Thursday, September 26, 2013

National Conference Organized by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India - Cell Tower Radiation Hazards - August 3, 2013, Mumbai.

 National Conference on Co-Operative Societies, Trusts, Organized by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in Mumbai on August 3, 2013, Mumbai.

Ms. Neha Kumar gave a lecture on Cell phone/tower radiation hazards followed by  interaction with Prof. Girish Kumar, IIT Bombay and Neha Kumar with more than 400 CAs from various parts of the country.

Presentation and  first issue of Prof. Girish Kumar's Newsletter on Cell Tower Radiation Hazards are included in their proceedings. Pg 48-70

Proceedings available at:

Event Schedule

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mobile Tower Radiation Health and Hazards -Gobar Times -Magazine

Tug of Tower Wars

The battle lines are drawn – cell phone towers: cancer causing or crucial for communication! On one side, weighing in on the matter since 1990s are field experts, medical professionals and scientists, and on the challenging side, making mobile networks possible are cellular network operators and skeptical consumers. Whose side are you on?

**What is ICNIRP?
 International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) is a WHO-recognized, non-governmental organization of independent scientific experts working on uncovering the possible health effects of non-ionising radiation.

 *What is EM radiation?
 Electromagnetic radiations are invisible to the human eye and exist everywhere in nature. Light is an example of naturally occurring EM radiation. Electric and magnetic fields, radiofrequency and infrared radiation are all part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. All electrical appliances produce extremely low frequency (ELF) fields while all communication and transmission devices produce radiofrequency (RF) fields.

 What is power density?
 Power density or volume power density is the amount of power or energy transferred per unit volume of the transmitting medium.


Mobile Phones and Children

Children should limit their usage of mobile phones!

Let us see why is this a cause of concern:

Talking on mobile phones for long hours can result in Headache, Sleep Disturbance, skin problems, Concentration and Memory issues. Prolonged exposure can also result in hearing loss, tinnitus, neurological disorders and even cancer in the brain, salivary gland (mouth) or acoustic neuroma (ear).

Children are more vulnerable as their:
  • Skulls are thinner and still developing due which there is deeper radiation penetration.Children’s cells reproduce more quickly than adults hence they are more susceptible to genetic damage.
  • There immune system is not as well developed as adults hence are less effective against fighting cancer growth
  • Children have longer life time exposure.
The radiation penetrates the skull of an adult (25%), 10 year old (50%) and a 5 year old (75%).

The younger the child, the deeper is the penetration due to the fact that their skulls are thinner and still developing. For these reasons it is critical that children under the age of 16 use cell phones only for short essential calls as they have much bigger danger of developing health problems and getting a brain tumor.

Even Mobile phone user manuals carry warnings saying -
  • Reduce the amount of time spent on calls
  • Maintain at least 15 mm to 25mm separation between phone and the body.Keep device away for abdomen of pregnant woman and lower abdomen of teenagers
The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection says that use of the phones by both pregnant women and children should be "limited". It concludes that children who talk on the handsets are likely to suffer from "disruption of memory, decline of attention, diminishing learning and cognitive abilities, increased irritability" in the short term, and that long-term hazards include "depressive syndrome" and "degeneration of the nervous structures of the brain".

Warning from Blackberry and iPhone can be seen at:

Are Cell Phone Injurious to Health - Popular Science Magazine

Are Cell Phone Injurious to Health? - Popular Science Magazine - September 2011
While the cell has become an additional appendage for most of us, all this, of course, doe not mean that we stop using cell phones. Just to ensure you take precautions:
  • Limit your use
  • Talk for short durations
  • If possible, use SMS
  • Use cell phones with lower SAR value
  • Use the speakerphone or wired hands free or Bluetooth, but keep the cell phone at a distance of at least 12 inches from your body
  • Use the land-line, when available
  • Do not keep cell phones in your hand/pocket for long.
  • At home/office, keep the phone away from you.
  • Switch off mobile data package when not in use as it transmits for frequently.
  • While giving the phone to young kids for playing games, keep the phone on Airplane mode to minimize unnecessary exposure