There’s one big difference between cell phones and cell towers.
You can choose not to have a cell phone at all. And if you do have one you can switch it off whenever you like.
But if a cell phone tower pops up next to your home, this is a different story. Cell towers emit radio frequency radiation, a form of electromagnetic field (EMF). These EMFs can’t be seen and can’t be heard but these exposures are linked to many diseases.
Cell Tower Radiation Symptoms
Cell phone tower radiation exposures are linked to many different symptoms, these include:
- Low sperm count
- Immune system deficiencies
- Concentration difficulties
- Joint problems
- Skin complaints
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Auditory system Disturbances
- Visual problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
For a comprehensive list of symptoms resulting from cell phone tower type radiation exposures see my previous article.
Research On Cell Phone Tower Radiation Health Risks
In a 2003 study conducted in France it was found that people living within 300 meters of cell phone antennas reported various health complaints including, “fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, difficulty concentrating, depression, memory loss, visual disruptions, irritability, hearing disruptions, skin problems, cardiovascular disorder and dizziness”.
A study carried out in Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s third largest city, found that over 80 percent of people who succumbed to certain types of cancer resided a third of a mile away from one of the hundreds of cell phone antennae that populate the city. The study established a link between over 7000 cancer deaths and cell phone tower radiation exposures.
A study carried out in San Francisco to investigate if the risk of cancer was associated with the distance from the Surto cell phone tower found that the cancer risk increased 10 fold for residents who lived less than 2kms from the tower. There was also found to be 2 fold increase in cancer risk for people living 6kms away from the cell tower.
In Germany, a study was conducted to assess the cancer risk for residents who lived near the Naila cell tower. The study found that after 6-10 years of exposure there was a 3 fold increase in the cancer risk for residents who lived less than 400 meters from the tower. For people who lived more than 400 meters away from the tower, there was no marked increase in cancer risk.
If you are still in doubt about the potential dangers of cell tower radiation, read this article. For a PDF print out of cell phone tower dangers see this page.
I have also written another article which outlines the link between cell tower radiation and cancer.
But before you get overly concerned about the dangers of your nearest cell phone tower, you first need to put your own house in order. There is no point going to great lengths and great expense with all sorts of elaborate shielding if inside your home you have not already minimized/eradicated the other EMF radiation sources. Use my electromagnetic radiation exposure questionnaire to identify the sources of EMFs in your home.
7 Tips On How To Protect Your Home From RF Radiation
N.B. This procedure also applies if you want to protect yourself from any external form of RF radiation, be it from a cell tower, neighbors WiFi, a smart meter, etc,.
1. Do You Need To Take Action?
The starting point is to establish whether you need to take action. Firstly you need to ascertain just how close the nearest cell phone tower is, if you are in the US you can use AntennaSearch to see where the nearest cell phone tower is in your area (in the UK see the Mast Database). If the nearest cell phone tower is more than half a mile away then you should be able to sleep easy. There are no hard and fast rules on this, it depends on the power output of the cell phone tower in question and the position and nature of the antenna’s – whether they are directional or not. As a rule of thumb if the cell phone tower is within 500 m and you can see the antennas from your home, then it’s wise to investigate further.
2. Get Some Reliable EMF Readings
You MUST get some reliable readings to ascertain the dangers. If you don’t, it’s all guesswork. You can’t hope to deal with your EMF exposures on the basis of guesswork. You could call a qualified EMF consultant to come to your house and give you some readings. But buying your own EMF makes more sense in the long run. The advantage is if you buy the meter , you can use it over and over again – which you need to do because EMF exposures are changing constantly. Also economically it makes more sense. Often one consultation will cost you about the same price as buying the meter. I recommend the Cornet ED88T for this job – its perfectly suited to measuring RF radiation emitted by cell towers and easy to use.
