- Prior to 1996, the wireless age was not coming online
fast enough, primarily because communities had the authority to block the
siting of cell towers. But the Federal Communications Act of 1996 made
it nearly impossible for communities to stop construction of cell
towers "even if they pose threats to public health and the environment.
Since the decision to enter the age of wireless convenience was politically
determined for us, we have forgotten well-documented safety and environmental
concerns and, with a devil-may-care zeal that is lethally short-sighted,
we have incorporated into our lives every wireless toy that comes on the
market. We behave as if we are addicted to radiation. Our addiction to
cell phones has led to harder "drugs" like wireless Internet.
And now we are bathing in the radiation that our wireless enthusiasm has
unleashed. Those who are addicted, uninformed, corporately biased and politically-influenced
may dismiss our scientifically-sound concerns about the apocalyptic hazards
of wireless radiation. But we must not. Instead, we must sound the alarm.
- Illa Garcia wore jewelry the first day she went back
to work as a fire lookout for the state of California in the summer of
2002. The intense radiation from dozens of RF/microwave antennas surrounding
the lookout heated the metals on her body enough to burn her skin. "I
still have those scars," she says. "I never wore jewelry to work
- Likely Mountain Lookout, on U.S. Forest Service land
with a spectacular view of Mount Shasta, is one of thousands of RF/microwave
"hot spots" across the nation. A newly-erected cellular communications
tower was only 30 feet from the lookout. "One antenna on that tower
was even with our heads," recalls Garcia. "We could hear high-pitched
buzzing. There were also three state communications antennas mounted on
the lookout, only 6 feet from where we walked. We climbed past them every
- Motorola company manuals for management of communications
sites confirm that high frequency radiation from these antennas is nasty
stuff. Safety regulations mandate warning signs, EMF awareness training,
protective gear, even transmitter deactivation for personnel working that
close to antennas. Garcia and co-worker Mary Jasso were never warned about
the hazards. This, they say, demonstrates extreme malfeasance on
the part of agencies and commercial companies responsible for their exposure.
- By the end of fire season, Garcia and Jasso were so ill
they were forced to retire and the lookout was closed to state personnel.
Garcia, 52, is now severely disabled with fibromyalgia, auto-immune thyroiditis
and acute nerve degeneration. Medical tests confirmed broken DNA strands
in her blood and abnormal tissue death in her brain.
- Dr. Gunner Heuser, a medical specialist in neurotoxicity,
states that Garcia's disorders are a result of chronic electromagnetic
field exposure in the microwave range and that "she has become totally
disabled as a result." Dr. Heuser wrote, "In my experience patients
develop multisystem complaints after EMF exposure just as they do after
toxic chemical exposure."
- Jasso, who worked the lookout for 11 seasons, is also
disabled with brain and lung damage, partial left side paralysis, muscle
tremors, bone pain and DNA damage. Jasso discovered that all lookouts who
worked Likely Mountain since 1989 are disabled. At only 61 years of age,
she has lost so much memory that she cannot remember back to when her first
three children were born. She fears that communications radiation may be
a major factor in the nation's phenomenal epidemics of dementia and autism.
- Both women say they have been unjustly denied worker's
comp and medical benefits. Their pleas for help to state and federal agencies
have been fruitless. Between them they have racked up over $150,000 in
medical bills, although there is no effective treatment for radiation sickness.
- Twenty-two other members of Garcia and Jasso's two families
received Likely Mountain radiation exposure. All now suffer serious and
expensive illnesses, including tumors, blood abnormalities, stomach problems,
lung damage, bone pain, muscle spasms, extreme fatigue, tremors, numbness,
impaired motor skills, cataracts, memory loss, spine degeneration, sleep
problems, low immunity to infection, hearing and vision problems, hair
loss and allergies.
- Jasso's husband, who often stayed at the lookout, has
a rare soft tissue sarcoma known to be radiation related. Garcia's husband,
who spent little time at the lookout, has systemic cancer that started
with sarcoma of the colon. Garcia's daughter Teresa was at the lookout
for a total of two hours during her first pregnancy. Her daughter was born
with slight brain damage and immunity problems. "That baby was always
sick," says Garcia. Teresa spent only three days at the lookout during
her second pregnancy. Her son was born with autism.
- Garcia and Jasso have a terminal condition known as "toxic
encephalopathy," involving brain damage to frontal and temporal lobes.
This was confirmed by SPECT brain scans. Twelve others in the two-family
group who also had the scans were diagnosed with the affliction. "All
of us with this condition have been told that we,re dying," says Garcia.
"Our mutated cells will reproduce new mutated cells until the body
finally shuts down."
