by Arthur Firstenberg
'The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life'
P.O. Box 6216
Santa Fe, NM 87502 USA
In 1995, the telecommunications industry was preparing to introduce
a dangerous new product to the United States:
the digital cell
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
The few cell towers that existed were mostly on
hilltops, mountaintops, or skyscrapers, not close to where people
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
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.
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
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
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
Zaret told the committee about patients who not only
had cataracts caused by exposure to microwaves, but also,
tumors, cardiovascular disease, hormonal imbalance, arthritis and
mental illness, as well as neurological problems in children born to
These patients ranged from military personnel exposed to radar
to housewives exposed to their microwave ovens.
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.
the microwave exposure levels to the brain from every cell phone
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.
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
Mortality was high in the irradiated birds.
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.
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
These scientists warned that increasing levels of
ambient microwaves would cause wild birds distress and might
interfere with their navigation.
working in Moscow
Václav Bartoniček and Eliska
Klimková-Deutshová, working in Czechoslovakia
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
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 one- third 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
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
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.
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
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.
calculated, however, that this level of radiation would raise the
temperature in the interior of your DNA by 60 degrees Celsius per
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
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.
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 Antonietti.
"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
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.
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.
CIA, NASA, Department of Energy, Coast Guard, and Voice of America
did not want to have to limit public exposure to their own sources
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.
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 activities."
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
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
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
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...
September 27, 2021
There is No
Dose Response for Microwave Radiation
The selling of cell phones is, and always has been, based on lies
The biggest lie is that they are "low power" devices
and that this makes them safe. That is a double lie. It is a lie
because they are not low power.
If you put a cell phone - any cell
phone - in your hand or next to your body, you are being blasted by
more microwave radiation from your phone than you are getting from
any cell tower, and by ten billion times as much microwave radiation
as you are getting from the sun, the Milky Way, or any other natural
The exposure guidelines established by the
Communications Commission reflect this reality:
cell towers are
permitted to expose your body at a specific absorption rate of 0.08
watts per kilogram, while cell phones are allowed to expose your
brain at a specific absorption rate of 1.6 watts per kilogram, which
is twenty times higher.
And it is a lie because low power devices are not any safer than
high power devices.
The reason for this is that electromagnetic
fields are not toxins in the ordinary sense, and the rule in
toxicology that a lower dose is a safer dose does not apply to
As Allan Frey wrote in 1990:
"Electromagnetic fields are not a foreign substance to living beings
like lead or cyanide. With foreign substances, the greater the dose,
the greater the effect - a dose-response relationship.
living beings are electrochemical systems that use low frequency EMFs in everything from protein folding through cellular
communication to nervous system function.
To model how EMFs affect
living beings, one might compare them to the radio we use to listen
If you impose on the radio an appropriately tuned EMF or
harmonic, even if it is very weak, it will interfere with the music.
Similarly, if we impose a very weak EMF signal on a living being, it
has the possibility of interfering with normal function if it is
That is the model that much biological data and
theory tell us to use, not a toxicological model."
The most thorough investigation of the blood-brain barrier effect,
which Frey discovered in 1975, was done at Lund University in Sweden
beginning in the late 1980s with various sources of microwave
radiation and later, in the 1990s and 2000s, with actual cell
They found not only that there is not a dose response, but
that there is an inverse dose response for this type of injury.
exposed laboratory rats to what is now called 2G cell phone
radiation, and then they reduced the power level of the radiation
ten-fold, a hundred-fold, a thousand-fold, and ten thousand-fold.
And they found, to their surprise, that the greatest damage to the
blood-brain barrier occurred not in the rats that were exposed at
full power, but in the rats that were exposed to phones whose
radiation was reduced by a factor of ten thousand!
This was the
equivalent of holding a cell phone more than one meter away from
The leader of the research team, neurosurgeon
Leif Salford, warned that non-users of cell phones were being damaged by
their neighbors' cell phones, and that this technology was,
world's largest biological experiment ever."
And in a further set of experiments, published in 2003, Salford's
team exposed young rats to what is now called a 2G cell phone, just
once for two hours, either at full power, or at two different levels
of reduced power, and sacrificed them 50 days later to examine their
They found that a single exposure to an ordinary cell phone
operating at normal power had permanently destroyed up to 2% of
almost all the rats.
Damaged neurons dominated the picture in some
areas of their brains.