3. Shielding Your Home
Once you’ve got some EMF readings then you can decide what to shield. Shielding your whole house is just not going to be feasible and will in any case be fairly pointless. Instead you need to focus your attention on the room where you spend most of your time and your bedroom. If you spend most of your time in your kitchen then you would be looking to shield your kitchen and shield your bedroom, unless you live in such a big house that the bedroom has negligible readings. Again what can be qualified as a high reading is very subjective and above all depends on your own sensitivity.
4. Shielding Your Bedroom
You can effectively shield your bed with a Faraday bed canopy. This is the easiest and the most effective but not necessarily the cheapest solution of shielding your bed from RF radiation. The EMF Faraday canopy is an ultra-fine metal composite mesh which works along the same principles as a mosquito net. Instead of keeping out the mosquitoes it keeps out RF radiation. This kind of shielding can offer over 99% shielding performance.
If you want the freedom of being able to have the run of your bedroom and still be protected then shielding the walls and windows will be a better solution.
5. Shielding Your Windows
Your windows are a weak spot and generally provide the least protection from EMFs. Which is why your windows are a good place to start shielding your room, readings from your EMF meter will confirm this. The good news is that windows are easy to shield using a special window film. You can buy Scotchtint in a roll, cut it to size, peel off the backing, moisten and stick it to your window. It can also save on your heating bill.
6. Shielding Paint
Stop cell tower radiation penetrating your bedroom through an outside wall with a high frequency EMF shielding paint. Yshield paint is the ideal choice. It’s a water-based paint, free of toxic solvents. I’ve found it easy to apply and very effective. It can be used on walls, ceilings, doors. It adheres well to cement, plaster, polystyrene and most building materials. It can be used inside as well as out but generally you’re better using it on your interior where it’ll not be exposed to the elements.
7. Cheaper EMF Shielding
Insulating aluminum foil is a cheaper solution. For internal walls, which unlike external walls don’t need to breathe, insulating aluminum foil as used in the building industry, can be used. You can stick this to the walls using wallpaper paste (careful to not use wallpaper paste with antifungals) and then just paper over the top. (some people claim cooking foil is adequate but my tests do not support this).
There are many other materials that can be used to shield against RF radiation from cell towers and smart meters and the like; generally the more dense a material is the more effectively it shields. Lead for instance is very effective (its used around x-ray machines) but its difficult to use and is classified as a possible carcinogen.
To ground or not to ground your EMF shielding? This is something that you need to test. Grounding will usually be beneficial but there are instances where electrical fields can be higher after grounding than before. A ground kit is an easy way of grounding shielding paint. For instructions on grounding click here.
Shielding your home from RF radiation boils down to building a conductive enclosure around the room or rooms you want to shield. It is much easier to achieve than shielding from magnetic field radiation but you do have to be thorough and methodical.
Be Thorough and Methodical
If you’re not thorough and methodical RF radiation can and will seep through the smallest cracks. So if you paint a wall, be sure to paint all of it. Being methodical means doing your shielding step-by-step. You take your EMF readings, you determine which direction the RF radiation is coming from, you shield that wall, you test, then you earth it and you use your EMF meter to test again to see how the readings have changed. Then you may go on to shield the next wall or the ceiling, or both.
If you ground your shielding I do advise measuring the electric field in your shielded zone before and after. Most shielding materials are conductive – you don’t want to shield from RF radiation at the price of increased electric field exposures. Measure your electric fields with an electric field meter.
As much as you can shield inside, when you’re out on your balcony or in your garden you will be fully exposed to the EMFs. Much depends on the extent of your exposure, but if your proximity is such that all your house needs shielding it may be time to start looking for alternative accommodation and/or to get active on the issue through an association.
Gina Martin said,
Thank you so much for all your invaluable information. I live in NYC on Park Avenue and i can see 8 antennas from my apartment. I am very worried and I want to put up shielding paint to protect me, but I am not quite sure what you mean by grounding. How do you ground something in an apartment. And, what happens if you ground incorrectly?
