Convenience, speed, instant gratification… That’s what we want from the Internet. The more we have it, the more we need it. As existing networks become overworked, providers look to the next big technology solution: 5G. So it’s natural to wonder, what are the health risks of 5G?
This post is part of a trilogy on 5G. For more information about 5G, please refer to 5G Safety & Protection and 5G Cell Towers.
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Normally I try not to get too agitated about EMF. I mean, obviously I take EMF seriously– I’ve built a business based all around it. It’s a serious health issue that deserves serious attention.
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But in general, I feel that taking a reasoned approach to this stuff, substantially based in provable science, is the best way to help people like you take control over your exposures.
But even I’m getting a bit freaked out over 5G. The rapid rollout of this technology without any testing on the long-term health effects (as discussed further down in this post) is immensely troubling. So it’s natural to be concerned. Very concerned.
The thing is, because people are getting so freaked out over 5G, there’s a lot of misinformation out there.
Many of you have been emailing in asking for more information about the relationship of 5G to coronavirus and Covid-19. And a lot of EMF health advocates – including several whose opinions and efforts I greatly respect – are spreading this belief online, on social networks, on websites, in newsletters and articles.
Let me be as clear as possible: there is absolutely no scientific basis to claim that 5G is the cause of coronavirus.
So if there is no scientific evidence to support this specific claim, why do so many people seem to willing to accept it as truth?
And to help explain that, I think it is useful to look to Dr. Sam Milham’s book, ‘Dirty Electricity‘. In this book, Dr. Milham presents a strong correlation between the incidence of ‘diseases of civilization‘ (diseases that emerged alongside modern civilization, including cancer, diabetes and obesity) and the introduction and proliferation of electrification and wireless technology.
The evidence presented by Dr. Milham certainly provides strong evidence that increased EMF exposures yield increased rates of disease– and, specifically, types of disease that would not otherwise exist.
I (and many others) believe that this is, in part, due to the fact that EMF emissions play a role– a large and rapidly growing role– in a toxic mix of pollutants that are depriving our immune systems of their ability to fend off disease and illness. (EMF does have many effects on humans beyond immune system health, as well.) And I have a separate post specifically on EMF and the immune system.
Now, perhaps in time, science will be able to provide more insight into other and/or deeper causal links between 5G and diseases such as Covid-19.
But that’s the real point: 5G is untested. And it is massively irresponsible to deploy it, particularly on a wide-scale, absent such testing.
The first step to dealing with the vast number of challenges posed by 5G is learning what 5G actually is, what science can tell us about it, and what science can’t yet tell us about it – and that’s the subject of this post.
Why Do We Need 5G?
You’ve heard all the talk about self-driving cars, smart homes and appliances that manage themselves. The broader term for this is the Internet of Things (IoT), and for it to become a reality, wireless networks have to evolve to meet increasing data demands. Wireless companies tout fifth generation (5G) networks as the answer.
The wireless companies promise 5G will bring greater capacity, a higher density of users, faster download speeds, and more reliable connectivity than our current 4G networks.
The companies are planning to use existing infrastructure to install the new 5G devices. They’ll be mounted on things like utility poles and buildings in a tightly-knit network to help keep the signal strong.
A lot of these 5G receptors are about the size of smoke detectors. This makes them less noticeable and therefore makes them seem like less of an intrusion to homeowners living nearby.
Even so, many people are becoming concerned after seeing the 5G cell towerspop up in their neighborhoods, wondering if 5G is bad for health.
Why Is 5G a Cause for Concern?
5G will result in unprecedented exposureto a particular type of radiation.
All wireless technology functions by sending and receiving signals using electromagnetic radiation (or EMF). So each and every wireless device – as well as the towers and routers that connect them – is a source of EMF.
If you read my post about 5G cell towers, you’ll realize that the leap to 5G means:
- we will have more 5G connected devices
- communicating with more and new forms of energy
- to and from more 5G towers and small cell sites
- closer to the ground
Taken together, this means 5G will lead to an exponential increase in human exposures to EMF radiation – at frequencies that have never been used in consumer applications before.
These exposures are not only unprecedented. They are also untested. There have been no surveys to indicate the levels of 5G EMF radiation to which people will be exposed.
Since there have been no 5G safety studies into short or long-term 5G health effects, and the health effects of 5G are untested, we cannot say with certainty what 5G effects are on the human body. (Though we do know there are no safe radiation levels of EMF.)
There have been no long term 5G health studies. Despite the absence of studies into the long-term health effects of 5G, Dr. Joel Moskowitz from UC Berkeley School of Public Health has explained, “we have no reason to believe that 5G is safe.”
5G is a type of EMF radiation. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has designated this type of EMF as a Class 2B carcinogen. And other research has demonstrated that EMF is genotoxic,which means it can destroy your DNA.
And in 2018, the US National Toxicology Program released the results from a $30 million study finding “clear evidence” that exposure to cell phone radiation increased the incidence of cancer and genetic damage in mice.
