The latest buzz on power lines

The latest buzz on power lines

We’ve seen that wireless radiation harms bees and other insects. But what about high voltage powerlines? Can they affect these vital pollinators, too? A new study from Poland suggests that they can.1The magnetic fields [MFs] from high voltage powerlines have been linked with childhood leukemia and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified fields of above 4 mG (one five-hundredth of the level allowed by Australian & international limits) as a Class 2B (possible) carcinogen.Dr Pawel Migdal, from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Science in Poland, and his team were interested to see if these fields would affect bees as well. Bees play a vital role in pollination. He says, ‘It is estimated that 75% of main crops need animal pollinators. The financial benefits of pollinators are estimated at USD 153 billion, or 9.5% of the total value of the world food market. ’Further, bees are known to have a magnetic sense, as do animals such as dolphins, sea turtles, salmon, wasps and molluscs. To see whether bees would be affected by high magnetic fields, such as those emitted by high voltage power lines, the researchers exposed one-day-old worker honeybees to a 50 Hz magnetic field generated in a laboratory. The bees were exposed to fields of 10,000 mG or 17,000 mG for 10 minutes, one hour or three hours. The researchers filmed the exposed and unexposed bees and compared seven types of behaviour, including walking, flight, body cleaning, contact between individuals, wing movement, stillness and loss of balance. They found that ‘All groups exposed to MF presented significant differences in behaviour compared to the control [unexposed group].’ One of the obvious differences was loss of balance, where bees fell from the walls of their enclosure, landing upside down on the floor. The researchers described this as a ‘disturbing symptom’ and observed that it did not occur in any of the unexposed bees. These changes in behaviour could negatively impact bees’ success in foraging and pollination, the authors said. The results of the study are consistent with those found in a 1981 investigation in which the authors observed disturbances to bee colonies exposed to high magnetic fields. 2The magnetic fields that the bees were exposed to in Migdal’s study were generated in a laboratory and so differed from real-life exposures in a number of ways. Firstly, the magnetic fields were much higher than would normally be found at ground level under high voltage powerlines. Further, they did not have the additional spikes and troughs (transients) that are normally present in electricity that passed through the power grid, turning it into what is sometimes described as ‘dirty’ electricity. Nevertheless, the study suggests that we need to consider the potential for bees to be impacted by man-made electromagnetic fields and locate bee colonies away from them as a precaution. Migdał P, Berbeć E, Bieńkowski P, Plotnik M, Murawska A, Latarowski K. Exposure to Magnetic Fields Changes the Behavioral Pattern in Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) under Laboratory Conditions. Animals. 2022; 12(7):855.…Greenberg, B.; Bindokas, V.P.; Frazier, M.J.; Gauger, J.R. Response of Honey Bees, Apis mellifera L., to High-Voltage Transmission Lines 1. Environ. Èntomol. 1981, 10, 600–610.
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Havana Syndrome’s Newest Mystery: Who Gets Paid?

Havana Syndrome’s Newest Mystery: Who Gets Paid?

The constant noise produced by the RF pulsed microwaves on the power grid are coupled on the lines because the power lines have no shielding to prevent the illegal interference. The constant noise produced by the so called smart grid is by law, illegal pure tones. When the RF signals pass through ones head, as I experience several times a day, it feels like one ear goes deaf for a moment then followed by a ringing that dissipates within several seconds. This is exactly how Havana Syndrome is described. It is a daily ongoing assault…….Sandaura

By Barry Meier

The U.S. Embassy in Cuba when it was being shut down amid a wave of mysterious medical symptoms in 2016. Photo: Emily Michot/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The stories patients were telling Dr. Pablo Celnik sounded both odd and oddly familiar. They reported having severe headaches, mental fog, difficulty concentrating, and loss of balance — problems so debilitating they had abandoned their posts at United States embassies or work on secret missions and returned home. Some recalled hearing a high-pitched metallic whine or the sensation of being struck by an invisible wave of pressure before an onslaught of pain and discomfort.

That constellation of symptoms, which first affected American diplomats in Cuba, became known as “Havana syndrome.” And for years, Dr. Celnik, a neurologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, had followed its strange saga as cases of the bizarre ailment hopscotched from China to Vienna to Bogotá amid fears that Russian agents were attacking U.S. government employees with a new type of high-energy weapon.

Then last fall, the mystery of Havana syndrome landed in Dr. Celnik’s lap when the State Department started referring ill employees to the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins, which he heads. Since then, he and his colleagues have treated about three dozen of them. There is no question, Dr. Celnik said, that those patients are ill, but whether their problems are rooted in the same malady is by no means clear. “If you ask me, there may not be a single cause for them,” he remarked.

That same lack of clarity is also creating a dilemma for the Biden administration as the story of Havana syndrome enters a new, high-stakes chapter that threatens to become politically explosive. It is one having more to do with money than with Russian spies and ray guns, real or imagined.

Last year, in a rare bipartisan move, Congress passed the Havana Act, a bill that with other legislation will provide tens of millions of dollars for treatment and compensation for victims of Havana syndrome. And in the coming weeks, the White House must decide on the types of injuries that will qualify for payment.

But the problem is that six years after the attacks in Cuba, no one knows for sure just what Havana syndrome is or which of the many puzzling health issues attributed to it merit compensation. And both researchers who have examined Havana-syndrome patients and lawyers representing them say they can’t imagine how the White House will decide who is sick and who isn’t.

“The U.S. government is about to compensate dozens, if not hundreds, of people for injuries for which there is no uniform medical or scientific information,” said Timothy Bergreen, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., who is advising a group of Havana-syndrome victims.

A senior State Department official said that some of its employees are experiencing persistent and debilitating symptoms, whether or not they can be pinned on Havana syndrome. But victims who insist they were targets of attacks are warning that the White House will face serious blowback from those who are denied compensation.

“It is going to be a massive fight,” said Marc Polymeropoulos, a former CIA agent who says that a Havana-syndrome-style attack in 2017 in Moscow left him with chronic migraine headaches. “It is pitting victims against the government, and it is going to be a mess.”

For patients like Polymeropoulos, the past few years have been a time of distressing health problems and frustrating runarounds. One State Department employee, Mark Lenzi, said that he, his wife, and their children developed Havana syndrome in late 2017 following an attack in Guangzhou, China, where he was stationed. But they were not medically evacuated back to the U.S. until mid-2018, when he was sent to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for treatment.

Once there, doctors prescribed drugs that only made his chronic headaches worse, said Lenzi, a security engineer. He then decided to seek treatment from a concussion specialist in Manhattan who diagnosed him with a mild traumatic brain injury. Last year, Lenzi sued the State Department, alleging that it had retaliated against him by refusing to give him a new assignment abroad.

“If the State Department had done its job, there wouldn’t have been a need for the Havana Act,” said Lenzi.

The case of Havana syndrome is not the first time that the American government has made a mess of a medical problem affecting agency employees or the military. Debate stirred for decades around whether U.S. soldiers who served in Vietnam were suffering neurological problems caused by Agent Orange, a defoliant used there. More recently, military officials ignored complaints that soldiers returning from Iraq had developed serious respiratory ailments caused by toxic fumes released by hazardous materials burned in disposal pits.

