Radiofrequency (RF) sickness in the Lilienfeld Study: an effect of modulated microwaves?

Arch Environ Health. 1998 May-Jun;53(3):236-8. doi: 10.1080/00039899809605701.


There is a controversy among professionals regarding whether radiofrequency radiation sickness syndrome is a medical entity. In this study, this controversy was evaluated with a methodology adapted from case studies. The author reviewed U.S. literature, which revealed that research results are sufficiently consistent to warrant further inquiry. A review of statistically significant health effects noted in the Lilienfeld Study provided evidence that the disregarded health conditions match the cluster attributed to the radiofrequency sickness syndrome, thus establishing a possible correlation between health effects and chronic exposure to low-intensity, modulated microwave radiation. The author discusses these health effects relative to (a) exposure parameters recorded at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and (b) the Soviet 10-microwatt safety standard for the public. Given the evidence, new research-with current knowledge and technology-is proposed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Humans
  • Microwaves*
  • Moscow
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Radiation Injuries / diagnosis
  • Radiation Injuries / etiology*
  • Radio Waves*
  • Risk
  • United States