According to Amy Worthington of the Idaho Observer, before 1996 many communities blocked cell towers out of concern over electromagnetic radiation. The Federal Communications Act of 1996 put an end to this by limiting the ability of residents to stop tower installations, even if they might jeopardize public health. Since the bill’s passage, cell towers have appeared in every corner of the country and their effects are becoming more pronounced. Here’s what researchers have discovered.
Many studies have documented the carcinogenic effects of cell tower radiation. A survey of 9,590 Canadian telecommunications workers revealed that they had a significantly higher level of melanomas than the general population. The U.S. army also surveyed 880,000 of their personnel who were exposed to microwaves and found they were much more likely to develop brain tumors than those who weren’t. Another study showed that mice have a better chance of developing lymphoma when they’re exposed to GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) frequencies. Even the FDA itself concluded in 1993 that studies “strongly suggested” that microwaves could “accelerate the development of cancer.” In a statement about these studies, doctors at the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health said “Of approximately eight chronic animal experiments known to us, five resulted in increased numbers of malignancies, accelerated progression of tumors, or both.”
The biological effects of cellular radiation are similar to those experienced by sufferers of radio frequency sickness. A 1996 Australian government study reported that citizens who lived within 200 meters of a cell tower had allergic reactions, chronic fatigue, premature menopause and sleep disturbances. Further research into the biological effects of these frequencies has also revealed that they can damage the blood-brain barrier. This barrier is created by a tight arrangement of cells in the brain’s capillary walls. These cells allow nutrients to reach the brain and keep toxins from getting through. When this blood-brain barrier is compromised, the blood protein Albumin is found in brain tissue and that’s what happens when the brain is exposed to cellular frequencies. One study published in June of 2003 claims a single two-hour exposure to cellular frequencies will permanently damage the blood-brain barrier and cause brain damage.
The pulsed high frequencies of cellular towers have been studied since the 1960’s since radar equipment produces the same kind of signal. Researchers have found that the nervous system, lungs, thyroid, heart, eyes and testes suffer the most when exposed to these frequencies. Common symptoms of radio frequency sickness are headaches, insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, depression, nausea, memory loss, ringing in the ears, an inability to concentrate and chest discomfort. More severe medical symptoms such as heart arrhythmias, chronic respiratory infections, dehydration, sudden fluctuations in blood pressure, seizures, uncontrolled blood sugar and even internal bleeding are also possible. Stockholm neuroscientist Dr. Olle Johansson says “It could be a major mistake to subject the entire world’s population to whole-body irradiation, 24 hours a day.” There are good reasons for concern since even as early as 1998, a survey by the California Department of Health Services revealed that 120,000 Californians lost their ability to work because of electromagnetic pollution.
Roger Santini, “The Effects of Mobile Phone Base Stations,” March 2002 French Parliament Hearing
Lillian Cox, “Local Doctor Shares His Views on Dangers from Electromagnetic Field Radiation,” The Coast News
Arthur Firstenberg, “Cell Phones and Wireless Dangers,” Educate-Yourself