As much as we enjoy the convenience of mobile phones, an increasingly prominent issue is that of the dangers of cell phone towers. What are the possible health effects?
The history of cell phones goes back more than 20 years, but they were nowhere near as prevalent back then than they are today. The first mobile phones, largely manufactured by Motorola, were used by business people and other folks who absolutely had to stay connected with the office. But as the technology got more affordable, consumers started to get in on the cellular action and it just started to snowball.
In order to satisfy the needs of this growing demographic, cellular providers such as T-Mobile and Sprint had to erect more towers. Without more towers, they would not be able to offer decent reception and uninterrupted service. Early towers were only few and far between, but the number of cell “sites” has increased more than tenfold since 1994. At this alarming rate of growth, it is nearly impossible to gauge the possible dangers of cell phone towers. What was safe in 1993 may not be safe today, given the much higher level of radiation we are exposed to on a daily basis.
With this increasing need to stay connected, many of us are forgetting about the possible dangers of cell phone towers. There have been several reports of people who have suffered a variety of conditions, possibly as a result of living near cell towers.
Among the health concerns related to exposure to cell towers are:
And the health effects are not only restricted to humans. A study was conducted by the Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy of the Veterinary School of Hanover (Germany) which found that dairy cows were affected 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 but upon returning to the antenna site, the symptoms relapsed.
According to few studies, there is some evidence supporting the claim that there are significant dangers of cell phone towers, particularly affecting the health of residents in the area. If you live in a metropolitan area, there is a good chance that you are being exposed to the radiation on a continual basis and it’s hard to say for certain how significant are the effects of this exposure.