- Think Twice Before You Place That Call
- By William Thomas
Though intended for renovations, Chris Anderson would like all visitors
to deposit their cellular phones in the cement mixer by his front door.
This sounds excessive - until you step into Anderson’s orchard, where
the pegged needle of a shrieking electromagnetic radiation (EMR) meter
placed beside a connected cell phone still shows significant exposure
100 feet away.
Much to the chagrin of this certified EMR-mitigation specialist, every
day some 300 million cell phone users are reaching out and touching
someone you love. Yourself, and anyone else within range of the
microwaves emitted by your phone.
Mesmerized by magical gadgets, we have yet to count the costs of
miniature radio transmitters that are transforming Marconi s invention
into new possibilities for portable personal pollution. As entire
nations reach for pocket communicators, the explosively emergent $40
billion a year mobile phone industry is poised to deliver a Wireless
Revolution that over the next five years is expected to double the one
billion people connected by telephone lines over the past century.
Silicon sensors are already calling to each other. Soon, countless
communicating microchips embedded in everything from bumpers to brooms
will be sending streams of encoded electrical energy through glass,
steel, concrete, bone and flesh.
Exquisitely sensitive to subtle electromagnetic harmonies, human brains
and bodies as intricate as galaxies depend on tiny electrical impulses
to conduct complex life-processes -including the ability to read, recall
and respond to these words. Acting as antennas, our anatomies just as
easily tune into spurious signals from radio and microwave
transmissions. Blake Levitt, author of Electromagnetic Fields, says that
when it comes to cell phones, a worse frequency could not have been
chosen for the human anatomy.
As cell phones conquer consumer minds and markets, researcher Carol Anne
Patton notes that the brain reaches peak absorption in the UHF bands,
right where cellular telecommunications operate. British military
scientists have discovered that cell phone transmissions disrupt the
brain sites for memory and learning, causing forgetfulness and sudden
confusion. Other studies show that electromagnetic signals from cellular
phones reduce the ability to concentrate, calculate and coordinate
complicated activities such as driving a car. Startled by $4 billion a
year in extra claims among cell phone-wielding drivers, North American
insurers did a double-take that found simply juggling cell phones is not
causing a 600% increase in accidents.'
Hands-free mobile speaker-phones cause even more crashes because they
typically emit 10 times more brainwave interference than handheld units.
For all drivers dialing out, University of Toronto investigators report
that the heightened probability of cracking up your car persists for up
to 15-minutes after completing a call. That s comparable to the risk of
crashing while driving dead drunk exclaims Dr. Chris Runball, chairman
of the B.C. Medical Association s emergency medical services committee.
Reeling from dial-a-collision costs, the government of British Columbia
may join England, Spain, Israel, Switzerland and Brazil in banning the
use of cell phones by drivers.
In New Zealand, cell phone towers are prohibited on school property
because of possible health effects, but Health Canada regulations ignore
the hidden hazards of cell-wrenching cell phones, which send pulsed
signals through the skull in a process one expert likens to jackhammers
on the brain.
One of a handful of licensed electricians who understand electromagnetic
fields well enough to eliminate them from household wiring, McGinnis has
been testing EMF’s and collaborating with fellow testers and researchers
for nearly a decade. In Victoria, where he has helped residents defeat
six cell phone towers, there was dancing in the streets after Microcell
Connexions withdrew its application to erect a microwave transmission
tower against the Wishart Elementary School fence in the spring of 1998.
The cell phone's second-hand microwave and radio-frequency (RF)
pollution pose invisible but significant risks to bystanders -
particularly children riding in cars that transmit amplified cell phone
signals through their steel structure. Reporting the conclusions of a
12-person British study team, scientist Sir William Stewart told London
s Financial Times that children may be more vulnerable because of their
developing nervous system, the greater absorption of energy in the
tissues of the head and a longer lifetime of exposure.
