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There is quite a buzz about the build-out of extremely fast 5G wireless networks, and for good reason. The speed upgrades and advances in capabilities associated with 5G will be very significant and will reshape the world for generations to come.
However, there is an important question that must be answered regarding this rush to build a dense network of locally-based 5G cellular towers: Are 5G wireless networks safe for human health and animals? This is a reasonable question to ask since 5G will utilize extremely small millimeter-sized radio waves that generate electromagnetic fields (EMFs) radiation which will potentially be much more impactful to the health of living things than predecessor wireless technologies that used much longer radio waves (which are considered to be relatively safe).
There is already a lot of concern about and research regarding the negative health effects of EMFs from high-voltage electrical transmission lines. The massive build-out of locally-based 5G wireless towers will increase human exposure to EMFs radiation dramatically by increasing the number of people exposed to harmful millimeter radio waves EMF radiation.
This pending dramatic increase in exposure to EMFs that will coincide with the introduction of 5G wireless service should concern everyone who cares about their health and the health of their family and pets.
Locally-Based 5G Towers Will Deliver EMFs at Potentially Unsafe Levels
Besides extremely fast wireless data speeds, the next generation of wireless phone and data technology will require many more towers than previously needed to provide wireless services.
To provide reliable connections, this dense network of 5G towers will be located in neighborhoods rather than distant remote locations, where the large majority of wireless towers are currently located. The new towers will be smaller and can be camouflaged fairly easily to fit into the environment.
However, the aesthetics of the new 5G wireless towers are not the primary concern. The concern with having so many towers based so close to humans is the high-frequency millimeter-sized radio waves that 5G uses to deliver extremely fast data will increase human exposure to EMFs to potentially unsafe levels.
Why EMFs From 5G Are a Health Concern
EMFs have been linked to a variety of serious medical conditions in humans, including but not limited to increased risk for leukemia and other cancers (including childhood leukemia), increased risk of eye cataracts, diminished immune system function, and memory impairment.
Concerns about the negative health effects associated with exposure to EMFs over long periods of time have caused many people to avoid living near high-voltage electric lines that produce strong EMFs in closeby areas. These same concerns will apply to locally based wireless towers needed to provide 5G wireless service.
The concerns about EMFs saturating human-occupied areas with harmful EMFs are not just hysteria. Scientific studies have raised serious concerns about EMFs, especially long-term exposure to these invisible radio waves.
Health concerns regarding mobile phone usage have been heightened by data released by United States’ National Toxicology Program researchers in May 2016 that found small increases in the rate of tumors in male rats exposed to cellphone radiation at amounts and durations that were near the allowable level of cellphone radiation for brain exposure in the United States. While extrapolating the results from rats to humans is something that cannot be done without further studies, the results are a concern for health experts, especially since radiation associated with cell phone usage is presumed to be safe non-ionizing radiation. The American Cancer Society said this study was "a paradigm shift in our understanding of radiation and cancer risk."
5G will use pulsed millimeter-sized waves to transmit and receive data. Prior research has found that pulsed microwaves affect human biological processes more acutely than non-pulsed microwaves. Studies have found frequencies utilizing pulsed microwaves caused DNA strand breaks and other toxic effects on cells that are precursors to cancer.
Another health concern associated with 5G is that it will be adding another layer of electronic radio wave radiation to the already existing ones that humans are presently exposed to in their everyday lives. The term “electrosmog” has been coined to describe the ever-increasing amount of electronic radio waves that occupy the spaces we live in. 5G will increase the amount of electrosmog that impacts humans.
Some researchers have raised concerns that being exposed to multiple sources of electronic radio wave radiation could have synergistic negative health impacts, as they will potentially act in concert in the way they affect living things.
We really will not know the true effects of the increased electronic radio wave radiation / EMFs exposure due to 5G until many years in the future when epidemiologists have analyzed health data to determine if any discernible increases in illnesses can be attributed to EMFs exposure associated with 5G.
What You Can Do Protect Yourself From 5G EMFs
It appears inevitable that the world is moving towards the much faster wireless data speeds that 5G offers, regardless of what the short and long-term health effects may be on humans and the natural world. The following are some practical ideas regarding what you can do to protect yourself from 5G EMFs that will increase over time as 5G wireless services are rolled out to additional areas.
- Buy an EMF meter and measure EMFs in your home or workspace, where you spend most of your time. Make sure to avoid areas with high EMF readings or at least not use them as places you spend a lot of time.
- If you find high EMF readings in an area you cannot avoid, consider installing shielding to lessen the strength of EMFs in that area. There is a whole cottage industry of EMF shielding products, such as “Earthing Grounding Anti-radiation EMF RF Shielding Fabric”, which is effective at stopping EMFs from affecting a space.
- Be aware of your community’s plans for locating new 5G wireless towers in the area that you live. If one is proposed close to your home, let your voice be heard at the planning board meeting and to try to get them to change the location. Not only will your health be potentially negatively impacted by a nearby 5G wireless tower, but your home value will also take a hit, especially if health concerns regarding EMF radiation from 5G grow over time.
- If necessary, move to a new location that is not so close to a 5G wireless tower or other sources of EMFs.
- Participate in efforts to promote the study of the effects of EMFs on human health and the natural world. Citizen activism can lead to additional health studies and better safety standards for EMF exposures.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Aren't there studies being conducted now on the possible correlation of the origins of the electromagnetic field movement beginning in 1992, and radiofrequency microwaves emitted by pc/cell phone usage?
Answer: I am not sure I understand your question. Are you asking if there are studies about whether pc/cell phone usage is affecting the Earth's electromagnetic field?
Question: If my combo modem and router for my home has 5G should I be concerned?
Answer: The 5G associated with wifi routers is not the same as the 5G associated with wireless phone service. Different technologies with the same name. Research wifi health concerns, as there are some, but they are separate from the health concerns associated with 5G wireless service.
© 2018 John Coviello
John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on November 27, 2018:
You're welcome. 5G is just getting started. It will be a major health concern in the coming decade. It is a good idea to be well informed about 5G dangers and to take actions to mitigate these dangers.
Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on June 02, 2018:
Thanks for the tips.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 31, 2018:
Thank you for these tips on how to protect ourselves from 5G wireless networks. Progress is not always to our advantage and hopefully communities will consider its effects before allowing these in some areas.