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Is Cell Phone Tower Radiation Harmful?

Nowadays you are exposed to roughly 100 million times more RF radiation than your grandma and grandpa were.  And part of the reason is radiation from cell towers and microwave antennas.  Our population centers are flooded with incredible amounts of powerful wireless microwave radiation. Cellular towers emit high-frequency radio waves, or microwaves, that can travel as far as 45 miles over level terrain. The closer you are to a tower, the greater the danger.

Cell Phone towers emit mass amounts of harmful RF (radio frequency) radiation also known as “microwave” radiation. If you have ever seen the huge size and quantity of power cables that run these towers you know that the amperage they use is significant as well. Often the amount of radiation that actually makes it to our homes is a lot less significant than the WiFi devices in our homes which put out the same type of radiation. But they are putting cell towers now close to buildings where people live, work and go to school. The World Health Organization has listed this RF radiation as a possible carcinogen, meaning possible cancer cause. So yes the radiation is harmful. The closer you are physically located to a cell tower, the more harmful it is.

The RF radiation from cell phone towers can mess with your body’s own EMFs, causing a many kinds of potential health problems such as headaches, memory loss, cardiovascular stress, low sperm count, birth defects and various types of cancer.  For a more extensive list click the “RF Radiation Health Symptoms” article on the “Featured” tab on the main menu of this website.

In the below video I test the radiation coming from a huge cell tower standing right next to an office building. I am standing right next to the building and the amount of radiation they are being exposed to is tremendous. The video is short, but definitely worth watching. I highly recommend it.


(Note: Cell towers are dangerous, but most people do not realize how much of this radiation they already have inside of their own home.  And this is true even if you don’t live near a cell tower. See our Recommended Protections page that shows the things that we recommend to help you protect yourself from 5G Radiation.)

Cell phone towers that hold microwave antennas and other telecommunications equipment flood the area for miles around with electromagnetic high frequency radio waves (microwaves) to support the use of cellular as well as Wi-Fi, WiMax, Bluetooth supported devices, 802.11 networks,  Wireless LANs and more.

Cellular microwaves from towers might travel for as little as two miles areas with hills, and up to 50 miles where there are less obstructions.  And they can easily pass right through or penetrate normal building materials. Smaller versions of cell towers called radio masts are often seen on billboards and rooftops.  They are typically installed around 800-1300 feet apart.

Mobile towers are sometimes installed on the roofs of buildings. These are especially dangerous because they emit microwaves at a frequency of 1900 MHz. Recent scientific studies show that the intense microwave radioactivity from mobile phone towers negatively impacts every living organism up to a square mile.

Cellphone tower microwaves have a significantly higher frequency than even radio waves. The higher the frequency, the more powerful the wave—and the more powerful effect on biological organisms (recall that a mobile tower emit microwaves at 1900 MHz).” safespaceprotection.com

Media Articles On Cell Phone Tower Radiation

In an article by Blake Snow of Fox News he does an interesting article called “Are Cellphone Towers Hazardous to Your Health?”  I am going to quote most of the article here because it illustrates a major point that I want to make.  I will quote the article and then make the point immediately after.  Following is the article:

Living near a cellphone tower might eventually melt your brain, give you cancer or worse, neuter your reproductive organs — at least that’s the warning issued last week by a group of trade activists.

“People who live near cell towers and antennas are in jeopardy,” Dr. Robin Bernhoft, president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, told FoxNews.com.

In an attempt to encourage citizens to write Congress and ask the FCC to update “obsolete” regulations of radio frequency radiation emitted by cellphones, Bernhoft’s colleague Whitney Seymour of activist website Citizens for Health added, “FCC standards for cell transmission antennas were based on earlier studies created almost 20 years ago using even older data.”

“The substantive evidence of harm from wireless radiation is overwhelming,” he added.

Not exactly, said Jack Rowley of GSMA, the largest association of cellphone providers in the world.

