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If you’ve left the house in recent months, you’ll likely have seen at least one billboard proudly proclaiming the coming of 5G. It will make everything faster and ensure we can be connected almost anywhere. But are there hidden dangers to this hyper-connectivity that we’re ignoring? Our Clinic Director Phil has a few concerns.

Change is inevitable and we humans are brilliant at adapting to it; it is kind of “our thing”. After all, our evolutionary brothers and sisters who failed to adapt to new situations reached a genetic dead end and are no longer with us. Perhaps as a result, we love novelty and have already seen a variety of new developments that have led to incredible changes in our electromagnetic environment since the turn of the 21st century. Indeed, the whole electromagnetic spectrum was void of all human technological activity at the beginning of the 20th century – we’ve made quite the impact in the last 100 years.

In our embrace of all things new, we are prone to ignoring potential downsides until problems become strongly apparent. Smoking is a case in point, and I am old enough to remember when experts were still debating whether there was a link between smoking and cancer. Alongside our rapid adoption of these brave new technologies, we are also seeing an increased incidence of a whole slew of chronic diseases. It is, however, very difficult to prove what is safe and what might be causing health problems.

So is 5G another irrational scare propagated by paranoid health-freaks?

I suspect not. I am almost certain we are in for problems with 5G and my only question is, how long will it take for the cat to get out of the bag? I want to explain why I have this conviction. I am one of those anomalous individuals who loves technology but is still concerned about ever-increasing levels of electro-magnetic radiation in our homes and schools. My family, like almost everyone today, are internet addicts with computers all over the house. I am not so fond of WIFI, however, and have wired Ethernet cables into all the rooms (which many younger people find rather old-fashioned). About five years ago, I had an experience that convinced me that WIFI should be treated with extreme caution.

The WIFI router was previously in my young son’s bedroom, and was usually kept switched off whenever it was not in use. However, after a visit from an engineer to fix an issue, it was accidentally left on for an entire week. During that week, my son began to have recurring and disturbing nightmares. His teacher told us that he had been withdrawn at school, he had complained of severe headaches and had displayed some confusion. His overall demeanour changed and he seemed low and unhappy. I’m annoyed at myself for not having thought to check the router sooner, but when I discovered it was switched on and turned it off again my son quickly returned to his normal happy self and these issues disappeared. 

Our WIFI situation is likely being replicated in bedrooms all over the world, and children might simply not be having the right kind of sleep as a result. That, I think, is serious enough already.

The future, however, is set to get much worse with 5G. I have read numerous articles online claiming that any electro-sensitivity issues are 100% psychosomatic. Reassurance that there is no problem with our current electro-magnetic exposure is everywhere. Similar reassurance is offered for 5G: there are no problems here, we are told, despite the lack of tests to prove its safety.

There is a big difference between the radiation we have become used to and the frequency of 5G. 5G can carry more data, but its short wavelength means that, in order to receive and transmit, even through heavy rain, many more transmitters are needed. Trees are being chopped down because they interfere with the 5G range and they are being felled in significant numbers. Smart meters in our homes are being rolled out along with transmitters on every streetlamp, and some are placed close to bedroom windows. There is an eerie silence in the media.

Gateshead activist Mark Steel has been sounding the alarm now for the past couple of years. His perspective is informed by the fact that he has been involved as an inventor in the weapons industry and understands “active denial systems”. Mark explains that 5G can be used for other purposes than simply data transmission, for instance it can easily be configured into a beam-focused weapon – perhaps in a dystopian near-future. Other sources of 5G scepticism are offered by the Bio-Electromagnetic Research Initiative and the Safe Schools Information Technology Alliance.

5G is driven by a worldwide agenda: if you doubt this “conspiracy to irradiate us”, I suggest you try to find somewhere in the world not aiming to have 5G implemented by 2020. The rockets carrying the hundreds of tiny 5G enabled satellites have already begun to be launched. Our bodies block this high frequency signal by absorbing it into our tissues and this certainly will have unintended effects. Also, 5G beams can be focused to a dangerous intensity so that the hot spots may actually be hot and toxic. Sounds like a plot for a James Bond movie?

There is something extra-specially sinister about 5G, and if this blog is your first ‘heads up’ that there is a problem, I urge you to investigate further. We need to adapt to new things, but we also need to know when to draw the line, particularly when a new, seemingly useful, thing has unacceptable consequences, intended or otherwise.

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