Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic Fields Increases Toxic Body Burden


Chemicals + Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic Fields = Higher Cumulative Toxic Load

It is a known fact that lead, air pollution, and other toxic chemicals can damage our health and, more specifically, these toxins can damage brain development. In addition, wireless and EMF radiation can synergistically increase the effect of these daily toxic exposures because of the ways in which wireless radiation alters the body’s natural functioning.

Wireless radiation has been shown to damage sleep and the blood-brain barrier, which in turn can lead to higher toxic load on the body. Furthermore, well done replicated research studies have found that a known carcinogen exposure in combination with wireless and EMF exposure leads to a significantly increased risk of cancer development.

Wireless alters sleep architecture.

Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic FieldsSleep is critical to health. Recent scientific discoveries have added to our understanding of how deep sleep not only consolidates memories but is actually a time when the brain cleans out toxins. A 2013 NIH-funded study suggests sleep “clears brain of damaging molecules associated with neurodegeneration.” Therefore, sleep damage could decrease the brain’s ability to detox at night.

Research also shows that radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) exposure decreases deep sleep, decreases REM sleep, affects brain activity during sleep, alters circadian rhythms, and results in sleep related cognitive changes. Reducing wireless exposures will lead to a healthier deep sleep and allow more time for your brain to detox. Click here to read more about the science on radiofrequency impacts on sleep and strategies to increase healthy sleep.

Wireless radiation impairs the body’s ability to protect itself from toxic chemicals by damaging the blood-brain barrier.

Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic FieldsThe brain’s protective barrier—called the blood-brain barrier—is composed of tightly knit endothelial cells, which line the walls of the blood vessels in the brain, creating a barrier that blocks the entry of chemicals and toxins. However, replicated research shows that wireless radiation increases the permeability of the blood-brain barrier, allowing more movement of toxic chemicals into vulnerable organs. In other words, the toxic chemicals circulating in our blood from everyday exposures have an easier time reaching our brain. Imagine our brain has a strong fence around it. Wireless pokes holes in the fence.

Dr. Leif Salford: Electromagnetic Fields and Leakage of the Blood Brain Barrier
Several studies (Nittby 2009, Nittby 2008, Eberhardt 2008, Persson 2008, Salford 2003) have consistently reported increased blood-brain barrier permeability after exposure to EMF. In 2015, the well respected journal Brain Research published a study from Chinese scientists entitled Exposure to 900 MHz electromagnetic fields activates the mkp-1/ERK pathway and causes blood-brain barrier damage and cognitive impairment in rats. In this study, scientists confirmed the findings of Leif Salford and colleagues showing that exposure of rats to cell phone radiation causes leakage of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Tang et al. also pointed out that activation of stress response pathway is involved in the effects, concluding, “Taken together, these results demonstrated that exposure to 900 MHz EMF radiation for 28 days can significantly impair spatial memory and damage BBB permeability in rat by activating the mkp-1/ERK pathway.”

World Health Organization (WHO) invited expert scientist Dariusz Leszczynski wrote a post Cell Phones and Blood-Brain Barrier: Chinese scientists confirm findings of Swedish Salford group noting, “My research group at STUK also suggested in a study published in 2002 that blood-brain barrier function of human endothelial cells might be impaired due to activation of p38MAP kinase/Hsp27 stress response pathway.”

Wireless has been shown to increase children’s symptoms of lead poisoning.

Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic Fields2013 research study published in Public Library of Science (PLOS One), found that children exposed to lead who made more voice calls on their cell phone were at significantly greater risk of developing ADHD symptoms. Moreover, a significant dose-response relationship was observed between the number and duration of voice calls made on cell phones and ADHD risk among children exposed to lead in their environment. The study authors explored the research showing blood-brain barrier permeability as a possible reason and state that:

“Our results suggest that exposure to RF associates with increased ADHD symptom risk with simultaneous exposure to lead, and that RF exposure alone may have a weak or no effect on ADHD symptoms, i.e., a combined or cooperative toxic action of RF and lead on the developing brain. Future studies are needed to confirm this hypothetical mechanism.”

Non-ionizing radiation is used as a medical treatment to deliver chemotherapy into the brain because of its ability to open up the blood-brain barrier.

Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic Fields

“EMFs can serve as initiators of health effects, as well as serve as co-promoters or potentiators of biochemical agents, both beneficial and adverse.” —Dr. Kostoff  and Dr. Lau
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) are used as a medical treatment to deliver drugs into the brain due to their ability to open up the blood-brain barrier. In fact, non-ionizing radiation is being used in state of the art research to treat brain cancer (See news articles at bottom of this page).

Think about it. If non-ionizing radiation can move a drug more easily past the blood-brain barrier, it also make sense that it can move other chemicals—unwanted chemicals—into the brain. EMF can heal and harm.

Early U.S. Military research showed that wireless opened up the blood-brain barrier but was dismissed.

Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic FieldsPlease read Allan Frey’s published commentary “Security concerns during the Cold War may have led to the generation of misinformation on the physiological effects of microwave radiation from mobile” where Frey describes his early research indicating increased blood-brain barrier permeability after RF exposure. Soon after he published his findings, the research was supposedly replicated by a Brooks Air Force Base group showing “no effect” but, after much pressure from the scientific community, the Brooks Air Force Base contracting group finally revealed that they had, in fact, not replicated the work.

Frey writes: “After much pressure from the scientific community, he finally revealed that he had not, in fact, replicated our work. We had injected dye into the femoral vein of lab rats after exposure to microwaves and observed the dye in the brain within 5 minutes. The Brooks contractor had stuck a needle into the animals’ bellies and sprayed the dye onto their intestines. Thus it is no surprise that when he looked at the brain 5 minutes later, he did not see any dye; the dye had yet to make it into the circulatory system.”

“This suppression of research has now made hundreds of millions of people subjects in a grand experiment that may involve their health, without their informed consent, and the outcome of which can have substantial medical, legal, and economic consequences.”Allen Frey

Wireless acts synergistically with toxic exposures to significantly increase cancer risk.

Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic FieldsResearch shows that wireless and other electromagnetic radiation exposures can act as a co-promoter, meaning that the effect of the known carcinogen is intensified when wireless is added into the mix. It is like mixing drugs. In other words, one plus one can be greater than two.

In 2013 the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) specifically notes, “Four of six co-carcinogenesis studies showed increased cancer incidence after exposure to RF-EMF in combination with a known carcinogen…” on Page 2, WHO/IARC Press Release. Tables showing this research are found on page 279 of the IARC Monograph on Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields.

In the 2015 replication study Tumor promotion by exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields below exposure limits for humans, published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Jacobs University researchers describe how their new study replicated  an earlier experiment, finding that weak cell phone signals promoted the growth of lung and liver tumors and lymphomas in mice. Read the Jacobs University press release on the study.

Dr. Kostoff and Dr. Lau detail how EMF adds to an organism’s cumulative load stating:

“For example, there could be three agents which, by themselves, would exhibit no harmful effects, and in any combination of two might exhibit no harmful effects, but in combination of three would exhibit harmful effects. EMF could provide the ‘tipping point’ of multiple potential harmful agents. “in their 2013 published paper Combined biological and health effects of electromagnetic fields and other agents in the published literature.

Read the 2013 published paper here.

In 2016, Morgando Soffritti and colleagues published two papers, one which examined the synergistic effects between sinusoidal-50 Hz magnetic fields and formaldehyde and the second between magnetic fields and lose-dose γ radiation. Compared to untreated controls, exposure to MF and formaldehyde caused a statistically significant increased incidence of malignant tumors (P 0.01), thyroid C-cell carcinomas (P 0.01), and hemolymphoreticular neoplasias (P 0.05) in males. No statistically significant differences were observed among female groups. In the second study, resulted showed significant carcinogenic effects for the mammary gland in males and females and a significant increased incidence of malignant schwannomas of the heart as well as increased incidence of lymphomas/leukemias in males, leading researchers to call for a re-evaluation of the safety of non-ionizing radiation.

In 2006, Jukka Juutilainen and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of data from in vitro studies and short-term animal studies that have combined extremely low frequency magnetic fields with known carcinogens or other toxic physical or chemical agents, finding that the majority of the studies were positive, “suggesting that magnetic fields do interact with other chemical and physical exposures.” .

Additional research on other types of electromagnetic fields adds to the weight of evidence showing EMF can act as a tumor promoter.

