Understanding microwave technology used in wireless communication such as with cell phones and Wi-Fi:
Microwave frequencies range from 1 to 3 GHz (one thousand million cycles per second). The cell towers typically transmit pulsed 1.9 GHz. During WWII, radars were discovered to have a heating effect, leading to the development of the microwave oven. Microwave ovens are very different from other heat sources because they heat through coupling with the rotational frequencies of water molecules. They heat food from within to temperatures as high as 10,000 degrees. Milk warmed in a microwave cannot be used to make yoghurt. Frozen blood for transfusion warmed with a microwave would kill a patient. Even eating foods cooked with microwave oven over two to five days produced changes in blood samples taken from subjects indicative of early pathogenic process, similar to the actual start of cancer. (Blanc, B.H. in Raum & Zeit, 1992). This same technology is now used in wireless communication systems. The difference is that we are now IN the microwave oven. Microwaves even at the level transmitted from satellites have interfering biological effects. Scientists have found adverse effects on biological systems even at levels 1/10,000 times below the legal limit set by FCC for cell phone towers. Some of the areas studied are : alteration in gene and protein expression, genotoxic effects, induced stress response, impaired immune function, affect neurology and behavior, impact melatonin production (implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease, insomnia and breast cancer) (www.bioinitiative.org). None of these non-thermal effects were considered when the FCC set the standard for cell towers.
B. Microwave effect on water:
Water is a carrier of nutrients, waste products and information. Clusters of water molecules form microstructures. The presence of ions and chemicals alter the microstructures. Even when the original substance is removed, the microstructures retain a memory of the substance. This is the basis of homeopathic medicine, which has effects at dilution below the concentration in any physical substance. The integrity of the microstructure of water is crucial for water’s function in nature. Dehydration is a common response to microwave radiation, because water molecules become a “blob” not able to enter the cells. Scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences studying water are very concerned about the breakdown of water microstructure by EMF and microwaves. When cell phone towers were first setup in my city, I noticed fresh fruits and vegetables would rot easily and became moldy. I also had difficulty making sprouts and fermented vegetables. They would rot. A four hundred year old oak tree fell in a rainstorm. I discovered later the water carried by a pipe passing next to it had been affected by the microwaves. Water had become a source of negative energy instead of life-supporting energy.
To fully appreciate the influence of microwaves on the human body, one needs to consider vibration or resonance effect, a concept from quantum physics. This requires a major shift from the old Newton’s mechanical view of the world. Our brain cells, nerve cells, bone cells all vibrate at different rates in order to communicate with one another. Unfortunately our body will vibrate to the same frequency of a nearby external source. Our body then becomes confused when exposed to external man-made radiations coming from power lines, cell phones and cell phone towers, particularly if it is digital (pulsed). Cellular communications in the body are disrupted. Many of the illnesses reported related to EMF and microwaves are interruptions of cellular communications. The towers are appropriately named “cell” towers.
C. Long and short term effect:
There have been many reports for the last sixty years from the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries on the adverse effects of Microwaves on humans. Dr. Robert Becker in Body Electric and Cross Current shared some of the studies. Arthur Firstenberg who wrote Microwaving Our Planet, published a news letter No Place to Hide which reported the impact of cell phone towers and other wireless technology on humans and animals around the world. He heard from sensitive individuals who literally had to keep on moving to stay alive. He himself was electrically injured while in medical school and couldn’t live in areas with cell towers. There are more and more individuals like him. In 1999 he published his analysis of data provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control showing the beginning of digital cellular phone service in dozens of cities during 1996 or 1997 was accompanied by 10-25% rise in total mortality (lasting approximately 2-3 months.) The increase in mortality began, in each case, within a day or two of the beginning of cell phone service.
In studies exposing rabbits to microwaves, the nervous system would adapt initially, then collapse over long term exposure. The immune system is connected with the nervous system. When the nervous system collapses, so would the immune system. We are seeing more and more immune dysfunction across large populations. The SARS epidemic a few years ago and now the flu epidemic are examples of this. Interestingly the major areas affected by SARS have had cellular communication systems the longest. Twenty years ago cell phone use was already popular in Hong Kong and Taiwan. It is known that microwave radiation can induce pneumonia-like symptoms. We are seeing an increase of symptoms and illnesses in many countries: increase in cancer incidence, depression, suicides, road rage, mental instability, more deformities in human babies. allergies, insomnia, headaches, and general lack of sense of wellbeing. One in two men and one in three women in the U.S. will develop cancer in their lifetime. We should wonder why.
