Studies Showing Ill-Health Effects From Masts


Known markers: they are working on them. Some DNA studies they are looking at electrosensitives, given time they may be successful. Probably worth concentrating on occipital alpha EEG mentioned below, sleeping EEG alterations in the sleep lab, and heart rate issues under provocation, for a marker (EEG should be the easiest, but it may not be for everyone)

In note form:

* Recently from Land Salzburg in Austria, study on electrosensitives, goto http://www.starweave.com/masts/ . This is not published yet, but still.

12 electrosensitives were put in a room, eyes covered, ears plugged, one wall shielded with a removable unshielded hole, room 80m from a cell phone tower. EEG (brainwaves) measured, confounding factors taken into account. When the hole was opened to let the radiation in, all the testees felt unwell, some of them seriously. Classic es symptoms.

* recent studies on electrosensitives at WHO conference Prague: Sweden's National Institute of Working Life: altered brainwaves (decreased occipital alpha EEG), stressed cardiovascular system (decreased heart rate variability, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure), notes es are flicker sensitive. All consititutes hyper-responsiveness to external stimuli. (Flicker sensitivity has been found many times). Dr. Osmo Hanninen of Finland reported that he has tested EHS patients via heart rate, heart rate variability, and blood pressure. He found exposure to mobile phone radiation could cause changes in heart rate and blood pressure not seen in healthy test subjects. Overall, there are too many reports of cardiovascular problems to poke a stick at. Statements that 1.5 -5 % of population may have some electrosensitivity.

* EEG studies showing EEG changes: many findings, not a clear picture or mechanism yet, but most show changes to EEG from mobile phones etc during waking use and sleeping, while some are associated with the thermal heating and blood flow effects of the mobile, others may show non-thermal effects. Some studies have shown EEG and concentration effects only occur when person actually has to do something. The person may often look normal, but give them something complicated to do while radiating them and they become a stunned mullet. Probably too boring to read them all, but they include

University of Zürich, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology: several studies showing waking and sleeping changes
http://www.unizh.ch/phar/sleep/handy/summary.htm .

J Sleep Res. 2002 Dec;11(4):289-95. Electromagnetic fields, such as those from mobile phones, alter regional cerebral blood flow and sleep and waking EEG.

Australas Phys Eng Sci Med. 2003 Dec;26(4):162-7.
Human brain wave activity during exposure to radiofrequency field emissions from mobile phones.

Int J Neurosci. 2003 Jul;113(7):1007-19. Effects of high-frequency electromagnetic fields on human EEG: a brain mapping study.

Clin Neurophysiol. 2002 Oct;113(10):1623-32. Acute mobile phone operation affects neural function in humans.

Bioelectromagnetics. 2005 Jul;26(5):367-76. Resting EEG effects during exposure to a pulsed ELF magnetic field.

Many more, including agreement with old Russian research which shows alpha and sensorimotor changes.

* Illness under phone towers resembling electrosensitivity: all real world studies show essentially the same thing.

The Santini reports: Santini et al. Pathol Biol (Paris) [Pathologie Biologie (Paris)] 2002; 50: 369 - 73 Found significant health effects on people (resembling electrosensitivity) living within 300 metres of mobile phone base stations.

Pathol Biol (Paris). 2003 Sep;51(7):412-5. [Symptoms experienced by people in vicinity of base stations: II/ Incidences of age, duration of exposure, location of subjects in relation to the antennas and other electromagnetic factors]

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" (September 2003). Significant health effects of 3G. Electrosensitives worse off.

The microwave syndrome - further aspects of a spanish study. Oberfeld, Navarro, Portoles, Maestu, GomezPerretta. 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." The Microwave Syndrome: A Preliminary Study in Spain. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine Volume 22, Issue 2,
(2003): 161 - 169

* The most significant study: The following is excerpted from a recent Johansson/ Hallberg publication. I suggest that it is required reading for regulators worldwide, and it needs to be scrutinized and replicated by other researchers. If found to be true, this information is important for us. To obtain the full text, see Hallberg's contact page at


and he will email it to you.

Sorry if you're bored with the science stuff, but this is ammunition to make the public aware of. Sweden took a marked effect apparently in 1997 with the intro of more mobiles and possibly then digital tv. For all affected by Wifi and other antennas mentioned.

