Wireless Microwave Radiation is Neurotoxic: Case Study

By Kristi Mattson, M.D.

A 55 year old male (WM) complains of increasing anxiety, poor memory, difficulty concentrating, chest pains, tinnitus, profound fatigue, nausea with dry heaves and vomiting, skin burns of redness and irritation like sunburn on his ears, neck and back, along with visual acuity loss that all become worse during the work week and abate over the weekend.  His home has been protected by removing an electrical smart meter and WiFi.  The office building where the patient works has 22 antennas on the roof including 5G antennas.  He was initially treated with Lorazepam but his symptoms continued. The Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) measurements at his desk reveal readings of 380 to 897 microW/m². These levels of RFR are clearly above safer levels of 10 microW/m² found in his home (lower than FCC levels).  The landlord will not permit any shielding of the office, so the patient has now requested to work at home and is expected to do well, as this is clearly a case of Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EHS) or Microwave Sickness.  Symptoms of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) and RFR exposure leading to EHS, include headache, confusion, poor memory, anxiety and depression, fatigue, tinnitus, nausea, skin rashes, insomnia, chest pains and dysrhythmias, infertility and visual changes.  

Physiologic changes seen with EMF exposure include oxidative stress, increased Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) permeability, neurotransmitter fluctuations affecting mood, red blood cell adhesion leading to rouleaux formation, increased blood sugar levels, heart palpitations, cell membrane changes involving the sodium pumps and voltage-gated calcium channels, as well as an increased risk of certain cancers.  These changes are reported by many EMF scientists including Doctors Gunnar Heuser, Cindy Russell, Beatrice Golomb, and Ronald Melnick, PhD, all of whom are on the faculty for the EMF Medical Conference 2021.

Because firefighters have reported symptoms of EMS, the International Association of Fire Fighters in August 2004, passed a resolution opposing the use of fire stations as base stations for cell towers.  Fire stations in the state of California now are exempt from having cell towers per California state law (AB57-2015).  Dr. Samuel Milham published an article outlining the list of cancers that are more prevalent in firefighters purportedly due to carcinogens in combustion products encountered in their occupation. This list of cancers strongly overlaps the list of cancers increased in workers exposed to EMF and RFR, including brain tumors.  This suggests that some of these cancers are more likely propagated by wireless radiation exposure exposure rather than smoke inhalation.  

Wireless radiation exposures are cumulative, additive and synergistic with other neurotoxins.  Dr. Gunnar Heuser, renowned neurotoxicologist, presents his study of 10 patients with EMS or Microwave Sickness who all have similar abnormal results using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) brain scans.  Regular MRI brain scans in these patients were mostly unremarkable. The following slide demonstrates the increased hyper connectivity of the anterior component of the default mode in the medial orbitofrontal area.

Figure 1.  Image of patient’s fMRI.  Courtesy of Dr. Gunnar Heuser.

Dr. Heuser also shows volumetric changes in the brains of individuals with EMS, showing loss of volume.   Patients with EMS, such as our case study, demonstrate neurotoxic brain changes via functional brain scans.  At this time, treatment hinges on avoidance and shielding along with treatment of underlying risk factors and diseases.  The EMF Medical Conference 2021 will present EMF and RFR shielding techniques and evidence based nutrient supplementation strategies to help improve resilience in patients with EMS and other manifestations of EMF Associated Illness.

Mold mycotoxins are neurotoxic and patients with this illness are at increased risk of developing EMS.  Dr. Mary Ackerley will discuss mold illness at the conference.  Traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple chemical sensitivity, chemical exposures, and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, and Parkinson’s all have an increased risk of Electromagnetic Sensitivity or Microwave Sickness.

Dr. Cindy Russell documents how the vulnerable developing brains of children are affected by wireless radiation.  EMF exposure in children can cause loss of brain cells in the Hippocampus affecting memory, the cortex, and basal ganglia.  Oxidative stress, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, speech delay, —and neuropsychiatric effects go along with headaches, sleep disturbance, fatigue, mood disorders, anxiety, nausea, poor concentration, and lack of reading comprehension.


Dr. Kristi Mattson graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in 1979, interned at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York; and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center, University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1983. She was an Associate Professor of Medicine at UMKC in Emergency Medicine and at the Goppert Family Practice Program.  She is now focused on Environmental Illness, concentrating on patients with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Mycotoxicosis, and Electromagnetic Sensitivity in Tucson, Arizona and is a moderator for this Conference.