I recently listened to a podcast that scared the s*** out of me, and not in a good way. Don’t get me wrong…the podcast is great. It just makes me feel like the already blighted world we live in is 1000% doomed. And us, right along with it.
I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, and I try to keep it light here as much as I can. But you know that saying, better the devil you know? As such with 5G. This may not be of interest to you, at least not yet. But humor me, because you need to read/listen to this.
I’ve embedded the podcast below…you can listen to it the way you usually listen to podcasts (search for The Life Stylist), or by clicking play below.
What the eff is 5G?
Maybe we should start there.
5G is fifth generation wireless, and “…the latest generation of cellular mobile communications. It succeeds the 4G, 3G and 2G systems. 5G performance targets high data rate, reduced latency, energy saving, cost reduction, higher system capacity, and massive device connectivity.”1
Why should I care about 5G?
In a word — or a couple — radiofrequency radiation (RFR). Why does a little more manmade RFR matter in this age of microwaves, cell phones, wifi, and security scanners? It matters, because 5G is going to exponentially increase the amount of RFR in our environment.
In Frightening Frequencies: The Dangers of 5G and What You Can Do About Them, (which is a superb article on 5G dangers and issues, PLEASE READ IT), author Jody McCutcheon notes “that in 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified RFR as a potential 2B carcinogen,” which means possibly carcinogenic to humans.
Carcinogenic = potential to cause cancer, people. THE C WORD. Have you ever wondered why there is so much cancer in the world? We all know someone, or many people, who have been affected by cancer. We’re already poisoning ourselves with vegetable oil (more about that one day), GMO foods, stress, and industrial toxins. Add increasing radiation to that and where do you think we’ll end up?
You’ve probably heard the cell-phones-cause-brain-cancer hypothesis over the years (namely RFR from wireless phones), but the majority of us — myself included — continue to keep our heads firmly buried in the sand about it because most studies don’t show a “dose-response relationship,” due to variation in contributing factors such as use over time, phone model, proximity to cell towers, and more.2
That doesn’t mean we aren’t experiencing any negative health effects from our phones (um, hello blue light), or that we aren’t currently swirling in the perfect storm of factors to eventuate a cancer diagnosis. Only time will tell. (Of course I hope none of us become the statistic). But if we move to 5G and radically increase RFR, my unfortunate guess is that we’re going to have a definite dose-response relationship in the near future.
Why is 5G so bad?
Are you still with me? I know this is reading like a science journal, but stay with me, because this is the important part. McCutcheon explained the perils of 5G perfectly:
“…5G technology utilizes higher-frequency MMW [millimeter wave] bands, which give off the same dose of radiation as airport scanners. The effects of this radiation on public health have yet to undergo the rigours of long-term testing. Adoption of 5G will mean more signals carrying more energy through the high-frequency spectrum, with more transmitters located closer to people’s homes and workplaces–basically a lot more (and more potent) RFR flying around us. “
Here’s what’s really scary about more RFR flying around: “Over ninety percent of microwave radiation is absorbed by the epidermis and dermis layers,” McCutcheon notes, “so human skin basically acts as an absorbing sponge for microwave radiation.”
You read that right. Your SKIN absorbs microwave radiation, and that’s not the only part of you that could be affected by 5G. According to University of California, Berkeley public health professor Dr. Joel Moskowitz, “5G will use high-band frequencies, or millimeter waves, that may affect the eyes, the testes, the skin, the peripheral nervous system, and sweat glands.”3 And the insidious part of this alphabet soup is that MMWs and RFR are completely invisible. You will have no idea when or how much exposure you are getting.
More radiation doesn’t just affect humans, either. It negatively affects everything in its wake, from plants to animals to insects, right on up to the atmosphere. McCutcheon made no bones about it: “It bears repeating: 5G is bad news for all living creatures and the planet we share.”
Moskowitz likens 5G to “a massive experiment on the health of all species.”3 I don’t know about you, but this is an experiment I do not want to be a part of.
Is 5GHz the same as 5G?