1997 – A curious year in Sweden Orjan Hallberg and Olle Johansson

European Journal of Cancer Prevention 2004, 13:535–538 Correspondence to: Orjan Hallberg. E-mail: oerjan.hallberg@swipnet.se

… A look into the statistics on health care and other social security costs clearly shows that the problem [HEALTH CARE COSTS] Started abruptly in the autumn of 1997. A further analysis reveals that several different characteristics of the health of the population also showed a sudden trend-break in that year.

… An abrupt change from an improving trend to an increasing number of sick-registered was noticed in the autumn of 1997.

We found that for all individual counties in Sweden there was a similar precise time when their individual graphs broke the downward trend and started to go upwards. … we could specify the month in which any one of the 21 counties started to `go wrong'. This happened within the time frame of October 1997 to January 1998. … From a record low level of around 40 000 in 1997 the number increased in just 6 years by 100 000, giving a total close to 140 000 long-term sick.

… It turns out that this type of problem [LOAD INJURY] also started to increase in 1997. In the year 2001 the number of registered people who were ill due to load injuries had increased by 100%. …

Depression and other psychological diseases also increased since 1997. The number of suicide attempts among young people has increased by 30% between 1998 and 2001.

… In Stockholm the new prostate cancer cases suddenly start to increase from 1997 while the number of performed PSA tests has been steadily increasing in the whole country since 1990. …

The number of people severely injured in traffic accidents in Stockholm County has been increasing strongly since 1997. … in Stockholm, where the number of seriously injured people has increased from 400 in 1996 to an estimated 1200 in 2004. … we looked at the number of people in Stockholm injured in traffic accidents involving bus drivers. It turned out that the same trend is seen here: the number of injured people has increased from less than 150 in 1997 to 250 in 2003. … According to statistics from Statistics Sweden (SCB) small companies are in general healthier than large companies. This picture has been unchanged since 1998. The data show that companies with more than 50 employees are twice as sick as small companies.


… From that we were able to state that health-related measures in Sweden by 2002 in average have degraded by a factor of 2.2 since 1997.

So, what happened in 1997?

In August 1997 the first digital TV transmitter was launched. This autumn the first `hot-spots' for mobile connection to the Internet were also introduced to serve travelling executives in hotels, train stations, airports, some petrol stations, etc. But the real big thing that came into practical use by the whole population was the introduction of the dual-band mobile system. The reason was that the number of available connections in cities was too small for the rapidly increasing demand. GSM 1800 offered many more connections in crowded cities and solved the problem. In Sweden, Telia AB got permission to start 1800MHz transmission by the Post and Telecom Agency ( http://www.pts.se ) in 1996. The first lab tests were done late 1996 and the first public trials started in the spring 1997. In the summer of 1997 relaxed regulations were issued regarding the erection of small transmitter antennas needed for GSM 1800 and a major building programme was launched from the autumn of 1997.

In 1997 many large companies introduced wireless office phone systems. One such is called GSM-in-Office and operates at 900 MHz. This made it necessary to install a number of small transmitters in office buildings, corridors and even in the office work area. The employees had to use the mobile phone for all calls, in many cases for long calls. So, from 1997 many employees became exposed to microwave radiation during all work hours from small base stations, in addition to stronger radiation from their handsets during all their calls. Smaller companies did not introduce this type of office system. Smaller companies also have better health records in general as reported by the SCB ( http://www.scb.se/ ) and mentioned before. … All this data led to the suspicion that the degraded health in Sweden might be related to the sudden exposure to microwave radiation at 1800MHz. Detailed information about the number of subscribers and average speech time per subscriber and year was obtained from the Post and Telecom Agency. … The number of spoken minutes using GSM 900/1800MHz phone has now accumulated to 50 x10e9 min in Sweden or about 100 000 years of mobile phone conversation.

We have noticed that the increase in the number of longterm sick people also fits very well with the annual length of GSM speech time. The number of traffic-injured people in Stockholm follows a similar pattern. …

Radiation from handsets or from towers? …

Even if a specific disease happens to show a trend-break the same year as the GSM 1800 system was rolled out, there does not need to be a connection. But if the disease also has a statistically significant correlation with the output power from the phones, one should start searching for possible links. … [LOOK]

Short- and long-term sicknesses show a clear trend change during the autumn of 1997 and a very strong correlation (R2=0.82; P<0.000001) to the average output power from mobile phones in the different counties.

Deaths due to external causes (accidents, murder, suicide, etc.) started to increase after 1997 and show a strong correlation (R2=0.51; P=0.00026) to the average output power from mobile phones in the different counties.