This is a minority and alarmist view based on a selective reading of the scientific evidence,” Rowley told FoxNews.com. “In the last 10 years, more than 30 expert health groups have reviewed the research and consistently concluded that there are no established health risks from using phones or living near antennas.”

The scientific evidence seems to side with the cellphone providers.

For example, a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives concluded that, “Although there remains some uncertainty, the trend in the accumulating evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumors in adults.”

What about the respected World Health Organization’s research on cancer, which recently classified radio frequency radiation as a “possible carcinogen”?

Rowley says it was based on limited data for specific types of brain tumors — and even the WHO admitted that further research is needed.

“The evidence was even weaker for a possible risk from towers,” Rowley added, “with typical exposure levels thousands of times below safety standards and comparable to TV and radio. More importantly, the latest WHO fact sheet recognizes the standardization work, which is the origin of the FCC regulations.”

The U.S. Wireless Association (simply called the CTIA) also refutes minority alarmists with more reputable science.

A statement on the trade group’s consumer awareness website summarizes the current science: “Leading global health authorities, such as the World Health Organization, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have reviewed this research or have conducted their own, and have found that the available scientific evidence does not show that the use of wireless phones is associated with any health problems, including cancer.”

The Interphone project, coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, is the largest study of cellphone use and brain tumors ever undertaken and included substantial numbers of subjects using cellphones for 10 years or longer.

Even that massive, long-term study wasn’t conclusive, however; researchers noted ultimately that “an increased risk of brain cancer is not established from the data from Interphone.” The group noted, however, that some areas for further observations among those with the highest usage rate — but they hardly said to put the phone down.

When asked by FoxNews.com for additional details on potential health risks of cellphones, the CTIA deferred to the above research.

Of course, both the GSMA and CTIA exist to protect the interests of for-profit cellphone companies. And research to track the long-term health effects of cellphones is in no way final. In fact, it’s ongoing.

Study Results Vary Depending On Who Pays For Study

Okay now what is my point?  You will see this over and over.  Their are “thousands” of studies on both sides of this safety argument.  The ones put out by government agencies or that are paid for by the technology industry all say that it is all safe and everything is fine.

But all of the truly independent studies, those not by government agencies nor paid for by industry all say that the RF or Microwave radiation put out by cell towers, cell phones, and other wifi or cordless technologies are not safe at all.  In fact they say that they are very dangerous.

Now I had to delete several of the links in that Fox News article because the article was written in 2011 and many of the links did not work any longer.  But I left the ones that still work.  But here is my point.  If you click on the link “consumer awareness website” from their article it takes you to a industry run website “cellphonehealthfacts.com”.  They blatantly lie on this website.

For example if you click on their frequently asked questions menu option on the website, and then click on “learn more” it takes you to their frequently asked questions on safety.  In there it says “Are cell phone base stations and towers safe?

Radiofrequency energy (RF) from antennas used by cell phones result in exposure levels on the ground that are typically thousands of times below safety limits set by the FCC. These safety standards include significant extra margins of safety for tower workers and the public.

They are based on guidance from internationally recognized expert non-government organizations whose scientists and engineers study and develop mobile technology standards, and approved and overseen by federal agencies responsible for health and safety. As a result, the scientific consensus is that towers and base stations pose no health hazard to nearby residents or students.

Liars!  Unbelievable.  Below are the safety standard limits imposed by various countries.  Notice how the United States’ safety limits are much less stringent than other countries.

Comparison of our limit alongside other countries’ standards:
  • USA\Canada = 1000 microwatts /cm2 (same as ICNIRP 1998)
  • Australia = 200 microwatts /cm2
  • Auckland (New Zealand) = 50 microwatts /cm2
  • Italy, Russia, Poland, Luxembourg, Paris (France),   Hungary, Bulgaria, China, Switzerland = 2.4 to 10 microwatts /cm2
  • Salzburg (Austria) = 0.0001 microwatts /cm2

Now if the safety limits in the US are 1,000 microwatts per unit squared guess what the average smart meter puts out for example?  Any guesses? You would think after reading this cell phone health facts website that anything wifi like internet or cell phones would have to be “thousands of times below safety limits set by the FCC” right?

