Cell Phone EMF Hazards for All Especially Children and Pregnant Women

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If you’re pregnant, there is compelling evidence that you should use extreme caution when using a cell phone, and at least take care to keep it as far away from your developing baby as possible.

The latest animal study suggests that the increasingly prevalent neurobehavioral disorders in children — conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — may be related to exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cell phones while in utero.

Hyperactivity, Impaired Memory Linked to In Utero Cell Phone Exposure

Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine positioned a cell phone above a cage of pregnant mice. The phone was transmitting an uninterrupted active call for the entire 17 days of gestation.

When the offspring were later tested, they showed signs of ADHD, including reduced transmissions in the prefrontal cortex of the brain. As researchers noted:
“”The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is responsible for executive functions by screening distractions and maintaining attention in goal-oriented behaviors. Impairment of the PFC leads to dysregulated behavior/emotion such as ADHD.””

They further explained:
“”Mice exposed [to cell phone radiation] during pregnancy had impaired memory, were hyperactive, and had decreased anxiety, indicating that in-utero exposure to radiofrequency is a potential cause of neurobehavioral disorders. …The exposure to cellular telephones in pregnancy may have a comparable effect on the fetus and similar implications for society as do exposures to other common neurodevelopmental toxicants.””

It’s widely known that children, due to their thinner skulls, smaller brains, softer brain tissue and far more rapidly dividing cells, are even more susceptible to damage from cell phone use than adults, which suggests that babies in the womb, who are perhaps the most vulnerable population of all, may be at similar or greater at risk.
The researchers expand:
“”During critical windows in neurogenesis the brain is susceptible to numerous environmental insults; common medically relevant exposures include ionizing radiation, alcohol, tobacco, drugs and stress. The effects of these agents are dependent on dose and timing of exposure. Even small exposures during periods of neurogenesis have a more profound effect than exposure as an adult …environmental exposures occurring in fetal life can lead to persistent neurological deficits.””
Cell Phones May Cause “”Certain Harm”” to Fetal Rat Brains

This was the conclusion of a study in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, which sought to evaluate the intensity of oxidative stress and the levels of neurotransmitters in the brains of fetal rats chronically exposed to radiation from cell phones.

Four groups of pregnant rats were exposed to different intensities of cell phone microwave radiation — one group that was left unexposed, and three groups that were irradiated three times daily for either 10, 30, or 60 minutes at a time. After three weeks, the fetal rats were examined for changes in their brains. Studies on humans have corroborated these findings. All of the irradiated groups exhibited significant neurological differences, with researchers noting:
“”Through this study, we concluded that receiving a certain period of microwave radiation from cellular phones during pregnancy has certain harm on fetal rat brains.””
Studies Involving Human Children Show Increased Behavioral Problems With In Utero Cell Phone Exposure

In 2008, researchers analyzed data from nearly 13,000 children and found that exposure to cell phones while in the womb, and also as children, was linked to more behavioral difficulties.iii Pregnant women using handsets just two or three times a day was enough to raise the risk of their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age — and the risk became even greater if the children also used the phones themselves before age 7.

The 2008 study revealed that mothers who used mobile phones were 54 percent more likely to have children with behavioral problems. When the children also later used the phones themselves by age 7, they were:

80 percent more likely to suffer from difficulties with behavior
25 percent more at risk from emotional problems
34 percent more likely to suffer from difficulties relating to their peers
35 percent more likely to be hyperactive
49 percent more prone to problems with conduct

Then, in 2010, the researchers looked at a larger group of children — nearly 29,000 — and also considered additional variables that could be swaying the results, and the association was found once again. In that study, children whose mothers used cell phones while pregnant were 40 percent more likely to have behavioral problems and this rose to 50 percent when the children also used cell phones themselves. The researchers even accounted for family history of behavioral problems, inattention of the mother, breastfeeding and time spent with the child — and the association still remained.

If You’re Pregnant, Is Cell Phone Use Safe?

That’s a decision you’ll have to make for yourself after considering the evidence, such as the studies noted above. I do believe there is more than enough evidence to warrant everyone limiting their cell phone use and taking precautions, and I have long recommended that, barring a life-threatening emergency, children should not use a cell phone, or a wireless device of any type. A fetus is even more vulnerable than a child, so take that into consideration as well. As a parent you have a responsibility to protect this young life.

Many government agencies across the globe are taking these risks very seriously. The European Parliament has called for schools to be wireless free, in addition to hospitals, day care and retirement living facilities. And in a report published by Mobilewise, a UK charity, medical experts and Mobilewise call on government and industry to provide warnings and advice on ways to reduce the risk of health damage when using mobile phones, especially in order to protect children.

The report “”Mobile Phone Health Risks: the case for action to protect children”” warns that children’s health is being put at risk by the failure of government and phone companies to respond to the growing body of evidence linking mobile phone use with health hazards.vi It includes a chart of more than 200 peer-reviewed studies from numerous research institutions that link mobiles to serious health problems.

These include brain tumors and impacts on fertility, genes, the blood-brain barrier and melatonin production, as well as other biological effects thought to have a role in the development of cancer.

The telecommunication industry is much larger than the medical industrial complex, and they have far more influence than the drug companies. They’re also mirroring many of the same tactics as the tobacco industry to pedal their wares. There is already robust scientific evidence that cell phones and other wireless devices pose significant health risks to all of us, and especially to children and pregnant women. So while these findings are not being widely publicized in mainstream media, it makes sense to take action now to protect yourself and your children.