- Nuclear bombs on a pole
- Painful conditions endured by the families of Garcia
and Jasso are identical to those suffered by Japanese victims of gamma
wave radiation after nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Five decades of studies confirm that non-ionizing communications radiation
in the RF/microwave spectrum has the same effect on human health as ionizing
gamma wave radiation from nuclear reactions. Leading German radiation expert
Dr. Heyo Eckel, an official of the German Medical Association, states,
"The injuries that result from radioactive radiation are identical
with the effects of electromagnetic radiation. The damages are so similar
that they are hard to differentiate."1
- Understanding what happened at Likely Mountain is critical
to understanding the public health threat posed by RF/microwave radiation
in the United States. The families of Garcia and Jasso, plus previous lookout
workers and multitudes of tourists who visited Likely Mountain for camping
and sightseeing, were beamed by the same kind of high frequency radiation
that blasts from tens of thousands of neighborhood cell towers and rooftop
antennas erected across America for wireless communications. The city of
San Francisco, with an area of only seven square miles, has over 2,500
licensed cell phone antennas positioned at 530 locations throughout the
city. In practical terms, this city, like thousands of others, is being
wave-nuked 24 hours a day.
- The identical damage resulting from both radioactive
gamma waves and high frequency microwaves involves a pathological condition
in which the nuclei of irradiated human cells splinter into fragments called
micronuclei. Micronuclei are a definitive pre-cursor of cancer. During
the 1986 nuclear reactor disaster at Chernobyl in Russia, the ionizing
radiation released was equivalent to 400 atomic bombs, with an estimated
ultimate human toll of 10,000 deaths. Exposed Russians quickly developed
blood cell micronuclei, leaving them at high risk for cancer.
- What they wouldn't tell us
- RF/microwaves from cell phones and cell tower transmitters
also cause micronuclei damage in blood cells. This was reported a decade
ago by Drs. Henry Lai and Narendrah Singh, biomedical researchers at the
University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Singh is famous for refining comet
assay techniques used to identify DNA damage. Lai and Singh demonstrated
in numerous animal studies that mobile phone radiation quickly causes DNA
single and double strand breaks at levels well below the current federal
"safe" exposure standards.2
- The telecommunications industry knows this thanks to
its own six-year, wireless technology research (WTR) study program mandated
by Congress and completed in 1999. Gathering a team of over 200 doctors,
scientists and experts in the field, WTR research showed that human blood
exposed to cell phone radiation had a 300-percent increase in genetic damage
in the form of micronuclei.3 Dr. George Carlo, a public health expert
who coordinated the WTR studies, confirms that exposure to communications
radiation from wireless technology is "potentially the biggest health
insult" this nation has ever seen. Dr. Carlo believes RF/microwave
radiation is a greater threat than cigarette smoking and asbestos.
- In 2000, European communications giant T-Mobile commissioned
the German ECOLOG Institute to review all available scientific evidence
in regard to health risks for wireless telecommunications. ECOLOG found
over 220 peer-reviewed, published papers documenting the cancer-initiating
and cancer-promoting effects of the high frequency radiation employed by
wireless technology.4 Many corroborating studies have been published since.
- By 2004, 12 research groups from seven European countries
cooperating in the REFLEX study project confirmed that microwaves from
wireless communications devices cause significant single and double strand
DNA breaks in both human and animal cells under laboratory conditions.5
In 2005, a Chinese medical study confirmed statistically significant
DNA damage from pulsed microwaves at cell phone levels.6 That same
year, University of Chicago researchers described how pulsed communications
microwaves alter gene expression in human cells at non-thermal exposure
- Because gamma waves and RF/microwave radiation are identically
carcinogenic and genotoxic to the cellular roots of life, the safe dose
of either kind of radiation is zero. No study has proven that any level
of exposure from cell-damaging radiation is safe for humans. Dr. Carlo
confirms that cell damage is not dose dependant because any exposure level,
no matter how small, can trigger damage response by cell mechanisms.8
- Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and
the National Institutes of Health closely reviewed the damning results
of WTR studies, which also revealed microwave damage to the blood brain
barrier. But these officials have chosen to downplay, obfuscate and even
deny the irrepressible science of the day. Raking in $billions from selling
spectrum licenses, the feds have allowed the telecom industry to unleash
demonstrably dangerous technology which induces millions of people to become
brain-intimate with improperly tested wireless devices9 and which saturates
the nation with carcinogenic waves to service those devices. Dr. Carlo
says that even the American Cancer Society is in bed with the communications
industry, which infuses the Society with substantial contributions.10
- Two ways to die
- Medical science illustrates that there are two ways to
die from radiation poisoning: Fast burn and slow burn. Nuclear flash-burned
Japanese had parts of their flesh melt off before they died in agony within
hours or days. People have also quickly died after walking through powerful
radar beams, which can microwave-cook internal organs within seconds of
- Slow-burn radiation mechanisms are cumulative, progressive,
ongoing and continual. Thousands of Japanese nuke bomb victims died painfully
years after exposure. The slow burn process of RF/microwave exposure is
manifested by cancer clusters commonly found in communities irradiated
by cell tower transmitters. Recent Swedish epidemiological studies confirm
that, after 2,000 hours of cellular phone exposure, or a latency period
of about 10 years, brain cancer risk rises by 240 percent.11
- Communications antennas now blast the human habitat with
many different electromagnetic frequencies simultaneously. Human DNA hears
this energetic cacophony loud and clear, reacting like the human ear would
to high volume country music, R&B plus rock and roll screaming from
the same speaker. Irradiated cells struggle to protect themselves against
this destructive dissonance by hardening their membranes. They cease to
receive nourishment, stop releasing toxins, die prematurely and spill micronuclei
fragments into a sort of "tumor bank account." This is
precisely how microwave radiation prematurely ages living tissues.
