Wireless Interference: The Health Risks of RF-EMFs

The health risks of RF-EMFs, the radiation from cell phone towers and other media technology, are not entirely known, though early signs are troubling.


| May/June 2012



Cell Phone Tower

We now live in a wireless-saturated normality that has never existed in the history of the human race, and the effects of EMFs on human beings are largely untested.

DAN MCCARTHY/DANMCCARTHY.ORG

In January 1990, a cell tower goes up 800 feet from Alison Rall’s dairy farm in Mansfield, Ohio. By fall, the cattle herd that pastures near the tower is sick, and Rall’s three young children begin suffering bizarre skin rashes, raised red “hot spots.” The kids are hit with waves of hyperactivity. The girls lose hair. Rall, when she becomes pregnant with a fourth child, can’t gain weight.

Desperate to understand what is happening to her family and her farm, she contacts an Environmental Protection Agency scientist named Carl Blackman. He’s an expert on the biological effects of radiation from electromagnetic fields (EMFs)—the kind of radiofrequency EMFs (RF-EMFs) by which all wireless technology operates, including not just cell towers and cell phones but also wi-fi hubs and wi-fi-capable computers, “smart” utility meters, and even cordless home phones. “With my government cap on, I’m supposed to tell you you’re perfectly safe,” Blackman tells her. “With my civilian cap on, I have to tell you to consider leaving.”

When Rall contacts the cell phone company that operates the tower, she is told there is “no possibility whatsoever” that the tower is the source of her ills. But within weeks of abandoning the farm, the children recovered their health, and so did the herd.

We all live in range of cell towers now, and we are all wireless operators. As of October 2010 there were 5.2 billion cell phones operating on the planet. “Penetration,” in the marketing-speak of the companies, often tops 100 percent in many countries, meaning there is more than one connection per person.

I don’t have an Internet connection at my home in Brooklyn, and, like a dinosaur, I still keep a landline. Yet even though I have, in a fashion, opted out, I’m bathed in the radiation from cell phone panels on the parking garage next door. The waves are everywhere. We now live in a wireless-saturated normality that has never existed in the history of the human race, and the effects of EMFs on human beings are largely untested.

In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a statement that the electromagnetic frequencies from cell phones would henceforth be classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The IARC decision followed multiple warnings, mostly from European regulators, about the possible health risks of RF-EMFs. In September 2007, the EU’s European Environment Agency suggested that widespread radiofrequency radiation “could lead to a health crisis similar to those caused by asbestos, smoking, and lead in petrol.” Double-strand breaks in DNA—one of the undisputed causes of cancer—have been reported in tests with animal cells. Neuroscientists at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia discovered a “power boost” in brain waves when humans were exposed to cell phone radiofrequencies. The brain, one of the lead researchers speculated, was “concentrating to overcome the electrical interference.”

lisa anderson
6/23/2012 12:27:38 AM

www.EMRActionDay.org/science . Who do you work for?


lisa anderson
6/23/2012 12:26:05 AM

See www.EMRActionDay.org/science for all the proof you need that the corporate wireless industries are harming people shamelessly while covering up the truth with their well-funded P/R agencies. (Remember the 30-year tobacco industry fiasco?) Wireless companies earn trillions of dollars every year with their government-stipended cell tower and smart grid networks, while paying NO Federal income taxes what-so-ever. If you are wondering why your child's school is being closed down or your neighbor's house foreclosed, please note that the money that could be used to help Americans recover goes instead mostly to erecting dangerous cell towers every few miles, conning parents into buying smart phones for their children (France has outlawed the practice of advertising cell phones to children), to dropping bombs with drones.


melissa
5/18/2012 8:58:57 PM

The evidence is that this scenario is repeated again and again. If this was a drug with negative interactions it would have been ripped off the market long ago. No one was required to prove how Fen Fen hurt people, but instead the same reports came in from enough people to know that there was a problem. Did all those cattle who got ill after the installation of a cell tower make it up? How come these rashes and symptoms of illness are repeated again and again from the effects of RF? How many countless people were doing fine until a Smart Meter was put on their home? To say we don’t have evidence is ignorance at best. To continue to ignore the signs is shear stupidity. We know there is a problem. We know this is causing illness. We know our Smart Grid is so vulnerable that all it will take is the right hacker to destroy the entire planet. Wake up and join the protest!


rowan carlsen
4/13/2012 2:33:13 PM

Really some first-class fear mongering here. With this level of quality journalism, I expect Mr. Ketcham will release his brilliant expose on alien abductions before long. Case studies and personal opinions do not make for a convincing case about this sort of thing...they make for conspiracy theories. Where's the evidence?