We hear talk of the new “5G” broadcast all over the media. It seems like something wonderful that we should all be elated about. New promises of how 5G coverage is going to improve our lives — how we work, play, and learn — pop up nearly every day. And while many of those ideas are really exciting, a large body of scientific research is showing we should be cautious.
As I stated in a previous article, electromagnetic frequency (EMF) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) have been linked to multiple health issues. The increase in the occurrence of these health issues coincides with the spread of WiFi globally.
5G is the 5th generation of cellular technology being rolled out on a global scale. It will carry data at speeds of 10 to 100 times faster than the current network. It operates as a wireless area network, enabling many more devices connectivity at the same time due to the higher data transfer speed.
It was first launched in the US as a limited rollout in the second half of 2018 and expanded in 2019. It is planned to be widely available in 2020.1 It is currently available in about two dozen US cities, and will be spreading quickly to more.2
In this article, I’ll shed light on nine important facts about 5G. All these effects are present within the acceptable limit of electromagnetic radiation according to current safety guidelines. Fortunately, there are steps we can all take. I’ve discussed some of them in a previous article and will refer to them here as well.
1. 5G Dramatically Impacts Reproductive Health
One cause of major concern is the reproductive effects of 5G on a global scale. Fertility rates are actually dropping in multiple technologically advanced countries. This includes the US, which hit a historic low in 2018.3
EMR causes a decrease in sperm count and motility4 in men as well as changes in the structure of the testes. It is also associated with a lower number of eggs5 in women and changes in the structure of the ovaries. This results in compounded infertility problems. It aIso causes an increase in miscarriages. Likewise, increased exposure to EMR has been shown to cause lower levels of the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. This results in lower libido.
2. Cell Damage is Linked to 5G
Cell damage is another byproduct of electromagnetic field exposure (EMF) from 5G. According to Dr. Martin Pall, who recently spoke at the 5G Crisis Summit, EMFs activate channels that allow extra calcium into cells. Increased intracellular calcium levels are related to cardiovascular disease, muscle disorders, as well as acute and chronic pain. They’re also linked to epilepsy, migraine, mood disorders, and certain types of cancer.6
EMFs also promote the production of free radicals that attack the cell membrane. This causes extensive damage to the membrane itself and to the DNA-base sequences, leading to the disintegration of the double-helix structure. This can result in cell death, genetic mutations, cancer, and increased inflammation.
3. 5G Causes Heart Problems
5G doesn’t just damage cells; it can also affect whole organs. Research cited by Dr. Pall at the 5G Crisis Summit confirms that electromagnetic fields would affect the beating of our hearts. In fact, the following have all been linked to 5G electromagnetic radiation:
- Tachycardia: rapid heartbeat
- Bradycardia: slow heartbeat
- Sudden cardiac arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest has even occurred among young, healthy people. For example, at Simcoe County School District in Ontario, Canada, two students experienced cardiac arrest WiFi was implemented.7,8
4. 5G Causes Cancer
5G uses millimeter-wave radiation — a very small wave, which does not penetrate objects well. This means transmission of 5G will require many more towers than we have today. With 5G, there will be a mini-tower very close to you, wherever you are. The extent of radiation damage depends on the proximity to the radiation and its intensity. If you’re in a 5G area, you will be in constant, close proximity to a higher intensity and greater frequency electromagnetic field, which causes cancer.9
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” in 2011. A $30 million dollar National Toxicology Program Study showed cell phone radiation is carcinogenic.10 In 2016, the Ramazzini study, exposed 2500 rats to much lower radiation than we’ll be exposed to with 5G. The findings were astounding! The rats developed with heart cancer, which is extremely rare, and brain tumors.11
5. 5G Increases Toxic Mold Growth
Radiation from 5G boosts mold growth, as evidenced in the research of Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt. Not only do electromagnetic waves cause toxic molds to grow more rapidly, they also suppress the production of beneficial microbes. The effects of excess mold in our bodies and our environment are inflammation and autoimmunity. I’ve experienced this personally and seen it with many patients in my functional medicine clinic.
Dr. Klinghardt compared a mold plate shielded from electromagnetic fields to an unprotected mold plate exposed to ambient electromagnetic fields. His findings were astounding:
The unprotected mold plate showed a dramatic increase in the number of biotoxins produced – more than 600 times! Dr. Klinghardt concludes that indoor mold contaminants, as well as other biotoxins, are highly sensitive to electromagnetic fields. EMFs therefore easily step up neurotoxin production and have a major impact on the immune system. 12
6. 5G Affects Wildlife — and our Food Supply
Researchers are now attributing EMR from cellular telecommunications to be a contributing cause of bee “colony collapse disorder.” Bees are the world’s primary pollinators and their decline negatively impacts the entire food chain. The same researchers also tie overall insect disappearance and the decline of the world’s bird population with EMR.
In 2018, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Emerging Risks (SCHEER) listed 5G electromagnetic radiation as an emerging risk due to its effects on wildlife.13 Scientists believe that migratory animals, which use the earth’s natural magnetic fields to navigate, are confused by the EMFs produced by 5G. They become disoriented and fail to find their breeding grounds.
7. 5G is Linked to Wildfires
According to Dr. Pall, 5G is suspected of causing some of the recent large forest fires. Let me explain how this happens. EMFs, such as those emitted from 5G, affect plant life by causing excessive intracellular calcium, just like they do in humans. In plants, this intracellular calcium triggers a release of an organic compound called terpenes or terpenoids, which ward off predators.
The problem is that these EMFs cause plants to release much higher levels of terpenes, which are highly flammable. This compound also acts as a messenger to other plants, signalling them to release high levels of terpenes. When terpenes accumulate, they can spontaneously combust under specific circumstances. Having high loads of the radiation 5G emits around them coupled with low wind conditions can create those conditions.
8. A Movement Against 5G is Growing
Some countries, regions, and towns are pushing back against 5G. The Belgian government halted a 5G test in Brussels over concerns that radiation from the base stations could be harmful.14 In the Netherlands, members of Parliament are calling on their government to take a closer look at 5G.15 Switzerland is also taking steps to monitor 5G’s impact on people, as a result of health issues after the implementation of 5G towers.16
Here in the US, New Hampshire established a commission to study the health effects of 5G networks.17 The citizens of Mill Valley, CA are blocking implementation of a 5G tower.18
9. You Have Power
As you can see, 5G doesn’t just affect your personal health, it affects our environment too! However, there is plenty we can do however to reduce 5G’s impact.
To protect yourself, you can switch your phone to airplane mode and purchase a case with an EMF shield on it. I provide much more detail on what you can do in your home in this article. There are also EMF devices such as these that you can carry or wear when you’re in an area with 5G.
I don’t want to give up the conveniences of modern life, however, I have taken steps to minimize EMFs. Like me, you can hardwire your computer with an ethernet cable, instead of a WiFi modem. Or you can install a WiFi shield on your wireless router. You can even buy entire home systems to block EMFs throughout your house or office.
Finally, to ensure your children are protected, reach out to your school board about WiFi on campuses. You can also write to your state, local and federal elected officials about limiting and stopping 5G expansion. I provide a sample letter and a list of officials to contact in this article.
We can’t see electromagnetic radiation. Yet it poses just as great to global health as the toxins given off by vehicles and fuel-burning factories. Fortunately, we can take simple steps that will preserve our health and our planet. I find that very empowering!