- Nuking the crew
- The constant roaming pain is intense for 32-year-old
Kenneth Hurtado of Southern California. He's been to hell and back, starting
with a seven-pound tumor on a kidney, diagnosed in 2002. The cancer spread
to his brain. His first brain tumor was removed by craniotomy, the second
by the cyber knife. In 2005, cancer nodes were found in his lungs. By 2006,
the cancer had metastasized to his legs. This year he is battling three
excruciating tumors on his spinal cord. Hurtado hates his seizures. His
last one came on while he was driving. "It's like the devil taking
over your body," he says.
- Now unable to work, Hurtado says he was relatively healthy
in 1998 when he began a career as an installer for a large international
corporation manufacturing electronics equipment for wireless providers.
At the base of cell towers there is an equipment "hut" where
installers assemble the radios, amplifiers and filters which generate man-made
microwave frequencies and route them up to transmitter antennas through
huge cables. Mounted on sector supports aptly named alpha, beta and gamma,
the antennas send and receive these carcinogenic radio waves and their
pulsed data packets at the speed of light.
- Posted on locked fences around the huts are "danger"
warning signs. Hurtado says, "You look around these sites and you
find many dead birds on the gravel. They can't take the radiation and they,ll
just die. You don't have to ponder that too long to figure it's bad."
- Hurtado doesn't know how much radiation he got on the
job. He says there are at least four connection spots inside the hut where
radiation can leak. He could not avoid the "heat" when he turned
the radios on for testing and he wonders if his cancer is the result. "When
I first got hired, we had safety meetings, but they pretty much minimized
the hazards," he remembers. He was issued no electromagnetic safety
clothing and it was not until 2002 that he got a radiation meter to wear.
"The meter is supposed to warn you if you are getting too much radiation,"
he says, "but I put mine on a stick and placed it next to antennas
and the alarm never went off."
- A medical report in the International Journal of Occupational
and Environmental Health confirms that workers exposed to high levels of
RF/microwave radiation routinely have astronomical cancer rates.12
The report notes that, for these workers, the latency period between
high radiation exposure and illness is short compared to less exposed populations.
- Hurtado says there are many industry workers who are
dangerously over-exposed. "I've talked to guys on power crews who
have to climb around the antennas and they,ve told me that before a work
day is half over, they start feeling really sick." He adds, "In
my mind they are getting cooked."
- Hurtado suspects that, since the early days of the wireless
buildout, there has been illegal activity related to public exposure from
transmission sites. "I'm pretty sure," he says, "that some
of the carriers are exceeding FCC exposure limits. They can turn the radios
and amplifiers up to get a bigger footprint and they don't care if the
alarms go on once the installers are gone." Regulatory inspectors
could identify violators because channels can be spectrum analyzed. "But,"
he says, "there is just no one to check and I believe that the public
is getting way too much radiation now."
- Regulators asleep at the wheel
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the single
agency with authority to regulate the broadcast/communications industry,
has neither money, manpower nor motive to properly monitor radiation output
from hundreds of thousands of commercial wireless installations spewing
carcinogenic waves across the nation. The FCC admits that physical testing
to verify compliance with emissions guidelines is relatively rare.
- Critics say that FCC appointees, with virtually no medical
or public health expertise, represent an old-boy network and a cheering
squad for the telecommunications and broadcast industries. The Center for
Public Integrity found that FCC officials have been bribed by the industries
with such perks as expensive trips to Las Vegas.13
- Dr. Carlo confirms that there is no regulatory accountability.
He says, "You have to go to those base stations and independently
measure what is coming out of them because 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. You can turn things up when nobody
- Neighborhood groups monitoring the broadcast/communications
antenna farm on Lookout Mountain near Denver, Colorado, have consistently
found that, despite protests to the FCC over nine years, radiation on the
mountain has been measured at up to 125 percent of exposure levels permitted
by federal law.15
- Lethal exposure guidelines
- Even if there were reliable compliance monitoring, many
experts say that FCC public exposure guidelines for RF/microwave radiation
are deadly because they are based on the obsolete and unfounded theory
that only power density hot enough to flash-cook tissues is harmful. This
puts FCC at odds with current scientific knowledge regarding the minimum
exposure level at which harm to living cells begins.