D. Impact on wildlife?
The diminishing bee population has become so critical that it’s been in the news the last few years. It was found that microwave radiation disorients them such that they cannot find their way back to the hives. The decline was first noticed around 1996-1997, coinciding with the expanding cell towers. Migratory birds also got disoriented. There were reports of flocks of birds near cell phone towers that flew straight into the ground at full speed and killed themselves. In a study published in 1996 (Hawk, K. in Case Studies in the Heartland, 1996) frogs throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Vermont and south of Quebec were turning up with deformities, such as missing eyes, deformed legs, missing legs. The species with the highest rates of deformities also spend the most time in the water. Water in these areas were once relatively pristine. Water is known to be a conductor of microwave radiation. Farm animals born with webbed neck and legs on backwards were reported after cellular phone towers went up. More and more trees and forests are diseased and dying at a rapid rate. These often occur at the top of the ridges where the towers normally are sited. Plants are just as sensitive to radiation since water is so fundamental to life.
E. What can humans do to protect themselves?
Scientists have shown that EMRs can be disruptive to the human body’s own natural energy fields. Their waves are not blocked or weakened by objects in their way and they enter our body and upset its cellular function and biological processes. Electronic smog (Radiation) from household items such as cell phones, computers and microware ovens could be damaging to your health. The damage can range from headaches, joint pains, depression and fatigue to miscarriage and cancer. There are many who get affected by the radiation in electromagnetic fields surrounding everyday items such as hairdryers and televisions. RF exposure may be more hazardous for the fetus and child due to their greater susceptibility, prudent avoidance is one approach to keeping children’s exposure as low as possible.
There are ways to increase resistance to EMR damage, such as the increased intake of antioxidants, melatonin, vitamins B, C, E and folic acid, as these are natural oxidative stress fighters. People can take steps to at least create a safe sleeping environment. The following recommendations are from the International Institute of Building Biologists:
- Use a battery clock near your bed
- Turn off bedroom-affecting circuits
- Make sure there are no elevated magnetic fields.
- Use beds without metal.
The body repairs and detoxifies during sleep. It is best to turn off and unplug all electronics at night. Convert cordless phones and cell phones to corded phones. Avoid using cell phones near children and pregnant women and in enclosed metal spaces such as cars, trains, and airplanes. For internet connection, use dialup or DSL. Avoid Wi-Fi, at least turn it off when not in use and at night. Unplug microwave oven and leave it unplugged. Check the EMF levels where one spends the most time. Stay far away from where the electric power comes into the house, especially the sleeping area. As Dr. Emoto demonstrated with water, crystals, words and consciousness can alter water. Words of gratitude and love have effects on water, therefore our body. Words of universal love such as Om Mani Padme Hum and prayers from all spiritual traditions have produced beautiful water crystals. People can do their own experiments. I knew of a person whose leg pain healed after taping “thank you” on his legs. We live in an interesting time.
Microwave Sickness from Cell Phones and Cellular and PCS Antennas
Signs and Symptoms:
- Recent Eye problems, especially pressure behind the eyes, and also floaters, difficulty focusing, deteriorating vision, eye aches, etc.
- Sudden dental problems, especially broken fillings
- Dryness of the lips, mouth, skin or eyes
- Puffy lips
- Swollen or sore throat
- “Burning” in any part of the body: chest, eyes, ears, testicles, etc.
- Pressure or pain in the chest
- Loss of appetite
- Pelvic discomfort/pain in the testicles or ovaries
- Muscle spasms
- Pain in the soles of the feet
- Pain in the legs
- Muscle, joint, or abdominal pain, especially pains that move around the body
- “Electric currents” in any part of the body
- Itchy, systemic rash
- Spontaneous nosebleeds
- Frequent urination
- Craving for carbohydrates
1. Arthur Firstenburg, “Microwaving Our Planet”, 1997 [out of print]
2. “Your Community Guide to Cellular Phone Towers,”
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