By Bindu Vijayan

In our fast-paced world we are looking at everything supreme and uber.  We demand so much of technology and that sometimes mean, with the rapid speed technology keeps to match our pacing needs, there is very little time to conduct researches on how it can affect humanity.

5G is to be the brilliant answer to connectivity, with high data rate, reduced latency, energy saving, reduced costs and improved system capacity. With its ‘Release – 16’ in April 2020, it is due for submission to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as a candidate of IMT-2020 technology.

Technologists are excited about 5G, and businesses surveyed believe that they expect 5G to provide improved, never like before customer experience.  And, about 47% believe it is an opportunity for more creative formats.  On the consumers’ side, the survey proves that majority of them are indeed very excited as it is expected to provide hugely improved, speedier connectivity for wearables.  (“Data from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) from July 2018 shows that wearables are increasingly becoming part of everyday life. Three in 10 US consumers own wireless earbuds, 25% use wearable fitness trackers and 18% own a smartwatch. Even VR headsets are making their way into US households, at 11% penetration.”) And about 85% of consumers believe that 5G will benefit AR and AI powered work and experiences.

So, with all that excitement about the advancements that 5G would bring us, there is also plenty of news that the technology is not tested enough.  As much as we love technology, it is our responsibility to research it well enough for potential damages and harm it can cause us.

At any point in time, our phones are constantly sending magnetic waves whether we are receiving any calls or notifications or not.  And, 5G that would be out with upto 60 GHz, and the numerous towers than earlier (because it’s frequency can only travel so much), is going to cause a surge of magnetic waves, right?  Apparently, in 5G technology, energy will be deposited in the skin; it means that our skin will do all absorption, BUT they do not know how RFCMS is going to affect human skin. A group of scientists, doctors and concerned citizens recently got together to call for an urgent stop deployment of 5G, reports Michele Greenstein. They called it ‘an experiment to humanity’, and claimed that it should be seen as ‘criminal’ under international law..

The economy boost from it is expected to be a $500 billion with 3 Million new jobs, but something about those small cell towers cropping all over the place to support 5G makes me wary, especially when I read that we don’t fully understand the extent of their effects on our health.

Is 5G dangerous to our health is a question that is getting asked a lot these days, and having combed thru the web, I am getting a lot of conflicting answers;

What happens when we approach a stage when the wavelength of energy reaches the dimensions of a biological structure? Paul Ben-Ishai, PhD, Department of Physics, Ariel, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, analyzed the reaction of human skin to 3G energy waves – in their experiment they measured the hands of people as they sat calmly. Then these people were made to run around the campus in order to increase their stress levels, and to perspire a lot.  They then dried their hands and measured them again.  What they found was that the sweat gland can absorb electro magnetic energy between 75 – 110 gigs; by making the sweat gland work more the absorption could also change.  See what that could mean with the energy waves from 5G?

Dariusz Lesszczynski, Msc., DSc., PhD, Chief Editor of Radiation and Health, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland, says – What we do not have is the slightest idea how humans respond to RFCMS.  In 5G technology, energy will be deposited in the skin, meaning that skin will take all absorption, and not really all the other organs will be affected, unless indirectly from responses from within the skin. Apparently, they do not know how human skin is going to react to RFCMS. Our sweat ducts are a strong absorber of 5G radiation as this professor points out.

There is a very urgent need to evaluate health effects of 5G, including skin physiology. He recommends that there is a need to evaluate if 5G exposure increases risk of melanomas and / or epithelioma. Up until now we know that our sweat ducts are very strong absorbers of the 5G radiation, but there has been very little studies on the health effects of 5G radiation. But as of now they don’t know one way or the other if this will pose a serious health risk, just that the research in its long-term effect is not yet concrete.

Back in 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer did a press release where they classified ‘radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use’ (Press release No. 208, dated 31 May 2011).  IARC Director, Christopher Wild, said  “given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings, it is important that additional search be conducted into the long-term heavy use of mobile phones….”

