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All About 5G—What’s Coming & Why We Need to Fight It
By Linda Mason Hunter
5G technology is the term used to describe the next generation of wireless networks. The G stands for “generation.” 5G is set to replace 4G Wi-Fi and ethernet networks in use today.
It’s not an easy subject to understand. Your home router is 5GHz WiFi, not 5G cellular, the new system carriers are installing now. Confusing branding and marketing combine several terms, in some cases innocently, in some cases on purpose. To clarify the terms, read here: https://www.pcmag.com/article/365754/5g-vs-5g-e-vs-5ghz-whats-the-difference?fbclid=IwAR3in4l_sK9OLtHJJGE9uUe0yoq2gcBpd3CW_h846lnAM4MiI66WKUKgNYw)
The new 5G (sometimes called 5G NR, for new radio) uses unique radio frequency and microwave levels that are higher, more intense, and more directional than 4G. It’s 100 times faster, and is intended to tie all internet-connected devices together, the first step toward what is called “the Internet of Things,'‘ including driverless cars and remote surgery. When roll-out is complete, on the ground and in space, every person on Earth will have instant access to super-high-speed, inter-connected wireless communications. In order to use 5G you’ll almost certainly need a new phone and a new router for your computer.
5G wireless networks are scheduled to become commercially available next year, but several cities have already begun rolling them out. Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint have installed 5G infrastructure in many cities, including Minneapolis, Sacramento, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, New York, and Washington, DC. Verizon is planning to roll out 5G in Des Moines, Iowa before the end of this year. Because 5G airwaves don’t travel as far as 4G airwaves do, boxes containing antennas are installed in neighborhoods, on light poles and utility poles every 109 yards, about every two to ten houses. What could possibly go wrong?
Plenty, in turns out. There are three major concerns when it comes to 5G technology—health risk, interference with weather satellites, and surveillance. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) is up in arms about interference with weather satellites; every citizen should be upset about giving up their privacy, but the health risks are downright scary.
Published peer-reviewed studies already indicate that current 4G wireless technologies in use today—our cell phones, computers, and wearable tech—create radio frequency exposures which pose a serious threat. Once the concept of wireless technology was initiated, we began exposing the global public to frequencies akin to microwaves at 1 billion cycles per second.
While 4G was bad enough, 5G takes the game to a whole new level. 5G will expose people and ecosystems to levels of radio frequency and microwave radiation that are tens to hundreds of times greater than what exists today. Before we never worried whether or not our drive-time shows would fry our brains. Planet Earth has never before been exposed to such intense levels of microwave exposure at such high frequencies.
5G uses a cocktail of three types of laser-focused radiation, ranging from relatively low-energy radio waves, to microwave radiation with far more energy, to millimeter waves with vastly more energy. The extremely high frequencies in 5G are where the biggest danger lies. While 4G frequencies go as high as 5 GHz, 5G exposes biological life to pulsed signals in the 30 GHz to 100 GHz range. The general public has never been exposed to such high frequencies for long periods of time.
This is a big deal. It turns out our eyes and our sweat ducts act as antennas for absorption of the higher-frequency 5G waves. Numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies show that this type of radiation has both immediate and long-term health effects, including increased cancer risk, cellular stress, changes to DNA, memory deficits, neurological disorders, and insomnia, to name a few. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of serious risk to the planet—birds, plants, animals, every living thing, the entire ecosystem.
At first glance U.S. government websites (CDC, EPA, FCC) lead us to believe this high frequency, high intensity radiation is safe. Yet scientists all over the world are appealing to the World Health Organization to move the 5G wireless signal from a Group 2B Carcinogen to a Group 1, the same as asbestos and arsenic. In January, over 240 scientists and doctors from 41 nations appealed to the United Nations, calling for urgent action to reduce these ever-growing wireless exposures citing serious risks to humans and the environment.
Talking heads of the wireless industry even brashly admit, when forced in a U.S. Senate hearing, that they have not done any safety studies, and they don’t plan to. Yet they freely admit 5G will increase the levels of radio frequency and microwave radiation in the vicinity of the antennas. It’s a controversial subject fueled by propaganda put out by people willing to cause harm in order to make a profit.
