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Is 5G Safe?

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The next generation of broadband cellular networks are here, 5G, and are being implemented all around the world. It truly is a brilliant accomplishment in the field of technological innovation. The advantages of 5G connection include download speeds that are up to ten times faster than 4G networks. However, 5G utilization is way more involved than just faster download speeds. Some additional capabilities provided to us by 5G include

  • Self Driving Cars
  • Remote Surgery
  • Video Streaming

5G will allow humankind to take the next step into the future, by making many areas of life more convenient and advanced. However, there has been a great deal of concern regarding the safety of 5G. In this article, I will only summarize scholarly, peer-reviewed scientific publications in order to keep the content centered around facts, not conspiracies.

A primary concern, not only with 5G but also with advanced technology in general, is the amount of radiofrequency radiation that is produced. According to a journal published in the Frontiers in Public Health, a peer-reviewed scientific publisher, 5G frequencies do not pass through the body like the frequencies from outdated technology. However, it does not dismiss the fact that 5G frequency can still produce harmful effects.

“The range and magnitude of potential impacts of 5G technologies are under-researched, although important biological outcomes have been reported with millimeter-wavelength exposure. These include oxidative stress and altered gene expression, effects on skin, and systemic effects such as on immune function.”

Additionally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer labeled cell phone radiation as a possible cancer causing agent. However, there has been a lack of long-term studies evaluating these claims.



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Conflicting Stances

Currently, the World Health Organization acknowledges only one short term side effect of cell phone radiation.

“Tissue heating is the principal mechanism of interaction between radiofrequency energy and the human body. At the frequencies used by mobile phones, most of the energy is absorbed by the skin and other superficial tissues, resulting in negligible temperature rise in the brain or any other organs of the body.”

The World Health Organization also states that it is very difficult to draw conclusions regarding cell phone radiation and cancer. Current studies evaluated by the World Health Organization do not provide an association between cell phone radiation and adverse effects. However, what I’m about to share with you now is very interesting and thought-provoking. According to the International Journal of Oncology, the World Health Organization refused to accept scientific evidence that shows the adverse effects of cell phone radiation.

“The meeting at WHO was an obvious disappointment. During the discussion the two WHO officials showed little interest to collaborate with the scientists convened at the meeting in spite of the scientific evidence on adverse health effects. Their in-house experts seem to be members of ICNIRP, although not exclusively. This may explain why only short-term thermal effects from RF radiation are accepted as proofs of harm, and why non-thermal biological effects are ignored.”

The article published in the International Journal of Oncology primarily focused on the shocking amount of conflicts of interests among the World Health Organization regarding their stance on radiation and cancer. Therefore, based on current data and lack of long-term studies, I don’t think it would be unreasonable to be skeptical of 5G moving forward. It appears as though there is still an ongoing discussion in the scientific community regarding cell phone radiation and its adverse effects. Although, don’t take my word for it, check out my sources, and conduct your own research.


Sources

Miller, Anthony B, et al. “Risks to Health and Well-Being From Radio-Frequency Radiation Emitted by Cell Phones and Other Wireless Devices.” Frontiers in Public Health, Frontiers Media S.A., 13 Aug. 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6701402/.

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. “ICNIRP statement on the "Guidelines for limiting exposure to time-varying electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields (up to 300 GHz)".” Health physics vol. 97,3 (2009): 257-8. doi:10.1097/HP.0b013e3181aff9db

"IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz," in IEEE Std C95.1-2005 (Revision of IEEE Std C95.1-1991) , vol., no., pp.1-238, 19 April 2006, doi: 10.1109/IEEESTD.2006.99501.

Hardell, Lennart. “World Health Organization, Radiofrequency Radiation and Health - a Hard Nut to Crack (Review).” International Journal of Oncology, D.A. Spandidos, Aug. 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5504984/.


This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Cody Piunno

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 21, 2020:

Nice article.

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