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While 5G wireless is being touted as the next best thing in cell phone technology with greatly enhanced connection speeds, it will also cause dramatically increased exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) radiation compared to 4G and prior wireless technologies.
The increased exposure to RF-EMF radiation is due to the fact that 5G wireless service will be delivered via powerful millimeter-sized waves at higher frequencies than used in the past, 5G towers will be located very close to humans, and many more towers will be needed to deliver 5G service than prior wireless technologies. The impending barrage of 5G millimeter-sized radiation raises real health concerns, especially since recent health studies indicate cell phone radiation exposure is more harmful than previously thought.
Health concerns associated with 5G RF-EMF radiation exposure fall into two categories. The first category includes acute health conditions that people report when exposed to 5G, which are known as “electronic sensitivity” or “electronic hypersensitivity.” The second category includes long-term health maladies that have the potential to develop over long periods of time, such as cancerous tumors in the brain and damage to the skin and eyes.
It should be noted that there may be other long-term health impacts from 5G radiation exposure that have not yet identified. Since 5G is just starting to be rolled out, it will be years before we understand all of the negative impacts that 5G radiation has on humans. In essence, we will all be guinea pigs in the 5G experiment.
Immediate 5G Radiation Exposure Health Concerns
People that claim electronic sensitivity or hypersensitivity due to RF-EMF exposure report symptoms that include itchy skin, problems concentrating, sleep disruption, fatigue and low energy levels, memory issues, dizziness, and depression. They claim their symptoms disappeared once they removed themselves from an environment that contained RF-EMFs.
Of course, first-hand accounts are only anecdotal evidence that exposure to RF-EMFs can cause immediate negative health impacts. There is a need for well-designed scientific health studies on large populations to determine if reported immediate RF-EMF negative health impacts can be proven to be statistically significant and are scientifically sound. In the meantime, if you are suffering from any of the reported immediate health impacts associated with 5G RF-EMF radiation exposure, it would be a good idea to do what you can do to shield yourself from exposure to determine if your symptoms recede or disappear.
Image on Left Shows How Small 5G Tower on Light Pole
Long-Term 5G Radiation Exposure Health Concerns
Long-term health concerns associated with cell phone usage have been routinely written off by many in the regulatory and health communities since it has been believed for many years that non-ionizing RF-EMF radiation associated with cell phone usage is too weak to damage human DNA and cause tumors. However, recent studies have raised concerns that non-ionizing radiation from cell phones might be capable of damaging human DNA, which has the potential to cause cancerous tumors.
Researchers from the United States’ National Toxicology Program released data in May 2016 that indicated a small increase in the likelihood of tumor development in male rats exposed to cell phone radiation. To mimic human exposure, the radiation exposure durations and amounts were done at levels close to allowable human cell phone radiation brain exposure levels. These surprising findings were supported by a later study conducted by the Italian Ramazzini Institute, the results of which were released during 2018. The Ramazzini study found similar impacts on rodents exposed to cell phone radiation as the National Toxicology Program.
The findings of these studies shook up the health and scientific communities’ understanding of the safety of non-ionizing radiation exposure. The American Cancer Society considers the National Toxicology Program study to be "a paradigm shift in our understanding of radiation and cancer risk." Those are strong words coming from such a mainstream medical organization. While additional studies are necessary to determine if the results of the rat studies also apply to humans, the findings of the rat studies are very concerning since they challenge the once widely-held belief that non-ionizing radiation associated with cell phone use is “safe.”
Another concern is the fact that both of the rat studies were conducted using older wireless technologies and did not take into account the high-energy millimeter-sized pulsed RF-EMF radiation waves that 5G wireless service utilizes. 5G will increase human exposure to non-ionizing radiation, which could lead to significant negative health impacts in humans.
Why should we be concerned about high-energy millimeter-sized pulsed RF-EMF radiation that 5G uses to deliver data at blazing fast speeds? Martin L. Pall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry, and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University explained, “Pulsed EMFs are, in most cases, more biologically active and therefore more dangerous than are non-pulsed (continuous wave) EMFs. All cordless communication devices communicate via pulsations because it is the pulsations that carry the information communicated. All the industry claims of safety are based on a theory (only thermal effects) that was known to be wrong back in 1971 and that was before many thousands of additional studies were published providing massive confirmation that industry claims are false.”
Dr. Pall is talking about the fact that the wireless industry relies upon outdated studies to claim that cell phones are safe and the only human health impact from non-ionizing radiation exposure is a thermal effect in which human skin is heated by the radiation. In fact, as the National Toxicology Program and Ramazzini Institute studies have shown, there are other potential negative health impacts associated with non-ionizing radiation exposure.
Health studies have also found that human eyes and sweat ducts act as antennas when exposed to the millimeter-sized wireless radiation that 5G uses, which has the potential to damage these organs. Other health studies have found that millimeter-sized wireless radiation had negative impacts on the human heart and immune system. There are also indications that this type of radiation affects bacteria that make humans sick and could cause bacteria to become more resistant to antibiotics and clean agents.
The safety guidelines that the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) relied upon when they deemed 5G to be safe are based on a study conducted in 1996 that measured how much a cell phone heated the head of an adult-sized plastic mannequin. It is highly illogical to use a decades-old study on a plastic mannequin to determine if a new technology such as 5G is safe to use. It’s a dated study that used wireless technology that was much different than 5G is in regards to factors such as millimeter-sized RF-EMF waves, higher-powered frequencies used by 5G and placing 5G towers very close to humans. It also does not take into account that humans are complex organisms with many organs and cells that do not react to radiation in the same way as a uniform plastic mannequin.