When the power of the phone was reduced
ten-fold it caused brain damage in every rat.
When the power of the
phone was reduced one hundred-fold, this type of permanent brain
damage was observed in half of the exposed animals.
And in still further experiments, published in 2008, they exposed
rats to a cell phone for two hours once a week for a year, still
using what is now called a 2G cell phone.
The exposed rats suffered
from impaired memory, regardless of whether they were exposed at an
SAR level of 60 milliwatts per kilogram or 0.6 milliwatts per
In other words,
reducing the power level by a factor of one hundred
did not make the cell phone less dangerous...
The lack of a dose response has been reported over and over.
Physicist Carl Blackman spent much of his career at the
Environmental Protection Agency figuring out why not only particular
frequencies but also particular power levels of RF radiation cause
calcium to flow out of brain cells.
Ross Adey at UCLA,
Schwartz at the National Research Council of Canada, and Jitendra
Behari at Jawaharlal University in India reported the same thing.
Geneticist Sisir Dutta, studying the same phenomenon at Howard
University in 1986, found peaks of calcium flow at SAR levels of 2
W/kg and 1 W/kg, and also at .05, .0028, .001, .0007, and .0005
W/kg, with some effect all the way down to .0001 W/kg.
The effect at
0.0007 W/kg SAR was quadruple the effect at 2.0 W/kg, in other words
a 3,000-fold reduction in power level resulted in a 4-fold increase
in calcium disturbance.
The frequency was 915 MHz, the same
frequency that was later to be used for cell phones.
Maria Sadchikova and her Soviet colleagues, in the 1960s and 1970s,
examined hundreds of workers exposed to microwave radiation on the
job, and consistently found that the sickest workers were the ones
who were exposed to the lowest, not the highest power levels.
Igor Belyaev, at Stockholm University, found that genetic effects
occurred at specific frequencies and that the magnitude of the
effect did not change with power level over 16 orders of magnitude,
all the way down to 10-18 watts per square centimeter, a level that
is one quadrillion times lower than what a cell phone delivers to
Dimitris Panagopoulos, at the University of Athens, found that fruit
flies exposed to a cell phone for just one minute a day for five
days produced 36 percent fewer offspring than flies that were not
exposed at all.
When he exposed them to the phone for six minutes a
day for five days, it reduced the number of their offspring by 50 to
60 percent. And the maximum effect occurred when the cell phone was
about one foot away from the flies, not when it was touching the
vial that the flies were in.
In further research, he showed that the
effect is due to DNA damage and consequent cell death caused by the
In another experiment, Panagopoulos's colleague, Lukas Margaritis,
exposed fruit flies to various frequencies of RF radiation at
exposure levels ranging from 0.0001 watts per kilogram to 0.04 watts
per kilogram, and found that even a single exposure to any of these
frequencies at any of these power levels for just 6 minutes caused a
significant amount of ovarian cell death.
And in further research, Margaritis's team exposed fruit flies to a
cell phone either once for 6 minutes, once for 12 minutes, 6 minutes
a day for 3 days, or 12 minutes a day for 3 days. Under each
condition the phone tripled to sextupled the amount of ovarian cell
And then this team tried other sources of microwave radiation
for between 10 and 30 minutes per day for up to 9 days and found
that each of them reduced the number of offspring by between 11 and
The cell phone and the cordless phone had the greatest
the baby monitor
...also substantially reduced the fecundity of the
The effects on insects are so obvious that even a high school
student can easily demonstrate them.
In 2004, Alexander Chan, a
sophomore at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, New York,
exposed fruit fly larvae daily to a loudspeaker, a computer monitor,
and a cell phone for a science fair project and observed their
The flies that were exposed to the cell phone failed to
What are We
Doing to Nature?
We are distressing and disorienting not only birds, but also, as is
being discovered, insects.
It appears that all little creatures that
have antennae use them to send and receive communications
electronically - communications that are being interfered with and
drowned out by the much more powerful communications of our wireless
When honey bees perform their waggle dance to inform one another of
the location of food sources, it is not only a visual dance but an
During the dance they generate electromagnetic
signals with a modulation frequency between 180 and 250 Hz. And they
send another kind of signal, which has been called the "stop"
signal, up to 100 milliseconds long, at a frequency of 320 Hz.
stop signal is used when the colony already has too much food, and
it causes the dancers to stop dancing and leave the dance floor.