Beyond cancer, multiple peer-reviewed scientific studies have also demonstrated that exposure to this type of radiation can result in a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Hair loss
- Low energy
- Appetite loss
- Bone marrow damage
- Organs damage
- Incapacitation and death
Even if 5G radiation emissions fall within current safety limits (and, to be clear, there is strong evidence that new 5G exposures do not fall within these limits) does not mean that 5G is safe. Despite the fact that 5G is leading to increased exposures to higher energy forms of EMF radiation, there has been no change to the safety standards that govern the technology.
One characteristic of 5G is its use of millimeter waves.
4G networks use radio waves to broadcast data. But the radio spectrum is already crammed full of signals. 5G seeks to use a whole new spectrum — that of millimeter waves — to allow for more traffic. Think of it like building a second highway when the first one gets too packed with cars.
Millimeter waves get their name because they’re much shorter than radio waves at only 1 to 10mm in length. Shorter waves mean these are higher frequency, which means they transmit more energy.
Millimeter waves are generally considered to be absorbed by the body within a few millimeters of the skin. Since millimeter waves have never been used before in consumer applications, there is limited scientific data on their health effects.
However, research has demonstrated that even short-term exposures can harm the peripheral nervous system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system.
Skin Amplifies 5G Health Risks
5G health risks may be amplified because of how, according to one study, 5G EMF radiation interacts with the human body.
The study lead by Dr. Yuri D Feldman at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that human sweat ducts act as an array of tiny, helix-shaped antennas when exposed to millimeter waves.
The findings suggest that human skin not only absorbs but actually amplifies the radiation from millimeter wave networks.
According to Dr. Feldman and team, “the full ramifications of what these findings represent in the human condition are still very unclear”. They add that further study is “poignant now because of the interest of industry to exploit precisely this signal range (100 GHz – 400 GHz) for communications and possible consequent side effects on the public.”
Other Health Risks of 5G & Millimeter Waves
Beyond the more widely known risks from EMF exposure of cancer and infertility, other studies highlight additional 5G network dangers.
For example, an article by Dr. Cindy Russell in Santa Clara Medical Association’s The Bulletin references a number of studies linking 5G millimeter wavelengths to heart problems, birth defects, decreased antibiotic sensitivity, cataracts, and immune system suppression. Dr. Russell calls strongly for the development of safety regulations and thorough pre-market testing of 5G technologies.
In his book about 5G health risks, Dr. Martin Pall outlines eight pathophysiological effects caused by exposure to non-thermal levels of EMF radiation:
1. Attack our nervous systems including our brains leading to widespread neurological/neuropsychiatric effects and possibly many other effects. This nervous system attack is of great concern.
2. Attack our endocrine (that is hormonal) systems. In this context, the main things that make us functionally different from single celled creatures are our nervous system and our endocrine systems – even a simple planaria worm needs both of these. Thus the consequences of the disruption of these two regulatory systems is immense, such that it is a travesty to ignore these findings.
3. Produce oxidative stress and free radical damage, which have central roles in essentially all chronic diseases.
4. Attack the DNA of our cells, producing single strand and double strand breaks in cellular DNA and oxidized bases in our cellular DNA. These in turn produce cancer and also mutations in germ line cells which produce mutations in future generations.
5. Produce elevated levels of apoptosis (programmed cell death), events especially important in causing both neurodegenerative diseases and infertility.
6. Lower male and female fertility, lower sex hormones, lower libido and increased levels of spontaneous abortion and, as already stated, attack the DNA in sperm cells.
7. Produce excessive intracellular calcium [Ca2+]i and excessive calcium signaling.
8. Attack the cells of our bodies to cause cancer. Such attacks are thought to act via 15 different mechanisms during cancer causation.
Dr. Pall argues at length that each of these negative health effects from EMF exposures will be exacerbated by the rollout of 5G.
“Morphological, functional, and biochemical studies conducted in humans and animals revealed that millimeter waves caused changes in the body manifested in the structural alterations in the skin and internal organs, qualitative and quantitative changes of the blood and bone marrow composition and changes of the conditioned reflex activity, tissue respiration, activity of enzymes participating in the process of tissue respiration and nucleic metabolism.
The degree of unfavorable effect of millimeter waves depended on the duration of the radiation and individual characteristics of the organism.”
N.P. Zalyubovskaya, 1977
In short, Dr. Zalyubovskaya found several biological effects from exposure to millimeter waves, in the skin, organs, blood, bone marrow and other physiological processes.
And, significantly, Dr. Zalyubovskaya was also able to conclude that the effects worsened in a dose-response relationship. Meaning, the more you’re exposed to the waves, the worse the effects are.
The study was classified until 2012. The Central Intelligence Agency declassified the paper to the public in 2012.
David O Carpenter (University at Albany, State University of New York) says, “The potential effects of Radio Frequency Radiations (Radio Waves) on human health are major.”
His paper “Are There Health Hazards Coming From the Rollout of 5G?” suggests that radiofrequency can cause cancer in animals.
He says the following:
- Two recent studies have proven that RF radiation causes cancer in animals
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