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FRIGHTENING FREQUENCIES: THE DANGERS OF 5G
By Jody McCutcheon
As the old saying goes, give us an inch and inevitably we’ll want a mile. And
certainly, this sentiment is true with technology.
Who doesn’t want faster, bigger (or smaller), more efficient? Take wireless
mobile telecommunications. Our current broadband cellular network platform, 4G
(or fourth generation), allows us to transmit data faster than 3G and
everything that preceded. We can access information faster now than ever
before in history. What more could we want? Oh, yes, transmission speeds
powerful enough to accommodate the (rather horrifying) so-called
Internet of Things. Which
brings us to 5G.
Until now, mobile broadband networks have been designed to meet the needs of people.
has been created with machines’ needs
in mind, offering low-latency, high-efficiency data transfer. It
achieves this by breaking data down into smaller packages, allowing for faster
transmission times. Whereas 4G has a fifty-millisecond delay, 5G data transfer
will offer a mere one-millisecond delay–we humans won’t notice the difference,
but it will permit machines to achieve near-seamless communication. Which in
itself may open a whole Pandora’s box of trouble for us – and our planet.
More bandwidth – more dangers of 5G
Let’s start with some basic background on 5G technology. Faster processing
speeds require more bandwidth, yet our current frequency bandwidths are
quickly becoming saturated. The idea behind 5G is to use untapped bandwidth of
the extremely high-frequency millimeter wave (MMW), between 30GHz and 300GHz,
in addition to some lower and mid-range frequencies.
High-frequency MMWs travel a short distance. Furthermore, they don’t travel
well through buildings and tend to be absorbed by rain and plants, leading to
signal interference. Thus, the necessary infrastructure would require many
smaller, barely noticeable cell towers situated closer together, with more
input and output ports than there are on the much larger, easier to see 4G
towers. This would likely result
in wireless antennas every few feet, on every lamp post and utility pole in
Here are some numbers to put the dangers of 5G into perspective: as of 2015,
there were 308,000 wireless antennas on cell towers and buildings. That’s
double the 2002 number. Yet 5G would require exponentially more, smaller ones,
placed much closer together, with each emitting bursts of radiofrequency
radiation (RFR)–granted, at levels much lower than that of today’s 4G
cell towers–that will be much harder to avoid because these towers will be
ubiquitous. If we could see the RFR, it would look like a smog that’s
everywhere, all the time.
Serious health concerns
First, it’s important to know that in 2011, the World Health Organization’s International
Agency for Research on Cancer classified
a potential 2B carcinogen and
specified that the use of mobile phones could lead to specific forms of brain
Many studies have associated
low-level RFR exposure with a litany of health effects, including:
As mentioned, the new 5G technology utilizes higher-frequency MMW bands, which
give off the same dose of radiation as airport scanners. The
effects of this radiation on public health have yet to undergo the rigours of
long-term testing. Adoption
of 5G will mean more signals carrying more energy through the high-frequency
spectrum, with more transmitters located closer to people’s homes and
workplaces–basically a lot more (and more potent) RFR flying around us. It’s
no wonder that apprehension exists over potential risks, to both human and
Perhaps the strongest concern involves adverse effects of MMWs on human skin.
This letter to
Communications Commission, from Dr Yael Stein of Jerusalem’s Hebrew
University, outlines the main points. Over ninety percent of microwave
radiation is absorbed by
the epidermis and dermis layers, so human
skin basically acts as an
absorbing sponge for microwave
radiation. Disquieting as this may sound, it’s generally considered
acceptable so long as the violating wavelengths are greater than the skin
layer’s dimensions. But MMW’s violate this condition.
Furthermore, the sweat ducts in the skin’s upper layer act like helical
antennas, which are specialized antennas constructed specifically to respond
to electromagnetic fields. With millions of sweat ducts, and 5G’s increased
RFR needs, it stands to reason that our
bodies will become far more conductive to this radiation. The full
ramifications of this fact are presently unclear, especially for more
vulnerable members of the public (e.g., babies, pregnant women, the elderly),
but this technology
Furthermore, MMWs may cause our pain receptors to flare up in recognition of
the waves as damaging stimuli. Consider that the US Department of Defense
already uses a crowd-dispersal method called the Active
Denial System, in which MMWs are directed at crowds to make their skin
feel like it’s burning, and also has the ability to basically microwave
populations to death from afar with this technology if they choose to do so.
And the telecommunications industry wants to fill
our atmosphere with MMWs?
Other distressing research
Unfortunately, innocent animals have already been the victims of testing to
see MMW’s effects on living cells. Extrapolating the results from animal
testing to humans isn’t straightforward, but the results nonetheless raise
some serious red flags. Perhaps most significantly, a US National Toxicology
Program study noted
that male rats exposed to RFR for nine hours a day over two years developed rare
forms of tumours in the brain and heart, and rats of both sexes developedDNA
The researchers noted that the increased risk to the rats was relatively
small; but if these findings translate to humans, the widespread increase in
cellphone use could have a significant impact on populations. Thus the NTP
study served to renew the debate about the potential harmful effects of
cellphones on human health. Not only that, it caused a significant
shift in the American Cancer
Society’s understanding of radiation and cancer, and sparked them to state
that our ignorance of RFR’s impact on human health could be compared to our
previous obliviousness to the connection between smoking and lung cancer.