Well the average smart meter on the average home puts out about 60,000 microwatts per unit squared!  That is not thousands of times below the safety standard, it is 60 times the US safety standard!

A cell tower has many huge power cables running to it.  If a little smart meter is putting out 60 times the RF radiation safety standards a cell tower must be putting out many many many times what a puny little smart meter puts out.

In writing this article I have been searching for the exact output of a cell tower and I have not been able to get one listed in microwatts per meter squared.  I am not an electrical engineer so I don’t understand all of the units of measurements exactly.  But common sense says that there is no way these cell towers are “thousands” of times less than the US safety standard.

Where I am getting my information about how many microwatts per unit squared (60,000) a smart meter puts out is from Dr. Laura Pressley Ph.D., (who has a doctorate in Physical Chemistry and holds four U.S. Patents in semiconductor device technology).  You can watch a video where she talks about this on the videos page of this website.

As I have been doing the research to put together this website I have noticed a pattern that is consistent throughout all information and studies on this topic.  If it is put out by a government entity of some sort, or by an entity that is funded in part or in whole by the technology industry, the findings are 180 degrees opposite of what independent studies say.  I feel like I need to go grab someone’s tin foil conspiracy theory hat and where it as I say that, which makes me shutter, but I am only telling you the truth.

RF Radiation Independent Studies

In 2012 there is a report published called the Bioinitiative Report at www.bioinitiative.org which is an extensive summary of the health effects associated with low intensity, non-ionizing, electromagnetic radiation.

It was released and  published by 29 health professionals from ten countries, with medical and Ph.D. degrees.  It summarizes the peer reviewed non-ionizing radiation research published from 1996 – 2011.  It examines the dangerous health problems associated with exposure to RF and microwave radiation sources such as smart meters, cell phones, cell towers, and the like.

The following is an excerpt from the “Who Are We” section of this report:

WHERE: The BioInitiative 2012 Report will be published at www.bioinitiative.org.  Free download.

WHAT IS IT:   A report by 29 independent scientists and health experts from around the world* about possible risks from wireless technologies and electromagnetic fields.  It updates the BioInitiative 2007 Report.

WHAT IT COVERS:  The science, public health, public policy and global response to the growing health issue of chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation in the daily life of billions of people around the world.  Covers brain tumor risks from cell phones, damage to DNA and genes, effects on memory, learning, behavior, attention; sleep disruption and cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. 

Effects on sperm  and miscarriage (fertility and reproduction), effects of wireless on the brain development of the fetus and infant, and effects of wireless classrooms on children and adolescents is addressed. Mechanisms for biological action and public health responses in other countries are discussed.  Therapeutic use of very low intensity EMF and RFR are addressed.

WHAT IS NEW: This update covers about 1800 new studies reporting bioeffects and adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields (powerlines, electrical wiring, appliances and hand-held devices) – and wireless technologies (cell and cordless phones, cell towers, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors, surveillance systems, wireless utility meters (‘smart meters’), etc.

Now here is the “Conclusions” section of the report:



Overall, these 1800 or so new studies report abnormal gene transcription (Section 5); genotoxicity and single-and double-strand DNA damage (Section 6); stress proteins because of the fractal RF-antenna like nature of DNA (Section 7); chromatin condensation and loss of DNA repair capacity in human stem cells (Sections 6 and 15); reduction in free-radical scavengers – particularly melatonin (Sections 5, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17); neurotoxicity in humans and animals (Section 9), carcinogenicity in humans (Sections 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17); serious impacts on human and animal sperm morphology and function (Section 18); effects on offspring behavior (Section 18, 19 and 20); and effects on brain and cranial bone development in the offspring of animals that are exposed to cell phone radiation during pregnancy (Sections 5 and 18). This is only a snapshot of the evidence presented in the BioInitiative 2012 updated report.

