Like many earlier ‘technological evolutions’ that have changed the qualitative aspects of our lives almost overnight, some in good and some in not-so-good ways, 5G is touted to be next big thing: the grand-dad of all! We are moving into the world of 5G radiation, or 5th generation cellular telecommunications for two main reasons:
a) The frequency bandwidths being used currently by cell phones and similar technologies are becoming saturated.
b) We live in a world where people want more! 5G, and the Internet of Things (IoT) that goes with it, promises to give us more.
c) 5G offers mind-blowing data capabilities and speeds, practically unrestricted call volumes and near infinite data broadcast. It does this using untapped bandwidth between 30GHz and 300GHz (also called the millimeter wave (MMW)
For the first time in history , a network of communication will be designed for ‘things’ ( IoT) and not just for people and their needs…..and to achieve this end, an intricate network of antennae ( almost on every other light post and signboard!) , more than 20,000 satellites circling the globe beaming ‘information packets’ through electromagnetic radiation( EMRs).
The other (lesser known) side of the coin!
The benefits that 5G can bring into our lives are indeed phenomenal and exciting, but there is a small catch: there are no conclusive studies ever done which conclude that exposing human beings to such levels of artificial EMRs is safe and will not have any adverse health effects. It seems, owing to pressing commercial and perhaps political interests, entire humanity is set to be made a ‘Guinea pig of this global experiment’ as we celebrate advent of 5G technology! Leave alone humans, no studies on animals have even been done to render 5G radiations safe for life form. On the contrary, there are tons of studies (now available in public domain) that clearly indicate that leave alone 5G, even 2G to 4G EMRs have drastic adverse impacts on all life forms.
Furthermore, no one shall have a choice to ‘OPT-OUT’ of this sea of EMRs. Once 5G becomes the ‘new normal’ and technology is installed in a city, every citizen ‘per-force’ will have to be part of that environment. Thousands of studies have linked even low-level wireless radio frequency radiation exposures to a long list of adverse biological effects, including:
· DNA single and double strand breaks
· oxidative damage
· disruption of cell metabolism
· melatonin reduction
· disruption to brain glucose metabolism
· generation of stress proteins
5G environment will not only have a network of much higher frequency electromagnetic radiation but will also be in much closer proximity to humans, consequently increasing our exposure and related dangers.
Perhaps, in a first of it’s kind, earth-dwellers shall be immersed in a ‘dense soup of ELECTROSMOG’ of such intensities and such high frequencies of man-made EMRs ever!
How global scientific community is reacting to 5G?
Few people are aware that way back in 2011, World Health Organisation had categorized Electromagnetic radiation (EMRs) as category 2B carcinogen i.e possibly cancer causing - in same category like asbestos and lead pollution. However many scientists have appealed for much more stringent categorization for artificial EMRs because these have been ‘proven to be detrimental to life forms even at low intensities’. 5G technology just increases the risk factor by many hundred times.
1. As of September 17, 2019, 253 scientists and medical doctors have signed the appeal. The 5G Appeal is still open for endorsement for scientists (PhD, professor) or medical doctors http://www.5gappeal.eu/
The 5G Appeal was prepared in 2017 by scientists and doctors who are urgently calling for the EU to halt the roll out of 5G due to serious potential health effects from this new technology. 5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency 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.
2. During the recent years over 240 scientists from more than 40 countries have expressed their “serious concerns”, via EMF Scientists Appeal, regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices – already before the additional 5G roll-out. https://emfscientist.org/index.php/emf-scientist-appeal
Is this ‘alarm’ about harms of 5G scientific? Where can one learn more on this subject?
Web world is replete with independent studies on this subject, following are links to few comprehensive websites:
1. Environmental Health Trust (EHT) is a think tank that promotes a healthier environment through research, education, and policy. It is the only nonprofit organization in the world that carries out cutting edge research on environmental health hazards (https://ehtrust.org/resources-to-share/)
2. Physicians for safe technology are a group of physicians and health professionals whose mission is to provide trusted leadership in promoting, healthy and safe environments through the safer use of technology at home, in schools, in the workplace, in healthcare settings and in communities.
3. Parents for safe technology is a group of people committed to find the facts about harmful effects of EMRs. They have put together a compelling repository of research papers on this subject
The big dilemma !
It took fifty years for cigarettes to be classified as carcinogenic (in early days these were even advertised as being healthy!). It took asbestos more than seventy years to be banned after being classified carcinogenic ( and it is still not completely banned in US!). Living in an age where the ‘lure of technical comforts’ and ‘systematic misinformation of scientific facts’ steered by commercial interests has become a norm, where does one turn to find the truth? This poses a big dilemma for which each one needs to become one’s own guide and find one’s own truth based on ‘unbiased research as well as our inner voice’- in charting our course through life.