Biological Effects and Health Implications of Radiofrequency by James C. Lin, Sol M. Michaelson

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Membrane structure and the function of such cells as erythrocytes, lymphocytes, and nerve or muscle cells are comparable only to a very restricted degree. In connection with this it should be clearly stated that microwave irradiation may or may not affect directly or indirectly (primary or secondary effects) cellular membrane structure and/or function, and in the opinion of the present authors sufficient data do not exist either as to specific cell types or to an idealized concept of a cellular membrane in general.

This seems to depend on brain temperature, irrespective of rectal temperature. Local irradiation of the vertebral column at the IV-XIIth level causes death without prior convulsions. Death with convulsions may be obtained by head irradiation in monkeys [I21 and rabbits 14091. The importance of the relationship between the size of the irradiated object and the wavelength was demonstrated by investigations of the survival time of rats exposed to power densities of 100, 40, and 10 mW/cm2 at various microwave frequencies, millimeter, 3-cm, 10-cm, and decimeter waves [185, 3181.

38; w is angular frequency. tain energy absorption levels. As Frey [I651 has pointed out, our knowledge about the mode of transmission, storage, and coding of information in the nervous system is insufficient to take an arbitrary standpoints on possible mechanisms of action of microwaves on the nerve-cell membrane, and the more so on the function of the nerve cell itself. However, Lazarev as cited by Marha et al. [336] pointed out that ionic currents induced by electromagnetic fields may change the distribution of ions in the vicinity of cellular membranes, which may affect both their electrical properties and function.

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