Workplace-related injuries and sickness started to increase in 1997 and they show a strong correlation (R2=0.63 and 0.37, respectively) to the average output power from mobile phones in the different counties.

Prostate cancer among men 50–59 years of age started to increase from the autumn in 1997. However, there is no positive correlation between prostate cancer and the output power from mobile phones (r=–0.46). Instead, this disease has increased mostly in the large city counties of Sweden. Here we have found a possible link to the rollout of the digital TV network in Sweden (Hallberg and Johansson, 2004).

The recovery time after breast or heart surgery operation has increased since 1997. In both cases there is also a noticeable correlation (R2=0.26; P=0.017 and R2=0.25; P=0.020 respectively) to the average output power from mobile phones in the different counties. Deaths due to diseases in the nervous system started to increase drastically in 1997. There is also here a noticeable correlation (R2=0.37; P=0.0024) with the average output power from mobile phones in the different counties. The most noticeable trend is the increasing number of deaths from Alzheimer's disease. No correlation was found for another neuralgic disease, ALS (R2=0.0072; P=0.71). [ALZHEIMERS DISEASE, TRANSMITTERS ARE ON ELDERLY HOMES]

In conclusion, we note that 1997 was a very curious year in that a large number of health-related measures suddenly started to indicate a fast degradation in the health of the Swedish population. Several health characteristics and diseases seem to correlate with the Swedish introduction of the GSM 1800MHz system both in time and place. We urge responsible authorities to start an independent enquiry and to assign a scientific task force on a national basis to investigate possible consequences of the results presented here. All health-related data are available at official national registries.

Showing wholesale health effects since introduction of many wireless technologies in Sweden in 1997 (digital tv, dual band mobile, internet wireless hotspots). Not yet replicated. Illness effects reminiscent of electrosensitivity plus fatalities, it's a pretty bad look. '1997 - A curious year in Sweden' Orjan Hallberg and Olle Johansson European Journal of Cancer Prevention 2004, 13:535-538.

* health effects of mobile phones:

Pathol Biol (Paris). 2005 Mar;53(2):88-91. Some ocular symptoms and sensations experienced by long term users of mobile phones. Saudi Med J. 2004 Jun;25(6):732-6. Association of mobile phone radiation with fatigue, headache, dizziness, tension and sleep disturbance in Saudi population. (Text at http://omega.twoday.net/stories/296447/ ) Many government departments have the reports of headaches, concentration disturbances etc. They are well accepted to be due to phone and not say the conversation.

* Buergwelle ( http://www.buergerwelle.de ) contains too many reports of illness under towers and from tetra (UK police mobile phone system) resembling electrosensitivity and Russian microwave illness, as well as nosebleeds and epilepsy, to poke a stick at. Unfortunately not enough reports well enough scrutinized, while some are.

* Russian research that started it: Russians published numerous papers. For summary, see http://www.emfacts.com/weblog/?p=57 . The Russian picture is similar to CFS with mainly heart and brain effects that become permanent after 5 years. This corresponds with permanent irritability in phone tower studies after 5 years, and all the new references on heart problems from EMR.

* Skin problems: Numerous articles by Johansson, current articles of 'skin allergies': Allergy 2005: 60:838-839 Microwave radiation from cellular phones increases allergen- specific IgE production. Many more.

* 'allergic' type colds, runny noses, from mobiles, computers appear to possibly be caused by the now established effects of radiation on nitric oxide in body. Don't understand it, but these two papers have chemicals that go off when people have an allergic cold. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 May;132(5):713-6. Nitric oxide level in the nasal and sinus mucosa after exposure to electromagnetic field. These skin and runny nose problems are related to the term 'electroallergy', which is probably an accurate term.

* obviously microwave hearing (many studies on this, it is established, may be related to tinnitus in electrosensitivity, maybe not).

* Swedish studies on electrosensitivity: provocation studies have been poorly carried out and conflicting. Two studies at a conference claim a link of es to dental amalgams, and another study shows prevalence of dust as a cofactor in es at computer terminals. Sorry too sleepy to finish them.

* Interesting studies showing health effects around the north pole, called 'magnetosensitivity', where the magnetic field is different (increased) and there are lots of military radars, and magnetic storms are noted. Some connections with heart conditions, 65% of population claimed to be magnetic sensitive there. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2001 Nov;60(4):516-24. The heliogeophysical aspects of circumpolar health. Trofimov AV.

Future pressure will result in better studies, but we can't wait for scientists. Hope these could be of some use for electrosensitivity discussions with regulators.

Rowan Campbell


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