Ever More Fears And
Concerns About Cell Phones
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 claimed.
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.