Is 5G hazardous to our health and environment ?
Are the energy waves needed for 5G technology dangerous to human health and environment ?
At the root of all concerns about cell phone networks is radiofrequency radiation (RFR). RFR is anything emitted in the electromagnetic spectrum, from microwaves to x-rays to radio waves to light from your monitor or light from the sun. Clearly, RFR isn’t inherently dangerous, so the problem becomes discovering under what circumstances it might be.
Scientists say that the most important criterion about whether any particular RFR is dangerous is whether it falls into the category of ionizing or non-ionizing radiation. Simply put, any radiation that’s non-ionizing is too weak to break chemical bonds. That includes ultraviolet, visible light, infrared, and everything with a lower frequency, like radio waves. Everyday technologies like power lines, FM radio, and Wi-Fi also fall into this range. (Microwaves are the lone exception: non-ionizing but able to damage tissue, they’re precisely and intentionally tuned to resonate with water molecules.) Frequencies above UV, like x-rays and gamma rays, are ionizing.
Ever since companies started the rollout of 5G, the public reception towards it was not ideal. There were many allegations that came in 5G’s way, some even stating that a 5G network test caused the in the Netherlands.
So are there any 5G health risks to talk about? The reason why many condemning 5G arise as a result of the extremely high frequency (Millimeter ware) that it uses which lies between 30Ghz to 300GHz.
Due to the high-frequency characteristics, the waves do not travel vast distances like 4G. Hence, antennas must be erected closer to each other to provide clear 5G reception.
We are not talking about a few more antennas, but a lot more, exponentially more!
However, these are not full blown cell towers that we are talking about, but low profile antennas that will take up only a fraction of the space of a regular cell tower. But the real question is does this technology pose health risks and environmental issues?
There are of course two distinct opinions to this question. Wireless company and even government websites such as CDC and EPA will lead you to believe that the radiations emitting from the 5G networks is safe.
But over 215 scientists from 40 different countries have to the United Nations for urgent action to reduce the EMF (electromagnetic field) exposure emitting from wireless sources. These scientists also to the FCC, asking the body to consider health risks and environmental issues before rapidly deploying 5th generation wireless infrastructure.
All of these scientists have conducted EMF studies and published their results in peer-reviewed journals that show adverse biological and health effects caused through EMF sources developed by humans.
In another written by Dr. Martin Pall, a biochemistry professor at the Washington State University discussed the severe biological and health effects resulting from 5G, stating that the current FCC guidelines are inadequate, obsolete, and in favor of telecommunications industry.
Dr. Pall also believes that there may be major ill-effects in long run after 5G implementation such as blindness, hearing loss, skin cancers, male infertility and thyroid issues.
Surprisingly, FCC’s perspective on 5G is different and is making sure that the technology is deployed at the earliest. Instead of laying out strong and effective guidelines, the agency’s efforts are towards developing a legislature that will local governments from restricting the implementation of 5G.
Is there Solution?
5G is certainly the future and we are going to see blazing fast internet speeds on our mobile devices hopefully somewhere along 2020. The improvement in connectivity is indeed going to improve our lives, but likely at the expense of our own health in the long run.
This advanced, but untested technology is fast approaching, and there is very little that we can do to stop its widespread implementation. However, one thing that we all should do is understand EMFs better and protect ourselves through proper choice of products.
Try limiting your EMF exposure through limited use of phones and smart devices. If possible, avoid using 5G phones and device, or make use of radiation detectors to know whether you’re near the high levels of EMFs.
You can also to halt the deployment of the 5G wireless network until a proper framework and guidelines considering health hazards and environmental effects are prepared. Before we make our homes, businesses and cities ‘smart’, it’s important to take ‘smart’ decisions when adopting the new technology.