Understand the media has significant conflicts of interest, given the millions of dollars in advertising dollars they receive from the wireless industry. ElectromagneticHealth.org has estimated telecom ad revenues might total as much as $6-60 million annually at U.S. newspapers and business magazines, based on a sampling of ad space in major papers and magazines. The average percentage of telecom ad space during the sample period was applied to the published print ad revenues of the publications, as a gauge of the magnitude of potential telecom revenues to these publications.

Camilla Rees of ElectromagneticHealth.org says:
“”Not only are several large media organizations sitting on the fence on this subject, shirking their responsibility to the public (though many are following the subject closely), but some of them, it appears, may intentionally be supporting the interests of the telecom industry, as is also the case with some universities. In both cases it appears protecting important sources of revenue is what is most important to them. “”
Rees co-led a detailed analysis of an Economist article last Fall that was endorsed by over 30 leading international scientists, portraying the Economist article in question as riddled with “”technical errors and misleading statements.””

The Economist critique stated:
“”With this unsigned opinion piece (which appeared to be a news article) containing so many technical errors and misleading statements, The Economist has undermined its reputation for independent and probing analysis. The Economist owes its readers a better accounting of the science on this important public health issue.””
So, until the damn of denial is broken regarding media coverage of the hazards of microwave radiation, look to the independent science, and independent reporting sources, that have not been influenced by commercial interests.

Top Steps for Safer Cell Phone Use

You can help to minimize your exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cell phones and other wireless devices by heeding the following advice:

Children Should Always Avoid Using Cell Phones: Barring a life-threatening emergency, children should not use a cell phone, or a wireless device of any type. Children’s brains are far more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults, because of their thinner skull bones.

Reduce Your Cell Phone Use: Turn your cell phone off more often. Reserve it for emergencies or important matters. As long as your cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even when you are not actually making a call. If you’re pregnant, avoiding or reducing your cell phone use is especially important.
Use a Land Line at Home and at Work: Although more and more people are switching to using cell phones as their exclusive phone contact, it is a dangerous trend and you can choose to opt out of the madness. SKYPE offers a portable number via your computer that can plug into any Ethernet port while traveling.

Reduce or Eliminate Your Use of Other Wireless Devices: You would be wise to cut down your use of these devices. Just as with cell phones, it is important to ask yourself whether or not you really need to use them as often as you do. And most importantly, do not even consider having any electronic or wireless devices in the bedroom, as the electric, magnetic and microwave fields can significantly interfere with the quality of your sleep.

If you must use a portable home phone, use the older kind that operates at 900 MHz. They are not safer during calls, but at least many of them do not broadcast constantly even when no call is being made. There is a new Siemens Eco DECT phone on the market, where if only one handset is activated, it can be set to only radiate during a call as opposed to 24/7. However, since many people have multiple portable phone handsets this is not, as of yet, a practical solution. And, unless one knows to deactivate the radiation through putting the phone into Eco Mode Plus mode, it will still be continually emitting microwaves.

Note the only way to truly be sure if there is an exposure from your cordless phone is to measure with an electrosmog meter, and it must be one that goes up to the frequency of your portable phone (so old meters won’t help much). As many portable phones are 5.8 Gigahertz, we recommend you look for RF meters that go up to 8 Gigahertz, the highest range now available in a meter suitable for consumers.

Alternatively you can be very careful with the base station placement as that causes the bulk of the problem since it transmits signals 24/7, even when you aren’t talking. So if you can keep the base station at least three rooms away from where you spend most of your time, and especially your bedroom, they may not be as damaging to your health. Another option is to just simply turn the portable phone off, only using it when you specifically need the convenience of moving about while on a call.

Ideally it would be helpful to turn off your base station every night before you go to bed. You can find RF meters as well as remediation supplies at www.naturalhealingtools.com. But you can pretty much be sure your portable phone is a problem if the technology is DECT, or digitally enhanced cordless technology, unless you are using the new Siemens Eco DECT phone, with only one handset active, and the phone set to only radiate during conversations through the Eco Mode Plus feature.

Use Your Cell Phone Only Where Reception is Good: The weaker the reception, the more power your phone must use to transmit, and the more power it uses, the more radiation it emits, and the deeper the dangerous radio waves penetrate into your body. Ideally, you should only use your phone with full bars and good reception.

Seek to Avoid Carrying Your Phone on Your Body: As that merely maximizes any potential exposure. Ideally put it in your purse or carrying bag. Placing a cell phone in a shirt pocket over the heart is asking for trouble, as is placing it in a man’s pocket if he seeks to preserve his fertility and sexual function.

Don’t Assume One Cell Phone is Safer Than Another: There’s no such thing as a “”safe”” cell phone.

Keep Your Cell Phone Away From Your Body When it is On: The most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna. You do not want any part of your body within that area. Most people are surprised that cell phone manuals themselves specifically state to not place the phone against your body!

Respect Others Who are More Sensitive: Some people who have become sensitive can feel the effects of others’ cell phones in the same room, even when it is on but not being used. If you are in a meeting, on public transportation, in a courtroom or other public places, such as a doctor’s office, keep your cell phone turned off out of consideration for the ‘second hand radiation’ effects. This would especially apply to places where reflections would be high, such as in a metal elevator, train car or automobile. Children are also more vulnerable, so please avoid using your cell phone near children.

