame surrounding the
discussion of electromagnetic fields or "EMFs" persists.
(This is why we are more successful using the term
"radiation" than the term "fields".) I don't know whether
the same cultural problem of shaming tactics and their
resultant silence exists amongst professionals in the
French language cultures.
Belief in the harmful
nature of electronic products was so strong by the end of
the 1950s that every medical doctor advised parents to
ensure that their children kept a significant distance
from the TV, usually 10 feet. Ask any American who was old
enough to remember the 1960s and s/he will confirm this.
The parents didn't independently come up with the notion
of TV's harmfulness: in that early-1960s culture, they
were very much followers of authorities. The belief in
medical doctors was practically religious amongst adults:
you can still see such cultural persuasion in persons age
75+ today. Medical doctors instructed their patients to
keep a "safe distance" from the TV because of its
emissions, and everyone obeyed and made their children
obey in turn.
This belief in the
danger of electronic products generally, which derived
from the extant science on adverse effects to humans, such
effects considered by the scientific community as
established, also brought about at the US federal level
the October 18, 1968 Amendment to the Public Health
Service Act, which reads precisely as follows:
An Act to
amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the
protection of the public health from radiation emissions
from electronic products.
Subpart 3 -
Electronic Product Radiation Control
Sec. 354. The
Congress hereby declares that the public health and safety
must be protected from the dangers of electronic product