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Shawn E. Abrell, WSBA No. 41054, Pro Hac Vice
3405 NW 31st Circle, Camas, Washington 98607
Tel.: 503.512.7712; Fax: 503.222.0693
Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs
Tyl W. Bakker, OSB No. 90200
621 SW Alder, Suite 621, Portland, Oregon 97205
Tel.: 503.244.4157; Fax: 503.220.1913
Local Counsel for Plaintiffs
United States District Court
District of Oregon
Alexandra Helene Morrison, by and through
her Guardian ad litem and father,
David Mark Morrison, and
David Mark Morrison, individually,
Portland Public Schools,
Civil Action No. Cv-739-MO
Declaration of Barrie Trower
I, Barrie Trower, under penalty of perjury pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, hereby make the
following declaration in support of a preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining
Portland Public Schools’ use of WI-FI:
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1. I trained at the Government (Ministry of Defense) microwave warfare establishment(s) early
in the 1960s covering all aspects of microwave technology, uses and health dangers. Later works
included under water bomb-disposal which incorporated microwave technology.
2. In the late 1960’s and 1970’s a part of my task was to extract confidential (hitherto secret)
information from master criminals, terrorists, and spies. This included Cold War microwave
3. My first degree is in Physics with a specialization in microwaves. My second degree is a
research degree. I have a teaching diploma in human physiology. Before retiring, I taught
advanced physics and mathematics at South Dartmoor College.
4. I am Scientific Advisor to the Radiation Research Trust and the H.E.S.E.
(Human Ecological Social Economical) Project.
5. I am the author of both Tetra Reports for the Police Federation of England and Wales and
the Public and Commercial Service Union.
6. My work is done entirely free of charge and I have never accepted money from any
person or organization in the years I have been doing this research. I consider myself absolutely
7. To my knowledge, 'microwave or radiowave sickness' was first reported in August 1932
with the symptoms of: severe tiredness, fatigue, fitful sleep, headaches, intolerability and high
susceptibility to infection. Hecht, K et al., Overloading of Towns and Cities with Radio
Transmitters (Cellular Transmitter): a hazard for the human health and a disturbance of
ecoethics, International Research Centre of Healthy Ecological Technology (IRCHET),
Berlin-Germany, at l ¶ 3 (2007). These symptoms were reported to be from athermal effects.
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8. By 1971, the US Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI) referenced 2300 research
articles listing in excess of 120 illnesses attributed to radio frequency and non-ionizing microwave
radiation. Biography of Reported Biological Phenonomena ('Effect') and Clinical Manifestations
Attributed to Microwave and Radio-Frequency Radiation, Research Report.
MF12.524.015-0004B, Report No. 2. NMRI, National Naval Medical Centre (1971). Under the
Freedom of Information Act, extracts from published US Defence Intelligence Agency Documents
confirmed the NMRI research and stated: 'If the more advanced nations of the West are strict in
enforcement of stringent exposure standards, there could be unfavourable effects on industrial
output and military functions.' Defence Intelligence Agency Documents: DST - 1810S - 076-76,
ST-c5-01-169-72, DST-18105-074-76 (1972-1983).
9. In 1975, after an extensive study, the United States Defence Intelligence Agency warned
all of its personnel of the risk from low level microwaves including illnesses ranging from
microwave sickness (flu like symptoms, depression, suicidal tendencies) to cancers and
leukaemia. Biological effects of electromagnetic radiation (radiowaves and microwaves) –
Eurasian Communist Countries, Defence Intelligence Agency: DST-1810S-074-76, March
10. During the Cold War, the Russian Embassy microwaved the United States Embassy in
Moscow with low level microwaves for many years from across the road; why and how is outside
the scope of this Declaration. After many changes of staff for multiple cancers / leukaemias and
other illnesses to both male and female employees and their children, the late
John R. Goldsmith, M.D., was invited to investigate this matter. His investigative report on this
incident showed that continuous long term low level microwaves were responsible for those
illnesses. Goldsmith, J. R., Radiofrequency Epidemiology, Environmental Health Perspectives,
Vol 105, at 1585, Supp 6, Table 8, Dec (1997). Dr. Goldsmith held 11 Professorships and was the
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World Health Organization (WHO) representative for Europe. Interestingly the power of the
microwaves used by the Russians in some cases was less that the power used by modern day
transmitters. Dr. Golsworthy, http://www.radiationresearch.org/goldsworthy_bio_weak_em_07.p
df; Warning on health and fertility, http://omega.twoday.net/stories/1755556/.