If you are using the Pong case, which redirects the cell phone radiation away from the head and successfully lowers the SAR effect, realize that in redirecting the radiation away from your head this may be intensifying the radiation in another direction, perhaps toward the person next to you, or, if in your pocket, increasing radiation intensity toward your body. Caution is always advised in dealing with any radiation-emitting device. We recommend cell phones be kept ‘Off’ except for emergencies.

Use Safer Headset Technology: Wired headsets will certainly allow you to keep the cell phone farther away from your body. However, if a wired headset is not well-shielded and most of them are not the wire itself acts as an antenna attracting ambient radio waves and transmitting radiation directly to your brain.
Make sure that the wire used to transmit the signal to your ear is shielded. The best kind of headset to use is a combination shielded wire and air-tube headset. These operate like a stethoscope, transmitting the information to your head as an actual sound wave; although there are wires that still must be shielded, there is no wire that goes all the way up to your head.

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Radiation – How to Protect Yourself From Its Effects Safely and Naturally

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Whether concern stems from the possible exposure to drifting radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan or from every day sources of non-ionizing radiation (i.e., cell phones, computers, Wi-Fi, smart meters, etc.), exposure to radiation is a reality.

The constant exposure to electromagnetic fields results in DNA fragmentation which can lead to cancers of the parotid salivary gland, the thyroid gland, and the head. Kids are even more susceptible, with evidence of brain and spinal tumors appearing in children exposed to radiation.

Powerwatch, a non-profit organization prominent in the United Kingdom Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Radiation health debate, shares further consequences resulting from exposure to radiation, including:

• Cognitive dysfunction
• Failed pregnancies
• Certain types of dementia
• Overtiredness
• Compromised immune system function
• Headaches

Protection from radiation and its impending consequences is imperative as well as feasible through safe, natural sources.

Potassium iodide

Potassium iodide, simply composed of the elements potassium and iodine, is the most familiar solution for protection from radiation exposure. Potassium iodide, taken in supplement form, is also used to treat overactive thyroid.

While natural, does it work? Is it safe?

Potassium iodide is effective, yet contraindicated for a multitude of medications, can damage the thyroid, and brings with it other side effects in the form of:

• Red, bumpy, itchy skin
• Painful joints
• Facial and body swelling

After using potassium iodide for a long period of time, a series of other serious health complications may also surface.

The natural approach

A strong, healthy thyroid is the best protection from radioactive iodine-131 (nuclear power plant steam), and EMF exposure. Steven Schacter, author of Fighting Radiation with Food, Herbs and Vitamins, explains, “If sufficient amounts of natural iodine are available, radioactive iodine will not be absorbed.” Schacter advises eating seaweed (kelp) to obtain natural iodine.

Eating foods naturally high in iodine will supply the thyroid with adequate amounts of iodine, discouraging the absorption of radioactive iodine, and protecting it from EMF damage.

These foods are high in iodine and part of a natural, safe approach.

• Other seaweeds and sea vegetables
• Cranberries or cranberry juice
• Potatoes with the skin
• Beans – especially navy beans
• Himalayan crystal salt

For protection from cancers induced from radiation eat a variety of:

Dark leafy greens and orange starchy foods – (sweet potatoes, winter squash, carrots).

Additional protection:

• Milk thistle – a proven detoxifier
• Siberian ginseng – facilitates overall cellular health, strengthens body against all types of stress, including cancer treatments
• Curcumin – antioxidant and scientifically proven anti-inflammatory, protects and helps tissue healing
• Ecklonia cava – antioxidant seaweed extract
• Drink plenty of pure water every day to eliminate toxins
• Visual imagery – the power of positive thinking through the visualization of wellness throughout the body

Loss of minerals

Radiation exposure sets the stage for the release of specific minerals from the body which are necessary for optimal protection from electromagnetic fields.

These minerals are:

• Potassium
• Lithium
• Magnesium
• Copper
• Calcium
• Selenium – especially important as a co-factor of iodine for cell regeneration and protection

Because the body works synergistically to heal and protect, consume a variety of organic, whole plant-based foods in a variety of colors to guarantee a good supply of antioxidants and the elimination of free radicals.

Multi-vitamin supplements are a poor substitute but may be used from time to time to cover any missing nutrients.

It’s not practical in today’s society to completely eradicate all sources of radiation; however, the best protection comes from minimizing exposure in the first place. This approach along with the others mentioned here offers the best scenario for minimizing the dangerous effects of radiation exposure.

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. John Odey, has had the privilege of presiding over two important ministries in the country. Immediately after his watch at the Ministry of Communications, he was redeployed to the Ministry of Environment.

Given the benefit of the opportunity to preside over the two ministries, insiders expected that he would use his experience to quench a smoldering conflict between two government agencies – the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency.

Alas, this was not to be. Barely one year after Odey had finished his assignment in the two ministries, the smoldering crisis between the two agencies flamed up in the public domain.

Specifically in April, NESREA had sealed a Base Transceiver Station, popularly known as base station, belonging to MTN Nigeria Communications Limited at EFAB Estate in Abuja.

The contention of NESREA was that the location of the base station contradicted its regulation on the sitting of base stations.

According to the standards agency, the BTS did not conform to the 10 metres setback from a residential building as stipulated by the agency.

