Mobile Phones and the Blood Brain Barrier
August 13, 2015
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Dr. Leif Salford is a neurosurgeon at Sweden’s Lund University Hospital, and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery. Since 1988 he has led a team of researchers that have exposed laboratory rats to microwave radiation from various sources. Since the late 1990s they have used mobile telephones as the source of this radiation. Their results have been alarming.
Not only does radiation from a cell phone damage the blood-brain barrier, but it does so at even when the exposure level is reduced a thousandfold. Even more disturbingly, and contrary to what was expected, the damage to the blood-brain barrier worsened when the experimenters reduced the exposure level.
In laboratory rats, Salford’s team has demonstrated that blood-brain barrier leakage occurs after only two minutes of exposure. Further, a single two-hour exposure to a cell phone, even at reduced power, was shown to damage or destroy up to two percent of an animal’s brain cells.
The blood-brain barrier protects the brain by preventing substances circulating in the blood from penetrating into the brain tissue and damaging nerve cells. Salford and his associates have previously found that albumin, a protein that functions as a transport molecule in the blood, leaks into brain tissue when laboratory animals are exposed to mobile phone radiation.
In other experiments in Salford’s laboratory, long term exposure of rats to a cell phone caused memory impairment, and a single six-hour exposure at extremely low power levels caused genetic damage. Exposure to a low-frequency magnetic field caused disturbances of calcium transport in cells.
Salford has called the use of cell phones “the largest biological experiment ever.”