Are you living close to ‘cancer generator’?

By on January 7, 2013


Symptoms include headaches, nausea, sleep disturbances, fatigue

Many people are concerned about devices that generate RF radiation, such as  cell phones, but now looming as a possible health threat are the related cell  towers and Wi-Fi antennas that broadcast the signals.

There is a growing body of evidence the concerns may be valid.

In 2004, a study was conducted in Germany titled “The  Influence of Being Physically Near to a Cell Phone Transmission Mast on the  Incidence of Cancer.” The study was conducted on behalf of the president of  the Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, the German governmental department for  protection against electromagnetic radiation.

The research team, led by Horst Eger, conducted the study to determine  whether people living close to cell phone antennas were exposed to a heightened  risk of developing malignant tumors.

The independent research team studied the case histories of 1,000 patients  between the years 1994 and 2004. The participants were then classified into  groups: those living 100, 200, 300 and 400 meters from the cell phone base  station and a control group living beyond 400 meters.

The peer-reviewed study found significant relationships between exposure  levels and symptoms. The study concluded that “the proportion of newly  developing cancer cases was significantly higher among those patients who had  lived during the past 10 years at a distance of up to 400 meters (1,300 feet)  from the cellular transmitter site, which has been in operation since 1993,  compared to those patients living further away, and that the patients fell ill  on average eight years earlier.”

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The study went on to conclude that between 1999-2004, after five years’  operation of the transmitter, residents inside the 400-meter radius of a cell  tower were three times more likely to develop cancer than those that lived  outside of the evaluated transmission area.

Eger’s study was not the only one that showed a correlation between health  problems and RF radiation.

Another study by J.J. Santini and others with the INSA de Lyon engineering  institute in Lyon, France, titled “Survey  Study of People Living in the Vicinity of Cellular Phone Base Stations,” offered other evidence of the link between cell tower transmissions and health  problems.

The study theorized that chronic exposure to high frequency electric and  magnetic field (EMF) radiation and microwaves can cause adverse health risks,  including headaches, fatigue and memory loss.

It gives credence to the fact that the ”non specific health symptoms” (NSHS)  reported by people close to cell phone towers are real. The study states that  the increase in reported NSHS seems to agree with findings from a 1996  Australian report that indicated that at 200 meters from a base station, some  people exposed in their homes are complaining of chronic fatigue and sleep  disturbances.

The study also gives credence to a Spanish  preliminary study from the University of València which showed that people  living within 500 feet of cellular phone base stations experienced symptoms of  irritability, headaches, nausea and sleep disturbances as compared to those that  lived at a distance greater than 800 feet.

In the range of 600 to 900 feet, the Santini study indicated that the primary  symptom exhibited was fatigue. The study also indicated that women experienced  ill effects more often than men.

In December 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the AAP, backed U.S.  House Bill 6358, the Cell  Phone Right to Know Act. The bill under consideration would “examine, label  and communicate adverse human biological effects associated with exposure to  electromagnetic fields from cell phones and other wireless devices.”

The AAP, a non-profit professional organization of 60,000 pediatric  physicians and health care professionals, is concerned that children are  especially vulnerable to the effects of cell phone radiation. They believe that  differences in bone density and the amount of fluid in a child’s brain compared  to an adult’s brain make them more susceptible to RF energy deeper than  adults.

The AAP has noted that the Federal Communications Commission has not revised  its cell phone standards since 1996 and that the current standards are only  based on the heat emitted by the phones. AAP members have raised the concern  that that long-term RF energy exposure at current allowable levels may cause  specific types of cancer, including glioma, tumors that start in the brain and  spine, and meningioma, tumors in the central nervous systems.

In an interview with a Canadian press agency, Frank Clegg, the former  president of Microsoft Canada, said the federal government has a duty to inform  Canadians about safety concerns related to wireless technology.

“We have a responsibility as adults, as parents, as legislators to inform  people so they can make intelligent decisions.”

Clegg, an icon in Canada’s technology sector, is now leading an organization  called Citizens for Safe Technology. The organization is dedicated to  disseminating information about communication technology, including cell towers,  cellular phones and Wi-Fi.

Clegg believes that the Canadian government is not sharing enough information  on the potential hazards of communication technology.

In 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on  Cancer determined that RF radiation is possibly carcinogenic. The agency cited  mounting concerns about the use of wireless communication devices and noted that  the number of mobile phone subscriptions has been estimated at 5 billion  worldwide.

Electric and magnetic fields, or EMFs, are pervasive. While the human body is  bombarded with them from natural sources as well as man-made ones, the body  reacts differently to man-made sources.

There are recommended steps that can be taken to reduce exposure.

A good first step is to determine the location of cell towers through

To find out the amount of EMF radiation at a location, a qualified technician  can be consulted or an EMF meter can be used. A good one can be obtained for  approximately $100.

Cordless devices such as cell phones, cordless phones and wireless monitors  all produce EMF. If one is concerned about EMF or has “electromagnetic  sensitivity,” limiting or avoiding the use of RF devices has been found to give  relief.

Shielding an entire home is not feasible for most people. A survey of a home,  however, can reveal any “hot spots” that could be shielded. What constitutes a  high RF reading can be very subjective, but some sources suggest that a reading  of 0.02V/m is a good threshold limit.

Some have found it helpful to remove any metals from beds, such as metal  springs that may attack or amplify electromagnetic fields. Positioning a bed in  such a way that the head is at least three to six feet away from electrical  outlets also has been found to be helpful.

In addition, an EMF  Faraday canopy can be installed over a bed. The canopy looks like a mosquito  net, and it can be very effective, blocking 99 percent of the radiation. To  increase protection for an entire room, a shielding paint can be applied to the  walls. Some people looking for a very low cost solution have used aluminum foil  secured with wallpaper paste.


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