This study shows a significantly increased health risk in the vicinity of cell phone base stations and underscored the inadequacy of the currently accepted exposure limits:
Horst Eger and Manfred Jahn: "Spezifische Symptome und Mobilfunkstrahlung in Selbitz (Bayern) – Evidenz für eine Dosiswirkungsbeziehung" ("Specific Health Symptoms and Cell Phone Radiation in Selbitz (Bavaria, Germany)—Evidence of a Dose-Response Relationship"), published in umwelt·medizin·gesellschaft, Feb. 2010, pages 130-139. The publishers of the journal have affirmed that this study was a peer-reviewed by members of their scientific board. This study is now available in English. (click to view/download)
In this Jan. 2009 health survey, 251 respondents residing near wireless transmitters located on a building completed a questionnaire about their health. Participants were then classified into groups: those living 100 m, 200 m, 300 m and 400 m from the cell phone base station, and a control group living beyond 4oo m. The study found significant relationships between exposure levels and symptoms. Those receiving higher exposure levels (living closer to the wireless facility) reported more symptoms. Symptoms included: sleep problems, depression, cerebral symptoms, infections, skin problems, cardiovascular problems, joint problems, problems of the visual and auditory system, hormone system and gastrointestinal tract. In their discussion, the authors cited and reviewed several national and international studies of military, occupational and civilian populations done since the 1960s that reported similar findings to theirs. Other findings and conclusions:
This work provides a protocol for surveys of medical practitioners and municipality administrations to estimate possible health effects of mobile telephone base stations situated near resident populations.
A clearly increasing incidence of disease is already taking place far below legally binding exposure guideline limits.
From a legal perspective, it should be noted here that the current exposure limit regulations basically do not provide sufficient protection against health risks.
It is a physician’s responsibility—not bound by directives—to work towards the preservation of the natural basis of life regarding human health. As representatives of public health agencies, state offices such as the Public Health Department, the State Office for the Environment, and the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment as well as higher-ranking government levels such as the Federal Ministry of the Environment and the European Union are invited to specify the cause of this possible slow poisoning.
The safety of cell phone towers is the subject of extensive scientific debate. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that the electromagnetic radiation they emit, even at low levels, is dangerous to human health. The cell phone industry is expanding quickly, with over 100,000 cell phone towers now up across the U.S., which is expected to increase ten-fold over the next five years. The industry has set what they say are “safe levels” of radiation exposure, but there are a growing number of doctors, physicists, and health officials who strongly disagree, and foresee a public health crisis...
In this report that departs from the scientific mainstream, an Indian government panel is warning that radio emissions from cell phones and base stations may pose a hazard to public health. These views contrast with an exhaustive review by the World Health Organization that concluded last year: “To date, no adverse health effects have been established for mobile phone use.” The 58-page Indian report was released by the Department of Telecommunications in India. The authors, eight Indian experts ranging from health specialists to telecom engineers, reviewed the international literature on electromagnetic frequency emissions and described more than 20 case studies in which a health hazard from mobile phone usage has been documented. They did not carry out any studies. The report suggests that there is cause for concern about the low-energy signals that mobile phones use to communicate with broadcast towers–and one author says that Indians face greater risks than other populations.
Human populations are increasingly exposed to microwave/radiofrequency (RF) emissions from wireless communication technology, including mobile phones and their base stations. By searching PubMed, we identified a total of 10 epidemiological studies that assessed for putative health effects of mobile phone base stations. Seven of these studies explored the association between base station proximity and neurobehavioral effects and three investigated cancer. We found that eight of the 10 studies reported increased prevalence of adverse neurobehavioral symptoms or cancer in populations living at distances < 500 meters from base stations. None of the studies reported exposure above accepted international guidelines, suggesting that current guidelines may be inadequate in protecting the health of human populations...
There is robust scientific evidence that electromagnetic radiation is a Ubiquitous Universal Genotoxic Carcinogen. If this understanding was applied to the data available in 1982, when IARC declared benzene a Human Carcinogen, then the level of data for RF/MW radiation being a human carcinogen was considerably stronger than that for benzene. A
large body of laboratory experiments and epidemiological studies now confirm the hypothesis. The evidence is further strengthened through the biophysics understanding of the EMR Spectrum Principle. This shows that as the carrier frequency increases the dielectric constant declines and the induced tissue electric field and induced current
increases significantly. This implies and confirms that all of the health effects found in "electrical workers" will be found at much lower mean exposure levels in the vicinity of broadcast towers. Where studies have been carried out, the adverse health effects have
been found. When compared with actual radiation patterns they show a causal effect. This confirms that hypothesis and the toxicology of the signals with a safe level of zero exposure. Hence living in the vicinity of broadcast and mobile phone towers produces Cancer, Cardiac, Reproductive and Neurological (CCRN) health effects. It is highly probable that these adverse health effects will be found in the vicinity of cell sites. Because of the small population numbers around single sites, these effects will only be detectable by studying populations around hundreds of cell sites. Sleep disturbance in the vicinity of the Schwarzenburg Short-wave radio tower in Switzerland was causally related to the RF exposure through dose-response relationships, experimental confirmation and a measured reduction in melatonin in cows and people. A study in France has already shown an exposure-related dose-response in sleep disturbance (and other neurological symptoms) around cell towers, confirming that the
effects are the same from cellphone radiation at residential exposure levels. Cellphone radiation also damages DNA. Therefore it is a serious health hazard, even at residential exposure levels, for all CCRN effects.