The most dangerous technology ever invented Part One

donderdag, 21 oktober 2021 - Categorie: Artikelen


In 1995, the telecommunications industry was preparing to introduce a dangerous
new product to the United States: the digital cell phone. Existing cell phones were
analog and expensive, owned mostly by the wealthy, used for only a few minutes at
a time. Many were car phones whose antennas were outside the car, not held in
one’s hand and not next to one’s brain. Cell phones worked only in or near large
cities. The few cell towers that existed were mostly on hilltops, mountaintops, or
skyscrapers, not close to where people lived.

The problem for the telecommunications industry in 1995 was liability. Microwave
radiation was harmful. Cell phones were going to damage everyone’s brain, make
people obese, and give millions of people cancer, heart disease and diabetes. And
cell towers were going to damage forests, wipe out insects, and torture and kill birds
and wildlife.

This was all known. Extensive research had already been done in the United States,
Canada, the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere. Biologist Allan Frey, under
contract with the U.S. Navy, was so alarmed by the results of his animal studies that
he refused to experiment on humans. “I have seen too much,” he told colleagues at
a symposium in 1969. “I very carefully avoid exposure myself, and I have for quite
some time now. I do not feel that I can take people into these fields and expose
them and in all honesty indicate to them that they are going into something safe.”

Frey discovered that microwave radiation damages the blood-brain barrier -- the
protective barrier that keeps bacteria, viruses and toxic chemicals out of your brain
and keeps the inside of your head at a constant pressure, preventing you from
having a stroke. He discovered that both people and animals can hear microwaves.
He discovered that he could stop a frog’s heart by timing microwave pulses at a
precise point in the heart’s rhythm. The power level he used for that experiment was
only 0.6 microwatts per square centimeter, thousands of times lower than the
radiation from today’s cell phones.

Ophthalmologist Milton Zaret, who had contracts with the U.S. Army, Navy and Air
Force, as well as with the Central Intelligence Agency, discovered in the 1960s that
low-level microwave radiation causes cataracts. In 1973, he testified before the
Commerce Committee of the United States Senate. “There is a clear, present and
ever-increasing danger,” he told the senators, “to the entire population of our
country from exposure to the entire non-ionizing portion of the electromagnetic
spectrum. The dangers cannot be overstated…” Zaret told the committee about
patients who not only had cataracts caused by exposure to microwaves, but also
malignant tumors, cardiovascular disease, hormonal imbalance, arthritis and mental
illness, as well as neurological problems in children born to them. These patients
ranged from military personnel exposed to radar to housewives exposed to their
microwave ovens.

“The microwave oven leakage standard set by the Bureau of Radiological Health,
” he told the committee, “is approximately 1 billion times higher than the total entire
microwave spectrum given off by the Sun. It is appalling for these ovens to be
permitted to leak at all, let alone for the oven advertisements to encourage our
children to have fun learning to cook with them!” The microwave oven leakage
standard, today in 2021, is the same as it was in 1973: 5 milliwatts per square
centimeter at a distance of 5 centimeters. And the microwave exposure levels to
the brain from every cell phone in use today are higher than that.

The Navy, at that time, was exposing soldiers to low-level microwave radiation in
research being conducted in Pensacola, Florida. Echoing Frey, Zaret said these
experiments were unethical. “I don’t believe it is possible,” he told the Senate
committee, “to get informed, untainted consent from any young adult who agrees to
be exposed to irradiation where you are not sure of what the end result is going to
be… Also, that any children that he has at some future time may suffer from this
irradiation.” He reemphasized the ethical problems with this research: “I think if it
was explained fully to them and they still volunteered, for this project, one would
question their mental capacity right off the start.”

Scientists experimenting on birds were just as alarmed by their results, and issued
warnings about the environmental effects of the radiation our society was
unleashing on the world that were just as dire as the warnings delivered to Congress
by Milton Zaret, and the warnings delivered to the Navy by Allan Frey.

