Nervous System Effects

Scientific Literature

The brain and nervous system are considered by many scientists to be the most sensitive target organ for microwave radiation.  This is a partial list of morphologic and neurophysiologic nervous system effects from microwave radio frequency radiation. This includes damage to  hippocampus (spatial memory) and cerebellar structures, impairment of long-term potentiation (involved in learning), decrease in neurotransmitter concentrations (mood), reduction in synaptic vesicle number, demyelination (nerve cell protection), oxidative stress, DNA damage and stem cell injury with disruption of development. Behavioral changes are also included.

Pregnant Women and Children are More Vulnerable to Harm

There are critical periods of vulnerability in the complex development of the brain which can be damaged resulting in significant varied effects on mature brain function. Pregnant women and young children are especially susceptible to harm from exposure to toxic substances including radio frequency radiation, however young adults are also at risk as brain development is not complete in the human until about age 26. Disorders of learning, memory and behavior have been found in these studies with prenatal exposure.  The elderly who may have diminished neural functioning are also more vulnerable to harm. With long term use there is an increased risk of  cancer with exposure to radiofrequency radiation. Those with a chronic illness or significant prior toxic exposure are also at risk and may be more likely to develop electrohypersensitivity.

Relevant review articles on brain development and toxic exposures are included at the end of this list.

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