Updated: Aug 23
Graphic: Valerie Jacquemet
We’ve known for decades that people experience ill health when living and working around cell towers, but this knowledge is being ignored in the rush to roll out 5G (fifth generation) technology worldwide.
Politicians and representatives of the telecommunications industry paint a picture where the aesthetic ugliness of cell towers and resulting lowered property values could be the only objections from the public. This is very far from the truth. People all over the world are fighting to have cell towers removed or blocked, and they are opposing the rollout of dangerous 5G technology.
What follows is some of the information showing health damage caused by cell towers and wireless radiation:
California School District Turns Off Radiation from School Cell Tower After Fourth Student Develops Cancer – March 13, 2019
““Four students and three teachers at Weston have been diagnosed with different forms of cancer since 2016. In addition, two preschool-age children living near the school have been treated for a malignant tumor and leukemia, and a Modesto family says a 22-year-old former student of Weston underwent surgery last year for a brain tumor.”
Ripon California School District officially asked Sprint, the wireless company to remove the cell tower from the elementary school after four students and three staff developed cancers. As of March 28, 2019 the antennas have been turned off.
Families have been calling for the removal of a cell phone tower at Weston Elementary School since 2017 when several students and staff developed cancers. Now that yet another student has developed cancer in 2019, parents demanded the tower be removed. The March 2019 school board meeting was packed in opposition to the cell tower and the meeting was widely covered by press. Parents stated they are holding the school board accountable.
On March 15 2019 Ripon Unified placed a revised statement on their website formally asking Sprint Communications to remove the cell tower from the Weston Elementary campus. They are asking Sprint “to relocate or decommission the tower as soon as possible.””
Fire fighters won the right not to have cell towers affixed to their fire stations due to the adverse health effects. So why are 5G cell towers being placed near schools, daycares, libraries, churches, businesses, and residences?
In 2004, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) passed a resolution opposing the installation of cell towers on fire stations. This resolution was passed after increasing complaints from fire fighters about the adverse health effects they experienced from cell towers affixed to the fire stations. The complaints included experiences of sleeplessness, headaches, memory problems, and cognitive impairment. A 2004 brain study of California fire fighters exposed to cell tower radiation over the previous five years showed brain abnormalities, cognitive impairment, delayed reaction time, and lack of impulse control. The resolution eventually included a moratorium on cell towers being placed on fire stations in the United States and Canada.
The IAFF resolution: “The IAFF opposes the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members.”
Lewis Currier, 29-year L.A. county fire captain, speaking in 2016 about the dangers of cell towers and the antiquated and inadequate government safety standards on electromagnetic radiation: Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7w10bFeVAk
Currier: “I’m speaking today against the cell towers that are being installed at our fire stations for the health and safety of the residents and the fire fighters who live there. The problem we have in this country today is the absence of adequate recommendation standards, and as a consequence, the corresponding standards that are being used are not applicable to the world we live in today. The FCC safety benchmarks…are antiquated and industry-controlled. We’ve all seen in the past how industry-controlled standards has worked in other industries in the examples given today such as tobacco, chemical fire retardants, etcetera. This is a classic case of the fox watching the henhouse. We have reviewed over 4,000 studies done by medical professionals that are peer-reviewed that show that there are adverse health effects at levels much less than…what they are saying. Fire fighters are already exposed to a lot of RF radiation, EMFs, and chemical exposure, so much so that cancer is presumptive for us. When will enough be enough? When will we hit our hypersensitivity level? I’m hoping we don’t find out. Please stop these cell towers at our fire stations.”
David Gillotte, 25-year Los Angeles county fire captain, speaking in 2016 in opposition to cell towers.
"RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The first-ever study of the health effects of 5G radiation on humans shows that 5G causes typical symptoms of microwave syndrome and a massive increase in microwave radiation. The case study also confirms that radiation well below levels allowed by the authorities causes ill health.
The Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation study was published in Medicinsk Access no. 1/2022. It was carried out by the oncologist and researcher Lennart Hardell from the Research Foundation for Environment & Cancer and Mona Nilsson from the Radiation Protection Foundation.The study concerns the health consequences for a man and a woman who received a 5G base station directly above the apartment, only 5 meters above the bedroom...
The symptoms that occurred in the man and woman after the start of 5G are typical of the microwave syndrome: fatigue difficulty sleeping. Emotional impact, nosebleeds, increasing tinnitus, and skin problems in the man.
