Just because many governments the world over pretend that there is no new RF research to warrant any rethinking of current exposure limits does not mean that this is true. One of the latest pilot studies from Germany on cell tower radiation and stress hormone levels was discussed in the EMF report by the Standing Committee on the Environment of the European Council, which in May 2011 adopted a resolution on The Potential Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields and Their Effect on the Environment, recommending “to take all reasonable measures to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields.”
In this study from Bavaria (Germany), urine samples of 60 study participants were taken to be analyzed for their adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, and phenylethylamine (PEA) levels before and after the activation of a new GSM base station. After the activation of the GSM base station, the stress hormone levels increased significantly during the first six months while dopamine and PEA levels decreased substantially. Even after one and a half years, the initial levels were not restored. Sleep problems, headaches, allergies, dizziness, and concentration problems occurred more often. Please note that the cutoff for the highest exposure group was only 100 µW/m2, for the lowest exposure group 60 µW/m2.
Though the number of participants was small, the findings are very disturbing. PEA levels, for example, continued to decrease over the entire exposure period. Over the past decade not only has the use of wireless devices greatly increased, but the prescription for methylphenidate or Ritalin, whose chemical structure is related to PEA, as well.
The complete study by Dr. Buchner and Dr. Eger is now available in English : Changes of Clinically Important Neurotransmitters under the Influence of Modulated RF Fields