The questions surrounding Havana syndrome are particularly charged because of concerns that Russia or another U.S. adversary has attacked Americans. But while then-President Donald Trump quickly cut diplomatic ties to Cuba after U.S. officials became sick, his administration appeared less interested in finding medical answers.

Diplomats and their family members sickened in Havana waited an average of six months before they were evacuated to Miami to undergo thorough exams, and, in the years that followed, the government bounced patients from one hospital to another. Technical experts trying to determine whether a new type of weapon or surveillance device was causing Havana syndrome were also stymied because the Trump administration, citing national-security concerns, withheld information from them.

There are plenty of competing theories. A study by Canadian researchers concluded that its diplomats were sickened in Havana at the same time as U.S. officials by exposure to highly toxic pesticides still used in Cuba to kill mosquitoes. Other researchers have suggested that some U.S. employees with Havana syndrome were suffering from “psychogenic” illness, a condition in which people who fear they are in danger become ill.

Most recently, a U.S.-government study concluded that exposure to electromagnetic or acoustic waves might have harmed some Americans because their specific symptoms — pain and pressure on one side of the head, vertigo, and loss of balance — couldn’t be medically explained. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which commissioned the study, wouldn’t say how many people fit into that category or where they had worked.

It was activists for Havana-syndrome patients, including Lenzi and Polymeropoulos, who lobbied Congress to pass legislation to compensate victims. And while they have welcomed the Biden administration’s response to the issue, the White House, in its zeal to solve the problem, created another conundrum that will bear on the question of compensation.

Federal agencies and the Department of Defense sent out letters to government employees urging them to report if they had experienced an “anomalous health incident,” the term now used to describe any unexpected symptom like those associated with Havana syndrome. The response was overwhelming. The number of potential Havana-syndrome cases quickly shot up to 1,000 from an earlier level of 200, with some of the new reports involving incidents that had happened years earlier. “In trying to solve one problem, they created a bigger one,” said Polymeropoulos.

Government officials say they have resolved 80 percent of those 1,000 cases by determining that a patient’s symptoms reflected an underlying medical condition. But much like Celnik, they are having trouble separating out those remaining cases involving Havana syndrome and ones that have unidentified causes.

The National Security Council, a White House office, will make the decision on compensation criteria under the Havana Act based on recommendations from federal agencies with affected employees. Potential claimants were recently told during a State Department briefing that a list of qualifying conditions will be released in coming weeks for public review and comment. The senior State Department official said it supports “the broadest and most practical approach,” and a department spokesman has estimated that some 100 to 150 of its employees might qualify for benefits.

There may be a few easy calls. Government employees who can no longer work or who have left their jobs because of medical problems associated with Havana syndrome are likely to get aid. Those experiencing the specific symptoms cited in the recent report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are also expected to qualify.

But some compensation-related issues are already contentious. While the Havana Act calls for those who sustained “qualifying brain injuries” to receive funds, it is not clear how such injuries will be determined. The problem: While one study found indication of mild traumatic brain injury among some patients, other researchers said the findings might simply reflect evidence of older concussions caused by sports injuries or accidents.

Bergreen, the lawyer, said he anticipates that once the White House releases its proposed guidelines, a lobbying and political scrum will follow in an effort to expand those categories. Then those who don’t qualify may sue, he said. “Some people may want to take a more aggressive approach,” he said.

For his part, Celnik said he is happy to leave the issue of compensation to lawmakers and stay focused on his patients. After their exams, those with balance problems work with physical therapists on exercise routines that will help them regain their footing. Rehabilitation specialists train patients with memory issues on ways to sharpen their concentration. Many of the State Department employees also suffer from anxiety and receive counseling from psychologists as well as medication.

The vast majority of patients seen at Celnik’s clinic have returned to their jobs, but others are still unable to work. Some State Department employees did not speak out, he said, when their symptoms first appeared years ago, perhaps fearing that doing so might harm their careers. As a result, several of them now are dealing with health problems that have become chronic.

In recent weeks, the number of new government patients coming to Johns Hopkins has slowed, a trend that Celnik sees as a hopeful sign. But he admits that after six months of studying those with symptoms associated with Havana syndrome, he is not much closer to figuring out just what the phenomenon is or why his patients became ill.

“The reality is that it doesn’t matter,” he said. “My job is to treat patients.”

What is Havana Syndrome?

What is Havana Syndrome?

[smart grid syndrome presents exactly the same hazardous symptoms because it is pulsed microwave RF telecommunication signals. Smart meters on your home hazardous to all humans and animals. The science confirms this. Verizon and National Grid have lied to customers in MA and gas light to avoid the costly fix it of this health hazard. From top down anyone who has a conflict of interest because of their own revenue streams provided by their own personal agendas are lying or playing dumb or they are just dumb! Why would anyone want to expose their own children to this hazard? It is pretty demonic if they are complicit because of a job. Nothing is more important than human safety wellbeing]……Sandaura

Benedette Cuffari, M.Sc.By Benedette Cuffari, M.Sc.Reviewed by Aimee Molineux

Who was Affected?
Future Outlooks
Further Reading

Between the end of 2016 and May 2018, several diplomats, military officers, intelligence officers, and other government personnel from the United States who were traveling to both Cuba and China experienced several unusual clinical symptoms without a clear cause.


Some of the symptoms that were reported from these individuals included hearing a sudden loud noise that appeared to have directional features. The sensation of this distinct noise was accompanied by pain that was felt in one or both ears, with some individuals also reporting simultaneous feelings of pressure or vibrations felt in their heads.

Additionally, some diplomats also reported tinnitus, visual problems, vertigo, anxiety, nausea, memory loss, and cognitive difficulties.

Notably, most of the people who have reported these symptoms claimed that they were awakened in the middle of the night by the initial overwhelmingly loud noise, which was quickly followed by intense pressure in their ears and/or face.

Image Credit: WESTOCK PRODUCTIONS/Shutterstock
Image Credit: WESTOCK PRODUCTIONS/Shutterstock

Taken together, the core symptoms of Havana syndrome cannot be contributed to Anomalous Health Incidents (AHIs), which otherwise describes any known medical condition and/or psychological syndrome. While some signs and symptoms of AHIs have been associated with Havana syndrome, the combination of the four core symptoms of this health condition are highly unusual and have not been previously reported in medical literature.

Who was Affected?

The first cases of this unusual syndrome were reported in both American and Canadian personnel who were stationed in Cuba at the end of 2016, which led the condition to be referred to as ‘Havana syndrome’.

By 2018, the U.S. State Department also reported several potential cases of Havana syndrome in diplomats and intelligence personnel residing in Guangzhou, China, as well as Russia, Poland, Georgia, and Taiwan.

One additional report of Havana syndrome was identified in an intelligence officer serving in Serbia, whereas two other U.S. citizens working in Bogota, Colombia reported similar symptoms. In 2021, several other officials serving at U.S. diplomatic missions in Geneva and Paris were also suspected to have Havana syndrome. Although over 1,000 people have come forward with possible injuries associated with Havana syndrome, a total of 26 Americans, as well as an unspecified number of Canadian diplomats, were officially reported to experience Havana syndrome.


The wide range of symptoms and sudden onset of Havana syndrome in specific areas of the world have led to the emergence of a wide range of theories for what could be causing this condition. Initially, many investigators believed that Havana syndrome was the result of a sonic or acoustic weapon attack.

In a new report published by the United States National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, researchers confirmed that the symptomology of Havana syndrome appears to be consistent with the effects of exposure to directed and pulsed radiofrequency energy.

Furthermore, the researchers indicated that the secondary reinforcing mechanisms of this syndrome could include a functional vestibular disorder known as persistent postural-perceptual vertigo.

To better understand what the potential cause of Havana syndrome could be, a panel of scientists and technical experts from both inside and outside of the U.S. government were

brought together to review related documents on the condition. The panel concluded that ‘pulsed electromagnetic energy’ is one potential explanation for Havana syndrome, thereby ruling out any possible device that could be responsible for these injuries.

Furthermore, the panel could not completely rule out high-powered ultrasound beams as a definitive cause for Havana syndrome. However, panel members indicated that microwave energy could be more easily concealed as compared to high-powered ultrasound energy, as it requires much less power and can also penetrate thicker construction materials.

While not discrediting the validity of the victims’ symptoms, the panel did note that some of the reported symptoms of Havana syndrome could also be due to hypervigilance and normal reactions to stress and ambiguity, particularly among these affected individuals who are highly trained in security, being highly attuned to their surrounding environments.

uture Outlooks

The identification of biomarkers within the blood, tissues, or brain function could assist researchers in better identifying victims of Havana syndrome in the future. Furthermore, the aforementioned panel also recommended that additional data should be collected from previously reported incidents of Havana syndrome in order to develop a more effective response strategy for future incidents and educate current U.S. government officials on the potential risks of this phenomenon.



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 All of the pepper seedlings pictured above were grown under identical conditions for 200 days, except for one difference. The plants in the top three frames (A, B and C) were watered daily with tap water that had first sat in a glass flask for one hour. The plants in the bottom three frames (D, E and F) were watered daily with tap water in an identical glass flask, except the flask had first sat next to this WiFi router for one hour: 
 That study, done at the Islamic University of Gaza, was published in 2020.The same scientists had previously watered corn seedlings and pepper seedlings for 30 days with water that had been heated in a microwave oven and then cooled. The journal in which that article was published did not contain photographs of the plants, but the results were just as dramatic. Plants watered with water that had been previously microwaved did not thrive. “The leaves of seedlings that were watered with microwaved water had a color of pale green and their texture was smooth as compared to the control. On the other hand, in the case of control, the leaves had a color of dark green and the texture was rough.”Scientists in Pakistan, in a study published in 2019, obtained similar results with six different types of plants, in an experiment that also lasted 30 days. Water that had previously been microwaved for one minute decreased the plants’ root and shoot length, their diameter, their weight, their chlorophyll content, and their leaf area, and delayed their flowering. But again, the published pictures tell the story better. The “control” plants were watered with water that had not been previously heated. The “tap water” plants were watered with water heated on a stove and then cooled. The “microwave” plants were watered with water heated in a microwave oven for one minute and then cooled: 
 Animals fed microwaved food fare just as poorly. Scientists at the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria fed two groups of young rats an identical diet including boiled rice and stew, beans, yams and boiled fish — identical except that the food for one group was microwaved for four minutes and then cooled. After three months, all blood parameters were impaired in the rats fed microwaved food. Red blood cells decreased by 12%, white blood cells decreased by 30%, packed cell volume decreased by 25%, and hemoglobin concentration decreased by 19%. Lymphocytes, monocytes, and eosinophils all significantly decreased, while neutrophils significantly increased. This study was published in 2015.In a followup study, published in 2017, rats were fed an identical diet for 42 days that had either not been microwaved, or had been microwaved for 2, 4, or 6 minutes and then cooled. All rats fed microwaved food had significantly lower levels of antioxidant enzymes, Vitamin A and Vitamin E in their blood. The longer their food had been microwaved, the lower the levels of antioxidants and vitamins in the rats’ blood.Another research team, at the University of Lagos, measured antioxidant levels in the brain and liver of rats fed microwaved food for six weeks, with similar results, published in 2014. “It was observed from the result that the activities of antioxidant enzymes decreased drastically (p<0.05) in rats fed the microwaved food as compared to their controls.”A researcher at Koya University in Iraq fed pregnant rats either food cooked in a conventional oven or microwaved food for 18 days and then sacrificed them and examined the pancreas of their embryos. The pancreas of embryos whose mothers had eaten microwaved food showed pathological changes. Pancreatic tissue was damaged, including damage to the β-cells of the islets of Langerhans, which are the cells that produce insulin.And in 2021 still another team of Nigerian researchers, at Crawford University, fed rats for three weeks on rat pellets that had been either unmicrowaved or microwaved for 1 minute and 30 seconds. The rats fed on microwaved pellets had significantly altered levels of total cholesterol, total triglycerides, HDL, LDL, ALP, AST, ALT, total protein, and total and indirect bilirubin, by the third week. And they had significant alterations in their white blood cell count, red blood cell count, hemoglobin, and packed cell volume after just one week.And another team of researchers, at the National University of Medical Sciences in Pakistan, fed adult mice microwaved mice pellets for four weeks and then examined their testes. The mice fed microwaved food had significantly smaller diameter seminiferous tubules and significantly smaller height of the germinal epithelium in their testes.Back in the 1980s I wondered why I would get stomach pain after eating restaurant food, a pain which would last for about 30 minutes. It did not happen every time I went to a restaurant, but only sometimes, and at random. One day, as an experiment, I began a policy of specifying, whenever I ordered food in any restaurant, that I did not want any of it to have been cooked or heated in a microwave oven. From that day until today, I have never had that kind of stomach pain from eating at a restaurant. I have also never, in my life, microwaved any food at home.A microwave oven does not heat your food directly. Instead, it puts electrical energy into your food, which is converted indirectly into heat. Water is a polar molecule, which means it has a positive and a negative pole. An electric field forces any polar molecule to line up in the direction of the electric field. Since a microwave oven operates at a frequency of 2.45 GHz, i.e. 2.45 billion hertz, its effect is to force all the water molecules in your food to line up in the same direction, and to flip back and forth 2.45 billion times per second. The friction from all that motion heats your food. But it doesn’t just heat your food, it puts a type of electrical charge into your food, and if you eat the food right away, that electrical energy is transferred to your stomach, and it can hurt.Clearly there are also long-term effects on the body, since the above studies have found that eating microwaved food has profoundly deleterious effects on your blood and organs.Donations to support our work are needed. The Cellular Phone Task Force is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations from U.S. residents are tax-deductible. Our Tax ID Number is 11-3394550. 

Mobile phones and phone towers – are they safe?

Mobile phones and phone towers – are they safe? Is the radiation from mobile phones and their base stations safe? To answer that question, Professor Ganesh Jagetia conducted a review of the relevant research and, in a paper published earlier this month, reached some alarming conclusions.‘ The twenty-first century can be regarded as the age of cell/mobile phones,’ he said and pointed out that there are now one and a half mobile phones for every person on the planet! The radiation from these devices and the base stations that support them adds to the electromagnetic fields found in nature and are more dangerous to human health than the natural fields are. One of the reasons for this that, he says, is that, unlike naturally-occurring radiation, man-made radiation is coherent and polarized. In his review, Jagetia found studies showing that the radiation from wireless communications did not produce any harmful effects. However, he found more studies showing they did cause harmful effects than those that didn’t. ‘These investigations indicate that WC [wireless communications] EMF radiation has adverse health effects on humans/animals,’ he wrote. Jagetia referred to research showing that people living near mobile phone towers developed unpleasant symptoms such as: headaches tiredness tinnitus memory, concentration and cognitive problems depression skin problems cardiovascular problems and hormonal issues. Other research showed that mobile phone use caused ‘tactile hallucinations, dry eyes, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, nomophobia, computer vision syndrome, weakness in thumbs, rigidity of hands, and wrist, stiff neck, insomnia insecurity, delusions, auditory and sleep disturbances, insomnia, hallucinations, reduced self-confidence, anxiety, stress, and mobile phone addiction disorders.’ Further, these problems occurred at levels of exposure allowed by Australian standards and international (ICNIRP) Guidelines and at levels too low to cause the heating effects that they are designed to protect against. Professor Jagetia also referred to research showing that mobile phone use increased the risk of several types of brain tumours and pointed to increased rates of brain tumours in young people in the USA. Mobile phone radiation can also have harmful effects on reproduction in humans and animals, he found. He referred to research showing that: female rats, exposed when pregnant, had more dead embryos and fetal damage women exposed during pregnancy had more miscarriages, more children with low birth rates and more preterm births human semen, exposed to mobile phone radiation, had reduced quality, motility and viability rat sperm, exposed to mobile phone radiation, had reduced fertilising ability. Given the widespread use of mobile phones in society, Professor Jagetia’s findings have important implications for all of us.
Professor Ganesh Jagetia is formerly from the Department of Zoology, Cancer and Radiation Biology Laboratory at Mizoram University in India. Ganesh Chandra Jagetia, ‘Genotoxic effects of electromagnetic field radiations from mobile phones’, Environmental Research, 2022, 113321, ISSN 0013-9351,……)
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Meet the parents who refuse to give their kids smartphones


Meet the parents who refuse to give their kids smartphones

The vast majority of teens and tweens today have smartphones. These parents said no.

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By Ellen McCarthy

May 9, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. EDT

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For Adriana Stacey, it’s very simple.

“I’ll never buy a smartphone for any of my children,” she says.

It’s a personal stance born of professional experiences. Stacey is a psychiatrist who works primarily with high school and college students in Fayetteville, Ark., and in her practice she routinely asks new patients to swipe open their phones and show her how much screen time they’re clocking per day.

“I rarely find one that’s under nine hours,” she says. “So, these teenagers are spending more time on their phone than they are sleeping.”

She often urges those patients to delete just one app. Baby steps. But to some young people who land in her office, the thought of not keeping up a Snapchat streak is almost unfathomable. “I’ve said, ‘We can’t go any further with your treatment until you get your phone use down,’ and they just don’t come back,” she says. “That’s how strong the pull is for these devices.”

So Stacey, a mother of four, made a decision: Not her kids.

“If they want one when they turn 18 and they have a job and they can afford it, that’s their choice,” she says.

Stacey is a hard-liner in a war being waged in homes everywhere as grown-ups attempt to limit smartphone use that they believe can be harmful to kids, even as they struggle to establish healthy habits with their own phones. And, big surprise, the parents aren’t winning. Because it’s not just their children they’re up against, but also a tech industry pushing products that insiders say are designed to be addictive and a society that has largely capitulated to the norms and urges and expectations all those phones and apps have created.

Even when it comes to kids. Fifty-three percent of American children have a smartphone of their own by age 11, according to a 2019 report by Common Sense Media. By the time they’re 16, 89 percent of kids have one. An earlier report by Common Sense Media found that 50 percent of teenagers felt addicted to their smartphones and that 59 percent of their parents thought that was the case. All of this has coincided with a startling increase in mental health challenges among adolescents, which some psychologists believe might be tied to the adverse effects of social media use.

As Stacey sits with young patients who are grappling with anxiety or depression or lack of focus and can’t fathom cutting back their smartphone use, a single thought tends to run through her head: “This is so stupid, that these little devices are controlling these kids.”

The psychiatrist can’t force her patients to give up their smartphones. But she’s making darn sure her own kids don’t have them.

By the end of eighth grade, Annalise Stacey was the only one in her class without a smartphone. And her mom’s spiels about how bad the devices are for kids’ brains didn’t make that much easier.

If her friends decided to hang out after school or on a weekend, they would make plans via group text. When she went to sleepovers, she often ended up watching other girls scroll on their phones. Annalise, who is now 15, sometimes didn’t know what her classmates were talking about because gossip had been exchanged over text or social media.

“I was frustrated just because I’m more of a shy person, so I felt like I was definitely getting left out of things and I didn’t really know how to get included,” she says during a Zoom interview from her room, where gauzy fabric forms a canopy above her bed.

Dance competitions were the worst. In middle school Annalise danced on a competitive team that included girls from different schools. The girls had lots of downtime during competitions while they waited their turn to perform. In another era this might have been an opportunity to chat or goof around. But Annalise was trapped in that era by herself. “I’d try to talk to people, but they’d just kind of go on their phones or on Snap chat or whatever,” she says. Not that she blamed them. They were being social — online, with people they already knew.

Annalise learned to bring a book along to competitions. She’d spend more time stretching on her own. She still loved dance, but the dynamic wasn’t much fun. “That was one of the reasons I actually quit dance for a year,” says Annalise. “It was hard for me to make friends on the team.”

Adriana Stacey knows how rough it’s been for Annalise. “It’s sort of a double-edged sword,” she says. “I can see it with my kids and how it affects them and their relationships.”

But she’s convinced that for all the challenges of going without a smartphone in adolescence, the toll of having one would be worse.

For Wendy Herlich’s 13 year-old daughter, Vera, being barred from owning a smartphone means a lot of things, none of them good. First, there are the practical issues. Vera has been in classes where the teacher asks students to take a photo of the notes with their phones. She can’t do it. At Hebrew school the sessions often begin with a quiz game that requires answering via smartphone. She can’t do it. Sometimes her friends will pity Vera and hand her one of their phones, saying she can borrow it for a little while. She really hates that.

Beyond the practical, Vera feels like not having a smartphone is an indication that other parents don’t trust her. And like they don’t care about her feelings. How could they understand what it means to be 13 and phoneless? Smartphones weren’t even a thing when they were kids.

Vera’s parents do let her have a phone — if you could even call it that. It’s a stripped-down device called a Light Phone that can make calls and send text messages. She’s so embarrassed by it that she almost never brings it out around other kids, especially ones she doesn’t know well.

“It’s, like, really dorky,” she says. “And there’s a lot of kids who judge me. Like I’m someone who’s not responsible enough to have something everyone else has.”