NESREA also contended that the BTS did not have its own Environmental Impact Assessment and was not captured in the National Mast Audit conducted by the agency.

Explaining the action, Director-General of NESREA, Dr. Ngeri Benebo, said, “We are not against any telecommunications company. NESREA’s mandate is to ensure that every base station has its Environmental Impact Assessment.”

For NCC, this was an affront to its own mandate.

In a counter action, a team of NCC officials led by Head of Compliance Monitoring, Mr. Ephraim Nwokennaya, forced the place open and authorised MTN officials to repossess the base station.

NCC and NESREA have contradictory regulations on the setback that should be observed by telecom operators in the location of their base stations.

While NCC’s regulation stipulates a minimum of five metres, NESREA’s regulation stipulates a minimum of 10 metres.

Nwokennaya said it was wrong for NESREA to seal the base station without reference to NCC, adding that the Nigeria Communications Act 2003 vests on the responsibility of regulations of telecommunications on NCC.

According to him, any other agency that has responsibility on the telecommunications industry only has fiduciary function, adding that efforts to make NESREA to understand this had failed.

He stated that the base station in question located in EFAB City Estate met the five metres prescription of NCC since the distance between it and the nearest house was 5.6 metres.

Speaking to journalists after enforcement exercise, Director of Press at NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo said regulation in the industry must be consistent so that investors don’t get the impression about the investment climate in Nigeria.

Ojobo said NCC collaborated with other government agencies such as National Lottery Commission and Consumer Protection Council while NESREA had refused to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with it like the other agencies.

He said, “We believe that if any base station should be shut down, NCC should be consulted. A situation of unilateral action by a government agency has serious implication on the industry.”

He lamented that any base station shut down has the tendency to worsen the quality of service in the country, adding that in the past two years, no approval had been given for the construction of a base station in Abuja.

Ojobo said NCC’s five-metre regulation was in conformity with the standards set by the International Telecommunications Union, challenging NESREA to show any evidence that the distance was dangerous to health.

While some environmental activists had come to back NESREA; some telecommunications activists including the National Association of Telecommunication Subscribers have also come to back the NCC.

National President of NATCOMS, Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, challenged NESREA not to base its action on sentiments but on proven facts, adding that closing down base stations had the potency of worsening the quality of service in the industry that was already far below acceptable standards.

There had been fear that radiation had the capacity to cause cancer.

Apart from cancer, there are also concerns about the noise pollution from generators that are used for powering base stations. There had also been fears about the health hazards of mobile phones.

According to Wikipedia, electromagnetic radiation is a form of energy emitted and absorbed by charged particles, which exhibits wave-like behaviour as it travels through space.

Some common items that produce electromagnetic waves in differing degrees include hairdryers, electric ovens, fluorescent lights, microwave ovens, stereos, wireless phones and computers.

The concern about the health implications of electromagnetic radiation from telecommunication masts goes beyond the shores of the country and this present time. It had also attracted the attention of experts, professional bodies and regulatory agencies across the world and at different times.

When radiation became a major issue towards the end of 2010 in Ghana, the Radiation Protection Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission allayed the fears of subscribers at workshop meant to throw light on the nature of electronic radiation.

Head of the Institute, Dr. Joseph Amoako, said there was no cause to worry as long as emission levels are kept within the compliance level.

He said, “Electromagnetic waves are emitted by many natural and man-made sources and play a very important part in our lives. We are warmed by the electromagnetic emissions of the sun and we see using the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that our eyes detect as visible light.

“All electromagnetic radiation consists of oscillating electric and magnetic fields and the frequency, which is the number of times per second at which the wave oscillates, determines their properties and the use that can be made of them.

“A mobile phone sends and receives information (voice messages, fax, computer data, etc) by radio communication. Radio frequency signals are transmitted from the phone to the nearest base station and incoming signals (carrying the speech from the person to whom the phone user is listening) are sent from the base station to the phone at a slightly different frequency.”

Explaining why mobile operators need to roll out sufficient base stations, Amoako added, “The cells overlap at the edges to ensure the mobile phone users always remain within range of a base station. Without sufficient base stations in the right locations, mobile phones will not work.

“If a person with a mobile phone starts to move out of one cell and into another, the controlling network hands over communications to the adjacent base station.”

Although the World Health Organisation has said that there are no adverse effects of the radiation from base stations, it adds that more research needs to be carried out to close existing gaps in knowledge.

“None of the recent reviews of the scientific findings have concluded that the radio frequency exposure from mobile telephones and their base stations causes adverse health effects. However, there are gaps in knowledge that have been identified for further research to better assess health risks,” the global health organisation had said.

Given the importance of base station to telecommunications in the country as well as the paramount importance of health of subscriber, it is important that regulatory agencies that have direct or fiduciary oversight of the burgeoning telecommunication industry work together.

This will ensure the confidence of the population in the industry that has been a showcase of progress and prosperity in the past 11 years. Speaking in contradictory terms or giving contradictory regulation would only confound subscribers and the general public.

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Six hundred children could be at risk if another cellphone tower is built in Weymouth, worried residents say.

Mobile phone company 2degrees was set to begin installing a tower on top of a lamp post at the corner of Weymouth and Blanes roads yesterday.

But a public outcry forced it to review the placement and a decision is expected towards the end of the week.

A tower is already in place 350 metres down the road.

