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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cell Tower Problems to Know About

Catherine J. Frompovich

Something is cropping up all over Los Angeles, California, like poisonous mushrooms, with equally toxic effects, but it’s not poisonous mushrooms.

It’s the standard cell tower, along with RF and EMF public relations pitches that are generated. Let’s hear what’s really happening in everyday, on-the-ground life, especially in ‘cell tower haven’ Los Angeles, California.

Concerned Los Angelinos feel there are several issues regarding all the cell towers being constructed in their area, but the most prominent concerns are health effects from EMFs and Constitutional 4th Amendment privacy matters. Numerous groups around the USA also are working on these very same issues. Maybe readers will become activists after having read this information. Those 4th Amendment Constitutional issues are being considered by a member of Congress on behalf of the LA activists. I hope to report more on that as things develop. 

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) is an industry group that is active in discounting, nullifying, and educating about the ‘safety’ issues of any ‘smart’ technology, and its inability to cause health problems. 

Cell towers in LA, which are cropping up like mushrooms after rain, have been able to unite citizens in a way that few issues probably would. LA’s firefighters dramatically oppose cell towers near their fire stations! Who would have ever thought that, since cells towers are being promoted as part of the homeland security issue. Well, take a read on what’s happened in LA. 
Citizens For A Radiation Free Community and other Los Angeles stakeholders and citizens, will join the LA Fire Fighters Union at the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors in a protest against LA RICS, the Los Angeles arm of the federally funded cell tower infrastructure through First Net, which is using "Homeland Security" to force their federal cell tower system into LA County and other areas of California. [6] [CJF emphasis added]
The LA County Board of Supervisors held a meeting for public input about cell towers on Tuesday, March 24th, when firefighters and activists presented their legitimate concerns, which were: 
Los Angeles fire fighters and residents do no not wish to get severe health effects like cancer or be surveilled by this new surveillance capable cell tower infrastructure. We believe this is cronyism, pork barrel, federal tax payer money giveaways to private corporations at the expense of our Constitutional rights to health, life, property and privacy. [6] [CJF emphasis added]
According to LA activists, all Los Angelinos need to be concerned because 
Even if you don't live near where a tower is being installed, you will be affected because these are special cell towers that promise to saturate 97% of Los Angeles if they go in! [6] [CJF emphasis added]
Here is a 16 minute YouTube from activist Liz Barris about how cell towers go up overnight. 

Everyone needs to listen to that video, which explains what happens to birds, wildlife, and foliage, and the role of Homeland Security! Hear about threats—something that seems to be ‘boiler plate’ activity used against anyone who protests being harmed by technology. 

Well, the LA firefighters and activists were successful in getting press coverage at the supervisors’ special meeting regarding cell towers in LA. Listen carefully to what LA firefighters have to say about microwaving people in this CBS news clip. “The cancer risk is there!” 

Here is the ABC news report. Firefighters and residents are worried about radiation! Radio waves affect people up to 3 miles away! What happens when cell towers go down during a major crises or weather event? Better think that issue out carefully before putting all your eggs in the cell tower baskets, I offer. 

The hearing apparently accomplished some positive results: 

LA County Board of Supervisors listened to the citizens they serve and the fire fighters and called for a halt to the roll out in areas where there is citizen backlash, but has asked for an extension on the federal grant money, so the grant might get extended beyond the cutoff date, which is not good news. It was amazing to see the council actually listen to people on this and Liz wants to thank everyone who showed up and spoke, especially the fire fighters union who really had a great turn out! The vote was unanimous amongst the board of supervisors to put a temporary halt to this federal cell tower roll out. [CJF emphasis added]
Close to a hundred people filled out speaker cards to address the Board of Supervisors meeting. According to one report of that meeting, all of the reps (except Don Knabe) did NOT fall for the lineup of bogus industry paid expert witnesses and doctors. They seemed genuinely concerned about what they were hearing from citizen testimony and, of course, the fire fighters who were represented by only one speaker, the Union head. The fire fighters were told not to testify and to just stand when he was testifying...sometimes actions speak louder than words, according to Liz Barris, whom you saw in one of the YouTube videos.

However, some ‘bad’ news came out of that meeting. According to Barris, 

LA RICS is allowed to could continue with the roll out IN AREAS WHERE THERE WAS NO AWARENESS AND BACKLASH FROM PEOPLE!! [Do readers understand how important citizen participation is? If you don’t like or want something, you have to be heard!] This is a VERY important distinction, as this means we must make SURE awareness is raised ALL OVER LA and other areas so that those who are not "in the know" are not subject to this roll simply because they were not aware.
The other bad news is the Board of Supervisors asked for an extension on the grant deadline money, which may be granted to them, which means the wireless industry will ramp up its efforts to try and sway people during this time period...and they use dirty, low ball scare tactics, hoping people will fall for it.

Similar cell tower roll outs are in progress in other cities and states: 

  • Northern California
  • Houston, Texas
  • Parts of Colorado
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
People in those states ought to wake up to what’s going up and around them. For more information about the nationwide program regarding cell towers and the problems associated with them, don’t hesitate to contact Liz at People's Initiative News via her email:

For those who don’t know, WIFI is part of the microwave RF radiation issue too! 

