Is Motorcycle Use Linked to Cancer?



Hi everyone!  I’m back in Texas, and it’s suprisingly cold and rainy here.  We actually turned our heater on rather than the A/C for the first time, and the shock to our temperature control set the smoke alarm off.  Annoying, yes, but it’s nice to know that it’s not just my burnt pumpkin pies that are putting the smoke detecter to work 🙂 

Anyway, back to business.  While scouring the internet for the latest developments in cancer as I so faithfully do, I came across an interesting story on an online magazine devoted to London Bikers covering an upcoming book that attempts to draw a link between motorcycles and cancer.  

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The claims come from a new book by Randall Dale Chipkar entitled, Motorcycle Cancer:  Are Motorcycles Killing Us With Cancers of the Prostate, Colon, Kidney, Bone, Etc?  According to the book’s promotional website, extremely low frequency electromagnetic field radiation is the silent culprit for a host of different cancers.  

While I generally avoid travelling on anything that doesn’t have a protective steel cage around it, my husband’s family is deeply embedded in motorcycle culture.  Harleys, dirt bikes, rides, and races — they’ve done it all, so I have a vested interest.  But clunky headline aside, I just don’t buy what Chipkar’s selling.  While it makes for a good spook tactic (a silent monster — between my legs!), there is not one single study to date that links motorcycle electromagnetic radiation and cancer on PubMed, the single largest repository for peer-reviewed medical studies and scientific journal articles.  There is, however, one 2004 Taiwanese study that correlates motorcycle exhaust to hormonal effects in breast cancer cell lines and female rats  (Take home message to all who ride:  try not to breathe the fumes.)

Seeing as the promotional website requires purchase of the book before one can see any research (or lack thereof, as the websites claim that “historically, governments and various EM related industries (hydro-electric, cell tower, cell phone, etc.) have denied EM health effects so as to not create panic,”)  my scam warning bells went off.  Just as they did, however, the website tells me that “this information herein provides an awareness of controversial issues so that the reader can make his or her own personal investigations, interpretations, evaluation, decisions and conclusions by exercising freedom of choice.” 

Thanks for the tip.  As for the claim that motorcycles are linked to cancer, I’ll believe it when I see the data.

UPDATE:  See “Is Motorcycle Use Linked to Cancer, part II.”

Do you think I’m too cynical or right on the money?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Author RDC says:

    Thanks to responsible journalism a more thinking society is evolving regarding environmental health issues.

    On my website doctors and scientists prove electromagnetic danger. Unfortunately, proof becomes synonymous with opinion when science meets commerce.

    Let’s consider the cell phone controversy regarding children and detrimental health effects. The billion dollar wireless industry claims that the public has not “proven” anything discussed, however, children restrictive phone use and/or banning is now taking place for health precaution in various countries. Historically, many products were recalled or banned only after public recognition of consumer harm. TRUTH is evident within the heart long before proof is recognized by industry.

    The cell phone danger is not fully understood and not yet recognized by some doctors, however, proof of danger is all that we need to make rational health decisions. Regarding difficult situations, governments adopt The Precautionary Principle.

    In comparison to wireless cell frequencies my website exposes the greater penetrating danger of current-induced fields invading riders.

    For those few who feel that ridicule is the answer to this important issue we hope one day you will change your point of view and join us on this rider safety quest. After the jabs, jokes, skeptics and misquotes the fact still remains that millions of avid riders are having excessive cancer controversial forces penetrating their groins every time they ride.

    Together we can make a difference to keep riders safer.

  2. nury vazquez lamadrid says:

    TRATAMIENTO SIN COSTO. CANCER DE HUESO
    IMAGEN POR RESONANCIA MAGNETICA MEDICA SUR, INFORMA A USTED QUE DAREMOS INCIO A NUESTRO PROTOCOLO DE ABLACION DE METASTASIS OSEAS QUE RESOLVERA EL DOLOR DEL PACIENTE.

    AGRADEZCO SE PONGA EN CONTACTO CONMIGO A FIN DE VALORAR SI EL PACIENTE ES CANDIDATO.

    INCLUSION:

    -SUFRE USTED DE METASTASIS , O CANCER METASTASICO EN LOS HUESOS?

    -ESTO LE CAUSA DOLOR OSEO EN ALGUNA REGION DEL CUERPO?

    -HA TENIDO TRATAMIENTO CON RADIOTERAPIA PARA EL TUMOR PRIMARIO O DEL HUESO AFECTADO O DE ALGUNA REGION DEL CUERPO EN PARTICULAR?

    SI USTED REUNE ESTAS TRES CARACTERISTICAS Y ES MAYOR DE 18 AÑOS , PUEDE SER CANDIDATO PARA NUESTRO PROTOCOLO DE ABLACION TERMICA QUE RESOLVERA EL DOLOR DE MANERA RAPIDA Y DEFINITIVA.

    Nury Vázquez LamadridGabinete de Diagnóstico por Imagen
    Imagen por Resonancia Magnética “Médica Sur” 55537216-55537308-52114589cel. 0445554351532

  3. Replies are not being spammed they are just appropriate for more than one forum.

    It is appalling to find so many cancer jokes on some of the rider sites. Responsible rider discussion can lead to health correlations that provide further insight. Riders that share personal health issues reveal a new kind of courage. More and more riders are speaking out.

    Together we can make a difference.

  4. I am aware of who the ghost rider is and whose identity is irrelevant as long as the important issues get discussed. My site is self-explanatory and rider safety is the goal. Extremely high magnetic field radiation levels penetrating into the groin is not a joke and I am receiving worldwide support about this emerging health issue.

    Let’s put “true freedom” back into riding motorcycles.

    Randall Dale Chipkar

  5. Hey, thanks for your opinion on news. Since the topic came up on our motorcycle forum, I’ve posted your site as a rebuttal. You might be interested to know that there is a forum member who is defending the guy (Ghost Rider). He posts the exact same response in answer to all questions regarding the motorcycle cancer study. One other member has posted a link to another motorcycle forum where he answered the question in the exact same manner.

    I did a google search on “Ghost Rider” and “cancer” and it seems he also answered you with the exact same text. I believe Ghost Rider is the author of the book posing as an independent motorcycle rider.

    You can check out his response at the Concours Owners Group site.

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