Strong and Informative Articles on 5G and the IoT:
Nine ways 5G and the IoT will harm humans, the environment, and Earth
- Health – The robust and growing independent science shows harms to our health from microwave radiation
- Privacy – The invasion of our privacy from the collection and mining of our digital data
- Cyber Security -The fast growing and devastating cyber security risks
- Environment – The harms to wildlife, particularly bees, butterflies and other pollinators
- Energy – The huge energy consumption to produce and power a wireless Internet of Things
- Brains and Humanity – The effects on our brains and humanity from humans increasingly inhabiting the cyber world
- E-Waste – The astronomical e-waste that will be generated from connecting virtually every “thing” to the Internet
- Conflict Minerals – 5G and the IoT will vastly grow our dependence on conflict minerals, which have brought about the death of close to 6 million people
- Ethics — Ethical issues arising from the IoT. New human rights laws are being being considered; how should humans relate to robots and AI? The blurring of what was once a clear delineation between technology and humans
Telecom presents 5G to President Trump: “No need for fiber to homes,” the rep explains. 5G uses fiber to the pole and then goes wirelessly the rest of the way. What he doesn’t mention is that by melding the fiber network (that we paid for) with the wireless infrastructure, they become an unregulated service. Win/win for Telecom. Lose/lose for us.
Top 10 Facts About Cell Phones and Wi-Fi
1. All cell phones and wireless devices emit radiation.
2. Our brains and bodies are penetrated by this radiation.
3. Cell phones and wireless devices emit radiation constantly, even when you are not talking or using the phone.
4. Every wireless device has fine print instructions buried in its user manual that specify a distance between the device and user that should not be surpassed.
For example, most cell phone manuals state the phone should be held at specified distance (often around 5/8th of an inch) from the body. If you look in the user manual for your DECT cordless home phone, wireless laptop or printer, it will state that the device should be at least 20 cm (approximately 8 inches) away from the body to prevent “exceeding FCC radiation exposure limits”. These instructions are in the user manuals because cell phones and wireless devices are tested for user radiation exposures at those specific distances.
In other words, if you are using a laptop on your lap, you are exposing yourself to untested radiation emissions that could exceed the radiation levels our government regulations presently allow. When you use a device closer than the manufacturer’s distance instructions, you risk exposing yourself to radiation levels that our federal government understands can cause sterility, brain damage and tissue damage. Learn more about the fine print warnings on various devices here.
5. These fine print instructions DO NOT protect you from all health effects.
6. Research shows low levels of this radiation impact the brain and reproductive system.
7. Radiation emitted by cell phones and wireless is officially linked to cancer.
8.The evidence linking wireless radiation to cancer has significantly increased since 2011.
In 2016, a major US government study found cell phone radiation caused increased cancers (brain and heart nerve) in rats exposed at low levels for two years. The results were stunning because the cancers the rats developed are the same type humans are developing after long term cell phone use.
Furthermore, since 2011, new research studies have been published linking wireless radiation to cancer. CERENAT (a case control national study in France) again showed a statistically significant association between glioma (brain cancer) and long-erm cell phone use. Another study (which replicated previous study results) showed that RF acted as a tumor promoter. The study details in its conclusion how, “Numbers of tumors of the lungs and livers in exposed animals were significantly higher than in sham-exposed controls. In addition, lymphomas were also found to be significantly elevated by exposure.”
In light of this published science, several World Health Organization experts are stating that the evidence has now substantially increased. Dr. Anthony B. Miller has testified as to the increased evidence, and he and colleagues have written several published papers detailing their opinion. Dr. Hardell states that wireless “should be regarded as human carcinogen requiring urgent revision of current exposure guidelines.”
9. Solutions exist: Hundreds of scientists worldwide recommend taking precautions to reduce exposures to wireless devices because of the serious risk these devices pose to public health.
10. Government regulations are outdated and antiquated.
In the United States, the last review for radio frequency limits was in 1996, and the reality is that these are limits are based on research from the 1980s. Many countries are using guidelines developed by the IEEE or ICNIRP—guidelines that have remained unchanged for decades. Those guidelines do not consider the more current science showing harm.Regulations are antiquated because they have not kept pace with the manner in which consumers use devices—usage has changed considerably since 1996. For example, the regulations only consider one radiating device at a time and do not account for a residence, classroom, or workplace, healthcare, retail, recreational and other venues filled with multiple devices. The regulations do not consider that people carry their cell phones tightly in a front pocket of jeans or in a bra. They do not consider that laptops would be placed on laps by schoolchildren in the classroom. Regulations did not consider research that looked at long-term exposures to children or medically compromised individuals. Guidelines were set by only considering the impact to a full-grown man.
