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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 5, March 2005

Experts believe cell-phone antennas pose danger

Two experts in the field of environmental medicine believe that placing cell-phone antennas near schools is too risky. Magda Havas, a professor at Trent University in Ontario, cites studies that show people living within 300 metres of mobile-phone base stations have a cluster of symptoms now referred to as electrical hypersensitivity. She points out that this is a very real phenomenon and is recognized as such by the World Health Organization. She cautions that the adverse effects and possible lawsuits are not worth the price of situating them near schools.

Gerd Oberfield, a public-health officer from Salzburg, points out that three different epidemiological studies completed within the last few years all found a statistically significant relationship between exposure to radiation and ill-health effects. Another recent European research project showed that cells exposed to cell-phone radiation exhibited chromosomal damage well below the exposure guidelines of the World Health Organization.

In light of this compelling evidence, Oberfield suggests that cell towers should not be placed near schools.

Source: "Putting cell phone antennas near schools is too risky." Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2004.

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