- Myriad symptoms of radiation poisoning can be induced
at exposure levels hundreds, even thousands of times lower than current
standards permit. Russia's public exposure standards are 100 times more
stringent than ours because Russian scientists have consistently shown
that, at U.S. exposure levels, humans develop pathological changes in heart,
kidney, liver and brain tissues, plus cancers of all types.16
- Norbert Hankin, chief of the EPA's Radiation Protection
Division, has stated that the FCC's exposure guidelines are protective
only against effects arising from a thermal (flash burn) mechanism. He
concedes that, "the generalization by many, that these guidelines
protect human beings from harm by any and all mechanisms, is not justified."17
- Thus, public microwave exposure levels tolerated by the
FCC and its industry-loaded advisory committees are a national health disaster.
Yet, for pragmatic and lucrative reasons, federal exposure limits have
been deliberately set so high that no matter how much additional wireless
radiation is added to the national burden, it will always be "within
- The FCC regulatory mess comes into focus with the Likely
Mountain case. Jasso says that when she and Garcia contacted the FCC regarding
their radiation injuries, they were met with an appalling lack of expertise
and concern. "FCC has no answers," Jasso says. "Their exposure
guidelines are convoluted and nonsensical. They refuse to address problems
of multiple antennas, field expansion, human body coupling and blood reversal
because they want to avoid regulatory problems at telecommunication sites."
She adds, "FCC will fine a licensee thousands of dollars for not having
a light installed on top of a telecommunications tower, but they have not
issued even a warning letter to their licensees for the injuries that occurred
on Likely Mountain. They say injury cannot occur because their licensees
- Catch 22
- When Garcia and Jasso filed suit against companies operating
microwave transmitters on Likely Mountain, they could find no attorney
who would take their case and they were forced to proceed pro se. In August,
2007, a California district court denied their claim, mainly on the grounds
that they had not proven that the defendants had exceeded FCC exposure
guidelines. Under federal law the shattered health of 24 people, plus medical
testimony, is not sufficient proof of negligence and liability.
- Since FCC provides no enforcement monitoring at transmitter
sites and since the radiation industry is not required to prove with consistent
documentation that it is compliant, injured parties have little chance
of proving non-compliance because the damage to their health often becomes
obvious months or even years after their exposure.
- The court worried that the Garcia-Jasso case highlights
"the conflict between the FCC's delegated authority to establish RF
radiation guidelines and limits and plaintiffs, attempt to establish that
wireless facilities like the one at Likely Mountain are ultrahazardous."So,
while current science provides ample evidence that FCC's guidelines are
ultrahazardous, the radiation industry hides behind FCC incompetence, simply
because FCC retains exclusive authority to set the standards.
- The FCC's disastrous authority is calcified by the Telecommunications
Act (TCA) of 1996. The telecom industry is infamous for lavish "donations"
which keep legislators on its leash. Anticipating a national radiation
health crisis and the public backlash that would follow, the telecom lobby
blatantly bought itself a provision in the law that prohibits state and
local governments from considering environmental (health) effects when
siting personal wireless service facilities so long as "...such facilities
comply with the FCC's regulations concerning such emissions." Many
say the TCA insures that America's war on cancer will never be won, while
protecting gross polluters from liability.
- On our own
- After passage of the TCA, a group of scientists and engineers,
backed by the Communications Workers of America, filed suit in federal
court. They hoped the Supreme Court would review both the FCC's outdated
exposure guidelines and the legality of a federal law that severely impedes
state and local authority in the siting of hazardous transmitters. In 2001,
the Supreme Court refused to hear the case. The group's subsequent petition
to the FCC asking the agency to bring its exposure guidelines current with
the latest scientific data was denied.18
- This is where we stand today. The public has no vote,
no voice, no choice. Chronic exposure to scientifically indefensible levels
of DNA-ravaging radiation is now compulsory for everyone in America. This
is why Garcia and Jasso are ill today; this why the industry enjoys unchallenged
power to place dangerous transmitters in residential and commercial areas
with unsafe setbacks and this is why untold thousands of Americans
in buildings with transmitters on the roof are given no safety
warnings, though they work and dwell in carcinogenic electromagnetic
fields. In the meantime, the radiation industry rakes in $billions in quarterly
profits, none of which is set aside for to pay for the national health
catastrophe at hand.
