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10 December 2016

In 1978, Writer Paul Brodeur Warned Us the Microwave Menace Is Zapping Us All

"Is microwave radiation suspected of having any genetic effects? Yes."

The Microwave Menace Is Zapping Us All, Warns Writer Paul Brodeur
by Jim Jerome, people.com/archive, 30 January 1978

“A lot of people hold on to the notion,” says author Paul Brodeur, “that what you can’t see can’t hurt you. If I’ve learned anything in my last 10 years of work, it’s that what you can’t see can kill you.” Brodeur’s enemies list of environmental hazards to human life includes detergent enzymes, cancer-causing asbestos fibers and ozone-depleting fluorocarbons in spray cans. But none of these, he claims, is so chillingly insidious and pervasive as the subject of his latest investigative work, The Zapping of America—namely, microwave radiation. Americans, says Brodeur, are routinely “zapped” by missile-tracking radars, TV transmitters, microwave ovens and even CB radios, exposing them to potentially injurious or even lethal doses of radiation. Moreover, he claims, the full danger of microwaves has been self-servingly denied—or covered up—by the so-called “military-industrial complex. “A Boston-area native and graduate of Andover and Harvard, Brodeur worked in Army Counterintelligence in Germany during the mid-’50s before joining The New Yorker as a staff writer. A resident of Manhattan, Brodeur, 46, recently discussed microwave radiation with PEOPLE’S Jim Jerome at Brodeur’s Cape Cod vacation home.

What exactly are microwaves?

Microwaves are a form of invisible electromagnetic radiation that can penetrate deeply into the human body. Like other electromagnetic rays—for instance, radio waves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays and gamma rays—they move at the speed of light.

What specifically is “zapping” us?

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