What You Need to Know About Electromagnetic Hypersensitiviity



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The second half of this issue of Musings is the reproduction of a newsletter recently written by Arthur Firstenberg, an important activist on the subject of electromagnetic hypersensitivity. He is the author of The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life as well as 1997’s Microwaving Our Planet: The Environmental Impact of the Wireless Revolution.

I first became aware of Arthur through my late best friend, Eleonore Ament. She had long suffered from chemical sensitivity, and that, ultimately, morphed into electromagnetic sensitivity, as often happens. I have read every page, every sentence of Arthur’s new book, which represents a lifetime of research. My copy of the book is underlined, dog-eared, tattered from reading, reading again. I bought several copies to give to all those I love, because they need to know this vital information.

I am happy to report that Arthur’s recent book is one of the most enlightening pieces of writing I have read on health (and why we are sick). I thought I knew a lot about electromagnetic sensitivity from my involvement with Eleonore’s health issues. (Shortly before her death, I had to “rescue” her from a hopsital because the hospital’s electromagnetic waves bombarding her were giving her symptoms of electromagnetic pollution.) 

Arthur’s book showed me how little I knew. I am unhappy to report that Arthur’s book is also one of the most frightening books I have ever read. It outlines a future that will lead to much more disease than we currently have. Arthur, like Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren (who has given two recent lectures at La Casa — the link to his talk is in the margin on the right), both state without equivocation that the implementation of 5G will be a world-wide disaster from which the Earth, and her inhabitants, including man, will suffer greatly. 

Arthur outlines the history of the incremental growth of our usage of electrical energy. The years 1889, 1918, 1957 and 1968 are crucial. Each year marked major world-wide disease crises. Each year also marked a rapid, qualitative change in the earth’s electromagnetic environment due to new electrical and electromagnetic innovations. The electrical power line began to be used in the year 1898. This was, too, the year of a pandemic of influenza. The Spanish flu hit in 1918, affecting one-third of the world’s population. Its death claws came on suddenly, even more rapid than the Black Plague in the fourteenth century. Simultaneous to this period was the commencement of the radio era, with the building of hundreds of radio stations at frequencies that permanently altered the magnetosphere. The year 1957 defined the beginning of the radar era, hurling millions of watts of microwaves into our sky. This was, not coincidentally, the year of the Asian flu pandemic. The satallite era began in 1968. Doozens of satallites were thrown above earth, and this year ushered in the Hong Kong flu pandemic.

Read below about the very serious threat of 5G. Educate yourself. This new anticipated barrage of toxic, unbalancing waves will lead to yet even more illness, more pandemics from which many will die. And, interestingly, as Arthur points out, the vulneable to these changes were not the usual vulnerable categories of people: the very young and the elderly. Each of the past pandemics affected the healthiest segments of the populations — those with no history of illness, and at the prime years in their lives. Arthur has a theory about why. Read his book. It’s really must-reading.

Here is the email Arthur sent me last week:

5G: News, Needs and Perspectives

Dear Friends,

After I sent out my last newsletter (almost two years ago), warning about plans to WiFi the Earth from space, I dedicated myself to publishing my life’s work, The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life. After much difficulty, the book was finally released on Earth Day of this year. It is “easy to read, hard to put down, sublimely poetic, and scientifically rigorous,” says architect Jennifer Wood. “A mind-blower,” writes psychologist and author Chellis Glendinning.

If you have not yet read it, this book is different. It will alter the landscape surrounding our issue and make it possible for legislators and judges to change course. Although it has been selling well in our circles, it now needs to come to the attention of the mainstream press and the medical and scientific establishments, worldwide. I am meeting with a publicist later today. In light of what is happening (see below), the publicity campaign is essential and urgent. It will cost money; please donate what you can on our website. Unless we win not only hearts, but minds, of ordinary people, we will win some skirmishes but lose the war. And the stakes are far too high and too imminent.

Smart Everything, But…

My colleagues around the world — the small dispersed cadre of activists fighting desperately to prevent 5G from breaking out everywhere — are working tirelessly, without enough support and with precious little money, to educate members of Congress and members of Parliament, who are just as addicted to wireless technology as their constituents. 5G, for those who don’t yet know, is the two-letter word for an audacious plan to “educate” everything you own and buy: expect “smart” cities, “smart” cars, “smart” businesses, “smart” homes,” “smart” clothing, “smart” hairbrushes, “smart” milk cartons, and “smart” diapers.

In the U.S., industry organizations like the CTIA and the Wireless Infrastructure Association are intensely lobbying Congress and state and local governments to abolish all zoning laws that regulate antennas and towers. The number of wireless sites needed for 5G is mind-boggling, with experts predicting a small cell tower on every block in every city, others predicting cell sites in most buildings, and some predicting ten billion cell sites in the world in just a few years.

Three bills are pending in Congress to facilitate this: S.19 (the “MOBILE NOW Act“), S.88 (the DIGIT Act), and S.1682 (the AIRWAVES Act). Eleven states have already passed laws abolishing zoning regulations for small cell towers in the public rights-of-way: Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Arizona, Indiana, Minnesota, Florida, Virginia, Delaware and North Carolina. Similar bills are pending in California, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. A similar bill became law just last week here in Santa Fe, New Mexico (see below).