Wendy Herlich does, in fact, care about her daughter’s feelings. The 47-year-old copywriter says she and her husband agonized over the smartphone dilemma. Then Wendy heard about “Wait Until 8th,” a nonprofit that encourages parents to collectively decide to keep smartphones out of their kids’ hands until the last year of middle school so as to limit the effects of obsessive phone use without creating too much isolation. There was no mass movement among Herlich’s parent cohort to sign the pledge, but it sounded like a great idea in theory.

“Part of what makes me uncomfortable with this whole thing is that it just feels like there’s no choice,” says the mother. “Because everyone feels like the world is just going this way.”

Herlich’s philosophical opposition to allowing phones at that age was tested when their family moved from Manhattan to New Jersey mid-pandemic and Vera was forced to start at a new middle school. She would have to make all new friends, and wouldn’t be able to connect with them the way they often connected with each other — through their phones.

“There have definitely been a handful of tearful conversations where she really expresses her frustration” about not being allowed to own a smartphone, Herlich says. “Because she’s the only one.”

Emily Cherkin occasionally quakes with anger when she talks about the impact smartphones have had on kids. She spent 12 years as a seventh-grade English teacher in Seattle. When she started out, in 2003, only a few of her students had flip phones and they often seemed embarrassed about them; owning a phone meant you had overprotective parents. By the time she left the classroom, in 2015, the opposite was true.

Cherkin now works as an activist and coach, part of a burgeoning new field of consultants aiming to help parents who are struggling with the impact of their kids’ excessive screen time.

It’s a hard dilemma for anyone to manage gracefully. Smartphones can expose kids to all kinds of toxic stuff online — cyberbullying, porn, bad information, the mind-warping artifice of social media — and yet the devices are so interwoven with modern life that depriving their kids of one doesn’t even seem like an option.

Perspective: Worried about your kids’ screen time? Check your own first.

“What really troubles me is that we are giving devices and products and apps that are designed to be addictive to children,” Cherkin says, referring to whistleblower accounts of algorithms devised to maximize user attention. “And then we’re expecting them to self-regulate and getting upset when they do stupid things. Middle school was a safe place, for the most part, for kids to screw up and learn how not to do it again the next time. We’ve just taken away the safety net of messing up without being blasted or shamed across a digital platform.”

For some parents, things have gotten so bad that they don’t call a consultant. They call a doctor.

Smartphone addiction mimics substance abuse in the way it triggers dopamine responses in the brain, says Bradley Aaron Zicherman, who runs a recovery clinic for adolescents at Stanford Children’s Health.

Zicherman often uses the same techniques, including family therapy sessions and interviews designed to help patients find a motivation to change, in treating both disorders. “It’s maybe even more challenging than some substance abuse issues,” he says, because technology is so ubiquitous. Unlike drug or alcohol abusers, smartphone addicts have to learn to self-regulate their use, not abandon it entirely. And some of his patients have had unfettered access to screens for most their lives. By the time they show up at his clinic, their habits have hardened.

“A lot of cases I get are cases where parents are afraid to limit screen time because it gets to the point where suicidal claims will be made,” he says.

Since setting up the clinic in 2019, Zicherman says he’s been shocked at the number of patient referrals he got for technology-related behavior. “Half of my intakes are parents requesting help,” he says, “because they feel like their kid’s screen time is out of control and they don’t know what to do at this point.”

Another problem? Parents aren’t setting much of an example. Some are unwilling to modify their smartphone use. “If you want your child’s behavior to change,” says Zicherman, “you have to change your own behavior.” That’s why he wishes parents would create smartphone rules for the whole family before the devices become a problem.

Some parents feel almost required to have their smartphones within reach.

“I do everything on my phone,” says Cherie Garcia, a single mother of two who owns a kitchen and bathroom design firm outside of Denver. “I live on my phone.”

Garcia says she needs the device so she can be reachable by clients, but feels the negative impact it has on her life and emotions. She wanted to ensure her sons’ brains weren’t shaped by the same forces while they were still developing. She’d read that Silicon Valley executives didn’t give their kids certain devices, and if the people who invented this stuff didn’t trust it then why should she?

It was an unpopular decision in the family. Garcia’s eldest son, Trevor, remembers missing a few get-togethers with friends because he wasn’t on a group chat. Her mother, Trevor’s grandmother, even tried to skirt Garcia’s rules and buy Trevor a smartphone. (“Don’t you dare!” Garcia remembers telling her.)

Aimée Lykins Lawson and her kids were in it together, at first. But when she realized she was missing messages about school, she reluctantly bought herself a smartphone. Before long she found herself unconsciously scrolling through news apps and reflexively responding to notifications.

“It’s like we’re doing this mass experiment on the human brain,” says Lawson, a French tutor.

Her resistance to letting her two youngest kids, 13-year-old Lucien and 12-year-old Sophia, own smartphones has been complicated by the fact that the family is now temporarily living in Abu Dhabi, where her husband works as a professor. They wanted phones to communicate with their American friends back home, Lawson says, and to connect with other teens in their new neighborhood.

When Lawson’s husband upgraded his smartphone, he gave his old one to Lucien. Lawson remained wary and laid out strict rules about when it could be used. When Lawson caught Lucien checking the phone late one night she took action. “She chucked it into the pool,” the son recalls. That was the end of that argument.

As for the Staceys, in Fayetteville, Adriana’s 15-year-old daughter, Annalise, has begun to appreciate her mother’s hard-line stance as her younger brother and sister — 12-year-old twins — have aggressively lobbied for smartphones of their own.

She has seen her friends agonize over drama that took place through text or social media. “And I’m kind of glad I’m not a part of it,” Annalise says. “It’s so much extra stress on my life that I don’t need.”

Last year she got a simple device called a Gabb phone that can call and text. And though she knows she’ll get a smartphone someday, she’s glad she’s had so much timewithout one. It’s made her more outgoing, she thinks. And more aware of how the phones can change people’s behavior. When she’s hanging out with friends, she says, they’ll sometimes spend hours trying to capture a perfect photo for social media.

“They just want to take pretty pictures so everyone on Instagram can see how happy they are,” she says. “And I find it strange because I’m like, ‘Can’t we just enjoy what we’re doing?’”

By Ellen McCarthyEllen McCarthy is a feature writer for Style. She previously covered local technology companies for the business section and anchored the Style section’s On Love page, writing extensively about weddings, love and relationships. She is the author of “The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook.”  Twitter

Verizon Wireless files federal lawsuit against Pittsfield Board of Health to block cell tower order


Verizon Wireless files federal lawsuit against Pittsfield Board of Health to block cell tower order

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An aerial view of the 115-foot monopole that Verizon Wireless erected in a south Pittsfield neighborhood in 2020.  Verizon Wireless has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to block an emergency order from the Pittsfield Board of Health requiring the company to come before the board to defend the cell tower at 877 South St.EAGLE FILE PHOTOs

PITTSFIELD — Verizon Wireless has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to block an emergency order from the Pittsfield Board of Health requiring the company to come before the board to defend its cell tower at 877 South St.

In a suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, the company asks the court to answer a “federal question” on the power of local boards and municipalities to regulate telecommunication companies over environmental and health concerns.

