Radiation, WiFi, and cancer.
Cancer (Care and treatment)
Radiotherapy (Health aspects)
|Publication:||Name: Townsend Letter Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group Audience: General; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 The Townsend Letter Group ISSN: 1940-5464|
|Issue:||Date: August-Sept, 2008 Source Issue: 301-302|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States|
Over 220 peer-reviewed, published papers testify to the
cancer-promoting effect of high frequency radiation dispersed by
wireless technology, according to a 2000 report from the German ECOLOG
Institute. Drawing on this report and other sources, Amy Worthington
documents the health threat caused by non-ionizing radio frequency/
microwave radiation in her excellent 2007 article "The Radiation
Poisoning of America." She explains that both gamma wave radiation
from nuclear reactions and high frequency microwaves used by wireless
communications produce micronuclei in human cells, "a definitive
pre-cursor of cancer." Epidemiological evidence repeatedly shows
significantly higher cancer rates (particularly higher breast cancer
rates) among people who live near cell phone towers or who work in
buildings with rooftop transmitters. Other signs of radiation sickness
caused by cell tower radiation include sleep disruption, chronic
fatigue, nausea, irritability, brain disturbances, and cardiovascular
Dr. George Carlo, who coordinated a six-year, Congress-mandated wireless technology research study (completed in 1999), considers communications radiation "'potentially the biggest health insult' this nation has ever seen." Unfortunately, no government agency regulates wireless technology safety. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines ignore the biological effects of low-level RF/microwave radiation. Only radiation that has the capacity to burn tissue is considered dangerous by the FCC. Russia and Austria have far more conservative standards. "Russian's public exposure standards are 100 times more stringent than ours because Russian scientists have consistently shown that, at US exposure levels, humans develop pathological changes in heart, kidney, liver and brain tissues, plus cancers of all types," says Worthington. Even if the FCC does strengthen its guidelines, the agency does not have the resources to monitor all of the wireless installations in the US. Dr. Carlo says, "...we have had many instances where you have an antenna that is allowed by law to transmit at 100 watts and we have seen up to 900 to 1000 watts/' Meanwhile, entire cities are setting up WiFi networks, and Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire are building WIMAX transmitters. Worthington calls WIMAX "WiFi on steroids."
"We can demand that federal radiation exposure standards and setback requirements be updated to reflect the realities of modern science," Worthington states. "Federal communications law must be rewritten so that local jurisdictions can regain their right to consider health and environment when reviewing wireless siting applications." Government agencies talk about the war on cancer and cancer prevention, but even though hundreds of scientific studies show the dangers of wireless technology, Congress passes a federal communications law that prevents local governments from addressing well-founded health and environmental concerns. At what point will health and safety become more important than industry profits?
Worthington A. The radiation poisoning of America. Idaho Observer. October 7, 2007. Available at: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index. php?context = va&aid = 7025. Accessed May 8, 2008.
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