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EMF radiation due to Mobile tower and health hazard effects.

BTS Tower
The Mobile Towers (BTS) are critical physical infrastructure that transmits voice and data RF signals to mobile service subscribers. All the leading private Mobile Service operators

 The safety of cell phone towers is the subject of extensive scientific debate.  There is a growing body of scientific evidence that the electromagnetic radiation they emit, even at low levels, is dangerous to human health.  The cell phone industry is expanding quickly, with over 100,000 cell phone towers now up across the U.S., which is expected to increase ten-fold over the next five years.  The industry has set what they say are safe levels of radiation exposure, but there are a growing number of doctors, physicists, and health officials who strongly disagree, and foresee a public health crisis

EMF Radiation From Mobile Tower


 The widespread use of cell phones has led to the placement of cell phone towers in many communities.  Cell phones communicate with nearby cell towers mainly through radiofrequency (RF) waves, a form of energy in the electromagnetic spectrum between FM radio waves and microwaves.  The effect mobile phone radiation has on human health is the subject of recent interest and study, as a result of the enormous increase in mobile phone usage throughout the world

What Industry spokesperson says about the EMF Radiations?


Cellular phone industry spokespersons continue to assert that cell phone towers pose no health risk. Almost all scientists in this field would disagree, at the very least claiming that no such assurance can be given. There is strong evidence that electromagnetic radiation from cell phone towers is damaging to human (and animal) health.

 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.  Electromagnetic radiation emitted from BTS Towers interact and affect human body's own weak electromagnetic fields. Therefore, it interferes with our body's natural healing processes and produces all sorts of health hazards.  Medical information suggests that there may be links between prolonged exposure to electromagnetic radiation and health problems especially cancer, nervous disorders and birth defects.

Studies and researches in different countries about the effects of EMF radiation


In Germany, a study has documented illness in dairy cows caused by cell phone towers radiation. This included decreased milk production, infertility, abortions, birth deformities, behavioral problems and early death. Autopsies revealed that the cows died of acute circulatory collapse and bleeding from several organs

 Similar studies and researches were carried in Dutch, Sweden, US ,Spain and France etc.It showed health hazards due to these radiations

 In France, a study found that if people live closer to cell phone tower, they are more likely to experience dizziness, nausea, memory loss and other neurological symptoms.  In Spain, Similar results were observed in studies.  The Dutch, Government sponsored double blind experiment in a laboratory. They found that people exposed to cell phone towers radiation experienced dizziness, nervousness, chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, weakness and difficulty concentrating.  In US, Found that childhood cancer rates in San Francisco were increased.  In Sweden, They found The rise and fall of asthma and certain cancers during the 20th century also that radio waves pose similar risk factor in causing lung cancer as cigarette smoking.

Other Health Hazards found from studies


Over 100 scientists and physicians at Boston and Harvard Universities Schools of Public Health have called cell phone towers a radiation hazard such as:
    

Headaches, nausea and impaired alertness Headaches, nausea and impaired alertness Blurred vision and pupil constriction Reduced sperm count Disorientation

Cancer risks due to EMF Radiations?


 Scientists now believe that current epidemic of numerous degenerative diseases including cancer, leukemia and other immune dysfunctions is not purely coincidental.  They often relate directly to the catastrophic effects of uncontrolled electromagnetic radiation hazard in our ever declining environment.  The human body takes the very same kind of punishment at home, in the office and practically everywhere where numerous sources of electromagnetic radiation abound. And the effects of such electromagnetic radiation hazard strike at the very core of our health and well-being.  Although many Scientists still believe that cell phone antennas or towers are unlikely to cause cancer.

The other side of the coin

Although we have seen various researches and studies have shown that the EMF Radiation from cell phone Towers causes damage to health many scientists still believe that that no towers could constitute a potential health hazard to nearby residents or students.

 Laboratory studies have looked at whether the types of RF waves used in cell phone communication can cause DNA damage. Most of these studies have supported the idea that the RF waves given off by cell phones and towers don't have enough energy to damage DNA directly.  Some scientists have reported that the RF waves may produce other effects in human cells (in lab dishes) that might possibly help tumors grow. However, these studies have not been verified. Several studies in rats and mice have looked at whether RF energy might promote the development of tumors caused by other known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). These studies did not find evidence of tumor promotion. Research in this area continues.

