by Marco Torres, Guest writer for Wake Up World, 23 September 2016
Dr. Leif Salford is a Neurosurgeon at Sweden’s Lund University Hospital, and a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lund University. Since 1988 Dr. Salford and his colleagues have conducted many studies on radio frequency radiation and its effects on the brain, exposing over 1,600 experimental animals to ‘low-level’ radiation.
Their results over time have been both consistent and worrisome: Exposure to radiation, including that from cell phones and wi-fi, causes leakage in the blood-brain barrier — the brain’s first line of defense against infections and toxic chemicals. Some of the most concerning conclusions result from the fact that even the weakest exposure levels to wireless radiation caused the greatest effect in causing the blood brain barrier to leak.
Researchers in 13 other laboratories in 6 different countries had reported the same effect, but no one had proven whether it would lead to any damage in the long term. Then, in a study published June 2003 in Environmental Health Perspectives, Salford’s team repeated the experiment on 32 additional animals, but this time waited eight weeks before examining their brains. In those animals that had been exposed to a cell phone, up to two percent of the neurons in all areas of the brain were shrunken and degenerated.
Dr. Salford called the potential implications of this research “terrifying. We have good reason to believe that what happens in rats’ brains also happens in humans.” Referring to today’s children and teenagers, the study’s authors wrote that “a whole generation of users may suffer negative effects, perhaps as early as middle age.”
An argument is sometimes posed to those who express concern about radiation from “smart” meters, Wi Fi etc., that the radiation emitted from these devices is at such low levels that the public needn’t worry about it. However this is not necessarily accurately. Dr. Salford’s studies showed opening up of the blood brain barrier from even very low levels of radiation exposure. In fact, Cindy Sage and Dr. David Carpenter explained in a 2008 paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Pathophysiology, entitled Public Health Implications of Wireless Technologies, that it is actually “the weakest exposure level [which] showed the greatest effect in opening up the BBB [blood brain barrier].”
Dr. Devra Davis, Ph.D, MPH, author of “Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation” explains the science of cell phone radiation in a very comprehensive way. For example she shows photos of two cells, one whose DNA has been damaged by “gamma” radiation (which is what was emitted by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima) and another cell damaged by low level pulsing non ionizing radiation (from a cell phone). Both cells are very damaged compared to a normal cell; but the problem extends beyond physical cell damage. Dr. Davis explains that the DNA from the cell exposed to the cell phone radiation also shows signs of damage.
In her book, Dr. Davis also discusses the campaign of disinformation waged against reputable scientists and their studies — and points out that some of the reputable studies which have been falsely discredited actually showed the damage caused to the brain by radiation as early as 1972 (Frey).
In May of 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) official recognized that wireless radiation such as emitted by “smart meters” is a possible carcinogen. However, their tentative stance does not reflect the scientific reality. After decades of corporately-funded, biased research being held up as “industry-standard”, there are now hundreds of independent peer-reviewed scientific studies showing there is a clear health hazard with technology that emits wireless radiation in the range that “smart meters” do. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people with a “smart meter” installed in their homes have contracted illnesses, insomnia, rashes, headaches, and worse. Many have been forced to leave their homes entirely, due to the adverse health effects of radiation.
What’s more, in apartment buildings where 30+ “smart meters” are installed in a single electrical room, the dangers are even higher. And, while the work of Dr. Salford and Dr. Davis is extensive, there have so far been no long-term health studies done on such high levels of Electromagnetic Radiation.
In a PBS interview with Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurosurgery and director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, commented on the WHO’s classification of RF Electromagnetic radiation as a 2B possible carcinogen.
“We haven’t had any good studies in the pediatric population. A child’s skull is much thinner… and the amount of radiation that goes into the pediatric brain is much higher than in an adult. So we should be cautious with how we allow our children to use a cell phone. They’re going to be the ones that not only use [this technology] at a much younger age but at a much longer duration [than older generations].”
Let’s start connecting the dots and end this madness to our health, and the health of future generations.
About the author:
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science, and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.