Statement by Elizabeth Kelley, Executive Director of Electromagnetic Safety Alliance.
Electromagnetic fields (EMF) and Electromagnetic Radiation pose serious health threats to man and nature, and endangers planetary health
Artificial human-made electromagnetic fields were first introduced on planet Earth in the mid 19th Century when man started harnessing energy for electricity and wireless applications. All living organisms have evolved in natural background radiation.
The non-ionizing band of the electromagnetic spectrum includes frequencies that have been harnessed to provide electricity and transmit wireless signals. These non-ionizing frequencies have been classified as possibly carcinogenic by the International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC), a sub-agency of the United Nations. This classification applies to all sources:
- In 2002, The World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the IARC classification of extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields, used for electricity, as “possibly carcinogenic” based upon epidemiological studies that showed an association between ELF exposure and cancer.
- In 2011, the WHO adopted the IARC classification of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) including microwave frequencies, used for wireless communications, as “possibly carcinogenic” based upon epidemiological studies that showed an association between RFR exposure and cancer.
Many EMF experts world-wide are calling for IARC to convene a scientific panel to review the scientific evidence on extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields, and on radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation as they think there is sufficient scientific evidence now that would justify upgrading these classifications to a “probable carcinogenic” or higher – a “human carcinogen”.
The current federal exposure guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the FCC, that regulate human exposure to pulsed, digital radiofrequency or microwave radiation from cellular phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi, antennas, etc. are being challenged as they are considered inadequate to protect human health. These FCC guidelines, and the international guidelines, are silent when it comes to acknowledging non-thermal effects on biological systems and has not set safety limits to ensure the protection of all living organisms on the planet, thereby ignoring growing scientific evidence showing biological changes and adverse effects on trees, plants, animals, insects and bacteria and humankind.
5th Generation Wireless uses high frequency millimeter wave radiation (MMW), an untested technology. The deployment of 5th Generation infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT), is currently underway in cities, towns and rural areas across the United States.
What is 5G? Watch this 6 minute video to find out: https://youtu.be/GEx_d0SjvS0
Since 2016, the FCC has been promoting 5th generation wireless, by announcing the “The Internet of Things,” (IoT) that will deliver voice and data services for telephone, internet and television at faster speeds and greater connectivity via high frequency pulsed millimeter wave frequency signals. This technology was safety-tested prior to releasing 5G for commercial purposes in the United States. There is limited scientific information on the biological and possible adverse health effects, primarily based on studies back decades in Eastern European, the Soviet Union and the U.S. Air Force.
Many EMF experts are advising that the adverse health effects are similar to effects that are being seen now, from the lower frequencies in the radiofrequency and microwave band and extremely low frequencies. However, in addition, they predict that there will be other effects, including skin changes that could produce painful sensations, ocular and testicular and other soft tissue changes and, more people experiencing cognitive and neurological symptoms known to be associated with electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
The “dose” makes the response and developing fetuses, children, persons with damaged immune systems, those who are electromagnetically hypersensitive are more at risk of developing cancers and neurological diseases that may lead to death. We are concerned that, in addition to the proliferation of wireless communications technologies in our every day lives, the introduction of 5G wireless and the Internet of Things, will add significantly to EMF background levels everywhere, causing people to experience more health and welfare problems.
Federal and state laws in the U.S. are being passed, without due consideration to health and privacy concerns.
In order to accelerate the deployment of small cell antennas, the U.S. Congress and state legislatures across the nation are passing laws that mandate 5G deployment, preempting local planning and zoning authorities. 5G antennas and the micro-sensors that operate the Internet of Thing are being installed in every community across the nation, with no prior neighborhood notifications, no public hearings and no environmental or historic reviews. The National League of Cities and public officials in many local government agencies are opposing the installation of 5G antenna networks; some local government agencies have installed municipally owned fiber networks instead, to control location of these installations, to protect privacy and to reduce or eliminate millimeter wave radiation levels in their communities.
The National Institute of Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP) issued a press statement on August 14, calling for installation of fiber not use of wireless signals as that would offer a safer, more reliable and longer lasting communications technology solution. NISLAPP’s report, “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks”, was presented at the Commonwealth Club of California recently. It, explains how it came to be that wireless communications, an extremely inferior technology laden with risks, is being mistakenly perceived as an advancement, and why ‘fiber to the premises’ (i.e., not fiber to support more wireless antennas) is unquestionably the best technological option to support the nation’s economy and society.
The paper’s author, Timothy Schoechle, PhD, explains in this report there are negative impacts from wireless access networks and ‘antenna densification’ on the following—all of which would be successfully addressed by a hard-wired, ‘fiber optics to the premises’ approach to communications:
- Speed of Internet access
- Equal Internet access
- Quality of voice communication
- Energy usage and efficiency (10x more energy used to power wireless)
- Resiliency in extreme weather events
- Value, for the money
- Public health and safety
- The biological ecosystem
- Landline phone access when the power goes out, and
- The integrity of the communications system as a whole, which has become, as described by the paper’s author, Timothy Schoechle, PhD, “hijacked by commercial motivations” and riddled with planned obsolescence and unnecessary future costs for us all.
