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When the CDC warning was first made public, government and health officials wondered whether it represented a policy change (and whether schools could be liable for allowing cell phones on their premises). The CDC then began to regret their choice of words, and internal emails show officials debating how to best backpedal, including stating that other countries such as the UK and Canada (but apparently not the U.S.) recommended caution. Not all officials agreed that a revision was necessary, however. The New York Times reported: "Christopher J. Portier, former director of the National Center for Environmental Health, the C.D.C. division that made the changes, disagreed with the decision to pull back the revised version. 'I would not have removed it,' he said in an interview. 'I would have been in support of a recommendation that parents look carefully at whether their children need cellphones or not.' Dr. Portier, who led the center when the revision process was initiated, said he believed parents should have been presented 'with enough information to say caution isn't ill advised, because we really don't know, and there are enough indicators to say we should be cautious.'" Some Organizations Urge Caution in Cell Phone Use, But Not the CDC Ultimately, the CDC spent years debating how to best address the risks of cell phones to the U.S. public. They even tested drafts of new language on focus groups, but the end result stops short of implying cell phones may indeed be risky. According to The New York Times: "The C.D.C.'s internal email traffic shows a lengthy revision process for the agency's recommendations. After the announcement by the I.A.R.C. in 2011 [categorizing cell phones as possible carcinogens], one agency official wrote that there was 'outdated information on our current website.' Some changes were made within days, though they did not mention the I.A.R.C. determination. That would take another three years. It coincided with the C.D.C.'s effort to use clearer language on its website, a bureaucratic process that led to tension between the communications staff and the agency's Radiation Studies Branch … Abby's Magazine - Volume 4 Issue 5 | Page 11 SWISS FORMULA There are 8 Olbas Herbal Remedies that provide effective and immediate relief. R HERBAL REMEDIES R Naturally! Learn more about Olbas Remedies Blocked up? Can't breathe? Discover Olbas. N a t u r a l ALL

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