Published in L’illustre, Thursday 18 July 2019
“With 5G, we feel like guinea pigs”
L’Illustré is a French-language weekly consumer magazine published in Lausanne, Switzerland. The circulation of L’Illustré was 76,697 copies in 2014 and its readership was 338,000 in the second half of 2014.
Since 5G antennas were installed near their home in the heart of Geneva, these residents of the same area suffer from various health problems. Are they victims of a technology whose dangers were not sufficiently tested? A doctor and member of parliament speaks out.
Gathered in the apartment of one of the two, on the fifth floor of a building in the centre of Geneva, these residents of the same area look at each other. What they have in common is insomnia, tinnitus, headaches. And a lot of unanswered questions. The youngest, Johan Perruchoud, 29, has lived there for 11 years and is not the type to cultivate any sort of hatred of invasive technology. He is a healthy young man, active and positive, who has just returned from four years in New York and makes finely crafted videos and films for the media or for individuals, often working in his room with his computer.
“Like in a microwave oven”
For him and for his neighbour it all started in April. “I’ve never had a problem with Wi- Fi or any of that and never had problems sleeping – and then suddenly I had trouble falling asleep. In particular at home I felt – how can I put it? – like I was in a microwave. I didn’t feel good in the house, as if I was surrounded by ghosts.” When he looked on Facebook and on the website of the Confederation, he saw that three 5G antennas had been put into service nearby and that other people were complaining of identical problems, headaches, tiredness. “Was it psychological? I don’t know. But for the first time, although I have never had earaches while composing my music, my ears started whistling. It woke me up at night. All of this was unusual.”
He was assailed by the unpleasant sensation of being used, caught up in something not of his own making. So he called Swisscom. Scarcely ten minutes after he had filled out the basic form, a representative called him back sounding all empathetic. “He was immediately on the defensive. He explained to me that tests had taken place and that everything was fine. At the end, for form’s sake, he wished me a good recovery.” Today, Johan is a little better, although his sinuses have been blocked for the past two months; an infection he has never experienced before.
Elidan Arzoni, 50, on the Rue de Coutance, in Geneva. “When they installed 5G, I felt bad from one day to the next.”
The solution: move home?
His neighbour Elidan Arzoni, 50, is not doing any better. On the same day, the actor, stage director and director of the Metamorphosis Company started having the same symptoms, but more acutely. “It happened overnight”, he says, “My ears started to make very loud sounds, whereas at the time I didn’t even know what tinnitus was.” At the same time he felt pains on the left side and at the back of his skull. And such violent discomfort in his heart that he thought he was having a heart attack and went to the hospital emergency room two days later. There, after a few tests, he was reassured to be told that he had a “sportsman’s heart”. When he raised the issue of the presence of the antennas, the nurse replied that nobody was trained to provide information on the potential effects of those transmitters. “The only advice I was given was to move. …” To him, there is no doubt: the arrival of the antennas was the
cause of his ills. “It is a no-brainer. Even Swisscom confirmed it in terms of the timing. And I’m in very good health, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I never go to the doctor.” He states that his wife and children of 9, 16 and 21 are also newly suffering from insomnia.
More vocal than Johan, the actor does not hide his concern. He wrote to the President of the State Council, Antonio Hodgers (The Greens), and simply got told that everything was legal with this new technology. Dissatisfied, he does not hide his feelings: “How can we forget that the Confederation is the majority shareholder of Swisscom? As soon as you come up against the financial interests of these people, they go into total denial. Nobody is interested in the citizens. Even the forthcoming report (Ed.: scheduled for the summer of 2019 and produced by a working group in collaboration with the Federal Office for Communication, it was just postponed until the end of the year) will not address the aspect of health. If cases of leukaemia or brain cancers start mounting up, it will take years for them to be confirmed.”
Out of the question to live under an antenna
Since then, he’s coped with his earaches, “but it’s unliveable, it’s very strong”. On Facebook, where he talks openly about his situation, he has to deal with attacks and accept being treated as backward. That said, there is no question of his moving home: “Why should I leave my home when I’m a citizen of Geneva and I pay my taxes here? That would be totally undemocratic. And where would I go anyway, given that there will soon be antennas everywhere? Right now, I feel like an undesirable. I don’t know where to flee. My work and my children are here.” Equally disturbing: when he goes to neighbouring France, his pains subside. They come back as soon as he returns to the city.
Installed rapidly in Switzerland, 5G antennas raise the issue of the health consequences of electrosmog.
As for Johan, he says that he is gradually getting used to it. However, he has promised himself that, if he had children, it would be out of the question for his family to live near an antenna. “In my view, what’s happening will have an impact on our generation when we’re older.” Worse: if he understands the progress that 5G can bring in some specific areas such as medical or research fields, he thinks that, “for people, it’s virtually useless”.
The two neighbours’ parting comments are on the same wavelength: “We feel like guinea pigs.” Is anyone going to pay attention?
The precise location of the various antennas on the territory of Switzerland:
A doctor accuses: “We are in danger of a catastrophe”
The practitioner and PDC member Bertrand Buchs filed the motion for a moratorium on 5G in Geneva. He sounds the alarm.
What is your reaction to this testimony from citizens?
I’m seeing more and more of this. In the absence of clear studies, we have no right to tell these people that they are imagining their ills.
With the shorter waves of 5G, nobody knows what can happen. Especially when you consider their potentiation, in other words, their mixture with 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.
Why did you file the motion?
