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Overloading of Towns and Cities with Radio Transmitters
Een relatief onbekend uiterst belangrijk overzicht uit 2007, waaruit blijkt dat de gevaren voor de gezondheid van elektromagnetische straling al in 1971 volledig bekend waren.
Overloading of Towns and Cities with Radio Transmitters (Cellular Transmitter): a hazard for
the human health and a disturbance of eco-ethics
Karl Hecht, Elena N. Savoley
IRCHET International Research Centre of Healthy and Ecological Technology
Berlin – Germany
1. A Very Serious Warning 36 Years Ago
“The electromagnetic radiations emanating for radar, television, communications systems,
microwave ovens, industrial heat-treatment systems, medical diathermy units, and many other
sources permeate the modern environment, both civilian and military.”
“Unless adequate monitoring and control based on a fundamental understanding of biological
effects are instituted in the near future, in the decades ahead, man may enter an era of energy
pollution of the environment comparable to the chemical pollution of today.”
“The consequences of undervaluing or misjudging the biological effects of long-term, lowlevel
exposure could become a critical problem for the public health, especially if genetic
effects are involved.”
These quotations are excerpts from the US government report “Program for Control of
Electromagnetic Pollution of the Environment”, which was published in December 1971. The
government report was drafted starting in December 1968 by an expert group made up of nine
people, “The Electromagnetic Radiation Management Advisory Council”. “The President’s
Office of Telecommunications Policy” issued the order. This report was an urgent warning for
2. Today (2007): Ignoring This Warning and Irresponsible Deception
About 36 years have passed since the publishing of this report. Unfortunately, this urgent
warning, which is scientifically well-founded, is currently not taken seriously. The beauty of
landscapes and cities are spoiled with “forests of radiant radio antennas” in order to serve a
new addiction of people: telecommunication. From this unethical, environment-disfiguring
antenna forest, people are continuously bombarded by invisible, imperceptible, healthdamaging,
stressing, high-frequency, electromagnetic radiations.
As predicted 36 years ago in the US government report, our planet today is more
“contaminated” by “electronic smog” than with the chemistry that already heavily strains
people. Those responsible have unfortunately still not considered a possible double strain of
these two harmful factors.
The telecommunications and microwave industry even contends that these high-frequency
electromagnetic radiations are not harmful for people’s health. That is irresponsible deception.
Facts support the opposite.
3. Radio Wave or Microwave Sickness Known for 75 Years
Seventy-five years ago in August 1932, the German doctor Erwin Schliephake published
scientific data in the German Medical Weekly about radio transmitter-induced “microwave”
or “radio wave sickness” with the following symptoms: severe tiredness and fatigue during
the day, fitful sleep in the night, headaches to the point of intolerability, and high
susceptibility to infection.
These symptoms, which are also observed in neurasthenia (enervation), were not to be traced
back to the thermal effects, but rather to the athermal effects of high-frequency
electromagnetic radiation, according to Schliephake’s view. The health-damaging effect of
high-frequency electromagnetic and electric radiation was reproduced in thousands of
This microwave sickness, induced by athermal high-frequency EMF radiation, was verified
by the scientific work of the Russian author Zinaida Gordon from the Moscow Institute for
Industrial Hygiene und Occupational Diseases, in 1966 in the Russian language and in 1970
in the English language, among many others. She examined more than 1,000 workers who
worked at radio installations, electric utilities, radar stations, etc., over the duration of
10 years. She established the following symptoms:
− daytime tiredness − neurovegetative disorders
− loss of productiveness − neurosis
− sleeplessness − depressions
− headaches − hyperactivity and inner agitation
− cardiovascular regulation changes of various types
According to Prof. Gordon 1966, the symptoms strengthened with increasing duration of
exposure, and sensitivity to the microwave radiations increased.
Reports from Poland were presented by Baranski (1971, 1967, 1966) and Czereski et al.
(1972, 1964) about:
− microwave syndrome and
− chromosome damage, and by
Minecki 1967, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1961 about:
− psychoneurovegetative disorders − chromosome damage
− neurasthenia − embryonic development disorders
after the chronic influence of weak high-frequency fields.
Karel Marha, from the Institute for Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases Prague
(1968-1971), reported about analogous symptoms, like they had already been described by the
others. He stressed, though, that the brain functions are especially sensitive to high-frequency
In the USA from 1955 until 1969, eleven large conferences took place under the title
“Microwaves – Their Biologic Effects and Damages to Health”. The so-called Richmond
Conference in 1969 presented such overwhelming facts that the above-mentioned government
report had to be compiled. Besides the microwave symptoms mentioned, gastric bleeding,
leukemia, chromosome breakages, cancer, and clouding of the eye lenses were also observed
by doctors in the USA.
Already in November 1958, the “Security Measures for Persons in the Range of Microwave
Generators” was instituted by order of the Minister of the Soviet Public Health Service.
