5G will change everything, everywhere, forever. Lots of “evers” there, aren’t there? If not forever, at least until 6G rolls out…
At any rate, 5G (stands for “fifth generation”) is the latest in wireless internet technology and promises lightning-fast download speeds as well as the new “Internet of Things.”
Any kind of new technology that promises earnings in the trillions of dollars for nations like the United Statess, China, Japan, Russia will be pushed into overdrive with all possible expediency.
As we speak, Verizon is pushing forward in its efforts to bring you 5G as quickly as possible, earlier than the predicted 2020 launch date if they can.
In fact, Verizon is launching 5G in test markets by 2017 if everything goes as planned.
5G is Most Definitely Coming—No Matter What the Risks
On June 20th, 2016, then FCC chairman Tom Wheeler excitedly announced the rollout of 5G applications and networks as a complete “game-changer” and a “national priority” that will generate “tens of billions of dollars.” On July 14, 2016, a vote by the FCC confirmed that 5G would move ahead.
Wheeler admitted that implementing the new frequencies would necessitate new antennas – intended to aim and amplify the signals, and many, many of them—in fact, an entirely new infrastructure and a massive deployment of towers throughout the United States.
The expected benefits of 5G LTE include up to 50 times the power and speed of current 4G LTE technology. Along with it comes the “Internet of Things”, or the “Internet of Everything,” as some researchers call it, a whole new world of more Internet-connected devices than we’ve ever seen, over 100 billion devices, experts predict.
But while we might be excited about all this amazing new technology, we should also be concerned about its dangers.
We’ve already been learning about the dangers of our current technology — right?
But what new dangerous levels of EMF radiation will 5G and the “Internet of Things” bring with it?
5G and the Internet of Things
What makes 5G more intimidating and poses more health risks is that 5G achieves its super-fast streaming speeds and infinite data capabilities by tapping into a never-before used bandwidth called the millimeter wave (MMW) which is a pulsed radio wave of extremely high frequencies of 30 GHz and 300 GHz (as well as utilizing some mid-range and lower frequencies).
5G will reduce download times to mere nanoseconds– 10 gigabits per second, at an estimate, which is some 50 to 100 times faster than our current 4G speeds.
Plus, 5G will also require a crazy new amount of EMF-emitting wireless transmission towers, practically one on every telephone pole, because MMWs cannot travel as far or as effectively as 4G waves nor do they travel well through solid objects, poor weather conditions, buildings, houses, stadiums—any kind of interference.
What this means is that this new technology will require thousands, in fact, millions more transmitters– of all kinds—more routers in our homes and small smoke-detector sized transmitters on telephone poles spaced about every 150 to 200 feet on up to every street, highway, and rural route around the world.
Desiree Jaworski, executive director of the Center for Safer Wireless, explains, “5G signals will be harder for people to avoid. Right now, you don’t have to live next to a cell tower. If you’re concerned about it, you can move away. But once they have these cell antennas everywhere, you won’t be able to do that.”
How Much Radiation Will Come from All These “Things” in the “Internet of Things”?
The new “Internet of Things” will bring us a whole new world of convenience (and commerce). Picture an entire world of connected devices—from water meters, to pill bottles, to street lights, home furnaces and air conditioners, all of it.
Our machines, cars, buildings, and devices will all be embedded with electronics, software, sensors, routers, actuators, and network connectivity, enabling everything to communicate in nanoseconds, seamlessly.
In short, wireless technology will permeate every area of our lives from agriculture to air travel.
For example, farmers will be able to track the efficacy of seed planting and manage crops and fertilization–all via enhanced technology.
When we get in a car accident, our cars can wirelessly transmit information about the accident and our medical histories before we get to the pre-programmed hospital of our choice.
But all of these devices emit EMF radiation—and 5G itself generates strong, pulsed ultra-high frequency radio waves that are much more dangerous to human health than our present technology.
A Denser Fog of Radiation-Emitting Devices of All Kinds
5G delivers higher frequency wave lengths at very close distances to us. This is because millimeter wave technology will require a lot more EMF emitting transmitters, as stated earlier. As IEEE Spectrum explains, “There is one major drawback to millimeter waves, though—they can’t easily travel through buildings or obstacles and they can be absorbed by foliage and rain. That’s why 5G networks will likely augment traditional cellular towers with another new technology, called small cells.”
And as Spectrum goes on to explain, we’ll need one of these “small cells” every 250 feet or so.
And although these MMWs don’t travel well through buildings, they certainly do penetrate human skin.
In fact, some of the most obvious health effects of radiation from EMF-emitting devices have been witnessed on human skin and sweat ducts. A recent study revealed that mere 60 GHz waves penetrated skin by 90%, and when radio waves penetrate skin, they can cause skin disease, inflammation (which is the crux of most modern diseases from diabetes to autoimmune diseases of all kinds), and cancer.
If in 2011, the WHO classified radio frequency (RF) radiation as a class 2B carcinogen.
What kind of carcinogen will 5G rank as, with its super-high radio frequencies as more damaging pulsed radio waves?
Pulsed Millimeter Waves and Their Dangers
Studies have already linked low level radio wavelength radiation with a long list of negative health impacts including:
- Oxidative damage to the cells and DNA breaks
- Melatonin reduction and disruption of circadian rhythms
- Disruption of cell metabolism
- Disruption of mitochondrial energy production
But what isn’t being talked about as much as it should be—is that 5G will use pulsed millimeter waves to carry information.
Studies on the dangers of 5G EMF radiation so far, ones that conclude that it is “safe,” have not taken the issue of pulsed radio waves or the health risks of 5G into considerations– which could be far more dangerous to human health than current mobile emissions. As Berkeley Professor Dr. Joel Moskowitz reminds us, research on the pulsed waves of microwaves already demonstrates these emissions cause gene toxicity and DNA strand breaks.
How to Protect Yourself from 5G-Strength Radio Waves and EMFs in General
So, yes, 5G is coming whether we want it or not. All we can do is strive to mitigate the potential risks.
So here are the best things you can do to protect yourself and your family from these stronger radio waves.
- Measure – use EMF meters to obtain readings and identify hotspots. Then, strategize ways to move these devices further away from you and your family and/or use protective cases and shells to limit radioactive wave emission.
- Limit your exposure. Which means limit the time you spend using any one electronic device.
- Move routers to other rooms where the family does not “hang out” most often—limiting radiation from the main source.
- Never put mobile devices directly against your body. For instance, don’t put a cell phone against your head, in your bra, or even in your pocket with out and EMF shield.
- Watch the news and look for future studies. We still don’t know how 5G will affect our health in the future. You will need to stay informed of the risks and emerging ways to protect yourself and family.
What it comes down to is that we live in a world where technology is rabidly progressing, and if we want to protect ourselves from 5G radiation, we’re going to have to do our own homework and utilize whatever shelters from this storm we can.