11. Debriefing spies during The Cold War extended my military education into the full
diversity of stealth microwave warfare and communication systems. In so doing, I learned a list of
approximately 30 pulse frequencies that could induce some 50 mental and physical ailments by
12. As soon as ordinary microwave transmitters became common place residents started to
complain of illnesses and cancer clusters. Independent researcher Sue Webster took data from
just 19 transmitters and found approx 92 cancers (breast, thyroid, bowel, leukaemia) the average
age of those affected was roughly 39. Health Dangers from Wireless Laptops, Sue Webster was
quoted in Canceractive’s ICON magazine in January 2003 article, http://www.canceractive.com/s
13. Microwave sickness was well documented by 1997 where over 100 further research
documents were referenced. Grant, L., Microwave Sickness, Electrical Sensitivity News,
Vol I No 6, Vol 2 Nos 1-4 (1997).
14. Portland Public Schools is transmitting electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) at low levels
(2.5 GHz to 5 GHz frequency that means between 2.4 and 5.8 billion Hz). When I realized that
similar frequencies and powers that were used as weapons during the Cold War were being used
as WI-FI in schools, I decided to come out of retirement and travel around the world free of
charge and explain exactly what the problem is going to be in the future.
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15. HAARP was originally researched by Sister Dr. Rosalie Bertell who was concerned about
electromagnetic interference to our atmosphere. HAARP reflects electromagnetic waves off the
ionosphere and can influence any part of the air or land on this Planet. This has the potential to
cause physiological and neurological effects on humans, animals and plants.
16. The paradox of course is how can microwave radiation be used as a weapon to cause
illness or death and at the same time be used as a safe communications instrument. Therefore, I
fail to see how WI-FI can possibly be safe for the school children and teachers exposed to it. Also,
why is there a still an on-going stealth microwave warfare industry, continuing from the 1950’s.
17. The International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation (ICNIRP) classifies
microwaves as electromagnetic waves from 300 MHz to 300 GHz. ICNIRP Guidelines,
Guidelines for Limiting Exposure to Time-Varying Electric, Magnetic, and Electromagnetic
Fields (Up to 300 GHz), Health Physics April 1998, Vol 74, No 4, 522,
www.icnirp.de/documents/emfgdl.pdf. Therefore, everything discussed in this report is in the
18. Microwaves react very differently in our water-based bodies to radio waves. The
term ‘Radio Frequency’ is often used to describe microwave based communication systems. It is
important that the term ‘Radio Frequency’ is not associated with Radio Waves, but associated
with microwaves. Microwaves are the preferred medium for communication, over radiowaves,
due to their superior penetrative properties.
19. What is all this really about? Imagine the field around a magnet and imagine
ordinary everyday static electricity. If you put the force field from the magnet with the force field
from the static electricity you make a wave. This wave is called an electromagnetic wave. There
are lots of different types of electromagnetic waves but they are all made of the same two things,
magnetic and static fields. The main difference between these waves is their wavelength or the
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length of the wave hence the number of waves that can be produced per second, i.e. the
frequency. All electromagnetic waves are put into a table called the electromagnetic spectrum.
20. At one end of this electromagnetic spectrum you have the very short waves,
namely gamma rays and x-rays, and at the other end of the spectrum you have the very long
ways, namely TV and radio. All waves have the same properties. They can be reflected,
diffracted, and they all travel at the same speed, which is the speed of light. For interest, if you
were one wave of light you would be able to travel around the world nearly seven times every
second; that is the speed of light. The electromagnetic spectrum is ordered; starting with the
short wave end you have gamma rays, x-rays, ultra-violet, visible light, infra red, microwaves,
TV and radio being the longest, in that order. The ultra-violet and above are known as ionizing
waves and there is no argument as to the damage they can cause when entering the body. Longer
than ultraviolet is said to be non-ionizing and this is where arguments occur between scientists as
to whether damage can occur inside the human body through exposure to these waves. The
microwaves used in the WI-FI system are in the non-ionizing section of the electromagnetic
spectrum and I will be discussing the arguments concerning microwaves and health herein.
Adverse Health Effects
21. There is a plethora of extensive, well-researched documents highlighting illnesses
caused by microwave sickness around the world. These papers (in their thousands) highlight the
illnesses caused by low level (below thermal) microwaves as: arrhythmia, heart attack, cell death,
diseases of the blood, interference to bone marrow, brain tumours, DNA damage, altered calcium
level in cells, reduction in night-time melatonin, suppression of the immune system, arthritis,
rheumatism, skin problem, lymphatic diseases, vaginal discharge, vascular system disease,
tinnitus, leukaemia, childhood cancer, sleep problems, mental problems involving depression,
irritability, memory loss, difficulty in concentrating, headache, dizziness and fatigue, suicidal
tendencies, miscarriage and infertility.