All these things worry me so much and I have not been sleeping well at night so I drive one hour to get to sleep in my country house. I have a canopy but I am worried about the radiation also coming from the wi fi in the apartments below?? Also, can you explain which of the measurements in the trifield meter I should use. There are 3 different ways to read the RF with my meter and this also confuses me? Thanks so much again for your help.
The easiest way to do grounding in an apartment is through your homes electrical system, that to say via the ground connection of an electrical outlet. You might find it better to do the shielding yourself and take an electrician to do the grounding because if you ground incorrectly your shielding will not be effective.
If you are worried about the radiation coming through from the apartments below you can shield your floors, using foil or paint as described above. But really the starting point is to determine where the EMFs are coming from.
The Trifield 100XE is a great all round meter but it is not best adapted for what you are trying to do here. You would need something which can give you accurate directional readings, for instance the high frequency meter
Biren Soni said,
Dear Mr. Lloyd,
It’s great ideas to protect home against Cell Tower radiation, thanks for the informations.
We have a cell tower on top of our apartment, just a floor above my flat; if I want to seal it against radiation, I may require to seal even the glass windows, which is not practical, so please let me know a solution to get protection in this situation.
I would start with shielding the ceiling; paint is the easiest way to do this. Then test with your RF meter. You may not have to shield the windows, it just depends on to what extent the radiation is bounced and deflected off nearby buildings. And if you do need to shield windows it may not be all the windows that need shielding, hence the need to test at each stage with a meter.
Thank you very much for your helpful informations.
Which type of films are appropriate for glass windows to protect against RF radiations?
gisele cyr said,
Thank you so much for the videos you put on youtube. I have been electrosensitive for a while.
You said in one of your videos that you have 2 instruments to measure and contol your environment. I would like to know what instrument you recommend to measure the electrical and EM radiation ( I could not see the brand on your video). Also, I would like to know if there is an instrument you know of that measures your bodie’s reaction to EM radiation. I have been informing myself on this subject and would like to make presentations on it. I am a veterinarian and teacher and would like to see the effects on animals as well.
Third question I have is I would like to build myself a faraday cage and my friend who is an engineer calculated that a metal screem mesh would do the job. I just wanted you opinion on this.
I would like to know also if you have any information on a site that I could check where the antennas are in Canada and according to you, what is the best book available on the subject regarding scientific proofs of the effects on the biology of the human body.
I recommend the Trifield and the Cornet meter. There are reviews on my website so you can better understand what each one does – they do different jobs. In both cases if you are disappointed with the meter you can refund it and get a full refund. I would just buy one first and see how you get on with it.
I have never used a faraday cage – it’s a bit cumbersome. It depends what you are trying to achieve, but you can achieve a lot with a shielding net.
You can see where the cell phone towers are in Canada using this website: http://www.ertyu.org/steven_nikkel/cancellsites.html
If you are looking for a good presentation of the independent literature on the dangers of EMFs I would start with the Bioinitiative report, its free you can download it here
I wanted to know what you would say about protection from technology that Clear Channel uses which seems even more daunting. Supposedly, the special kind of wireless can travel through brick or anything else for miles!
Thank you for your time, Kim
Clear channel uses HD technology or Hybrid digital. HD radio transmits audio and data with a digital and analog signal. I know of no studies on the dangers of HD radio and I know of no anecdotal evidence so I can’t really comment on the health impact. But the implication is more man-made emfs in the environment, which is not good.
Just wondering what your thoughts are on other forms of shields that don’t involve foil, paint, screens, etc? I live in a rented property with a smart meter and cellphone tower about 100m away (yikes!), so have been looking into plug-in shields that cancel the dirty EMFs, various crystals that purportedly do the job – basically, things I can just sit in each room that are practical, portable, non-intrusive, but will give us some degree of protection. Due to the location and positioning of the house reflective shields won’t work, and we aren’t allowed to fix anything to the walls or modify the property in any way, so these suggestions are all no-goes, so to speak.
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