5G is coming to your neighborhood, unless it’s already arrived. What is 5G exactly? It’s the 5th generation of telecommunications technology. Although this technology is changing all the time, at certain junctures it’s taken a qualitative leap forward, from 1G to 2G to 3G to 4G until now we have arrived at 5G.
To some extent, 5G is just a continuation of what’s already been going on for the last 200 years since humans figured out how to generate, store and transmit electricity. Ingenious humans have been figuring out more and more ways to use electricity to satisfy our needs and desires, until we arrive today at the “Internet of Things,” with which, lo and behold, we’ll be able to “receive a message on our phone from a chipped diaper letting us know that our baby needs changing . . . [and] . . . a toilet will be able to analyze stool samples and send the data to your doctor. “
The problem with electricity is that it emits something called electromagnetic fields (EMFs) also known as electromagnetic radiation (EMR). The sun emits EMFs, so dealing with them is nothing new for humans. But, according to Dr. Frank Shallenberger in his newsletter 2nd Opinion, our exposure to EMFs has risen one quintillion times in the past 100 years. A quintillion is one million to the 5th power, in other words a million X a million X a million X a million X a million! And now, with 5G and the internet of things, it’s escalating faster than ever.
How much can humans absorb without negative health effects? No one really knows.
According to prestigious authorities like the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), the scientific evidence to date doesn’t warrant concern about “low-level EMFs,” which is the kind of EMFs we’re exposed to every day with our cell phones and other electronic devices and appliances. And these organizations aren’t particularly worried about 5G, although they acknowledge that more research needs to be done, and the IARC lists EMFs as possibly carcinogenic (cancer-causing).
Meanwhile Katie Singer, who works with the EMR Policy Institute, reports that thousands of peer-reviewed studies have implicated low-level EMFs in a range of problems including DNA breaks, immune dysfunction, cognitive problems and altered brain development, sleep and memory disturbances, attention deficient disorder, brain tumors and sperm dysfunction.
According to Dr. Shallenberger, other studies have linked EMFs to neuropsychiatric effects including anxiety and depression, headaches and dementia, and to arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death.
Also, more and more people are reporting overcoming serious health issues by limiting EMF exposures. This includes well-known nutrition expert and author Ann Louise Gittleman, whose book Zapped tells the story of her own recovery from EMF-caused health issues.
Although they’re invisible, EMFs are increasingly invading our environment. It seems only prudent to become aware of them and to limit exposure to them where possible.
Fred Liers, PhD, has written an excellent article on “7 Ways to Mitigate EMF Exposure.” Liers also overcame health problems caused by EMFs, and he warns that the damage caused by EMFs is cumulative. So even if you aren’t having problems now, it’s wise to start taking small, doable steps towards reducing your EMF exposure.
- Singer K. Getting informed about 5G. Wise Traditions. Summer 2019, pp. 29-35.
- Shallenberger F. Is 5G really as damaging as they say? 2nd Opinion. April 2021. (available by subscription)
- Cirino E. Should you be worried about EMF exposure? Heathline, last updated March 8, 2019.
- Liers F. 7 ways to mitigate effects of EMF exposure. Integratedhealthblog.com, posted June 15, 2021