- Every citizen is now condemned to protect and defend
himself against radiation assault as best he can. There have been a number
of lawsuits against the radiation industry since cell towers began going
up in backyards across the nation. In 2001, a group action lawsuit was
filed in South Bend, Indiana, by families living in close proximity
to towers. The complaint describes health effects suffered by the plaintiffs,
including heart palpitations, interference with hearing, recurring headaches,
short term memory loss, sleep disturbances, multiple tumors, glandular
problems, chronic fatigue, allergies, weakened immune system, miscarriage
and inability to learn.19
- The South Bend suit was settled out of court on the basis
of nuisance and decreased property values. Health claims don't hold water
if emissions are within FCC exposure standards. This case is valuable for
understanding the lunacy of FCC standards. The sick families enlisted the
help of radiation consultant Bill Curry, who honed his expertise as an
engineer for Argonne and Livermore labs. Dr. Curry found that one of the
towers was irradiating homes at over 65 microwatts per square centimeter.20
This power density is well within federal exposure standards, which allow
any neighborhood to be zapped with at least 580 microwatts per square centimeter,
or higher, depending on the frequencies. If the families were sick at 65
microwatts/cm2 what would they be at 580? Considering that the Soviets
used furtive Cold War microwave bombardment to make US embassy personal
radiation-sick at an average exposure level of only .01 microwatts/cm2,
America's clear and present danger is obvious.21
- How radiation sick is America?
- Since the wireless revolution began wave-nuking the U.S.
in the 1990s, there have been no federally funded health studies to assess
the cumulative effects of ever-increasing communications radiation on public
health. There is no national database enabling citizens to study the location
of transmitters in their areas. Local and state governments can offer no
information on how much commercial wireless radiation is contaminating
their populations. When trying to find out who owns a tower or which companies
have transmitters on that tower, citizens usually hit a brick wall.
- Dr. Carlo heads the only independent, post-market health
surveillance registry in the nation where people can report radiation illness.
22 Dr. Carlo says the registry has heard from thousands of people
who believe that their illnesses, including brain and eye cancers, are
due to telecommunications radiation from both wireless phones and tower
transmitters. In the last two years, the registry has seen an upsurge in
reports as transmitters become ever more energetically dangerous in order
to accommodate increased data flow for new, multi-media technologies.
- We can only guess how many Americans are in their graves
today from microwave assault. Arthur Firstenberg, who founded the Cellular
Phone Task Force, wrote that, on November 14, 1996, New York City's first
digital cellular provider activated thousands of PCS antennae newly erected
on the rooftops of apartment buildings. Health authorities reported that
a severe and lingering flu hit the city that same week. In response to
its classified newspaper ad advising that radiation sickness is similar
to flu, the Task Force heard back from hundreds of people who reported
sudden onset symptoms synchronous to microwave startup"symptoms similar
to stroke, heart attack and nervous breakdown.
- Firstenberg then gathered statistics from the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and analyzed weekly mortality statistics published
for 122 U.S. cities. Each of dozens of cities recorded a 10-25 percent
increase in mortality, lasting two to three months, beginning in the week
during which that city's first digital cell phone network began commercial
service. Cities with no cellular system start up in the same time period
showed no abnormal increases in mortality. 23
- Studies abroad
- Recent health surveys in other nations confirm that people
living close to wireless transmitters are in big trouble:
- In 2002, French medical specialists found that people
living close to cell towers suffered extreme sleep disruption, chronic
fatigue, nausea, skin problems, irritability, brain disturbances and cardiovascular
- German researchers found that people living within 1,200
feet of a transmitter site in the German city of Naila had a high rate
of cancer and developed their tumors on average eight years earlier than
the national average. Breast cancer topped the list.25
- Spanish researchers found that people living within
1,000 feet of cellular antennas had statistically significant illness at
an average power density of 0.11 to 0.19 microwatts /cm2, which is thousands
of times less than allowed by international exposure standards.26
- An Egyptian medical study found that people living near
mobile phone base stations were at high risk for developing nerve and psychiatric
problems, plus debilitating changes in neurobehavioral function. Exposed
persons had significantly lower performance on tests for attention, short
term auditory memory and problem solving.27
- Researchers in Israel studied people in the town of
Netanya who had lived near a cell tower for 3-7 years. They had a cancer
rate four times higher than the control population. Breast cancer was most
- Europe in an uproar
- A new European Union poll of more than 27,000 people
across the continent reveals that 76 percent of respondents feel that they
are being made ill by wireless transmitters.29 Seventy-one percent in the
UK believe they suffer health effects from mast (cell tower) radiation.