Three preschools and Weymouth Primary School would sit between the two towers if 2degrees installs the new equipment as planned, resident Brigid McCaffery says.

She’s appalled the Auckland Council granted permission for the tower to be built 18 months ago but the company only told residents three days before the July school holidays.

Residents are not against the tower as such, Mrs McCaffery says.

“”We’re not saying they can’t have it at all – but put it in a more responsible place.””

Mrs McCaffery, a breast cancer sufferer, is worried about the effects of environmental toxins.

The tower would be one door down from her property but her concern is primarily for children, who she says have the right to learn in a safe environment.

A World Health Organisation report last year classified wireless frequencies as a possible cause of cancer.

“”It seems to be the very low levels of radiation that are being investigated that cause all the health issues,”” the report says.

“”Children seem to be more vulnerable to radio frequency radiation.””

Towers have not been around long enough to see the cumulative effects, Mrs Mc Caffery says, and she’s worried that in 20 years Weymouth’s children will find they have serious illnesses because of long-term ex posure.

Resident Veronica Inch would be able to see the tower from her bedroom just six metres away.

She is all too aware of the impact man-made sources can have on someone’s health. Her husband died from the long-term effects of asbestos.

“”Forty-seven years he work ed in an environment with it.””

Another complicating factor is the six-door equipment cabinet that would be installed beneath the tower along Mrs Inch’s boundary.

She is also worried about the noise it could make and has a clear message for 2degrees.

“”Get the hell out of it – I don’t want it.””

Two doors down Weymouth Rd at Kids Count Education there’s great concern, centre manager Mala Prasad says.

“”We want to have a nice, healthy, clean environment for our children.””

Mrs Prasad believes the antenna could emit large amounts of radiation that would affect the young children at the centre, their even younger siblings and parents.

Company spokeswoman Charlene White says 2deg rees put construction on hold after hearing the residents’ concerns and is investigating other sites.

The company understands the concerns but says its cell towers are safe and comply fully with Health Ministry standards, Ms White says.

“”As discussed at the meeting with them, we need to be very careful when using emotive words like ‘it could hurt young people’ – there is no proven scientific evidence to suggest this,”” she says.

The current site had been chosen because it is the most suitable, she says.

“”We are confident this location is safe and will provide the best coverage to the Weymouth community.””

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) recently announced that the radiation limits for cell towers in India will be reduced to one tenth of the prevailing standard from 1st September, 2012. The decision is followed by a report submitted by the inter-ministerial committee formed by the ministry of communications and information technology to study the hazards posed by EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation from base stations and mobile phones.

India’s current radiation exposure limit (9.2 watt/m2) for mobile towers is higher than countries like Russia (0.2 w/m2) and China (0.4 w/m2). In USA, Canada and Japan, however, the radiation exposure limit is much higher (12 w/m2).

People who now breathe a sigh of relief with the reduced radiation limits, soon will have to bear the brunt of this decision. Certainly, these people do not have the right to then blame service providers for bad network, delayed 3G and broadband services.

People who say have problems with cell radiations, should ideally give away personal cell phone use. Would like to know how many scientists or environmentalists, researching on cell radiations or fighting against the effects of cell radiations use a phone in their personal life. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a negligible number of them following what they preach.

Little do the people realize that reduced radiation from towers means deteriorated network coverage. In order to solve this problem, service providers will have to increase the number of cell towers which will increase the overall EMF radiation. Bad network means the phone has to work harder to connect with nearest base station. End result is that the phone works at a higher power resulting in greater personal exposure to radiations.

So the whole chaos created for “possible” hazardous effects of cell tower radiations, the country is seeping itself into a bigger mess.

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Mobile Towers: Government Decides to Cut Radiation Limits to a Tenth From September 1

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If you are worried by the radiation emitted by cellphone towers around you, there is some good news. From September 1 this year, India will lower the level to one tenth of the prevailing standard – from 9.2 w/m2 (watt per square metre) to 0.92 w/m2.

The decision follows a report of the inter-ministerial committee formed by the ministry of communications and information technology to study the hazards posed by EMF ( electromagnetic field) radiation from base stations and mobile phones.

Dr R S Sharma, deputy director general of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), who represented the health ministry on the committee, said the new norms will place India among the more radiation conscious countries.

“”India’s current radiation exposure limit (9.2 watt/m2) for mobile towers is higher than countries like Russia (0.2 w/m2) and China (0.4 w/m2). In USA, Canada and Japan, however, the radiation exposure limit is much higher (12 w/m2),”” he said.

Sharma said lowering of the limit is a preventive step against serious health risks posed by radiation emitted from towers which includes the possibility of developing certain types of cancer. The cause and effect relationship though hasn’t been established yet.

The department of telecommunications has also issued directions for reducing the specific absorption rate (SAR), a measure of the amount of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body while using a phone. In May last year, WHO classified radiofrequency EMF associated with a wireless phone as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans‘.

The UN’s health body urged phone owners to restrict their use and take pragmatic steps to reduce exposure like use of hands-free devices and texting.

The telecom operators are, however, resisting the move. According to Rajan S Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), lowering of EMF limits will give no health benefits but affect services.