Verizon is asking the court to weigh in on whether the Board of Health’s order has violated the Telecommunications Act of 1996 — a law that established how telecommunication companies could be regulated and compete with one another in a post-internet era.

Since January 2021, the Board of Health has been working on a request from the City Council to “investigate the health concerns that have been reported by residents that live near the cell tower.”

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Residents living near the 4G cell tower have shown up to countless city meetings reporting that since the tower was turned on in August 2020, they have experienced headaches, dizziness, nausea, insomnia, skin rashes, palpitations, and tinnitus among other health problems.

The Board of Health issued an emergency order on April 11 giving Verizon seven days to request a hearing to show “why the Board of Health should not issue” a cease-and-desist order to the company under the board’s “statutory and historical police power to protect its citizens from injury and harm.”

In the order, the board finds that the cell tower “is a public nuisance” and “a cause of sickness” that “directly causes harm to certain individuals, and renders dwellings unfit for human habitation.”

Pittsfield Board of Health requests $84,000 for lawyers’ help in pursuing cease-and-desist order against Verizon Wireless’ use of South Street cell tower

Attorneys hoping to represent the Pittsfield Board of Health estimate that preparation for a show cause hearing with Verizon would cost $12,000, negotiations with the company would cost another $12,000 and a potential court case would come in around $60,000 in fees.

The board had planned to come before the City Council on Tuesday night to ask for funds to hire attorneys to back up the board’s order. News of Verizon’s lawsuit halted council action on that request.

Councilors held a lengthy executive session about the matter, but declined to comment afterward, citing pending litigation.

In its lawsuit, Verizon argues that the board’s order violates the Telecommunications Act’s preemption clause.

That clause says that “no state or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate that placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the purported environmental effects of radio frequency emissions” as long as the facility is operating within the Federal Communications Commission’s regulations on those emissions.

Health effects, Verizon argues, are included within the scope of “environmental effects.”

The company maintains that it is operating well within the FCC’s standards for radio frequency (RF) emissions.

Verizon attorneys also attached the April 19 response the company sent to the board after it received the emergency order.

“There has been no credible evidence provided to the board to support the view that RF emission in the range permitted by the FCC have negative health effects in humans generally or that they have the issues alleged by certain residents of the city,” the response states.

The company claims that the science on the safety of radio frequency emissions is settled and there’s no health risk from “wireless devices and networks.”

 The Pittsfield Board of Health issued a cease-and-desist order to Verizon. Now it’s looking for an attorney to back it up

The board heartily disagrees in its emergency order, saying it has “over 11,000 pages of evidence of studies, reports, and scientific and medical experts’ opinion about the dangers to human health and the environment cause by exposure to wireless radiation.”

Meg Britton-Mehlisch can be reached at or 413-496-6149.

US embassy in Cuba issues visas after ‘Havana Syndrome’ closure


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An old American car passes by the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, on May 3, 2022.
Yamil Lage/AFPAn old American car passes by the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, on May 3, 2022.

US reports says embassy staff illnesses were caused by ‘directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy’

The US embassy in Cuba began issuing visas on Tuesday for the first time since alleged sonic attacks against diplomatic staff more than four years ago.

Washington closed its consular services in the Cuban capital in 2017 after US personnel and their families suffered from mystery illnesses subsequently known as “Havana Syndrome.”

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A US government report in 2020 said the illnesses suffered by staff and their families were most likely caused by “directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy.”

Two agencies are teaming up in the name of environmental justice



Two agencies are teaming up in the name of environmental justice


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  • The Government Accountability Office testified that the Labor Department has not consistently shared key information with contracting agencies. GAO says the inconsistencies increase the risk of excluded contractors slipping through the cracks. During a six-year investigation, Labor uncovered violations of the Service Contract Act leading to $220 million in back wages for workers. The agency determined 60 contractors should be excluded from new federal contracts for three years. The “SCA” provides pay and benefit standards for federally contracted service workers.
  • The number of complaints about the CIO-SP4 procurement from NIH is, once again, on the rise. The protest counter for the CIO-SP4 governmentwide acquisition contract is now up to 28. Earlier this week, Precise Federal Consulting filed the latest protest of the solicitation for this $50 billion IT services vehicle. Their complaint comes just about a week after GAO dismissed two others after the NIH IT Acquisition Assessment Center or NITACC took corrective action to fix concerns around the evaluation approach. Precise Federal Consulting is protesting NITAAC’s changes to the RFP because they say the changes introduce new uncertainty to how the agency will evaluate bidders. GAO has until Aug. 10 to decide.
  • Agencies have a new guide for securing their technology supply chain. The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the latest update to its Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management guidance. It says organizations should consider vulnerabilities in components, not just the finished product. NIST says risks in the global technology supply chain include malicious software, ransomware attacks and data breaches. The agency is also working on several other publications related to last year’s cybersecurity executive order.
  • A new law seeks to get a handle on what constitutes a cyber crime. The Department of Justice will work with the National Academy of Sciences to develop a taxonomy of cyber crime under a new law signed by President Joe Biden this week. The Better Cybercrimes Metrics Act also requires the Attorney General to establish a cyber crime category in the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System. Lawmakers say improved data on cyber crimes will help law enforcement identify trends and better address digital misconduct. The new law also requires the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to be involved in developing better definitions for cyber crimes.
  • The Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency are teaming up to launch a new environmental justice strategy. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced an enforcement strategy and launched the new Office of Environmental Justice. The agency named environmental attorney Cynthia Ferguson as the office’s acting director. DOJ also collaborated with EPA on the initiative to ensure the agency is using all available legal tools to promote environmental justice. EPA Administrator Michael Regan says the partnership between the two agencies has never been stronger.
  • The departments of Treasury and State and the Alliance for Innovative Regulation are combining forces to figure out how to use technology to stop global corruption. The three organizations are launching the first ever tech sprint, called the Anti-Corruption Solutions through Emerging Technologies or A-SET. The effort will bring together experts in government, law enforcement, civil society, financial institutions, financial technology, academia and the private sector to explore practical ideas for how to apply technology to combat corruption. Applications to participate in the tech sprint are due by June 3. The tech sprint will happen over three days starting on June 21, culminating with a demo day on June 24.
  • The Education Department is changing its hiring practices for IT professionals. In addition to the typical structured question and answer interview, the department is adding a practical test. Steven Hernandez, the department’s chief information security officer, says that this test is like an MBA level business case. Hernandez says this new hiring practice has already identified strong candidates who were only in the middle of the pack during the first round of interview questions but excelled in the practical component.
  • A central office meant to coordinate how the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs work together on a share Electronic Health Record doesn’t yet have a plan to make sure the system will be interoperable between both agencies. That’s according to a joint audit conducted by the inspectors general for DoD and VA. Their report finds the Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) Program Office has not taken an active role managing the EHR rollout. Instead the IGs found the office has limited its role to holding talks between VA and DoD when disputes arise. (Federal News Network)
  • The Postal Service expects mail prices will need keep going up for the agency to recover. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy expects the Postal Service will need to keep raising prices on its monopoly mail products for the foreseeable future, as part of a 10-year reform plan to improve its long-term financial health. “The mailing industry needs to be prepared for continued use of our authority to raise prices or market dominant product products at an uncomfortable rate.” DeJoy said USPS is also within “striking distance” of achieving its 95% on-time delivery goal for market-dominant mail. On average, it currently takes USPS about 2.7 days to deliver market-dominant mail. (Federal News Network)
  • One of the nation’s largest defense contractors is moving its global headquarters from Chicago to the Arlington, Virginia. Boeing says it’s making the move to be closer to government customers and stakeholders. Along with the move, Boeing is creating a new research and technology hub. That organization will focus on developing innovations in cybersecurity, autonomous operations and quantum sciences.
  • The Navy is investigating a rash of deaths from sailors stationed on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. In the last year, seven sailors working on the USS George Washington passed away. Four of those deaths are apparent suicides, two were health-related and one is undetermined. The Navy is moving more than 200 sailors off of the ship and into housing on land. The service started an investigation into the deaths and into the mental health of the sailors in late April. A 13-person mental health team has also been assigned to the ship.
  • The State Department is giving out a first of its kind award to employees using data analytics to improve diplomacy. The agency’s Enterprise Data Council is giving its Data for Diplomacy Award out to five winners and making 15 honorable mentions. The agency plans to give more awards out every spring to recognize progress made under its enterprise data strategy. Some of the winning projects helped the agency analyze data related to COVID-19, abnormal health incidents better known as Havana Syndrome, and track the travel of tens of thousands of refugees.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘They woke up burned or injured.’ Top brain expert and ex-CIA officer reveals hundreds of military servicemen suffered brain damage or symptoms of the mysterious ‘Havana Syndrome’ and even DEATH after encountering UFOs