Roger Coghill became a long-standing advocate for health warnings to be
affixed to mobile phones after this biologist found that cell phone
transmissions damage the ability of white blood cells to ward off
infectious disease by disrupting the immune system s electromagnetic
Dr. Neil Cherry has measured accelerated aging, increased cell death and
cancers caused by radio frequency microwaves from cell phones and their
relay towers. With the brain s electro-chemical communications
repeatedly zapped by lightning-like cell phone pulses, this Ph.D.
biophysicist warns that headaches, fatigue, lethargy, nausea, dizziness,
depression, arteriosclerosis and even Alzheimer s can result from
frequent or prolonged calls.
There is also a higher incidence of cardiac problems, Cherry comments,
in terms of the timing function in hearts. You get more heart attacks
and more heart disease, it has now been shown in many studies.
The biophysicist from Lincoln University in Christ Church, New Zealand
has also found that cell phones can murderously modify moods. In brains
and bodies seriously derailed by tiny imbalances in trace minerals and
hormones, depression, suicide, anger, rage and violence can result when
calcium and serotonin levels are disrupted by cell phone transmissions.
In 1995, mobile phone sales in North America exceeded the birth rate.
Hired by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association to condone
cell phones, public health scientist George Carlo found that tumors on
the outside of the brain are more than doubled among cell phone callers
- particularly on the right side of the head where cell phones are
usually held. Carlo told ABC s 20/20 that cell phone causes genetic
damage that leads to cancer.
Warning of the potential for a global health disaster, ABC recommended
prudent avoidance of cell phones after finding that every cell phone
they lab-tested exceeded the Federal Communication Commission s
standards for EMF absorption rates. EMF researcher Dave Ashton cautioned
20/20 viewers that because cell phones constantly search for the nearest
repeating tower, long-term damage comes from cell phones in the stand-by
mode. cell phone shields and headsets cannot adequately address these
problems, Ashton added.
Dr. Carlo later told London s Express newspaper that cell phones cause
genetic damage following a dose-response curve. That is, the more a
person uses a cell phone, the more cellular destruction and health risks
they incur. Cell phone-confused cells can go crazy, Carlo cautioned.
Experiments on captive animals show that this cumulative DNA damage is
passed on to succeeding generations.
Addicted as we are to a culture of convenience, we forget how
inconvenient it is to contract cancer. An Adelaide Hospital study
confirmed Carlo s conclusions after finding B-cell lymphomas doubled in
mice within 18 months of one-hour daily exposure to power densities
experienced by a cell phone user. -B-cell lymphomas are implicated in
85% of all cancers.
Ready Or Not
As magazine-size cellular relay antennas hidden in church steeples and
rooflines keep popping up just about everywhere, more and more
communities are declaring their airspace a No Fry Zone. But in Canada,
where cell phone towers come under federal jurisdiction, municipalities
are only advisers to a process in which no permits are required to erect
transmitter towers deemed necessary for national security.
Many more lives are involuntarily imperiled by non-emergency calls. Pat
Irwin was working in a Colwood health food store when she noticed a
truck unloading metal framework. The next morning, a new cell phone
tower was ready to add its emissions to another BC Tel tower already
operating down the street. There had been no announcement, no public
hearings - just a quiet notification to the municipality that a tower
was going up, literally overnight.
The intruder radiated for a month when Irwin felt her immunity dropping.
She wondered if other changes in her energy and menstrual cycle were not
from the moon or something that I ate.
Irwin also seemed more irritable after her central nervous switchboard
began receiving round-the-clock cell phone calls. With cellular relay
towers in Kansas and Oklahoma being shut down because they interfered
with passing aircraft, Irwin sensed how the same transmissions plucked
her own electrical circuitry, inflicting a chronic edginess that twangs
human nerves. Sleep disorders, she learned, are common among people
exposed to high levels of electromagnetic pollution.
After several other women in the same business centre reported similar
symptoms, Irwin quit her job. I saw it as something that was there to
stay and I d be daily exposed to it over a long period of time, she told
Alive. All this stuff is what were playing with on a daily basis.
