Richard Joseph of Cancel the F-35 26 February 2021
Cancel the F-35 is from James Marc Leas.
(I asked Roger A Boshes MD PhD, Professor, Harvard Medical School who has spent a lifetime studying the human brain, to comment on the effect on children of repeated exposure to high decibel military jet noise. His text that follows has been edited for clarity.)
“We now understand that the human brain goes through enormous changes over the first two decades of life.
It is widely accepted within the psychiatric field that children exposed to trauma develop a lifelong condition of post traumatic stress disorder which can manifest itself as any or all of the conditions within the anxiety spectrum
One of the systems that may be permanently damaged by trauma is the Reticular Activating System which is a diffuse network of nerve pathways in the brain that mediates the overall level of consciousness.
The mechanism involved in the permanent over-activation of the Reticular Activating System produced by trauma is not precisely understood but is thought to involve the neurotransmitter epinephrine or adrenaline. Adrenaline is not only a neurotransmitter; it also acts as a hormone mediating the “fight or flight” mechanism which produces redistribution of blood flow from the gut and other core areas to the peripheral muscles necessary for flight or fight, increased heart rate to facilitate blood flow, and rapid breathing to improve oxygenation of the blood.
We believe that when an immature brain—a child’s brain—is traumatized, emotionally, sexually, or physically— including by sensory bombardment such as from repeated exposure to high-decibel military jet noise—developing neural circuits involving the cellular architecture that mediates the above-described physiological and emotional responses are altered.
It is not reversible. ”
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“This newsletter aims to provide information about the F-35 and its training flights in a city that the traditional news media will not provide. It also provides information on who in state government has the authority to halt the training flights in a populated area.
It also provides a way for those exposed to the F-35 to describe their experience to a growing audience. And a forum for those with information or ideas for action to build the campaign to stop the F-35.
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- The F-35 will be four times louder than the current F-16s, and will fly 47% more often.
- This level of noise can have a detrimental effect on a variety of people including those with PTSD, autism, mental illness, and other neurological and sensory vulnerabilities. Children will especially be affected.
- There will be at least 292 people living in the 132 homes that will be in the 70-75 dB DNL* zone. There are 1, 318 households and 2,766 people exposed to noise within the 65 dB DNL* zone. , These areas are deemed “potentially incompatible with residential use” in the Environmental Impact Statement.
- Some noise abatement funding may be available after a lengthy review process which would not begin until approximately two years after beddown is initiated and flights are stabilized. There will be an initial increase in flights due to having both F16s and F35s on base.
- Noise levels at take-off and landing are at a level dangerous to children and vulnerable adults.
on effects of sensory bombardment on children’s brains
Richard Joseph | 27 February 2021
One of the most unexpected findings of neuroscience over the last 100 years has been the appreciation that the human brain is very much a work-in-progress at the time of birth. The conventional wisdom has been that the major physiological change accompanying growth and development occurred at puberty. All other major systems were thought to be fully formed. We now understand that the human brain goes through enormous changes over the first two decades of life and, in fact remains capable of change into senescence—you can teach an old dog new tricks!
Nowhere is this clearer than in the area of mental illness. Virtually all medical conditions have a major genetic component. Patterns of disease run in families. This is also true for mental illness. The single dramatic exception to this latter observation is the post-natal acquisition of conditions within the spectrum of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder with or without agoraphobia, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is widely accepted within the psychiatric field that children exposed to emotional, physical, or sexual trauma develop a lifelong condition of post traumatic stress disorder which can manifest itself as any or all of the conditions within the anxiety spectrum or even include disturbances of thought or mood. This pattern of illness is indistinguishable from the genetically transmitted forms of anxiety disorders.
The mechanism involved in the permanent over activation of the Reticular Activating System is not precisely understood but is thought to involve the neurotransmitter epinephrine or adrenaline. Adrenaline is not only a neurotransmitter; it also acts as a hormone mediating the “fight or flight” mechanism in a chordate which produces redistribution of blood flow from the gut and other core areas to the peripheral muscles necessary for flight or fight, increased heart rate to facilitate blood flow, rapid breathing to improve oxygenation of the blood, piloerection to make the animal appear larger, etc. Many of these physical phenomena are associated with anxiety and panic.
We believe that when an immature brain is traumatized, emotionally, sexually, physically (including sensory bombardment), developing neural circuits involving the cellular architecture that mediates the above-described physiological and emotional responses are altered leading to up-regulation or super-sensitization so that they are constantly “On Alert.” This leads to perturbation in glucocorticoids with the possibility of further damage to the victim. It is not reversible.
Currently, oceanographers and marine biologists studying marine mammals are protesting against the US Navy’s plans to study seismic shocks for military purposes. Experts predict these tests will kill hundreds of thousands of dolphins, whales, seals and other marine mammals by creating unimaginable stress levels mediated by epinephrine. The seismic effects are identical to sensory shocks such as sound blasts experienced by mammals on land. The young marine mammals that are not immediately killed will also experience a form of PTSD as their developing brain architecture is permanently altered.
Dr Elizabeth Neary on noise effects of F-35s