It’s a good question…so many of us now have 2.4Ghz and 5GHz options on our wifi routers. Relax! It’s not the same thing. (Whew.)
In 5G vs. 5G E vs. 5GHz: What’s the Difference?, Sascha Segan of PC Mag explains that the 5GHz option you see on your home network is a five-gigahertz radio band that has been around since 1999. It’s not 5G, or fifth generation cellular.
“Wi-Fi primarily uses two frequency bands, 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Because the 2.4GHz band is the default for most devices, only has three available clear channels, and is shared by Bluetooth, remote controls, and microwave ovens, the 2.4GHz band can get very crowded and speeds can become very low,” he notes. “5GHz Wi-Fi has more available channels and can typically run much faster, but it has somewhat shorter range than 2.4GHz.” Hence the need for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.
So don’t worry, you haven’t been unknowingly exposed to 5G radiation in your home. There is EMF (electromagnetic field) exposure, but it’s not the same. That said, it is recommended that you keep a distance of 40 feet — 10 feet minimum — between your wifi router and your body. This is especially important for children, because they are more vulnerable to EMFs.4 And why they really shouldn’t have phones at all. But that’s another nasty can of worms.
You don’t actually need 5G, and you must replace everything to have it.
Just because there are faster devices/speeds coming, doesn’t mean you actually need them! We are so conditioned to think faster/better/stronger, that we rarely stop to appreciate where we are. We can already do virtually anything with our phones and networks. Today. Right now. How much more do we really need?
Todd Haselton of CNBC.com makes a great point: “…there aren’t many compelling reasons to buy a 5G phone yet. The 4G LTE enabled things we now take for granted include high-quality video chat, the ability to stream movies pretty much anywhere and much faster download speeds.”5
Casting the potential health risks of 5G aside, there is another big, glaring issue at hand: NONE of our current devices are equipped to handle it. None of them. Which is a good thing because it might just slow down the widespread implementation of 5G. One can hope.
In Do we even need 5G at all?, Jeremy Kaplan (thank you, Jeremy) puts the reality of 5G out there in blessed-black-and-white:
“Oh yeah, one more thing: In order to get 5G, you’ll need to upgrade. Your current phone can’t just be ‘turned on’ to the new tech, nor can all of the IoT devices you currently own that networking companies want to interconnect with it. It may be simpler some day to use, but to capitalize you’ll have to replace everything. Every smart doorbell, every connected cooker, every thermostat. That’s not smart. That just sounds wasteful.”
Wasteful is right. We are already live in a plasticized, single-use, throwaway world. How much more can our planet take? Where will all these obsolete devices go? The thought of it terrifies me. And makes me kind of glad I will expire before the space in which to put our trash does.
What can I do about 5G?
Whether you personally upgrade to a 5G device or not (please don’t), the cellular RFR will still be out there. Start by using a cell tower locator to see what’s in your area, and any towers that are planned for the future.
McCutcheon shared a fantastic list of ways you can protect yourself against the negative effects of 5G. I’m sharing the link to that article again below because it is extremely informative and you need to read it!
- Understand EMFs and their behaviours. Get a good quality radiation detector to know whether or not you’re near high levels of EMFs.
- Protect yourself with an EMF Shield to mark and protect you from hotspots. Try a patented product that neutralizes the harmful effects of mobile phones and other EMF emitting devices on humans.
- Whenever possible, limit your exposure: use an anti-radiation headset or speaker mode while talking on a cellphone.
- Refuse to use 5G phones and devices. Full stop. And discourage those you know from doing so.
- Refuse to buy anything ‘smart’ – ‘smart’ appliances, ‘smart’ heaters, etc.
- Some believe that carrying shungite crystals can offer some protection from radiation.
- No matter what, do NOT get a smart meter – these put high levels of 5G radiation right in your home.
- Join the growing numbers of dissenters. Get active with them here.
- Do as the Hawaiians have done and threaten smart meter and 5G tech installers with liability. You canlearn how to do that here.
- Spread the word! Please share this article with everyone you know.
SAY NO TO 5G EVERYTHING.
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