EXCLUSIVE: ‘They woke up burned or injured.’ Top brain expert and ex-CIA officer reveals hundreds of military servicemen suffered brain damage or symptoms of the mysterious ‘Havana Syndrome’ and even DEATH after encountering UFOs

  • Forensic neuroimaging expert Christopher Green says he has dealt with ‘hundreds of patients’ who were injured or died after interacting with UFOs 
  • ‘I’m the go-to physician in the Department of Defense for unexplained morbidity and mortality,’ he told in an exclusive interview 
  • ‘I do look at injuries and mortality from unidentified UAPs (unidentified aerial phenomena),’ he added 
  • Green, a professor at the Wayne State School of Medicine in Detroit, was in 2010 commissioned to write a paper by a secret $22M defense program  
  • He described symptoms of multiple sclerosis, brain damage, and burns among patients from ‘[Close Encounters of the Third and Fourth Kind] events’ 
  • He said symptoms of many of the cases were similar to ‘Havana Syndrome’ – a mysterious illness affecting diplomats and US officials in embassies around the world
  • Green said many of his patients experienced burns and brain damage and that around one in ten died within seven years of their reported encounter


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Hundreds of military officers have had injuries including brain damage and burns after encounters with UFOs, a top brain expert and former CIA officer has revealed.

Detroit Professor Christopher Green was commissioned around 2010 by a secret $22million defense program monitoring UFOs, to write a paper on injuries from close encounters with ‘anomalous’ craft.

In an exclusive interview with the forensic neuroimaging expert, who has worked with the CIA since the 1960s, said he dealt with ‘hundreds of patients’ including special forces officers and other military personnel hurt after interacting with unidentified craft, some of whom later died.

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Some of the injuries resembled the mysterious ‘Havana Syndrome’, which intelligence agencies believe could be a series of clandestine attacks on US diplomats by a foreign power using targeted microwaves.

But Professor Green’s cases presented decades before the spate of injuries at the Cuban embassy in 2016 that gave the illness its name.

US intelligence officials have evidence that UFO sightings can lead to adverse health effects including radiation burns, according to a study released this week. Above, a photo of a UFO taken by navy pilots in 2020


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US intelligence officials have evidence that UFO sightings can lead to adverse health effects including radiation burns, according to a study released this week. Above, a photo of a UFO taken by navy pilots in 2020

In May, a video was released that appeared to show a UFO buzz a US stealth ship near San Diego before diving under the water back in July 2019


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In May, a video was released that appeared to show a UFO buzz a US stealth ship near San Diego before diving under the water back in July 2019

Leaked Pentagon footage shows UFO flying over San Diego in 201

An unclassified version of Dr. Green’s paper, titled ‘Clinical Medical Acute & Subacute Field Effects on Human Dermal & Neurological Tissues‘, was released last year under the Freedom of Information Act and describes symptoms of multiple sclerosis, brain damage, and burns sustained by patients from ‘CE-III-IV events’ [Close Encounters of the Third and Fourth Kind] – an apparent reference to interactions with, and even abductions by, UFOs. 

The news comes after Congress approved funding in December for an official government UFO-monitoring program which will include ‘an assessment of any health-related effects for individuals that have encountered unidentified aerial phenomena.’

And earlier this week, a newly released report from a shadowy Pentagon program that closed in 2012 similarly revealed that US intelligence officials have evidence that UFO sightings have led to adverse health effects like radiation burns, paralysis and even brain damage.

Dr. Green said he became the go-to expert for military patients who had out-of-this-world experiences backed up by witnesses and radar data – including cases of ‘big silent drones’ which ‘hovered and moved in odd ways’, ‘showed emanations of funny lights, patterns and strobes’, and even ‘cloaked or changed shape’ and ‘instantaneously appeared and disappeared’.

Forensic neuroimaging expert and university professor Christopher Green says he has dealt with 'hundreds of patients' who were injured or died after interacting with UFOs


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Forensic neuroimaging expert and university professor Christopher Green says he has dealt with ‘hundreds of patients’ who were injured or died after interacting with UFOs

Although his paper, published in March 2010, makes references to ‘ETs’ and ‘off-world exposures’, Green told that he was able to explain every injury he has treated by currently existing, albeit advanced, human technology.

The Wayne State School of Medicine professor said he believed some of the injuries he has seen arose from patients being too close to ‘subtle, highly powered, highly modulated microwaves’ and suggested in his study that soldiers could have been accidentally hit with powerful radio or electromagnetic frequencies from the propulsion systems of these strange hovering and rapidly moving aircraft.

Green said that symptoms of many of the cases he saw were similar to the ‘Havana Syndrome’, a mysterious illness affecting diplomats and US government officials in embassies around the world believed by intelligence agencies to be a targeted hi-tech attack.

In January the CIA released a report from a panel of experts who analyzed 1,000 patients’ cases and found two dozen with injuries they believe could have been caused by pulsed electromagnetic waves from a device used by a hostile foreign power – most likely Russia.

Several of those injuries were sustained by diplomats at the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, in 2016.

But Green’s paper focused on cases of US government and military personnel with similar injuries referred to him decades before ‘Havana Syndrome’ was identified.

The professor refused to discuss his 2009 DoD-commissioned research paper in detail citing his oath to keep classified secrets, but added that his was one of 38 studies commissioned by the $22million initiative called the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP), overseen by the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2007 to 2012.

