Dangers of Cell Phone Towers
As much as we enjoy the convenience of mobile phones, an increasingly prominent issue is that of the dangers of cell phone towers. Is it safe to live in close proximity to a cell tower? What are the possible health effects?
Possible Dangers of Cell Phone Towers
The possible dangers of cell phone towers are wide-reaching and numerous. Some people may only consider the issues of driving safety and cell phones, but the chronic exposure to cellular radiation may have some harmful effects as well. Moreover, many people assume that the radiation isn't that bad because the towers are further out in the country; the fact of the matter is that cell phone towers have been erected right in our communities, getting attached to schools, churches, firehouses, and even national parks.
Among the health concerns related to exposure to cell towers are:
- Abnormal cell growth promotion
- DNA damage
- Reduced immune system competence
- Sleeplessness, irritability, anxiety, depression
- Weakened blood-brain barrier
- Childhood and adult leukemia
- Eye cancer
- Infertility and miscarriage
- Attention span deficit and general memory loss
- Sleep disturbance and chronic fatigue
- Brain tumors
- Cardiac problems
And the health effects are not only restricted to humans. A study conducted by the Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy of the Veterinary School of Hanover (Germany) found that dairy cows were effected by their proximity to cell phone tower sites. The cows had reduced milk production and increased behavioral abnormalities. When the cows were removed from the area, the strange behavior subsided after five days. Upon returning to the antenna site, the symptoms returned.