In the late 1960s and continuing through the 1970s, John Tanner and his colleagues
at Canada’s National Research Council exposed chickens, pigeons and seagulls to
microwave radiation, and found frightening effects at every level of exposure.
Chickens exposed to between 0.19 and 360 microwatts per square centimeter for
nine months developed tumors of the central nervous system, and avian leukosis –
also a type of tumor -- of ovaries, intestines and other organs which in some birds
reached “massive proportions,” on “a scale never seen before by veterinarians
experienced with avian diseases.” Mortality was high in the irradiated birds. All the
exposed birds, at every power level, had deteriorated plumage, with feathers lost,
broken or with twisted and brittle shafts.

In other experiments, in which these researchers irradiated birds at higher power,
the birds collapsed in pain within seconds. This occurred not only when the whole
bird was irradiated but also when only its tail feathers were irradiated and the rest of
the bird was carefully shielded. In further experiments, they proved that bird
feathers make fine receiving aerials for microwaves, and speculated that migratory
birds may use their feathers to obtain directional information. These scientists
warned that increasing levels of ambient microwaves would cause wild birds distress
and might interfere with their navigation.

Maria Sadchikova, working in Moscow; Václav Bartoniček and Eliska KlimkováDeutshová,
working in Czechoslovakia; and Valentina Nikitina, who examined officers
of the Russian Navy, found, as early as 1960, that the majority of people exposed to
microwave radiation on the job -- even people who had ceased such employment
five to ten years previously -- had elevated blood sugar or had sugar in their urine.

Animal experiments showed that the radiation directly interferes with metabolism,
and that it does so rapidly. In 1962, V.A. Syngayevskaya, in Leningrad, exposed
rabbits to low level radio waves and found that the animals’ blood sugar rose by
onethird in less than an hour. In 1982, Vasily Belokrinitskiy, in Kiev, reported that the
amount of sugar in the urine was in direct proportion to the dose of radiation and the
number of times the animal was exposed. Mikhail Navakitikian and Lyudmila
Tomashevskaya reported in 1994 that insulin levels decreased by 15 percent in rats
exposed for just half an hour, and by 50 percent in rats exposed for twelve hours, to
pulsed radiation at a power level of 100 microwatts per square centimeter. This level
is comparable to the radiation a person receives today sitting directly in front of a
wireless computer, and considerably less than what a person’s brain receives from a
cell phone.

These were just a few of the thousands of studies that were being performed all over
the world that found profound effects of microwave radiation on every human
organ, and on the functioning and reproduction of every plant and animal.
Lieutenant Zory Glaser, commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1971 to catalogue the
world’s literature on the health effects of microwave and radio-frequency radiation,
collected 5,083 studies, textbooks and conference proceedings by 1981. He managed
to find about half of the literature existing at that time. So about 10,000 studies had
proven microwave and RF radiation to be dangerous to all life, already before 1981.

Cooking Your DNA and Roasting Your Nerves

In the early 1980s Mays Swicord, working at the National Center for Devices and
Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration, decided to test his
conjecture that DNA resonantly absorbs microwave radiation, and that even a very
low level of radiation, although producing no measurable heat in the human body as
a whole, may nevertheless heat your DNA. He exposed a solution containing a small
amount of DNA to microwave radiation, and found that the DNA itself was absorbing
400 times as much radiation as the solution that it was in, and that different lengths
of DNA strands resonantly absorb different frequencies of microwave radiation. So
even though the overall temperature of your cells may not be raised to any
detectable degree by the radiation, the DNA inside your cells may be heated
tremendously. Swicord’s later research confirmed that this damages DNA, causing
both single- and double-strand DNA breakage.

Professor Charles Polk of the University of Rhode Island reported essentially the
same thing at the twenty-second annual meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society
in June 2000 in Munich, Germany. Direct measurements had recently shown that
DNA is much more electrically conductive than anyone had suspected: it has a
conductivity of at least 105 siemens per meter, which is about 1/10 as conductive as
mercury! A cell phone held to your head may irradiate your brain at a specific
absorption rate (SAR) of about 1 watt per kilogram, which produces little overall heating.
Polk calculated, however, that this level of radiation would raise the
temperature in the interior of your DNA by 60 degrees Celsius per second! He said
that the tissues cannot dissipate heat that rapidly, and that such heating would
rupture the bonds between complementary strands of DNA, and would explain the
DNA breakage reported in various studies.

