Jordanië: Een merkwaardige discussie over de gezondheidsaspecten van mobiele telefonie.
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Bron: The Jordan Times 5 mei 2010
''Health concerns over cellular towers unsubstantiated''
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission says there is no conclusive evidence that electromagnetic waves and frequencies emitted from transmission towers affect people’s health (Photo by Nader Daoud)
Auteur: Mohammad Ghazal
AMMAN - Oncologists and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) have downplayed concerns over the possible impact of cell phone towers on health in the Kingdom, citing a lack of international studies proving a link between cell phone use and health issues.
Although there are around 12,500 radio towers in the Kingdom, where mobile phone penetration is over 100 per cent, the TRC stressed that there has been no conclusive evidence that electromagnetic waves and frequencies emitted from these towers affect people’s health.
“Radio stations, including cell phone towers, are installed in line with international standards that place an emphasis on public health,” Mohammad Alwathiq Shaqrah, director of the TRC radio spectrum management department, said earlier this week.
He noted that the TRC follows standards set by the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection to safeguard public health against the potential impact of radio towers, which are applied in over 40 countries and are accredited by the World Health Organisation.
“When we receive an application for the establishment of a cell phone tower, we send our teams to the proposed area to study the strength of frequencies coming from nearby towers to ensure that any additional electromagnetic waves will not exceed the acceptable limits,” Shaqrah said.
He pointed out that the TRC conducts studies on the health impact of proposed towers before approving their construction. During the first quarter of 2010, the TRC received applications for 400 new cellular and WiMax towers, Shaqrah said, adding that the requests are still under review.
Underlining the lack of scientific proof that cell phone towers have direct impact on public health, he pointed out that TV and broadcast radio stations, which emit stronger electromagnetic waves and frequencies, have been around for decades without any evidence they have caused health problems.
Oncologists agree that there is no direct link between frequencies from cell phone towers and cancer or other health-related issues, noting that as the technology is relatively new, conclusive studies have yet to be carried out on the subject.
In theory, electromagnetic waves create heat which might in turn alter brain cell function, thus causing anxiety and discomfort, they said, stressing that the theory currently lacks scientific support.
“In theory, long-term exposure to these waves may cause headaches, ear inflammation, insomnia and might change brain cell functions,” Sami Khatib, president of the Arab Medical Association Against Cancer, told The Jordan Times Tuesday.
“There has not been a single study anywhere in the world that has shown an impact of these waves on the health of people,” he said, recommending that concerned individuals use corded headsets to reduce any potential health risks.
Oncologist Issam Lataifeh agreed that there is no need to raise alarm of potential health risks.
“Nothing has been proven yet and there is no need for panic,” he told The Jordan Times.
Last month, the largest study to date on the effects of mobile phone usage on long-term health was launched, aiming to track at least a quarter of a million of people in five European countries for up to 30 years, according to Reuters.
About five billion mobile phones are in use worldwide. The World Health Organisation, the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health have yet to announce evidence that cellular phone use harms health.
According to the American Cancer Society, several theoretical considerations suggest that cellular phone towers are unlikely to cause cancer, noting that the energy level of the towers’ radio waves is relatively low.
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