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22. It is often argued that these illnesses are psychosomatic. For example, when
a neighbourhood sees the erection of a transmitter, any illness is instantly blamed on that
transmitter. Psychologically the mast is deemed to have caused the illnesses.
However, an argument against this are the many cases where disguised, stealth, or concealed
transmitters have been erected without local knowledge and similar illnesses still occur.
23. Before I go further, I wish to comment on the telecommunication industry’s own
research. In February 2007, I was invited to give a short presentation concerning low-level
microwave irradiation and cancer at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
One of the other speakers present was Dr. George Carlo. Sharing the same hotel afforded me the
opportunity to engage in several conversations with Dr. Carlo during the two days we were in
London. Dr. Carlo explained how he was commissioned by the mobile industry to conduct
research on its products. His study (www.health/concerns.org) involved 200 research doctors
and 15 epidemiological studies (1993-1999), at a cost of 28.5 million US dollars. ‘Our data
showed increased risk to children, concerning tumours, genetic damage and other problems,’
explained Dr Carlo. He continued, ‘my results were suppressed by the
24. Further discussion of industry influence is warranted as The University of Berne,
Switzerland, published a data synthesis of 59 research studies involving possible ill health from
low level microwave irradiation. Concluding, the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine
stated: 'Studies funded exclusively by industry reported the largest number of outcomes, but were
least likely to report 0 statistically significant result. The interpretation of results * * * should
take sponsorship into account.’ Huss, A. et al., Source of Funding and Results of Studies of
Health effects of Mobile Phone Use: Systematic Review of experimental Studies, (2006),
University of Berne, Finkenhubelweg II, Switzerland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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25. Moreover, the 'Journal of Industrial Medicine' published its concern over industrial
affiliation being concealed by research scientists; suggesting biases from conflicting interests in
risk assessments cannot be evaluated properly. Hardell, L., et al., Secret Ties to Industry and
Conflicting Interests in Cancer Research, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, at l, May
(2006), [Wiley-Liss Inc.]; www.interscience.wiley.com; Dept of Oncology, University Hospital,
Orebro University, Sweden.. Examples of these problems from Sweden, the United Kingdom
and the United States are presented.
26. Notwithstanding industry’s attempts to influence research, even their own studies
continued to find adverse health effects. One example is a worldwide epidemiological study
(commissioned by T-Mobile, on its own product) that concluded, ‘On the cellular level, a
multitude of studies found the type of damage from high frequency electromagnetic fields which
is important for cancer initiation and cancer promotion.’ Mobile Telecommunications and
Health, ECOLOG Institute, Sec 7, April (2000) (email@example.com). This document
also describes DNA damage on the same page.
27. Nearer in time, following a spate of illnesses in their surgeries, On October 9, 2002,
a group of doctors produced the Freiburger Appeal. http://omega.twoday.net/stories/555926/,
scroll down for cluster listing. Initially signed by 270 medical consultants, scientists, GPs, MPs
and physicians, it now has many thousands of Signatories worldwide. It is a warning to decision
makers concerning illnesses from low level microwaves. This appeal lists 13 severe chronic
illnesses and various disorders involving: behaviour, blood, heart, cancers, migraines, tinnitus,
susceptibility to infections and sleeplessness, all ascribed to: 'pulsed microwaves from mobile
communications technology.' Interdisziplina re Gesellschaft fur Umweltmedizin e. V.,
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28. International schools published a list of illnesses amongst staff and students with
frightening numbers of cancer clusters/illnesses. Schools and Cell Tower Antennaes,
(2003), http://members.aol.com/gotemf/emf/schools.htm; www.omega.twoday.net/stories/55592
6 (47 cancer clusters around schools).
29. Another report (School References (school and cell tower antennas)) from 138 schools
dated November 2003, lists miscarriages, brain tumours, cancers, breast cancers and teachers ill
within this report. One single school had transmitters on its roof in the Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole quarter
of France where eight cases of cancer were confirmed among children in the district.
30. The Stewart Report 2004 asks that anecdotal evidence be taken seriously in the absence
of long-term epidemiological studies, concerning illnesses around the area of mobile phone
transmitters. Such anecdotal evidence produced July 2002 refers to 92 cases of cancer around
just 19 mobile phone transmitters. Other illnesses on the same paper refer to breast cancers,
thyroid, bowel and blood problems.
31. In 2007, an international group of scientists studied 2000 peer reviews and published
research papers. They recommended an acceptable level of radiation of not more than 0.6 v/m
(outdoors) and 0.2 v/m indoors, based on the interaction between low-level microwaves and the
cellular processes. This became known as the Bioiniative Level.
