Last week Julia Stephenson’s article in the Independent, My war on electrosmog: Julia Stephenson sets out to clear the airwaves, provoked a certain amount of controversy not so much for the faux science on offer but for the factual errors. Now she’s published a rebuttal, which doesn’t exactly score highly on the convincing front.

We’ll start with the use of the word ‘boffin’, which is a word I loathe because it seems to generally be used by humanities graduates to sneer at those who are doing things they themselves don’t really understand. Those ‘boffins’ Julia subtly puts down are actually engineers, physicists etc who are, apparently, all in the pay of the mobile phone companies.

I am no scientist – it’s good that you admit that, Julia, but perhaps you could have asked a schoolchild to check factual errors in your original article like radius being measured in square metres.

I was simply recounting my experience. Disconnecting my Wi-Fi made me feel better. End of – unfortunately that wasn’t ‘end of’ though, was it? From the original article:

Fortunately there are steps that concerned individuals can take to reduce the amount of “electro-smog” to which they are subject.

You could also try the Q-Link pendant, which employs “sympathetic resonance technology,” something that the makers declare “repairs and tunes your biofield”. Friends who wear a Q-Link report that they feel healthier and more energetic.

The homeopathic medicine company, New Vistas, and the Australian flower essence company, Bush Flower Remedies, both make drops that claim to reduce the amount of radiation stored in the body.

Also, for the past two months I’ve been using an electro-magnetic field protection unit plugged into a wall at home.

Rather than just you ‘recounting experiences’, this is in fact a sales plug for various gizmos.

Finally, I don’t think anyone has ever suggested that ‘the atomic bomb’ is good for you. Where on earth did that come from?