“”Deteriorated coverage will mean the handset will have to work harder/at a higher power which will cause greater personal exposure. Also, if the handset operates at a higher power, the battery will discharge faster, giving consumers lesser talktime/standby time, leading to a degraded customer experience,”” said Mathews. He said more towers would then be needed to plug the gaps, which will increase the overall EMF. He said the rollout of 3G and broadband services will also get adversely affected.

Telecom companies argue that the steps are not needed as there is no proof of a direct correlation between the radiation emitted by cellphone towers and phones and health.

Delhi health minister A K Walia recently held a meeting with scientists from ICMR and JNU, besides others, where it was decided to impose stringent norms for installation of cellphone towers in residential areas. “”We are also talking to the union government to make radiation level tags mandatory for different brand of handsets,”” Walia told TOI.

Girish Kumar, professor in the department of electrical engineering at IIT Bombay, whose research on hazards of cellphone is being used as a reference for most policy decisions in India, said that most countries like Australia, Russia and China have lower levels of EMF radiation exposure compared to India.

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NEW DELHI: The government has decided to set up an expert panel to chart out a time-bound action plan for an in-depth study of the impact of radiation emanating from cell phone towers on human health and ecology. The move came after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh directed the department of science and technology to conduct the study.

The committee, comprising officials and experts from the departments of telecom and science and technology, Indian Council of Medical Research, CSIR, IITs and telecom operators, will suggest a new set of guidelines to eliminate health hazards of radiation from cell phone towers.

The issue was flagged by minister of state for science and technology Ashwani Kumar after members of the scientific community told him that there was a need to have an India-specific study. A high-level meeting on July 3 decided to constitute a panel for the study. Kumar said, “”Time-bound action plan has been finalised as per the directive of the PM.””

The DoT and cell phone operators have been claiming there is not enough evidence to prove that “”exposure to radiation“” can adversely impact human health and ecology.

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Wireless Radiation Illnesses Treated at Toronto Hospital

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Waiting lists for health care services may be a stubborn fact of life in Canada, but for cell phone use?

To see a doctor at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, in particular to get into a clinic where patients are being diagnosed with environmental sensitivities — including electro-magnetic hypersensitivity (EMS) — can take as long as nine months!

Health issues related to electromagnetic radiation are being treated at a major Toronto hospital.

EMS is the umbrella term used for medical issues related to cell phone use, wireless radiation and other related concepts.

The hospital’s Environmental Health Clinic is also holding educational workshops on the subject of wireless radiation exposure for doctors. It’s partly in the hopes of easing the patient backlog, but it’s also to develop more awareness among treating agents and better care programs for those suffering from exposure to wireless radiation.

Those patients can complain of disrupted sleep, headaches, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, memory problems, and skin rashes.

The hospital has released a controversial if not progressive statement identifying these symptoms, and labelling them Electro-magnetic Hyper-sensitivity, or “EMS”.

Dr. Riina Bray, the medical director of the hospital’s Environmental Health Clinic, sees the world more dominated by wireless devices and connectivity, and a growing network of micro, radio and extremely low frequency waves through the air. EMS awareness advocates call it ‘electro-smog.’

Smart phones, cell phone towers, wireless Internet routers, smart meters, cordless phones and power lines of all sorts have all been recognized as possible contributors to an environmental health condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EMS) caused by significant exposure from radio waves.

Dr Ray Copes and Dr Riina Bray participated in an awareness workshop about wireless radiation at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.

“We need to create more awareness about this condition,” said Dr Bray. “Health-care practitioners need to better understand EMS so they can help their patients prevent and manage their symptoms. The public needs to know how to protect themselves from the broad range of health impacts electromagnetic fields have on their minds and bodies.”

Last year the World Health Organization placed microwave radiation from wireless Internet and cell phones on an official ‘cancer watch-list’ – although other common substances like coffee also make the list.

Protests against cell phone tower construction or installation are held in many communities in Canada; several schools have removed or are seeking to remove Wi-Fi systems from their facilities, and the Ontario Catholic school teacher’s union has called for a moratorium on further Wi-Fi installations in classrooms.

The first step for patients having symptoms described as related to EMS is to see their family physician. From there, a referral to a specialist is often made, like those working at the Environmental Health Clinic. Dr. Bray and her staff understand sensitivities like EMS and they’re working hard to define and delineate its mechanisms and impact, even as researchers around the world continue to study the effects of exposure to such radiation and how they might impact the human body.

So, too, the clinic staff is working to educate the medical establishment and general public, while managing their patients and growing caseload.

The Hospital recently hosted a workshop on the subject, and it invited physicians, experts and patients to share and discuss ideas related to EMS.

Among the experts invited was Dr. Magda Havas, Associate Professor of Environmental and Resource Studies, at Trent University in Peterborough, ON. Dr. Havas presented evidence of human physiological responses to electromagnetic exposure. She also mentioned the guidelines recently released by the Austrian Medical Association on how to diagnose and treat electro smog-related illnesses.

Also at the seminar, Dr. Ray Copes, environmental and occupational health chief for Public Health Ontario, who noted the difficulty of assessing the research on EMS, and the lack of a single, universally accepted definition of the condition.

While electromagnetic radiation is emitted from a variety of sources, among the questions in dispute are whether there is or can be a “safe” level of exposure to non-ionizing radiation; evidence to date suggests some danger, but not conclusively.

Installation of cell phone towers is being resisted in Canadian communities and court cases.

For some in attendance at the session, the suggestions are much more tangible: participants shared personal stories of ill health and adverse medical reaction, approaches to health care, community collaboration and government action.

