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Dr. Leah Morton of Isis Medicine Family Practice is a specialist on “wellness” and holistic medicine, and her name shows up in Internet directories of physicians offering bioidentical hormone therapy, natural anti-aging remedies, and treatments for multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome. She is also Arthur Firstenberg’s doctor.

In Sunday’s New Mexican she pulls out all the stops with a breathtaking misrepresentation of the scientific literature on the biological effects of low-level electromagnetic radiation. It’s the usual schtick: isolated and widely disputed findings are elevated as fact while the vast body of research undermining her thesis — that cell phones and wifi are bad for you — is ignored. She urges her fellow doctors to read the August 2009 edition of Pathophysiology, which turns out to be a warmed-over version of the disreputable Bioinitiative Report (please see my previous post). Once again, I refer readers seeking a balanced view of this issue to the overview of the science at the University of Ottawa’s excellent and readable RFcom site.

George Johnson
The Santa Fe Review