As 2020 comes to a close, we are witnessing a wide roll out of 5G communication devices. With this new introduction of advanced telecommunication comes a multitude of 5G towers and mini stations around the nation. New collected data has estimated there will be at least one 5G tower/station per every 2-8 houses. As you might have gathered, this has raised concern amongst many scientists, health professionals and researchers around the nation.
So what exactly is 5G? 5G is next generation wireless network technology that will fundamentally change the way people go about their daily lives, both personal and professional. Allegedly, 5G communication will be more robust, faster and able support more connected devices than the existing 4G LTE network. 5G networks began rolling out in the United States and around the world in 2018 and while technologists are excited by its potential, health experts are much more wary about the potential health impacts.
Of course, from a technological standpoint, 5G will make our lives run faster and more efficiently but what are the health implications? According to Medical News Today there are some great concerns. Let’s start by examining the EMFs (an electromagnetic field).
EMF is a field of energy that results from electromagnetic radiation, a form of energy that occurs as a result of the flow of electricity.
Electric fields exist wherever there are power lines or outlets, whether the electricity is switched on or not. Magnetic fields are created only when electric currents flow. Together, these produce EMFs.
Electromagnetic radiation exists as a spectrum of different wavelengths and frequencies, which are measured in hertz (Hz). This term denotes the number of cycles per second.
Power lines operate between 50 and 60 Hz, which is at the lower end of the spectrum. These low-frequency waves, together with radio waves, microwaves, infrared radiation, visible light, and some of the ultraviolet spectrum — which take us into the megahertz (MHz), GHz, and terahertz spectra — make up what is known as nonionizing radiation.
Above this lie the petahertz and exahertz spectra, which include X-rays and gamma rays. These are types of ionizing radiation, which mean that they carry sufficient energy to break apart molecules and cause significant damage to the human body.
Radiofrequency EMFs (RF-EMFs) include all wavelengths from 30 kilohertz to 300 GHz.
For the general public, exposure to RF-EMFs is mostly from handheld devices, such as cell phones and tablets, as well as from cell phone base stations, medical applications, and TV antennas.
“The most well-established biological effect of RF-EMFs is heating. High doses of RF-EMFs can lead to a rise in the temperature of the exposed tissues, leading to burns and other damage.“Medical News Today
Not to alarm you but there are some serious health risks. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has designated this type of EMF as a Class 2B carcinogen. And other research has demonstrated that EMF is genotoxic, which means it can destroy your DNA.
And in 2018, the US National Toxicology Program released the results from a $30 million study finding “clear evidence” that exposure to cell phone radiation increased the incidence of cancer and genetic damage in mice.
Beyond cancer, multiple peer-reviewed scientific studies have also demonstrated that exposure to this type of radiation can result in a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Hair loss
- Low energy
- Appetite loss
- Bone marrow damage
- Organs damage
- Incapacitation and death
Even if 5G radiation emissions fall within current safety limits (and, to be clear, there is strong evidence that new 5G exposures do not fall within these limits) does not mean that 5G is safe. Despite the fact that 5G is leading to increased exposures to higher energy forms of EMF radiation, there has been no change to the safety standards that govern the technology.
At Tolk Wellness Center, we are dedicated to educating our patients with the latest research and understanding of what’s causing out health issues like migraines, brain fog, insomnia, etc.