courtesy of Sgt. Paul Carlson.
From the June 1959 edition of The DelaWarr Labs
Mind & Matter Journal.
Effects of Radio Waves gets Wider Laboratory Study
(This second article in The New York Times of April 6 describes
Mr. John Osmundsen’s interview with Dr. A. J. Ginsberg after
reporting the previous week on parallel work by Dr. John
Heller. The importance of this work may be judged by the large
number of University research programmes that are being
diverted in the United States to the effect of radio wave
frequencies on health, although for years scientists have
denied that such effects are possible. It is to be hoped that
the work and research at the DelaWarr Laboratories will now
receive more serious attention…..The Editor)
Research into the harmful effects and the possibly beneficial uses
of high-frequency radio waves on living things is reported to be
expanding rapidly in laboratories in the United States and Canada.
Investigations sponsored by the armed services are going on in at
least ten American Universities and research institutes. The
research is aimed at providing knowledge that will make it possible
to live safely with the increasingly powerful radar and other micro-
wave generators being developed.
Although existing devices are said to be completely safe if properly
handled the most powerful are believed to be potentially capable of
causing SERIOUS DAMAGE AT A DISTANCE OF SEVERAL MILES. It is
assumed, also, that the implications this has for weapons
development are being investigated.
Parallel studies into the possible beneficial effects of much lower-
powered pulses radio waves have been begun or are expected to begin
soon in fifteen or twenty other laboratories.
This work has been instigated largely by Dr. A. J. Ginsber, a New
York physician. He has reported the successful treatment of
hundreds of cases of acute and chronic infections with these radio
Dr. Ginsberg admits that he does not know how the apparent cures
with his so-called DiaPulse machine were brought about. But he has
a theory about the ways in which pulsed high-frequency radio waves
interact with living tissues. This theory has interested several
prominent investigators sufficiently to prompt them to begin
research into the matter, many with their own funds.
Dr. Herman P. Schwan, Director of the Electro-Medical Laboratory of
the University of Pennsylvania – who consulted with Dr. Ginsberg on
several research programmes – is cautious but not discouraging. In
a recent interview Dr. Schwan remarked, “There is an interesting
possibility that Dr. Ginsberg’s machine may turn out to be a very
important advancement in physical medicine.”
Ironically, the effect of high-frequency radio waves on biological
systems that Dr. Ginsberg believes can help relieve infections is
one of the effects being looked for by the armed services as a
possible hazard of high-powered radio waves.
What both groups are looking for are biological responses to radio
waves that do not result from heating. Although these athermal
effects have not been demonstrated conclusively many scientists
engaged in this work agree that they exist.
Heat Long in Use
The fact that radio waves can cause heating in tissues has long been
known and has been widely used to treat inflammations and injuries
to joints and soft tissues. This treatment, called diathermy, uses
short-wave radio frequencies. Much more powerful higher-frequency
(shorter wave) radar used for this purpose would cook internal
Dr. Ginsberg said that in 1943 he had investigated the idea that
something other than heating might be going on in tissues treated
with diathermy. In a paper published in THE MEDICAL RECORD for
December 19 of that year he reported diathermy results that he felt
could NOT BE ACCOUNTED for PURELY BY HEAT.
This led him, he said, to try to eliminate the heating effect of the
diathermy. He explained that the most logical means for doing this
seemed to be to pulse the radio waves in such a way that any heat
created would be dissipated between pulses.
With the help of Arthur Milinowski, a physicist, Dr. Ginsberg built
a machine for this purpose and soon, he claimed, supported his
contention that there was a beneficial athermal effect of radio
waves on tissues.
According to Dr. Ginsberg’s theory the athermal effect of pulsed
radio waves STIMULATES THE BODY’S DEFENSE MECHANISM, marshalling the
system that scavenges foreign materials and tissue debris. This
system is believed to produce antibodies which act against
Two reports apparently substantiating claims for an athermal effect
were made in the March 28 issue of NATURE, a British scientific
publication, and in the RES BULLETIN, an American journal.
Those papers carried accounts of the bizarre behaviour of micro-
organisms and the apparent interference with heredity-controlling
material in certain plant cells CAUSED BY PULSED RADIO FREQUENCIES.
The work, done by Dr. John H. Heller and his group at the New
England Institute for Medical Research in Ridgefield, Conn., was
instigated by Dr. Ginsberg’s search for scientists to look for an
athermal effect of pulsed radio frequencies. A modified version of
Dr. Ginsberg’s device was used in the group’s early work but it has
since built its own radio pulse generator.
Dr. Heller reported that he was UNABLE TO DETECT ANY TEMPERATURE
RISE in the cell containing tiny micro-organisms that swam either
back and forth or up and down in response to different frequencies
of the pulse radio waves.
Dr. Schwan believes his group at the University of Pennsylvania has
found still another way in which high-frequency radio waves might
affect living tissues athermally.
This is to CHANGE THE PERFORMANCE OF NERVE CELLS by acting on the
cell membrane. How this would ultimately affect the organism,
however, is not known, Dr. Schwan said.
Dr. Schwan and several other scientists agree that a great deal must
be learned at a very fundamental level to find out exactly what
effects other than heat are created by high-frequency radio waves in
living tissues and then whether those effects are good or not. This,
he explained, is a job that will take many years.
In the meantime the armed services are studying means for protecting
persons who work around radar installations with radar-reflecting
clothes and shielded buildings and passage-ways.
Those steps would be taken largely to give protection against the
heating effects of radar waves, which are known to be capable of
causing cataracts, reproductive cell damage and other injuries.
The Army, Navy and Air Force are also continuing their sponsorship
of extensive research programmes on the biological effects of high-
frequency radio wave energy. Progress in this work will be
discussed at a tri-service meeting later this year.
And extensive clinical studies are being made to see if Dr.
Ginsberg’s idea of treating illness with pulsed radio waves can be
evaluated statistically with patients, even though the possible
athermal effects are not yet understood biophysically and