Final Bonus Fact: No safe level of this radiation has been identified.
Scientific studies have not been done to develop a “safe level” of exposure. The latest science clearly shows that biological effects could occur at non-thermal (non-heating) levels. Science also shows that children and the developing pregnancy are far more vulnerable to these damaging effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not do research necessary to define a safe level that the public can be exposed to without harmful effects.
In a 2015 study (replicating prior scientific findings linking RF to cancer promotion), the researchers state, “Since many of the tumor-promoting effects in our study were seen at low to moderate exposure levels (0.04 and 0.4 W/kg SAR), thus well below exposure limits for the users of mobile phones, further studies are warranted to investigate the underlying mechanisms.” and “We hypothesize that these tumor-promoting effects may be caused by metabolic changes due to exposure. Our findings may help to understand the repeatedly reported increased incidences of brain tumors in heavy users of mobile phones.”
No medical organization has determined a “safe level” of this radiation for long-term exposure to children.
EHT has developed webpages to inform consumers on this issue and to document the scientific research in full. Please learn more about the fine print instructions on all cell phones and wireless devices on our Fine Print Warnings Page. Get your questions answered on our Cell Phone FAQ page.
Color Charts From the BioInitiative Report: Interested in what health effects the research shows at different radiation levels? These charts put into order scientific research conducted at various radiation exposure levels so you can see at a glance the effects found. Read the full Bioinitiative 2012 Report here. Read the color charts here.
Cell Phone Right to Know Ordinance Berkeley Council Briefing: This document reviews the need for public awareness of the fine print warning for cell phones. Berkeley City Officials were given this document to be informed on the issue, and the end result was the historic passing of the Berkeley Cell Phone Right to Know Ordinance. Click to Read.
Environmental Health Trust Briefing on Children and Wireless in Schools: This document pulls together research on the risks to children in the school setting and details the solutions schools can implement so that radiation exposures are reduced in schools. Dozens of research studies are indexed to backup the assertions of risk. Click to Read.
Vitality Magazine: The Link Between Wireless Radiation and a Host of Serious Illnesses by Frank Clegg
Planet JH: New study shows cell phones cook your brain by Dr. Devra Davis
Check Out These Excellent Websites
Parents and Citizens Around the World Are Raise Awareness. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these other websites and groups.
Websites about WIFI in Schools
Please register your group in their directory!
Means For Change: Detailing efforts Worldwide and in Washington State.
EMFacts.com, Dr. Don Maisch (Australian expert) ParentsAgainstWiFiinSchools.com.au – Facebook
Powerwatch.org.uk – WiFi overview
Must Know Websites!
Ever wonder how many cell towers are nearby? Just type in any US address and get the towers and antennas within a 4 mile radius.
Microwave News reports is recognized as a top on objective source of information on EMFs and health.
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
Dr. Joel Moskowitz of UC Berkeley School of Public Health maintains the excellent blog.
Environment and Human Health
EHHI hosts a very informative Cell Phone Report downloadable by Top Doctors.
Lennart Hardell’s Blog
Dr. Hardell is the internationally respected scientist whose research the International Agency for the Research on Cancer cited in it’s classification of RF as a possible carcinogen.
Citizens for Safe Technology
Citizens for Safe Technology Society is a not-for-profit educational society made up of Canadian and U.S. parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, physicians, scientists, politicians and lawyers!
We defeated the proposal to further erode local zoning in California. The stakes are even higher now!
Spread the word! Post links to this page http://www.electricalpollution.com/Stop5G.html and articles like the one in O’Dwyers http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/7175/2016-06-30/5g-rollout-worries-wi-fi-health-advocates.html
The FCC voted to move forward with 5G, an extremely dangerous technology. Read Chairman Wheelers comments about the Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding (https://www.fcc.gov/document/remarks-chairman-wheeler-future-wireless). This would put 5G transmitters on power and light poles throughout communities across the United States with the aim of creating enough saturation of very high frequency microwave radiation that fiber optic level connectivity is available wirelessly everywhere.