Many countries have far more protective and stricter radiation limits which will not allow the deployment of 5G. Massive grass-roots movements in Germany and the Netherlands are building momentum against the technology. In April, Brussels, Belgium became the first city to halt its 5G plans. In making the announcement, the mayor said, “I cannot welcome such technology if the radiation standards, which must protect the citizens, are not respected. The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We must not leave anything to doubt.”
Meanwhile, throughout the U.S., at local, state, and federal levels, new legislation and new zoning aim to streamline the installation of 5G “small cell” antennas in public rights-of-way. Because this high frequency nonionizing radiation is absorbed through the skin, it poses a health risk to everyone living near these antennas.
If the telecommunications industry’s plans for 5G—on the ground and in space—come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect, and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of radio frequency microwave radiation that are tens to hundreds times greater than what exists today. Scientists caution that, before rolling out 5G, research on human health effects urgently needs to be done to ensure the public and the environment are protected.
These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the earth’s ecosystems. Let’s slow down and be content with what we have until more research is done.
Attention Des Moines Residents: Verizon is set roll it out in Des Moines before the end of this year. Monday, July 15th the Des Moines City Council will take up the subject of 5G in City Hall. Please join me in urging Mayor Cownie and members of the City Council to postpone installing 5G until adequate scientific health assessments, free of industry interference, can be made.
Following is a petition you can use to gather signatures to turn into the City Council. Use it. Change the wording as you see fit.
PETITION TO MAYOR frank cownie, the des moines CITY COUNCIL, & Rep. cindy axne.
Wi-Fi systems and 5G technology have serious harmful effects on human, animal, and environmental health;
Wi-Fi systems and 5G technology seem to be especially harmful to newborns, children, people who are ill and seniors;
5G technology is similar to, but worse than, the problems that have already been linked to early generations of telephones because it uses pulses of waves;
The general public has never been exposed to such high frequencies of microwave radiation for long periods of time.
The build-out of 5G transmitters will take place in our neighborhoods, adding the equivalent of a cell tower every 2 to 10 houses.
In January, 2019, 247 scientists in 41 countries recommended a moratorium on the deployment of 5G technology in the telecommunications sector;
A major study by the National Toxicology Program in the United States showed that rats exposed to waves developed cancers;
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) opposes the installation of cellular towers and antennas on their fire halls for health reasons,
The precautionary principle is not implemented seriously or rigorously.
We, the undersigned, concerned citizens and residents of Des Moines, Iowa, call upon the Mayor Frank Cownie, the Des Moines City Council, and Representative Cindy Axne to enact a moratorium, or temporary halt, on implementation of 5G communication technology across the city until an independent mandated team of qualified researchers—free of industry interference—has proven that the dangers of 5G technology to human, animal, and environmental health are in fact minimal and have no serious consequences.
Sources: “The Future of 5G,” Science Friday, National Public Radio, April 19, 2019. www.sciencefriday.com/segments/the-future-of-5g
5G Signal Could Jam Satellites That Forecast Weather. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/04/5g-mobile-networks-threat-to-world-weather-forecasting?fbclid=IwAR2szJwaXScV6amq7v_AbPDRi3GXGpkax7rCgS2u2LFFKrPNrl0wPXMH1jo
Environmental Health Trust, “Scientific Overview of Human Health Risks.” https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-networks-iot-scientific-overview-human-health-risks/
RF Radiation Scientific Studies: https://www.radiationhealthrisks.com/scientific-studies/
New 5G Cell Towers to Increase Microwave Radiation:: http://healthimpactnews.com/2017/new-5g-cell-towers-and-smart-meters-to-increase-microwave-radiation-invade-privacy/
5G vs. 5G-E vs. 5ghz—What’s the Difference?: https://www.pcmag.com/article/365754/5g-vs-5g-e-vs-5ghz-whats-the-difference?fbclid=IwAR3in4l_sK9OLtHJJGE9uUe0yoq2gcBpd3CW_h846lnAM4MiI66WKUKgNYw
Verizon to rollout 5G in Des Moines: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/verizon-adds-20-cities-to-its-list-of-5g-coverage-areas-042519.html
Canadian petition: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-2141
IAFF opposes 5G: https://www.activistpost.com/2018/06/firefighters-5g-complaints.h
A must-see video….
