phone masts kill Ena, 87? - Letter of October 7 to the Chairman and CEO
of AT&T - We Are Being Roasted Alive By Phone Mast - Cell Towers sickness??
- History of health problems related to Cellular telephone use - RE: Testimonial
of Dalana MCaren (25/11/02)
Tramès per Klaus Rudolph (Citizens'
Did phone masts
kill Ena, 87? - OAP's poisoning fears
by Amy Cartmell
"FELT UNWELL": Ena Bambrough
Just weeks ago Ena Bambrough told neighbours she was dying after being
slowly poisoned by mobile phone masts on the roof of her tower block.
Today, after the 87-year-old died, neighbours were demanding an urgent
inquiry into the safety of the the high-powered microwave dishes. Ena
lived on the top floor of a block of flats in Newcastle and complained
of repeated piercing headaches and bouts of sickness, which she blamed
on the masts.
Close friend Paul Easton said: "She went into decline the day they
put the masts on the roof. Until then she was active and went out every
Pensioner dies amid phone mast claims - Resident dead within weeks of
complaints about headaches and illness
A pensioner has died just weeks after claiming she was being poisoned
by mobile phone masts on the roof of the Tyneside tower block where she
Ena Bambrough, 87, was one of several elderly residents who complained
of blinding headaches and severe sickness when phone giant Orange updated
its satellite equipment and installed high powered microwave dishes, radio
antennae and equipment boxes. Mrs Bambrough had lived on the top floor
of the Todd's Nook flats, Westgate Road, Newcastle, since they opened
in 1964, but died in the city's Freeman Hospital just 24 hours after she
was admitted. A cause of death has yet to be pinpointed.
Now neighbours and local councillors are demanding an urgent inquiry to
decide once and for all whether or not phone masts are a heath hazard.
Neighbour Paul Easton, 48, said: "I am not a doctor and she was elderly
but she went into decline when they put the masts on the roof. "Until
then she was active and getting out every day, going to social clubs and
collecting her pension." Mrs Bambrough previously told the Chronicle
of her fears about the masts. She said: "During the day I get noises
in my ears and headaches. It frightens me. I've got no strength left.
It's just lucky my neighbours are so good about looking out for me. "I
believe I am going to die soon. I am too frightened to go to the toilet
because, when I sit down, I can't get up again. And when I go to bed,
I can't get up."
Mr Easton has already written to Newcastle City Council on behalf of all
the residents living on the top three floors. He said: "I am still
getting headaches but, at least, I go out to work. A lot of the pensioners
are living under these masts 24 hours a day. We want to see the masts
taken off the roofs but there seems to be a wall of silence from the council
Coun Nick Forbes, who represents the Todd's Nook residents, said: "I
am shocked by Ena's death because she was very alert. I will be asking
some very hard questions about whether the equipment had any part to play
in her death. "Until we have more research on the effects of the
base equipment on people's health, then planning permission should be
delayed." There are growing fears about the effect of mobile phone
equipment on public health.
This week it was revealed phone giant Vodafone was facing a billion-dollar
legal action by US brain tumour victims seeking compensation for the pain
suffered and income lost as a result of the disease.
Scientists are still continuing research into potential links between
radio waves and diseases such as cancer and the Government-commissioned
Stewart Report advised caution into the siting of mobile phone masts.
In Newcastle, there is mobile phone equipment on the roofs of 11 residential
blocks of flats. A Newcastle City Council spokesman has said existing
law allows them very little leeway to turn down applications by mobile
phone companies because the emissions from the equipment falls within
Fears over the risk to public health prompted Sunderland City Council
to ask mobile telephone companies to stop applying for masts and Gateshead
Council has rejected some applications.
Orange was unavailable for comment but bosses have always said research
shows there is no evidence there are health risks.
Newcastle Chronicle & Journal Ltd Corporate & advertising information.
Informant: Robert Riedlinger
and from the same informant:
Letter of October
7 to the Chairman and CEO of AT&T
Dr. George L. Carlo
Wirless Technology Resarch
Dear Dr. Carlo:
Doing some research on the health impact of cellular base stations through
the web, I came across your letter of October 7 to the Chairman and CEO
of AT&T. I was very impressed by your findings and reasonableness
of your messages. I am distributing to family and friends who are intense
cell phone users.
I need some responsible inputs on the impact of base stations installed
in apartment rooftops to those living near them. Here is the background.
I live in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
While in a trip to the USA, the management committee of our condominium
authorized France Telecomm to place a base station in the roof of our
building, equivalent to the ninth floor, since it is an eight-story building.
