When people report health problems from wireless radiation exposure – Smart Meters, Wi-Fi, cell towers, etc. — sleep problems, often severe, are one of the most common problems mentioned. This includes difficulty falling asleep, inability to fall asleep, and difficulty staying asleep.
Chronic sleep problems are now widely experienced by the public. A recent article in Townsend Letter for Doctors explains why sleep is so critical to health, particularly to brain health.
Townsend Letter for Doctors, July 2016 — http://www.townsendletter.com/
“Clinical Insights from the Sophia Health Institute”
by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, and Dr. Christina Schaffner
p. 67-70 i
The recent discovery of the glymphatic system seems to be a key piece in understanding our patient’s symptoms and strategies for treatment.
The glymphatic system is named after the role of glial cells in removing fluid waste products from the brain. It is a brainwide pathway that facilitates the exchange of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) along para-arterial channels to exchange with interstitial fluid (ISF) along paravenous pathways.
Glial cells, specifically astrocytes, play a key role in removing waste products from the brain. Astrocytes form a network of conduits using projections called end-feet that surround arteries and veins inside the brain. The end-feet have aquapoints (water channels) to move CSF in the brain through arteries an ISF out of the brain through veins.
Researchers have demonstrated that the space between brain cells increases during sleep because the brain cells are shrinking to only 40% of their daytime size. The increased space allows for increased removal of toxins from the brain. We often use liposomal melatonin as not only a sleep aid but also a strategy to detoxify the central nervous system. Melatonin has been shown to remove mercury, aluminum, cadmium, viruses, parasites and bacteria from the brain – at night during deep sleep. Melatonin- not glutathione – is also the most potent antioxidant the brain uses to heal itself.
If waste is not properly removed from the brain due to aging, injury, or lack of sleep via the glymphatics, it accumulates and may be a cause of neurodegenerative disease.
Gliomas are malignant tumors of glial cells. Malignant brain tumors are now the most common cause of cancer death in adults aged 15-39 years. The U.S. National Toxicology Program research found increased gliomas, malignant schwanomas (heart tumors) and pre-cancerous lesions in rats exposed for only two years to wireless radiation.ii The international Interphone study found Increased gliomas in humans who used cellphones as little as ½ hour per day for 10 years.iii
The importance of sleep and how the lack of sleep prevents the brain and these critical glial cells from doing their vital nightly detox function may explain why glial cells are developing malignant tumors, and why overall rates of neurological disease and death are rising, particularly in the U.S., and occurring at younger and younger ages.iv
As Dr. Ronald Melnick, now retired from the NTP, said to the New York Times:
In my view, a pediatrician would be acting irresponsibly if he or she knew and understood the implications of the human and animal cancer data on cell phone radiation and did not offer precautionary advice to the parents of his or her patients.v
Indeed, oncologists, neurologists, and public health officials as well.
This is a public health emergency. Yet all the while, higher levels of exposure are mandated by the government and rolled out by industry. The downstream effects will be devastating for our society.
Melnick was a Senior Toxicologist and Director of Special Programs in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, and is now retired.