12/13/2012 1:01:00 PM Letter: Cell tower health threats cannot be ignored
There is much controversy over the placement of cell phone towers these days: ruined views, devalued properties, barbed wire fences. How come no one is writing a concern about their health?
For a long time claims have been made about the adverse health effects of living or working near cell phone towers. Headaches, nausea, irritation, memory loss (sounds like an ad for some pharmaceutical). Cell towers send out radio frequencies and electromagnetic radiation, or EMFs, as it’s called. These EMFs are the same as what is put out by a microwave oven. Who would want to stick their head into their microwave while it is operating? Cell towers operate 24/7, and their output increases as phone usage increases in the area. Imagine the usage for the proposed tower near Walmart and the high school.
Milk cows showed ill effects and reduced output when raised near towers in Germany. The cows were moved, and they got better, and went back to producing normal quantities of milk. When moved back onto the old property, they got sick and stopped producing again. In England a cell tower was put on top of an apartment building. The rate of cancer in that building went up to ten times the national average. Residents living near towers report illnesses while at home but feel better shortly after leaving home and going out somewhere else, only to have those sick feelings once they return home. What a great way to live.
One report states that cell towers should be 400 meters from any household or farm. A care and treatment facility is being created in a canyon far away from any radio frequencies. Organizations have been formed to keep cell towers away from schools.
Of course, there are many claims that the towers pose no health risk at all. These claims are from organizations and companies that naturally rely on cell service, either for business or to make money from them. The American Cancer Society is not willing to state anything negative about cell towers. Shame on them. Of course, The ACS is too big a machine to infer any other large corporation creates ill effects on the public.
On the flip side, the Center For Disease Control is doing studies to protect workers from RF and EMF. The journal Lancet reports on a study that states that RF-EMF is possibly carcinogenic.
Money over health. Sounds like so many other things you as editor suggest in your commentary that we should just “get used to”; like Twinkies, like jumbo diet soft drinks, like junk food. All things we are so used to, but will kill us, or just make us fat and sick and create another way for health insurance companies to make money from. Cell towers – the next great health problem.
I would encourage anyone who lives near the proposed cell tower to get onto your computer and Google “cell tower illness”. See for yourself how many articles and sites you can check out. Also see EMF-Health.com. Then go to the County Supervisor’s meeting on the 17th and demand more protection for yourself, and less protection for the cell phone companies.