Our family lives on the 8th floor under the base station. In the four
top floors we have two apartments per floor. In addition, the maintenance
supervisor has a small apartment in the roof or 9th floor, next to the
station, which is installed over the elevator housing that is a little
higher than his apartment. This station has four antennas, a middle rod
with a red light and a very large transmitter [they said it would be small
one], requiring a backup power plant to run when there is no electricity
[we get periodic blackouts]. For this, they would pay the condominium
the equivalent of US$7,000 per year under a nine-year contract. The base
has been operational over a month.
Between two to two and a half weeks ago, all in our family began to get
sever headaches; insomnia [I am an early and deep sleeper and now spend
at least four days a week that I cannot fall asleep until wee hours of
the morning]; the feeling of pressure creeping from the neck upwards and
having our ears and part of the face red [a sensation if one would have
high blood pressure, although we do not suffer from it]; irritability;
irritated eyes; and general feeling of anemia [lack of energy]. Last Monday,
when I returned from a trip, there was a meeting called by some condominium
members. To my surprise, the topic was that other families, especially
from the sixth to the eight floors, were also having the same or similar
symptoms. These included a husband and wife doctor team. Our maintenance
supervisor was perhaps the person that most complaint about continuous
creeping headaches and fatigue. All coincided that they were acute symptoms
not felt more than three weeks before. As an additional input, we did
not relate our symptoms to the base because we did not know the transmitter
had been installed and was in service [owners seldom go to the rooftop
and the backup plant was installed in a housed facility in the back of
the building that we do not see or hear from the entrance or parking lot].
From the meeting we decided to send a letter to our management committee
requesting they contact France Telecomm immediately, inform them of the
symptoms and requesting that they stop using the facilities for a prudent
or reasonable time until we can see if the symptoms go away. However,
their reaction is that it is a virus or stress because France Telecomm
has given them and they have obtained of statements and letters that say
that cellular antennas and base stations are safe and do not cause health
problems, including a letter from Spain's regulatory ministry. I have
read some of them and they are the same I found in the Internet or similar
in nature: they conclude that the balance of evidence indicates that there
is no general risk to the health of people near base stations or that
use cellular phones in a normal way. Also, France Telecomm has advanced
to them, although the letter will be sent tomorrow, that they abide by
the norms and guidelines established by the European Union, which are
very strict, that guarantees no health side effects from the base station.
It is completely safe to live near them.
We fully understand that it may be a coincidence to have said symptoms
and that there may be other causes, but we consider reasonable that we
as owners and persons living under the base station do not take any unnecessary
risk, especially to discover in two years of the harm they can cause.
We also feel that asking them to suspend its use for two to three months
would allow for us to ascertain if there is a change on the symptoms,
especially that the two doctors I mentioned are willing to monitor as
best as possible the situation.
We would be really appreciative if you or your institution could provide
us with some objective background or inputs if there are health hazards
for those living near cellular base stations. This is critical to us,
since the members of the committee that signed the contract are siding
with FT and it is confusing the rest of the owners. Practically all owners,
except the committee members, have signed the letter we prepared to the
committee to make contact with FT.
We live in a country that has seen explosive growth in the wireless industry,
so much so that we are achieving a use density larger than larger countries.
We have Verizon [formerly GTE], Orange from France Telecomm, Centennial,
Tricom [Motorola partner] and others providing services. However, the
regulatory agency was just created and is going through birth pains and
the market is completely open and not regulated in practice. Consumers
have little protection and no rights. Since some of them are new to the
market, such as FT, the amounts being paid in advertisement campaigns
is just incredible. Thus, they can influence press very easily.
I recognize this might be out of the scope of activities or responsibility
of your institution, but you would be helping a group of families concerned
about their healty. One neighbor in the seventh floor took his family
out, since his wife, who is pregnant, and his daughter were having the
acute symptoms mentioned. We need to confront FT quickly.
A reply would be deeply be appreciated.
I have lived most of my life in the Washington, DC area, although now
Direct office telephone  534-6178
Home phone  533-7476
and further from Robert
DAILY RECORD / September 15
We Are Being
Roasted Alive By Phone Mast
A couple are taking legal action after claiming they are being cooked
alive by a phone mobile phone mast.