Thank you to all who contacted the FCC Commissioners in opposition. While we figure out the best ways in which to move forward, please help to raise awareness of the National Toxicology Program results showing that wireless radiation is carcinogenic and breaks DNA.
We need everyone to educate their Congresspeople and opponents in the election about the dangers of wireless radiation. We also need everyone to file comments in opposition to 5G in the relevant dockets. The FDA is supposed to put out warnings in light of the National Toxicology Program results showing that wireless radiation is carcinogenic and breaks DNA. They are dragging their feet. Please write them as well.
Background and Contact Information Please take a moment to contact the FCC Commissioners BEFORE their vote on July 14 in opposition to the rollout of 5G. A template letter is below, please take a moment personalize it briefly with your experience to give it greater impact.
Tom Wheeler, Chairman Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov
Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov
Ajit Pai, Commissioner Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov
Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner Mike.O’Rielly@fcc.gov
Distribute this press release: FCC Fast Tracks 5G Spectrum Despite Wireless/Cancer Link & DNA Damage Found in $25 Million US Government Study via social media and directly to news outlets.
Please send a copy of your letter to your U.S. Representative and Senators and the relevant committees (listed below).
Ultimately, it is Congress that decided to give sole responsibility for wireless promotion and safety to an industry dominated agency. It is essential that they hear from you. Only they can give authority for health back to the EPA, which has tried in the past to protect the public. Congress defunded EPA and removed its authority to protect the public from wireless radiation to stop it (http://www.stopglobalwifi.org/documents/PressReleaseDec2015.pdf).
Contact your Congressional Delegation (2 Senators and 1 Representative) Look them up and find their phone and FAX numbers at: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and http://www.house.gov/representatives/
Call the White House – 202-456-1111. Ask President Obama to halt the rollout of 5G in light of the safety hazards.
President Obama can also be emailed using the form at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
Congressional Committees – ask for oversight hearings on dangers of societal saturation with radiation from wireless technology:
U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions – (202)-224-5375
http://www.help.senate.gov/ links to contact the two ranking members on webpage
U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation – Majority: 202-224-1251, Minority: 202-224-0411
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources – (202) 224-4971
House Energy and Commerce Committee – (202) 225-2927
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Phone: (202) 225-5074
Dear FCC Commissioners,
Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding is being represented as an unqualified good, but it is not. It will do great harm to human health and the environment.
Please vote “no” to the Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding. There has been no NEPA review of the environmental and human health impacts of moving forward with 5G. The FCC has put the cart before the horse in promulgating rules for 5G without first studying the safety of 5G for humans and the environment. There is consensus within the scientific community that the existing FCC limits for wireless radiation do not protect the population from biological effects (www.EMFscientist.org)
The National Toxicology Program recently release results showing that radiofrequency radiation (RFR) can indeed both break DNA and cause cancer (http://www.saferemr.com/2016/05/national-toxicology-progam-finds-cell.html and http://microwavenews.com/news-center/ntp-nyt). Furthermore, the literature on RFR in the very high frequency bands required for 5G document DNA breakages, serious cellular resonance effects, and other detrimental metabolic effects (http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/sec15_2012_Evidence_Disruption_Modulation.pdf and http://www.stopglobalwifi/documents/2001_kositsky_et_al._-_ussr_review.pdf).
Non-industry funded studies have consistently found links between RFR and various negative biological effects (www.bioinitiative.org). They include serious neurological, cardiac, and metabolic effects, as well as DNA breakage which can lead to cancer and genetic defects (http://www.mainecoalitiontostopsmartmeters.org/?p=1469).
Studies, including the National Toxicology Program studies, have shown wireless to be a dangerous technology and 5G, according to Chairman Wheeler’s own comments, is an infrastructure intensive technology. So, invest in safe, wired infrastructure instead of spending a lot of money to saturate entire communities with hazardous radiation. The “cool” factor is not worth the peril.
Please see “Wireless Technology Violates Human Rights” (http://www.electricalpollution.com/documents/WirelessViolatesHumanRights2016.pdf) for more information about the very serious ways in which wireless technology violates human rights.
Don’t vote to unleash a dangerous environmental pollutant on your friends, family, and, indeed, the whole country. Vote to protect your family, friends, and the country – vote “no” on Spectrum Frontiers. Be on the right side of history.
For additional information, please visit http://www.parentsforsafetechnology.org/stop-5g-spectrum-frontiers.html
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