32. A project called EU-Reflex or European Union Risk Evaluation of Potential
Environmental Hazards from Low Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure using sensitive in
Vitro Methods shows that cells exposed to cell phone radiation exhibit chromosomal damage
well below the exposure guidelines of the WHO.
33. NAILA/WOLF/HUTTER/SANTINI/OBERFELD/BAMBERG etc. All show increased
cancers/illnesses from low-level microwave irradiation. A good summary of these studies, with
details, can be found on the Radiation Research Trust’s website www.radiationresearch.org.
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34. The International Association of Fire Fighters oppose the use of fire stations as
transmitter sites, because of the health problems of its members. International Association of
Fire Fighters, www.iaff.org/safe/content/celltower/celltowerfinal.htm.
35. The world renound winning Irish Doctors Association listed 70 research papers showing
the dangers from low level microwaves, Dr. Santini listed 20 similar studies, the
EM Radiation Research Trust listed 9 studies, Dr. Blackwell listed 6 similar studies in his report,
and finally 4 international universities completed the Spanish Study, which verified all of these
known illnesses. The authors of the Spanish study (The Microwave Syndrome-Further Aspects of
a Spanish Study 2004) recommended a level 10 million times below ICNIRP guidelines
(discussed below). Dr. Gerd Oberfeld, one of the authors of the study, is the Director of the
Public Health Office in Salzburg, Austria, which lowered its precautionary value for indoor
exposures to GSM frequencies to comply with the recommendation made by the study.
See: http://www.ideaireland.org/emrresearch.htm; Santini paper (2006): http://next-up.org/p
_phone.pdf, Dr. Grahame - Six studies showing ill effect: http://www.starweave.com/masts/; The
Microwave Syndrome Further Aspects of a Spanish Study: http://www.hese-project.org/hese-uk/
36. Listing and referencing all such epidemiological studies would be too extensive and
repetitive for this article; suffice to say, by 2006, it was reported that 80 percent of the
epidemiological studies on the WHO database lists illnesses from microwave sickness to a
fourfold increase in cancers from low level microwaves. Guilmot, Jean-luc.,
WHO EMF Database, Watch - Understand - Act 26, Sept (2006), www.001be.cx. I was curious
to investigate the remaining 20 percent that showed no symptoms. However, this had already
been looked at by Swiss scientists who said ‘the interpretation of results * * * should take
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sponsorship into account.’ By that time, Michael Meacher, Minister for the Environment 1997-
2003 (United Kingdom), had published a report blaming some universities for accepting lucrative
contracts in favour of reporting favourable results from scientific research. In the same month,
United States Congressman Henry Waxman published a similar report in Scientific
American stating that science was being corrupted by industry. http://www.next-up.org/pdf/Ope
nLetterWHODrvanDeventer.pdf; Swiss Study on funding sources; http://www.ehponline.org/doc
s/2006/9149/abstract.html; Michael Meacher quote, http://www.epolitix.com/EN/MPWebsites/M
ichael+Meacher/c8afdecc-b15e-41ad-b9cf-25354790d2dc.htm, also published in The Times,
May (2004); Henry Waxmann in The Scientific American, http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?ar
ticleID=0000FF81-A7DD-1084-A73E83414B7F0000 (May 2004).
37. Likewise, the WHO’s Guidelines are based on the short-term effects of this radiation. No
long-term experiments have been done in terms of safety levels.
Current Regulations and Thermal Heating
38. It is a serious thing, even low levels of microwave radiation! Emphasis supplied.
39. Advancement in microwave technology since the Cold War necessitated concurrent
experimentation. Thousands of research studies exist concerning ill effects from low level,
below thermal irradiation levels, involving almost every organ in the body. Possibly the most
comprehensive explanation for this phenomenon is written by Dr. A. Goldsworthy of
Imperial College London: The biological effects of weak electromagnetic fields (2007),
http:tinyurl.com/2nfujj; also: firstname.lastname@example.org.
40. The safety levels set by ICNIRP and the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB),
and which are followed by the United States, are the highest in the world. Being thermally based
(no account whatsoever is given to the effect of the electric and magnetic of the wave interacting
with the physiology of the body) it is very unlikely, if not impossible for any person to receive the
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warming of the body to exceed their safety levels if this person is not sitting right on top of the
transmitter. As an example of safety levels in units of Microwatts per cm2, the maximum levels
for 400,900 and 1,800 MHz transmitters are 2,640, 3,300 and 10,000 of these units. By contrast
Russia and China have a total maximum of 10 of these units, Toronto has a maximum of 6 and in
Salzburg, The June 2000 International Conference at Salzburg, consisting of 19 of the world's top
scientists in this field, set the level already given as 0.1 units.
41. The EU Parliament on September 4, 2008, by 522 votes to 16, stated that the 'ICNIRP
guidelines were obsolete and out of date.' Mast Action UK - Legal Services (2010).
