5G wireless requires that we put antennas everywhere (it can't penetrate walls), which means we'll be highly exposed to this radiofrequency radiation. It's pretty clear from the science that these waves could be harmful to humans (yes, that means you and your kids), but we're really not sure yet. Other countries are studying this before rolling the tech out, but not the U.S. We're going full-steam-ahead and health consequences be damned.
So what is 5G? This video provides a good introduction (it was published in 2017, since then, providers like Verizon are moving ahead with 5G – they just put a 5G enabled router in my house during an upgrade – I turned the 5G broadcast off).
So what about the potential harmful effects?
This article, Frightening Frequencies: The Dangers Of 5g & What You Can Do About Them, provides a pretty in depth look at many of the concerns and questions surrounding 5G wireless transmission. Here are a few excerpts:
“Many studies have associated low-level RFR (radiofrequency radiation, which 5G uses) exposure with a litany of health effects, including:
- DNA single and double-strand breaks (which leads to cancer)
- oxidative damage (which leads to tissue deterioration and premature ageing)
- disruption of cell metabolism
- increased blood-brain barrier permeability
- melatonin reduction (leading to insomnia and increasing cancer risks)
- disruption of brain glucose metabolism
- generation of stress proteins (leading to myriad diseases)”
“Perhaps the strongest concern involves adverse effects of MMWs on human skin. This letter to the Federal Communications Commission, from Dr Yael Stein of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, outlines the main points. Over ninety percent of microwave radiation is absorbed by the epidermis and dermis layers, so human skin basically acts as an absorbing sponge for microwave radiation. Disquieting as this may sound, it’s generally considered acceptable so long as the violating wavelengths are greater than the skin layer’s dimensions. But MMW’s violate this condition.
Furthermore, the sweat ducts in the skin’s upper layer act like helical antennas, which are specialized antennas constructed specifically to respond to electromagnetic fields. With millions of sweat ducts, and 5G’s increased RFR needs, it stands to reason that our bodies will become far more conductive to this radiation. The full ramifications of this fact are presently unclear, especially for more vulnerable members of the public (e.g., babies, pregnant women, the elderly), but this technology.”
There's a lot more in the article. And there's plenty more where that came from. Just Google “harmful effects of 5G wireless” and see what you find.
It would certainly seem that there is sufficient evidence to show at a minimum that we do not clearly know yet if this tech is harmful or safe.
What does the FCC say about 5G?
Here is what FCC Chairman has to say about this in the summer of 2016 (we won't study it, regulate it differently, have special standards for it, etc.) Granted, this video is put together in a sensationalizing manner, but these are this gentleman's words, and his intent is clear. This is about the almighty dollar.
Full Steam Ahead or Slow Your Roll?
So what do you think? Should we be slowing our roll out of 5G and learning more about it? Or should we wait until time goes by and we may start learning the hard way, through rising occurences of medical issues?