Dear 60 Minutes,
Your recent item by Anderson Cooper on the brain damage reported in kids due to “screen time” refers.
This story lumps smartphones, tablets and video games together, as if “screen time” is the only issue.
The microwave radiation from mobile phones has been found to pathologically activate the mechanism known as long-term potentiation of the brain (LTP), in which the synapses of the cortex are systematically strengthened in response to repeated brainwave patterns. Thus a musician who practices endless scales will have a far more highly developed cortex, due to LTP.
This is a link to a 40-page legal affidavit in which I briefly outline this research, done at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. I pointed out to these researchers that the biochemical cascade they found being triggered by two minutes of cellphone radiation, the “ERK” cascade, centrally occurs in LTP. In other words, the mechanism they found being activated in living human cells by cellphone radiation is the very one that helps to hard-wire the cortex. I specifically predicted damage to the cortex in young people. This was a couple of years ago.
Dr Joseph Friedman, the lead researcher, wrote back to me, saying that (a) I was correct, this signal-induced ERK reaction did occur in the glial cells in connection with LTP, and (b) there was not single paper in the entire literature looking at the effects of microwaves on LTP. This is what he and his team are now researching. He insists that I should be a co-author of this paper when it is published. As a professional scientific editor, I said I would be very happy to assist with the editing.
If this study shows that cellphone radiation disrupts LTP and disturbs the development of the cortex — and I’m certain that it will, given the replicability of this ERK phenomenon and the fact that it occurs with just 120 seconds of ordinary cellphone radiation — then we have an explanation for the “fascinating” finding of premature thinning of the cortex reported by the NIH.
The NIH’s own Nora Volkow also did research some years ago showing highly elevated glucose metabolism in the brain on the side nearest to which a handset was being held. This is not supposed to be happening with non-ionising radiation, but something is definitely “cooking” in the brain while people talk.
What you should have emphasised, and I’m not surprised that you didn’t, is that this thinning of the cortex typically starts getting bad in your 60s. You are clearly showing that 9- and 10-year-olds are showing the sort of senility you expect of a 60-year-old. This is drastically “premature”. Please follow the link in this story to see how I was predicting exactly this in 2004, to the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa, in persuading them to ban cellphone ads to small kids. I quoted Dr Leif Salford, of Lund University in Sweden, who in 2003 was predicting “teenage dementia” as a result of brain damage from toxins leaking across the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Two hours of cellphone radiation was enough to cause major brain damage in rats, due to this factor. Again, two minutes of radiation is enough to show damage to the BBB.
Suddenly, you are all talking about “screen time”. Look at radiation. Those devices are not equal in the damage they cause.
Please feel free to contact me if you want any further details. If you’d like to see the sworn part of my affidavit, and details of my fruitless attempts to get the World Health Organization to respond to any queries on this issue, please follow this link.
All the best
Mr Karl M Muller
Kingdom of Eswatini