Although the 5G standard has not even been released yet, Verizon is already testing a pilot version of it in eleven cities: Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, Brockton, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Chinese telecom giant Huawei, together with Telus, has already achieved speeds of 30 gigabits per second in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Bell and Nokia have achieved high speeds in the 73 GHz frequency range in Mississauga, Ontario.

And for those who are still under the illusion that fiber optics is a substitute for wireless, the wireless industry itself is investing billions in fiber: it is the only way they will be able to build a 5G network with fast enough speeds. Telus, for example, is investing one billion dollars on fiber in Vancouver alone in order to support the necessary wireless speeds.

Don’t Forget About the Satellites!

The threat from space, even though it is actually greater than the threat from 5G on the ground, is still not much discussed, even in our circles. In part, this is because everyone is so occupied with preventing zoning regulations from being abolished and antennas from sprouting outside their front doors. But in part, it is because outer space is still out of mind and few scientists, let alone the public, understand the grave implications of having ten thousand microwave antennas directly in the magnetosphere. See Chapter 9 (“Earth’s Electric Envelope”) and Chapter 17 (“In the Land of the Blind”) of my book.

OneWeb’s first 720 satellites were approved by the FCC in June. So many satellites are being contemplated by so many companies that NASA is partnering with private industry to create orbiting factories that will manufacture satellites on a continuous basis in space using 3-D printers. Efforts to get this issue before the United Nations have been fruitless up to now, but they must continue.

Fiasco, and Opportunity, in Santa Fe

Last week, the Santa Fe City Council faced down more than 150 angry citizens and unanimously passed its own 5G ordinance, 9-0. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and their contractors and vendors, are salivating. It is a calamity, and an opportunity. In addition to all the fundamental issues that exist elsewhere — health, safety, environment, due process, free speech, etc. — there were numerous violations of procedure having to do with ethics and conflicts of interest.

The Mayor’s mother and two brothers own several radio and cell towers. The wife of one of the bill’s sponsors, who is also the person who made the motion to pass it, is a telecom lawyer. The City Attorney was caught in a number of lies. Some of you have seen the email that I sent out last Thursday to my Santa Fe list.

We also have issues of historic preservation: Santa Fe is America’s oldest capital and second oldest city, and the entire downtown area and its surroundings consists of historic districts. Well, this bill also makes cell towers in the public rights-of-way exempt from our historic preservation ordinance.

As soon as the minutes are adopted next Wednesday, the bill becomes law. We are preparing a lawsuit, and when we go to court, we are prepared to challenge the constitutionality of section 704 of the federal Telecommunications Act, which prohibits the regulation of cell towers on the basis of health. A local radio host said before the vote that section 704 should be overturned, and that Santa Fe could be ground zero for a legal challenge if this bill passed. Again, this will require money.

Donations are needed for both projects that I have discussed in this email: paying a publicist, and paying our lawyers. Anyone who can assist us with fundraising for either or both projects, please contact me immediately. Donations can be made on the Cellular Phone Task Force’s website. Or, checks can be sent to:

Cellular Phone Task Force
P. O. Box 6216
Santa Fe, NM 87502

Anyone who can assist with these campaigns in any way, please email or (better) call me.

Arthur Firstenberg

(505) 471-0129

Arthur was also recently a guest on What Women Must Know with Sherri Sellman. The podcast is titled “The Most Serious Public Health Crisis No One Knows About” and is available to listen to HERE.

Respectfully submitted by:
*Licensed Psychologist
*Certified  Psychoanalyst
*Stone Carrier Medicine Woman, Native American Traditional Organization

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Thanks Dr. T!

Thanks to Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren for speaking once more at La Casa last month. Don’t fret if you weren’t able to attend the event — we caught the whole thing on tape and you can watch it by clicking the image below.


On the Earth

La Casa Spa & Wellness Puerto Rico now officially has a website:



Peruse the wbesite to see all of what is planned for our exciting future.

As you all know, Puerto Rico sustained major damage as a result of Hurricane Maria.

It was several days before I heard from Jyl, my intrepid general contractor and caretaker of the property. I am happy and relieved to report that she, and 3-month-old Sequoia, are fine, as are their dogs. My neighbors, too — Rosemary with her twin newborns, and Amy and her 3 children, are all figuring out ways to live without electricity and water. Taxing, but not impossible.

The spirit of the Puerto Rican people was evident in their rush to clear the roads and make them passable. All over the island, locals pitched in to saw up trees and branches. Jyl is now able to travel down our mountain road to the town of Rio Grande.

Although the opening of

La Casa Spa & Wellness Puerto Rico will be delayed because of this unexpected twist of weather-fate (or according to Al Gore, not so unexpected), we will resume renovation, and I am committed to my plan for new construction — based on the concept of

The Living Earth:

On the Earth

Above the Earth 

Below the Earth 


Around the Earth

It may be a full year before we can open. But we will open. I have absolute confidence in the indomitable spirit of the Puerto Ricans to make their country once again an “enchanted isle.”

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