The following post, quoted in its entirety from the blog at LewRockwell.com, was sent to me by Gary L. Cottingham. Thanks, Gary!
November 11, 2010
Posted by Lew Rockwell on November 11, 2010 11:41 AM
Writes Phil Camp:
Millimeter-wave radiation (MWR) may not be so safe. Besides heating effects, microwaves have unpredictable frequency-dependent effects. A change in frequency will change the effect. For example, 28 GHz makes marigolds bloom & 536 GHz kills monkeys. I have read that the frequencies used in the MWR devices are up in the Terahertz range (1 THz = 1000 GHz), near the resonant frequency of the bonds in the acid base pairs in DNA & RNA. So there is an unknown risk of chromosome damage. By “unknown” we mean “You first!’.
Our original safety standards for microwaves were based on the model that any damage was due to heating. But radar cops have a very high incidence of prostate cancer (the ‘safe’ gadget sits maybe 2 feet from their laps). The Soviets, not exactly known for their scrupulous public safety record, did actual controlled experiments on microwave safety after capturing the technology from the Nazis. They wound up not using microwave cooking for the army, despite the obvious advantages, and set exposure standards a thousand times more stringent than ours.
P.S., I agree that the X ray machines are dangerous, particularly since the people using them are not exactly getting X ray tech level training. Did you notice the dosimeters they’re wearing? They’re not — don’t need dosimeters if it’s safe, right? Serves ‘em right, although somebody should tell them, “You think you’re the state’s pets, but from this you can see that they don’t care if you live or die.”