‘I had said some things in the paper that they [the DIA] did not want me to say,’ he told 

‘The reason I was told was, I referred to radio frequencies as having to do with alien spacecraft, and UFOs.

Symptoms of Havana Syndrome include loud noise, ear pain, intense head pressure or vibration, dizziness, visual problems, and cognitive difficulties


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Symptoms of Havana Syndrome include loud noise, ear pain, intense head pressure or vibration, dizziness, visual problems, and cognitive difficulties


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‘I think that there are serious people in the Department of Defense who believe that some of the objects that are identified as ‘unidentified flying objects’ are real, and are extraterrestrial.

‘It’s reasonable that reasonable people are concerned about that.’

The former Assistant National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology, who described himself as having been ‘an intelligence officer for the government since 1969,’ said that as well as writing his 2010 study on injuries from UFOs, he has also for decades treated classified cases of soldiers injured in unexplained ways, referred to him by government officials.

‘Because I’m a forensic neurologist and a brain imager, I’m the go-to physician in the Department of Defense for unexplained morbidity and mortality,’ Green said.

‘I do look at injuries and mortality from unidentified UAPs.

‘My client population is heavily within intelligence, Department of Defense, Special Forces, aerospace industry, people that work under contract for aerospace companies that get ill and they don’t know why.

‘What my cases are exposed to are things they see in daylight, with witnesses under battle conditions, in circumstances of test and evaluation at advanced facilities.’

Green said many of his patients experienced burns and brain damage from their encounters with ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’.

He listed his patients’ varied descriptions of getting up close to a ‘big drone’, a ‘silent drone’ – or something even stranger.

‘Sometimes they hovered. Sometimes they moved in odd ways,’ he said. ‘Some did show clear, advanced cloaking. Some did show emanations of funny lights, patterns and strobes.

The report from 2010 was compiled for the now-defunct Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. It ranks several kinds of UFO encounters as well as the adverse health effects reported by witnesses


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The report from 2010 was compiled for the now-defunct Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. It ranks several kinds of UFO encounters as well as the adverse health effects reported by witnesses

‘There are a lot of cases of things that instantaneously appear and instantaneously disappear. 

‘There are a lot that will instantly disappear and then instantly appear close by but in another angle of sight. In a blink of an eye it will not appear to be directly ahead of you but will appear to be 30 degrees to the right, or 30 degrees to the left.

‘Some of them did come close, and make them become unconscious and they woke up burned or injured.’

Green said around one in ten of his patients died within seven years of their reported encounter.

A small percentage of the professor’s patients even said they encountered ‘something cloaked that was a human being’.

He said he was even aware of injuries from encounters with UFOs ‘near the White House’ and over the Capitol Mall, though he said he had not personally treated any of those cases and declined to comment further.

Despite the strangeness of his patients’ descriptions, Green said their injuries could all be explained by current human technology, including advanced microwave and radio frequency non-lethal weapons developed by the US and other countries.

‘I don’t have to invent aliens in order to explain the cases that I get,’ he said.

What is ‘Havana Syndrome’? The mysterious illness that started in the US embassy in Cuba and causes memory and hearing loss  

The problem has been labeled the ‘Havana Syndrome,’ because the first cases affected personnel in 2016 at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba. 

At least 200 cases across the government are now under investigation. 

People who are believed to have been affected have reported headaches, dizziness and symptoms consistent with concussions, with some requiring months of medical treatment. Some have reported hearing a loud noise before the sudden onset of symptoms. 

Countries its been reported in: Cuba, United States, China, Russia, Vietnam, Austria, Germany, Serbia, United Kingdom, Georgia, Poland, Taiwan, Australia, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan 

Symptoms include:

-hearing loss

-severe headaches

-memory issues 


-brain injury  

Green’s 2010 study said that humans already had technology to use electromagnetic and radio waves as weapons, including devices to cause ‘second degree burns’ from up to hundreds of meters away, the ‘ability to cause frontal-temporal headache’, radio frequencies that ‘disorient and destabilize muscular coordination’ and even ‘loss of consciousness, muscle spasms, muscle weakness’ from certain directed bursts of waves.

‘The use of Very High Intensity RF [radio frequency] pulses at, for example, 915 MHz will cause an elevation in brain temperature of 8’C, resulting in petit mal or grand mal seizures after one minute exposure, followed by 5 minutes of unconsciousness,’ he wrote.

Dr. Green wrote that the injuries to humans from getting too close to UFOs could give clues as to how the strange craft work, including hypotheses about how they use strong electromagnetic fields for propulsion.

‘The purpose of this paper is to argue that data exists to ‘reverse engineer’ propulsion systems of anomalous aerospace vehicles,’ Green’s paper said.

One theory is that UFOs bend the fabric of spacetime to allow them to defy gravity, and in doing so turn the heat from their engines into high-energy microwaves or ultraviolet waves in a process called ‘blue shifting’.

Anyone who gets too close to those UFOs while their engines are on would be hit with a blast of radiation, scientists hypothesize.

Green referenced the Cash-Landrum case in his study, where two women famously sued the US government over illness resembling radiation exposure after allegedly encountering a diamond-shaped UFO on a Texas country road in 1980 that hovered in front of them, caused their car to heat up, then was escorted away by dozens of Chinook helicopters.

A disturbing UFO injury case investigated under the DIA’s AAWSAP contract was described in an October 2021 book co-authored by two of the program’s managers.

A 48-year-old biotechnologist given the pseudonym Ron Becker by the authors told AAWSAP investigators he was with his daughter driving 50 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon in May 2005 when they saw three blue orbs flying about in a field a hundred yards away.

Father and daughter told AAWSAP manager and book co-author Colm Kelleher that as they watched, the softball-sized orbs flew towards them and through their vehicle, one passing through Becker’s arm and chest.

In the days after Becker felt dizzy and nauseous, began losing hair and started losing his sight and hearing. Blood tests over the next two years showed severe abnormalities and he was diagnosed with a rare cancer in his chest.   

Pilots who witnessed the famous ‘tic tac’ white oblong UFO flying around a US aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego were among those who suffered physiological effects, according to a book published last year by two managers of the DoD’s secret $22million program.

The UFO was recorded by Navy pilots in videos leaked in 2017 to the New York Times, sending shockwaves round the world.

The stunning revelations in the book, Skinwalkers at the Pentagon, include the claim that Navy pilots who intercepted a UFO in 2004 flying at incredible speeds without any visible means of propulsion near the USS Nimitz, had ‘biological sequelae’ and ‘adverse psychological or medical effects’.

However the book, co-authored by AAWSAP program managers Colm Kelleher and James Lacatski, said HIPAA regulations for medical privacy prevented them from going into further detail.




‘We are aware of some biological sequelae of the Nimitz event but unfortunately we are precluded from discussing it, due to the fact that the medical data and details are embargoed under HIPAA regulations,’ they wrote. ‘We were strongly admonished not to break HIPAA medical privacy rules when it came to any military pilot or crew UAP encounters.

‘Secondly, the pilots themselves are in a very difficult position because reporting any adverse psychological or medical effects after UFO encounters will mean probable interruption in their ability to fly. This outcome would be simply unacceptable to most Navy or Air Force pilots.’