JAMA Oncology recently published a paper, “Radiofrequency Radiation and Cancer: A Review,” that provides a biased, highly selective “review” of the scientific literature written by David Grimes, a pro-industry science writer and physicist. Despite the inaccuracies (see articles and letters below), Mary L. “Nora” Disis, MD, Editor-in-Chief, JAMA Oncology has refused to retract the article.
David Robert Grimes did a paid advertisement for Vodafone in 2020, downplaying health effects from 5G.
Investigative reporter Paul Thacker published an expose on Grimes and found Grimes also argued against the scientific evidence of harm caused by the pesticide glyphosate. Read Thackers article in both the Journal of Scientific Practice and Integrity and the Disinformation Chronicle “Experts Blast David Robert Grimes for His Failure to Understand Science and Love of Self-Citation.”
Watch Grimes’ Vodaphone advertisement below.
“If you have a medical problem, would you ask a medical doctor or a physicist for help?” said Devra Davis, Founder and President of Environmental Health Trust. Davis’ organization is collecting signatures from scientific experts on a letter they plan to send to JAMA Oncology asking them to retract Grimes’ essay. “This so-called review is not a review at all because it ignores thousands of studies clearly demonstrating that current legal levels of wireless radiation are damaging to human health and the environment.” – Paul Thacker’s article “Experts Blast David Robert Grimes for His Failure to Understand Science and Love of Self-Citation”
“Any positive evidence is treated as coming from a failed experiment, any positive [epidemiological] finding is recall bias, any flaws in negative studies are ignored,” Portier said. “And he loves to cite himself.”
Indeed, in 5 of his 36 citations for the essay, Grimes cites Grimes. On examination, none of these 5 references is scientific research that Grimes conducted; they’re just another Grimes’ opinion.
“The journal should change the paper’s title to accurately reflect its contents (e.g., “Radiofrequency radiation and cancer: Telecom industry talking points.”
“I believe that Grimes’s review is so one-sided that it qualifies as both falsification and fabrication. It might as well have been plagiarized from a telecom industry position paper.”
- The Journal of Scientific Practice and Integrity, Experts Blast David Robert Grimes for His Failure to Understand Science and Love of Self-Citation, January 18, 2022
- Disinformation Chronicle “Experts Blast David Robert Grimes for His Failure to Understand Science and Love of Self-Citation,” January 18, 2022
- Microwave News “Four Reasons Why David Grimes’s RF-Cancer Review Must Be Retracted” Open Letter to Editor-in-Chief, AMA Journals PDF of Slesin’s 4 Page Letter
- Dr. Joel Moskowitz, “Why did JAMA Oncology publish a paper written by a Telecom industry spokesperson?” Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, January 18, 2022
- Kent Chamberlin. Letter to Dr. Mary Disis, JAMA Oncology Editor. January 5, 2022
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