So the bottom line here is just in this report alone is over 1800 studies discussed and the report was put together by 29 independent scientists in from all around the world.  Again the more you dig into this topic the more you will see this pattern.  If the study or article was put out by a government or from some entity within the technology industry things are rosy and perfectly safe.  If it was put out by someone independent of those sources, their findings are 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

About a scientific study discussed on “www.scientificamerican.com” entitled “Report of Partial Findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley® SD rats (Whole Body Exposures)” they say “The researchers found that as the thousands of rats in the new study were exposed to greater intensities of RF radiation, more of them developed rare forms of brain and heart cancer that could not be easily explained away, exhibiting a direct dose–response relationship. Overall, the incidence of these rare tumors was still relatively low, which would be expected with rare tumors in general, but the incidence grew with greater levels of exposure to the radiation. Some of the rats had glioma—a tumor of the glial cells in the brain—or schwannoma of the heart. Furthering concern about the findings: In prior epidemiological studies of humans and cell phone exposure, both types of tumors have also cropped up as associations.

In contrast, none of the control rats—those not exposed to the radiation—developed such tumors. But complicating matters was the fact that the findings were mixed across sexes: More such lesions were found in male rats than in female rats. The tumors in the male rats “are considered likely the result of whole-body exposure” to this radiation, the study authors wrote. And the data suggests the relationship was strongest between the RF exposure and the lesions in the heart, rather than the brain: Cardiac schwannomas were observed in male rats at all exposed groups, the authors note. But no “biologically significant effects were observed in the brain or heart of female rats regardless of modulation.” Based on these findings, Portier said that this is not just an associated finding—but that the relationship between radiation exposure and cancer is clear. “I would call it a causative study, absolutely. They controlled everything in the study. It’s [the cancer] because of the exposure.

Spreading The Word About Cell Phone Tower Radiation

So with the ever expanding onslaught of cell phone towers all over, it seems they are getting closer and closer to us.  This picture to the left shows what looks like a palm tree but it is really a disguised cellular tower.  Now how would you like to have all of those high powered microwaves blasting through your house 24/7?

In talking about this RF or electromagnetic (i.e. microwave) radiation, I heard it put this way once.  Would you stick a microwave oven in your baby’s room right next the the bassinet so you could rock your baby to sleep while warming up meals?

Most parents would say no way.  But look at that image there.  Do you think the microwaves that come out of that thing are going to go through the baby or other children’s room?  Do you think the radiation would be greater or lessor than if they had a microwave oven in the baby’s room?  Just using common sense what would be your guess?  I agree I think a lot of that RF radiation blasts through every part of that house and all of the homes close by.

As I was researching Google and YouTube information for this website I came across a very interesting personal story on a YouTube video.  I have not been able to locate that video again or I would have included the link here in this article.  Anyway, this was a single mom who lived on the top floor of an apartment building.  Out of the blue one day her daughter started getting seizures when she had never had them before.  And this lady about the same time could not sleep through the night and started experiencing pain in her body like a sunburn but inside under the skin.

They both went to the doctor for months trying to figure out their various symptoms.  I don’t remember how she came to find out but about the same time they started having these symptoms was the exact same time cell towers were placed on the roof of their apartment building directly over this woman’s apartment.  She started researching cell phone tower radiation and its health effects and petitioned the building owner to have the towers removed.

When she was not able to get the landlord to remove the cell phone towers, she finally had to move to a different apartment building that did not have cell towers near it.  Both of their symptoms were gone almost completely.  Her daughter stopped having seizures. And the burning feeling in her body stopped.

As a result of living in that much radiation for that period of time however she became very hyper sensitive to any type of radio frequency radiation.  She could not go in a building that had wifi of any kind for very long.  You can not tell this woman that cell phone towers on top of an apartment building is safe.

What Can I Do?

Well if we do not wake up people about this ever increasing amount of radiation surrounding us every day of our lives cancer and other related health effects will go through the roof.  For years my wife would tell me to not hold my cell phone to my ear because it cause brain tumors and I didn’t pay any attention to her.

