What is a human microchip implant? Are there adverse health effects? Should we be worried? To the last question, the answer is a resounding, "Yes, we should be very worried."
Human microchip implants can be fatally damaging to the human body to the extent of physical death and/or brain death. Microchips use harmful radiation to communicate and transmit information. These devices are made of material components that can cause adverse health effects. To date, there is neither a government agency to regulate neuroelectronic interface enhancements (e.g. microchips) nor sufficient laws to protect people from these emerging technologies, which is why LOBI Group LLC is preparing a bill to ban and regulate human microchip implants. We need support from concerned citizens in the form of letters of support, expert and civilian testimony, and the spreading awareness to this issue.
WHAT IS A MICROCHIP?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a microchip is defined as "A tiny wafer of semiconducting material used to make an integrated circuit" . In human and animal microchip implants, these "semiconductor" materials are encased in a thermoplastic called polypropylene. This plastic coating is referred to as the antimigration cap because it prevents the chip from "migrating" or traveling to different parts of the human body. The polypropylene material causes the body to produce histamine to get rid of the plastic, but instead of getting rid of it, the histamine cells, ironically, keep the microchip implant in place. This is the art of the antimigration technology: it uses the body's own natural mechanisms of defense to wedge itself in the body's tissue.
HARM OF MATERIAL COMPONENTS
Studies show causal elements linking microchip implants to cancer. In a report issued by the Journal of Experimental and Toxicological Pathology, a team of German researchers at the Hannover Medical School conducted an experiement on mice to test exposure to radiation and chemical carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals) . They inserted microchip implants in the subcutaneous (fatty skin tissue) layer of the the dorsolateral (upper back) part of the mice's body . Soft, tissue-like nodule growth developed in the region where the mice were implanted . Tumors such as fibrosarcoma and malignant fibrous histiocytoma were detected . However, some scientists argue that the effects of microchip implants on mice are different from those of human beings and non-rodent animals (e.g. cats, dogs. etc) . This is a premise held by the personnel of a microchip manufacturing company called VeriChip. They're the major chip makers of human implants and other biomedical devices. According the New York Times, when a report of the cancer causing effects of microchip implants were made known, VeriChip stocks notably decreased. From a sociopolitical point of view, it is quite possible that studies like the German Hannover 1997 study are not given their appropriate weight in the microchip debate because of the economic incentives these devices offer investors, medical professionals, and certain officials in regulatory agencies. Furthermore, neither VeriChip nor medical professionals can say beyond a shadow of the doubt that microchip implants can't cause cancer in human beings. Instead, they allude to speculative assertions that it is unlikely. By what margin are microchip implants likely to cause cancer in human beings? Perhaps, the difference between its affects on mice and its affects on a human being is the length of time at which the cancer develops? According to Medical News Today, fibrosarcoma does not develop speedily in human beings, but instead takes a long time to surface, unlike the mice in the
1997 study . For more information about the side effects of microchip implants, the next section contains information on the related symptoms microchip implants may have on a human being as it relates to fibrosarcoma and histiocytoma.
SYMPTOMS ON HUMANS
Fibrosarcoma (refer to citation 4)
Additionally, microchip implants operate using radiowave frequencies, which is a form of radiation. There's already a common knowledge of the harmful affects radiation has on the human body from chemotherapy to nuclear powerplants. Radiation is a dangerous phenomenon. According to the Department of Labor's OSHA division, the International Agency on Cancer Research (IACR) showed a link between radiowaves used in cell phones and cancer, particularly brain cancer . This information is significant in microchip toxicology studies. Why? Because microchip implants use the same type of radiation as that of cell phones. Both use what is called "non-ionizing radiation", which is radiation that does not penetrate live cells and does not break apart their chemical bonds. However, if the radiation is absorbed in to the cell in the form of heat, it can cause severe damage. Glioma, a malignant brain cancer detected in the 2011 IACR study, is one of such damages. In fact, microchip implants' coexistence beneath body tissue (unlike cell phones) poses a more serious health risk than other radiowave telecommunication devices. Below is a list of symptoms of glioma or brain cancer.
Symptoms of Glioma (refer to citation 7)
In summary, the microchip implant debate is far from being over. While most anti-chip arguments problematize the privacy concerns microchip implants arises (which creates a personal identification number and tracks a person's life on multiple levels), this article utilized a lesser known criticism of microchips---their affect on human health. The main point in the Hannover experiment was to illustrate that microchips have the capacity to cause a living organism cancer. However, to what degree does it cause cancer in humans as oppose to mice? More research would have to be conducted. However, as a political science professional, I'd encourage the general public to ask, "Who will fund a research project that could lead to the unraveling of a multi-billion dollar industry regardless as to how many lives it could potentially save?" Now, as a political realist, such questions aren't sufficient. In politics, no one can afford to take "no" for an answer or "unlikely" as a satisfactory reassurance. This rule, of course, also applies to civilians and leaders alike.
Notwithstanding, the emerging technology poses serious health and safety concerns to unknowing civilians and patients alike who aren't neuroscientists or toxicologists and may take medical professionals word in good faith. To prevent experts and scientists from abusing their knowledge and using it as leverage to exploit the general public's ignorance, laws and regulatory institutions must be in place to protect human rights and freedoms. LOBI Group LLC is drafting a bill that can do just that. Our bill will include the creation of an independent regulatory body on neuroelectronic interface enhancements and general oversight over all other emerging technologies and the application of scientific discoveries. The bill's terms, if passed, will ban the practice of microchip implants; give implanted persons the right of removal; and offer protection to persons who may be discriminated against on the basis of their microchip implant or lack thereof. For example, if an employer threatens to fire or not hire an employee on the basis of their lack of consent to be implantated with a microchip, then employees and job applicants would have the legal right to sue the employer. There are other concerns and provisions in place to offset criminal applications of microchip implants, but for the purposes of this article, such terms aren't necessary for disclosure. We encourage our readers, viewers, and followers to periodically check our website for updates on the bill and all it's terms. Feel free to contact us via email for questions, concerns, and comments.