In April 2007, The London Times reported a startling number of cancer clusters
in mast neighborhoods. One study in Warwickshire, found 31 cancers around
a single street. 30 Some sick Brits send their blood to a lab in
Germany, which uses state of the art methodology to confirm wireless radiation
- Radiation sickness is now so prevalent in Germany that
175 doctors have signed the Bramberger Appeal, a document calling the situation
a "medical disaster." It asks the German government to initiate
a national public health investigation. This appeal closely follows the
Freiburger Appeal, signed by thousands of German doctors who say they are
dealing with an epidemic of severe and chronic diseases among both old
and young patients exposed to wireless microwave radiation. The head of
the cancer registry in Berlin found that one urban area with cellular antennas
had a breast cancer rate seven times the national average.31
- Sweden was one of the first nations to go wireless. Swedish
neuroscientist, Dr. Olle Johansson, with hundreds of published papers to
his credit, says that a national epidemic of illness and disability was
unleashed by the wireless revolution. Long periods of sick leave, attempted
suicides and industrial accidents all increased simultaneously with introduction
of mobile phone radiation. Ninety-nine percent of the Swedish population
is now under duress of powerful third generation masts. Johansson reports
that people are plagued with sleep disorders, chronic fatigue that does
not respond to rest, difficulties with cognitive function and serious blood
problems. Recurrent headaches and migraines are a "substantial public
health problem," he says.32
- Rooftop transmitters, which readily pass microwave radiation
into structures, can be a death sentence. Across the world there are reports
of cancer clusters and extreme illness in office buildings and multi-tenant
dwellings where antennas are placed on rooftops directly over workers and
tenants. In 2006, the top floors of a Melbourne University office building
were closed after a brain tumor cluster drew media attention to the risks
of communications transmitters on top of the building.33 Likewise, ABC's
Brisbane television complex, topped with satellite dishes and radio antennas,
was the site of a well-publicized breast cancer cluster among workers.34
- Deadlier death rays
- In the meantime, the radiation cowboys of America are
having a good ol time because they know there's no sheriff in town. The
commercial wireless industry is relentless in its drive to construct thousands
of new transmitter sites in neighborhoods and schoolyards everywhere, while
adding more powerful antennas at its older sites. Countless WiFi systems,
both indoors and out, accommodate wireless laptop computers, personal digital
assistants, WiFi-enabled phones, gaming devices, video cameras, even parking
and utility meters. Hundreds of cities already have or are planning to
fund WiFi networks, each consisting of thousands of small microwave transmitters
bolted to buildings, street lamps, park benches and bus stops. Some networks
are being buried under sidewalks. These access points or "nodes"
blast carcinogenic energy at 2.4 to 5 gigahertz with virtually no warning
signs about radiation exposure. WiFi radiation is unregulated by the FCC.
- Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire are now rolling out in U.S.
cities tower-mounted WiMAX transmitters providing wireless internet access
"to die for." WiMAX is WiFi on steroids. Upon startup of WiMAX
transmitters near the Swedish village of Gotene, the emergency room at
the local hospital was flooded by calls from people overcome with pulmonary
and cardiovascular symptoms.35
- WiMAX radiation could one day be cranked up to a bone-incinerating
66 gigahertz.36 A single WiMAX tower could provide internet coverage for
an area of 3,000 square miles, although coverage for 6-25 square miles
is the norm now. Promoters say WiMAX may some day replace all cable and
DSL broadband services and irradiate virtually all rural areas. Yet,
not a single environmental or public health study has been required as
the industry unleashes infrastructure for this savage new wireless technology
from which no living flesh will escape.
- The commercial ray-peddlers are not alone in their quest
to make the U.S. a radiation wasteland. In August, 2007, Congress approved
new Homeland Security legislation which funds a program to "promote
communications compatibility between local, state and federal officials."
We catch a glimpse of what this portends as the state of New York gears
up to erect hundreds of new wireless installations for a "Statewide
Wireless Network (SWN)." This system will blanket 97 percent of the
state, allowing agencies at various government levels to communicate
instantly while greatly adding to the fog of commercial wireless pollution.37
The New York Office for Technology says that the radiation power densities
of the system will be within FCC limits. That assurance should give us
- Angela's story
- Angela Flynn, a 43-year-old caregiver, lives in Santa
Cruz, California. Last spring she took classes at a local church where
wireless antennas were concealed in a chimney on the building. She recalls,
"Every muscle in my body felt sore. And my joints were feeling creaky.
My instructor mentioned how people at the women's center on church property
had similar symptoms. During my sixth day I had a severe reaction. My short
term memory was gone and I was disoriented and confused. When the instructor
asked a question, I could not recall anything from the lecture."
- At night, Angela could not sleep and she would lie awake,
feeling her body buzz. She became hypersensitive to other sources of electromagnetic
radiation. The symptoms became so bothersome that she canceled the rest
of her course. Using a chart for calculating cumulative, non-ionizing,
electromagnetic radiation exposure levels, she found that the classes"located
only 100 feet from antennas in the building"had suffered the highest
possible exposure during peak operation. "It took a month before I
regained my health," she reports.
- When Angela wrote letters to the church inquiring whether
it was monitoring the health of the people exposed to antenna radiation,
church officials were "unresponsive and dismissive." So Angela
saw the light. She helped organize a community group to put pressure on
county officials for answers. After hearing community testimony, officials
directed the zoning department to create a comprehensive map of county
transmitter sites and to put together a report on emissions testing.
- Angela says, "We recently had a delay of an installation
of a tower near a middle school. The superintendent has even come
out against the tower and was instrumental in delaying the hearing on the
site. He also arranged a school board meeting on the issue."