And in 2006, Markus Antonietti, at Germany’s Max Planck Institute, wondered
whether a similar type of resonant absorption occurs in the synapses of our nerves.
Cell phones are designed so the radiation they emit will not heat your brain more
than one degree Celsius. But what happens in the tiny environment of a synapse,
where electrically charged ions are involved in transmitting nerve impulses from one
neuron to another? Antonietti and his colleagues simulated the conditions in nerve
synapses with tiny fat droplets in salt water and exposed the emulsions to
microwave radiation at frequencies between 10 MHz and 4 GHz. The resonant
absorption frequencies, as expected, depended on the size of the droplets and other
properties of the solution. But it was the size of the absorption peaks that shocked

“And now comes the tragedy,” said Antonietti. “Exactly where we are closest to the
conditions in the brain, we see the strongest heating. There is a hundred times as
much energy absorbed as previously thought. This is a horror.”

Efforts by the EPA to Protect Americans

Faced with a barrage of alarming scientific results, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) established its own microwave radiation research laboratory which
operated from 1971 until 1985 with up to 30 full-time staff exposing dogs, monkeys,
rats and other animals to microwaves. The EPA was so disturbed by the results of its
experiments that it proposed, already in 1978, to develop guidelines for human
exposure to microwave radiation for adoption and enforcement by other federal
agencies whose activities were contributing to a rapidly thickening fog of
electromagnetic pollution throughout our nation. But there was pushback by those

The Food and Drug Administration did not want the proposed exposure limits to
apply to microwave ovens or computer screens. The Federal Aviation Administration
did not want to have to protect the public from air traffic control and weather radars.
The Department of Defense did not want the limits to apply to military radars.
The CIA, NASA, Department of Energy, Coast Guard, and Voice of America did
not want to have to limit public exposure to their own sources of radiation.

Finally, in June 1995, with the telecommunications industry planning to put
microwave radiation devices into the hands and next to the brains of every man,
woman and child, and to erect millions of cell towers and antennas in cities, towns,
villages, forests, wildlife preserves and national parks throughout the country in
order to make those devices work, the EPA announced that it was going to issue
Phase I of its exposure guidelines in early 1996. The Federal Communications
Commission would have been required to enforce those guidelines, cell phones and
cell towers would have been illegal, and even if they were not illegal,
telecommunications companies would have been exposed to unlimited liability for
all the suffering, disease and mortality they were about to cause.

But it was not to be. The Electromagnetic Energy Association, an industry lobbying
group, succeeded in preventing the EPA’s exposure guidelines from being published.
On September 13, 1995, the Senate Committee on Appropriations stripped the
$350,000 that had been budgeted for EPA’s work on its exposure guidelines and
wrote in its report, “The Committee believes EPA should not engage in EMF

The Personal Communications Industry Association (CTIA), another industry group,
also lobbied Congress, which was drafting a bill called the Telecommunications Act,
and a provision was added to the Act prohibiting states and local governments from
regulating “personal wireless service facilities” on the basis of their “environmental
effects.” That provision shielded the telecommunications industry from any and all
liability for injury from both cell towers and cell phones and permitted that industry
to sell the most dangerous technology ever invented to the American public. People
were no longer allowed to tell their elected officials about their injuries at public
hearings. Scientists were no longer allowed to testify in court about the dangers of
this technology. Every means for the public to find out that wireless technology was
killing them was suddenly prohibited.

The telecommunications industry has done such a good job selling this technology
that today the average American household contains 25 different devices that emit
microwave radiation and the average American spends five hours per day on their
cell phone, has it in their pocket next to their body the rest of the day, and sleeps
with it all night in or next to their bed. Today almost every man, woman and child
holds a microwave radiation device in their hand or against their brain or body all
day every day, completely unaware of what they are doing to themselves, their
family, their pets, their friends, their neighbors, the birds in their yard, their
ecosystem, and their planet. Those who are even aware there is a problem at all
view only the towers as a threat, but their phone as a friend.
(to be continued)

Arthur Firstenberg
Author, The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life
P.O. Box 6216
Santa Fe, NM 87502
phone: +1 505-471-0129
October 20, 2021

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