42. By way of example, Russia is banning any children under 18 from microwave exposure,
when possible, and in Britain, children under 12 should have no microwave radiation exposure at all.
Also, as a result of research that documents the harmful effects of microwave radiation on fetuses,
the British government warned pregnant women to avoid exposure to microwave radiation.
43. NRPB and ICNIRP's safety levels are based purely on thermal effects. Looking at
scientific papers, most of the rest of the world disagrees with this assessment. Dr. Cletus Kanavy,
Chief of the Biological Effects Group of the Phillips Laboratory's Electromagnetic Effects
Division at Kirkfield Air Force Base in New Mexico, says there is a 'Large amount of data, both
animal, experimental and human clinical to support the existence of chronic non thermal effects *
* * these include behavioural, neural, fetal, blood, metabolic, endocrine and immune problems.’
44. Professor John R. Goldsmith who holds 11 Professorships, WHO Officer for Europe and
International Consultant for RF Communication, possibly the world's leading expert in this field
(now deceased), wrote in his paper The End of Innocence, 'to use the lack of significant heating
effect as evidence of lack of risk is the red herring.’
45. During September 2002 at the University of Vienna, 19 of the world's top scientists met
to discuss electromagnetic waves. This was known as the Catania Resolution. They stated 'we
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take exception to arguments suggesting that weak, low intensity EMF cannot interact with tissue.
There are plausible mechanistic explanations for EMF induced effects that occur below present
ICNRP guidelines and exposure recommendations by the EU.
46. A confidential note (document number DST-1810S-074-76) to its military personnel in
March 1976, states, 'personnel exposed to microwave radiation below thermal effects experience
more neurological, cardio-vascular and haemodynamic disturbances than do their unexposed
counterparts.’ This document from the United States Defence Intelligence Agency continues to
warn personnel of headache, fatigue, dizziness, menstrual disorders, sleeplessness, depression,
anxiety and so on.
47. Professor Adey, a Fellow of the American Academy of Scientists and a distinguished
visitor of the Royal Society of Medicine said 'of his own research in parallel with similar studies
in Russia in the early 1980's showed that radio frequency and the lower microwave range affected
enzyme systems that regulate growth and division of white blood cells.
48. Clearly there is experts' world opinion both military and from Universities showing that
radiation below thermal effects can impinge on our physiological functions.
49. In its 2009 report, the ICNRP writes: "Another gap in the research is children. No study
population to date has included children * * *." ICNRP, ICNRP Statement on the "Guidelines for
Limiting Exposure to Time-Varying Electric, Magnetic and Electromagnetic Fields (Up to 300
GHz.), Health Physics, Vol 97, No 3, at 257, Sept (2009). No matter the level of radiation in the
room, there is no safety level for microwave radiation for children.
50. Further, It should be noted that whilst professional bodies have noticed the effects of
pulsed microwaves on the physiology of the body, no experiments have been done to determine
the safety levels from the pulsed microwaves exhibited by all microwave communication systems,
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and that no safety levels exists for pulses microwave radiation. All mobile communication
systems pulse in some way.
Pulse and Modulation
51. Carrier waves may be used to carry information (video or audio data) that can be
superimposed on them by modulation.
52. Sometimes academic arguments arise where the word 'pulsing' is not used and a word like
'modulated' substituted. Theoretically, there can be very little difference between a modulated
wave and a pulsed wave.
53. Scientists argue over what constitutes a modulation or pulse. A modulation is a
superimposition of data upon a carrier wave; modulations are usually connected with an
infinitesimally thin thread of 'energy.' A pulse has no such attachment to the following pulse.
A reader may wonder why this distinction is relevant. Some scientists blame pulsed microwaves
for various biological reactions within our cellular structures, which they believe cause illness.
54. An opposing view is that these pulses are in fact modulations and will not cause such
reactions. Further arguments suggest that there is no biological difference between a frequency
modulated transmission or pulse when it comes to resonance with our cyclotronic and circadian
55. Transmissions may be directional or isotropic (equal in all directions), may be analogue
(continuously variable quantity e.g. spatial position) or digital (sometime called
'frequency modulated'). However, all transmissions are electromagnetically propagated. In the
world of nuclear and atomic physics, electronic switches can make tens of millions of decisions a
second and all transmissions travel at the speed of light (roughly seven times around the World
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56. Transmissions can be increased, by possibly up to 40 percent, with side lobe technology.
