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20 June 2018

Spain: Scientific Conferences Stop 5G in Segovia: the Negative Impact on Health of Future Telecommunications Networks

Scientific Conferences Stop 5G in Segovia: the negative impact on health of future telecommunications networks
By Electro and Chemical Sensitive for the Right to Health (EQSDS) (translation)

Experts predict an increase in health problems associated with increased electromagnetic pollution

Society is still not aware of the health impact of technological development models at the service of industrial interests.

This weekend, June 16 and 17, the 1st Scientific Conference on 5G and Health took place in Segovia. In coordination with the Stop 5G Platform, the Electro and Chemical Sensitive Association for the Right to Health organized the event. During the morning, at the former Faculty of Education, in front of some 200 people from different places, experts in electromagnetic fields and health sciences gave an overview of the implications of the excessive development of radiofrequency transmission technologies. Among the speakers were Dr. Annie Sasco, former director of epidemiology at IARC and Ceferino Maestu, director of the Bioelectromagnetism Laboratory at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. In the afternoon, a Human Chain was formed in the center of the city that ended with the reading of a Manifesto in the Plaza Mayor. The Human Chain wore a woven scarf 300 meters long symbolizing the balance between the traditional and the modern through the safe use of technology. At the end of the tour, shoes were placed on the ground as a reminder of those affected who for health or economic reasons could not attend.

Electromagnetic pollution is a problem with increasing incidence among the population. The excessive level of radiation affects the health of all people and also all other living beings, including plants. One of the current health problems is the increase in cancer, which several investigations link with electromagnetic exposure. During her speech at the conference, Annie Sasco reviewed the evidence linking electromagnetic fields with increased cancer risk, ranging from Lennart Hardell's epidemiological research that establishes a causality between mobile and wireless use and the incidence of brain tumours, through the IARC classification and the Cerenat study, to the research sponsored by the NTP that has recently established a dose response relationship between mobile radiation exposure and cancer in rats.

The Spanish Ministry of Tourism and Digital Agenda publicizes the benefits of the new 5G networks, and the risks of electromagnetic pollution are denied by self-styled independent health committees at the service of the industry's interests, such as the CCARS. Despite what is said, the future 5G networks that will provide mobile coverage for countless applications and new "intelligent" systems will mean an increase in the electromagnetic exposure of the population, with the consequent increase in health problems associated with it.

The media, sometimes more concerned about not opposing the big advertisers than about offering relevant information, have received the announcement of the future 5G network with a complicit silence in relation to the health risks it will entail and that scientific and environmental organizations are denouncing. Society as a whole has uncritically embraced new technologies that use radiofrequency transmission without wanting to know about the implications of increased exposure, especially in the most vulnerable sectors such as children who are going to be radiated even in schools through powerful Wi-Fi routers that the Ministry of Education is installing at the demand of large technology companies such as Samsung. Among the recommendations of researcher Magda Havas, assistant to the Conference, are the installation of cable internet connections in schools, protection for electro-sensitive people, the creation of areas free of electromagnetic pollution, public funding of investigations independent of industry, and transparency regarding conflicts of interest of experts and committees on electromagnetic safety.

For 50 years the tobacco industry managed to lie and confuse public opinion by sowing doubts about the dangers of its products. Today the tobacco industry's manipulation strategies are used by telecommunications companies. The electromagnetic fields of telecommunications are the new tobacco smoke, only, they are breathed in 24 hours a day in all places, with no possibility of escape and no "non-smoking area". It is striking that an environmental factor related to some of the most serious health problems of our time, such as the increase in cancer, children's behavioral disorders and infertility, is of no concern to the public. It is surprising that society prefers to look the other way, to employ the ostrich strategy and follow the dictates of corporate interests when they say 'it is not proven' or 'there is no scientific evidence' and continue to enjoy irresponsibly technologies that will cost far more than one can imagine. Perhaps we should not be surprised by this attitude of humanity if we look at the environmental degradation we are seeing on the planet and do not want to realize it until it is too late.

The saddest thing is that this high-impact health situation could be avoided. Electrosensitives and independent scientists are not calling for an end to the use of technologies, but for consumers to be given information about the risks to which they are exposed, which should be a right and which is not being complied with in the case of mobile telephony. What is being called for is a rational use of telecommunications that involves cable connections whenever possible and that minimizes the exposure of users by means of sometimes quite simple guidelines. Of course, the essential thing is that new telecommunications infrastructures should consider health factors and that consumers should be able to decide what uses and what risks they want to take on, taking into account all the available information.


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Thank you to Fini Manso for the translation by Google.  We have made a few grammatical corrections and translated part of the Spanish text by DeepL.

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