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Cell phones: headaches?

Ron Blue rcb1 at LEX.LCCC.EDU
Thu Feb 13 09:13:28 EST 1997

I especially found the report that the blood-brain-barrier may be
effected by celluar phones interesting.  A report that stress also
reduces the blood-brain-barrier increase risk for diseases seems to
me to be related to your headache report.  Ron Blue

On Wed, 12 Feb 1997, Allan Frey wrote:

> On Friday, February 7th, there was a Bioelectromagnetic Society Workshop 
> in Rockville, MD. (outside Washington, DC.) entitled "Physical 
> characteristics and possible biological effects of microwaves applied in 
> wireless communication".  I was one of the speakers. I presented a paper 
> entitled "Headaches from cell phones: are they real?"  Following is a 
> summary of my talk.  
> Allan 
> Headaches from cell phones:  are they real?
> Allan H. Frey
> Randomline, Inc.
> Potomac, MD.
> afrey at uu.net
> I stated that I believe that the reported headaches from cell phone 
> usage is a real phenomena.  I presented several lines of evidence that 
> supports this conclusion.  
> First, I noted that there are numerous reports of headaches and that a 
> recent survey indicated that digital phones are implicated more than 
> analog phones.  
> I noted the transmitting frequencies of the various cell phone systems, 
> their power outputs and their modulation characteristics.  I showed that 
> these are characteristics that were found many years ago to be in the 
> optimal band for producing various effects in the head.  
> I reviewed the data on the microwave hearing effect that I discovered 
> and reported on in the 1960's,  an effect that is optimal at what is now 
> the cell phone frequencies.  I pointed out that during the microwave 
> hearing research my human subjects reported that they were getting 
> headaches.  I also found that I was getting headaches when I was in the 
> em field; and I don't get headaches.  I explored the headache phenomena 
> to determine if it was real. I then reported the occurrence of headaches 
> at various meetings and in a published paper in the 1960's.  The 
> headache finding led me to decide to no longer use human subjects for 
> microwave hearing research.  
> A second line of evidence that I discussed was a series of 
> blood-brain-barrier experiments that I started and reported on in the 
> 1970's.  The blood-brain-barrier is a critical regulatory interface that 
> controls what gets into the brain from the blood.  I found, and others 
> subsequently found, that em energy with characteristics similar to 
> present day cell phone emissions resulted in the breakdown of the 
> blood-brain-barrier.  Recent headache research indicates that the 
> blood-brain-barrier may be involved in headaches.  
> A third line of evidence that I discussed was a series of experiments 
> that I carried out, starting in the early 1970's, in which I showed that 
> em energy with characteristics similar to present day cell phone 
> emissions apparently influenced brain chemistry.  My experiments 
> indicated that the dopamine and opiate systems of the brain were 
> particularly involved.  Others, subsequently, also found brain chemistry 
> changes with exposure to em energy.  
> Thus, I concluded that cell phone frequencies and modulation are in a 
> band that is one of the more significant biologically.  I noted that the 
> reports of headaches have a biological basis in theory and in data that 
> was gathered 20-30 years ago.   I also noted that the headaches reported 
> may be only the most obvious indicator of a biological effect.  
> Probably, though, only certain specific frequencies and modulations are 
> of consequence biologically.     
> -- 
> Allan H. Frey				email afrey at uunet.uu.net
> 11049 Seven Hill Lane			voice 301.299.5181 
> Potomac, MD 20854, USA

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