EMF Pollution (2012) Brain Areas Related to Learning, Memory, Alzheimers Impacted by EMF Exposure

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A 2012 Greek study has measured changes in animal brain proteins after exposure to RF electromagnetic fields, similar to the kind of microwave radiation emitted from cell phones, portable phones, WiFi and wireless computer equipment.

The parts of the brains used for learning and memory were impacted by microwave radiation, including the hippocampus, cerebellum and frontal lobe, at exposures below the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) safety guidelines. A total of 143 proteins in the brain were changed over a period of 8 months, providing new evidence for a potential relationship between everyday cell phone use, wireless transmitters and wireless computer equipment and electrosensitivity symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness and sleep disorders, as well as with tumors, Alzheimer's and even metabolic effects.

The study simulated 3 hours of cell phone exposure over eight months, 8 hours of DECT portable phone exposure over eight months, and included a sham exposure control group.

Several proteins employed in the proper functioning of the neurons and proteins of the brain metabolism were impacted in nearly all of the brain regions studied.

This is important. According to wikipedia.com, "The key to neural function is the synaptic signaling process, which is partly electrical and partly chemical. The electrical aspect depends on properties of the neuron's membrane. Like all animal cells, every neuron is surrounded by a plasma membrane, a bilayer of lipid molecules with many types of protein structures embedded in it. A lipid bilayer is a powerful electrical insulator, but in neurons, many of the protein structures embedded in the membrane are electrically active." (italics ours)

One of the researchers, Adamantia Fragopoulou said, "Our study is important because it shows for the first time protein changes in the mouse brain after EMF exposure and in particular in very crucial regions like hippocampus, cerebellum and frontal lobe, all involved in learning, memory and other complicated functions of the mammalian brain. We have demonstrated that 143 proteins are altered after electromagnetic radiation, including proteins that have been correlated so far with Alzheimer's, glioblastoma, stress and metabolism. In its perspective, this study is anticipated to throw light in the understanding of such health effects like headaches, dizziness, sleep disorders, memory disorders, brain tumors, all of them related, to the function of the altered brain proteins."

Here's the link to the full abstract.

Researchers: Adamantia Fragopoulou and Lukas Margaritis

Published: "Brain proteome response following whole body exposure of mice to mobile phone or wireless DECT base radiation," Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, Early Online: 1-25, 2012