Scientists Slam Microwave Concept For “Havana Syndrome”

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Staff at the US Embassy in Havana will leave the building on September 29, 2017, after the State Department announced it was removing all unnecessary personnel from the embassy.

The microwave attack is the “most likely” explanation for the shocking casualty that many US ambassadors to Cuba have reported three years ago, a long-awaited investigation over the weekend.

But scientists who supported the report by the National Academies of Science, submitted by the US State department, say the findings on microwave hazards are unlikely. External experts on microwaves with a strange “Havana syndrome”, meanwhile, argued that it was impossible. One scientist called it “a science fiction novel.”

“In many ways, what we are saying is that the US government should do this intentionally and seriously,” said party chairman David Relman, an infectious disease specialist at Stanford. “The important thing is the government’s efforts to not only learn what happened but also anticipate the future.”

The State Department commended the release, saying to BuzzFeed News that the report “could add to the allegations and assess what would help us to determine what happened.”

The report adds, “For a number of reasons, the report states that ‘signaling’ is in line with the frequent power of radio. We recognize that ‘inherent’ is the medical and scientific terminology that allows for the possibility but without justification.”

Thirty-five spies also reported shocking injuries since the end of 2016, which disrupted their US-Cuban diplomatic relations over Trump’s administration.

In 2017, the State Department first reported the concerns of staff at the US Embassy in Havana who reported hearing loud noises and then experienced severe headaches, headaches, and headaches. Previous reports cited sonic weapons as the cause, cause of deafness, damage to the inner ear, and a similar problem with brain damage – all of which were removed by a NAS report – which Rex Tillerson, former head of State department, called “health”. violence ”for ambassadors and their families.

Other theories have also been spread that the mysterious disease is caused by the noise of cricket causing a great deal of confusion or Russian spies somehow shutting down ambassadors. In 2019, the State Department asked the NAS to re-evaluate the disease with the available resources and confidently to advise on how to collect medical information in future criminal cases. The groups met three times last year, hearing from medical teams that assisted or assessed patients affected; reviewed CDC reports from the National Institutes of Health and heard evidence from eight patients.

But the group was confused by the lack of information about the people involved, the report said, due to security and confidential medical laws. Most of the medical experiments provided were not enough, because they were collected to help patients instead of investigating the emergence of injuries.

“We had no information about the people, including the first victims, the later victims, what their relationships were,” said Jeffrey Staab, a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. Based on the boundaries, the group’s focus, what was said among delegates in Havana – loud noises, pushing, shaking, ear pain, and headache – is very different and helpful in describing it. The group also included recent reports of similar injuries to Canadian tourists and US embassies in China.

“There are real holes in that,” Staab said. “Even if we had all the security to see anything about everyone, it could be very obvious.”

The same threshold limits what scientists can say is a clear explanation for the casualties, members of the group told BuzzFeed News. The belief that mysterious diseases caused by infectious diseases, such as Zika virus, was seen as “unpredictable” – and a recent explanation that an explosion caused by a deadly poison is proven “impossible,” scientists said.

“Even if we had all the security to see anything about everyone, it could be very obvious.”

Scientists have also considered the third hypothesis that most dementia causes it. For this reason, one group of danger signs followed by more serious illnesses – especially severe dizziness, difficulty thinking, insomnia, and headaches – indicate a back injury that is spread by a contagious disease. However, without the knowledge of the people and their associates to identify the social networking sites, Staab said, the group did not find a clear answer. “The hardest part is figuring out the ideals, the culture,” Relman said.

This left the last impression that the disease was caused by “frequent electrical stimulation.” Based on a real-life experience called “the Frey effect,” in which microwaves bags twisted into human ears can produce sounds that only the hearers can hear, the group said that “Frey-like effects” were the “most obvious” of the supposed explanations. .

“It’s a little strange. But first, something important and real happened to these people,” said Relman. “We looked at possible options and found that one was more representative than the other and was in complete agreement with some of the clinical findings.”

The report states that damage to microwaves can lead to dementia and dizziness later, along with frustration caused by their injuries. Persistent injuries often have emotions that should not be minimized as actual symptoms, Staab said.

Some of the key issues in the report were their response to the State department on how to investigate future tumors, with experts from many areas instead of the only doctors who are aware of brain injuries. “Whatever happens, we will not allow this to happen,” Staab said.

However, experts on both microwaves and group psychology strongly disagreed with the report’s findings.

“The report does not confirm why microwaves should be involved,” said University of Pennsylvania biologist Kenneth Foster, who first described the effects of what happened in Frey in 1974. The results require enormous force to be heard. and he was not known to cause them harm. “Maybe someone went through a lot of trouble going to a big microwave truck to make their co-workers feel like ‘clicking,’ but there are easier ways to harass people than that,” he said.

“This is not science but science fiction,” said UCLA’s Robert Baloh, co-author of Havana Syndrome: Mass Psychogenic Illness and the Real Story Behind the Embassy Mystery and Hysteria. Reports alone, not considered by the group, give a picture of diseases that spread through patients in ways that appear to be the eruption of psychology of the past, Baloh said. “There is a great misunderstanding of this is true, people have been seriously injured, even among traditional healers,” he added.

“This is not science, but science fiction.”

Psychiatrist Mitchell Joseph Valdés Sosa of the Cuban Neuroscience Center said the report was part of the solution as it dispelled misconceptions about sonic weapons and brain damage. The findings are in line with a report by the 2018 Cuban Academy of Science, endorsed by Sosa, which states that primary injuries among a minority are likely to spread with more psychology to more people across the community. “We do not agree with the frequency,” Sosa said, “but this is the first time that US experts have agreed that the causes of dementia are important.”

He also said that Cuban hotels and microwaves are said to be located in crowded, open areas, which makes it possible for a small group to be affected or the threats to be identified.

The Cuban Academy of Science reached out to the group to offer its closest research near where people were injured, added Sosa. But he was told that the agreement did not allow for talks with Cuba.

None of the members seem to have much experience in microwaves, which could explain their desire to see what could happen like Frey, says Old Dominion University academic Andrei Pakhomov, who doubts the 40 years of research in the area. . “There are a lot of reports about the birth of radio frequency radio frequency, but there are no reliable sources.”

Although Russian spies are somewhat skeptical about building the former Soviet Union’s research into making such a weapon, Pakhomov, a Russian immigrant, says the project is now useless in Russia.

“I know all the people there who could have done anything in this area,” he said. “Both are retired or scientists.”

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