Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News
8 August 2010
Mobile phone towers a cause of worry [Allahabad]
Times of India, The, Jul 24, 2010 | by Mani, Rajiv
ALLAHABAD: Even as hundreds of mobile phone towers have dotted the skyline of the city, these have become a cause of worry for the residents living nearby. In absence of laws for preventing the installation on rooftops, the authorities are no more than mute spectators.
A mobile tower installed on the roof of a nursing home in Kareli caught fire last Tuesday and the families living in its vicinity ran out of their homes in apprehension of it falling on them.
Although, this may sound like a rare incident, but it has again opened the debate on the ill-effect of towers installed on rooftops.
Be it getting disturbed by the vibration of rooftop generators or the apprehension of getting affected by the radiation, these towers are becoming a threat for various reasons.
Throwing light on the hazard of these towers, JA Ansari a faculty member of JK Institute of Applied Physics and Technology, Allahabad University, said: "We know microwaves are used to cook food as it elevates temperature of anything exposed to them for a prolonged period. Now, cell towers are actually huge microwave antennas used to connect with mobile devices and they might not cause anything all of a sudden theoretically, but prolonged exposure to such high intensity microwaves can surely cause cancer or other diseases. Mobile phones also have small microwave antennas but their capacity is in milliwatts and still people do care a lot about placing them away from head or private parts. You can think what a group of Megawatt powered microwave antennas placed just above your head permanently can do to you, Ansari added.
Various studies show that it is not only humans but also animals and birds that have been affected by radiation of these towers. Disorientation of birds has been reported from Bharatpur bird sanctuary.
Migratory birds from Siberia are now landing on new spots every winter and some never reach the destination.
Similarly, a study conducted by three departments of Panjab University has found that cell phone towers are the dominating source of electromagnetic radiation in environment and this could lead to diseases in plants and animals.
Because of this, butterflies, some insects and birds like sparrows could vanish in coming days, Ansari added.
Although such structures can be seen invariably across the city, but the localities of Old City are dominated by the towers.
Kareli, Mutthiganj, Kydganj, Dariyabad, Rajapur, Preetam Nagar and some of the localities dominated by these towers.
"I ask the authorities of these companies, just sleep for one night in my house and feel how it shivers with the vibration of the generator placed on the top of our building. Is it not playing with our life?" questions Sandeep, a resident of Civil Lines. It is just the monetary benefit of one individual which is posing danger for others living in the vicinity of the tower, he added.
It is not only vibration of gensets which is troubling the locals but the weak structure of the building, on top of which these towers are located, is posing danger to life and property. A resident of Bhawapur whose neighbour has rented out his rooftop to a mobile service provider, said: "We are worried that the vibrations might affect the foundation of our house gradually weakening it. How can the authorities be oblivious of the fact that various buildings, having mobile towers on rooftops, are structurally weak and can be damaged by the towers?"
An official of a mobile service provider said there is too much competition in the market and today's consumer only asks for better network coverage. Cell phone companies contend that if they put up towers at the specified limit, then they would need atleast four towers in place of one, which does not gel with the business plan, he said.
One experiences uneasiness and headache due to radiation of these towers. However, doctors say that this could be purely psychological. Physician SK Shukla said that he has come across many cases where people have complained of uneasiness after talking for long hours on a mobile phone. "I have found that in many cases it is physiological. However, there are an equal number of cases in which such occurrences have happened due to the generation of heat while talking on the mobile, he added.
City town planner of Allahabad Development Authority Swaraj Ganguly said: "There are guidelines, as mentioned in building bylaws 2009, that are meant to be followed but we still don't have strong teeth to defend them. A fee of Rs 1.25 lakh, a specific height of the rooftop, enclosure of the area of tower and its equipment, the mobile operator and the house owner being responsible in any case of mishap etc are among the guidelines but the same have been challenged in the court." If someone comes and seeks permission for installing these towers atop hospitals or schools we deny the permission, he adds
ElectroSmog: 10 ways to avoid frying your brain
The Washington Times
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Like smog created by air pollution, electrosmog is created by electromagnetic field radiation from cell phones, wireless computers and networks, and new utility technologies like Smart Grids and Smart Meters. Electrosmog envelopes us 24-7...in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, even hotels, and no one really knows the long-term effects on our health, or on our DNA.
