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EMF’s and Autism August 19, 2006

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Thornton IM.

Psychology Department, University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, Wales, UK. I.M.Thornton@swansea.ac.uk

‘Recent evidence suggests a link between autism and the human mirror neuron system. In this paper, I argue that temporal disruption from the environment may play an important role in the observed mirror neuron dysfunction, leading in turn to the pattern of deficits associated with autism. I suggest that the developing nervous system of an infant may be particularly prone to temporal noise that can interfere with the initial calibration of brain networks such as the mirror neuron system. The most likely source of temporal noise in the environment is artificially generated electromagnetic radiation. To date, there has been little evidence that electromagnetic radiation poses a direct biological hazard. It is clear, however, that time-varying electromagnetic waves have the potential to temporally modulate the nervous system, particularly when populations of neurons are required to act together. This modulation may be completely harmless for the fully developed nervous system of an adult. For an infant, this same temporal disruption might act to severely delay or disrupt vital calibration processes.”


Athough there may be multiple causes for autism, it appears as if EMF’s may be affecting the nervous system of children as well as adults. We don’t really know all the implications of this.



1. Rod Read - October 16, 2006

Dr Robert O Becker pointed to this connection in his 1990 book ‘Cross Currents’ and said:
Autism has been differentiated from mental illnesses like schizophrenia and is often seen as the result of a “variety of insults to the developing central nervous system” according to Becker. Actual biological injury or insult to the brain occurring during foetal development is the present view which leaves open EMFs and microwaves acting as toxins in the womb. Evidence? From Becker:

In 1988 Dr E Courchesne of the Neuropsychology Research Laboratory at the Children’s Hospital Research Center, San Diego, reported finding a specific pathological lesion of the brain in fourteen out of eighteen autistic patients, in the cerebellum in the lower back of the head.

In the early 1980s, Dr Hans-Arne Hannson of the Institute of Neurobiology at the University of Gotenborg, Sweden, began investigating the effect of exposure to both microwave and power-frequency (mains current) fields on the brains of newborn experimental animals. In the case of microwaves, he reported that brief exposure to thermal levels resulted in damage to nerve cell structures that became visible as a latent effect, only two to four months following the exposure. The nerve-cell damage was visicble in the brain, retina, optic nerve, and cerebellum. 50Hz power-frequency fields made pathological anatomical damage specifically in the cerebellums of newborns. The same changes were found by Dr Ernest N Albert of the George Washington University Medical Center in the cerebellums of newborn rats exposed to low power microwaves at one or six days of age.

As Becker clarifies we cannot be sure whether the actual lesions in the cerebellums of autistic children match those in the cerebellums of animals that were produced by exposure to either power-frequency or microwave fields. However “the apparent onset of autism as a clinical condition in the early 1940s does coincide with the marked increase in our usage of electromagnetic energy. The fact that both autistic children and the experimental animals have been found to have lesions in the same specific portion of the brain is a remarkable coincidence, which must be studied in depth.”

2. healthyself - October 16, 2006

Thank you very much for sharing this information.

3. Anita - October 11, 2008

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4. Gail Hanscom - May 23, 2010

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