Vector mathematics can demonstrate whether any of these transmissions are incident upon
another transmitted wave such as a low frequency radio wave, as there can be a piggy-back effect
(constructive interference). It is argued (Curry, Dr. BP, Amplification of the Radiation from two
Collated Cellular System Antennas by the Ground Wave of and AM Broadcast Station, (undated),
BPCurry@MCS.com) that this amplification of electromagnetic signal can pose a health risk for
those in close proximity to a transmitter.
57. The Health Council of the Netherlands Radio Frequency Radiation Committee say in
their 200 page 1997 report, concerning frequencies of 300 Hz to 300 GHz: 'The experimental
data indicate that the effects of EM fields occur at lower power densities when the object is
exposed to pulsed electromagnetic fields.’ In other words, you will get illnesses quicker if the
microwaves are pulsed. Health Council of the Netherlands: Radiofrequency Radiation
Committee, Radiofrequente elektromagnetische velden (300 Hz – 300 GHz), at 134 (1997).
58. Professor Salford at Lund University in Sweden has shown in his work in the year 2000
that pulsing can alter the permeability of the blood/brain barrier in rats. If occurring in humans,
this could have profound effects on brain function.
59. The Freiburger Appeal (2002) signed by approximately 2,000 doctors and scientists says
‘One can no longer evade these pulsed microwaves. They heighten the risk of already present
chemical/physical influences, stress the body's immune system and can bring the body's still
functioning regulatory mechanisms to a halt. Pregnant women, children, adolescents, elderly and
sick people are especially at risk.’
60. Assimilating knowledge from the Cold War and other sources, I accumulated a plethora
of data describing how pulsed / modulated microwaves interfere with our cellular biochemistry.
Believing the communications industry to be spiralling out of control with its new innovations,
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I published my list on the internet (The Communications Industry is in the position where it is
spiralling out of any person's ability to control it, An open letter from Barrie Trower (undated);
http://omega.twoday.net/search?qBarry+Trower; http://www.mastsani ty.org), in the hope that the
industry would take note.
61. I find Portland Public School’s decision to install WI-FI in conflict with its decision
against (see Correspondence, Patrick Wolfe, Complaint Ex. B) installing any cell mast
technology on its buildings when a classroom of computers could exceed the power from an
ordinary mobile phone transmitter. It is a common misconception that as WI-FI uses a small
transmitter, such a low dose of radiation must be harmless (see further discussion below,
¶ 75-80). As shown earlier there are now many studies showing illnesses from these transmitters,
and this is confirmed by the WHO.
62. What should be happening is you should be measuring the amount of radiation in the
room to determine if it is safe for children. However, I can tell you without looking that it is not.
Because unlike medication, where there is an adult dose and a children’s dose, there is no safety
level for microwave radiation for children, not one. My position as scientific advisor requires that
I read and translate papers from all around the world, and, I have never, ever, no matter which
country I lecture in, which paper I have read, I have never seen a single scientist brave enough to
submit for peer review a safety level of microwave radiation for a child or embryo. There is not
one that exists.
63. Children are particularly susceptible to microwaves, they do not have our immune
systems, and they are not developed. As well, their skulls are thin and their bones (which are
producing stem cells that make their immune systems and all other parts of their bodies) are soft
allowing the microwaves to penetrate very easily (Cherry (1998),
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http://www.emfguru.org/EMF/genotoxic/Genotoxic-EMR-paper.htm, scroll down to figure 45,
(there is research to show that stem cells, in the bone marrow can absorb microwaves)). Finally,
they act like antennas and absorb more radiation than adults because they are smaller, they are
nearer the wavelength.
64. Children are not small adults. Children are physiologically and neurologically immature;
their systems have not yet formed. Microwave radiation alters the blood brain barrier so toxins
leak into the brain, which can cause psychiatric problems amongst many other problems.
Auditory hallucinations that make people think they are hearing sounds, difficulty concentrating,
sleeplessness and irritability are among the symptoms of blood brain barrier damage. Likewise, a
child’s immune system, which fights off infection, takes 18 years to develop. Additionally 122
layers of protein insulate the electrically generated signals used by the nervous system to control
muscles and organs. These layers of protein take 22 years to develop: microwave radiation has
been shown to affect protein synthesis. This could lead to muscular dystrophy like symptoms in
65. I have always predicted that any school which allows itself to be 'bathed' in microwaves
from whatever source will see its sicknesses rise and behaviour fall. I have received many phone
calls to confirm this. In all of the schools I have visited around the world with WI-FI, every one
has reported the same symptoms in students: fatigue, headaches, nausea, chest pain, vision
problems. I argue that you could experience psychiatric problems, increase in aggression and other
bad behaviour, as well as reduced immune systems, leading to more colds, coughs, longer colds,
longer coughs, longer illnesses, depression, anxiety, thence, suicidal tendencies or taken to its
ultimate – leukaemia.
