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QUESTION: Sir,

If you live near a cell/communication tower can the signals affect the electronics in your home? Could you "feel" the signals or could they hurt you in any way?

Sincerely.

Rob

ANSWER: No, no, and no.

To be more specific: there is no evidence that the exceedingly small signal level of radio waves from cell phone towers could or do cause any measurable health effects. These towers emit 100 watts of power, about the same as a bright incandescent light bulb. Anyone who wants to insist that a 100 watt bulb, placed several hundred meters away from a person, creates a health hazard; should have some strong empirical evidence to support that. As of now, none exists, even for people who report sensitivity to such RF signals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_radiation_and_health#Health_hazards_of
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2072835/

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QUESTION: Are there any signals that are stronger that we come in contact with on a daily basis that can cause us harm?

Thanks,

kRob

Answer
By FAR the most dangerous radiation that we face is solar radiation, which, in the U.K., is associated with 85% of all melanoma skin cancers.
http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts#melanoma
If those percentages are the same for the 66,000 melanoma deaths that occur worldwide, each year;
http://www.who.int/uv/health/en/
then tens of thousands of people die each year due to this form of radiation. Even the mostly wildly wrong estimates of cancer deaths from other forms of radiation do not come close to this.

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