Greggers, at Freie Universität Berlin, discovered that bees will
start walking and actively moving their antennae in response to
artificially generated electromagnetic fields that imitate these
natural signals, even in the absence of any visual or auditory cues.
Bees whose antennae he had removed or coated with wax did not
respond to these signals.
Pollination is also dependent on electromagnetic communication -
between bees and flowers. Bees carry positive charge on their bodies
from flying in the global atmospheric electric field, while flowers,
being connected to the earth, carry a negative charge.
Clarke, at the University of Bristol, has proved that not only does
this facilitate pollen transfer from flowers to bees, but that bees
sense and are attracted not only to the colors of flowers but also
to the distinct patterns of their electric fields.
field of a flower diminishes immediately after being visited by a
bee, and other bees "see" this and only visit flowers whose electric
field is robust.
While honey bees see the fields with their
antennae, bumble bees see the fields more with the hairs that cover
their bodies, which not only make them such distinctive creatures
but also function as a kind of antenna.
In 2007, German biologist Ulrich Warnke published an important
booklet in both English and German titled Bees, Birds and Mankind:
Destroying Nature by "Elektrosmog" (Bienen, Vögel und Menschen: Die
Zerstörung der Natur durch‚ Elektrosmog').
In it, he reminded us
that there are only two long-range forces - gravity and
electromagnetism - that shape everything in the universe including
our bodies, and that we ignore that fact at our peril.
is the foundation of life, he warned, and,
"this destruction of the
foundation of life has already wiped out many species forever."
cannot immerse our world, he said, in a sea of electromagnetic
radiation that is up to 10,000,000,000 times as strong as the
natural radiation that we evolved with without destroying all of
He summarized the research that he and others had done with
honey bees. It is no wonder, wrote Warnke, that
disappearing all over the world.
They began disappearing at the dawn of the radio age.
On the small
island lying off England's southern coast where Guglielmo Marconi
sent the world's first long-distance radio transmission in 1901,
the honey bees began to vanish.
By 1906, the island, then host to
the greatest density of radio transmissions in the world, was almost
empty of bees.
Thousands, unable to fly, were found crawling and
dying on the ground outside their hives.
Healthy bees imported from
the mainland began dying within a week of arrival.
In the following
decades, Isle of Wight disease spread along with radio broadcasting
to the rest of Great Britain, and to Italy, France, Switzerland,
Germany, Brazil, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United
In the 1960s and 1970s its name changed to "disappearing
It became urgent in the late 1990s with the wireless
revolution, and became a worldwide emergency by 2006, when it was
renamed "colony collapse disorder."
Today not only domestic bees,
but all wild bees, are in danger of extinction.
Amphibians are not only disappearing, but large numbers of amphibian
species have already gone extinct, even in the most remote, pristine
areas of the world,
pristine, that is, except for communication
towers and radar stations emitting microwave radiation...
are the most vulnerable of all classes of animals on the planet to
electromagnetic radiation, and they have been dwindling and going
extinct since the 1980s.
When I looked into this in 1996, every
species of frog and toad in Yosemite National Park was disappearing.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve of Costa Rica, the famous
and highly protected golden toad had gone extinct.
Eight of thirteen
frog species in a Brazilian rainforest preserve had gone extinct.
The famous gastric-brooding frog of Australia was extinct.
Seventy-five species of the colorful harlequin frogs that once
graced streams in the tropics of the Western Hemisphere were
Today, more than half of all known kinds of frogs,
salamanders and caecilians (snake-like amphibians), amounting to
4,300 species, are either extinct or in danger of extinction.
In 1996, when cell towers marched into remote areas of the United
States, mutant frogs began turning up by the thousands in lakes,
streams and forests all across the American Midwest.
legs, extra legs, missing eyes, misplaced eyes, and other genetic
mistakes were frightening school children out on field trips.
In 2009, wildlife biologist Alfonso Balmori did a simple, obvious
experiment on the balcony of an apartment in Valladolid, Spain not
far from a cell tower, an experiment that proved what was happening:
tadpoles in two identical tanks, except over one of them
he draped a thin layer of fabric that was woven with metallic
fibers, which admitted air and light but kept out radio waves...
results shocked even Balmori:
in a period of two months, 90 percent
of the tadpoles in the tank without the shielding had died, versus
only 4 percent in the shielded tank.
Similar shielding experiments have confirmed, in spades, what is
happening to birds, and what is happening to our forests.
