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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
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 Israel.
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
Locate the Cell Phone Towers and Antennas Near You
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 structures.
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 Transmitter
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 disease
Influence of Being Physically Near to a Cell Phone Transmission
Mast on the Incidence of Cancer (PDF) (German study)
Incidence of Cancer Near a Cell-Phone Transmitter Station
(PDF) (Israel study)
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 immediately.)
© 2007 Taraka
Serrano is a health advocate dedicated to sharing information
and solutions relating to serious health issues of our time.
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