"Radiation from mobile phone towers is harmful or not", this debate may continue between the scientific community and telecom operators for next few years, but what one is missing in this is the number of cases which may be added within the next few years with constant exposure to electromagnetic radiations emitted.
Sweden, which was one of the first countries where the mobile technology was introduced (approx. 15 years ago) has observed a series of health effects in the past few years.
IN SWEDEN, RECENT SURVEY SHOWED AROUND 2.9 LAKH SWEDISH MEN AND WOMEN- OUT OF A POPULATION OF 9,000,000 PEOPLE ARE NOW ELECTROHYPERSENSITIVE AND REPORT A VARIETY OF SYMPTOMS WHEN BEING IN CONTACT WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD (EMF)SOURCES.
*Reference: Bioinitiative Report (610 pages)http://www.next-up.or/pdf/BioInitiativeReportComplete.pdf - PAGE - 222
Symptoms include - allergic reactions, redness of skin, memory loss, sleep disruption, headache, nausea, tingling, altered reflexes, buzzing in the head, palpitations of the heart, visual disorders, cardiovascular problems, respiratory problems etc. Severe symptoms like leukemia, brain cancer, and acoustic neuroma (tumour in the ear) have also been reported.
In 2007, Dr. Lennart Hardell, from Örebro University in Sweden, reviewed published epidemiological papers and found that:Cell phone users had an increased risk of malignant gliomas (type of brain cancer), Link between cell phone use and a higher rate of acoustic neuromas (tumour in the ear) , Tumors are more likely to occur on the side of the head that the cell handset is used, One hour of cell phone use per day significantly increases tumor risk after ten years or more.
*Reference:Long-term use of cellular phones and brain tumours: increased risk associated with use for?10 years - http://oem.bmj.com/content/64/9/626.full.pdf
Why will India be worst hit?
• India has adopted the highest (worst) radiation exposure limits and even these limits are not being regulated properly.
• There are mobile towers everywhere - Residential roof tops, building sides, schools, hospitals unlike abroad. Currently about 4.5 lakh towers exit in India.
• Several roof top antennas are not even at a height of 2 meters where as other countries have them at a minimum safe distance of 30 meters.
• Has a population of over 1.15 billion with a total telecom subscriber base of 653.92 million.
• Mobiles are generally used for several hours and not limited to short essential calls unlike in other countries.
• Lack of awareness on the government’s part, among doctors, citizen’s ignorance and the willingness to accept the fact may result in addition of several other cases.
• Most of the telecom technology providers are foreign vendors, such as, Nokia, Siemen, Ericsson, etc. Why should they care for the health of Indians?
What is India really waiting for? Is it waiting for a complete vanish of bee/insect population which may insure a major food crisis or cancer cases emerging at a humongous rate and hospitals being lined with patients or may be worst - to see dead bodies on the streets?
Solutions have to be looked at now until its too late.