The woman had more symptoms than the man with severe sleep disorders and dizziness, followed by skin problems (burning sensation, tingling in the skin of the hands and arms), concentration problems, irritability, tinnitus, balance problems, impaired short-term memory, confusion, fatigue, tendency to depression, heart and lung symptoms (palpitations, heaviness over the chest) and feeling of warmth in the body.
All symptoms decreased or disappeared after 24 hours after moving to another home with significantly lower radiation."
Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/241473738_The_Influence_of_Being_Physically_Near_t o_a_Cell_Phone_Transmission_Mast_on_the_Incidence_of_Cancer
PDF file - http://www.tetrawatch.net/papers/naila.pdf
A 2004 study showed that people were three times more likely to get cancer if they lived within 400 metres of a cell tower. Because 5G technology requires many more small cell installations in closer proximity to people's homes or businesses (millions more small cells worldwide), along with larger towers, that means almost everyone on Earth would be living within 400 metres of a cell tower if the planned 5G rollout is allowed to continue.
Telecommunications companies are paying schools, libraries, churches, and other organizations to host cell towers on their property, and these towers are causing cancer and other health damage.
Safety Code 6 is Outdated and Inadequate
It’s important to know that the safety standards being used by Health Canada for electromagnetic radiation are outdated and inadequate. (The standards are similar in other countries around the world, including the United States.) Safety Code 6 does not even cover non-ionizing radiation - the type emitted by cell towers and wireless devices. It covers only ionizing or thermal radiation – the type that will burn your skin if you come into contact with it. The Government of Canada’s safety standards were written before people even had cell phones en masse, and these standards do not recognize any ill effects from non-ionizing radiation, despite thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies and a mountain of anecdotal evidence that show otherwise.
Bioinitiative2012: a Rationale for Biologically-Based Exposure Standards for Low-IntensityElectromagnetic Radiation is a report prepared by 29 authors from ten countries, ten holding medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs, and three MsC, MA or MPHs.
The conclusion drawn in the report: “Bioeffects are clearly established to occur with very low exposure levels (non-thermal levels) to electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation exposures.”
To be clear, the report shows that biological effects and health harm occur at doses of non-ionizing radiation much lower than the levels government and the telecommunications industry claim are safe.
The Bioinitiative 2012 report summarizes the biological effects and health damage seen at low doses of non-ionizing radiation in colour charts.
The Italian Ramazzini Institute study, published in 2018, found increased incidence of cancer from non-thermal radiation at legally-permitted levels – levels the United States government, Canadian government, and other governments around the world currently consider safe. The scientists studied 2,448 rats and showed increased incidence of rare Schwannoma (nerve sheath) heart tumours in males and brain tumours in females.
A 2015 study showed that even at low radiation levels, cell phone signals accelerated quicker tumor growth in mice. What's interesting to note is that the tumor-promoting effects in the study were observed at "low to moderate exposure levels (0.04 and 0.4 W/kg SAR), thus well below exposure limits for the users of mobile phones."
Epidemiological evidence from several countries found that eight of the 10 studies reported increased prevalence of adverse neurobehavioural symptoms or cancer in populations living at distances of less than 500 metres from base stations.
Since late 2019, 5G has gone live in many cities and towns around the world, and people are already feeling the ill effects. More cell towers and antennae are being installed all the time, including around playgrounds, schools, libraries, and elderly carehomes.
This 5G "super-speed" wireless technology is being rolled out worldwide without any testing showing it is safe for human or animal health or for the environment - and despite thousands of peer-reviewed scientific studies showing ill effects from the current (much less intense) electromagnetic field exposure. Governments are currently green-lighting the 5G rollout despite the many studies showing that non-ionizing radiation harms humans, animals, insects, and trees.
You can see some of the studies showing ill effects from electromagnetic radiation exposure here:
5G wireless technology produces much more intense electromagnetic radiation than current 4G technology. Whereas 4G microwaves operate up to a maximum of about 6 GHz, 5G microwaves can operate up to about 30 GHz. 5G technology can also involve millimetre waves, which people have never been exposed to before en masse. These waves are much more intense and can operate between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. All this exposes us to many more frequencies than human beings or animals have ever been exposed to in the past. There are zero scientific studies proving 5G radiation is safe for long-term exposures, and this is especially the case with millimetre waves.
