Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mobile Tower Radiation and Plants

Thought only humans were susceptible to Cell Tower radiation? Well the situation is worst than imagined by most people. Birds, bees, plants, mammals etc which act as ecological indicators to show alterations in our ecosystem have all been affected. We all know when these are disturbed there is some major calamity associated with it.

One such example was observed recently by Prof. Girish Kumar in Gurgaon, Delhi.

"I went to the farm house near Delhi-Gurgaon toll naka, where 4 cell towers are installed. The owner of the farm house told me that the output of most of the fruit bearing trees has drastically reduced in the last 2 years. Before the towers were erected the plants beared more than a hundred fruits and there were butterflies all around. And now only one or two fruits are seen in the entire tree and butterflies have completely vanished. Also, trees in the main beam of cell tower antenna look dull and withered compared to the plants away from the tower and not in main beam of antenna"

When asked to the person concerned, he said no changes have been made in terms of maintenance of the plants. They are watered and manured the same way like before.

The picture was taken at the farm house and shows that only those plants looked dull and dried which were close to and in the main beam of the antenna. When the radiation levels were measured in the farm, the levels were as high as 0 dBm = 70,686microW/m2 = 700 times more radiation than proposed by the ICNIRP guidleine which has been adopted by the Indian govt. as safe level of radiation.

Several such cases have been seen in other parts of the world and calls for immediate steps to adopt tighter radiation norms to save humans, animals, birds, environment and mother earth.


Cell Tower Radiation Report - sent to DOT (Department of Telecommunications)

Prepared by Prof. Girish Kumar, IIT Bombay, INDIA

Cell Tower Radiation Report - sent to DOT (Department of Telecommunications)

This report is a compilation of more than 200 scientific peer reviewed references. It talks about the Radiation Pattern of Cell Tower Antenna, the norms adopted by various countries, Theoretical and measured radiation power at various locations, Biological effects on Humans - The Brain, eye, ear, skin, nervous system, heart, cognitive issues etc. Not only humans but several birds like sparrows, insects like butterflies, bees and plants and animals have been affected from the cell tower radiation. In the end of the report - suggestions are offered as a balanced approach to solve immediate problems from this invisible hazardous radiation.

Please take immediate steps to adopt tighter radiation norms to save humans,animals, birds, environment and mother earth.

Mobile tower radiation a major health hazard

CNN IBN News Coverage - aired on 9th DEC 2010

All the transmitting towers, such as AM and FM towers, TV towers, cell towers, etc. emit RF/microwave radiation continuously. Also, Wi-Fi (wireless Internet), wireless computers,cordless phones and their base units, cell phones and all other wireless devices emit microwave radiation. A cell phone that is ON but not in use is also radiating.

Cell phones operate within the frequency band of 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz and the latest 3G technology works between 1900 -2200 MHz. Computers and laptops operate within the frequency range of 1000 -- 3600MHz, and most Wi-Fi systems and some cordless phones operate around 2450 MHz, which is same frequency as that of a microwave oven! The growing use of wireless communication in the last decade has introduced concerns about health risks from the so called man made electro smog. Various epidemiological and experimental studies have been carried out and the results have shown to have a close relation between biological effects and
Electromagnetic radiation (Sage Cindy et al 2009).

Microwave radiation effect can be classified as - thermal and non-thermal. The thermal effect has been largely studied and refers to the heat that is generated due to absorption of microwave radiation. Being exposed to the thermal effect could cause fatigue, cataracts and reduced mental concentration. Research is going on to study the non-thermal effects of radiation, and it has been associated with affecting the cell membrane permeability. Sadly the current exposure safety standards are purely based on the thermal effect while ignoring the non-thermal effects of

Principle of microwave heating is similar to that of a microwave oven where the water in the food content is heated first. Likewise microwave absorption effect is much more significant by the body parts which contain more fluid (water, blood, etc.) like the brain which consists of about 90% water. Effect is more pronounced where the movement of the fluid is less, for example, eyes, brain, joints, heart, abdomen, etc. The effect has shown to be much more severe for children and pregnant women.

Of late there are lots of reports coming out on how radiation through mobile towers causes cancer, though cell phone companies maintain that there is nothing conclusive on this subject.

The effectiveness or seriousness of the issue has not been realized among the common man yet as one can not see or smell or hear microwave and its effect on health is noted after a long period of time. Therefore, majority of the people tend to have casualness towards personal protection.Unfortunately, ignorance and non-awareness adds to this misery and all of us are absorbing this slow poison unknowingly.

