Wireless radiation and cell chemistry

We know that radiofrequency (RF/wireless) radiation is associated with damaging effects on the body. But just how could it bring them about?

The authors of a recent study have suggested an answer and it has to do with metals, spin and chemical reactions.

They describe it like this.

‘This involves a complex chain of events, starting with the physics of electromagnetic fields modifying the orientation of nuclear or electronic spins. These modifications can then influence chemical reaction rates, which in turn affect the concentrations of important signaling molecules. These molecular changes can further impact the structure of proteins and DNA, ultimately leading to health effects.’

The authors wanted to explore how wireless signals changed the chemical parameters typical of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when there are more reactive oxygen species (types of free radicals) than the body’s antioxidant defence system can handle. ‘Excessive ROS generation can lead to cellular damage, including lipid peroxidation, protein oxidation, and DNA damage, ultimately impacting the cellular function and contributing to the development of numerous diseases,’ the authors said.

To do this, they exposed two strains of human cells to a range of wireless radiation frequencies and observed the effects. The cell lines they investigated were:

  • fibroblast cells – found in connective tissues such and are involved in healing and

  • fibrosarcoma cells – cancerous tumours of connective cells.


The researchers found that exposure caused changes in mitochondria, which they describe as ‘the powerhouses of the cell’, which are involved in metabolism and producing energy. Exposure caused a significant increase in the mitochondrial mass of fibrosarcoma cells but a less pronounced increase in fibroblast cells. They also found changes in cell growth, which is a sign of cell health and functionality. Effects differed at different frequencies.

‘These findings underscore the impact of RF fields on oxidative stress, mitochondrial mass, and cell growth rates in both fibrosarcoma and fibroblast cells,’ the authors said.

These findings help to paint a picture of just how wireless radiation could be affecting the human body.

‘This research advances the argument that metalloproteins within the electron transport chain of mitochondria play a crucial role in interacting with externally applied static and RF magnetic fields. These electron transport proteins contain transition metal ions, such as iron. Iron and other ferromagnetic materials have the ability to generate and maintain a magnetic field. Due to the presence of unpaired electrons, these metal ions possess a magnetic moment. Unpaired electrons maintain a magnetic moment approximately 600-fold greater than the magnetic moment of a proton. The higher the number of unpaired electrons in an atom, the greater the potential for these electrons to align their spins with externally applied magnetic fields. In particular, the presence of unpaired electrons within iron sulphur clusters, with their hyperfine resonances ranging from 1 MHz to 10 MHz, makes them viable candidates for interacting with externally applied RF fields.’

The study has important implications for a society in the grip of wireless-device addiction.

‘By unraveling the intricate mechanisms underlying these effects, we can enhance our understanding of the potential risks associated with RF fields and explore strategies to mitigate their adverse consequences on cellular health,’ the authors concluded.

Gurhan, H.; Bajtoš, M.; Barnes, F.Weak Radiofrequency Field Effects on Chemical Parameters That Characterize Oxidative Stress in Human Fibrosarcoma and Fibroblast Cells. Biomolecules 2023, 13, 1112. https://doi.org/10.3390/biom13071112

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October 8, 2023