How does living near a cellular antenna (a base station) affect health?
– An excerpt from An Electronic Silent Spring
Studies find that people living near a base station experience fatigue, headache, sleep disruption, irritability, depression, decreased libido, memory loss, dizziness, nausea, increased risk of cancer, tremors, loss of appetite, rashes, visual disruptions and overall discomfort. (1,2)
People who live within 350 meters of a cellular antenna for more than a decade experience a four-fold increase in cancer rates. Among women, the increase is ten-fold. (3,4)
People who live within 200 – 500 feet of an antenna report genetic, growth and reproductive effects; increases in the permeability of the blood-brain barrier; behavioral, molecular, cellular and metabolic effects; and an increased risk of cancer. (5)
In Brazil, from 1996 to 2006, researchers tracked people who lived within 500 meters of a base station. They found 34.76 deaths by neoplasia (some kind of tumor) per 10,000 inhabitants. Outside of this area, a decrease in the number of deaths by neoplasia occurred: the greatest incidence was 5.83 deaths per 1000 people. (6)
In Israel, living near a cellular antenna for one year led to a dramatic increase of cancer. The increase correlates with previous data on significant increase in leukemia among people who live near broadcasting towers in Honolulu7 and Hawaii. (8)
Egyptian researchers found that long-term (six years) exposure to cellular antennas and mobile phones negatively impacts human hormone profiles: cortisol, serum progesterone (in females) and thyroid hormones are all affected. (9)
After a cellular antenna was installed in Rimbach, a small town in Bavaria, Germany, sixty residents had their urine tested regularly over eighteen months, beginning in Spring, 2004. Participants’ stress hormones (adrenaline and noradrenaline) increased significantly; their dopamine and phenylethylamine levels decreased substantially. While participants maintained their usual lifestyle, they experienced increases in sleep problems, headaches, dizziness, concentration problems and allergies. Because chronic disruption of hormones damages health in the long run, researchers expect “major health problems” from long-term exposure to radiation from cellular antennas. (10)
For an excellent film about living near an antenna, see “Resonance: Beings of Frequency” by James Russell, available for free at vimeo.com.
To learn how many antennas are in your neighborhood, Go to www.antennasearch.com and type in the address of your home, school or workplace. Or, locate any type of transmitter at the FCC Dashboard: http://reboot.fcc.gov/reform/systems/spectrum-dashboard.
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2. Kundi, M. and HP Hutter, “Mobile phone base stations–Effects on wellbeing and health,” Pathophysiology 16:123-135, 2009.
3. Wolf and Wolf, “Increased incidence of cancer near a cellphone
transmitted station,” Trends in Cancer Prevention, ed. F. Columbus, Nova Science, 2007, 1-8.
4. Review by Kundi, “Evidence for Childhood Cancers (Leukemia), Brain
Tumor Epidemiology, III, Epidemiological studies of RF and Brain Tumors,” C. Selvin et al, The BioInitiative Report: A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields.
5. Levitt, B., ibid.
6. Dode, A.C., et al, “Mortality by neoplasia and cellular telephone base
stations in the Belo Horizonte municipality, Minas Gerais state, Brazil,” Sci
Total Enviro, (2011), doi;10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.05.051.31.
7. Goldsmith, JR, “Epidemiologic Evidence of Radiofrequency Radiation
(Microwave) Effects on Health in Military, Broadcasting, and Occupational Studies,” Int’l Occup Environ Health, 1995; 1: 47-57.
8. Maskarinee, G., et al, “Investigation of increased incidence in childhood
leukemia near radio towers in Hawaii; preliminary observations,” J Environ
Pathol Toxicol Oncol, 1994; 13: 33-7.
9. Eskander, E.F et al, “How does long term exposure to base stations and mobile phones affect human hormone profiles?” Clinical Biochemistry, (45) 2012, 157-161.
10. Buchner, Klaus and Horst Eger, (2011), “Changes of Clinically Important Neurotransmitters under the Influence of Modulated RF Fields–A Long-term Study under Real-life Conditions,” Umwelt-Medizin-Gesellschaft, 24(1);44-57.