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
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"
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.
3. THE MICROWAVE SYNDROME – FURTHER ASPECTS OF A SPANISH STUDY
Oberfeld Gerd1, Navarro A. Enrique3, Portoles Manue12, Maestu Ceferino4,
- Public Health Department Salzburg, Austria
- University Hospital La Fe. Valencia, Spain
- Department of Applied Physics, University Valencia, Spain
- 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
4. INCREASED INCIDENCE OF CANCER NEAR A CELL-PHONE TRANSMITTER STATION.
Ronni Wolf MD1, Danny Wolf MD2
- The Dermatology Unit, Kaplan Medical Center, Rechovot, and
the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, ISRAEL.
- 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
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
(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.
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