Dangers of Living Near
Cell Phone Towers Raised
Home Radiation Protection
A 2006 report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)
offered some reassurance and found no scientific evidence
that radiofrequency signals from cell towers cause adverse
health effects. The report noted that up to five times more
of the RF signals from FM radio and television (than from
cell towers) are absorbed by the body with no known adverse
effects on health in the more than 50 years that radio and
TV broadcast stations have been operating.
But an Australian study found that children living near TV
and FM broadcast towers, which emit similar radiation to
cell towers, developed leukemia at three times the rate of
children living over seven miles away.
If you live within a quarter mile of a cell phone antenna or
tower, you may be at risk of serious harm to your health,
according to a German study cited at www.EMF-Health.com, a
site devoted to exposing hazards associated with
electromagnetic frequencies from cell phone towers and other
Cancer rates more than tripled among people living within
400 meters of cell phone towers or antennas, a German study
found. Those within 100 meters were exposed to radiation at
100 times normal levels. An Israeli study found risk of
cancer quadrupled among people living within 350 meters
(1,148 feet) of a cell phone transmitter and seven out of
eight cancer victims were women. Both studies focused only
on people who had lived at the same address for many years.
Other studies have found that levels of radiation emitted
from cell phone towers can damage cell tissues and DNA,
causing miscarriage, suppressing immune function, and
causing other health problems.
Astoundingly, the federal government does not allow
rejection of a cell phone tower based on health risks,
according to a 2005 article. A Google search found no
evidence that this situation has changed.
Yet over 1.9 million cell phone towers and antennae have
been approved nationwide without federal studies to assure
safety of those living nearby.
How many cell phone towers and antennas are in your
neighborhood? Find out at www.antennasearch.com. I plugged
in my address on Mt. Helix, hardly an urban stronghold, and
was astounded to discover that there are 96 cell phone
towers, 286 antennas and 2 proposals for new towers within
four miles of my home!
So how about Mom’s neighborhood, where an Evangelical church
insists a new tower is needed? Mom gets perfectly fine cell
phone reception, and so do the neighbors she’s spoken with
not surprising since there are already 113 towers and 335
antennas within a four-mile radius.
Churches, schools, fire stations, and other buildings are
increasingly erecting cell phone towers or antennas because
cell phone companies are willing to pay rental fees of
hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month welcome
infusions for cash-strapped budgets. But at what cost to the
public’s health? There are young children in Mom’s
neighborhood, less than one block from the proposed cell
phone antenna site.
In Sweden, the government requires interventions to protect
the public from electromagnetic frequencies. Why isn’t the
U.S. government paying attention to this potential risk to
Dangers of Living Near Cell Phone
Towers Raised Part 1
St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Kingstown
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA