In December 2003, six 15- foot cell phone transmissions towers were put up on the roof of the three story apartment building across the driveway from my three level apartment building of row homes in Philadelphia. They were only 50 feet away from my house, appeared to be aimed at the back bedrooms of the row homes and were eye-level with my bedroom window.
T-Mobil, the company that erected the towers, was paying the owner of the apartment across the street $7,000 month for the use of the roof space.
The neighbors were given no notice; there was no zoning application that we knew of. For a few months my partner and I did not notice any particular symptoms, but it was in May or June, when sitting in the living room, I noticed that my entire body was strangely heating up. My partner noticed the same thing at around the same time.
To me the symptoms were unmistakable because I was familiar with some of them from having looked up the subject of cell phone towers and health on the Internet- tissue heating and intense, unnatural fatigue were two early symptoms, along with an excessive sense of smell.
I developed a marked increase in my sense of smell. At work, I was able to smell what people had cooked hours before.
In the summer, I noticed that though I got the same amount of sleep as before, I had a sleepless feeling and dark circles under my eyes. I woke up feeling just as tired as I had been the night before because my sleep cycle was being constantly interrupted. My partner noticed this also. We both began having times when we would experience a sick fatigue where we couldn’t move for an hour or two at the end of the day.
My partner, generally healthier than I, noticed episodes of “sick fatigue” during which he would literally be unable to get up from the couch or chair he was in. This would last for two or more hours. I had the same problem. I also noticed a very bizarre effect- that of hearing some sort of whizzing noise which would be almost subliminal. He noticed a peculiar symptom at one point- intermittent spots of light.
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