Scientists at the University of Oldenburg in Germany were shocked to
find, beginning in 2004, that the migratory songbirds they had been
studying were no longer able to orient themselves toward the north
in spring and toward the southwest in autumn.
electromagnetic pollution might be responsible, they did for their
birds what Balmori did for his tadpoles a few years later:
shielded the aviary from radio waves during the winter with aluminum
"The effect on the birds' orientation capabilities was
profound," wrote the scientists.
The birds all oriented toward the
north the following spring.
And in 2007, in a backyard laboratory in the foothills of Colorado's
Rocky Mountains, Katie Haggerty decided to do the same experiment
with aspen seedlings.
She wanted to find out if radio waves were
responsible for the decline of aspen trees all over Colorado that
had begun in 2004.
She grew 27 aspen trees - nine without any
screening, nine with aluminum window screening around their pots
which kept out radio waves, and nine with fiberglass screening which
kept out just as much light but let in all the radio waves.
two months, the new shoots of the radio-shielded aspens were 74
percent longer, and their leaves 60 percent larger, than those of
either the mock-shielded or the unshielded aspens.
And in the fall,
the shielded trees had large, healthy leaves in brilliant fall
colors that aspens are famous for: bright orange, yellow, green,
dark red, and black.
The mock-shielded and unshielded trees had
small leaves in drab yellow and green, covered with gray and brown
areas of decay.
The only thing that had changed in Colorado's Rocky
Mountains in 2004 was the installation of a new emergency
communication system called the Digital Trunked Radio System
composed of 203 radio towers whose transmissions covered every
square inch of the state...
November 03, 2021
Cell Phones Are Not Here to Stay
On the day digital cell phone service began in New York City, I was
away from home
at a three-day law conference.
The day I returned home I became
dizzy. Within a few days I was also nauseous and I had
uncontrollable tremors. I had the first asthma attack of my life.
eyeballs felt like they were bulging out, my lips felt dry, fat and
puffy, I felt pressure in my chest, and the bottoms of my feet hurt.
I became so weak I couldn't lift a book.
My skin became so sensitive
I couldn't bear to be touched and I could hardly stand to wear my
clothes. My head was roaring like a freight train. After the fourth
day I could not sleep or eat. During the sixth night my larynx went
into spasm three times.
Each time that happened I couldn't draw a
breath in or out and I thought I was going to die. I left home the
next morning, never to return.
This did not happen only to me, or only to a few people. Beginning
November 14, 1996, the day Omnipoint Communications turned on all
those cell towers, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers became
Many thought they were having a heart attack, a stroke
or a nervous breakdown. The Health Department called it an influenza
epidemic, and it lasted until the following May. They did not stop
to wonder why it hit only New York and not any nearby cities at that
Weekly mortality statistics from the Centers for Disease
Control revealed a 17 percent rise in mortality in the city
beginning the week of November 17, lasting 11 weeks, that killed
The epidemic did not hit Boston until the following year, when
Sprint began service there on November 12, 1997. Mortality spiked by
15.5% for 16 weeks. It hit San Diego when Pacific Bell began service
there on November 1, 1996, lasted for 17 weeks, and raised mortality
It did not hit nearby Los Angeles until the following
summer, when Pacific Bell began service there on July 3, 1997, and
mortality rose by 30% for the next 15 weeks.
It hit Philadelphia in
the spring, when Sprint began service there on April 3, 1997, and
Detroit in the fall, when Sprint began service there on October 15,
1997. It hit Jacksonville, Florida the previous fall, when Powertel
began service there on October 15, 1996.
It hit Chicago, Milwaukee,
Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Fresno, Spokane,
Portland, Sacramento, Charlotte, and Tulsa, beginning in each city
on the day digital cell phone service became available in that city.
I learned, in 1996, that power levels do not matter. After microwave
radiation had nearly killed me in Brooklyn after only six days of
exposure, I was sure the radiation levels must be sky high, and I
hired a professional engineer, Stuart Maurer, to go to my house with
his spectrum analyzer to measure the radiation.
I came down for the
day from my motel room in upstate New York to watch him. To my
astonishment, the highest level he measured, anywhere in my house,
was 0.0001 microwatts per square centimeter.
Clearly I still had a
lot to learn about microwave radiation, and many things I thought I
knew were wrong.
