Student suicide clusters – is microwave radiation and its technology to blame?
This is very sad and no-one is looking in the right places nor asking the right questions. Nine students from the University of Bristol (UK) committed suicide during the past two years. Bristol University is blaming the students themselves, arguing they suffered ‘mental health problems’. One student was on campus for just 3 weeks and others were third and final years students.
Similarly, York University (UK) also had a suicide cluster of 5 students within a one year period in 2016. Of course, there are many explanations for why student suicides are on the increase and the narrative below is peddled by all the mainstream media outlets(2). “A report by the university in May revealed that half of all ambulances called out to the University of York were for incidents of self-harm or suicide attempts. The proportion of emergency calls of this kind had been growing year on year. The rising costs of higher education and a more difficult labour market post-graduation have both been cited as to blame for the rise in depression.”
What if the university administrators and mainstream media pundits are wrong? What if the cause or causes of these suicides lie elsewhere? If we merely focus on one cause and it’s the wrong cause it means that nothing has changed and even more unfortunate events will unfold in the coming years.
Clearly, there are huge problems in student safety and well-being at some British universities. Statistics from the UK ONS(3) (Office of National Statistics) show that student suicide rates in England and Wales have risen by over 50 per cent since 2007. Thirty years ago I was a student in several UK universities from 1988 – 1995 and I cannot re-call a single suicide incident by anyone (staff included). Something has drastically changed in those intervening years and one issue that has no mention anywhere is internet connectivity, particularly student exposure patterns to pulsed microwave radiation. My interest in these issues piqued when I found out that Bristol University has its own closed 5G network.
Bristol University has world renowned expertise in the prediction and modelling of microwave radiation. It employs researchers and PhD students to carry out its work and has numerous research contracts with the UK government, other research institutes and of course, the telecommunications industries such as Nokia etc. It has a research lab with very expensive antenna test suites and software programme centres. Its activities and mission can be found here: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/research/smart/
Its mission is to improve 5G technology i.e. model and predict how millimetre 5G radio waves propagate within real-world urban centres. The issue here of course is that no safety testing has been carried out for these high-end microwave frequencies. Secondly, because safety testing is not even on the horizon for many organisations including radiation scientists, how many students, staff and members of the public are inadvertently exposed to 5G frequencies? I wish I could assume that all the research facilities and their transmitting equipment at Bristol University are located and operated in such a way that they pose no biological danger to students working there or living in their halls of residence. Perhaps this centre of excellence for 5G research and the student suicide cluster is pure coincidence?
Not all universities however, carry out practical field work on microwave propagation characteristics and other factors must be at play that might explain these student suicide cluster trends. A common denominator at play is the interplay between the education system, internet connectivity technology and young people. Thirty years ago, universities did not rely on WIFI and almost all computer-internet tasks were carried out via Ethernet cabling – that has now drastically changed with the development and deployment of WIFI.
Universities almost everywhere use industrial grade (high signal power output) routers to ensure their campus grounds and buildings have an adequate WIFI signal. This means that students are exposed to a relatively high background of microwave radiation everywhere they go and in everything they do. Some lectures are taught ‘over the internet’ using WIFI, which means they are in exposure environments characterised by pulsed microwave signals day in and day out. Imagine what happens when a hundred students simultaneously transmit data to each other and their tutor in a lecture theatre: the background level of radiation will spike.
Students, like almost everyone else, also use their smartphones for keeping in touch with family and friends and for social media stuff. If you study all day on campus, socialise with friends near campus grounds and sleep on campus, you are exposed to an almost constant barrage of pulsed microwave radiation. I often wonder what university chancellors think about when they see headlines that say, “rare glioblastoma brain tumours increase 1000% in 10 years in all age groups”, “depression, students and social media statistics” etc. Do they not stop to think that perhaps the ways in which universities have embraced the new internet technologies could one day lead to toxic consequences to the very people they are supposed to steward?
Here are a few questions any parent or student can ask university administrators: (a) how far away is student accommodation to the main computer suites that house WIFI transmitting and ancillary equipment, (b) how far away are the WIFI ‘hotspot’ antennas in relation to my accommodation building, (c) please ask administrators if they are aware that exposure to microwave radiation from 900 MHz and upwards is biologically dangerous because we now have clear evidence that exposure to microwave radiation induces rare brain tumours and heart cancers (see link here: http://microwavenews.com/news-center/ntp-peer-review-sees-tumor-risk) and (d) ask your chosen university administrators whether or not they are aware of a condition called EHS (electro-hyper-sensitivity) and if they are clued up, whether or not they have any areas on the campus free of any microwave radiation.
With regard to the situation at Bristol University which is actively researching 5G propagation issues and regardless of how much research money is tied up with contracts from the telecoms industries, the safety and well-being of both students and staff should be uppermost. In that sense, I would have thought that any researcher or institute involved in the use of microwave radiation for internet connectivity issues would or should be aware of all potential safety issues. If they were, some form of environmental assessment to reduce exposure would or should be agreed before the research contracts started?
Students today face many different pressures in staying safe, sane and happy. It is statistically probable that in any population exposed to novel frequencies that some individuals react first to these pollutants. These individuals have a condition called EHS or ‘electro-hyper-sensitivity – they are the canaries in the coal mine. This condition is recognised as a disease in the Nordic countries but nowhere else. Many of our students are still kids in the sense that their biology and immune system are not fully developed. I wonder what percentages of students are electrosensitive? None of the responsible ‘safety’ organisations or regulatory bodies adequately address any of these issues. If these bodies continue to keep their heads stuck in the sand, our young ones will continue to stress un-necessarily and in extreme cases die.
Is it not time to use the precautionary principle? It has taken over 25 years just for the telecoms industries to admit that exposure to pulsed microwave radiation causes cancer. Do we have to wait another 25 years before they admit that this form of radiation is detrimental to our psychological well-being? Over here in the UK, the telecoms industries splice ELF (extremely low frequency) signals of about 16 Hz onto the main microwave carrier frequency. A frequency of about 16 Hz is within our brainwave activity spectrum. For argument’s sake, if you increase the amplitude of these ELF signals whilst the main carrier frequency is also pulsed, will these signals not affect our psychological well-being?
The solution is very simple: we should reduce our exposure to these frequencies by switching to optical and other hard-wired alternatives. At some stage, bodies such as the ICNIRP, FCC, FDA and governmental regulatory bodies such as Public Health England and telecom giant SEOs should be held accountable for their dereliction of regulatory and safety duties. If we are serious about solving the riddle of student suicide clusters, we must discuss all potential causes rigorously before embarking on policies of mitigation. If we get the cause wrong, we can fiddle all day with policies to address ‘effects’ but everything we do will be in vain. I strongly argue that exposure to pulsed microwave radiation for long periods, day after day damages our psychological as well as our biological health. I cannot prove any of this because no one has carried out this type of research!! Lack of evidence does not mean anything is fine and dandy, it merely means we have no idea what is really going on.
If you know of any student suicide clusters in your country, please contact me so that I can collate the necessary data to send to my telecom regulators – thank you. As per usual, be prepared to educate yourself about all these issues. You do not need to be a rocket science to understand what is going on. You can read here http://emfguru.co.uk/rome.pdf about what was already known 40 years ago on the effects of microwave radiation (dubbed microwave sickness) on our biology. Please also check out microwavenews.com and https://ehtrust.org/ for unbiased and factual information on what you can do to reduce exposure to microwave radiation – for some of you, your life may depend on it.