Cell Phones and Cell Tower Radiation Effect on Children

Coverage on TV9 News Channel - 9 Dec 2010

The show is more focussed on health impacts on children from Mobile Tower Radiation and Mobile Phones / Cell Phones

Children are more susceptible to radiation as their skulls are thinner and still developing. A pregnant women and fetus are susceptible as these radiations can pass through the placental barrier and affect developing fetus.

Also, a large number of brain cancer cases have been reported among children on the same side where they held their cell phones. Tumour the size of a tennis ball have also been reported near the ears of several cell phones users who started using phones in their early teens.

Study by Dr. Om Gandhi explains why, children are in much bigger danger of getting a brain tumor from EMR ; Brain tumors have now taken over leukemia as the biggest cause of death amongst children.

When radiation hits the head, it penetrates the skull. The experiment done by Dr Om Gandhi back in 1997 showed how radiation penetrates the skull of an adult (25%), 10 year old (50%) and a 5 year old (75%). The younger the child the deeper the penetration due to the fact their skulls are thinner and still developing.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Interesting cell tower literature review by Lai and Levitt

"Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays". Written by Henry Lai and Blake Levitt.

The full paper can be read/downloaded at:

At the end of the paper is the historical, Cold War U.S Embassy case analysed. Lai and Levitt write:"Symptoms reported today may be classic microwave sickness, first described in 1978". Perhaps new/surprising to you?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cell towers likely sources of radiation, disease: Report

Times of India - 7 Dec 2010 ; MUMBAI: Cellphone operators have long denied their transmitting towers atop buildings or on highways have any adverse bearing on the health of humans or animals, despite several studies across the world concluding the contrary. Now a report for the Department of Telecommunication by a faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, reinforces what scientists have long held—that areas around cellphone towers are high-radiation and consequently high-risk zones. Moreover, it recommends that India, which has very "relaxed radiation norms", must raise the safety bar.

Girish Kumar, professor, electrical engineering department of the Powai institute, who visited rooftops of several buildings and measured radiation on places with cell towers mounted, said: "These towers transmit radiation 24x7, so people living nearby will receive 10,000 to 10,000,000 times stronger signal than required for mobile communication. In India, crores of people reside in these high radiation zones."

Kumar noted the cell phone industry was becoming "another cigarette industry, which for long kept claiming smoking is not harmful. In fact, cellphone/tower radiation is worse than smoking as one cannot see it or smell it, and its effect on health is noted after a long period of exposure. Unfortunately, all of us are absorbing this slow poison unknowingly."

For instance, Kumar visited the apartment of a lady detected with cancer a year after a cellphone tower was installed in the vicinity. A hand-held broadband radiation monitoring device, taken near the windows, detected radiation levels were around 0.007069 W/m2. India has adopted a radiation norm of 4.7 W/m2, but the study noted serious health effects at as low a level of 0.0001 W/m2. Though India adheres to the radiation density limit set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), Kumar observed Indians faced an added threat: radiation from multiple towers. "One should know the actual radiation pattern (unfortunately not made public) to calculate exact radiation density at a point," he noted. One of the first steps he recommended was tightening radiation norms and reducing number of towers. Many countries in the world have adopted much stricter maximum radiation density values of 0.001 to 0.24 W/m2.

Read more: Cell towers likely sources of radiation, disease: Report - The Times of India

Cellphones may put your child at risk of brain tumor

DNA - Dec 7 2010

Absorption of electromagnetic radiation from a cell phone (frequency being GSM 900 MHz) penetrates the skull of an adult by 25%, that of a 10-year-old by 50% and a five-year-old by 75%, says a report on cell tower radiation which has been submitted by an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, professor to the department of telecommunications (DOT).

“The younger the child, the deeper is the penetration due to the fact that their skulls are thinner and still developing. Hence, it’s critical that children under 16 use cell phones only for short essential calls as they have much bigger danger of getting a brain tumor,” said the 30-page report written by Girish Kumar, electrical engineering department, IIT, Bombay.

Stating that currently there are over 50 crore cell phone users and nearly 4.4 lakh cell phone towers to meet the communication demand in India, the report recommends tightening the radiation norms, which must be simultaneously cost-effective without causing inconvenience to the users.

“A person should not use a cell phone for more than 18 to 24 minutes daily. This information is not commonly known to the people in India, so millions use cell phones for over an hour per day without realising its associated health hazards,” states the report.

“In India, we have adopted very relaxed radiation norms of 4.7 W/m2 (watt per metre square) for GSM 900, whereas serious health effects have been noted at as low as 0.0001 W/m2. It’s not just human beings, cell tower radiation can also adversely effect birds, animals and the environment. Though cell operators continue to claim that there are no health issues, it’s time we realised the seriousness of the health hazards due to radiation from cell phones and cell towers,” said Kumar.