Early 2018, SB Wire reported “the world’s largest animal study on cell tower radiation confirms cancer link – scientists call on the world health organization international agency for research on cancer to re-evaluate the carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation after the Ramazzini Institute (Italy) and US Government studies report finding the unusual cancers.

“Teton Village, WY (SBWIRE) – Researchers with the renowned Ramazzini Institute (RI) in Italy announce that a large-scale lifetime study of lab animals exposed to environmental levels of cell tower radiation developed cancer.  A $25million study of much higher levels of cell phone radiofrequency (RF) radiation, from the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), has also reported finding the same unusual cancer called Schwannoma of the heart in male rats treated at the highest dose.  In addition, the RI study of cell tower radiation also found increases in malignant brain (glial)tumors in female rats and precancerous conditions including Schwann cells hyperplasia in both male and female rats.”

“Such findings of effects at very low levels are not unexpected” stated Devra Davis PhD, MPH, President of EHT, pointing to a Jacobs University replication animal study published in 2015 that also found very low levels of RFR promoted tumor growth. “This study confirms an ever-growing literature and provides a wake-up call to governments to enact protective policy to limit exposures to the public and to the private sector to make safe radiation-free technology available”

On the other hand, the UK Health Protection Agency (part of the Public Health England) says, ‘in view of the widespread use of wi-fi in schools, we have conducted the largest and the most comprehensive measurement studies to assess exposures of children to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from wireless computer networks.  This agency concluded that radiofrequency exposures were well below recommended maximum levels and that there was “no reason why wi-fi should not continue to be used in schools and in other places.”

5G would usher in IoThings, everything from super smart homes, remote surgeries, autonomous vehicles will all be achieved with this instantaneous speed, but 5G isn’t going to come cheap even if they talk about cost reduction, which is what we common consumers expect.  Though the technology can bring latency down from 50 milliseconds to less than 1 millisecond, which would mean we get to download an entire season of game of thrones in HD, in  30 seconds, for AT & T to go live in 12 cities on December 18, 2018, it took a whopping amount. Though it is not fully operational, AT & T would charge users $70 per month for 15 gigabytes.

Senate Bill 637 – Veteran MD Sharon Goldberg, an internal medicine physician, dropped a bombshell about 5G tech dangers recently, she said “wiles radiation has biological effects. The PubMed and peer view literature states ‘these effects are seen in all life forms – plants, animals, insects, microbes. In humans we have clear evidence of cancer now, there is no question. We have evidence of DNA damage, cardio myopathy which is the precursor of congestive heart failure, neuro psychiatric effects.  5G is not a conversation whether or not these risks exists, they clearly do. She says ‘5G is a conversation about unsustainable healthcare expenditures. We have been sitting on the evidence for EMR and chronic disease for decades, and now we are seeing all these epidemics appearing.  Diabetes is the first epidemic, the statistics are very scary, one in three American children will become diabetic in their lifetime, and for Hispanic females, the number is 1 in 2. What does all this have to do with wireless radiation? Wireless radiation in other electro magnetic fields such as magnetic fields and electricity have been clearly associated with elevated blood sugar and diabetes.

Dr. Sharon Goldberg goes on to say that the closer you live near a cell tower, the higher your blood glucose. That is based on hemoglobin A1 C measurement. So, the idea of small networks and putting them close to people’s homes scientifically is very dangerous. She reveals that ‘the way you create a model of diabetes in rats in the lab is by exposing them to 2.4 gigahertz and this is not for long term exposure.  The result of the diabetes epidemic leaving costs aside, it affects the kidneys, and causes chronic kidney disease. End stage renal disease is the worst complication of diabetes that leads to hemodialysis.

Hemodialysis is an automatic qualification for Medicare, it is reported that renal failure takes care of 7% of all Medicare expenditure in the United States.

Fear mongering or no, what I find is that researchers are not fully sure and that is the reason to make me a little paranoid about the lack of definitive findings. At all the breakneck speed technology is advancing, we don’t find the time for thorough research to take place, and we are now having to worry about the magnetic pollution that comes off these high frequency waves. In comparison, the laser that is shooting thru the fiber optical cables seems to be a much safer alternative with no pollution or potential for harm.