A landmark study suggests that cell tower radiation negatively impacts health. Researchers in Japan found that the health of condominium residents improved after a mobile base station was removed from the rooftop of the complex.
Okinawa, Japan Cell Tower Study
Researchers in Japan considered the health of residents exposed to a cell mast system from 1998-2009. The mobile base station was removed from the rooftop of the condominium in June of 2009, and the health of the residents was compared before and after removal. (See Significant Decrease of Clinical Symptoms after Mobile Phone Base Station Removal – an Intervention Study.)
More than 100 residents were interviewed for the study in January 2009 and the following November, three months after the removal of the base station. The 8 MHz station was installed in 1998 with the 2 GHz station a decade later.
The study documents radio frequency (RF) measurements throughout the complex as well as the methodology used to obtain the data. The first table notes the health effects related to the 800 MHz antennas while the second table denotes the impact of the 2 GHz cylindrical antennas.
(Symptoms that are common to both installations are printed in bold.)
*This study first appeared in German as Shinjyo, T. & Shinjyo, A. (2014), Significant Rückgang klinischer Symptome nach Senderabbau – eine Interventionsstudie. Umwelt-Medizin-Gesellschaft, 27(4), S. 294-301. It was made available in English October 2015.
What can we learn from this study?
1. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the proliferation of wireless radiation in the form of cell masts, smart meters, and Wi-Fi.
The 2 GHz band is a standard band used for wireless devices, phones, laptops, baby monitors, microwave ovens and cordless DECT phones. This type of frequency exposure is artificial and as we see in this study presents a health hazard. We must take note of studies like this before we subject ourselves and our children to these unnaturally occurring fields without full attention to health.
2. Chronic exposure to artificial electromagnetic fields manifests in a variety of ways, unique to the individual.
When our family was exposed to high levels of toxic mold, each member of our family exhibited different symptoms. One had seizures, another vertigo, another autoimmune disease, still another digestive problems. We did have symptoms that overlapped including vision disturbance, sleep problems, and skin rashes. We also saw lots of nosebleeds among the kids. (See more of our story in detail here.)
While wireless radiation is not the same as toxic mold, both add stress to the immune system. It’s interesting to see the myriad of symptoms that present in this study – especially regarding the varying frequencies. Fatigue tops the list for those exposed to the 2 GHz antenna while tinnitus (ear ringing) is #1 for those exposed to the 800 MHz antenna. Common to both: insomnia, dizziness, nose bleeds, runny nose. eye problems and headaches.
3. Sleep is a huge issue when it comes to wireless radiation exposure.
When we combine the fatigue finding with the sleep complaints, we see quite a few individuals with poor rest patterns. Melatonin disruption has been linked with electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure in numerous studies including Pineal Melatonin Levels Disruption in Humans Due to Electromagnetic Fields and ICNIRP Limits. In this study, researchers suggest that the pineal gland is likely to sense EMFs as light and as a consequence may decrease melatonin production. The good news is there is much we can do to restore our sleep by creating a sleep sanctuary. (See Sleep, Melatonin and Electronic Devices.)
4. Innocent until proven guilty does not work when it comes to electromagnetic radiation.
While this premise may work well in the justice system, it does not work well when it comes to health. Consider the history of tobacco, DDT and BPA (bisphenol-A). How much better would it have been to wait until each was proven safe before exposing the public? In his book Overpowered, EMF expert Dr. Martin Blank helps us see the error of our ways with the classic joke about a man falling from the Empire State Building saying “So far, so good. . . ” as he passes the 30th floor.
“Overall, the scientific evidence shows that the risk to health is significant and that to deny it is like being in free-fall and thinking ‘so far, so good.’ We must recognize that there is a potential health problem and that we must begin to deal with it responsibly as individuals and society.”
Furthermore, according to Dr. Blank,
“Given the continued questions and uncertainty on the precise links between exposure to low-frequency EMF and negative health outcomes, regulations should be formulated out of an abundance of caution.”
5. All of us should take note of our health regarding wireless radiation
Are you struggling with fatigue, frequent headaches or a chronic runny nose? How about disrupted sleep or eye pain? Monitor your symptoms as you consider your proximity to cell towers, smart meters, and routers. Check for nearby towers and antennas by entering your zip code at Antenna Search. Consider measuring your exposure with a meter. I like the Cornet Electrosmog Meter, which is available through Just So Natural Products. This video demonstrates how to use a measuring device like the Cornet meter.
We can no longer afford to wait for those in authority to institute the Precautionary Principle when it comes to electromagnetic radiation. Let’s learn from this study and take action for the sake of ourselves, our children and future generations.
To see a video showing the levels of radiation coming from a cell tower in our neighborhood see The Hidden Health Effects of Cell Towers.