Biological Effects of Microwaves:
Thermal and Nonthermal Mechanisms*
A Report by an Independent Investigator
by John Michael Williams
As documented in many peer-reviewed studies below, and experienced by the present author, microwaves can be heard. The apparent loudness can be almost deafening. Microwaves also can have distinct, often painful, tactile effects not resembling anything attributable to heat. Some of the author’s own experience in measuring these effects has been posted online (Williams, 2013). A correspondent of the author claims he has observed handheld radar sets being used to flush deer from underbrush during hunting season. As will be shown, whereas such claims individually might be true or false, there
is no more reason to doubt them a priori than to doubt the sanity of radar operators. More recently, concerns have arisen about the safety of cell phones (Stewart, 2000 as updated by Swerdlow, 2003; Hyland, 2001; Adey, 2003; see also Barnett, 1994), and even of LORAN transmissions (Dawes, 2001).
These concerns, actually often fears, are being stoked by rumors about covert use of portable radar by soldiers or police (Burton and
Ohlke, 2000; Eisley, 2001; Jones, 2005), and by public but ambiguous announcements of military weaponry based on microwaves (Sirak, 2001), although such weaponry, even if effective, likely would be illegal in military engagement (Williams, 2001). The underlying fear here revolves around the possibility of serious intentional injury or death delivered by microwave transmitting devices, with no forensic methodology to recognize the symptoms or identify the cause.