01 August 2017
Letter: Wireless Technology Can Be Unsafe
Patricia Burke, gloucestertimes.com, 29 July 2017
To the editor:
I am a human rights activist advocating for updated, relevant and biologically based radio frequency exposure limits for wireless technologies in the U.S. I focus mainly on the issue of unsafe utility meters and infrastructure in Massachusetts.
From 2010-2012, I lived in four different locations in Gloucester. I was forced to leave Cape Ann due to increasing levels of electrosmog, or wireless pollution.
It’s more than just the view that will be marred by the proposed addition of cellular towers, also known as monopoles, along the commuter rail.
In a spring 2005 article, the Appraisal Journal reported that property values go down by 10 percent to 20 percent when in close proximity to a cell phone base station.
Cape Ann is a pristine, environmentally sensitive area. Blake Levitt, former New York Times journalist and editor of “Cell Towers, Wireless Convenience? Or Environmental Hazard?” explains that wildlife abandons areas adjacent to cell phone base stations. Radiofrequency radiation – the part of the electromagnetic spectrum used in wireless technology -- is a form of energetic air pollution that suppresses the immune system and causes metabolic changes. Many animals instinctively sense this and move away.
Human health is also compromised by towers and antennas. Thousands of independent, non-industry studies have documented biological effects from microwave radiation at very low intensities including increases in permeability of the blood–brain barrier and behavioral changes. Substantial evidence of genetic damage, reproductive defects, cancer, neurological degeneration and nervous system dysfunction, immune system dysfunction, cognitive effects, protein and peptide damage, kidney damage and developmental effects have been reported in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, outlined in the Bio-Initiative Report.
Roger Santini’s 2003 survey, “Study of People Living in the Vicinity of Cellular Phone Base Stations,” researched reports of fatigue, irritability, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, tinnitus and difficulty concentrating in France. France has subsequently banned Wi-Fi in preschools and turns it off when not in use for students up to age 11.
G. Abdel Rassoul et al., 2006 study “Neurobehavioral effects among inhabitants around mobile phone base stations,” also reported the onset of symptom development in Egypt. Researchers in Austria, Spain, and Switzerland report similar findings.
The body count and toll in terms of human suffering is mounting, and the independent non-industry research has already proven that we have far exceeded biological and planetary limits in our unexamined use of microwave radio frequencies. Comparisons between the tobacco wars and radio frequencies abound, and it is no surprise, because the same scientists who lied about lung cancer serve as experts for the wireless industry.
Unless binding liability for health and environmental damage is assigned ahead of time, the project should be stopped. When it is assigned, the project will be halted.
Please contact Gov. Baker and ask that he not allow infrastructure projects to proceed on the basis of tobacco science.