(For the record, Health Canada says electromagnetic radiation presents “no known health risks”. Interestingly, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq recently announced a $1.8 million research project looking into the health effects of wind turbines and wind towers. Officials say the study is a result of “many” complaints from Canadians exposed to low-frequency noise from large-scale wind turbines.)

“Women’s College Hospital is leading the way by hosting workshops like this,” said Dr. Bray. “Working together is the first step to creating a mutual understanding of electromagnetic hypersensitivity and being able to care for and treat patients in the best way possible.”

The Environmental Health Clinic is a unique multidisciplinary clinic, and the only one of its kind in Ontario. It was established in 1996 by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to be a provincial resource in promoting environmental health, and to improve health care for people with environment-linked conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities.

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Discovery Of Magnetic Sensors In Fish And Rats May Explain Why Some People Can ‘Feel’ Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, Power Lines And Electropollution

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NaturalNews ~ It is well known that many people are sensitive to electromagnetic pollution. Wi-fi gives them headaches. Being near high-voltage power lines can bring on migraines. Using a cell phone unleashes similar symptoms. Until recently, there was no medically-understood mechanism by which electromagnetic waves could be sensed by humans. But now, thanks to some fascinating science summarized here, that mystery may be closer to being solved.

Scientists from the University of Munich, led by geophysicist Michael Winklhofer, say they’ve located and identified “internal compass needles” in the noses of rainbow trout. These are called magnetosensory cells, and they turn out to be far more sensitive to magnetic fields than anyone previously thought.

As TGdaily.com reports:

The cells sense the field by means of micrometer-sized inclusions composed of magnetic crystals, probably made of magnetite. These inclusions are coupled to the cell membrane, changing the electrical potential across the membrane when the crystals realign in response to a change in the ambient magnetic field.

“This explains why low-frequency magnetic fields generated by powerlines disrupt navigation relative to the geomagnetic field and may induce other physiological effects,” said Winklhofer.

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While the study did not look for magnetosensory cells in humans, their identification in fish proves that biological systems can (and do!) create these highly sophisticated “instruments” which sense electromagnetic fields. As any physics student knows, electricity and magnetism are much the same thing: Rotate a coil of wire around a magnet and it produces electric current. High-voltage power lines, inversely, produce a magnetic field.

As the number of modern devices emitting electromagnetic fields continues to rise, people are becoming increasingly concerned about the cumulative effects on their mental and physical health. Some of the sources of electromagnetic pollution — sometimes called “electro-smog” — which exist right now include:

• Smart meters
• Mobile phones
• Wi-fi broadband
• Circuit breaker boxes
• Power supplies to computers and appliances
• Treadmills and exercise equipment
• Cell phone towers
• Commercial radio and TV transmissions
• Hair dryers, blenders and other high-amperage home appliances

While each device seem harmless on its own, the combined effects of them all may cross a threshold that theoretically could be sensed by humans who may also have magnetosensory cells.

Some humans also have an uncanny ability to always know which direction is North, even when lacking obvious environmental cues such as star configurations (at night) or patterns of sunlight (during the day). Is it possible that some humans possess magnetosensory cells and unknowingly use them to “feel” which way is North?

Magnetosensory cells already detected in rats

There appears to be evidence that these cells already exist in rats. A study published in Synapse in 2009 is entitled, “Magnetosensory function in rats: localization using positron emission tomography.”

It reports:

Exposure to the magnetic field stimulated cerebellar uptake of fluorodeoxyglucose compared to the sham exposure in the same animals. The activated region was located in the posterior central cerebellum. The results indicated that magnetosensory evoked potentials in rats were associated with increased glucose utilization in the cerebellum, thereby supporting earlier evidence that electromagnetic field transduction occurred in the brain.

So it’s not just fish and pigeons; it’s also rats and rabbits. This is strong evidence that magnetosensory cells are probably widely found across many species, possibly including humans. This may therefore explain why some people experience neurological disruption when in the presence of persistent electromagnetic fields.

The answer to all this? Move to the country, toss your cell phone, and get back to nature. Modern society is toxic to biology.

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Some people appear to have an almost pathological emotional attachment to their cell phones and there is a fascinating suggestion that cell radiation pulses might actually be addictive to the human brain. We can’t save those who would rather die than switch. But ethics compelled us to ensure that all reasonable people have access to the basic scientific facts.Your cell phone is a microwave transmitter and it should bear a cancer warning, Microwave energy oscillates at millions to billions of cycles per second.

The Journal of Cellular Biochemistry reports that these frequencies cause cancer and other diseases by interfering with cellular DNA and its repair mechanisms. Microwave promotes rapid cell aging. Italian scientists have recently demonstrated that cell phone radiation makes cancerous cells grow aggressively. Cordless phones marked 900 megahertz or 2.4 gigahertz emits the same dangerous microwave radiation as cell phones.The connection between microwave exposure and cancer has been documented for years. During the Cold War, the Soviets irradiated the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, with low level, twin-beam microwave radiation. Two successive ambassadors developed leukemia. Other staffers also developed cancer, or their blood showed DNA damage, which precedes cancer.