What the Cellular Operators Association of India(COAI) report says about the health hazards

 The primary mechanism of interaction by RF fields with biological bodies is heating.  The body is largely composed of water and water is a polar molecule, this means that it has a positive and a negative end.  Water molecules are randomly orientated in the body due to the heat of biological reactions.  In the presence of an RF field some of these molecules will try to align themselves with the field and follow its changes, This produces friction and heat within biological tissues.

The generally accepted measure of the rate of RF energy absorption is the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) with a unit of watts per kilogram (W/kg).This was specified by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and published in 1998.

ICNIRP is a non-governmental organization formally recognized by the WHO. The guidelines were developed following reviews of all the peerreviewed scientific literature, including thermal and non-thermal effects. The standards are based on evaluations of biological effects that have been established to have health consequences. Cellular Operators Association of India 9 main conclusion from the WHO reviews is that EMF exposures below the limits recommended in the ICNIRP international guidelines do not appear to have any known consequence on health.

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, 2006


Recent surveys have shown that the RF exposures from base stations range from 0.002% to 2% of the levels of international exposure guidelines, depending on a variety of factors such as the proximity to the antenna and the surrounding environment. This is lower or comparable to RF exposures from radio or television broadcast transmitters .

EUROPEAN COMMISSION EXPERT GROUP Overall, the existing scientific literature encompassing toxicology, epidemiology and other data relevant to health risk assessment, while providing Cellular Operators Association of India 12useful information, provides no convincing evidence that the use of radio telephones or other radio systems, whether analogue or digital, poses a long-term public health hazard.

GSM ASSOCIATION, MMF AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, 2006


A study of mice exposed to GSM900 and GSM1800 type signals has been published on-line in the journal Bioelectro-magnetics and overall finds no evidence that radio signals increase cancer risk. The authors state In Cellular Operators Association of India 14 conclusion, the present study produced no evidence that the exposure of male and female B6C3F1 mice to wireless GSM and DCS radio frequency signals at a whole body absorption rate of up to 4.0 W/kg resulted in any adverse health effect or had any cumulative influence on the incidence or severity of neoplastic and nonneoplastic background lesions, and thus the study did not provide any evidence of RF possessing a carcinogenic potential.

INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS (IEEE)

Present scientific evidence, as reviewed by standards setting organizations and other expert groups, does not demonstrate health or safety risks from cellular and other communications transmitters.

Lastly, it is most relevant to mention that all of the reviews over the last ten years by expert panels and government agencies looking into the health and safety of mobile communications have agreed that the scientific evidence does not demonstrate any health risks from the use of mobile phones for children. These include agencies like WHO, ICNIRP, The Health Council of the Netherlands, Food and Drugs Associations, IEEE and many other international bodies

Conclusion
A large body of research exists, experimental, in non-human animals and in humans, of which the majority shows no definite causative relationship between exposure to mobile phones and harmful biological effects in humans. This is often paraphrased simply as the balance of evidence showing no harm to humans from mobile phones, although a significant number of individual studies do suggest such a relationship, or are inconclusive.

The World Health Organization, based upon the majority view of scientific and medical communities, has stated that cancer is unlikely to be caused by cellular phones or their base stations and that reviews have found no convincing evidence for other health effects. Some national radiation advisory authorities have recommended measures to minimize exposure to their citizens as a precautionary approach.

Although the effects and health hazards due to EMF radiation are inconclusive the individual can definitely follow a few easy to do steps for th.eir own health

What you can do to keep your self safe?


 Reduce your exposure to electromagnetic radiation by increasing your distance.

This is the most important rule for EMF protection, and often the easiest to apply. How much to increase your distance depends on the type of EMF hazard. For example, to halve the field intensity, you might have to move further away by a distance of 25 meters for power lines and cell towers 30 cm (15 ") for your computer monitor 5 cm (2 ") for the electric clock next to your pillow 2.5 cm (1") for the cell phone pressed to your ear

   

 If the exposure is stopped early enough, the body can recover completely and repair, or adapt to, the damage that has occurred.  Avoid living, working, or going near cell phone towers. Although this is not possible for people working in telecom industry. But surely the exposure can be minimized.