Cell Phone Radiation
Experts confirm effects of
cell phone radiation.
The radiation of wireless
communication indeed has effects on the central nervous system, influences the
functioning of the brain and causes damage to DNA. That is confirmed by 25
experts who studied the relevant scientific literature of 2000 to 2004. The
investigation was done by the working group 'Mensch Umwelt Technik' ( MUT ) of
the Jülich research institute in Jülich, Germany. The results were presented to
the public on May 9th, 2005. The experts guess that the effects on the central
nervous system can not cause health problems, though this opinion has no
scientific base. The influence on the brain results in shortened or prolonged
reaction times and less or more cognitive mistakes, depending on the parameters
of the radiation. The experts think the damage to DNA is not a problem, since it
would not lead to cell damage.
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T-Mobile: The investigation was
ordered and financed by T-Mobile, a provider of mobile communications. The
experts only studied scientific reports and did not pay attention to the many
experiences of people suffering from health effects of modern radiofrequent
radiation. The complaints of these people however fit in well with the effects
on the central nervous system, increased neuronal activity and influence on the
functioning of the brain. The damage to DNA moreover fits in well with the
results of epidemiologic investigations, finding an increased risk of cancer in
the neighborhood of antenna towers. The experts however state that the results
of epidemiologic investigations are not consistent and more research is needed.
In the meantime they advise to keep mobile calls short and not to use a mobile
phone in a moving car without outside antenna nor at a far distance from the
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Young and healthy people are not to be considered "high risk", say the experts. However, the
radiation of mobile communication systems could be harmful to other groups, like children, elderly or sick people,
babies and pregnant women. Probably the pulse-modulated radiation is most
effectual on the central nervous system and brain. The working mechanism is
non-thermal and not yet understood. Pulse-modulation is used by e.g. GSM, UMTS,
DECT, WLAN, WIFI, TETRA and many other wireless systems. The experts say
headaches and problems with concentration and remembrance could be related to
the radiation of mobile phone systems, but according to the literature the other
complaints probably are not. Having studied the scientific literature, they
doubt if electro hypersensitivity ( EHS ) exists, but they carefully emphasize that the
absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
The experts studied the permeability of the 'blood brain barrier', the risk of
cancer, the damage to DNA, the effects on the brain and central nervous system
and the disturbance of well-being. About the permeability of the 'blood brain
barrier' there is no consensus. The experts think the 'blood brain barrier'
could fail under stress or thermal conditions, but without relevance to health.
There is no consensus about the damage to DNA neither. However, the experts
think this can not be relevant biologically and to health, since the literature
does not mention cell damage as a consequence. Laboratory tests with animals do
not show an increase of cancer. Nevertheless the experts say there could be an
increased risk of cancer in humans in the long term. They advise to be on the
safe side and keep mobile phone calls short.
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