On Atomic Show #218 – Ed Calabrese – Researching Dose Response Dr. Calabrese shared some important stories about the data manipulations he had discovered relating to the establishment of the linear, no-threshold (LNT) dose response assessment.
Those stories will shake the established order. Not surprisingly, two commenters immediately added statements apparently aimed at discrediting Dr. Calabrese by associating him with other controversial topics. One of the comments was actually interesting enough to warrant investigation. Here is what Chris wrote:
Disappointingly, it appears Bob Applebaum is justified in being suspicious of Ed Calabrese’s objectivity.
Here find Dr. Calabrese in a recent seven minute monologue denying CO2 in climate change, and railing against the EPA in broad and highly misleading generalizations. http://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-radio/edward-j-calabreses-latest-commentary-we-need-new-earth-day-read
Science denial is nothing to be proud of.
Here is a screenshot of the page to which Chris linked.
I listened to the audio at the link provided, which was a clip from The Mike Rosen Show, a nationally syndicated radio program with some ties to the CATO Institute.
I could see why Chris wrote what he did, but there was no way that the person talking on the show was Ed Calabrese. There was no similarity in voice, accent or delivery. As shown by the screenshot above, the clip purported to be a reading of a column that Ed Calabrese had written for publication on Earth Day 2014 titled We Need a New Earth Day. The page even indicates that it features Edward J. Calabrese.
The next step in investigating was to find Calabrese’s original column. It became readily apparent that Mike Rosen had added quite a few of his own agenda driven opinions as editorial changes, even though there was nothing in his audio presentation to indicate to the listener which words were Calabrese’s and which words were Rosen’s.
What seems to have happened was that a polarizing organization with an agenda adapted and embellished the work of an evidence driven academic to make it sound like the academic was strongly endorsing its agenda. Then, because that agenda is not universally accepted, someone pointed to the adapted work, assuming that it represented Calabrese’s work and opinions. In that person’s mind, the adapted work discredited Calabrese and made it possible to legitimately dismiss his important discovery regarding the dishonest way that the LNT was imposed as the regulatory presumption for radiation health effects.
Just in case my written version of the story is not fully convincing, I prepared an audio file that includes a straight reading of Calabrese’s Earth Day 2014 column and a deconstructed, interrupted version of Rosen’s audio adaptation of that column with his editorial insertions and deletions.
Note: During my deconstruction, I mentioned the membership of the Genetics Committee of the Biological Effects of Atomic Radiation (BEAR) formed in 1956. Here is a full list of the members of that first version of that ad hoc committee that is now called the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR).