Local doctor warns council of cell phone tower dangers

ENCINITAS — Solana Beach-based doctor Dan Harper, MD, warned City Council on July 21 of the dangers associated with radio frequencies and cell phone towers.
“Radio frequencies are causing tremendous damage to our environment,” he said. “There are over 2,000 scientific reports that show harm to plants and animals.”
Harper noted that radio frequencies are a suspected cause of autism and a number of cancers. He believes that if people are increasingly exposed to these frequencies, “we are headed toward an epidemic” of wireless transmission-related diseases.
He urged the council to reconsider a decision allowing cell phone towers in the community, as well as create safe havens in public places where residents sensitive to radio frequencies can escape wireless Internet networks and cell phone usage.
“We’ve got to do something,” Harper said. “You’re letting this thing affect everyone.”
Harper recently sat down with the Coast News to further discuss this health issue. Read the full story in a future issue of The Coast News.

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  1. R.U. Kiddinme says:

    To Dr. Harper’s assertion that “There are over 2,000 scientific reports that show harm to plants and animals,” I say, "Name three."
    How, as a scientist, can he even make such a statement with a straight face? Go to the web sites of the World Health Organization, the National Cancer Institute or the American Cancer Society if you don’t trust the EPA or the National Institutes for Health. Frankly, electromagnetic waves of all frequencies permeate the universe. Guess what rainbows are made of? Guess what the old fashioned steam radiators put out to keep people from freezing to death in the winter?
    Dr. Harper’s bio claims his practice consists of "dealing mostly with chronic diseases that modern medicine has no therapies for." So what does he use for his therapy if not modern medicine? Is this really the best expert the Coast News could locate?
    Cell phones save lives. Ask the fire chief. Personally, I’d rather be sure my OnStar system is going to get through. And frankly, I like listening to the radio and watching tv. Last time I checked, they used radio frequencies too. What’s the power output of your local station? KNSB puts out over 350,000 watts. The typical cell phone tower puts out under 100 watts and often much less than that.
    What, exactly is Dr. Harper’s agenda?

  2. Tom Munnecke says:

    Here is a list of 30 peer-reviewed professional articles refuting Dr. Harper’s outrageous claims: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones
    and this is from cancer.org:
    http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/OtherCarcinogens/AtHome/cellular-phone-towers
    "Very few human studies have focused specifically on cellular phone towers and cancer risk. In the largest study published to date, British researchers compared a group of more than 1,000 families of young children with cancer against a similar group of families of children without cancer. They found no link between a mother’s exposure to the towers during pregnancy (based on the distance from the home to the nearest tower and on the amount of energy given off by nearby towers) and the risk of early childhood cancer.
    The amount of exposure from living near a cell phone tower is typically many times lower than the exposure from using a cell phone. About 30 studies have looked at possible links between cell phone use and tumors in people. Most studies to date have not found a link between cell phone use and the development of tumors, although these studies have had some important limitations."
    As usual, conspiracy theorists are free to make whatever outlandish claims they wish, but science is constrained by rationality and experimentation. All the attention goes to the crackpot claims, but the refutations are ignored.

  3. David Ehm says:

    There is more and more discussion about the health effects of wireless technology and non-ionizing radiation. Even the American media can’t stop the snowballing of one study after another that confirms the devastating health and environmental problems we will soon be facing if something isn’t done to reel in this nightmare. Enough is not being done by cities, counties, states and the Federal Government. What is being done is everything to shield the telecoms from responsibility and liability. Initially cell phones were released with no pre-market safety testing. Health studies were suppressed and the 4 trillion dollar a year industry was given a pass with no consideration of the carnage that is and will be facing us. It is said that city governments are "not allowed" to discuss health issues when licensing the placement of towers. They should anyway. Is it not the moral and legal obligation of our governments to look after and protect our health and welfare?? When did this become an obsolete concept?
    On it’s face, the 1996 telecommunications act is unconstitutional, a cover-up and a license to kill. A cell tower is a microwave weapon capable of causing cancer, genetic damage and a host of other very serious health problems. The telecoms are shielded from "health concerns" as a valid consideration when challenging the location of a cell tower. Free speech? We don’t use it anyway. "Health Concerns" why? What do they know and when did they know it? The Government and the Military have known for over 50 years that radio frequency is harmful to all biological systems. Bees, bats, humans, plants and trees are all affected by it. While people complain about cell towers going in next to schools we allow the school board to install wi fi in all the schools and irradiate our kids for 6-7 hours each day before they go home and let their parents finish the job with DECT portable phones, wi fi and Wii’s. A tsunami of cancers and early alzheimer’s await our kids while the School Board won’t even consider adding to the health curriculum information on "safer" cell phone use and the dangers of wireless technology. We teach about alcohol, tobacco, drugs and safe sex but not about cell phone use. Young people under the age of 20 are 420% more at risk of forming brain tumors because of their soft skulls, brain size and cell turn over time. We are in a wireless trance and many scientists are in a state of panic as they see this thing expand with no safety testing or public education programs in place. more info: http://www.wirelesswatchblog.com

  4. From Japan says:

    There are reports of population health around mobile phone base stations in Japan. Japanese "Okinawa Medical Association" has published a summary of the newsletter.

    google translate
    http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http://www.okinawa.med.or.jp/activities/kaiho/kaiho_data/2010/201001/062.html&sl=ja&tl=en

    Original(Japanese)
    http://www.okinawa.med.or.jp/activities/kaiho/kaiho_data/2010/201001/062.html

  5. From Japan says:

    There are reports of health hazard around mobile phone base stations in Japan. Japanese "Okinawa Medical Association" has published a summary of the newsletter.

    google translate
    http://translate.google.com/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http://www.okinawa.med.or.jp/activities/kaiho/kaiho_data/2010/201001/062.html&sl=ja&tl=en

    Original(Japanese)
    http://www.okinawa.med.or.jp/activities/kaiho/kaiho_data/2010/201001/062.html

  6. Ken Stringham - AE1X says:

    I am a radio amateur with over 38 years of experience. I have used radios with sufficient power to cause all kinds of damage, yet I have none of the problems that have been suggested accompany the use of this equipment. I know plenty of other amateurs that have used radios for even longer periods in their lives. If there were such an issue wouldn’t we have a more significant level of cancer in our community?
    Look, this type of radiation is regulated by the FCC and their exclusive domain. I understand the need for regulations that place this type of commercial equipment into appropriate commercial locals and the need for appropriate regulations of towers to insure public safety based on sound engineering principles, but the emotion driven regulations being proposed and enacted by local governments is not good public policy. You should be taking advantage of the decades of wireless experience resident with the FCC.
    Ken – AE1X

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