A 5G Tower on a Light Pole In Front of a Home
Increased Radiation Exposure From 5G Wireless RF-EMF
Because millimeter-sized 5G waves cannot travel long distances or go around obstacles effectively, 5G wireless service requires a dense network of 5G towers that will be located very close to people. 5G cellular towers (radiation sources) will be located in neighborhoods, on top of utility poles in front of people's homes and businesses, on local buildings, etc. This is much closer than 4G towers that are usually located high up in remote areas away from where humans live and work. 5G towers located so close to humans have great potential to deliver RF-EMF radiation at levels well above what is considered “safe” levels and for long periods of time since people spend a lot of time at home and at work.
5G’s millimeter-sized RF-EMF waves will add to existing man-made RF-EMF radiation that humans are exposed to from various sources, thus increasing the stress level on human health from RF-EMF radiation exposure. The term “electrosmog” has been coined to describe the ever-increasing amount of electronic radio wave pollution that occupies the spaces in which we live. 5G will increase the amount of electrosmog that impacts humans. Some researchers have raised concerns that being exposed to multiple sources of RF-EMF radiation could have synergistic negative health impacts, as they will potentially act in concert to increase negative effects on living things.
Wireless Industry and Government Regulator's Position on 5G Health Concerns
The concerns about RF-EMFs saturating human-occupied areas with harmful levels of radiation are not just hysteria. While some of the current studies regarding exposure to cell phone radiation do not raise health concerns, enough have found health concerns to warrant a cautious approach to 5G, especially since 5G will add a whole new layer of radiation exposure.
As can be expected, with so much future revenue and profits at stake, the wireless industry has done all it can do to gloss over and side-step health concerns associated with the implementation of 5G service. Industry spokespeople cite the plastic mannequin study dating back to 1996 to claim that 5G is safe. This widely-cited study was done when wireless signals were much weaker and it only focused on the thermal effects. This is remarkable because 5G is such a different technology than the prior wireless technologies that using a 1996 thermal effects study to claim a new technology such as 5G is safe is essentially comparing apples to oranges.
Government regulator's positions concerning the health effects associated with 5G vary throughout the world, with some urging caution and banning 5G, while many others failing to do their duty to protect public health from potentially unhealthy 5G wireless technology. The United States FCC Chairmen Ajit Pai has made it clear that the regulatory body relied upon the dated and irrelevant 1996 mannequin study when they decided it was safe to the roll-out of 5G wireless services.
Former United States FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was chairman when 5G was proposed in the mid-2010s, stated he had no intention of putting health concerns ahead of the wireless industry’s desire to roll-out 5G. Mr. Wheeler said, “Stay out of the way of technological development. Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying (this). Turning innovators loose is far preferable to letting committees and regulators define the future. We won’t wait for the standards.” When asked specifically about health concerns associated with 5G, he said, “Talk to the medical people”.
Some regulators in other countries have taken similar pro-industry anti-health stances in regards to 5G. In the United Kingdom, the Minister for Digital and Broadband, Matt Warman, wrote to all planning authorities that they should not oppose 5G applications without “legitimate grounds and evidence,” ignoring the growing body of evidence that raises health concerns in regards to 5G radiation exposure.
Your Safety in the Brave New 5G Wireless World
With the majority of people supporting the roll-out of 5G wireless services and government regulators in many countries failing to properly protect citizens from potentially negative health effects associated with 5G radiation exposure, the mass implementation of 5G seems inevitable. There are many things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from this brave new world that will have potentially harmful 5G radiation. These include ensuring your local government places 5G transmission towers in locations that are not too close to where you live and work or where children go to school. There are also ways to take proactive measures to block 5G signals from penetrating your living or workspace.
We really will not know the true effects of the increased 5G RF-EMFs radiation exposure until many years in the future when epidemiologists have analyzed health data to determine if any discernible increases in illnesses can be attributed to 5G radiation exposure. In the meantime, it is a good idea to take action to reduce exposure to 5G radiation.
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John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on December 28, 2019:
That's unfortunately true, Liz. This 5G rollout is being done backward. Instead of properly assessing the health risks and setting policies based on the health risks, we will be reacting to the health risks years after the deployment of the 5G network, as data comes in regarding how it is actually affecting humans and the environment.
Liz Westwood from UK on December 22, 2019:
As is often the case, health concerns seem to be playing catch up with developments in technology again. As you rightly say, it will only be with the benefits of hindsight several years down the line that we will have the statistics to show how much of an impact 5G technology has had on our health. By then we could be onto 8G with more health risks to discover.
John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on December 21, 2019:
Kate - Thanks for reading my article about 5G's health concerns. It's not all smiles and good times as the wireless industry makes 5G out to be in their commercials. I wrote two articles about how to protect yourself from 5G radiation. I will add links in this article.
If you want to look them up, search for "How to Protect Yourself From Harmful Mobile Cell Phone RF-EMF Radiation" and "How To Protect Your Home and Family From 5G Mobile Cell Phone EMF-RF Radiation". Hope they help you.
Kate P from The North Woods, USA on December 21, 2019:
I found this article really interesting because everything I've read about 5G has been eye-opening, but I didn't know much about the technology itself. But, what EVERYONE wants to know is, how can I protect myself from this invasive technology? And that section is completely glossed over so after reading the whole article I now know I'm gonna die slowly, and I'm not sure, still, how to prevent that. Food for thought.