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The Times of India, 7/12/2010

Cell towers likely sources of radiation, disease: Report

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Cell towers likely sources of radiation, disease: Report
TNN, Dec 7, 2010, 04.02am IST

MUMBAI: Cellphone operators have long denied their transmitting towers atop
buildings or on highways have any adverse bearing on the health of humans or
animals, despite several studies across the world concluding the contrary.
Now a report for the Department of Telecommunication by a faculty of the
Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, reinforces what scientists have long
held high-risk zones. Moreover, it recommends that India, which has very
"relaxed
radiation norms", must raise the safety bar.

Girish Kumar, professor, electrical engineering department of the Powai
institute, who visited rooftops of several buildings and measured radiation
on places with cell towers mounted, said: "These towers transmit radiation
24x7, so people living nearby will receive 10,000 to 10,000,000 times
stronger signal than required for mobile communication. In India, crores of
people reside in these hig radiation zones."

Kumar noted the cell phone industry was becoming "another cigarette
industry, which for long kept claiming smoking is not harmful. In fact,
cellphone/tower radiation is worse than smoking as one cannot see it or
smell it, and its effect on health is noted after a long period of exposure.

Unfortunately, all of us are absorbing this slow poison unknowingly. For
instance, Kumar visited the apartment of a lady detected with cancer a year
after a cellphone tower was installed in the vicinity. A hand-held broadband
radiation monitoring device, taken near the windows, detected radiation
levels were around 0.007069 W/m2. India has adopted a radiation norm of 4.7
W/m2, but the study noted serious health effects at as low a level of 0.0001
W/m2. Though India adheres to the radiation density limit set by the
International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP),
Kumar observed Indians faced an added threat: radiation from multiple
towers. One should know the actual radiation pattern (unfortunately not
made public) to calculate exact radiation density at a point, he noted.
One of the first steps he recommended was tightening radiation norms and
reducing number of towers. Many countries in the world have adopted much
stricter maximum radiation density values of 0.001 to 0.24 W/m2.

CELL SHOCKING

Cancer Risk

Use of mobile phones for more than years poses a risk of brain cancer.
Children and teenagers are five times more susceptible as their brain is not
fully developed and radiation penetration is much deeper Infertility Studies
confirm cell phone radiation can
drastically affect male fertility. Studies have found 30% sperm decrease in
intensive mobile phone users, in addition to damage of sperms
Neurodegenerative Diseases

People living near mobile phone base stations are also at risk of developing
neuropsychiatric problems as headache, memory loss, nausea, dizziness,
tremors, muscle spasms, numbness, tingling, altered reflexes, muscle and
joint paint, leg/foot pain, depression, and sleep disturbance. More severe
reactions include seizures, paralysis, psychosis and stroke

Skin Damage

Radiation from cell towers and mobile phones affects human skin. It can
result in an increase in mast cells, leading to the clinical symptoms of
itch, pain, edema and erythema. It also may be instrumental in higher
concentration of the transtyretin protein, which has an important role in
causing nervous diseases like Alzheimers

Interference With Other Gadgets

Radio frequency exposure from cellular phone base antennas and mobiles can
affect patients with pacemakers, implantable cardiovascular defibrillators
and impulse generators Melatonin Reduction

Melatonin, a vital neurohormone, regulates our circadian rhythm. Studies
with animals show a reduction in melatonin levels following radio frequency
radiation exposure from cell phones and cell towers. Turning off
transmitters resulted in a significant increased
melatonin levels within few days

Ear & Eye Damage

Radiation emitted by mobiles may damage the delicate workings of the inner
ear, and longterm and intensive use for more than four years and for longer
than 30 minutes a day creates high risk of irreversible hearing loss.
Frequent use of mobiles can also damage the visual system

Sleep Disorders

Use of handsets before going to bed delays and reduces sleep, and causes
headaches, confusion and depression. The findings are especially alarming
for children and teenagers as they use cell phones at night and keep the
phone next to their head, it may lead to mood and personality changes,
depression, lack of concentration and poor
academic performance

ON THE SPOT

At a farmhouse near Delhi-Gurgaon toll naka, with 4 cell towers, the owner
said output of most fruit trees drastically reduced in two years Residents
of Usha Kiran, Carmichael Rd, alleged 3 cell towers on neighbouring Vijay
Apts, subject them to maximum radiation

At Khar bridge, power density and radiation was way above the permissible
limits.

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