The same thing is happening now with 5G, only this time instead of
blaming an influenza virus, society is blaming a coronavirus. And
this time, it is happening everywhere at once instead of one city at
On October 13, 2020, Verizon issued a press release
announcing the availability of its 5G network throughout the United
States, and on the same day Apple issued a press release announcing
the launch of its 5G phone, the iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro
were available in stores October 23, and the iPhone Mini and Max
were available in early November.
And in every state except two,
mortality began to suddenly rise the week of October 24 or soon
after, and not later than the week of November 21.
exceptions were Wisconsin, where the mortality spike began the week
of October 17, and Hawaii, which did not have a significant rise in
deaths last winter. Nationally, mortality rose an average of 25% for
20 weeks, and 300,000 people died.
It is happening everywhere at once also to birds, insects, wildlife,
and plant life.
A correspondent in Knoxville, Tennessee wrote to me
"These past couple of
months I've noticed 5 bumblebees now on our flowers that have
appeared paralyzed to me.
We unfortunately have
Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband very close to our home, which is
only available outside, and I think they are being impacted by
We brought 4 of them
into our house, each at different times, and 3 of the 4 revived
within about 5 minutes, so I then released them back outside.
The 4th one took a
little over an hour to revive before it was able to fly off."
Another observer, in East Dover, Vermont, wrote, a couple of days
"We grow 3 acres of blackcurrants, 200 blueberry bushes (11
varieties) and a smattering of other novelty berry plants.
farm is certified organic with 8 open acres certified (only 3
planted) and the remainder of the 31 acres is wooded. The
blackcurrants are early bloomers and our 4 varieties all bloom
within a few days of each other.
There are so many different
pollinating insects that come to the fields including a certain type
of bumblebee with a red middle. It is wondrous to see and hear all
the different shaped insects noisily working away.
"This spring, as I walked down the rows and admired all the blossoms
in the front field, I suddenly stopped because it was almost
There were two bumblebees among the 2,225
blackcurrant bushes and their buzzing was so noticeable because
everything was so silent. When I mentioned this to a fifth
generation apple farmer, he said that not only were there no
pollinators this year, the timing of everything was off. For
example, his asparagus was two weeks early (ours was, too).
with 2020, our blackcurrant blooming times were 2 weeks early this
year. It was a cold spring but I would think that would delay
So that is another reason the insects weren't around yet.
Two weeks is a huge amount of time! The blueberries were also
generally early and the usual succession of blooms through the
varieties was altered.
"The next day, I raced over to Forever Wild, a honeybee farmer, and
secured a pallet of four hives. It was too cold for them to fly so
they stayed in their hives in the middle of a gorgeous bloom of
Apparently, bumblebees will fly when it is in low 50s
but honeybees need it to be at least 59 degrees.
The honeybee farmer
said they pollinate one quarter of the whole state (Vermont) and
that all the guys up north (mostly apples) were talking about the
same thing - no pollinators and specifically no bumblebees.
"Another curiosity this year was the fact that we had very few
This could be because
it was an extremely wet year but it is interesting to note that
the beetles and bumblebees both winter underground. Also, when I
visited my parents in September in Concord, MA, my mother
pointed out how all the oaks had dark spots on them.
All our tree leaves
have the same spots here in southern Vermont and especially on
the beech and quaking aspens.
I planted our first
berry plants in 2014 so I don't have a vast wealth of personal
experience owning and running a farm but I hope to continue my
observations and plan on recreating that experiment with
aluminum screening that Katie Haggerty did except with
A naturalist in Greece,
Diana Kordas, wrote a detailed report in
October from the island of Samos in the eastern Mediterranean:
"I live in the country a few kilometers from the capital town of
Samos, Vathi, which sits at the end of a large bay, and opposite the
tourist village of Kokkari.
In July of this summer, 2021, a pilot 5G
cell tower was turned on above Kokkari. This cell tower is across
the bay from us, one of its two panels points directly at us, and it
is at the same height above sea level as our property. It is
approximately 6 kilometers away.
"Where we live we are surrounded by cell towers and boosters (14
total) operating at 2G, 3G, and 4G frequencies. There has been a
gradual diminution of insect and bird life in the last few years,
especially since 2014, when 4G came here.
Many species are affected;
we lost the last of the fireflies (we used to have many) two summers
It has been years since we had a bug splattered on the
windshield of the car as we drove along. But since that 5G cell
tower across the bay went live, we have lost nearly all the
pollinators and a great deal more besides.
