Biological Effects of Low Energy Electromagnetic Fields on the Central Nervous System

  • W. Ross Adey
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 49)


There has been extensive speculation about the possibility of enhanced sensitivities of central nervous tissue to environmental electromagnetic fields. Brain tissue possesses its own well known intrinsic oscillating field, the electroencephalogram (EEG). The functional significance of this internal field has been a matter of conjecture. Based on classical membrane electrophysiology, the majority of opinion has most frequently dismissed it as merely “the noise of the brain’s motor.” Evidence that this may not be an accurate evaluation has come from a variety of studies of effects of imposed oscillating electromagnetic fields which induce weak extracellular electrochemical oscillations in the fluid surrounding brain cells, and which mimic in varying degrees components of the natural electrochemical oscillations of the EEG in the same domain of brain tissue.


Coherent State Microwave Field Dendritic Branch Cell Membrane Surface Calcium Efflux 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Ross Adey
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Veterans Administration HospitalLoma LindaUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Physiology and SurgeryLoma Linda University, School of MedicineLoma LindaUSA

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