In Liz’s last email to me, she admitted how she’s been suffering from exposure to WIFI at the LA Supervisors’ hearing. Here’s what she had to say: 

I just was waylaid with the emergency cell tower issue and actually have still not recovered from the WIFI exposure I received that day (or cell tower) as I, mistakenly, did not wear my shielding at the 5 hour hearing, and so I am rendered a bit useless for a few days. It is now day 3 and I still have debilitating pain in my head from it...a 3 day headache from one exposure! Microwaves are amazing. [Personal email 3/26/15]
If any readers experience headaches or other symptoms that seem to have come on recently, maybe you better check out the smart gadgets you rely on that bring RF microwave frequencies into your body. 

RF and EMF Radiation

Non-ionizing radiation is the term given to radiation in the part of the electromagnetic spectrum where there is insufficient energy to cause ionization. It includes electric and magnetic fields, radio waves, microwaves,infrared, ultraviolet, and visible radiation. [1]
So, what’s involved in cell towers that transmit cell phone calls all around the country and globe? 

According to the American Cancer Society, 

These towers, also called base stations, have electronic equipment and antennas that receive and transmit radiofrequency (RF) signals. [2]
Radiofrequency signals also are involved in electric meters known as Smart Meters. 

Base stations built from the ground up can stand anywhere from 50 to 200 feet high. Some can be mounted on buildings, poles, trees or poles made to look like coniferous trees [see above graphic], thereby hiding the numerous cells on them. 

How do cell towers communicate with cell phones?

Cell towers communicate by sending out radiofrequency (RF) waves, “a form of energy in the electromagnetic spectrum between FM radio waves and microwaves. Like FM radio waves, microwaves, visible light, and heat, they are forms of non-ionizing radiation.” [2] Furthermore, at very high levels, RF waves can heat up body tissue and cause cavitation [3]. That is similar to how a microwave oven works to cook foods. 

The ‘interesting’ aspect of how cell phone tower energy waves flow is that it is directed toward the horizon, i.e., parallel to the ground with what’s called “downward scatter.” The closer to a cell tower, especially base station antennas that use higher power levels, the higher the exposure to RF energy levels, which cause physical stress for many people. 

According to the American Cancer Society, “In theory, there are some important points that would argue against cellular phone towers being able to cause cancer.” ACS also admits “Very few human studies have focused specifically on cellular phone towers and cancer risk.” Why is that and why haven’t such studies been done? Probably the same reason why every vaccine package insert states very candidly and boldly that the vaccine has not been tested for carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, or the ability to interfere with reproduction/fertility. This writer claims those tests have not been done by vaccine makers because they probably know the results that would happen since there are so many neurotoxic chemicals in all vaccines. Not conducting such tests provides ‘legal wiggle room’. Since that ‘scientific strategy’ seems to work for Big Pharma, why not copy it. 

What do some agencies that monitor cell towers have to say about RF radiation?

 The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified RF fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” based on limited evidence of a possible increase in risk for brain tumors among cell phone users, and inadequate evidence for other types of cancer. (For more information on the IARC classification system, see our document, Known and Probable Human Carcinogens.) IARC also noted that exposure to the brain from RF fields from cell phone base stations (mounted on roofs or towers) is less than 1/100th the exposure to the brain from mobile devices such as cell phones. [2]
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states: 
At very high levels, RF energy is dangerous. It can heat the body's tissues rapidly. However, such high levels are found only near certain equipment, such as powerful long-distance transmitters. Cellphones and wireless networks produce RF, but not at levels that cause significant heating. In addition, RF energy decreases quickly over distance. At ground level, exposure to RF from sources like cellphone towers is usually very low. [2] [CJF emphasis added]
The American Cancer Society website asks, 
What should I do if I’ve been exposed to cellular phone towers?
There is no test to measure whether you have been exposed to RF radiation from cellular phone towers. But as noted above, most researchers and regulatory authorities do not believe that cell phone towers pose health risks under ordinary conditions. If you have additional health concerns, you might want to talk with your doctor. [2] [CJF emphasis added]
However, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and EMF health risks [4], this needs to be factored in to the RF equation: 
In the evaluation of human health risks, sound human data, whenever available, are generally more informative than animal data. Animal and in vitro studies provide support and are used mainly to supply evidence that is missing from human studies. It is mandatory that research on human subjects be conducted in full accord with ethical principles, including the provisions of the Helsinki Declaration. [4][CJF emphasis added]
Is that being done? Many don’t think so in view of the standard claim that RF and EMF, even at low levels, don’t cause harm. Well, from the science I’ve seen, I do my best to stay away from all ‘smart’ gadgets; I don’t have a TV in my house nor a microwave oven; and I don’t engage in computer games, etc. Cell phones, smart meters, and lap top computers just may wind up in the same category that cigarettes did: Declared human carcinogens! 


[6]The Peoples’ Initiative Press Release 3/24/15 

American Association for Cell Phone Safety 

The Peoples’ 

Stop Smart 

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).

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