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Cell Phone Towers: How Far is Safe?
by Taraka Serrano
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If you or people you know live within a quarter
mile of a cell phone tower, this may be of concern. Two studies, one in
Germany and the other in Israel, reveal that living in proximity of a
cell phone tower or antenna could put your health at significant risk.
German study: 3 times increased cancer risk
Several doctors living in Southern Germany city of
Naila conducted a study to assess the risk of mobile phone radiation.
Their researh examined whether population living close to two
transmitter antennas installed in 1993 and 1997 in Naila had increased
risk of cancer.
Data was gathered from nearly 1,000 patients who
had been residing at the same address during the entire observation
period of 10 years. The social differences are small, with no ethnic
diversity. There is no heavy industry, and in the inner area there are
neither high voltage cable nor electric trains. The average ages of the
residents are similar in both the inner and outer areas.
What they found is quite telling: the proportion
of newly developed cancer cases was three times higher among those who
had lived during the past ten years at a distance of up to 400m (about
1300 feet) from the cellular transmitter site, compared to those living
further away. They also revealed that the patients fell ill on average
8 years earlier.
Computer simulation and measurements used in the
study both show that radiation in the inner area (within 400m) is 100
times higher compared to the outer area, mainly due to additional
emissions coming from the secondary lobes of the transmitter.
Looking at only the first 5 years, there was no
significant increased risk of getting cancer in the inner area.
However, for the period 1999 to 2004, the odds ratio for getting cancer
was 3.38 in the inner area compared to the outer area. Breast cancer
topped the list, with an average age of 50.8 year compared with 69.9
years in the outer area, but cancers of the prostate, pancreas, bowel,
skin melanoma, lung and blood cancer were all increased
Israel study: fourfold cancer risk
Another study, this one from Israel's Tel Aviv
University, examined 622 people living near a cell-phone transmitter
station for 3-7 years who were patients in one clinic in Netanya and
compared them against 1,222 control patients from a nearby clinic.
Participants were very closely matched in environment, workplace and
occupational characteristics. The people in the first group live within
a half circle of 350m (1148 feet) radius from the transmitter, which
came into service in July 1996.
The results were startling. Out of the 622 exposed
patients, 8 cases of different kinds of cancer were diagnosed in a
period of just one year (July 1997 to June 1998): 3 cases of breast
cancer, one of ovarian cancer, lung cancer, Hodgkin's disease (cancer
of the lymphatic system), osteoid osteoma (bone tumour) and kidney
cancer. This compares with 2 per 1 222 in the matched controls of the
nearby clinic. The relative risk of cancer was 4.15 for those living
near the cell-phone transmitter compared with the entire population of
Women were more susceptible. As seven out of eight
cancer cases were women, the relative cancer rates for females were
10.5 for those living near the transmitter station and 0.6 for the
controls relative for the whole town of Netanya. One year after the
close of the study, 8 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the
microwave exposed area and two in the control area.
Locate the Cell Phone Towers and Antennas Near
Do you know how many cell phone transmitters are
in your neighborhood? You'd be surprised. Visit antennasearch.com
to find out where the towers and antennas are in your area and how
close they are to your home or place of work. The site will also
pinpoint future tower locations, additional helpful information for
those considering buying a home.
For clarity, towers are tall structures where
antennas are installed. A typical tower may easily hold over 10
antennas for various companies. Antennas, on the other hand, are the
actual emitters of signals for various radio services including
cellular, paging and others. Antennas are placed on high towers or can
be installed by themselves (stand alone) on top of buildings and other
Using where I live as an example, I've located 3
cell phone towers and 22 antennas within a quarter mile from our home,
with the closest one at 845 feet.. And this is in a relatively quiet
residential neighborhood by the ocean in the small city of Hilo in
Hawaii. As you may guess, I did my research only well after we've moved
in. Fortunately, we're here on just a lease and we'll be a bit wiser
next time we look for a new home.
What to Do If You Live Near a Cell Phone
Short of relocating, there are some things you can
do to fight the effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR). The Safe
Wireless Initiative of the Science and Public Policy Institute in
Washington, DC, outlines three levels of intervention in accordance
with the public health paradigm that everyone can apply. Here are our
suggestions based on these guidelines:
The primary means of intervention is through
avoidance or minimizing exposure. This simply means to avoid contact
with EMR as much as possible. In case of a cell phone tower close to
your home, this could mean using specially formulated RF shield paint,
shielding fabric, shielding glass or film for windows, etc. Although
they may sound extreme, these measures are a life-saver for someone who
suffers from electrosensitivity, a condition in which a person
experiences physical symptoms aggravated by electromagnetic fields.
(Sweden is the only country so far that recognizes electrosensitivity
as a real medical condition, and their government pays for measures to
reduce exposure in their homes and workplaces).
The secondary means of intervention is to minimize
the effects of exposure. This includes the use of bioenergetic devices
that help reduce the effects of EMR, such as pendants, chips or other
devices designed to strengthen the biofield of the individual. A
biofield is the matrix of weak electromagnetic signals that the body's
cells use to communicate with each other. EMR disrupts these signals,
causing the cells to eventually shut down and result in build up of
toxins and waste products within the cells, including free radicals
known to result in cellular dysfunction and interference with DNA
repair. A scientifically validated bioenergetic device restores
intercellular communications and normal cellular function by
strengthening the biofield against the effects of EMR.
The third means of intervention is to help reverse
damage caused by exposure.This includes nutritional support such as
anti-oxidant supplementation, particularly helpful in countering the
effects of free radicals. Supplementing with anti-oxidants SOD,
catalase, glutathione, and Coq10 are especially recommended. Microwave
radiation has been shown to decrease levels of these anti-oxidants that
the body normally produces to protect itself. These levels are
sensitive indicators in stress, aging, infections and various other
1. The Influence of Being Physically Near to a Cell Phone
Transmission Mast on the Incidence of Cancer (PDF) (German
Incidence of Cancer Near a Cell-Phone Transmitter Station (PDF) (Israel
Epidemiological Study of Cancer Incidence in the Municipalities of
Hausmannstätten & Vasoldsberg (Austria) (PDF)
(Note: This article is shared for educational
purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you believe
that you have a health problem, see your doctor or health professional
2007 Taraka Serrano
Serrano is a health advocate dedicated to sharing information and
solutions relating to serious health issues of our time. Watch video
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