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Cover Story - December 17, 2010

Are the towers a health hazard?

Experts cannot agree if there has been adequate research on the effects of radio-frequency emissions

One of the greatest reasons for opposing cell-phone towers is the perception that radio-frequency (RF) emissions cause health effects, particularly cancers. But several experts said there is no consensus on whether there is sufficient research on the effects of cell-tower emissions or what the research proves.

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Posted by Stephen
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 17, 2010 at 2:06 pm


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Posted by closer to your head
a resident of Addison School
on Dec 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

A handheld cell phone is a lot closer to your brain than a tower. Your risk is much greater from something that is closer to your body. If you want to minimize your risk, then do not carry a cell phone (i.e. personal radiation transmitter) with you. Sure, a tower has a stronger signal, but it is so much farther away from your head that the effect on your body is less than a cell phone handset.

And I'm not even going to get into those Bluetooth earpiece transmitters that people wear attached to their head all the time.

People that whine about towers are looking in the wrong direction for the risks. Most of them are just using radiation as a smoke screen. They really don't want the towers because they are ugly, not because they are dangerous.

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Posted by bill
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm

If our uneducated citizens had payed attention during their high school or college science classes, they wouldn't swallow the unfounded statements of ignorant people. Knowledge of basic scientific principles should have stopped the hysterical rants long ago. We get more radiation from cell phones and other common sources in our environment than from the transmitters on the towers.

But "don't bother me with the facts" seems to be the cry today. Seeking information from the internet is so easy today, people should try it.

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Posted by Jerry Schwarz
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Epidemiological studies of this question are difficult and it isn't surprising that as discussed in this article they haven't been able to completely rule out the possibility of cell phones causing cancer. Controlled experimentation is impossible.

But we shouldn't ignore the basic science. It is extremely implausible that cell phone signals, either from the phones themselves or cell towers could cause anything other than small heating of tissue. At the relevant levels this heating is insignificant. See Web Link for further details.

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Posted by WHat a joke
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

Tru Love and her husband, Stephen Stuart are fanning the flames of hysteria with their unfounded and unproven diatribes against cell towers. Unfortunately they are not interested in the facts. I hope they enjoy their 15 minutes of fame in Palo Alto.
By the way do Tru Love and her husband, Stephen Stuart use cell phones? Do they have a TV and a microwave oven in their home?

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Posted by Lois
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

I presume the family that is protecting the children at Palo Verde elementary school from cell towers will not be sending their kids to JLS.

Mitchell Park already has three cell towers and at least one more is proposed for the Little League field. Therefore, attending JLS or visiting the new library/community center presently being built will be too close to radiation from the cell towers!!!!

Palo Alto is full of cell towers and there are going to be many more. Perhaps they should move to the country and live with land lines only.

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Posted by Jarod Barkley
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Dec 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

To all those who are concerned about radiation exposure from cell towers.
Regarding personal protective mearsures, I did some research on the subject and was pleased to learn that the tradtional tin foil cap does actually deflect radiation. Alternatively,for the fashion conscious,try using metalic screen door mesh inside your hat[or cap]it actually deflects cell waves as effectively as foil.

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Posted by Dumb
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

Very soon every house in Palo Alto will be transmitting data for billing from their electrical and gas meters to City Hall. Will this cause radiation blindness?

Ooopps, and our rates are sure to go up too!!!!

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