Angela's efforts to share critical information with her community made
- America must soon face its radiation cataclysm. The EMR
Network says that millions of workers occupy worksites on a daily basis
where operating antenna arrays are camouflaged and where no RF safety program
is carried out. Thanks to shameless predatory advertising techniques, American
youth are now literally addicted to "texting," watching TV and
accessing the Internet on tiny wireless screens. These are the toys that
keep cell towers and WiFi hot spots buzzing. A nation that requires compulsory
mass irradiation to fuel its trivial entertainment needs is surely destined
to have a sickly and short-lived population.
- Right now, 11.7 million Americans have been diagnosed
with cancer. Because humans can harbor cancer conditions for years before
detection, additional millions of cancer victims are yet undiagnosed. The
Journal of Oncology Practice predicts that, by 2020, there will be so many
cancer cases in the U.S. that doctors may not be able to cope with their
caseloads. The report concludes the nation could soon face a shortage of
up to 4,000 cancer specialists.38
- A recent CBS news series on the raging American cancer
epidemic left viewers with the mindset that trainloads of federal cash
must flow if we are to find the cancer answer. But a proven cancer initiator
now inundates our cities, roadways, schools, offices and homes. Any environmental
stressor that jackhammers human cells at millions to billions of cycles
per second is a cancer factor. Any wave-pollution that breaks the DNA and
causes pre-cancerous micronuclei in human blood is a cancer factor. Logic
tells us that there will be no "answer to cancer" until we eliminate
the cancer factors.
- Wireless communications radiation is to America today
what DDT, thalidomide, dioxin, benzene, Agent Orange and asbestos were
yesterday. Historically, the truth about the public health menace of extreme
toxins is never told until thousands sicken and die.
- Dr. Robert Becker, noted for decades of research on the
effects of electromagnetic radiation, has warned: "Even if we survive
the chemical and atomic threats to our existence, there is the strong possibility
that increasing electropollution could set in motion irreversible changes
leading to our extinction before we are even aware of them. All life pulsates
in time to the earth and our artificial fields cause abnormal reactions
in all organismsThese energies are too dangerous to entrust forever to
politicians, military leaders and their lapdog researchers." 39
- Our mission to save the nation's health and restore sanity
in the wireless age seems daunting. The wireless juggernaut is an aggressive,
mean machine. Federal regulators are clearly compromised and incompetent
to protect the public health. Uninformed consumers dearly love their magic
digital toys and don't yet understand the connection between those toys
and a national raging cancer epidemic that may consume us all.
- Powerful economic interests have lied to us long enough.
Americans deserve the facts. We need dialogue. Wireless radiation is a
form of electronic trespass. America must decide whose rights are more
important"idlers beaming death rays for piddling gibberish or the
elderly with pacemakers who are made ill by cell phone and tower radiation
wherever they go. Must we all prematurely perish so that wireless enthusiasts
can capture cell phone photos and instantly send them for processing via
carcinogen express? Must all neighborhoods become sick zones so that radiation
addicts can receive recipes, ads and other frivolous text messages on their
cell phone toys? Does a human being have the right to NOT be forcibly
WiMAXED into a coffin, or do only wireless providers and their devotees
- What can we do?
- We can commit to join the growing radiation awareness
movement and continue educating ourselves and others. We can employ digital
and audio radiation detectors to help safeguard our personal health and
to demonstrate the ceaseless brutality of ubiquitous wireless radiation
which threatens the genetic integrity of future generations. We can promote
emerging technologies that could make communications technologies safer.
- We can demand that federal radiation exposure standards
and setback requirements be updated to reflect the realities of modern
science. Federal communications law must be rewritten so that local jurisdictions
can regain their right to consider health and environment when reviewing
wireless siting applications. We can insist that wireless emissions from
transmitters be drastically reduced as they are in Austria and Russia.
We can demand routine compliance testing at all transmitter sites.
We can see to it that people who have been living and working near powerful
transmitters be given opportunity to report their resulting illnesses in
national surveys. Proper epidemiological studies must be conducted and
their results published and broadly disseminated.
- Each of us can break the seductive, but oppressive wireless
habit ourselves. We can play no game, use no wireless Internet system,
make no trivial phone call that necessitates enlarging America's dense
forest of wireless transmitters. If no one buys WiMAX-enabled devices and
related services, this dangerous system will fail.
- Whenever possible, we can go back to the old-fashioned,
corded phones and message machines which made yesteryear a far more healthy
time. Cordless household and office phones emit powerful megahertz or gigahertz
microwave radiation, causing damage to hearing, eyesight and brain function.
DECT cordless phones irradiate a huge area even when not in use. We can
encourage others to contact us by conventional land line phones only. Can
we enjoy a leisurely conversation knowing that an irradiated caller risks
disease and disability for mindless chatter? What good is wireless convenience
if it means being ultimately tethered to a hospital bed? We can teach our
children that health is more important than passing convenience and instant
- According to OSHA, no environment should be deliberately
made hazardous. Backed by current scientific knowledge, we can refuse to
work or shop in an environment which endangers our health. We can demand
that megahertz and gigahertz cordless phones, walkie talkie radios, WLAN
and WiFi systems be removed from schools, offices, hospitals and any public
place where people are grossly irradiated without their informed consent.
