Electromagnetic frequencies, commonly known as EMFs, have stirred quite the pot in recent years. From the…
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Unless I trek out into the wilderness, there is a strong probability that wherever I am, a cell tower is somewhere nearby. Even the most remote locations are becoming connected as more towers are built. This connectivity isn’t necessarily a bad thing — it allows rural communities better access to information and services, certainly. It has, however, left many more people with houses near a cell phone tower.
What is a Cell Phone Tower?
A cell phone tower, also known as a cell site, is a tall structure usually located outdoors that transmits and receives wireless signals to and from mobile devices. It is a part of a cellular network that enables mobile communication by connecting cellular devices to the network through radio waves.
As I’m sure you’re aware, cell towers emit radiofrequency waves, which fall under the category of EMF radiation. I can’t help but wonder, as cell providers scramble to extend service to every nook and cranny of the planet, if living close to a cell phone tower for an extended period might result in adverse effects.
How Cell Phone Towers Work
Cell phone towers work by transmitting radio waves through a network of antennas. When a person makes a call or accesses the internet on their mobile device, the signal is sent to the nearest tower, which then transmits the signal to other towers until it reaches the intended recipient’s device.
The tower communicates with the device using two-way radio communication, which involves the tower sending a signal to the device and the device sending a signal back to the tower. The tower then relays the signal to the mobile phone carrier’s central hub, which sends the signal to the internet or telephone network.
Types of Cell Phone Towers
There are several types of cell phone towers, including:
- Monopole towers: These are the most common type of cell phone tower and are typically 100-200 feet tall. They consist of a single pole with antennas attached to the top.
- Guyed towers: These towers are taller than monopole towers and are stabilized by guy wires. They can reach heights of up to 2,000 feet.
- Lattice towers: These towers are similar to guyed towers but have a lattice structure instead of guy wires for stability.
- Stealth towers: These towers are designed to blend in with their surroundings, such as trees or flagpoles, to reduce their visual impact.
- Rooftop towers: These towers are installed on the rooftops of buildings and are often used in urban areas where space is limited.
Dangers Of Living In A House Near A Cell Phone Tower
One of the things that concern me about cell towers, and EMF radiation in general, is the lack of extensive research on the long-term effects of exposure. It’s difficult to say for sure whether or not exposure to EMF radiation is completely safe because the scientific community hasn’t done enough research on the subject. While the radiofrequency waves emitted by cell towers are not as powerful as ionizing radiation, they still have the potential to cause harm.
According to the World Health Organization’s International Association for Research on Cancer, RF-EMF radiation from any source could be carcinogenic to humans. This conclusion was drawn after reviewing the results of a study that showed a 40% risk of gliomas, a type of brain tumor, in individuals who used their phones for an average of 30 minutes per day over a 10-year period.
There are a couple of issues with this information if you were to ask me. First off, it’s worth noting that the study in question was conducted in the early 2000s, when cell phone use was significantly different from how it is today. Nowadays, many people spend far more than 30 minutes per day interacting with their phones, even if they aren’t necessarily making phone calls.
Moreover, it’s important to consider that the study focused on RF-EMF radiation produced by cell phones, not towers. Our interactions with phones and towers are quite distinct. When we use our phones, we typically hold them up close to our bodies, whereas towers are typically several feet away. RF-EMF radiation is heavily dependent on distance, meaning that exposure levels decrease as you move farther away from the source.
However, it’s still worth noting that the literature available on cell towers suggests that prolonged exposure to them could be problematic, particularly for those who suffer from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. If you’re interested in learning more about the potential dangers of cell phone towers, you may want to check out our guide on the topic.
What To Do If Your House Is Near A Cell Phone Tower
Now that I know more about the potential dangers of cell phone towers, I might be wondering what I can do to protect myself from one near my home.
The truth is, the single most effective option is to move. While it may seem like an extreme reaction, if I am suffering from debilitating EHS symptoms, it really isn’t. For many with EHS, exposure to cell phone towers, smart meters and other sources of EMF radiation present in a typical urban or suburban area can cause symptoms that make it nearly impossible to function. In that instance, moving to an area with less radiation present may be the only solution that truly provides relief.
The hard part is finding an area with less EMF radiation. Rural areas used to be safe, but, as noted earlier, cell phone companies continue to put up new towers and expand their coverage areas. Places without signal still exist, but unless I’m able to move to a remote patch of desert, they are hard to get to.
