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Bangalore: If cell phones are considered as trouble makers causing severe health problems, then a recent report just adds to the trouble heap. As per a recent global report on health risks from exposure to wireless technology radiation, India’s allowed limit for radiation levels from mobile phone towers is 900 times higher than the safe limit of 0.5 milliwatts per square metre, reported Reetika Subramaniam for Hindustan Times.
The report is prepared by 29 independent scientists and health experts from 10 nations which include India, Italy, Sweden, U.S. and Russia. The first edition of the report was released and first published in 2007.

India has lowered the radiation emission limits from mobile phone towers from 4500 milliwatts per square metre to 450 in September 2012, as stated by the report. Even then the levels are very high causing threats to health and well being. The biological effect of the bio-effect of radiation when it touches between 0.03 and 0.5 milliwatts per square metre has been indicated by at least five new studies. The report informed about the ill effects of these radiations and states, “Researchers report headaches, concentration and behavioural problems in children; sleep disturbances, headaches and concentration issues in adults,” as reported by Hindustan Times.It further said, “Essentially, body processes can eventually be disabled by incessant external stresses and lead to pervasive impairment of metabolic and reproductive functions.”

The co-editor of the report, Cindy Sage said, “Human sperms are damaged by cellphone radiation at very low intensities. There is a veritable flood of new studies reporting sperm damage in humans and animals, leading to substantial concerns for fertility, reproduction and health of the offspring. Exposure levels are similar to those resulting from wearing a cellphone on the belt or in the pant pocket or using a wireless laptop computer on the lap,” as reported by Hindustan Times.

The MD at Orebro University Lennart Hardell, who contributed in the study informed about the consistent pattern of advance risk involved for brain tumour and a slow growing tumour of the nerve, connected to ear and brain related to mobiles and cordless phones usage. He also said, “The existing public safety limits and reference levels are not adequate to protect public health.”The chief of cardiovascular sciences at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Dr Ashok Seth informed that he has warned his patients with cardiac implants to use mobile phones with caution. He further said, “We cannot and must not wait for the final conclusive data.”

Dr J D Mukherjee, director, neurology at Max Hospital said “We get patients complaining about a tingling sensation in the head and numbness due to excessive use of phones. But brain tumour cases cannot be related to radiation from phones or cellular towers without a proper study,” as reported by Hindustan Times.

The ‘bio-effect’ as stated by the report can happen in first few minutes of cell and cordless phone used at the hazardous levels mentioned. It can also occur after just minutes of exposure to mobile masts or cell towers. Infants, children, elderly, those with pre-existing chronic diseases are labeled as the 'sensitive population' who should avoid high exposure to these radiations. The safety standards are also too high to protect even the healthy population, informed the report.

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