Page 2 – Health Effects from Cell Phone Tower Radiation
There is vast scientific and medical evidence that exposure to cell tower radiation,even at low levels, can have profound adverse effects on biological systems.
Scientists and advocacy groups say that the current FCC “safe” standards are based on 1985research, and fail to consider more recent research that found brain cancer, memory impairment,DNA breakdown, and neurological problems with RF at much lower levels. The earlier studiesconsidered only the “thermal”, or heating effects of the radiation – in other words, the level at whichthe radiation would heat tissue, or “cook” a person, in the same exact manner that a microwave ovenworks. The FCC levels may ensure our tissues are not “cooked”, but they fail to address long-termchronic exposure at low levels, or what is called “non-thermal” effects.Doctors say that RF radiation is wreaking havoc with normal biological cell functions. “RF alterstissue physiology”says Dr. George Carlo, an epidemiologist who found genetic damage in a $28million research program, paid for by the industry. He now fights to have safety levels lowered. In 1998 the Vienna Resolution, signed by 16 of the world's leading bioelectromagnetic researchers,provided a consensus statement that there is scientific agreement that biological effects from lowintensity RF exposure are established. It says existing scientific knowledge is inadequate to setreliable exposure standards. No safe exposure level can be established at this time.
The world's leading electromagnetic researchers say existing scientific knowledgeis inadequate to set reliable exposure standards. – The Vienna Resolution, 1998
The Salzburg Resolution, adopted in 2000 at the International Conference on Cell Tower Siting, wouldprohibit any cell site from emanating more than .1 mW/cm2 – 10,000 times more strict than thecurrent U.S. standard. This limit takes into account the growing evidence for non-thermal RFbioeffects. Cell phone towers expose the public to involuntary, chronic, cumulative Radio Frequency Radiation.Low levels of RFR have been shown to be associated with changes in cell proliferation and DNAdamage. Some scientific studies show adverse health effects reported in the .01 to 100 mW/cm2range at levels hundreds, indeed, thousands, of times lower than the U.S. standards.
These harmfullow levels of radiation can reach as far as a mile away from the cell tower location. Reportedhealth problems include headache, sleep disorders, memory impairment, nosebleeds, anincrease in seizures, blood brain barrier leakage problems, increased heart rates, lower spermcounts, and impaired nervous systems.
Long term and cumulative exposure to cell tower radiation has no precedent in history. There are noconclusive studies on the safety of such exposures, and the growing body of scientific evidencereports such bioeffects and adverse health effects are possible, if not probable.
Dr. Neil Cherry, Ph.D. biophysicist from New Zealand, reports that “There is no safe level of EMR
He said the standards are based on thermal effects, but important non-thermaleffects also take place, such as cell death and DNA breakdown. Dr. Cherry wrote a 120-page reviewof 188 scientific studies. “The electromagnetic radiation causes cells to change in a way that makesthem cancer forming.” It can increase the risk of cancer two to five times, he said. “To claim there isno adverse effect from phone towers flies in the face of a large body of evidence.”
“To claim there is no adverse effect from phone towers flies in theface of a large body of evidence.” – Dr. Neil Cherry, biophysicist
Public health officials caution that we err on the side of conservatism, given the massive public healthrisk that is possible.