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Do adverse health trends correlate with the research into Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)?

Chapter 9 Loss of Memory and Concentration

Sarah Benson - 08/12/09

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, who received 257 serious incidents in 2006 and 2007 and in October 2008 reported that "Medical mistakes, such as operating on the wrong body part or even patient, occur every second day in Australia, and the number of incidents is on the rise".

There is no doubt that most people, whatever their age, are reporting serious defects in the functioning of their short-term memory, and indeed, even long term memory.

Recent studies from Spain, France and the UK around mobile phone towers found that memory and concentration were affected by exposure.

In 2000 Dr. Henry Lai, a research professor in bioengineering at the University of Washington, linked long-term memory loss and diminished navigating skills in rats with the microwaves emitted by mobile phones. "This is the first study that shows that radio frequencies can affect long-term memory functions in rats," Lai said. Previous studies have focused mainly on short-term memory.

Lai placed 100 rats in a large tank of water and taught them to swim to a platform in the middle of the tank. After swimming to the platform six times, the rats were easily able to find their way to it. Next, half of the rats were exposed to microwaves similar to those emitted by mobile phones. All of the exposed rats forgot the way. The unexposed rats, once again, had no problem swimming to the platform.

"Then we took the platform away," Lai said. "The normal rats went to the location, but the irradiated rats, on the other hand, swam around randomly, and did not approach the former location of the platform.[i]

In 2006 researchers in Israel found adverse health effects from a mobile phone base station radiation on cognitive function. They exposed 36 volunteers to the base station, such that both the right or the left side of the brain were exposed. At the same time, subjects performed tests to activate either the left or right side of the brain. They showed that exposure to the left side of the brain slowed responses in three of the four tasks.[ii]

In 2006 in China a research team exposed rats to a GSM mobile phone signal for 15 minutes a day for eight days. Results showed that exposure reduced synaptic activity and the numbers of excitory synapses in the experiment.[iii]

Mild et al (1998) show significant dose-response relationships for cell phone usage and headaches, dizziness, memory loss, discomfort, fatigue, and loss of concentration.

Dr Neil Cherry[iv], 2000.

In Greece in 2006 it was shown that phone radiation affects cognitive functions in humans.[v]

Another study on cerebral blood flow was conducted where it was observed by the researchers that 16 volunteers experienced a short-term decrease in cerebral blood flow[vi]

Also showing effects:

Krause et al, 2007: Effects of pulsed and continuous wave 902 MHz mobile phone exposure on brain oscillatory activity during cognitive processing, Bioelectromagnetics 2007;28:296-308.

Huber R et al, 2005, Exposure to pulse-modulated radio frequency electromagnetic fields affects regional blood flow. Eur J Neurosci; 21:1000-6

[i] Wang, B.M. and Lai, H., 2000: Acute exposure to pulsed 2450-MHz microwaves affects water maze learning in the rat. Bioelectromagnetics 21:52-56.

[ii] Eliyahu, I. et al, 2006: Bioelectromagnetics, 27(2): 119-126.

[iii] Xu, S et al,: Neurosci Lett Jan 25, 2006.

[iv] Cherry, N., 2000, Evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation is Genotoxic: The implications for the epidemiology of cancer and cardiac, neurological and reproductive effects, p. 33.

[v] Papageorgiou, G., et al 2006: Neurosci Lett, Jan 4.

[vi] Wolf, M., et al, 2006: Do GSM 900MHz signals affect cerebral blood circulation? A near-infrared spectrophotometry study, Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 13, pp. 6128-6141

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