Nearly 200 scientists submitted an appeal to the United Nations (UN) on Monday (11 May), to request the UN to adopt guidelines to protect against the electromagnetic radiation that are emitted from mobile phones, laptops, tablets and other wireless devices.
Said spokesperson, Martin Blank, PhD, of Columbia University: “They are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely,”
“Cell towers are blanketing our neighbourhoods with radiation. It’s particularly frightening that radiation from our telecommunication and power line technology is damaging the DNA in our cells. It is clear to many biologists that this can account for the rising cancer rates.”
According to International Business Times, scientists say that the constant electromagnetic radiation from communication towers could lead to cancer and also cause neurological, cardiac and respiratory disorders.
“As cell biologists, we can understand what the cells are saying and it’s quite clear,” said Blank.
“But when you have physicists and engineers and politicians and industrial people who are sitting and making these decisions as to what is safe, we’re getting into a situation where it’s more and more of this radiation in our environment with no apparent control. And the levels are so high, that we’re getting the biological reactions and the problems, the medical problems, that are beginning to afflict people in larger numbers.”
Blank said that the increase in obesity, autism and still births may be associated with electromagnetic radiation in the environment. His suggestion for curbing wireless usage was to turn off cell phones and wireless devices when not in use.
The International EMF Scientist Appeal asked the UN, its member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide leadership in limiting electromagnetic radiation exposure and to educate the public about its health risks.
The International EMF Scientist Appeal was signed by over 190 scientists from 38 nations, who cumulatively have published more than 2000 peer-reviewed research papers on the effects of electromagnetic fields.