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66. Research suggests children and women (females have more complex hormone based
systems to be disrupted than males) exhibit more vulnerability to illnesses from irradiation than
67. The problem with young girls is that microwave irradiation has been shown to damage the
genetic structure in their ovaries. Girls are born with all of the eggs they need in their ovaries at
birth. They are immature eggs, hence susceptible to damage during growth. Microwaves are
genotoxic (experiments can be linked to children showing low level mobile telephony radiation
disrupts the bio-chemistry of follicle cells in a mammalian egg chamber), hence the microwaves
irradiation could affect the genetic structure within the eggs. The problem here is that the
mitochondrial DNA, the genes inside the ovaries, is irreparable. If you have a little girl who
damages, through this mechanism, the genetic structure in one of her eggs and she has a daughter,
that daughter will carry that genetic problem, because it is irreparable. And her daughter will carry
that genetic problem, because it is irreparable. And every female forever, in that line, will carry that
problem in perpetuity, because it is irreparable.
68. I believe the most important research I have read is from Dr. Goldsworthy, The biological
effects of weak electromagnetic fields (2007), http:tinyurl.com/2nfuj; also, a.goldsworthy@imperi
al.ac.uk. Dr. Goldsworthy not only shows the mechanism by which microwaves disrupt cells, but
also predicts that a genetically damaged sperm and egg can lead to mutant offspring maybe
generations away. If you think of children with these transmitters near their laps, the question
must be, ‘why take this risk for the sake of a piece of cable and a plug, which could replace WI-FI
with no loss of performance?
69. The mechanics of this process is understood as permanent low level microwave
exposure induces chronic nitrosative and oxidative stress. Warnke, http://www.hese-project.org/d
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pdf (2005) (in German, English translation in progress). It is known that chronic
nitrosative/oxidative stress damages the mitochondria, the “powerhouses” of each cell in the body.
Mitochondropathy is at the root of many of today’s chronic illnesses, such as MS, Alzheimers,
Parkinsons, Fibromyalgia Diabetes, Artherosclerosis and Obesity. Kuklinsli, http://www.kpuberlin.
de/For_Neu_Kuklinski_1_en.html (2004). Even more disturbingly, when chronic
nitrosative and oxidative stress is present, irreversible mitochondrial DNA damage will
occur sooner or later (see also Kuklinski, http://www.kpu-berlin.de/For_Neu_Kuklinski_1_en.htm
l (2004)). The mitochondrial DNA is ten times more susceptible to nitrosative / oxidative stress
than the DNA in the cell nucleus. Whilst regular cell DNA has in-built repair mechanisms,
mitochondrial DNA is irreparable due to its low histone protein content. The mitochondropathy is
therefore irreversibly transmitted to the children by the maternal egg cell causing cumulative
irreparable damage to future generations.
70. No matter the level of radiation in the room, there is no safety level for microwave radiation
71. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes and describes electro-sensitivity.
Electro-sensitivity is best described rather like a food allergy that can only get worse the more
you are exposed to it.
72. In Sweden, it is published that 3.15 percent of its population is medically recognized and
registered as being handicapped from electro-sensitivity. This number is comparable in
California and it is believed Australia. However, the Irish Doctors Association believe this figure
may be as high as 15 percent.
73. Therefore, if this number were compared with the population of the Mount Tabor Middle
School, at a minimum, 20 to 90 schoolchildren (out of an approximate enrolment of 600
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children) are electro-sensitive and could be at a greater risk of developing neurological and
physiological illnesses. This is not to say that non electro-sensitive children could not also be
74. In 2008, the European Parliament wrote to its 27 countries urging them to ignore WHO
guidelines and set exposure limits at lower levels. Ries, European Parliament 2004-2009
Commission on the Environment. Public Health and Food Safety, 2008/2211/INI (translation by
www.nexyt-up.org) Editor: Frederique Ries (2008). In response, the WHO (which only began
studying microwave radiation effects on children in 2009) stated they will not comment on
microwave radiation effects on people until 2015, when it will be able to establish effects on
human beings. They are watching people to see how many will become sick. We are being
The Accumulative Dose
75. Professors Sosskind, Provsnitz, Lai, and Cherry and a Russian International Medical
Commission have all warned about the cumulative effect of these microwaves.
76. Professor Sosskind and Provsnitz write, ‘an accumulated cellular level damage
mechanism is not necessarily related to the intensity but can relate to total dose.’ This is not
surprising; a property of the electromagnetic spectrum is that these waves are accumulative.
By way of example, if we go out on a cloudy day we can still get sunburned, it just takes longer.