Clint and Joyce Beattie say they have suffered serious health problems
since the mast was erected by phone giant Orange just 170 yards from their
home. Mr Beattie,48, claims he can even feel the flesh around his bones
getting hot when phone lines are at their busiest. Orange erected the
mast in time fore the Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie in July. The
couple blame it for migraines, tiredness and memory loss, claiming their
problems only started during the Open. They say their symptoms worsen
at times when phone traffic is at its peak. Businessman Mr Beattie said:
We first noticed the effects at the time of the Open. We suffered headaches
and could not get our body temperatures down. You feel cold to the touch
on the outside but absolutely boiling on the inside. It is like the heat
is starting at the flesh next to the bone. I am in no doubt we are being
The Beatties have even tried lining their bedroom with tin foil in a bid
to deflect radio waves. They also claim the mast is causing disruption
to electrical goods in their home. Mr Beattie runs a video production
firm in his home in Barry, near Carnoustie, and says his equipment has
suffered interference since the mast was erected. His wife has been forced
to take extra medication since the problems started. When they consulted
their doctor, they were diagnosed as having a virus. But Mr Beattie said:
"We are exposing a generation of children to a technology we do not
feel safe about."
A neighbour of the couple also blames the mast for her irregular sleep
pattern. The Beatties are now planning to sue Orange in a bid to have
the mast removed. But the firm are mystified by the coupleís plight. A
spokesperson said: Orange has always operated well within stringent national
standards set by the NRPB and we reach government safety levels. There
is no conclusive evidence that masts are long term public health risks.
Green campaigners and some councils have urged MSPs to close a loophole
which allows firms to erect masts under 15metres high without planning
permission. 13 out of 32 local authorities in Scotland have banned mobile
masts, following fears they cause hot spots linked to radiation sickness
Dr Richard Nixon, director of Friends Of The Earth Scotland, has called
on more authorities to follow suit. Safety experts fear radiation from
masts, which can travel up to over 20 miles in countryside areas, may
also be linked to childhood leukaemia, brain tumours, cancers and blackouts,
or bring on bouts of epilepsy.
also from Robert
Cell Towers sickness??
Hi! I am writing to you from Corinth, New York (upstate) in hopes you
or someone you know can help me find someone who would measure the microwatt
exposure at the site of my home which is located about 100 meters from
a Cellular One antenae? I have been sick for about two years and did not
know why until I started talking to my neighbors who all had similar symptoms.
The tower seems to be the only thing we have in common. My Dr. will not
do the lab tests that would link my symptoms with E.M.F. exposure because
the tests are "on a molecular level". If I could find out wether
the readings at my home are above what is thought to be safe I could self-justify
uprooting my children from the home they love, that took my husband and
I eight years of blood, sweat and tears to build into a place we thought
we would never leave. If you know how to get a reading done or have any
info. Please write back.
and also from
29 March 1998
History of health
problems related to Cellular telephone use
For the past two years I have suffered from what doctors call "Severe
Pulsatile Tinnitus" centred in the right side of the head and ear,
I have had many tests and two major exploratory surgical procedures in
an attempt to pinpoint and rectify the problem, the offending noise
can be heard externally by my specialists (this will indicate the
magnitude of what I am constantly hearing and enduring as obviously the
noise sounds extremely loud to me internally). The group of specialists
I am consulting say they do not know what has caused the problem, nor
are they able to offer any solution as I seem to be their only patient
so far, that has presented with this particular illness in such severity.
My Mobile Phone use preceding this problem was massive, six years of extremely
heavy use, seven days a week (only using my right ear). I am sure that
the radiation from the Cellular telephone has effected the nerve and blood
vessel structure in some way, causing me to be able to hear arterial noise
near the inner ear. The relentless noise in the right side of my head
is creating other debilitating symptoms and problems such as constant
severe headaches, short term memory lose, inability to concentrate, unable
to deal with even the smallest stress situations, insomnia to the point
that if medication is not taken proper sleep is impossible. A major depressive
disorder also manifested itself due to the above but with the help of
medication I am able to at least control this particular related problem.
Because of the effects suffered I have been unable to work since
October 1996 and at this point I am no closer to finding a cure than
when the problem first arose in March the same year.
Needless to say that on the rare occasion I use Cellular phones I no
longer place the handset near my head,(hands free is used) this does
remove the feeling of heat and pressure and the sensation of feeling as
though your head is in a microwave oven while using a Cellular phone.
RE: Testimonial of
Dalana, Klaus and all:
You must get a guasometer [GAHZ-AH-MEH-TOHR] (spelling may be incorrect)
which will measure the electromagnetic fields that you believe are causing
the problem. If the installation was put up without proper shielding,
you may have the basis for a major lawsuit. You could sue the housing
authority and the antenna folks.
Meanwhile, get out of there!
You might be able find a damages attorney who has dealt with this phenomenon
in the past. Remember that many power line lawsuits have failed and so
you must do your homework. The attorney would know about getting the right
people and the right equipment for testing -- and might pay for it if
there is a sense that you have a valid case for suit.
***NOT A LAWYER***NOT LEGAL ADVICE***
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