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More often than not, knowledge about cell phone/tower radiation leads to paranoia. It is important to understand that cell phones are an integral part of our living and panic is not the ideal reaction to this fact. How should one react then? Learn the facts and take necessary steps to protect your loved ones.

How CTR affects you

CTR is invisible and its effects take a long time to surface. While more serious effects take long, the immediate health concerns affect your family's everyday life adversely.

CTR studies and conclusions

The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified wireless radiofrequency (Cell Tower Radiation included) as a Possible Human Carcinogen (May, 2011)*

The designation applies to low-intensity CTRin general, covering all CTR-emitting devices and exposure sources (cell and cordless phones, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless hotspots, electronic baby monitors, wireless classroom access points, wireless antenna facilities, etc). Base-station level CTRat levels ranging from less than 0.001 uW/cm2 to 0.05 uW/cm2 (10 µW/m2 to 500 µW/m2). In 5 new studies since 2007, researchers report headaches, concentration difficulties and behavioral problems in children and adolescents; and sleep disturbances, headaches and concentration problems in adults. At least five new cell tower studies are reporting bio-effects in the range of 0.003 to 0.05 uW/cm2 (30 µW/m2 to 500 µW/m2) at lower levels than reported in 2007 ( 500 µW/m2 to 1000 µW/m2 was the range below which, in 2007, effects were notobserved). Researchers report headaches, concentration difficulties and behavioral problems in children and adolescents; and sleep disturbances, headaches and concentration problems in adults. Public safety standards are 1,000 – 10,000 or more times higher than levels now commonly reported in mobile phone base station studies to cause bioeffects. BIOEFFECTS ARE CLEARLY ESTABLISHEDBioeffects are clearly established and occur at very low levels of exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation. Bioeffects can occur in the first few minutes at levels associated with cell and cordless phone use. Bioeffects can also occur from just minutes of exposure to mobile phone masts (cell towers), WI-FI, and wireless utility ‘smart’ meters that produce whole-body exposure. Chronic base station level exposures can result in illness.

Dhami AK. Study of electromagnetic radiation pollution in an Indian city. Environ Monit Assess. 184(11):6507-6512, 2012. Abstract. Electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phone towers is a form of environmental pollution and is a new health hazard, especially to children and patients. The present studies were taken to estimate the microwave/RF pollution by measuring radiation power densities near schools and hospitals of Chandigarh city in India.

The cell phone radiations were measured using a handheld portable power density meter TES 593 and specific absorption rates were estimated from the measured values. These values of electromagnetic radiation in the environment were compared with the levels at which biological system of humans and animals starts getting affected. The values were also compared with the international exposure limits set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). The highest measured power density was 11.48 mW/m(2) which is 1,148% of the biological limit. The results indicated that the exposure levels in the city were below the ICNIRP limit, but much above the biological limit.

Other Studies
Towers & hormones

Radiation from mobile phones and their base stations had a harmful effect on the endocrine system in a study just published in Clinical Bio- chemistry. It was conducted by Emad Eskander and team from the Hormone Department of Cairo’s National Research Centre. The first study of its kind, it investigated hormone levels in volunteers who used mobile phones or lived within 500 metres of a mobile phone base station for up to six years. It found that exposures to radiofrequency radiation changed the levels of six hormones in the volunteers. People exposed to radiation from mobile phones or base stations had decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, of ACTH (which regulates cortisol) and of thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Young women exposed to radiation from mobile phones or base stations had decreased levels of prolactin, which can affect the menstrual cycle and pregnancy, and the decrease was greater with greater exposure. However, older women had increased levels of this hormone. Women of all ages exposed to radiation from either source for 3 to 6 years had decreased levels of progesterone, also involved in the menstrual cycle. Men of different ages exposed to both mobile phones and base station radiation had decreased levels of the sex hormone testosterone, which, the authors say, could potentially affect reproduction. ‘The degenerative effects of exposure to CTR were more pronounced for persons who used mobile phones for long periods of 6 years,’ the authors observed. Many of the affected hormones are involved in the pituitary-adrenal axis which is controls stress. (Eskander, E et al, Clinical Biochemistry 45(1-2):157-61, Jan 2012.)