"In the early part of the summer we had a great many pollinators:
bumblebees, honeybees, many sorts of wild bees, carpenter bees,
wasps of all kinds, and hoverflies. We tend to notice them as we
grow all our own fruit and vegetables.
Our early summer crops were
pollinated without any problem, but melons, tomatoes and courgettes
(zucchini) which we planted in early July have produced very little
fruit as they did not get many pollinators though there were many
Not a single courgette has been pollinated and the
tomatoes produced only 3 fruits; the melons (not as many as we would
have expected) seem to have been pollinated by tiny night-flying
"We own three and a half acres of land, which a big property for the
island. It has many large trees (pines, cypresses, carobs, wild
pistachio, olives, almonds and a grove of extremely rare gum mastic
trees) and some fruit trees (apricots, plums and pears) as well as
fields of grasses and wild plants.
I should note here that we do not
use pesticides of any sort, and we do not have any adjoining
neighbors who use any pesticides; also, most of the land
surrounding us is wild both up the mountain and down to the sea.
own land has never had any pesticides and I would say the same is
most likely true for most of the land around us. This is NOT a
"We also keep our land as wild as possible, and except for the plots
we cultivate the wild plants are allowed to grow freely: grasses,
flowers (many orchids), and a lot of wild fennel.
There are many
bushes and hedges (I don't know the English names for these plants).
Many of the trees are over 100 years old, and some of the cypresses
are over 300 years old.
"When planting we tend to intercrop and also plant flowering basils
and zinnias, which attract pollinators, among the other plants. We
also put out saucers of water for them to drink from - bees get
thirsty. We usually get lots of bees, butterflies, hoverflies,
wasps, etc., of many species, and we had many pollinators until
The decline began in July when the tower went live.
"The bees and other pollinators, and indeed most of the insects, are
now almost all gone. We know this for several reasons: one is what
we see (or don't see) on the vegetable beds, one is what we are
seeing generally (or not seeing, which is hardly anything) and the
most important is what we are not seeing on the carob trees.
year at this time, the male carobs flower abundantly and draw in
hundreds of pollinators: bees of all sorts, wasps, hornets and
You can't go anywhere near these trees without being
aware of a loud buzzing, and the insects are busy on them all day.
These trees bloom for about a month, they are in full flower, and to
date there has been virtually nothing on them: one bumblebee, one
honeybee, a few hornets, a few flies of different species, a couple
of tiny wild bees. We check many times a day, every day.
"This is NOT due to the weather, either. Since the carob trees went
into flower we have had a variety of weather patterns, from strong
northerly winds to fairly strong southerlies, interspersed with a
good many still days. It has rained once.
The temperatures are about average for the time of year. Wind or no
wind, warm or cool, there are virtually no pollinators on the
"One day we also checked for bees on every male carob we could find
between here and Kokkari, and we couldn't find any insects on any
other flowering carob - or any insects at all, except a few flies.
"The flowering carobs are a good indicator of pollinators because
they attract so many.
Certain plants are good for this, like traveller's joy/cat's claw, a thorny climbing vine which has very
sweet-smelling flowers and blooms in this season (we haven't seen
any pollinators on them either) and onion flowers, which will
attract every type of wasp and hornet there is (but not bees).
not have onion flowers at this time, but on past occasions when we
have had, we got large numbers of wasps and hornets, including many
species we did not recognize.
"On our land, as I write this, we have lost not only bees but all
sorts of other insects: beetles of all sorts including cockchafers
and ladybirds, web-spinning spiders, mantises, moths and butterflies
(we always get great clouds of graylings on the pines in
July-August, but hardly any this year), dragonflies of all sorts,
grasshoppers and crickets.
October is the season for dragonflies,
and we presently have the warm, still weather when they arrive in
the thousands. This year we have maybe 1/100th of the usual number.
We have a few hornets (not nearly as many as usual), horseflies
(fewer than usual) and flies (which seem of all the insects to be
the least affected).
"We still have mosquitoes, but I believe the reason for this is that
they breed in our cistern, which has stone walls two feet thick and
a cement roof - it is protected from electromagnetic fields. The
mosquitoes get in through the overflow pipe and tiny gaps in the
stones that cover the drain holes.
Our neighbor, who has an
open-topped cistern, had thousands of mosquito larvae in the water
(and a big mosquito problem) earlier in the summer, now has no
I checked, and there are no larvae in the water of his
cistern any more.