The ever-expanding electrosmog is comprised of several EMF or electromagnetic radiation fields of different intensity...from ELFs (extremely low frequency fields); to "dirty electricity" — a frequency that gets on wiring in our walls from electronics that contain transformers, and from compact fluorescent light bulbs and dimmer switches; to RFs (radio frequencies), and a subset of RF called microwave radiation emitted by cell phones, wireless networks and portable phones.
"All these radiation fields disrupt the regulation of the nervous system in our bodies," said Camilla Rees, during a recent interview on my radio show "Your Super Natural Life." Camilla, founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, is one of the foremost advocates for safer cell phone and wireless technologies, and exposes the link between electromagnetic pollution and our health. "We are electromagetic beings," she said, "and are especially vulnerable to unnatural electromagetic fields."
Many people are becoming "electrosensitive" due, in part, to being exposed to more and more wireless devices like computers, printers and routers, cell phones, or from living near cell phone towers or antennas. According to Camilla, electrosensitivities can show up as acute symptoms like excessive fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, irritability, visual problems, memory loss, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness, and cardiovascular disruptions. Long-term symptoms include conditions like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes. Also, German doctors have found that newly developing cancer cases are much higher within 400 meters of a cell tower. The risk of getting cancer increased by 200% after 5 years of exposure (H. Eger et al). Another study showed that within 350 meters of a cell phone tower there was a 300% increased incidence of cancer and a 900% increase in cancer among women alone (Wolf et al, 2004). "Even though you might not be experiencing symptoms now, doesn't mean you won't in the future due to increased exposure," added Camilla.
Magda Havas, Ph.D., co-author with Camilla of "Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution," says that it can take just a small amount over a long period of time to be effected. "Symptoms of electrohypersensitivity have been demonstrated at exposures that are a fraction (0.04%) of U.S. exposure guidelines, in part because the guidelines themselves only take into consideration a 30-minute exposure, not chronic exposures." Magda is also author of the new BRAG Antenna Ranking of Schools Report which ranks U.S. schools and shows parents and teachers how to gauge the risk of radiation exposure from neighborhood antennas.
What sets people up for greater sensitivity to EMFs? Here are some factors that are known or suspected:
- Excessive EMF exposure, as well as long-term exposure
- Any metal in the body, like metal dental fillings, implants, braces, metal prostheses, and pace makers and deep brain stimulators for Parkinson's
- Conditions like MS and Lyme Disease
- Excess levels of heavy metals in the body as well as genetic factors influencing detoxification
- Chronic infection in the body, including often hidden dental infections
10 Ways to Avoid Electrosmog Hazards:
- Eliminate as much wireless technology in your home as possible. Rewire the most basic connections, like the computer to the printer, and the computer to the internet, for example. Turn off wireless at night, do your body can rest and repair.
- Don't sleep with electric blankets, electric heating pads or with electric clock radios or telephone answering machines near your head.
- Don't let your teenager sleep with a cell phone under his/her pillow.
- Use a corded landline telephone instead of a cordless one.
- Don't use your laptop computer in your lap, and while using a laptop turn the wireless internet connection off in the software, except while you need it.
- If you're pregnant, stay far away from things like BlackBerries, which emit very high magnetic radiation fields while in use that might cause miscarriage.
- If you live close to a cell tower, block radiation coming into your home by using special paints, film and fabric to cover your windows. (These can be found here.)
- Learn how to measure the various fields in your home by using meters and detection equipment that measure specific frequencies. (See the EMF-Help Blog™ on the Campaign for Radiation Free Schools Facebook Group)
- Keep your immune system healthy by avoiding contact with toxic chemicals in your home and detoxing your body from time to time. Camilla says there seems to be a synergistic effect between the toxic chemicals we encounter that are accumulating in our bodies, and EMFs. She points to research showing higher body burden of chemicals in people who are electrosensitive.
- Be aware of metal in your life because metal reflects EMFs and can create hotspots. This would include, metal coils in mattresses, metal furniture, metal eyeglasses, metals in your mouth and metal underwire bras
Beth Greer, Super Natural Mom™, is the bestselling author of Super Natural Home, host of "Your Super Natural Life" on Clear Channel's Green 960 Radio, and impassioned champion of toxin-free living who busts open the myth that our homes are safe havens. She consults for restaurants, retreat centers and healthcare agencies. Follow Beth on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.
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