Warns Irish Mobile Phone Masts Unsafe
Journalists: Dan Buckley and Tom Prendeville
February 09, 2006
of the world's leading experts in mobile phone technology has warned
that the radiation output from Irish phone masts is at least 100 times
too high for safety.
His warning comes as new research reveals that long-term use of mobile phones poses an increased risk of brain cancer.
to Dr David Aldridge, a scientist who has worked developing microwave
technology for the US Government, the international 'safety' limits
which Ireland adheres to are out of date and totally flawed.
is happening is that the external signals (from mobile phones) are
swamping the body's natural internal signals," he said.
This can lead to cancers and a whole range of other serious medical disorders, particularly among children, he said.
cell to microwaves from a mast or phone and it interferes with the cell
repair process. In the case of young children, the rate of cells
dividing in half to form new ones is so fast that you end up with a
vast number of what we call mis-repairs."
According to Dr Aldridge, the current international safety standards are over 50 years old and obsolete.
a new study into the risks associated with using mobile phones has
found an increased risk of brain tumours in people who have used them
for 10 years or more.
The study, by German researchers, found
an increased risk of glioma, an often deadly brain cancer, in people
who had used mobile phones for over a decade.
similar study in Britain appears to contradict these findings and
concludes that there is no proof that long-term mobile phone use can
Both studies are part of the 13-nation
Interphone Study, an effort sanctioned by the World Health Organisation
(WHO) to assess possible health risks from the radiation emitted by
The German study, conducted by Joachim Schuz
and colleagues at the University of Mainz, compared a group of 749
brain tumour patients with 1,494 similar people who had not used mobile
phones and found a doubling of the risk of glioma after 10 years of
They said the number of people in the study who had used
the phones for 10 years was small and the findings need to be confirmed
by other studies.
This same 10-year threshold has previously
been reported for acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour of the acoustic
nerve, by two Swedish teams.
"This result is very difficult to interpret," said Dr Schuz.
"I can only say that it's still an open question whether there is a tumour risk for more than 10 years of use."
The British researchers found no overall increased risk in people who used mobile phones.
it revealed a significantly increased risk for tumours that developed
on the same side of the head where patients said they most often held
the phone, lead researcher Patricia McKinney, an epidemiologist at the
Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics, said that the
finding probably was due to many patients not accurately recalling
which ear they had used most.
The Swedish study, conducted by
researchers at the Karolinska Institute, found an increased risk for a
non-cancerous brain tumour called acoustic neuroma after 10 years of
mobile phone use.
Mobile phones: Do's and don'ts
Keep mobile phone conversations short.
Consider using a text message or picture message as an alternative.
Don't hold the phone to your head when you can use a hands-free kit.
Limit the amount of time that children use mobile phones.