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04 January 2018

5G Telecommunications Science

5G Telecommunications Science
Physicians for Safe Technology

The Telecommunications Industry promises ubiquitous and unlimited mobile internet access with the next generation of 5G technologies. This 5th generation (5G) system uses much higher frequency electromagnetic radiation with Gigahertz (Ghz) wavelengths in the millimeter range. The 5G deployment proposes to add frequencies in the microwave spectrum in the low- (0.6 GHz – 3.7 GHz), mid- (3.7 – 24 GHz), and high-band frequencies (24 GHz and higher) for faster communications. Published scientific literature is listed below. [See original article.]

5G short fast wavelengths: 5G high frequency wavelengths are short and in the millimeter range. This is in contrast to the 2G, 3G and 4G telecommunications systems which use longer centimeter-length microwave frequencies in the megahertz (MHz) range. Industry states the deployment of 5G will increase productivity, boost the economy and give us a sense of well-being. In order to accomplish this, they will not just be using just 5G short wavelengths to transmit data, but will integrate 5G with current 3G and 4G systems, with plans to add much of the remaining spectrum in the microwave frequencies. Industry states this will operate fluidly in a highly dense cell antenna arrangement throughout neighborhoods and cities. This cell antenna network will accommodate multiple types of access technologies, multi-layer networks, multiple types of devices, multiple types of user interactions including self-driving automobiles and massive industrial automation.

More Frequencies constant Exposure: This means that the human population as well as other species will be exposed to an even larger mix of frequencies continuously inside and outside the home. Industry is fast-tracking placement of cell antennas for this new technology by promoting new legislation on a local, state and federal level. This will preempt local authority to place antenna on potentially every public utility pole and preexisting cell tower structure.

Health and Environmental Effects: What are the public health implications of this novel technology? What research supports its safety? What research indicates harmful effects? What are the implications for the unsolved privacy and security issues that are also related to health as products are being developed to interface with the medical community and patients? What are the contributions to global climate change? What are the societal and mental health effects in a population increasingly addicted to this technology and disconnected with each other? Patients and physicians are becoming increasingly aware of these related issues and concerned about the long term consequences of our convenient yet problematic wireless technologies. There appear to be more questions than answers.

Research: A review of the literature reveals that there is inadequate research into 5G health and environmental effects. There is science which shows both harmful and beneficial effects but no long term studies have been performed on 5G or any research on the mix of frequencies we would be exposed to. Critical long term health studies are lacking for 3G and 4G wireless technologies as well as 5G. Current FCC standards are based only on heat effects for all telecommunications radiofrequencies and not biological effects seen with low level exposures that do not heat tissues.

Millimeter Wavelengths Uses and Hazards: Millimeter wavelengths have been used in non-invasive complementary medicine in many Eastern European countries. Millimeter wavelengths (at high intensity) have also been used in military applications in active denial systems. Some research on non-thermal effects has shown that millimeter wavelengths target cell membranes and have adverse biological effects as well as clinical effects such as cataracts, immune system alterations and physiological effects on the heart and blood pressure. Adverse effects have been found in bacteria and insects. The cellular and organism effects are nonlinear and depend on a variety of individual factors as well as specific wavelengths, phasing and modulation of the wavelength signals. With widespread exposure even small physiologic alterations would be magnified in a population and contribute to a negative public health outcome.

IEEE: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is an industry association primarily composed of engineers, computer scientists, software developers, information technology professionals, physicists, scientists, and allied professionals. It is the world’s largest technical professional association. Their input has been pivotal in setting standards for radiofrequency exposures. The IEEE performs its own research and is involved in computer and wireless technology product development. Some of their research is included in this section. Even in their 2015 report on 5G “Safe for Generations to Come” the authors state “At this time, more reports of beneficial effects than detrimental effects from low-level exposure to mmWave radiation appear to exist in the literature, but this area needs to be better understood, and the specific effects need to be demonstrated reproducibly by independent investigators before any potential non-thermal effects are to be considered in determining the regulatory limits on this regime of nonionizing radiation.” So far science is not sufficient to support the safety of this technology.

Moratorium on 5G Technology: It is notable that a large group of scientists and physicians who have researched the biological and health effects of radiofrequency radiation have called for a moratorium on the use of 5G technologies until more research is done. Scientists call for 5G Moratorium

Published Literature 5G High Frequency, Gigahertz RF

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