National Academies of Sciences: Pulsed-microwave radiation likely caused brain damage in US Diplomats

Devra Davis
5 min readJan 12, 2021

In these worrying times, when a highly contagious virus has ended life as we once knew it, we increasingly rely on wireless gadgets. Without a doubt, our capacity to respond to crises is enhanced, but life is now lived as if each moment is an emergency. So just how safe are these now-ubiquitous, 2-way microwave-radiating essential devices and the networks on which they rely?

Few parents or teachers appreciate that buried in all these devices are manufacturer statements that they are not to be used on the bodies of adults or that children absorb proportionately more microwave cell phone radiation.

Now a bombshell analysis from the National Academy of Sciences has added fuel to the fire, concluding that many of the distinctive and acute signs, symptoms, and observations of puzzling permanent brain damage reported by American diplomats in Cuba and China “are consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radiofrequency (R.F.) energy [microwave radiation].”

Of course, the devil is in the details. The extensively reviewed Academy report does not speculate on who may have directed what pulsed electromagnetic weapons against American and Canadian diplomats. Still, a few matters are clear: phones and brain-damaging weapons can employ the same microwave frequencies.

The cold reality is that the fastest-growing markets for microwave-radiating devices in America today are infants, toddlers, and schoolchildren. Of course, exposures from phones and tablets are not as high intensity as weapons, but that does not ensure their safety. Because children have immature brains, skulls, and immune systems, we take certain steps to protect them from bike or car crashes. We should do the same to minimize the impact of any microwave radiation on their young, fast-growing bodies or brains.

Professor of medicine at the University of California San Diego, Beatrice Golomb MD Ph.D. published an important paper on this topic in 2018, concluding that “A tremendous number of physicians and scientists and entities and scientific studies and government reports, in many nations, over many decades, have identified that RF/MW causes symptoms consistent with the spectrum now described for…

Devra Davis

Devra Lee Davis, PhD MPH President of Environmental Health Trust, Visiting Professor of Medicine at The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School