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    Five Studies Showing Ill-Health Effects From Masts

    Document produced by Dr Grahame Blackwell 21 Feb 20051

    1. Study of the health of people living in the vicinity of mobile phone
    base stations.

    Santini et al.

    Pathol Biol (Paris) [Pathologie Biologie (Paris)] 2002; 50: 369 – 73
    Found significant health effects on people living within 300 metres of mobile
    phone base stations.

    Conclusions include the recommendation:

    "… it is advisable that mobile phone base stations not be sited closer
    than 300meters to populations"

    2. Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

    Study for the Netherlands Ministries of Economic Affairs, Housing, Spatial
    Planning and the Environment,and Health, Welfare and Sport
    "Effects of Global Communications System Radio-Frequency Fields On Well
    Being and Cognitive Function of Human Subjects With and Without Subjective Complaints"

    (September 2003)

    Found significant effects on wellbeing, according to a number of internationally-recognised
    criteria (including headaches, muscle fatigue/pain, dizziness etc) from 3G mast
    emissions well below accepted ‘safety’ levels (less than 1/25,000th
    of ICNIRP guidelines). Those who had previously been noted as ‘electrosensitive’
    under a scheme in that country were shown to have more pronounced ill-effects,
    though others were also shown to experience significant effects.


    Oberfeld Gerd1, Navarro A. Enrique3, Portoles Manue12, Maestu Ceferino4,
    Gomez-Perretta Claudio2

    1. Public Health Department Salzburg, Austria
    2. University Hospital La Fe. Valencia, Spain
    3. Department of Applied Physics, University Valencia, Spain
    4. Foundation European Bioelectromagnetism (FEB) Madrid, Spain

    Presented at an International Conference in Kos (Greece), 2004
    This study found significant ill-health effects in those living in the vicinity
    of two GSM mobile phone base stations. They observed that:
    "The strongest five associations found are depressive tendency, fatigue,
    sleeping disorder, difficulty in concentration and cardiovascular problems."
    As their conclusion the research team wrote: "Based on the data of this
    study the advice would be to strive for levels not higher than 0.02 V/m for
    the sum total, which is equal to a power density of 0.0001 µW/cni2 or
    1 µW/m2, which is the indoor exposure value for GSM base stations proposed
    on empirical evidence by the Public Health Office of the Government of Salzburg
    in 2002."


    Ronni Wolf MD1, Danny Wolf MD2

    1. The Dermatology Unit, Kaplan Medical Center, Rechovot, and
      the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, ISRAEL.
    2. The Pediatric Outpatient Clinic, Hasharon Region, Kupat Holim, ISRAEL.

    Published in: International Journal of Cancer Prevention Volume 1, No. 2, April
    This study, based on medical records of people living within 350 metres of a
    long-established phone mast, showed a fourfold increased incidence of cancer
    generally compared with the general population of Israel, and a tenfold increase
    specifically among women, compared with the surrounding locality further from
    the mast.

    5. Naila Study, Germany (November 2004)

    Report by researchers (five medical doctors)
    Following the call by Wolfram König, President of the Bundesamt für
    Strahlenschutz (Federal Agency for radiation protection), to all doctors of
    medicine to collaborate actively in the assessment of the risk posed by cellular
    radiation, the aim of our study was to examine whether people living close to
    cellular transmitter antennas were exposed to a heightened risk of taking ill
    with malignant tumors. The basis of the data used for the survey were PC fi1es
    of the case histories of patients between the years 1994 and 2004. While adhering
    to data protection, the personal data of almost 1.000 patients were evaluated
    for this study, which was completed without any external financial support.
    It is intended to continue the project in the form of a register.

    The result of the study shows that the proportion of newly developing cancer
    cases was significantly higher among those patients who had lived during the
    past ten years at a distance of up to 400 metres from the cellular transmitter
    site, which bas been in operation since 1993, compared to those patients living
    further away, and that the patients fell ill on average 8 years earlier. In
    the years 1999-2004, i.e. after five years’ operation of the transmitting
    installation, the relative risk of getting cancer had trebled for the residents
    of the area in the proximity of the installation compared to the inhabitants
    of Naila outside the area.

    NOTE: These are the only studies known of that specifically consider the effects
    of masts on people. All five of these studies show clear and significant ill-health
    effects. There are no known studies relating to health effects of masts that
    do not show such ill-health effects.
    In this respect, any statement by industry or official sources that claims (or
    suggests) that:

    (a) There is no evidence of ill-health effects from masts;
    (b) The overwhelming evidence is that masts do not cause ill-health effects;
    is completely and blatantly untrue.

    Dr Grahame Blackwell

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