- New mobile phone fears have been highlighted
by experts who claim current safety rules are inadequate.
- The phones are regulated to limit the
extent to which microwave radiation penetrates and heats up tissue.
- But Dr Gerard Hyland and other experts
say this ignores the fact that living cells are sensitive to the frequency
of radiation as well as its intensity.
- Dr Hyland, a theoretical physicist from
Warwick University who has studied the biological effects of electromagnetic
radiation, said: "The bottom line is that existing guidelines on electromagnetic
radiation are totally inadequate and fundamentally flawed.
- "They neglect to consider the fact
that the objects being irradiated, namely ourselves, are alive."
- Dr Hyland has produced a report outlining
his theories. He said while safety rules now in force only take account
of the "brightness" or intensity of microwaves, other dangers
stem from the "colour" or wavelength frequency of the radiation.
- Low frequency radiation from mobile phones
could resonate with brainwaves, causing them to be amplified to potentially
dangerous levels in the same way that an opera singer might shatter a glass
with her voice.
- Very weak radiation at higher frequencies
could interfere with electrical activity in the body that fell within the
microwave frequency band.
- Such effects could account for the symptoms
of memory loss, changes in blood pressure, anxiety, lack of concentration
and immune function disturbances reported by mobile phone users, it was
- Dr Hyland was speaking at a news conference
in London organised by Tecno AO (UK) Ltd, manufacturers of a new device
which counteracts low frequency radiation from mobile phones.