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Have Cell-Phone Companies Become the Tobacco Industry of the Twenty-First Century?

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I accuse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the telecommunications industry, and some apartment and office-building owners of crimes against humanity.

When I saw the crane go up on my building about two and a half years ago, I knew that the landlord was having cell-phone antennas installed on the sides and roof of the building. I also knew that he was being paid monthly rent by a wireless company to do so. I did not know the amount he would be paid, as, to this day, the public is not privy to that information. Nevertheless, it is estimated that building owners receive between one and two thousand dollars per month for each three antennas (they work in groups of three to receive and transmit cell-phone signals) and most owners have at least six, three on each side of the building. What I didn't know was that the antennas could cause serious health, and even life-threatening, problems. The industry has done a fantastic job of suppressing all the evidence that is emerging about the dangers of their products. I spoke about this issue to lots of very bright and well-informed people, most of whom responded, "I had no idea."

Recently, a few of my fellow tenants who reside on the top floor began experiencing the following chronic and unrelenting symptoms: uninterrupted and severe headaches, hair loss, some thyroid dysfunction, as well as some cognitive decline and fatigue. No one ever complained about anything like that prior to the placement of those aesthetic monstrosities. Indeed, if the folks in closest proximity to the antennas were experiencing symptoms, couldn't those of us who were still symptom-free be affected as well.? After all, we are all being exposed to whatever radiation is being emitted 24/7, and often disease manifests itself many years after initial exposures.

Not only that, but a lovely 11-year- old dog developed cancer and had to be put to sleep. She, too, resided on the top floor. Could the cell-phone antennas have caused or exacerbated her cancer? It's hard to know for sure, but the evidence indicates that humans and animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and sheep, are also harmed by the electromagnetic radiation not only from cell-phone antennas and towers, but also from other wireless technology, including wi-fi, cell phones, laptops, cordless phones, routers, and baby monitors.

There are far too many cell-phone antennas on rooftops in New York City. I discovered that within a three-mile radius of my apartment building there are 745 antennas. No, that's not a typo.

Alarmed, I decided to investigate the research regarding effec ts of cell-phone antennas on human health. Of course the cell-phone companies deny any adverse health effects, as does the American Cancer Society, which I consider to be a cancer-causing agency.*

All other independent scientists and epidemiological throughout the world, whose research has not been funded and therefore corrupted by the telecommunications industry or the military, have found the opposite to be true.


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Susan Lippman is a semi-retired, multilingual social worker and longtime political activist. She has been a staunch tenant advocate, and most recently she has been actively involved with Occupy Queens. Susan has written many folksongs, some (more...)
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