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Most of us have heard about the dangers of cell phone towers but how much of it is truth and how much is fiction?
If you own a cell phone — and who doesn’t these days? — learning about the potential risks associated with cell phone towers is a must.
Though it may seem like a complicated topic, the information is actually easy to understand and even easier to utilize.
Let’s get started.
Are Cell Towers Dangerous? [Government Recognition]
Governments throughout the United States and the world are starting to recognize the dangers of cell phone towers, especially as they relate to a person’s health.
In 2009, a resolution was passed by the European Parliament that stated that mobile towers should never be placed near facilities such as schools, daycare centers, churches, or healthcare facilities such as hospitals and retirement homes.
Why do you think they would do that if there was “no threat at all” to one’s health?
Such a resolution indicates that the side effects of cell phone towers are real.
And that everything that CAN be done SHOULD be done so that their impact is lessened.
In California in 2009, a county board of supervisors sought federal legislation to remove part of a national law stating that local governments have no power to refuse cell phone tower installations.
This means that local governments now want the right to say “no” to companies coming in and installing cell phone towers wherever they please.
This action was significant and has since been duplicated in many other states including New Mexico, Oregon, and Arizona.
A Closer Look at Cell Tower Dangers
Now let’s look at the why and how behind the health effects of mobile towers.
Studies all over the world have been conducted on their risks and have even been published in various reputable medical journals.
Their most significant findings confirm a host of physical and emotional ailments associated with cell phone towers, especially if they are located very close to your home.
To understand why, you have to know how cell towers work:
Mobile towers emit electromagnetic radiation, which the World Health Organization (WHO) considers a possible carcinogen.
Also called microwave radiation, it is known to interfere with a person’s own electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, causing a host of ailments that include headaches, cardiovascular problems, birth defects, memory loss, and more.
Even worse, these towers transmit this microwave radiation at a frequency of 1900 MHz, which is high enough to negatively affect biological organisms found within just a short distance from the towers.
(and that includes wildlife…may even be the reason behind disappearing bird species).
When such towers are placed on top of condos and apartment buildings, for example, people who live on the top floors often have a 10X greater chance of developing cancer than people living on lower levels
Still, even the people on lower levels have a risk rate higher than those living miles away from a tower.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms?
There are numerous symptoms associated with cell towers, including:
- Blood pressure problems
- Heart rate problems
- Extreme fatigue
- Cardiovascular disease
- Reproductive problems
- Immune problems
- Severe headaches, including migraines
- Sleep disorders
- Problems with the lenses of the eyes
- Nausea and loss of appetite
- Problems with both hearing and vision
- Difficulties with movement and balance
- Skin problems
- Difficulties concentrating
Because these towers can be placed anywhere, including the tops and sides of buildings, they can conceivably be anywhere around you.
And because their radiation is so strong, it can potentially reach people within a 45-mile range of the station.
To evaluate your risk, your first step should be finding out if you live near one of these towers.
On top of the symptoms mentioned above, towers and base stations apparently cause physiological changes in our bodies as well, including negative impacts on melatonin and serotonin levels.
Fortunately, the further away from a tower your home is, the less danger you’re in.
However, since cell phone towers are literally everywhere these days, it could be that they are impossible to avoid altogether.
You can, however, do things to minimize their effects, which we’ve detailed in this article on shielding your home.
Do Cell Phone Towers Cause Headaches?
One of the worst symptoms caused by cell phone towers is severe and regular headaches that are certainly no fun to live with.
Unfortunately, even if you use your cell phone for just a few minutes a day, damaging effects can be felt.
Just because you don’t feel anything doesn’t mean no damage is occurring. Whether you feel it or not, cell phones and their corresponding towers are damaging your health daily.
It just may take years to materialize…
Ok, I’m about to start ranting.
You’ll have to excuse me…my years of battling Chronic Lyme Disease has taught me A LOT about the cumulative effects of invisible toxins around us, but I don’t want to keep you here allll day, so back to the topic at hand…
The microwave radiation emitted from cell phone towers can actually cause your cells to become inflamed, which can then lead to painful headaches.
Microwave radiation also affects our bodies by reversing cell membrane polarity, damaging our DNA, opening the blood-brain barrier, heating up both the head and brain tissue, and disrupting brain activity – all of which can contribute to the intensity and the frequency of headaches.
Can a Cell Tower Cause Cancer?
Naturally, headaches and other ailments are a lot easier to live with than cancer, which has also been attributed to the close proximity of mobile towers.
A number of studies have been conducted on the link between them, and the results aren’t good.
The years 2004, 2011 and 2015, along with others, saw various studies done on this link, and all of them confirmed that the more exposure you have to cell phone towers, the greater your likelihood of developing cancer at some point.
In fact, one study showed that within 5 years of a cell phone tower being in use, nearby residents already have three times the risk of getting cancer as those who live in more remote areas.
And remember, these towers cause genetic damage in humans, which is naturally going to increase your odds of getting serious illnesses such as cancer.
In one of the studies conducted in a town in Israel, residents’ rates of cancer were 129 out of every 100,000 people as compared to a rate of 16 to 31 per 100,000 people living much further away from the towers.
By now, there is little doubt in anyone’s mind, particularly the experts, that close proximity to a cell phone tower increases the health risks of everyone living close by.
The question then becomes what can we do about it?
Short of moving, we can learn where the closest towers are located, monitor our health closely, measure the radiofrequency in our area, and learn how to minimize the effects of those towers.
You can read more about that in our guides on:
- How to block mobile tower radiation
- Having a tower on (or near) your home
- Keeping a safe distance from mobile towers