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If your’e familiar with mobile tower radiation – and the fact that it exists – you’re probably wondering what a safe distance would be.
We dig into that today and discuss different scenarios.
Plus, what you can do if you realize you’re too close.
Why Is Mobile Tower Radiation a Concern?
Cell towers are built in order to boost the signal reception of our phones while also facilitating different kinds of wireless communication.
Unfortunately, having a strong signal and good reception comes at the cost of radiation.
And the closer you are to the source – the cell tower – the higher your radiation exposure.
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Several countries have already implemented measures to keep cell towers away from residential areas, schools, hospitals, and recreational grounds.
The U.S. is a little slower to act…it is big money after all.
(dear reader, I just practiced immense self-control and spared you from an hour’s long rant about government profiting off of frequencies…you’re welcome haha)
Anyways, the precautions taken by other countries were because of the possible effects that cell tower radiation has on the human body.
And research continues to expand on such effects every year.
To date, researchers have found a link to radiation and significant changes in an organism’s health.
For example, one study revealed that dairy cows living near cell towers tend to produce less milk:
When they were relocated to an area far from radiation sources, their milk yield went back to normal within days.
However, upon placing them in the area near cell towers once more, their milk production declined again.
Studies have also been conducted on humans.
There was one conducted in 2007, which found that people who live near active cell towers had low levels of melatonin and serotonin.
That’s a big deal because those hormones are intricately involved in the immune system, mood stabilization, and sleep regulation.
The experiment was done before and after cell towers were activated.
Results showed that before activating the cell towers, the participants had normal hormone levels.
Other studies gathered data from various people living at different distances from the cell towers.
To be specific, a total of 530 participants with 260 women and 270 men were studied.
The goal was to better understand the relationship between their distance from cell towers and complaints of physical discomfort.
In the end, the results showed that those who lived near the base stations of cell towers experienced more frequent and intense bouts of fatigue and headaches.
Examples of Symptoms Reported Relative to Their Distance from Cell Towers
The most important thing to remember here is that any potential side effects you feel will be directly related to how close or how far you are from a mobile tower.
I don’t want to keep you here alllll day, so below, I’ve summarized just a few reports to give you an example of what’s possible.
In relation to cell towers, they are discussed from the farthest distance to the closest:
Within 400 meters
A German study conducted in 2004 found that people living closer to cellular transmission sites have a higher risk of developing certain cancers.
The participants who were later found to be ill lived 400 meters away from a cell tower that had been operating for 10 years.
And those who lived closest, developed cancer cases more rapidly.
In general, people who lived further from the tower got sick 8 years later than those closer to the site.
Another study in Germany, this time conducted in 2009, also collected data from people living 400 meters away from the cell towers.
These respondents experienced physical discomforts such as skin infections, irritations, sleep problems, and difficulty seeing and hearing.
Later tests discovered that they also had complications related to their cardiovascular systems, gastrointestinal tracts, and hormones.
Within 365 meters
In 2007, a study was conducted in the UK that confirmed other studies indicating the relationship between mobile tower radiation and the development of cancer.
The study mentions that people who lived within a radius of 400 yards (or 365 meters) experienced high instances of brain hemorrhage, high blood pressure, and cancer.
Researchers even found that one street ALONE had 31 cases of cancer.
More than that, 30 staff members from a nearby school also developed tumors and other health issues.
Within 300 meters
A survey was conducted in areas of France to understand the impact of living within the vicinity of cellular towers.
Those who had been consulted with reported several side effects ranging from fatigue and sleep disorders to migraines, increased irritability, and dizziness.
They also experienced:
- skin infections
- cardiovascular problems
- difficulty remembering
- difficulty concentrating on the task at hand
Within 50 and 150 meters
Out of all the distances recorded, this would be the closest.
A study conducted in 2003 in Spain looked at the experiences of exposed individuals.
Results revealed that people within a 50 and 150-meter radius felt symptoms like:
- Increased irritability
- Sleep disorders
More than that, they found it difficult to concentrate and have an appetite for meals.
Overall, they reported extreme discomfort.
So the shortest distance we looked at was 50 meters. Now imagine the consequences of cell towers actually on your property…or worse…on the building itself (like condos and office complexes). It’s sad.
You can read more about the many symptoms associated with towers here.
Aspects to Consider When Analyzing Your Exposure Level
If you’re hearing this information for the first time, it can be a little a lot unsettling.
But don’t freak out…
Not everyone is at risk.
Remember, distance is the key here.
In fact, the field strength is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source.
All that sciency formula means is that your radiation exposure decreases SIGNIFICANTLY with distance.
While that’s the main determiner, here are a few more things that impact how much you’re affected – if any – by nearby mobile towers:
1. How Many Antennas There Are
Look at the surroundings of your living and work area – do you see any antennas?
If so, you need to determine how many are pointing in your direction.
There’s a greater risk of higher levels of radiation if more antennas are facing you.
To give you an idea of this aspect’s significance:
In India, it’s prohibited by the Department of Telecom that any building is put in front of an antenna.
They even gave an advisory on the safe distance away from antennas where infrastructures can be safely built.
Not all antennas are extremely dangerous, but in order to determine which ones are, it is also important to know their type and what frequency they radiate.
That’s beyond the scope of this article, and I recommend booking an EMF consultation for additional help.
But if you’re able to identify the type on your own, just remember that the higher the frequency of the antenna, the higher amount of energy it will radiate.
2. Possible Barriers
If you can’t see any cell towers from your home, that’s good news!
Because the intensity of the radiation can drop when it encounters natural and artificial barriers.
That includes things like dense, wooded areas.
However, you still have to look out for antennas that may be tilted towards your direction as they may lead to concentrated levels of radiation in your area.
What Is a Safe Distance from a Cell Tower?
The best thing to do as a primary safety measure is to check your area for nearby cell sites.
Remember that some cell towers are in unexpected places and are disguised as smaller units.
Once you find them, use a map to accurately determine the distance of these cell towers from places where you live and work.
If you find mobile towers located a minimum of 400 meters away, you are most likely safe.
Anything closer than 400 meters is cause for additional investigation, perhaps with an EMF consultant.
I also recommend buying a meter so you can see exactly what kind of exposure you’re dealing with.
Tips for Shielding Your Home if You Live Near a Cell Tower
As a general rule, you don’t want to be able to see a cell tower from your home.
If you can, you need to take proactive measures to shield yourself.
Here are some ways you can do that:R
Invest in an EMF survey or an RF gauss meter for your home.
This can help indicate your general radiation exposure and identify “hot spots.”R
Avoid using other EMF-emitting devices
as the intensity of your radiation risk is cumulative.R
Don’t spend a lot of time in places where you can see a cell site from a window.
If you can’t get away, at least move to the farthest location possible – even if it’s just across the room – where there may be barriers that can decrease your exposure.R
Use shielding materials that can help reduce the radiation received from cell towers.
I recommend things like metallic mesh curtains, window films, and EMF blocking paint.
You can read about some more in-depth ways to block cell tower radiation here.
I hope this information helps you better protect yourself from mobile tower radiation by keeping a safe distance.
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