The other problem with 5G wireless technology is that 5G small cells are being densely installed in our communities – up to one small cell for every city block! Unlike current 4G technology, 5G requires small cell installations interspersed throughout our communities, which adds up to millions and millions more small cells worldwide. The more intense 5G electromagnetic radiation and frequency, the closer proximity to small cells and towers, and the higher number of small cells and towers create a situation with much more dangerous electromagnetic radiation exposure – exposure that is difficult or impossible to escape for electromagnetically sensitive people and for children, who are affected even more intensely by electromagnetic radiation due to their smaller, still-developing brains and bodies.
In a recent report, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the body representing the people who make the technology, has changed its stance to say that electromagnetic radiation from multiple wireless sources is harmful to health:
"People should be made aware that the EMR from using day to day cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices are harmful to human health. The levels of radiation observed in most cases such as phone calls, internet browsing on laptops and smartphones, using wireless routers and hotspots, Bluetooth smartwatches and smartphones are unsafe when compared with radiations limits determined by medical bodies. According to the current medical literature, various adverse health effects from exposure to RF EMR have been well documented."
Link: https://smartmeterharm.org/2020/04/07/ieee-emr-due-to-cellular-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-technologies-how-safe-are-we/ PDF file: https://smartmeterharm.org/2020/04/07/ieee-emr-due-to-cellular-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-technologies-how-safe-are-we/ieee-2-27-20-naren-etal-emr-how-safe-are-we-published/ The "International Appeal - Stop 5G on Earth and in Space" has over 300,000 signatures from more than 220 countries.
This International Appeal draws from some of the 10,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies to demonstrate harm to human health from RF (radio frequency) radiation. Documented effects include: altered heart rhythm, altered gene expression, altered metabolism, altered stem cell development, cancers, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, DNA damage, impacts on general well-being, increased free radicals, learning and memory deficits, impaired sperm function and quality, miscarriage, neurological damage, obesity and diabetes, and oxidative stress. Documented effects in children include autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and asthma.
Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is abundant evidence of harm to diverse plant and wildlife and laboratory animals, including: ants, birds, forests, frogs, fruit flies, honey bees, insects, mammals, mice, plants, rats, and trees.
Well-documented symptoms associated with electromagnetic radiation include headaches, insomnia, depression, anxiety, mood swings, loss of focus, tinnitus, fatigue, pain, autoimmune problems, skin issues, immune system suppression, and the increased growth and toxicity of mold.
More than 26,000 scientists have signed a petition protesting the roll-out of unsafe, untested 5G technology.
The International EMF Scientist Appeal has called the roll-out of 5G a human rights issue, releasing this statement:
"Wireless communication technologies are rapidly becoming an integral part of every economic sector. But there is a rapidly growing body of scientific evidence of harm to people, plants, animals, and microbes caused by exposure to these technologies. It is our opinion that adverse health consequences of chronic and involuntary exposure of people to non-ionizing electromagnetic field sources are being ignored by national and international health organizations despite our repeated inquiries as well as inquiries made by many other concerned scientists, medical doctors and advocates."
Dr. Martin Pall outlines many studies showing health damage from non-ionizing radiation in this video.
In the video, Dr. Pall shows evidence that exposure to non-ionizing radiation causes lowered fertility; neurological problems like depression, fatigue, insomnia, and memory dysfunction; DNA damage; cell death; increased oxidative stress; and cancer, among others. Dr. Pall also says that pulsed EMFs, like the ones used in wireless technology, are particularly dangerous to biological organisms. He explains why children are more susceptible to health damage from EMF exposure. He also says that many of these effects are cumulative, meaning that they get worse over time with continual exposure to EMFs.
Non-ionizing radiation has been shown to negatively affect the way our cells absorb and regulate calcium. Disrupted calcium levels disrupt the homeostasis in the body, affecting neurotransmitter release, hormone levels, neuronal excitability, and gene transmission. Excess calcium in the body is also known to increase oxidative damage and free radicals. Oxidative stress is a known underlying cause in many illnesses and diseases. The effects of EMF on calcium channels in the body has been shown to cause: single strand DNA breaks, lowered fertility and libido, neurological effects from neurotransmitter dysfunction, apoptosis from increased cellular calcium, lowered steroid hormones leading to lowered hormone synthesis, sleep disruption, and melatonin dysfunction.
In light of the known dangers, continued densification of cell towers in residential and business areas must halt. Unsafe cell towers currently in existence must be moved out of areas where people live, work, go to school, or enjoy recreation.
Please express opposition to the 5G rollout in your community.