77. In the report Mobile telephones, their base stations and health, from the
French Health General Directorate, January (2001), they warn of the cumulative exposure over
the lifetime of a child. This body concluded with an interesting sentence stating, ‘biological
effects occur at energy levels that do not cause any rise in local temperature.’ As it may be
argued that biological effects may not be hazardous, the responsibility for this decision
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concerning children should lay with the parents, guardians or those in loco-parentis and not the
78. Based upon a review of the Mount Tablor WI-FI Floor Plan (Complaint, Ex. A),
schoolchildren will be exposed to as much as 30-40 hours per week of constant digitally encoded
pulsed WI-FI signals from each wireless device in the child’s vicinity, making the cumulative
exposure over a child’s lifetime successively higher.
79. As the amount of WI-FI radiation is accumulative, when reviewing this case, it occurred
to me, to compare the relative accumulative dose of WI-FI in the classrooms with a commonly
known device that emits the same frequencies. That device is a microwave oven. Both WI-FI
and microwave ovens operate at 2.4 GHz. An average WI-FI transmitter operates at 0.2 J/s
[0.2 Watts]. Therefore, if using only 20 computer/laptop transmitters in a classroom, there is a
combined 4 J/s [4 Watts]. A typical microwave oven (output) is 800 J/s [800 Watts] (magnetron
input equals 1,200 J/s [1,200 Watts]). Therefore, a classroom equals 4 J/s [4 Watts];
a microwave oven 800 J/s [800 Watts]. A ratio of 1:200. Therefore, if WI-FI is used in morning
and afternoon sessions, 200 seconds in a classroom (at 4 J/s [4 Watts]) equals 1 second inside
a microwave oven (at 800 J/s [800 Watts]); over a school day the equivalent of 2 minutes in
a microwave oven; 10 minutes per week.1
1 It should be noted these calculations will vary according to the following factors:
i. There can be approximately 13 mathematical variations to wave formulae;
ii. The 1/d2 rule will apply to distance;
iii. The wall transmitter and main transmitter are not included/calculated;
iv. Constructive interference patterns are not calculated;
v. WI-FI sets and transmitters in nearby classrooms are not included/calculated; and
vi. Reflective materials are unknown: i.e. wall insulation.
Ideally, a reading will be taken in a classroom with 20 or more fully operational computers and
WI-FI transmission devices next to other classrooms (below, above, adjacent, etc.) with 20 or
more fully operational transmission devices in each of those rooms.
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80. As a final word about accumulative dose, it must be stressed that a long-low dose can be
more dangerous than a short-high dose. By way of example, as I wrote in my published paper
(Co-written with Scientist Andrea Klein), Wireless Laptops and Their Transmitters Using
Microwaves in Schools, http://www.mastsanity.org/wifi/17/154-wireless-laptops-and-theirtransmitters-
using-microwaves-in-schools-a-report-by-barrie-trower.html, permanent low level
microwave exposure can induce chronic nitrosative/oxidative stress; hence damage to
81. There is a simple solution, use a cable and a plug to deliver the internet, or fibre optic cable.
82. With all of this evidence pointing to mental, physical and long term disorders (cancers ~
mutant newborns), is this honestly worth the risk to our next generations for the sake of just a
few metres of wire and a plug. As shown, the dangers of low level, below thermal microwaves,
have been known to governments for 50 years. I was educated in microwave technology by the
Military (United Kingdom) in the early 1960's, and even then we were instructed of these
dangers. Nothing has changed to suddenly make microwaves safe.
83. The evidence for adverse effects of low-level microwave irradiation is currently strong and
grows stronger with each new study. Using a cabled internet system does not increase exposure.
84. I ask you, if a drink was reported in the 1950's to cause cancer, countless reports and
studies since showed this hypotheses to be correct, and the WHO printed a list of an 80 percent
likelihood of illness/cancer from drinking it, which was confirmed by international studies,
would you give this to your child to drink, knowing they have their whole lives ahead of them?
So what is the difference? It is simple. This product is backed and financed by the most
powerful industry on the planet. An industry that does not have to prove its product is safe
(unlike a drug company). You have to prove it is not! Thence take this industry to court with
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your list of illnesses, cancers, leukaemia’s, deaths, etc. It seems few are prepared to stand
against such a Goliath in defence of our children.
85. Within the relevant scientific community it is generally accepted that that many bioeffects
and adverse health effects occur at far lower levels of radiofrequency exposure where no
measurable heating occurs; some effects are shown to occur at several hundred thousand times
below the existing public safety limits.
86. In my opinion, Portland Public Schools’ use of WI-FI is causing and will continue to cause
Alexandra Morrison, other students, and school staff and faculty adverse health effects and should
be discontinued immediately.
Dated this ____ day of June 2011.
/s/ Barrie Trower
3 Flowers Meadow
Devon, United Kingdom