Second hand smoke is bad; second hand radiation is worse.
- We wish to thank the courageous radiation victims interviewed
for this report who have generously revealed the details of their personal
suffering in order to warn others. Following their example, we must continue
undaunted in the moral quest to protect the national health and restore
the world to sanity before it is too late.
- Meters and resources
- The Electrosmog Detector allows you to HEAR the intensity
of RF/microwave pollution in your environment. Developed by British
radiation expert Alasdair Phillips, this battery-operated device will quickly
allow you to identify dangerous RF/microwave hotspots, even where transmitters
are concealed, and take action to protect yourself. This meter is $99
(price includes shipping) and can be obtained from HEARING IS BELIEVING,
Box 64 Hayden, Idaho 83835. E-mail: email@example.com.
- The Trifield Meter ($145), produced by Alpha Lab, is
used mainly to measure the milligauss of electromagnetic fields coming
from 60 hertz sources. Use this digital meter to make sure your living
and working spaces are under 2 milligauss. Alpha Lab's Microwave Power
Density Meter ($320) is a more sensitive digital microwave meter that will
help you assess the kilohertz, megahertz and gigahertz radiation in our
wireless environment. This easy-read meter measures microwave radiation
in microwatts per cm2, allowing comparison of your readings to the power
density used by the Russians to make our embassy staff sick. Remember,
people inside the embassy reportedly received only about .01 microwatts
per cm2. For more information, contact Alpha Lab Inc., 1280 South 300 West,
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101; (800) 658-7030; www.trifield.com
- Alan Broadband produces radiation detection devices with
models ranging in price from $159 to $2,800. The $159 model, while not
giving detailed readings, is an extremely sensitive and sturdy instrument
that gives an accurate dial read on whether or not radiation is present
and its relative intensity. It lets you know when you are being irradiated
and serves as an excellent tool to illustrate exposure levels to others.
For more information, contact Alan Broadband 93 Arch St., Redwood City,
California 94062; (888) 369-9627; www.zapchecker.com
- Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age, Dr.
George Carlo and Martin Schram, Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001.
- Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette, Robert C. Kane,
Vantage Press, 2001.
- Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience or Environmental Hazard?
The Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council, Edited by B. Blake Levitt,
2000. Order from Barnes and Noble.
- These websites provide excellent information on all aspects
of health and other issues relating to electromagnetic fields and radio
- www.buergerwelle.com This excellent German (but in English)
site features RF/microwave radiation news from all over the world. The
science keeps pouring in and this is where to find it, along with lots
of human interest.
- www.cprnewsbureau.org This is an excellent source of
up-to-date news on wireless issues.
- www.emrnetwork.org This site has superb resources organized
by professionals with expertise in all facets of our RF/microwave radiation
- www.safewireless.org This site features Dr. Carlo's Mobil
Telephone Health Concerns Registry where people can report ill health effects
from living near microwave transmitters or from the use of wireless devices.
It also features great news reports.
- www.microwavenews.com This is home to Microwave News,
an excellent monthly publication. It offers cutting edge science reports,
plus a great archive.
- www.sageassociates.net This site provides valuable information
on how to make homes and offices safer in the wireless age.
- CAUTION: There are many devices
on the market claiming to protect wireless users from radiation. These
include: air tube headsets, ferrite bead clip-ons and an array of paste-ons
advertised to cut down on thermal effects or deflect negative energy. Energy
testing, kinesiology and meter readings indicate that these mitigation
devices DO NOT adequately protect against the brutal force of near field
microwave radiation. You can investigate the effectiveness of these devices
by metering radiation levels while using them. If radiation pours from
your "safe" headset, don't bank your life on it. If practiced
in the art of kinesiology, you can also "muscle test" the effectiveness
of the radiation mitigation device. The human body becomes very weak when
irradiated with any man-made frequency, especially microwaves. If a protective
device is really working, you will not detect muscle weakness when the
body is near a transmitting wireless phone or gadget.
- OUR BEST TIP: If you want
a safe household phone, find an AT&T corded speaker phone 950, available
at most large office supply stores. It emits no microwave radiation,
holds up to heavy use, has a great digital display screen and allows hands-free
- 1. Interview with Dr. Eckel was published
by Schwabischen Post 12-07-06. Find this interview at www.heseproject.org.
See "The Cell Nucleus is Mutating."
- 2. "Neurological Effects of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic
Radiation," a paper presented by Dr. Lai to the Mobile Phones and
Health Symposium, October 25-28, 1998, University of Vienna. Also "DNA
Damage and Cell Phone Radiation," www.rfsafe.com, 11-02-05.
- 3. Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age,
Dr. George Carlo and Martin Schram, Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2001,