Most people prefer to believe what they want to believe.  And who would think our government agencies that are tasked with the responsibility (like the FCC) would lie to us?  What people don’t realize is that the FCC is staffed and ran and largely funded by people from the technology industry who have a financial stake in putting towers in more and more places.

And we love our technology!  We love all of the conveniences it brings us!  But at what cost?

What we need to do is spread the word.  Get articles from this website and other websites like this spread all over the internet.  Spread them on social media.  Read the studies for yourselves and print them and pass them around.

We all need to get a  HF-35C High Frequency Analyzer  to measure the WiFi RF radiation that the smart meter and other appliances give off.  And you need a Graham Stetzer Microsurge Meter to measure the dirty electricity.  Go to the Recommended Protections page of this website and check out the cell phone cases and headphones that you can get to protect you and your family from the RF radiation given off by your cell phone.

My wife and I recently did all that as we were researching for this website and my wife said something that was quite satisfying and reassuring.  Out of the blue one day she said “you know David I don’t remember the last time I had a dream that I could remember.”  She had had some nights where she felt like she had had dreams but she could never remember them.

Then she said ” but since we reduced the radiation in our house I have dreams every night and I remember them vividly!”.  I hadn’t thought about it myself but I could not remember the last time I had ever had a dream.  It had been years!  But since reducing the radiation in our home I can’t shut them off!  I too now dream every night and remember them.

I can not stress it enough how important it is to get the meters to be able to measure the radiation yourself.  I would say that is the most important first place to start.  It gives you power over your own health and destiny.  No more will you be wondering or guessing.  You buy a new device or want to.  Test it. You will find yourself making plans on how to and when to use the device in the best way that gives you the least exposure.  And sometimes you won’t buy it at all.  You will by the one with the lower exposure or go without.

But even more important you will redo the main sources of radiation in your house like your wifi, smart meter and dirty electricity.  And you will get some protection for your cell phones.  And you will feel better.  You will sleep better.  Your brain and heart function by electricity and RF or microwave radiation is electromagnetic radiation.  It is electricity sent through the air.  It messes with your body, it does. And it disturbs your sleep, big time.

And finally get involved with local groups of like minded people to spread the word. You will be literally saving lives.  Start non profit organizations and even less officially organized groups to petition and protest and attend city council and state legislature meetings.  Call your local power company and get them to set up a program to remove smart meters from homes in their areas.  Many companies have done this already and many counties have passed legislation requiring it.  If nobody does anything we will just be slowly microwaved cooked in our own homes.

Now I am not saying we need to live like the Amish.  I like my gadgets too.  But we need real honest safety standards and acknowledgement of real legitimate independent studies and keep the high powered cell towers the heck away from our homes, offices and schools.

I recommend that you run a search on this website and find my articles on 5G, specifically 5G towers.  Those things are really scary.  They are multiple times more powerful than the old technologies but they run on a different frequency so the waves don’t travel as far.  Yes you read that right, they are more powerful but the waves don’t travel as far.  So the towers are more dangerous to be close to, but they need them closer than ever to houses, like every 10 or so houses, in order to work well.

They will literally be cooking our cities.  Get out your tin foil conspiracy theory hats and put them on for me for a minute. The technology industry is fighting tooth and nail in congress and on the state levels right now to pass laws to allow them to put these towers throughout our towns a lot closer to buildings and to each other than they are now.  They want to slow cook us and give us all cancer.  There is huge money in this and so just like we don’t want to listen to the facts about how our convenient gadgets are not safe, they don’t want to listen to the dangers of these towers.

I am sounding a bit like the “alarmist” the fox news reporter spoke about in his article, but isn’t it justified?  Thanks so much for reading this article.  I really believe we can have our technology and be safe from radiation too.  We just have to acknowledge the realities so we can make the investments in the protections we need both individually and as a society.  We can have our cake and eat it too.

For more information on the harmful radiation effects coming from cell phone towers please see our articles entitled Cell Phone Tower Radiation Dangers and Why 5G Cell Towers Are More Dangerous. Please see also our article called “The 7 Worst Radiation Dangers In Your Home“.)