Research by University of Washington professor Dr. Henry Lai shows brain cells are clearly damaged by microwave levels far below the U.S. government’s ‘safety’ guidelines. Dr. Lai notes that even tiny doses of radio frequency can cumulate over time and lead to harmful effects. He warns that public exposure to radiation from wireless transmitters ‘should be limited to a minimum.’Motorola advises consumers to avoid pointing a cellular antenna toward exposed parts of the body. But independent tests show that cell phones can also leak huge amounts of radiation from the keypad and mouthpiece. This radiation deeply penetrates brain, ear and eye tissues, which are especially susceptible to microwave damage. Belt clip cases allow cell phones to deliver radiation to the liver or kidney areas when a wired, hands-free earpiece is used. Recent studies confirm that cell and cordless phone microwave can:

* Damage nerves in the scalp
* Cause blood cells to leak hemoglobin
* Cause memory loss and mental confusion
* Cause headaches and induce extreme fatigue
* Create joint pain, muscle spasms and tremors
* Create burning sensation and rash on the skin
* Alter the brain’s electrical activity during sleep
* Induce ringing in the ears, impair sense of smell
* Precipitate cataracts, retina damage and eye cancer
* Open the blood-brain barrier to viruses and toxins
* Reduce the number and efficiency of white blood cells
* Stimulate asthma by producing histamine in mast cells
* Cause digestive problems and raise bad cholesterol levels
* Stress the endocrine system, especially pancreas, thyroid, ovaries, testes

In 1993, the telecom industry committed $25 million dollars for a series of research projects designed to prove that cell phones are safe. The studies proved just the opposite. They proved that federal microwave exposure standards are dangerously inadequate. Cell damage and tumors can be easily induced in the lab at about one third of the FCC’s exposure guidelines.The telecom boys panicked. They and their lackey politicians and federal regulators decided the only lucrative thing to do was to LIE and DENY. Despite damning evidence, the FDA still prevaricates: ‘There is no reason to conclude that there are health risks posed by cell phones to consumers.’ Meantime, the telecom industry has been pressing to INCREASE BY MORE THAN 10 TIMES the allowable human exposure to cell phone radiation!Luckily, Dr. George Carlo headed up the industry’s study project. He presents the shocking facts in his book, Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age: An Insider’s Alarming Discoveries about Cancer and Genetic Damage (Carroll and Graf, 2001). A summary of Dr. Carlo’s book is this: Cell phones are hot, adequate protective regulations are naught, and Americans are being ‘fried’ so that the deceitful telecom industry can rake it in.

It’s dirty business as usual, and the longer the industry can con the public, the more billions it collects.On June 16, 2002, CBS aired a Sixty Minutes segment which confirmed the telecom industry is about as grungy as it gets. CBS producers accused major phone service providers of cheating, scamming, forging signatures, switching phone service without permission and lying about charges. The attorney general of Connecticut stated that despite millions of dollars in fines each year, these companies remain incorrigible. Should we trust this industry with our brain tissues and our very lives? Microwave to the head is extremely hazardous to children. Parents in some European nations are now warned to keep children away from cell phones. A University of Utah researcher found the younger the child, the more radiation is absorbed by the brain. Spanish researchers have shown that cell phones can alter electrical activity of a child’s brain for hours, causing drastic mood changes and possible behavior and learning disabilities. Scientists fear that cell phone radiation could damage human embryos. Pregnant women are advised to be wary.

A cell phone must greatly increase its field strength to maintain communications within the metallic cage of an auto. Thus, the effect of microwave radiation inside a vehicle is especially intense. Volkswagen of Europe has warned that cell phone usage inside a car can be ‘injurious to health due to the extremely high electromagnetic fields generated.’Insurance studies in England showed that an average driver talking on a cell is actually more impaired in function and reaction time than a drunk. Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority reports that one hour of exposure to mobile phone radiation can cause human cells to shrink. Researchers believe this is due to increased protein activity, an indicator of cell damage. What an unstable world needs now is a global population afflicted with incredible shrinking brains!Brain cancer rates in USA have increased by 25% since 1975. In 2001, 185,000 Americans were diagnosed with some form of brain cancer. A grade four brain tumor can grow from the size of a grapeto tennis ball size in just 4 months. Brain tumors are almost always fatal and most people die within 6-12 months after diagnosis. On April 7, 2002, Sixty Minutes aired a fascinating report on brain cancer, explaining that scientists are unsure why incidence of the disease is growing so exponentially.Ironically, the segment was followed by a Sprint ad, which advised parents that the best way to keep track of teenagers is to connect them to a cell phone. While researchers say that radical damage to the brain can occur within the first few minutes of conversation, telecom ads encourage customers to spend many hours on the phone each month.

Those blazing, full-page cell phone ads in newspapers and magazines must be the reason cell phone dangers are almost never discussed in the mainstream media.An excellent resource tool is Robert Kane’s book Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette (Vantage Press, 2001). As a telecommunications expert, Kane presents an impressive collection of studies showing that both government agencies and cell phone manufacturers KNEW YEARS AGO that cell phone radiation at present exposure levels is dangerous to human health. He notes that cell phones would be rendered useless if their RF emissions were reduced to safe levels.Reports of illness from heavy cell phone usage and from living or working close to powerful RF transmitters are synchronous with numerous cancer-related lawsuits now being filed against the cell phone industry. The insurance industry sees big trouble ahead. Underwriters for Lloyd’s of London refuse to insure phone manufacturers against damage to users’ health. Cell phones are today what tobacco was 40 years ago.

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