‘another example of the modern disease of compulsive risk assessment psychosis – otherwise known as crap’ Prof John Adams

by Julia Evans on November 4, 2005

I circulate this (February 2012), which was found lurking within my computer, for the following reasons:

1) It shows proof of my claim to have been grappling with these problems: risk, evaluation, the Government’s high-risk-health-industry, diagnosis-by-numbers or diagnosis by Government defined symptoms, etc for at least 10 years.

2)  It shows clear proof of the Government’s or its Agencies’ addiction to cbt as the omnipotent solution & of the Government’s or its Agencies inability to distinguish psychic symptoms from others & it shows how Government money is thrown at research which is based in the experimenters’ error (just made that one up), that is, they research questions or topics wrenched from their position within human suffering or human-BEING-ness & …

3)  It joins many other exceedingly pungent quotations in the category ‘regx2 quotable quotes’. I strongly recommend the Lord Chief Justice’s one of December 2010 & …


Quote from: Electrical fields ‘harmless’ by Ian Sample, science correspondent, published in The Guardian, Friday 4 November 2005 and available here.

There is no scientific evidence that exposure to electrical appliances causes illness, says a review published yesterday after claims that people had developed a sensitivity, suffering headaches, skin tingling and fatigue brought on by exposure to electrical fields.

The review by the Health Protection Agency’s radiation protection division looked at research, and at self-help groups’ findings, but saw no evidence that electrical fields could make people ill.

Jill Meara, the agency’s deputy director, said: “In the lab, you can’t reproduce the symptoms these people report, so scientifically there is definitely no link.”

Estimates of the numbers of people around the world affected by electrical sensitivity range from a few per thousand people to a few per million. In about 10% of cases the symptoms are severe enough to affect quality of life. If people had symptoms, Mrs Meara added, they could try cognitive behaviour therapy, or in the case of headaches, painkillers. “They can also reduce their exposure to electrical fields by changing their appliances.”

John Adams, professor of risk at University College London, said: “This is yet another example of the modern disease of compulsive risk assessment psychosis – otherwise known as crap. There is nothing in the [study] that provides a basis for precautionary action.”