There is one exception, however: Green Bank, West Virginia.
This tiny town near the Virginia border is part of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square-mile area where radio signals are forbidden. The FCC established this zone in the 1950s because of a nearby high-powered radio telescope — a device used to listen to solar radiation coming into the Earth’s atmosphere from outer space. Radio signals cause interference, and so they are banned in this area.
Green Bank’s status as a dead zone has earned it a reputation as a sanctuary for those suffering from severe EHS.
If moving isn’t on the table for me and my family, there are some things I can do to at least reduce the effect of cell tower radiation.
EMF Paint For A House Near A Cell Phone Tower
My goal is to keep as much cell tower radiation as possible from entering my home. One way to do this is by painting it with EMF paint. I can do this one of two ways: apply paint to all the interior walls of my home, or paint over the exterior.
EMF paint goes on black, but I am then able to paint over it with regular paint of any color, so it actually has very little effect on the overall look of my home. There are a few different types of EMF paint on the market to choose from. Yshield is one of the best-selling brands out there– to learn more, I can see EMF Shielding Paint: A Quick Primer. Whichever brand of EMF paint I select, I should keep in mind that I will need to enlist the help of a licensed electrician to ground the paint.
Barriers Between Your House And The Tower
Creating an EMF-resistant barrier is another method to prevent cell tower radiation from entering your home. I can use EMF protection fabric to make a barrier to hang on a wall or window. I can trim the fabric to the size and shape I need and hang it up. There are a lot of different types of EMF fabric available in the market, so I can look around for one that matches the look and feel of my home. One option that is excellent for protecting against cell tower radiation is Naturell’s EMF Shielding Fabric (1 Linear Foot). You can check out other recommendations in the article Top EMF Shielding Fabrics.
Even if I do everything possible to reduce the amount of cell tower radiation that enters my home, I still have to deal with the time that I spend outside of my house. I have learned that supplements can help my body better repair damage done by EMF radiation from cell towers and other sources. There are a number of supplements to try. One example is ginseng, which is radioprotective and known to help ward off cancer and neurological problems. Another supplement that can help is selenium, which can reduce oxidative stress, something that cell towers are thought to cause. To learn about more supplements to try, I can head over to the Top 10 Anti Radiation Herbs and Supplements for EMF Protection.
I recommend trying to surround your home with plants both indoors and outdoors to reduce the effects of cell tower radiation. Although more research is needed to confirm their efficacy, plants are known to be excellent at removing toxins from the air and purifying it. Any plant can be beneficial, but there are a few types that may be particularly effective. Mums, for example, have been found to remove environmental toxins from the air, according to NASA’s Plants for Indoor Pollution Abatement Study. Sunflowers are also known to remove ionizing radiation from soil, and may have a positive effect on non-ionizing radiation produced by cell towers. For indoor plants, a small cactus or aloe plant is a great option. Not only can these plants help purify the air in your home, but they can also alert you to potentially unsafe levels of EMF radiation. Brown spots on the leaves of an aloe plant, for example, can be a sign of EMF exposure.
Another step I may want to take, especially when leaving the house, is to wear EMF protective clothing. It’s much more discreet than I thought – items such as EMF Shielding Solutions EMF Protection Cap and OURSURE’s Anti-Radiation Cami Tank Top look just like any other hat or tank top. If I need to spend an extended period of time outside, EMF protective clothing may just be my best bet.
To find a few more clothing options, I can head over to EMF Protection Clothing: Your Complete Guide.
Reduce Overall Exposure
Finally, I have learned that reducing my overall exposure to EMF radiation may be helpful even if I cannot completely eliminate cell tower radiation from my life. One way to do this is to consider whole house protection, which involves making a number of changes to your home environment. For example, switching from WiFi to wired internet and using older incandescent light bulbs instead of newer ones may help. To learn more about how to achieve whole house EMF protection, I recommend checking out the comprehensive guide: Whole House EMF Protection: The Definitive Guide.
Living in a rural area means we are increasingly exposed to cell tower radiation. If moving out is not a viable option, there are necessary measures to protect ourselves and our family. It’s important to safeguard ourselves from this harmful exposure. To reduce the exposure, we can keep a safe distance from the cell phone tower and shield our home. Additionally, reducing cell phone use and using EMF protection products may also be helpful. If we are still concerned about the level of radiation in our home, we can seek professional help to conduct an EMF assessment.