There is nothing safe about the new 1.9 gigahertz broadcasting
frequency. Much like a boxer taking repeated blows to the head, rapidly
pulsing cell phones signal permanent brain damage. A study by Dr. Peter
Franch found unequivocally that cells are permanently damaged by
cellular phone frequencies. This cellular damage, Franch noted, is
maximized at low dosage - and inherited unchanged, from generation to
Katharina Gustavss, a certified Building Biology consultant with 25
years experience, explains that CDMA s 217 Hz spikes are very close to
the frequencies of human cell membranes. Gustavss accompanied a
Microcell technician to the Colwood microwave relay tower Irwin and
others had complained about. When he waved a spectrum analyzer, Gustavss
checked the display and saw pretty scary energy spikes.
"What's that?", she asked the tech. I've never seen that before, he told
her. It turned out that this cell phone tower tester only set his meter
to an averaging mode. Switching to real time froze the readings at scary
maximum output levels.
How dangerous are cell phones? The risk is extremely high, declares Dr.
Cherry. There are 66 epidemiological studies showing that
electromagnetic radiation across the spectrum increase brain tumors in
Cherry says that because cancer takes a decade to develop, it will be
another 10 years before mobiles manifest a big bonanza in brain tumors.
But he adds, we re already seeing acute effects that are noticed within
minutes of using a cell phone.
After two minutes conversation, a cell phone s digitized impulses
disable the safety barrier that isolates the brain from destructive
proteins and poisons in the blood.
Professor Leif Salford, the neurologist who carried out the research for
this finding, informed the Daily Mail: It seems that molecules such as
proteins and toxins can pass out of the blood, while the phone is
switched on, and enter the brain. We need to bear in mind diseases such
as MS and Alzheimer s which are linked to proteins being found in the
Dancing With The Telecomonster
If you must pack a cell phone, treat it like a loaded pistol.
Keep it turned off. Don t carry it near ovaries, testicles, or the
heart. For partial protection, buy an antenna shield. Limit calls to
one-minute, six to 10 minutes a month. Never fire off a cell phone with
children anywhere in sight.
When it comes to cells, consciousness and cell phones, every call is
collect. How can convenience count more than cancer? What is gained by
being in constant contact with disembodied voices, while being out of
touch with the friends and neighbours immediately around us? Are we
comfortable having our location continually traced by monitoring
Unless we start voting with our wallets, consumer complacency could
prove as species-limiting as corporate cynicism. Microwave frequencies
are the same as those used in radar and your microwave oven, says
Florida cell phone tower opponent Joe Chwick. You wouldn't think of
sticking your head in the oven, but there is no hesitation to putting
the cell phone to your ear
Having somehow survived three-million years of evolution without them,
many contemporary hominids claim they cannot live without them. But -can
exquisitely sensitive electromagnetic beings live with cell phones -and
the towers their signals ride in on? Like polyethylene food and water
containers, plastic cookers and coffee-makers, microwave ovens and
petroleum powered vehicles, cell phones could be one of those
brilliantly beguiling inventions we have to let go. Would hanging up on
such an intrusive and hazardous addiction be so terrible?
For a fee, an electrical engineer has about five different types
of meters, including very effective gaussmeters, to measure these
fields. The most expensive meters have the most accurate measurements.
These can cost thousands of dollars, so it is best to hire an engineer
who has them already.
We returned our new laptop*, as the field with 18" of the screen was
horrendous. The fields from satellites/cell phones and
satellites/computers have been causing documented brain tumors for 20
Laptops fields can be measured; there's a significant difference between
models. Don't ever stick your face within 10 inches of the screen
for longer than a couple minutes, the field does start to substantially
diminish about 20 inches from the screen on some models - for others,
the field is a thick, heavy, and three feet deep of detrimental EMF, so
that would drape your head and chest in the field.