What you don't know might kill you...

Cell Phones (hand-held mobile phones) Emit Microwave Radiation
Cell (mobile) phones emit radiation in the microwave frequency range. Just as microwave radiation can cook food at high levels, it can cause damage to human tissue at low levels. Repeated exposure to microwave radiation can cause a wide range of damage that can takes years to produce symptoms. It is only in recent human history that any living being has been exposed to microwave radiation.

"Neither radiofrequency (30 kHz-300MHz) nor microwave fields (300-3000 MHz) exist as significant components of the natural terrestrial electromagnetic environment. In consequence, our human generation is the first to voluntarily expose itself to artificial RF/microwave fields that cover a wide spectrum of frequencies and intensities. Typical mobile phones radiate an average power of 0.2-0.6 W. When hand-held and operated close to the head, background levels are sharply distorted, with 40 percent of radiated phone energy absorbed in the hand and the head ([Kuster et al., 1997]). In this mode of operation, a mobile phone may be regarded as a quite powerful radio transmitter. Its emission at the head surface is typically 10,000 times stronger than fields reaching the head of a user standing within 30m of the base of a typical mobile phone relay transponder mounted on a tower 30m above ground." W. Ross Adey, International Encyclopedia of Neuroscience

What is the effect of the radiation?
While industry sponsored studies have failed to show a clear link between cell phone usage and brain tumors (there are other effects which have been ignored by industry studies), independent scientific studies show that the radiation from hand held mobile phones do pose serious health risks and can increase the incidence of brain tumors. Microwave signals travel through human tissue, glass, metal and plastic. Human tissue also absorbs microwave radiation. The effect of even minute levels of microwave radiation have been shown to:

  • open the blood-brain barrier
  • heat head & brain tissue
  • disrupt brain activity
  • reverse cell membrane polarity
  • alter brain waves
  • alter brain chemistry
  • damage DNA
  • cause tumors
  • speed tumor growth
  • increase blood flow

The damaging effects of the radiation can produce a wide range of physical symptoms. Some symptoms may take years to show up. Some of the effects can be short-term while other effects can be long-term or permanent. Opening the blood-brain barrier allows toxins into the brain that cause a wide range of ailments - many of which are currently unknown or poorly understood.

Some symptoms of cell phone usage:
  • headaches
  • memory loss
  • mood swings (rage, depression)
  • fatigue
  • loss of concentration
  • lack of coordination
  • pain & tingling in hands or arms
  • nausea
  • sleep disorders

The Evidence
If you use a cell phone you could be at serious risk for delibitating and life threatening illness
. Following are just a few of the studies that show the risks associated with exposure to the radiation from cell phones:

Cell Phone Usage Cuts Male Fertility - New research results show that mobile phone usage reduces sperm count and damages surviving sperm. Dr. Imre Fejes of the obstetrics and gynaecology department at the University of Szeged in Hungary conducted the study and concludes: “The prolonged use of cell phones may have a negative effect on spermatogenesis (sperm production) and male fertility, that deteriorates both concentration and motility.” Dr. Fejes paper was released at the 20th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology held in Berlin from 27 to 30 June 2004.

Cell Tower Radiation Shown to Cause Headaches and Nausea - Three Dutch ministries recently conducted a study that found that the radiation from the next generation cell phone towers can cause headaches and nausea. The study is the first of its kind and compared the impact of radiation from base stations used for the current mobile telephone network with that of cell towers for new third generation (3G) networks. The study used lower a dose of radiation than cell phones. Hand held phones emit stronger radiation when they are used, while cell towers transmit more constant levels of radio signals, exposing everyone within range.

"If the test group was exposed to third generation base station signals there was a significant impact... They felt tingling sensations, got headaches and felt nauseous," a spokeswoman for the Dutch Economics Ministry said.

Cell Phone Radiation Opens the Blood-Brain Barrier - A study headed by Leif Salford, Department of Neurosurgery at Lund University in Sweden and published in Environmental Health Perspectives suggests cell phone use can damage neurons in the brain. A number of studies have looked at potential links between cell phone use and cancer, most finding little or no effects. This study found that exposure to electromagnetic fields emitted by certain phones was associated with the leakage of labumin through the blood-brain barrier and neuronal damage that increased in response to the amount of exposure. While the study sample was small, researchers said the combined results are "highly significant and exhibit a clear dose-response relation."