“We have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control. Before Edison’s light bulb there was very little electromagnetic radiation in our environment. The levels today are very many times higher than natural background levels, and are growing rapidly because of all the new devices that emit this radiation. Putting it bluntly they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely.”
Don’t buy a new 5G phone
The May 7, 2019 issue of The New York Times reports on the new 5G cellular technology. They don't mention the health effects, which scare me, but they don't recommend 5G, either. Their conclusion? Don't buy a new 5G phone just yet.
The Times reports, "Although 5G could be useful in a few years, none of the devices coming in 2019 are worth waiting for. The phones will be big, inefficient, and expensive. Even if you end up with a 5G phone, it won’t work in many places. Carriers are years away from building out 5G networks to offer the same coverage as 4G, and 5G won’t even work inside without additional indoor network hardware. For the foreseeable future, 4G will offer a better overall experience."
5G Health risks: the war between technology and human beings
5G as hazardous as asbestoS, scientists say
5G on Earth and in Space
At least five companies are proposing to provide 5G from space from a combined 20,000 satellites in low- and medium-Earth orbit that will blanket the Earth with powerful, focused, steerable beams. Each satellite will emit millimeter waves with an effective radiated power of up to 5 million watts from thousands of antennas arranged in a phased array.
Although the energy reaching the ground from satellites will be less than that from ground-based antennas, it will irradiate areas of the Earth not reached by other transmitters and will be additional to ground-based 5G transmissions from billions of Internet of Things (IoT) objects. Even more importantly, the satellites will be located in the Earth’s magnetosphere, which exerts a significant influence over the electrical properties of the atmosphere.
The alteration of the Earth’s electromagnetic environment may be an even greater threat to life than the radiation from ground-based antennas.
Overview of legal issues
The Life You Save May Be Your Own
My dad is 100. His mother lived two months shy of 104. Three weeks ago my dad sky dived for the first time, free-falling from 13,000 feet. What’s his secret? He says it’s whiskey. That’s part of it, but there’s a lot more going on. He loves life more than anyone I know. He’s a jokester and a tease. He works out in the gym for 90 minutes every day. My mother always cooked balanced nutritious meals with food from our garden.
Why do some people age quickly, while others live to be 100+, and still enjoy good health? A lot of it is genetics, but it seems more people are sick today than in the past. What’s going on?
To find out I watched an online film from the Human Longevity Project, and discovered there’s been an explosion of chronic disease in last 40-50 years. Life expectancy is not growing. In fact, it’s going downhill rapidly. Senior citizens around my age will outlive their own children, as will each succeeding generation. Today’s adolescents are predicted to have a shorter life spans than their parents, who have a shorter lifespan than their parents. In the last 50 years there’s been a dramatic increase in asthma, ADHD, autism, mental illness, diabetes, obesity, chronic fatigue. Sixty percent of Americans have an autoimmune condition.
What exactly is aging? Medical professionals in the film say it boils down to cellular health. Brain, heart, kidneys, muscles go first. This concerns me with 5G, the latest generation of wireless cellular technology predicted to be rolled out nationwide by 2020. Scientific studies prove that electromagnetic radiation damages human health at the cellular level. Not good news for SmartPhone enthusiasts.
So what else are we doing that makes us age faster than our ancestors? It’s all a matter of lifestyle. We’re sitting more. Staying inside rather than spending time outside. Eating industrial food, bent over computers for hours in a day. Walking around with our ears glued to Smartphones. Not healthy!
How can you age slowly and gracefully? Walk at least 15 minutes every day, outside! Eat organic vegetables. Maintain an ideal weight. Opt for plant-based pharmaceuticals. Limit Smartphone time. Enjoy authenticity and the companionship of others. It just may save your life.