Are studies the only way to ascertain whether microwaves
Studies are based on a Western concept: the “scientific
method.” This consists of formulating a hypothesis, then doing experiments to
test it. If the result comes out the same every time, the hypothesis is
It has a certain common-sense appeal, but the scientific
method was not, as Western science would have us believe, handed down from Mount
Sinai with the Ten Commandments. It’s just a convention that was agreed on in
the early part of the twentieth century. There are other conventions that are
equally valid and in some ways superior.
One of the problems with the scientific method is its
reliance on data. It’s a very mechanistic, quantitative approach. Some
things — perhaps the most important things — can’t be quantified or measured
Another problem, as anyone who has ever glanced at a
scientific paper knows, is that it provides results that are often intelligible
only to specialists. Studies are often arcane and of limited applicability.
Because of this, they can be like the blind men and the elephant — one study shows
one thing, and another shows something contradictory. It later turns out both
are true under certain circumstances. But one can never account for all
The methodology used may leave the validity of a study open
to attack, especially by those whose only interest is mercenary. Industries
invariably attack the validity and methods of studies that show harm from their
products. Even peer review is no assurance of validity.
The scientific method requires replication to confirm
results. But some studies don’t lend themselves to precise replication, which
again leaves them open to attack.
Finally, the way research is carried on today unfortunately
makes it subject to manipulation by vested interests.
What’s the alternative?
An equally valid convention forms the basis for Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM): the concept of yin and yang, the contracting and
expanding forces of the universe.
Looking at nature, we see that everything exists on a
continuum between two poles: summer and winter, day and night, hot and cold, man
and woman, positive and negative, active and passive. Nature always seeks a
balance between the two poles.
Environmentalism and ecology are about planetary balance.
Holistic health techniques are about restoring the body’s internal balance, to
allow it to heal. From this point of view, we can see that anything we do to
disrupt this balance — and our society consists more and more of disruptions to
this balance — is harmful to our health and should be avoided.
This includes electromagnetic energy, which is yang, or
expanding and activating — producing a yin, or contracting and lethargizing
effect. For example, light is electromagnetic energy. If you spend several hours
in the sun at midday during the summer, absorbing the sun’s yang energy, you may
experience the yin condition of exhaustion and the need to sleep. The extreme
yang energy of a nuclear bomb, which causes atoms to break apart, produces the
extreme yin reaction of death in humans who are exposed to the radiation. Less
powerful radiation, such as microwaves, may not produce such a dramatic
reaction, but a reaction is inevitable.
We minimize exposure to sunlight. We minimize exposure to
x-rays. The same idea applies to microwaves — which means avoiding a lot of the
“conveniences” of modern life, such as cell phones and microwave meters. Even
though the electrical energy may be low, the body is a low-voltage device, and
it doesn’t take much to influence it, especially if the exposure occurs over a
long period. (In Western terms, the body perceives it as a constant, low-level
assault on the immune system.) Changes happen slowly, sometimes
imperceptibly—until eventually a problem appears, which we may not connect with
The assessment can be taken to finer degrees of analysis,
but this isn’t necessary for an overall evaluation. Determination of harm does
not rest only with science.