The Head Absorbs Radiation - Headaches, nausea, dizziness, short-term memory problems, fatigue, and other complaints resulting from cellular phone use are not due to low-level heating of the brain; instead, they're apparently caused by the head serving as an "antenna" and brain tissue as a radio receiver, according to two Jerusalem researchers. Zvi Weinberger, a physicist who heads the applied physics department at the Jerusalem College of Technology, and Dr. Elihu Richter, head of the occupational medicine unit at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health, suggested this in the latest issue of the journal Medical Hypotheses. Mobile phones, they explained, "broadcast specifically at frequencies at which the head serves as an antenna and brain tissue serves as a demodulating radio receiver." Thus, precaution must be taken in the use of cellphones, they wrote. Jeruselem Post 12/02/02

Mobile Phone Signals Affect Brain Activity - A study reported in the Journal of Sleep Research (Blackwell Publishing) found that 30 minutes exposure to electromagnetic fields, as from GSM mobile phones, caused changes to brain activity which lasted long afterwards. Dr Peter Achermann and colleagues from the University of Zurich, and ITIS, in Zurich, found that blood flow increased in areas of the brain on the side nearest the phone, and that this effect lasted for over half an hour afterwards. They also discovered that the brain’s electrical activity (‘brain waves’) was not only affected immediately after the exposure, but that this lasted through much of the subsequent night’s sleep.

Radiation From Cell Phones Can Make Cancer Grow Faster - "Italian scientists have raised new health concerns about the safety of using mobile phones, with research showing radio waves from the handsets makes cancerous cells grow more aggressively.." Reuters, 10/23/02

Cell Phone Radiation Can Cause Brain Tumors - An epidemiology study conducted by Dr. Lennart Hardell found a higher incidence of brain tumors on the sides of heads used by mobile-phone subscribers to make and receive calls. The study was published in the August, 2002 issue of the European Journal of Cancer Prevention.

The body of evidence showing the hazards of cell phones is more than sufficient to cause alarm, yet, public health organizations continue to stall while the cell phone industry builds more towers and makes Billions selling more phones. Just as the tobacco industry was able to hold back the truth regarding the health effects of smoking, the cell phone industry has prevented suppresed the truth about cell phone hazards. If you care about your health and the health of your family, take the time to educate yourself and have the courage to act on what you find.

What you can do to reduce your risk:

For more info. visit: The Swedish Association for the ElectroSensitive | www.rfsafe.com | www.energyfields.org

Additional Resources:

[Adey, 1997] Adey WR (1997): Bioeffects of communication fields; possible mechanisms of cumulative dose. In: Kuster N, Balzano Q, Lin eds., Mobile Communication Safety, New York, Chapman and Hall. pp. 103-139

[Edelstyn and Oldenshaw, 2002]: The acute effects of exposure to electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phones on human attention. Neuroreport 13:119-121

[Gruenau et al., 1982]) Gruenau SP< Oscar KJ, Folker et al. (1982): Microwave effect on bloodbrain barrier permeability to [14C] sucrose in the conscious rat. Exper Neurol 75:299-307

[Huber et al., 2002] Huber R, Treyer V, Borbely A, et al. (2002): Electromagnetic fields, such as those from mobile phones, alter regional cerebral blood flow and sleep and waking EEG. J Sleep Res 11:280-295

[Ingalls, 1967] NY State J. of Medicine, v. 67 (22), 2292 - 2297 (June): Radar pulses that caused microwave hearing in experimental (human) subjects, also caused facilitation in the contraction of a dissected frog muscle.

[Krause et al., 2000] Krause CM, Sillanmaki L, Koivisto M, et al. (2000): Effects of electromagnetic fields emitted by cellular phones on the electroencephalogram during a visual working memory task. Internat J Radiat Biol 76: 1659-1667

[Kuster et al., 1997] Kuster N, Balzano Q, Lin J, eds (1997): Mobile Communication Safety. New York, Chapman and Hall. 279 pp

[Oscar and Hawkins, 1977] Oscar KJ, Hawkins TD (1977): Microwave alteration of the blood-brain barrier system of rats. Brain Res 126:281-293

[Oscar et al., 1982] Oscar KJ, Gruenau SP, Folker MT (1982): Absence of microwave effect on blood-brain barier permeability to [14C] sucrose in the conscious rat. Exper Neurol 75:299-307

[Preece et al., 1999] Preece AW, Iwi G, Davies-Smith A, et al. (1999): Effects of 915-MHz simulated mobile phone signal on cognitive function in man. Internat J Rad Biol 75:447-456

[Salford et al., 2003] Salford L, Brun A, Eberhardt J, et al. (2003) Nerve cell damage in mammalian brain after exposure to microwaves from GSM mobile phones. Environmental Health Perspectives 2003

[Sandstrom et al., 2001] Sandstrom M, Wilen J, Oftedal G, et al. (2001): Mobile phone use and subjective symptoms. Occup Med (Lond) 51:25-35

[Schirmacher et al., 2000] Schirmacher A, Winters S, Fischer S, et al. (2000): Electromagnetic fields (1.8 GHz) increase the permeability to sucrose of the blood-brain barrier in vitro. Bioelectromagnetics 21:338-345

[Wilen et al., 2000] Wilen J, Sandstrom M, Hansson Mild K (2003): Subjective symptoms among mobile telephone users – a consequence of absorption of radiofrequency fields? Bioelectromagnetics 24:152-159