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5G and Health

Unfortunately, there is no indication that 5G protective measures are adequate to protect our environment and living organisms. Many aspects of Radio Frequencies and 5G roll-out have been raised internationally as areas of concern. Four key areas are:

  • Health
  • Environment
  • Privacy
  • Property values

Of specific concern is the impact of 5G on health.


As far back as the 1980’s, communication technology that was initially developed primarily for military use, was put in use for commercial civilian application. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed cell phones to market without any testing for human health effects/hazards. Similar trends were seen across the globe. However, since then the technology has evolved dramatically, and wireless communication in smartphones, tablets and laptops have completely changed human body exposure patterns. Only some 30 years later did the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classify cellphone radiation as a possible carcinogen (Class 2B). The feeling from the scientific community is that this is still inadequate.

In May 2015, over 200 scientists from 39 nations, who have authored more than 2000 articles on electromagnetic fields, appealed to the United Nations to address “the emerging public health crisis” related to wireless radiation. They state that “the ICNIRP guidelines do not cover long-term exposure and low-intensity effects” and that the guidelines are “insufficient to protect public health.”

A wide range of probable causes of biological changes and health effects have been documented in reports dating as far back as 1971 (e.g. US Office of Naval Medical Research report). This document alone cites many reported biological effects including:

  • Heating of organs
  • Changes in physiological function
  • Central Nervous System effects (e.g. headaches, insomnia, EEG changes)
  • Autonomic Nervous System effects (e.g. fatigue, alteration of heart rhythm, alterations in the Synapse of the Vagus nerve)
  • Peripheral Nervous System effects
  • Psychological disorders (e.g. depression, impotence, hallucinations, irritability, tremors, chest pains)
  • Behavioral changes in animals
  • Blood disorders
  • Vascular disorders
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Endocrine gland changes and
  • Genetic and chromosomal changes to mention a few
Electromagnetic radiation

The BioInitiative 2012 Report provides an invaluable summary of research and studies that clearly establish bioeffects from very low-level exposure to electromagnetic fields and radio frequency radiation. This report has been prepared by 29 authors from ten countries, ten holding medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs, and three MSc, MA or MPHs. Among the authors are three former presidents of the Bioelectromagnetic Society (BEMs) and five full members of BEMS- all in all, a very credible audience. It is constantly being updated with new research summaries. A few important observations from the report summary table are listed noteworthy:

  • Fertility and reproductive effects
  • Fetal and Neonatal effects
  • Evidence that children are more vulnerable
  • EMFs as a plausible biological mechanism for autism
  • Risks to the blood brain barrier
  • Elevated risk of brain cancers
  • Evidence for genetic and neurological effects
  • Cataract formation (previously thought to be thermal, now known not to be)
  • Melatonin depletion and sleep disruption

… and the list goes on

Many individuals, doctors and organizations, such as the Environmental Health Trust, Lloyd Burrell at ElectricSensePhysicians for Safe Technology and many, many others provide a huge number references to science, research and education showing the dangers of EMF/EMR. This surely cannot be ignored!

The 5G appeal consisted of more than 400 scientists and doctors from over 40 different countries calling for a moratorium on the deployment of 5G asserting that “5G will substantially increase exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, etc. for telecommunications already in place. RF-EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.”

Now, across the globe, 5G technology is being rolled-out without prior testing for human health hazards and environmental exposure.  The higher frequency electromagnetic fields from 5G technologies about to be deployed pose even a greater biological concern than those to which we are exposed today.

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