This is a very interesting question, and one that is steeped in a lot
of controversy. There's been a lot of public outcry against having
these transmitter masts in populated areas because of the perceived
dangers. But the problem is, there's no *real* proof that these
perceived dangers are real and at a level that should be feared.
I myself believe that these dangers of radiation from mobile phone
transmitter stations negligible at this time. No definite conclusion
has really been made up to now on how dangerous of mobile phone
equipment is, and there is a lot of disagreement and controversy yet
on this issue. Well, you certainly you don't have to worry about
mobile phones making gas stations explode (unless the phone were a
disguised detonator, but that's James Bond movie stuff). I believe
these fears about mobile phone radiation are based on exaggerations of
facts and scientific findings, and the result was a health scare.
Whatever "proof" there may be that proximity to mobile transmitters is
dangers is always inconclusive at this time, and authorities are
constantly saying that radiation emmission levels from these apparati
are still at acceptable levels.
Here is a collection of sites that try to allay fears about mobile
phones and transmitters:
Mobile Phone Masts:
Are they a threat to health?
The Dangers of Radiation from Mobile Phone Masts
- Says that the power used by a mobile phone mast is only slightly
less than that of a single phone.
How EMF's, Mobile Phones and their transmission Masts DO affect our health
Compiled by Steve Gamble
- Here is a more detailed article on effects of cell phone radiation
on the body, though I find this article a bit biased toward the
anti-mobile phone side.
Mobile phone radiation evidence "inconclusive" - January 14, 2004
University of Bath - Public Relations - Press releases
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Mobile masts 'not harmful' - January 15, 2004
Darlington - Mobile phone masts
FADER - Mobile phone mast radiation health - Dr Hyland report, Nov. 2000
Are radio masts in schools a health risk?
These are websites collecting opinions and events about the
anti-mobile phone/mast movement:
AET Buyers Guide 2003/2004: ARTICLE - Safety in the Vicinity of High
Frequency Roof Antennas
By Alexander Scharpf, Narda Safety Test Solutions
- An article that just gives safety guides on mobile transmitter setup.
ZDNet UK - News - Mobile mast attacks raise vigilante concerns
Graeme Wearden, Dec. 1, 2003
- Here's a case where residents of a town, fearing the dangers of a
mobile mast, destroyed it themselves.
Friends of the Earth Scotland - Press Releases
Mobile Phone masts in Kirkby, a gamble on our health?
Mobile Phone Radiation Health Report
Mobile Phone Masts: safe or not? - 14 February 2002
Mobile Phone Masts in Church spires and towers - August 2002
- In this article, mobile masts placed on churches becomes a big issue.
Other links to cell phone radiation articles:
Mobile phone radiation - health scare from radiation received by mobile phone users
Mobile phone hazards for journalists. www.HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk
Health Hazards Hanging On Cell Phones
All about mobile phone radiation | zee.co.uk
However, in case your friend might feel ill sometimes, he should
consult the doctor first before blaming everything on the mobile
transmitter. I sometimes feel that these mobile transmitters are
becoming scapegoats for the negligence and bad habits of humans. But I
also think the authorities do not assure that the mobile phone
apparati are risk-free. It's just that the risks are negligible and
not that high.
Google Search terms used:
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mobile mast dangers
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I hope this has been a most helpful answer. If you need anything else,
or have a problem with the answer, do please post a Request for
Clarification before rating and I shall respond as soon as I can.