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10 November 2018

Resistance to 5G: Roadblock to a High Tech Future or Warning of a Serious Health Risk?

Resistance to 5G: Roadblock to a High Tech Future or Warning of a Serious Health Risk?

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n just a few years, we’ve been granted several fantastic abilities: the power to download videos, send pictures, search the internet, and talk to anyone we want from wherever we are, all from a small wireless device.

But an even more sophisticated wireless world is just over the horizon. The network needed to bring it to life is called 5G, and telecommunications companies want to install it as fast as possible.

The G stands for Generation, and each one is a chapter in the wireless revolution. The first (1G), allowed us to talk on a cellphone. 2G gave us talk and text. With 3G we could also send and receive a little data, and 4G gave us the power to transmit a lot more.

These generations were all about connecting people. With 5G, the goal is more about connecting objects. Dubbed the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G makes possible a world of self-driving cars, smart appliances, and a variety of new devices that constantly transmit data.

The architects of 5G envision a world where pill bottles, refrigerators, hair brushes, and just about anything else you can think of is supplied with a small antenna that can tap into the IoT network. How about a diaper that texts mom when baby needs a change? Or a bottle of laundry detergent that automatically orders a refill when it’s running low? The possibilities are endless, and promise a whole new level of comfort, convenience, and communication.

But in order to accommodate so much data hurling through the air, the telecommunications industry needs a lot more bandwidth. The solution: higher frequencies and lots more equipment.

The frequencies that currently make our wireless world run are called microwaves. Cellphone towers and Wi-Fi routers broadcast these microwaves to provide the medium for our smartphones and laptops to connect to.

To carry even greater amounts of data, 5G broadcasts at frequencies much higher than either 3G or 4G. These are extremely high microwave frequencies known as millimeter waves. These frequencies offer more bandwidth, but they are also easily blocked by any obstacles in the surrounding environment (buildings, trees, etc), so it takes even more broadcast stations to make the system work.

Thousands of “small cells” designed to broadcast the extremely high microwave frequencies of 5G have already been installed across the country, and a plan to erect millions more over the next few years has already been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Congress. It will cost a lot of money and effort, but it promises to pay off big time.

Microwave Economy & Health

In 2016, then FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler estimated that 5G would generate “tens of billions of dollars in economic activity” for U.S. companies, and called for a rapid roll out of the network.
“Unlike some countries we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be or how it should operate,” Wheeler said. “The future has a way of inventing itself. Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future. We won’t wait for the standards.”

But with so many small cells transmitting such high frequencies so close to people’s homes, many experts fear that a frenzied push toward 5G lacks the consideration it deserves. Over 200 scientists and physicians from 35 countries have signed a call to action demanding a moratorium on 5G deployment until its radiation levels are proven safe, particularly for children and pregnant women.

“Inaction is a cost to society and is not an option anymore… we unanimously acknowledge this serious hazard to public health…,” states the appeal.

The scientists are calling for prevention measures to be adopted and prioritized in the face of a microwave “worldwide pan-epidemic.”

One of the scientists speaking out against 5G is Martin Pall, PhD., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University in Oregon.

Pall makes his case in a 90 page document titled “5G: Great risk for EU, U.S. and International Health! Compelling Evidence for Eight Distinct Types of Great Harm Caused by Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposures and the Mechanism that Causes Them.”

As the title suggests, Pall’s prediction is grim.

“I believe that 5G will be vastly more active in producing effects in our body than our current exposure. And our current exposures are already quite serious,” Pall said.

Considering how widespread wireless use has become, it’s hard to imagine that there could be any health hazards associated with such commonplace technology. Surely a large industry would not expose us to something if there was doubt that it might be dangerous. Surely regulators would stop them if they tried.

And yet there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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