by Dee McLachlan
The first time I learned about electro-sensitivity was when a South African friend moved into a new house on the edge of a parkland in Johannesburg in the 1980s. Two massive high voltage pylons ran close to house, and their young daughter soon became ill — becoming allergic to almost everything. The doctor’s advice: ‘move house’.
In the 90s, I went for a meeting at a television station in Johannesburg. The building had a massive dish on the roof. I believe it was transmitting the TV signal. In discussion with employees, they pointed out that many of the senior staff were on leave — suffering from cancer. They were worried about being promoted, as all senior staff offices were on the upper floors — closest to the dish. They all suspected this was the cause of the cancer cluster.
The Namib Desert Reprieve
Then about four years ago I was hired to direct a documentary in Southern Africa. We landed up in some remote areas — including several days at the Gobabeb Research Centre, deep in the Namib Desert in Namibia. Apart from one landline, it is essentially cut off from the world, and is one of the most remote places in Africa.
When I returned to Melbourne, I was unable to sleep properly for close to six weeks. At night, lying awake, it felt my brain was being “fried”. After visiting doctors and an ear specialist, the experience forced me to consider the possibility that the smart meters installed next door, and Wifi were affecting me. The “microwave” feeling, and the ringing in my ears, finally subsided. An associate returning from the Antarctic had the same experience.
Then last month I read about a study reporting the exodus of bird, bat and termite species from the Mount Nardi area. The study at the Nightcap National Park World Heritage Area, in northern NSW Australia, was done over a 15-year period — from 2000 to 2015. The species disappearance corresponds with an increasing amount of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) from the telecommunications tower complex.
More about this study in a moment. So what are EMFs?
The natural world, including our bodies produce electromagnetic fields. But technology is pulsing huge amounts electromagnetic radiation into our environment — for our convenience. The amount of photon radiation in the spectrum is expressed in terms of energy, wavelength or frequency. The higher the frequency, the shorter the wavelength.
At the low end, 50- to 60-hertz, is for our household appliances. At the higher end we find cell phones, cordless phones, mobile antennas, broadcast towers, electrical security systems, etc. You wouldn’t put your hand in a microwave, but apparently many cell phone towers operate in the microwave range.
So it makes sense to think that maybe we are being affected. So are strong artificial EMFs entering our bodies and interfering with the natural way our body works?
The Mount Nardi Study
The botanist who did the research on the exodus of birds is Australian botanist Mark Broomhall. Can we trust what he says? He lived on Mt. Nardi for forty years; been forest coordinator for a decade; director of the Pacific-Eco-forestry projects in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands; and the Australian representative for the international ‘Save the Siberian Tiger Project.’
In his study, Broomhall estimates that from “70 to 90% of the wildlife has become rare or has disappeared from the Nightcap National Park within a 2-3 km radius of the Mt. Nardi tower complex”.
I quote from the botanist’s report:
“The Mt Nardi-Mt Matheson plateau is of unique importance… could be considered the ‘jewel in the crown’ and holds an exalted status within the global context of prehistoric Gondwanaland forest.
“From the 1960’s until just after the millennium, the Mt. Nardi telecommunications tower complex used analogue technology. Since late in the 1970’s Mt. Nardi residents have witnessed a steady increase in species diversity.
“It wasn’t until the… advent of digital wireless technology in the years 2002 to 2004, that I began to notice a decline in insect diversity and population.
“In the year 2009, enhanced 3G technology was installed and a further 150 pay television channels were added to the tower. Following these additions, I witnessed the exodus of 27 bird species…
“I witnessed the rapid exodus of a further 49 bird species [after the ‘4G’ upgrade in 2012 and early 2013]… This statement can be summarised with concrete data:
- 3 bat species once common have become rare or gone
- 11 threatened and endangered bird species are gone
- 11 migratory bird species are gone
- 86 bird species are demonstrating unnatural behaviours
- 66 once common bird species are now rare or gone
Broomhall found that when there was a cutback of power output in 2015, some bird species returned. There was a three day power cut, and he describe a “biological explosion” — demonstrated by termites (Isoptera) leaving their nests. He says, the ” precision of the biological response to the 3-day power cut was both extraordinary and telling,” and concludes that pulsed microwaves are particularly toxic to wildlife.
Apparently, in the US, the maximum power allowed in in urban areas is 100 watts, whereas in rural areas it is 500 watts. This could go some way into explaining the dramatic results of the Mt. Nardi study.
Danger for Humans
The Australian government is not convinced EMFs are dangerous. In an old government report on “Electromagnetic Radiation from TV and Mobile Phone Towers: Health Aspects,” it says:
“…While there is no convincing evidence as yet that low power RF sources such as mobile phone towers can increase the incidence of cancer, some caution is warranted given that existing health standards are based on rather narrow criteria, and that cancers often have a long lead time.”
The report mentions that in 1995, a preliminary study (by Hocking, Gordon, Grain, and Hatfield) of cancer incidence in Sydney appeared to show an increase of childhood leukaemia in homes relatively close to TV transmitters. I suppose this preliminary didn’t justify the main study?
Brazil Study — 7,000 Deaths
In 2013, Natural News wrote about a study in Brazil, linking 7,000 cancer deaths to close proximity to cell phone towers. The study concluded:
“The closer you live to an antenna, the greater the contact with the electromagnetic field… [Studies in] San Francisco in addition to cities in Austria, Germany, and Israel, dating as far back as the 1970s. All the studies shared similar findings: living within a certain proximity to a cell phone tower increased the risk of cancer…”
Our governments, and society have been captured by the tech giants. Phones, Netflix, Wifi — well, we want them now — so no one is going to give them up easily.
We are living in an electromagnetic soup, so are we going to microwave humanity (as we know it) to extinction?