You must have noticed that 5G is coming. Telecommunications companies are ready to roll out the fifth generation wireless network with the support of governments worldwide. Super fast mobile internet sounds nice, but what does the increasing radiation actually mean for our health and the environment?
From 4G to 5G
What will change with the arrival of the 5G network? Many more satellites and antennas will be needed because 5G operates at a higher frequency than the current 4G. The capacity of the network is increased, but the distance that a signal can bridge is smaller. As a result, millions of extra transmission towers are needed for national 5G coverage, such as antennas in lampposts, bus shelters, traffic poles and advertising columns. Also massive logging will take place because trees would block the 5G signal, but this is denied. No strong statements are made about the effect of 5G on health either. “It is not yet clear whether exposure to electromagnetic fields will increase as a result of 5G, because 5G has not yet been introduced on a large scale,” according to the Electromagnetic Fields Knowledge Platform.
5G Space Appeal
Scientists worldwide are furious about the plans of the 5G network. They have created the 5G Space Appeal, the international call to stop 5G on Earth and in space, in which they warn about the dangers of 5G for public health. According to them, 5G will result in a huge increase in inevitable involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation for humans and animals, nature and the earth. The amount of radiation will be 10 to 100 times as large as today. The evidence that radiofrequency radiation is harmful to living beings is great, but according to them, this is widely denied by governments.
According to the action group:“They still consider industry and the economy more important than public health and the protection of nature and the earth.”
5G harmful to living things
In 2015, 215 scientists from 41 countries raised the alarm. They reported to the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) that “several recent scientific publications have shown that electromagnetic fields affect living things at a level well below most national and international guidelines.” More than 10,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies show damage to health by radiofrequency radiation. The harmful effects include:
• Heart and vascular disease
• Cardiac arrhythmias
• Changes in gene expression
• Changes in metabolism
• Changed stem cell development
• Cognitive disorders
• DNA damage
• Negative impact on general well-being
• Increased free radicals
• Problems with learning and memory
• Decreased sperm quality
• Neurological damage
• Obesity and diabetes
• Oxidative stress
The effects in children include autism, ADHD and asthma. However, the damage is not limited to the human race, as there is abundant evidence of damage to various plants and trees, wild (mammals) animals, insects and laboratory animals. In addition, negative microbiological effects have also been observed (source).
Human skin as a sub-THz receiver
Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are also calling for a warning flag against the unrestricted use of sub-THz technologies for communication before investigating the potential impact on public health. In the study of the interaction of microwave radiation and human beings, they have shown that the rolled-up portion of the sweat channel in the upper skin layer is considered a spiral-shaped antenna in the sub-THz band. The conductivity is then enhanced by the intensity of perspiration and the level of stress (physical, mental and emotional). According to the scientists, one must take into account the consequences of human immersion in electromagnetic noise caused by devices operating at the same frequencies as the sweat channel is tuned into.
Scientific evidence excluded
Stakeholders in the development of 5G have been the telecom industry and governments, while well-known international EMF scientists – who have documented biological effects on humans, animals, insects and plants and alarming health and environmental effects in thousands of peer-reviewed studies – be excluded.