by Farhat Ullah Baig
The extensive installation of mobile phone Base Stations near schools, hospitals and residential areas has been accompanied by public debate about possible adverse effects on human health. The concerns relate to the emissions of radiofrequency (RF) radiation from the base stations that receive and transmit the signals.
Parents are especially concerned with the possibility that children might develop cancer after exposure to the RF emissions from mobile telephone base stations erected in or near schools.
There are two direct ways by which health could be affected as a result of exposure to RF radiation. These are by thermal (heating) effects caused mainly by holding mobile phones close to the body, and as a result of possible non-thermal effects from both phones and base stations. Also some people’s well-being may be adversely affected by the environmental impact of mobile phone base stations sited near their homes, schools or other buildings, as well as by their fear of perceived direct effects.
For base station emissions, exposures of the general population will be to the whole body. Base stations communicate with mobile phones within a defined area or “cell”. These can be of three types: macrocells, microcells and picocells depending upon their size and the power output of the antenna.
Whilst the increase in certain illnesses has been steady for about four decades – most figures indicate that for the last 15 years there has been a steep increase worldwide in illnesses such as cancers, cardiac illness, diabetes, asthma, allergies in children, and neurological conditions such as short term memory problems, Alzheimer’s disease and sleeplessness.
The currently acknowledged causes of these illnesses are chemical pollution, artificial environmental hormones and the pace of modern living, however a marked spike suggest a major new environmental factor is involved. Arguably, the only new factor is the sudden explosion in wireless communications technology, The major cause of these illnesses is the effects of low level microwave radiation on human health, and many scientists agree that such illnesses are a likely outcome of exposure to the such microwave signals transmitted and received by cell phone base stations.
the late New Zealand physicist and meta-analyst Dr Neil Cherry, studied the work of over 600 researchers worldwide. He found that EMR caused DNA breakages, chromosome aberrations, increased oncogene activity in cells, altered brain activity, altered blood pressure and increased brain cancer at very low levels – much lower than those allowed by the Australian standard. He also found that it impacts on the pineal gland in the brain, resulting in a reduction of melatonin. Melatonin is vital to the body’s biochemical systems, including the mediation of many hormone functions (including the control of weight) and is a major scavenger of damaging free radicals, leading to increased DNA strand breaks and chromosome aberrations. These observed biological changes can in turn lead to cancer and reproductive damage. The rise in high blood pressure is also linked to melatonin production.
In Australia in 2007 the Baker Heart Research Institute found that 42 per cent of Australians now have high blood pressure, which is reflected in the research of Dr Stephan Braune of the University of Freiberg in Germany, who found in 1998 that raised blood pressure occurred as a result of exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Other studies have produced similar results.
The pulsed high frequency electro magnetic fields from mobile phone base stations led to a new, previously unknown pattern of illnesses with a characteristic symptom complex. People suffer from one, several or many of the following symptoms: Sleep disturbances, tiredness, disturbance, in concentration, forgetfulness, problem with finding words, depressive mood, ear noises, sudden loss of hearing, hearing loss, giddiness, nose bleeds, visual disturbances, frequent infections, sinusitis, joint and limb pains, nerve and soft tissue pains, feeling of numbness, heart rhythm disturbances, increased blood pressure episodes, hormonal disturbances, night-time sweats, nausea. Even at 10μW/m2 (only 0.06 V/m average) many people are becoming ill.
The symptoms occur in temporal and spatial relationship to exposure. It is no way only a subjective sensitivity disturbance. Disturbances of rhythm, hearing problems, sudden deafness, hearing loss, loss of vision, increased blood pressure, hormonal disturbances, concentration impairments, and others can be proved using scientific objective measures. Some of the health disturbance disappears immediately the exposure ceases (temporary moving away from home, permanently moving away, using shielding).
Therefore, the expansion must be stopped immediately. Mobile phone base stations, in whose fields people are exposed to more than 10μW/m2 must be turned off.
Evaluation of symptoms of 356 people under long time home exposure to high frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields ( mobile phone base Stations)
The symptom groups are defined as follows:
Group 1: Sleep disturbance, tiredness, depressive mood
Group 2: Headaches, restlessness, dazed state, irritability, disturbance of Concentration, forgetfulness, learning difficulties, difficulty finding words.
Group 3: Frequent infections, sinusitis, lymph node swellings, joint and limb pains nerve and soft tissue pains, numbness or tingling, allergies
Group 4: Tinnitus, hearing loss, sudden hearing loss, giddiness, impaired balance, visual disturbances, eye inflammation, dry eyes
Group 5: Tachycardia, episodic hypertension, collapse
Group 6: Other symptoms (Hormonal disturbances, thyroid disease, night sweats, frequent urge to urinate, weight increase, nausea, loss of appetite, nose bleeds, skin complaints, tumors, diabetes)
So it is time to raise our voice against the installation of mobile phone towers near residential areas and schools. There r some 5 towers in Karimabad Hunza very much near to the Royal Academy School where half of the children from karimabad study. Do we want half of karimabad’s new generation to be paralyzed to benefit one person in terms of rent for the towers?
Time to raise the voice to save our new generation.