5G technology could impact health, privacy, rights

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The next generation of wireless cellular technology, also known as 5G, is scheduled to be rolled out in two years. If released as planned, 5G would blanket the entire country with extremely high frequency microwave radiation, with major implications for health, privacy, property rights, and local control.

Most cell phone carriers currently offer fourth generation (4G) wireless cellular service, a service which has been upgraded each decade since first generation analog service of the 1980s. However, 5G is far more than a simple technological upgrade for faster downloads. Prior generations of cellular service used low-band frequencies, from 300 megahertz — a million hertz — to 300 gigahertz — a billion hertz, as is used by 4G. To put this into perspective, the electro-magnetic radiation produced by household appliances ranges from 3 Hz to 300 Hz. Unlike the low frequency 4G being used now, 5G represents a significant change as it will use extremely high frequency microwave radiation called millimeter waves. Higher frequency waves have shorter transmission ranges, so the technological fix is to pepper communities with powerful small cell antennas, requiring pervasive neighborhood and city-wide 5G antennas. The distribution of these small cell antenna systems is placement on utility and light poles and other public infrastructure, and within feet of single family homes, on multifamily homes, schools, day care centers, nursing homes, recreation centers, and more, beaming intense microwave radiation onto anyone living or sleeping in those areas.

To enable the widespread deployment of 5G antennas, the telecommunications industry has been offering financial incentives to states and the federal government to pass enabling legislation without public input. Already 18 states have either passed or have bills slated to pass on rapidly deploying 5G statewide, stripping authority from local governments and state citizens. Several communities around the U.S. are already organizing to pre-empt implementation and maintain local control, including over 80 municipalities in Ohio.

There is good reason for this. When the Federal Telecommunications Act was passed in 1996, the telecommunications industry made certain that there was a clause included in this legislation that explicitly prohibits claiming health hazards as a reason to prevent placement of a cell tower near a person’s property.

Research shows that 5G millimeter wave radiation will make people sick, especially unborn children, young children, pregnant women, and individuals with chronic illness. The predicted adverse health effects include cancer, infertility, cataracts, headaches, neurological malfunction, cardiac irregularities, and insomnia, in much higher numbers and potency than that being experienced as a result of 4G by electro-hyper-sensitive people today. With as much as 10 percent of the population now showing signs of EHS to WiFi/wireless radiation, and cancer now affecting 1 out of every 2 people, we cannot afford to allow the telecom industry and our government to push 5G on us without our permission, and in spite of documented health hazards to humans, animals, birds and wildlife.

The World Health Organizations International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a Group 2B carcinogen based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use. Dr. Olle Johansson, neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute (which awards the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine), has stated that the proof of harm from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields is overwhelming and that children should never be allowed to be victims of a WHO-classified possible carcinogen. Dr. Ronald Powell, a Harvard-trained physicist, is also concerned about the potential for widespread harm from EMF radiation, particularly 5G. Brain and central nervous system tumors are the second most common cancers in children, making up about 26 percent of childhood cancers. Do we want to increase the risk of cancer in children by forcing them to be exposed to one of its known causes? In Idaho, we still have a chance to put a halt to 5G by spreading the word, contacting our legislators, and letting them be aware of statewide opposition.

Following is a link to an informative article from Wise Traditions (Fall, 2017), the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. (westonaprice.org/health-topics/microwave-radiation-coming-lamppost-near/), which provides the documentation for the above information. Then tell our legislators to please oppose this proposed new technology.

ANNE WILDER CHAMBERLAIN

Priest River

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