Is Faster Internet Worth The Biological Effects That Come With It?

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January 8, 2018

Israeli research studies presented at an international conference at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University (IIAS), organized in cooperation with the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Environmental Health Trust (EHT), reveal that the same electromagnetic frequencies used for crowd control weapons form the foundation of the latest network – branded as 5G – that will tie together more than 50 billion devices as part of the Internet of Things.

What is 5G? For one it means increased data capacity, fewer delayed connections and longer battery life for phone users. It also means faster internet speed and reduced download times

While faster internet and better connection is always a plus, some cell phone users are becoming concerned about the effects of cell phone radiation and how it could harm them in the long run.

Multiple studies have indicated possible health risks associated with 5G radiation. In a 2013 study performed by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, researchers found that when 60 GHz waves and radio waves penetrated skin, it could increase the risk of skin disease, inflammation and possibly cancer. In 2011, the World Health Organization classified radio frequency radiation as a class 2B carcinogen.

Dr. Ben-Ishai of the Department of Physics, Hebrew University, Israel recently detailed how human sweat ducts act like an array of helical antennas when exposed to these wavelengths. Scientists cautioned that before rolling out 5G technologies that use these frequencies, research on human health effects needed to be done first to ensure the public and environment are protected. Research studies from the Dielectric Spectroscopy Laboratory of the Department of Applied Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, headed by Dr. Yuri Feldman, indicate that millimeter and submillimeter waves may lead to preferential layer absorption. The number of sweat ducts within human skin varies from two million to four million. The researchers pointed to replicated peer research of these biological effects in laboratory research conducted in other countries and considered this mechanism of action well proven.

“Most people are unaware that these waves are cycling several billion times per second. 75 GHz is in fact 75,000,000,000 cycles per second.” stated Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust, about these frequencies rapidly penetrating the skin.

5G Networks will involve the deployment of millions of antennas nationwide, thousands in each city, because millimeter waves cannot easily travel through buildings or other obstacles. Proposed installations have lead to public outcry in residential areas where homeowners do not want antennas mounted at their yards or near schools.

Several researchers at the conference raised concerns that current regulations are not adequate to protect public health.

“There is an urgent need to evaluate 5G health effects now before millions are exposed…. We need to know if 5G increases the risk of skin diseases such as melanoma or other skin cancers,” stated Ron Melnick, the National Institutes of Health scientist, who led the design of the National Toxicology Program study on cell phone radiofrequency radiation.

Medical experts worldwide are calling for action, and for a re-evaluation of safety standards based on long term and short term biological effects.
 

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