They are treating us like idiots. Where this is concerned, our authorities are going against common sense. The precautionary principle is clearly violated. Why do so many antennas appear in just two months (Ed.: a hundred in Switzerland today and 90% coverage of the territory by the end of the year)? Whereas for any given drug, it takes years to evaluate whether it is good or bad? Everything is going too fast. We are in the midst of a race to the first operator to have 5G installed, which is happening in such haste, although there is no objective urgency to install 5G. For the population, it’s virtually useless. They could have done as Germany did, where 5G is restricted to certain businesses, and heavily monitored.
What‘s at stake?
As nothing is seen or felt, the public believes that there is zero risk, a bit like in the nuclear field. However, there is a risk of us experiencing a catastrophe in a few years, in terms of tumours, for example. The State will be liable.
What do you recommend?
I repeat, after having tried to inform myself in the databases that I have access to as a doctor: no serious study exists yet, which is not surprising when you know that this technology was developed in China, then in the United States. In Switzerland, we could open up a line for people who feel ill, listen to these complaints and examine them. Our country has the means and the skills. The debate must be launched because this story is far from over. But here, we just get “Move along, there’s nothing to see…”.
Comments from Peter Tocci
Dear Dr. Maisch,
This is in reference to the article about “5G” problems arising in Switzerland.
https://www.emfacts.com/2019/07/swiss-magazine-reports-first-5g-injuries-in-geneva/ I can see by your “Blog Categories” that you have a significant level of awareness. But the article doesn’t seem to reflect this, with no comment to that effect. For example: “Out of the question to live under an antenna” Truth be known: Out of the question to live within reach of an antenna. There is no safe dose.
BTW, the outfit from whose newsletter I got this article also lacks, or ignores, the whole truth about wireless. They sell “solutions.” The key to that whole truth is that the greater threat is to ecosystem, not humans, and that their “solutions’ give a false sense of security, further threatening the planet.
I’m not a scientist, but I’ve been doing research on wireless tech as a ‘reporter’/freelance writer for years now. When one considers the financial interests at stake, it’s not a challenge to conclude that less-than-accurate information appears online and in the print media. I address the history behind this in articles linked at end.
I suggest that attributing the health issues noted in the article to 5G is probably an unfounded assumption. For one thing, all the symptoms noted are typical of 4G. Moreover, the same “sudden” onset of overt symptoms has occurred before people even heard “5G.”
That a “5G” antenna cluster has appeared, doesn’t mean 5G frequencies were coming from them. The plan is to use the 5G infrastructure for both iterations. Thus, to attribute to 5G requires determining frequencies with a meter, not just assuming something. Both kinds may be present. I don’t say 5G is no problem. I say ALL wireless tech is a problem, and this is dangerously being downplayed by obsession with 5G. 4G, by itself, is a quite sufficient terminal nightmare.
And although the US and China are in a market race, 5G tech has been spearheaded by Qualcomm in Israel http://themillenniumreport.com/2019/01/5g-mobile-revolution-designed-in-israel/ Key point: 4G is not going away, even with 5G fully implemented, and this has been known from the outset.
I have a contact in Idaho. There is an org. there called “EHS Idaho.” “An estimated 3 to 10 percent of Idahoans (48,000 to 160,000 suffer devastating, life-altering symptoms of electrohypersensitivity [EHS]. It is estimated that another approximately 35 percent of Idaho’s population experiences mild to moderate EHS symptoms.” All this has developed with not 5G in sight. http://ehsidaho.com/home.aspx
Key point: Effects are cumulative over time, just as with ionizing radiation (different mechanisms of course). This means that 4G is an even greater immediate threat than 5G due to 3 decades of ongoing exposure. A horrific epiphany is imminent. If it starts, it will already be too late. EHS victims are the canaries in the society’s coal mine. This means, in turn, that if we stop 5G and not 4G, we are doomed. No exaggeration.
The comparison to a microwave oven is a bit out of line, and does the cause no good. He has no idea what being in one would feel like. And if he had been, he’d not be here talking about it. Also, moving is merely stopgap. No matter where you go, you are exposed at some level of another. Symptoms my abate but cumulative harm never stops.
Last key point: Governments, the WHO, militaries were very aware of the harms in the mid 1970’s, two decades before 2G digital came to market here. And that was adapted military stealth-weapon technology.
I’ve written extensively on all this, so don’t want to reinvent the wheel here. I’ll share some links I hope you’ll explore to see what you think. My main article took over two years to research and write. It’s quite comprehensive, because there are many attendant issues rarely if ever mentioned or detailed in articles and on websites. It’s 13k words, 70 references
“Wireless Technology: Ultra Convenient. Endlessly Entertaining. Criminally Instigated. Terminally Pathological.” https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/wireless-technology-ultra-convenient-endlessly-entertaining-criminally-instigated-terminally-pathological.html
Distillation of that piece: “Wireless Technology: Ultra Convenient. But Not for Survival.” https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/wireless-technology-ultra-convenient-but-not-for-survival.html
Physics and biophysics (lay reader): “Wireless Technology: The Plain Physics & Biophysics” https://www.activistpost.com/2019/06/wireless-technology-the-plain-physics-biophysics.html
And a subject I missed completely at the outset: “Wireless Technology: Ultra Convenient. Delivers Mercury Vapor from Dental Fillings — Free Shipping” https://www.activistpost.com/2019/05/wireless-technology-ultra-convenient-delivers-mercury-vapor-from-dental-fillings-free-shipping.html
“Could Opposition to 5G (per se) Be Ill Advised?” https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/could-opposition-to-5g-per-se-be-ill-advised.html
Articles on the “5G Crisis” which I challenged in Comments.
Keep up the good work!