4. Eastern Threshold Value Around Three Orders of Magnitude Lower
than Western Threshold Value
The threshold value was established at the value of 0.01 mW/cm2
for full-time contacts with
high-frequency electromagnetic radiation, based on research results in Russia (the former
The threshold value was bindingly stipulated at 10.0 mW/cm2
in the USA at the 1955
conference at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. With the establishment of NATO, this threshold
value became binding also for Western Europe. This difference of three orders of magnitude
between the threshold value in the East and the threshold value in the West still exists today.
In the East, electrical smog is taken more seriously.
The annual report of the national Committee of Russia for non-ionizing radiation of the year
2002 addressed the following themes among others:
− “Emotional stress and EMFs” (electromagnetic fields),
− “Electromagnetic Fields and Cancer”,
− “The State of Health and Work Conditions of Workers in Civil Aviation Who Operate
Radar, Navigation, and Communication Equipment”,
− “The Functional Brain Hemisphere Asymmetry Under the Influence of Magnetic
They adopted the following recommendations for the protection and safety from mobile
telephone use: mobile telephones should not be used by children under 18 years old,
pregnant women, patients with neurologic diseases, neurathenia, psychopathy, neurosis, sleep
disorders, memory loss, or epilepsy syndrome.
Basically, it is recommended to keep mobile phone conversations as short as possible and in
no case to have a conversation longer than 15 minutes.
5. Research into the Findings in the Russian-Language Scientific
Literature Shocked German Authorities
Prof. Dr. Karl Hecht and his associate Hans-Ullrich Balzer were commissioned in 1996 by the
German Federal Institute for Telecommunication to carry out research on the Russian
technical literature about the health-damaging and biological effect of high-frequency
electromagnetic radiations from the years 1960-1996. In 1997, the authors turned over the
report, which was based on 878 scientific works, to the sponsor. The data was so
overwhelming for the German conditions that the report immediately disappeared into the
. The Duration of the Effect of High-Frequency Electromagnetic
Radiation – Decisive for Health Damage
Next we would like to mention a few important facts of this report.
The duration of the effects proved to be a very decisive factor for the health-damaging effect
of the EMF. A three-phase progression in the development of the microwave syndrome was
First: Initial Phase
In the first 1-3 years, predominantly a sympathicotonic deflected initial phase was
predominantly demonstrated, which proceeded in three sub-phases:
First Subphase = Pronounced sympathicotonia (hypertonia) activation phase. This phase is
comparable with the alarm phase of the general adaptation syndrome of Selye and with the
unspecific activation according to Lindsley 1951, Lacey 1967, and others.
Second Subphase: Performance-promoting, increased sympathicotonic reaction phase in the
sense of a eustress reaction or an emotional activation Lindsley 1951. According to Selye
1953, it is to be interpreted as a resistance phase.
Third Subphase: Adaptive, balancing phase with less sympathicotonic deflection. The body
functions are still located in the range of homeostasis, so normal values are measured,
although latent, intermittently appearing ailments may already express themselves. This
phase, too, is still to be assigned to the resistance phase, according to Selye 1953.
Second: Pre-Morbid or Early Phase of a Chronic Disease
After 3-5 years of influence duration, weakly visible and/or strengthening pathologic
developments of neurasthenic basic symptoms with vagotonic reaction tendencies, sleep
disorders, and daytime tiredness appear.
Third: Exhaustion Syndrome
Pronounced neurasthenic symptoms with increasing pathologic lapses of the regulation
system, neurotic and neurasthenic symptoms, sleep disorders, daytime tiredness, and general
exhaustion are dominating appearances. Effect duration > 5 years.
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7. Essential Findings after Long-Term EMF-(EF-)Effect
Objectively gathered findings:
− neurasthenia, neurotic symptoms
− EEG changes (decay of the alpha rhythm into the theta rhythm and isolated delta
− sleep disorders
− deformation of the biologic rhythm hierarchy
− disorder in the hypothalamohypophyseal adrenal cortex system
− arterial hypotonia, more rarely arterial hypertonia, bradycardia, or tachycardia
− vagotonic displacement of the cardiovascular system
− hyperfunction of the thyroid − resting tremor of the finger
− potency disorders − hair loss
− digestive function disorders − tinnitus
− slowing down of the sensory motor
− increased susceptibility to infection
− exhaustion, lack of energy − weakness of concentration
− daytime tiredness − headaches
− quick tiring under stress − lightheadedness
− constriction of physical and mental ability
− concentration and memory decline
− night sweats
− spontaneously occurring excitability from hypotonic reaction situation, especially in
the case of external pressures
− cardiac pain, heart racing
Rubzowa 1983; Rakitin 1977; Drogitschina et al. 1966; Gordon 1966; Drogitschina und
Sadtschikowa 1965, 1964; Piskunova und Abramowitsch-Poljakow 1961.
