Doctors, Experts Call for Delaying Deployment of 5G Due to Health Risks

By Arek Rusek

TORONTO, Canada—Although 5G, or fifth generation wireless technology, promises faster download speeds and conveniences that most of us have never dreamed of, we’ll also be blanketed with a new type of radiation called “millimeter waves,” according to health experts who warn of the rising risks associated with the rollout of 5G.

At the Wireless Technology Symposium in Toronto on May 31, experts discussed evidence of adverse health effects from 5G technology and answered questions from the audience.

“It’s not been made clear to the public that 5G won’t just be another number and a letter on your cell phone,” said Frank Clegg, former president of Microsoft Canada. “It requires an entirely new infrastructure of thousands of small cellular antennas to be erected throughout the cities where it’s going to be installed.”

What would 5G infrastructure look like? Small cell antennas could be placed as close as every third utility pole.

Dr. Anthony Miller
Dr. Anthony Miller, professor emeritus of the University of Toronto and advisor to the World Health Organization at the Wireless Technology Symposium in Toronto, Canada on May 31, 2019. (Courtesy of Queen’s Park Gallery)

Scientists from 42 countries are warning their governments about the emerging health problems associated with wireless radiation, and Canadian doctors and scientists have added their concerns.

“The most prevalent symptoms include headache, fatigue, decreased ability to concentrate, tinnitus, irritability and insomnia,” said Dr. Riina Bray, an environmental health consultant. “Impacts on the heart and nervous system are also of concern.”

Bray has been working at the Provincial Environmental Health Clinic for 15 years, and she’s seen the number of people suffering adverse effects from electromagnetic exposure rising.

Protestors against 5G in Switzerland
Protestors against 5G mobile network gather in Bern, Switzerland on May 10, 2019. (Stefan Wermuth/AFP/Getty Images)

“We predict that the number of people who develop the symptoms I just mentioned will rise in the places where 5G is first installed,” said Bray.

Professor and researcher Dr. Magda Havas is internationally recognized for her studies on the biological effects of electromagnetic pollution. She said that at high intensities these waves cause intense heat and pain because sweat glands on the surface of our skin act like mini antennas.

“At lower intensities scientists are predicting damage to eyes, loss of insect populations which are already declining, antibiotic resistance in bacteria, and physiological effects on the nervous system and the immune system,” said Havas.

Dr. Magda Havas on 5G
Dr. Magda Havas at the Wireless Technology Symposium in Toronto, Canada on May 31, 2019.(Courtesy of Queen’s Park Gallery)

Radiation from radio frequencies is classed in the same category of carcinogens as lead.

Dr. Anthony Miller, an advisor to the World Health Organization said there’s now enough evidence that if they were to re-evaluate radiofrequency (RF) radiation, it would be labeled as carcinogenic to humans.

“Governments could not possibly ignore that,” said Miller.

Some say the scientific debate about the health effects of RF radiation is over. But the question remains: Can we afford to take this risk?

Medical doctors are requesting delayed 5G deployment until testing can be conducted on the long-term biological effects of the technology.

Demonstrators hold placards reading 'For Human Bee and Tree'
Demonstrators hold placards reading ‘FOR HUMAN BEE & TREE,’ as they take part in a protest against the 5G mobile communications network in Bern, Switzerland on May 10, 2019. (Stefan Wermuth/AFP/Getty Images)