Technology keeps evolving. Each year, some new update hits the shelves and it becomes the new ‘normal’.
But have you ever actually looked into these new technologies before adopting them? Or do you just assume they are safe?
As the next generation of wireless technology – 5G – starts rolling out across Australia, there are some questions about the potential long-term effects it might have on our health.
The 5G basics
5G is the next major evolution in mobile network technology. It uses current 4G technology but at even higher frequencies, including the higher millimeter wave frequencies that have not previously been released into public areas.
Australian 5G networks are being switched on right now and some of our biggest telco providers are already selling their first 5G devices.
What’s the problem with 5G?
Some scientists are concerned because 5G is being rolled out even though no research has been done on the possible long-term impacts on human health.
That is perhaps the major issue of 5G – we just don’t now the impacts it might have, and we might not know for decades.
A growing volume of research is emerging about the effects of existing 2G, 3G and 4G wireless technologies on human health, and how radiofrequency exposures impact the body. So, scientists are concerned what impact the higher 5G frequencies might have on the body. In fact, more than 240 scientists published an appeal to the United Nations to reduce public exposure to 5G antennas, and called for a moratorium on 5G citing “established” adverse biological effects of RF radiation.
But it’s not just scientists who are concerned. In April this year, the Belgian government announced that Brussels is halting their 5G plans due to radiation level concerns.
How frequencies can impact that body
When electromagnetic (EMF) waves pass from one medium to another, they can be reflected, refracted, transmitted or adsorbed, depending on the conductivity of the exposed body and the power of the frequency source. When the body is exposed to high frequency waves, the energy of the waves will be transferred to the body’s molecules, which can alter how they operate.
Although a lot of research is still preliminary or controversial, evidence is showing high-frequency EMF and our biological systems interact with each other – and this interaction may have oncologic, reproductive, metabolic, neurologic, and microbiological effects on the body.
Radiofrequency EMF might:
promote ‘oxidative stress’: a condition involved in cancer onset, in several acute and chronic diseases and in vascular homeostasis;
have reproductive, metabolic and neurological effects; and
alter bacterial antibiotic resistance.
What does this mean for you?
It’s unrealistic to live in this world and not be exposed to some radiofrequency radiation. It’s everywhere, in some form or another. But it’s important to be aware of what our bodies are exposed to and, were possible, limit that exposure.
Here are a few tips to navigate the age of 5G:
Be informed – don’t just become a technology consumer, adopting everything that’s available. Do your research to understand what you are using daily.
Protect yourself – consider installing protection devices in your house and on your mobile phone to reduce re designed to reduce the levels of electromagnetic radiation. You can call the clinic for more information.
Think about your child’s exposure to devices – if these scientists’ concerns are true, we may not see the harmful effects of 5G emerge for many decades to come. That means being aware of how and when your children consume technology in a healthy, balanced way.
Moderation is key – you can’t hide rom technology, but you can use it wisely.
Give yourself a break from technology