8. Factors That Can Influence the Development of an Illness through
Athermal/Biologic, Non-Ionizing EMF Radiation
Duration of Influence: At the earliest, pathological appearances appear after ca. 3 years;
duration of influence > 20 min. daily, 5x per week has no pathological consequences.
Age: Younger organisms show greater electromagnetic sensitivity than older ones; children
especially must be protected.
Individual State of Health Electromagnetic Sensitivity: decreasing healthiness increasingly
raises electromagnetic sensitivity
Status of the Elektrolyte/Mineral Balance: lack of minerals and toxic stress increases
Additional stressor effects, e.g. noise, other radiations, conflicts, and stress, increase the risk
to come down with microwave syndrome.
Active Ingredients and Medications: stimulants, e.g. caffeine, can increase electromagnetic
9. What Good Are Short-Term Research Projects?
The research projects of today’s cell phone, microwave, and telecommunication industry run
for at most one year, very rarely two years. According to the state of knowledge shown, no
harmful effect of the high-frequency electromagnetic radiation can be established at all. How
the factor of the duration of influence is handled in these research projects should be
explained with an example of a BUWAL study (BUWAL = Switzerland’s Department of the
The findings of a table of scientific works regarding the investigation of the duration of effect
of high-frequency microwave radiations on various function systems or states of health, which
one of us extracted and compiled from the tables of the BUWAL document, shows that
among 129 analyzed scientific works or studies, an immediate effect (up to 1 h) was
investigated in 44% of them. The duration of effect was tested for the short-term (up to three
days) in 22.5% of them and for the middle-term (3-30 days) in 11% of them. Only 22.5%
investigated the duration of effect of high-frequency microwaves longer than a month.
It must be added that cardiovascular, hormone system, and immune system symptoms of
radio-wave or microwave sickness are cited in the BUWAL documentation in the form of
headaches, sleep disorders, general condition, EEG changes, and information processing,
which the authors could not explain with their one-sided conceptions of the thermal effects of
high-frequency electromagnetic radiation.
With such erroneous research approaches, of course no health-damaging effect can be found.
Such research projects are also completely unnecessary, because the athermal, healthdamaging
effect of high-frequency electromagnetic radiation has been known for 75 years and
has been confirmed again and again during this time in more than a thousand investigations,
whenever serious principles of research were guaranteed.
10. The Following Definitions Are Cited For Better Understanding of the
Effect of High-Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation on People and
10.1 Health Definitions
Various views have existed about the term “health” for 60 years.
Conventional medicine defines health as the exemption from organic, verifiable
Such a definition does not correspond to the realities. The so-called “functional syndrome” or
somatoform disorders (ICD 10F) are not accounted for in it.
In the founding preamble of WHO, health is defined as follows: “Health is the condition of
the complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not the exemption from
sicknesses and ailments.” In the Ottawa Charter of 1986, this definition was extended as
Health is to be understood “as a satisfactory measure of functional capability in
physical, mental, social, and economic regards and the ability to take care of oneself
until an old age” WHO 1987.
10.2 Bioactive Effect and Health Damage
The terms health damage, bioactive effect, or bioactive reaction are frequently used without
being sharply delimited from one another, thus leading to confusion. Therefore, a short
definition for clarification:
A bioactive effect is mostly an unspecific reaction of the organism to outside influences of
various natures (physical, chemical, social, bacterial, viral). It must be differentiated:
− if this reaction is temporary and the homeostasis (norm) recuperates through a
reversible transient effect; that is an individual’s normal adaptation reaction, or
− if the changed reaction remained temporarily (e.g. several days) and then “normalized”
again through a reversible transient effect. That would be equivalent to a health
disorder in which the foreign influence was effective as a trigger, or
− if the triggered changed reaction involves problems, losses of abilities to do things, and
quality of life for the long-term and is not reversible. That is damage to one’s health.
Under health damage, we thus understand enduring or intermittent irreversible changes of the
physical, mental, and social functional capability of the person, which can arise from noxious
influence developed over the short-term or long-term, or also from intense, short-term
influences (e.g. shock). (Noxa = pollutants, harmful agents, pathogenic causes)
11. Animals and Plants are Also in Danger
Animals and plants are also very negatively influenced by this high-frequency
electromagnetic radiation. In the case of cows, reduction of the milk yield and malformed
offspring have been proven. Graver for humankind could be the death of bees observed
everywhere due to the electro-smog contaminated environment. When the bees are dead,
people not only have no more honey, but also no more fruit, because pollination of the
flowers is impossible without bees. Humankind stands today before an important decision:
further development of the technogenic pollution of the environment or finding our way back
Let us remember the report of the Club of Rome 1983 in which there is the following
statement: “The pressure of the facts is so great that we must either change our way-of-life or
disappear from the face of the Earth.”
The literature can be requested from the author or from the internet: www.hese-projekt.org
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