"I can only think that the 5G cell tower has caused these things to
happen, because nothing else accounts for the sudden, severe drop in
the number of insects here. The tower went live in July and the
losses we are seeing have
happened since July. I also think that we are seeing a drop in the
number of small rodents: rats, mice and voles.
We are not losing
fruit and vegetables to mice or rats, which we always do.
Also, on a
wild bit of land like this, one tends to find traces of them, or to
catch tails whisking away in the beam of a torch at night, or to
hear them (tree rats can be quite noisy), and it seems they too are
gone or going.
My neighbor keeps finding dead rats, yet he never
poisons them so they didn't die from that.
"We are also seeing changes in animal behaviour. We feed a number of
golden jackals which are having problems hunting due to a lack of
wildlife in the area.
The bay of Samos is/we are already surrounded
by many cell towers and boosters in addition to the new 5G cell
tower and wildlife including insects and birds has been declining
However, over the past few weeks the number of jackals
coming to us has tripled and they are exhibiting symptoms of extreme
anxiety, following us around in the evenings and now starting to
appear in the daytime as well (they are primarily nocturnal).
are wild animals that we do not treat as pets, but some of them are
becoming positively clingy, approaching to within several feet and
sitting for periods of time just a few feet away.
Some of them,
which were not aggressive before, have started to become very
aggressive with other jackals and fights are always breaking out.
"The area is also experiencing problems with wild boar, which are
also looking for food.
We have had several too-close encounters with
these large and dangerous animals (which are also appearing at times
when they shouldn't, before sunset) and digging up large portions of
our land at night.
I was charged by one and so was my husband. Many
people are seeing them in daytime, and they have dug up gardens,
groves and the sides of the road. This has never happened before.
"Bird numbers are diminishing. We have still got fairly large
numbers of great tits and sardinian warblers, which tend to stick to
the deep cover of thick hedges and large trees, but we have lost all
the chiffchaffs and chaffinches. We have a few blackbirds but it is
a long time since we have seen a songthrush, or a wren.
have not arrived from further north, though they should have by now.
We have a pair of tawny owls but little owls have disappeared. We
get jays and crows, a few ring-neck doves (diminishing) and
wood-pigeons, which have become few in number lately.
(yellow-legged gulls) are falling and the shags which were always on
the beach below our land have disappeared entirely.
getting fewer raptors - we usually have sparrowhawks, Eleanora's
falcons, goshawks, buzzards and short-toed eagles, but they are
avoiding this area now though we see them elsewhere, as well as
"We have seen virtually no migrating birds in this area this fall: a
few flycatchers, a couple of red-backed shrikes, and a flock of
Little Gulls flying out to sea is all. We heard but didn't see a
flock of bee-eaters, which didn't stop here as they usually do.
"In conclusion, cell towers in general have diminished the
number of insects and pollinators in this area, along with bird
numbers and wildlife generally.
The new 5G cell tower
has had a devastating effect in a very short time, but it is
impossible to know the full consequences until next spring at
Those of you who remember car windshields splattered with insects,
gardens ablaze with butterflies and abuzz with bees, loud choruses
of crickets on land, and of frogs in ponds, and thick flocks of
songbirds singing their joy at life, will understand what I am about
Cell phones are not here to stay. Whether people will
willingly give them up is another question.
If people will willingly give up cell phones, the sudden and
dramatic improvement in everyone's health and sense of well-being,
and the return of all our lost and disappearing cousin species who
are still trying to share the Earth with us, will restore hope to
the human species and catalyze other changes that will suddenly
become possible, most importantly the ending of the mining and use
of fossil fuels, which are converting the oxygen in our air to
carbon dioxide, acidifying our oceans, polluting our rivers, lakes,
streams and groundwater, and filling oceans, land, atmosphere, and
ourselves with particles of plastic.
If people do not willing give up cell phones, then our planet does
not have long to live, and cell phones will die with the Earth.
either case, they are not here to stay. Please join me in working
toward the restoration of our home. If you have not yet signed it,
sign the International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space.
your organization has consultation status at the United Nations and
has the ability to formally submit this Appeal to the U.N., get in
touch with me.
If your organization opposes 5G and you have not yet
done so, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org about signing the
amicus brief supporting our case in the Supreme Court.
If you still own
or use a cell phone, please throw it away, now, and if you do not
have a landline, get one...
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