From Dr Priyanka Bandara. Published in the Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Vol 39 No 2-July 2020
5G Wireless Deployment and Health Risks: Time for a Medical Discussion in Australia and New Zealand
Bandara, Priyanka & Chandler, Tracy & Kelly, Robin & Mccredden, Julie & May, Murray & Weller, Steve & Pockett, Susan & Leach, Victor. (2020). 5G Wireless Deployment and Health Risks: Time for a Medical Discussion in Australia and New Zealand. This article discusses the need to raise a medical discussion on the health risks of wireless technology, particularly about new 5G that is lacking in the Australia – New Zealand region at present. It presents some evidence for the concerns raised in the global scientific community.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ISSUE
There is an urgent need for clinicians and medical scientists in the Australia-New Zealand region to engage in an objective discussion around the potential health impacts of the ﬁfth generation (5G) wireless technology currently being deployed. The statements of assurance by the industry and government parties that dominate the media in our region are at odds with the warnings of hundreds of scientists actively engaged in research on biological/health eﬀects of anthropogenic electromagnetic radiation/ﬁelds (EMR/EMF).
There have been worldwide public protests as well as appeals by professionals and the general public that have compelled many cities in Europe to declare moratoria on 5G deployment and to begin investigations. In contrast, there is no medically-oriented professional discussion on this public health topic in Australia and New Zealand, where 5G deployment is being expedited. 5G is untested for safety on humans and other species and the limited existing evidence raises major concerns that need to be addressed. The vast body of research literature on biological/health eﬀects of ‘wireless radiation’ (radiofrequency EMR) indicates a range of health-related issues associated with diﬀerent types of wireless technologies (1G-4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, Radar, radio/TV transmission, scanning and surveillance systems). These are used in a wide range of personal devices in common use (mobile/ cordless phones, computers, baby monitors, games consoles etc) without users being aware of the health risks. Furthermore, serious safety concerns arise from the extra complexity of 5G as follows:
*5G carrier waves use a much broader part of the microwave spectrum including waves with wavelengths in the millimetre range (hence called ‘millimetre waves’) which will be used
in the second phase of 5G). Until now, millimetre waves have had limited applications such as radar, point-to-point communications links and non-lethal military weapons.
*Extremely complex modulation patterns involving numerous frequencies form novel exposures.
*Beam formation characteristics can produce hotspots of high unknown intensities.
*A vast number of antenna arrays will add millions of microwave transmitters globally in addition to the existing RF transmitters thereby greatly increasing human exposure. This includes 5G small cell antennas to be erected every 200-250 metres on street 5G Wireless Deployment ﬁxtures, such as power poles and bus shelters, many of which will be only metres from homes with the homeowners having absolutely no say in where the antennas will be located.
This massive leap in human exposure to RF-EMR from 5G is occurring in a setting where the existing scientiﬁc evidence overwhelmingly indicates biological interference, therefore
suggesting the need to urgently reduce exposure. It is already late to educate the population on the risks of wireless radiation and to take public health measures such as those taken with tobacco to reduce exposure by recommending safer wired communications for regular use while leaving wireless communications for short emergency communications. Some European countries have been taking steps to reduce children’s exposure to RF-EMR by limiting or discouraging wireless use e.g. France banning WiFi in small children’s facilities and limiting use at schools. SNIP
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