Other animal research worldwide illustrates how microwave radiation in general
and MMW’s in particular can damage the eyes and immune system, cell growth
rate, even bacterial resistance. An experiment at
the Medical Research Institute of Kanazawa Medical University showed that
60GHz millimeter-wave antennas produce thermal injuries in rabbit eyes, with
thermal effects reaching below the eye’s surface.
This study, meanwhile, suggests low-level MMW’s caused lens opacity–a
precursor to cataracts–in rats’ eyes. AChinese
study demonstrated that eight
hours’ of microwave radiation damaged rabbits’ lens epithelial cells. APakistani
study concluded that exposure
to mobile phone EMF prevented chicken embryo retinal cells from properly
This Russian study revealed
that exposing healthy mice to low-intensity, extremely high-frequency
electromagnetic radiation severely
compromised their immune systems. And a 2016
Armenian studyconcluded that low-intensity MMW’s not only depressed the
growth of E. coli and other bacteria, but also changed certain properties and
activity levels of the cells. The same Armenian study noted that MMW
interaction with bacteria could
lead to antibiotic resistance–distressing news, considering immunity
to bacteria is already compromised due to the overuse of antibiotics.
Again, if these findings translate to humans, our rampant cellphone use would
likely cause profound, adverse health effects; an increase in MMW’s as more
bandwidth is introduced could further complicate the matter.
But what’s also important to note here is that the danger of 5G technology can
not only have a profound impact on human health, but on the health of all
living organisms it touches, including plants, as we shall see.
The dangers of 5G extends to the planet, too
Equally disturbing, 5G technology puts environmental health at risk in a
number of ways. First, MMWs may pose a serious threat to plant health. This
2010 study showed
that the leaves of aspen seedlings exposed to RFR exhibited symptoms of
necrosis, while another
Armenian study suggested
low-intensity MMW’s cause “peroxidase isoenzyme spectrum changes”–basically a
stress response that damages cells–in wheat shoots. Plant irradiation is bad
news for the planet’s flora, but it’s bad news for us, too: it
could contaminate our food supply.
Second, the 5G infrastructure would pose
a threat to our planet’s atmosphere. Network implementation will
require the deployment of many, short-lifespan satellites via suborbital
rockets propelled by hydrocarbon rocket engines. According to this
2010 California study, launching too many of these babies will vomit
enough black carbon into the atmosphere to pollute global atmospheric
conditions, affecting distribution of ozone and temperature. Worse,
solid-state rocket exhaust contains chlorine, an ozone-destroying chemical.
How can any government seriously concerned about climate change allow for
Third, 5G will potentially threaten
natural ecosystems. According to several reports over the last two
decades–some of which are summarized here–low-level,
non-ionizing microwave radiation affects bird and bee health. It drives birds
from their nests and causes plume deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced
survivorship and death. And bee populations suffer from reduced egg-laying
abilities of queen bees and smaller colony sizes. More evidence of ecosystem
disruption comes from this 2012
meta-study, which indicates that 593 of 919 research studies suggest that
RFR adversely affects plants, animals and humans.
It bears repeating: 5G
is bad news for all living creatures and the planet we share.
Beware the propaganda deluge
Despite being fully aware of all these unsettling results, threats and
US corporatocracy continues to maintain a gung-ho attitude about 5G.
Now Act was passed in 2016, and
many US states have since gone
ahead with 5G plans. The telecom industry’s biggest players have basically
co-opted government powers to enforce their 5G agenda, with companies like AT&T and
Qualcomm having begun
live testing. And despite research showing serious threats to humans and
the planet, the FCC Chairman announced intentions
to open low-, mid- and high-frequency spectrums, without even mentioning a
single word about the dangers.
They’re going to sell this to us as ‘faster browsing speeds’ – but the truth
is, you’ll barely even notice the difference. They’re
going to call anyone who protests against 5G a ‘Luddite’ or ‘technophobe’. But
why such a willingness to embrace another new technology – even though it
carries serious risks and brings spurious benefits? Why not heed the lessons
learned from killer products like asbestos, tobacco and leaded gasoline?
Because a tiny percentage of people will gain an awful lot of money, is one
reason. And because companies and governments will be given unprecedented
amounts of power over civilians is the other.
All isn’t doom and gloom, though. At least one US politician is maintaining
some level-headedness: in October, California Governor Jerry Brown stopped
legislation that would have allowed the telecom industry to inundate the state
with mini-towers. Brown’s bold actions have permitted localities a say in
where and how many cell towers are placed.
The state of Hawaii has stopped 5G and
smart meters by collectively threatening to charge every person who installed
such meters with liability for any health problems residents may suffer.
Moreover, 180 scientists have started a petition to
warn of the dangers of 5G, especially its potential health effects. Maybe
these actions will afford more time for additional studies and data
collection. Just as importantly, maybe they’ll cause other politicians and
figureheads to reflect on what they’ve been pushing for.
In the meantime, we as individuals must do everything
we can to protect ourselves
against the dangers of 5G.Here’s
what you can do: