Lynn Marie Lumiere: Why all the controversy with 5G?
5G is a new approach to wireless technologies that will bring greatly increased capacity for both mobile and fixed wireless data networks. 5G promises up to 100 times faster service than 4G and is the technology required to build smart cities and the “internet of things.”
In addition to mobile devices, 5G can allow for driverless or automated cars, faster data transfer and video downloads, sensors, drones, smart watches, health-care monitoring, as well other applications, including military. So, you may be wondering, why all the controversy and opposition to 5G all over the world?
Many people do not know that 5G wireless includes a completely different technology than 4G, and that it will be combined with 4G rather than replacing it. 5G will include high frequency millimeter microwave (mmWave) bands at 24-86 GHz, in addition to the 4G LTE frequency range of 600 MHz to 6 GHz. Currently, no safety testing has been done on this technology, and no research has been done on the health effects of using millimeter waves for commercial use. None. It has previously been used only as a military technology.
However, thousands of peer-reviewed studies have associated our current low-level radio frequency radiation (RFR) exposure with a litany of serious health effects, including: DNA damage (which leads to cancer), oxidative damage (which leads to tissue deterioration and premature aging), disruption of cell metabolism, increased blood-brain barrier permeability, melatonin reduction (leading to insomnia and increasing cancer risks), disruption of brain glucose metabolism, and generation of stress proteins (leading to myriad diseases). This radiation has also been known to cause symptoms such as memory loss, dizziness, anxiety, headaches, nosebleeds, brain fog, exhaustion, and more. Therefore, scientists have legitimate worries about the combined effects of current levels of RFR exposure and the new 5G wireless networks.
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One of the most serious concerns involves adverse effects of millimeter microwaves on human skin. Over 90% of microwave radiation is absorbed by the epidermis and dermis layers. Human skin basically acts as an absorbing sponge for microwave radiation. Furthermore, the sweat ducts in the skin’s upper layer act like antennas, which are tuned to these electromagnetic fields. With millions of sweat ducts, and 5G’s increased RFR needs, it seems 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, and people who are EMF sensitive).
Another big difference between 4G and 5G is that instead of a few large cell towers, there will be thousands of small cells antennas deployed onto cell towers, utility poles, lampposts, buildings and other public and private structures, possibly including outside your bedroom window. The amount of RFR from small cells is effectively more than people get now living near large cell towers because small cells will be mounted so close to the ground and so close to nearby homes. In addition, there will eventually be tens of thousands of 5G satellites beaming microwaves from the sky. In other words, it will be everywhere, and we won’t be able to get away from it. This will result in chronic radio frequency exposures for humans.
And because 5G millimeter wave frequencies are close in resonance frequency to those affecting pollinating insects (short waves affect small organisms more), we likely will be accelerating the loss of bees and other pollinators.
What I believe to be a serious potential threat is that the U.S. Department of Defense already uses a crowd-dispersal method called the Active Denial System, in which millimeter microwaves, such as those used in 5G, are directed at crowds to make their skin feels like it’s burning. And they plan is to install 5G globally! This does not mean 5G will be used in this way; but, just knowing that it could be, is frightening. And, lastly, like all cyber technologies, it is susceptible to hacking.
I support technological advancement, but at what cost? I think it is important that we advance in a way that is known to be safe for human life as well as animals, birds, insects and plants. 5G has not been shown to be safe for living things. This has resulted in growing opposition, which is expected to increase internationally. Yet, 5G infrastructures continue to be rolled out.
Lynn Marie Lumiere lives in Grass Valley.
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