Overall, there are many serious questions being asked about the advisability of deploying 5th generation wireless that will undoubtedly increase electrosmog conditions already present due to other wireless communications frequencies that have already been deployed. The serious questions being raised about the combined and cumulative effects on human health and on the natural world remain answered. People who are electromagnetically hypersensitive will encounter even more trouble finding safe places to live and thrive. More people will develop electromagnetic hypersensitivity symptoms, unless more protective changes are made soon.
We recommend you join with others in your community to educate others and call for a moratorium on the installation of 5th generation wireless technology. For precautionary reasons to preserve and protect life it is absolutely essential that the electrical power and telecommunications industries invest in and adopt technological solutions that do no harm to man and nature.
For further information, we refer you to these informative videos and websites:
The EMF Scientist Appeal to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the U.N. Environment Program and all UN Member Nations
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
Physicians for Safe Technology
Environmental Health Trust
Dr. Magda Havas on 5G and Millimeter Waves
What is 5G?
Expert panel recommends the U.S. National Toxicology Program’s cell phone radiation studies should report clear scientific evidence of tumors
NTP cell phone studies - experts recommend elevated conclusions
By Virginia Guidry
Reprinted from Environmental Factor
A panel of external scientific experts met March 26-28 at NIEHS and recommended that some National Toxicology Program (NTP) conclusions be changed to indicate stronger levels of evidence that cell phone radiofrequency radiation (RFR) caused tumors in rats.
To read more, including a report on plans for a followup study from NTP Director, Michael Wyde, go to https://emfscientist.org/index.php/science-policy/emf-science-and-related-policy-developments
Follow-up Studies on Radiofrequency Radiation reported by Dr. Michael Wyde, NIEHS/DNTP
The NTP received the nomination to study cell phone radiofrequency radiation (RFR) from the FDA in 1999. In order to address this issue, NTP collaborated with technical experts at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and the IT’IS Foundation to identify, test, and construct a novel exposure system based on the reverberation chamber concept. A series of feasibility and dosimetry modeling studies were conducted; the system was designed, constructed, and installed at the study lab. Before any studies were conducted, an independent validation of the RFR exposures was conducted by NIST. Once the exposure facility was established, toxicology and carcinogenicity studies were conducted in three phases with Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications modulated RFR in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD rats and B6C3F1 mice at frequencies of 900 or 1900 MHz, respectively. Rats and mice were exposed to RFR for up to 9 hours and 10 minutes per day for up to 2 years. Exposures in rats were initiated in utero.
The primary finding observed in mice in these studies was increased DNA damage in cells of the frontal cortex of RFR-exposed male mice (both GSM and CDMA). This finding was not associated with any change in brain tumors in the 2-year studies; however, elevated incidences of neoplastic lesions were observed in male (skin and lung) and female mice (malignant lymphomas). These incidences may have been related to RFR exposure and were considered equivocal evidence of carcinogenicity for RFR at 1900 MHz for both GSM or CDMA modulations.
In the rat studies, exposures were initiated in utero and consistently resulted in exposure concentration-related decreases in pup body weight and body weight gains during the perinatal period. In general, decreased pup survival was observed at the higher levels of RFR tested. Increased DNA damage in cells of the hippocampus and frontal cortex was observed in RFRexposed male mice from the CDMA study. Lower survival in control group was observed and attributed to high severity of chronic progressive nephropathy. At the end of the 2-year studies, increased incidences were observed in malignant schwannomas and right ventricular cardiomyopathy in the heart, malignant gliomas in the brain, and pheochromocytoma in the adrenal medulla (GSM only) of male rats. A number of neoplastic lesions were also observed that were considered equivocal findings that may have been related to RFR exposure in male (brain (granular cell tumors), pituitary gland, prostate, liver, adrenal gland, and pancreas) and female rats (heart, brain, and adrenal gland).
The NTP RFR studies have provided a great deal of knowledge regarding the toxicity and carcinogenicity of RFR exposure and have led to novel findings; however, they have also left knowledge gaps. Further mechanistic investigative studies will address these knowledge gaps and provide critical insight into the relationship between RFR exposure and the toxicity and carcinogenicity in rodents observed in the NTP studies. Follow-up studies will seek to investigate the perinatal effects, and further characterize organ-specific effects (heart, brain, adrenal medulla) in rats via immuno- and enzyme-histochemistry and molecular pathology methods. The impact of RFR exposure on behavior and stress will be further investigated, including the assessment of activity, response to system-generated noise and RFR signals, evaluation of stress indicators, measurement of stress hormones, and heart rate. The primary areas of mechanistic research will include investigation into the role of heat as a contributing factor to RFR-induced effects, oxidative stress mechanisms, changes in gene expression in multiple tissues, and the effect on DNA damage and repair. Given the positive effects on DNA damage in both rats and mice and the high level of inter- individual variability that was observed in the small number of animals evaluated per sex per dose group (n=5) in the comet assay, it is important to replicate the comet assays to confirm DNA damage effects, as well as conduct additional, more-specific and robust assays to evaluate DNA damage and DNA repair enzymes.
Additionally, follow-up studies will address issues and criticisms raised during peer review of the NTP RFR studies in March 2018, including temperature measurement during periods of animal inactivity, evaluation of stress markers, evaluation of behavior changes during exposures, and measurement of food consumption. Additional studies will have the potential to expand to newer, current technologies and those evolving technologies that will become the new standard in the telecommunications industry.