Wireless Radiation/Electromagnetic FieldsThe 2016 The Ramazzini study confirmed previous research showing that rats developed higher than expected rates of certain cancers after being exposed to a known carcinogen plus ELF-EMF. In this study, rats that received a single low-dose of gamma radiation early in life and were exposed to magnetic fields for their entire lifetime developed higher than expected rates of three different types of cancer: breast cancer, leukemia/lymphoma, and an extremely rare and obscure tumor called malignant schwannoma of the heart.

These animal results support indications in human studies that found ELF could increase tumor growth. The 2014 published INTEROCC study found positive associations between ELF-EMF exposure and gliomas in workers, concluding, “Occupational ELF exposure may play a role in the later stages (promotion and progression) of brain tumorigenesis.”

“Given the potential impact of EMF, and the real-world importance of EMF as a co-promoter, there appears to be a major disconnect between the magnitude of the problem and the research available to understand and ameliorate the problem”Dr. Ronald N. Kostoff Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Public Policy

Research Studies

Ruiz-Gomez MJ, Martinez-Morillo M. Enhancement of the cell-killing effect of ultraviolet-C radiation by short-term exposure to a pulsed magnetic field. International Journal of Radiation Biology 81(7):483-490. 2005

Kostoff and Lau. (2013) Combined biological and health effects of electromagnetic fields and other agents in the published literature, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 80, Issue 7, September 2013, Pages 1331–1349 Science Direct, Full text

Nittby H, Brun A, Eberhardt J, Malmgren L, Persson BR, Salford LG. Increased blood-brain barrier permeability in mammalian brain 7 days after exposure to the radiation from a GSM-900 mobile phone, Pathophysiology. 2009 Aug;16(2-3):103-12.

Nittby H, Grafström G, Tian DP, Malmgren L, Brun A, Persson BR, Salford LG, Eberhardt J. Cognitive impairment in rats after long-term exposure to GSM-900 mobile phone radiation. Bioelectromagnetics. 2008 Apr;29(3):219-32.

Belyaev IY, Koch CB, Terenius O, Roxström-Lindquist K, Malmgren LO, H Sommer W, Salford LG, Persson BR. Exposure of rat brain to 915 MHz GSM microwaves induces changes in gene expression but not double stranded DNA breaks or effects on chromatin conformation Bioelectromagnetics. 2006 May;27(4):295-306.

Juutilainen, Jukka, Timo Kumlin, and Jonne Naarala. “Do extremely low frequency magnetic fields enhance the effects of environmental carcinogens? A meta-analysis of experimental studies.” International Journal of Radiation Biology, vol. 82, no. 1, 2006, pp. 1-12.

Salford LG, Brun A, Sturesson K, Eberhardt JL, Persson BR. Permeability of the blood-brain barrier induced by 915 MHz electromagnetic radiation, continuous wave and modulated at 8, 16, 50, and 200 Hz, Microsc Res Tech. 1994 Apr 15;27(6):535-42.

Tang J, Zhang Y, Yang L, Chen Q, Tan L, Zuo S, Feng H, Chen Z, Zhu G. Exposure to 900 MHz electromagnetic fields activates the mkp-1/ERK pathway and causes blood-brain barrier damage and cognitive impairment in rats, Brain Res. 2015 Mar 19;1601:92-101

Leszczynski D, Joenväärä S, Reivinen J, Kuokka, Non-thermal activation of the hsp27/p38MAPK stress pathway by mobile phone radiation in human endothelial cells: molecular mechanism for cancer- and blood-brain barrier-related effects. Differentiation. 2002 May;70(2-3):120-9.

Neurological Effects of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation Relating to Wireless Communication Technology Paper presented at the IBC-UK Conference: “Mobile Phones – Is there a Health Risk?” September 16-17, 1997 in Brussels, Belgium.

Adey, R,(1990) Joint Actions of Environmental Nonionizing Electromagnetic Fields and Chemical Pollution in Cancer Promotion, Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 86

News Articles on EMF and BBB


Drug delivery strategies to enhance the permeability of the blood–brain barrier for treatment of glioma

Science Alert: Scientists have breached the blood-brain barrier for the first time to treat a brain tumour: Chemo drugs administered directly to the brain – via ultrasound!

Tumor Treating Field Therapy in Combination with Bevacizumab for the Treatment of Recurrent Glioblastoma


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