I guess some fifteen years ago, I used to receive Microwave & RF Engineering Magazine. Not that I’m an engineer, but at that time I had an interest in microwave communications. Most of it was way over my head, but I was amazed to read an article about the then-new cellular phones.
The article addressed an engineering problem, that there is inevitably an object blocking the path between the handheld cell phone antenna and the station antenna – and therefore a need to boost the microwave signal to transmit unhindered to the station antenna.
That obstructing object is better known as the human head.
The article concluded with a side-note. That the medical effects of the boosted radiation through the human head, could only be evaluated in twenty years time.
The authors of the report, the largest survey ever conducted on this subject, were rather coy about stating that this showed there is proof of a causative relationship between the cell phone usage and the health risks.
So, we haven’t yet hit the cell phone equivalent of the 1964 US Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking – which was a bombshell conclusively reporting the causative linkage between smoking and lung cancer. That report concluded that cigarette smoking was responsible for a 70 percent increase in the mortality rate of smokers over non-smokers. The report estimated that average smokers had a nine- to ten-fold risk of developing lung cancer compared to non-smokers: heavy smokers had at least a twenty-fold risk.
With the new UN funded report on cell phone radiation hazards, we’re a small step away from such a bombshell about cell phone usage.
A grass-roots campaign has begun, informing the public of the risks, and channeling this concern for the safety of residents, into momentum and action for change. In this case, getting the antennas removed from the shopping mall.
A well attended demonstration was organized this morning, reportedly with several hundred local residents, voicing their opposition to the cell phone antennas, which were within view of the demo.
For those who are only willing to assist with this campaign when there is clear scientific proof of the causative linkage between these antennas, and serious illnesses in local families (chas veshalom) – you may have to wait twenty years. By which time, it will be too late.