By B.N. Frank
Most would agree that firefighters are some of the bravest among us. That’s why it’s noteworthy that the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has opposed the use of their stations for cell towers and antennas since 2004. Their website has many pages of research that they reference to support this opposition. Some of it was conducted on firefighters.
**Note: A pilot study was conducted in 2004 of six California fire fighters working and sleeping in stations with towers. The study, conducted by Gunnar Heuser, M.D., PhD. of Agoura Hills, CA, focused on neurological symptoms of six fire fighters who had been working for up to five years in stations with cell towers. Those symptoms included slowed reaction time, lack of focus, lack of impulse control, severe headaches, anesthesia-like sleep, sleep deprivation, depression, and tremors. Dr. Heuser used functional brain scans – SPECT scans – to assess any changes in the brains of the six fire fighters as compared to healthy brains of men of the same age. Computerized psychological testing known as TOVA was used to study reaction time, impulse control, and attention span. The SPECT scans revealed a pattern of abnormal change which was concentrated over a wider area than would normally be seen in brains of individuals exposed to toxic inhalation, as might be expected from fighting fires. Dr. Heuser concluded the only plausible explanation at this time would be RF radiation exposure. Additionally, the TOVA testing revealed among the six fire fighters delayed reaction time, lack of impulse control, and difficulty in maintaining mental focus.
Thanks to Scientists 4 Wired Tech for thoroughly documenting what has been happening to residents in Sebastopol, CA after a Macro cell tower was installed 250 to 500 feet from their homes (scroll down to middle of page).
Increased sickness experienced by those living and working near cell towers and other wireless and electrical infrastructure is nothing new. Activist Virginia Farver’s son died from brain cancer in 2008. He was living in a college dorm near a cell tower when he was diagnosed. Many others didn’t fare well at that location either.
For 20 years now, insurance companies have refused to cover wireless radiation exposure risk. U.S. guidelines, testing and legislation regarding wireless devices and infrastructure are 20+ years old. They didn’t protect us much then and obviously more devices and infrastructure have been introduced since. The U.S. government is supposed to protect the public and the environment from Big Tech. Every day their refusal to act on our behalf becomes more ridiculous and heartbreaking.
For more information, visit the following websites:
- Wireless Information Network
- Americans for Responsible Technology
- Center For Safer Wireless
- Center For Electrosmog Prevention
- Citizens for Safe Technology
- Ecological Options Network
- EMF Safety Network
- Environmental Health Trust
- Generation Zapped
- In Power Movement
- My Street, My Choice
- National Association for Children and Safe Technology
- Our Town Our Choice
- Parents for Safe Technology
- Physicians for Safe Technology
- Scientists for Wired Tech
- Take Back Your Power
- We Are The Evidence
- Wireless Right to Know