By Joel M. Moskowitz on Oct 17, 2019 | Original Scientific American Opinion piece here.
Densified 4G + 5G technology is coming, but contrary to what some people say, there could be health risks.
The telecommunications industry and their experts have accused many scientists who have researched the negative health consequences of cell phone radiation of "fear mongering" over the advent of wireless industry’s push for Densified 4G + 5G. Since much of our research is publicly-funded, we believe it is our ethical responsibility to inform the public about what the peer-reviewed scientific literature tells us about the health risks from pulsed, data-modulated, Radio-frequency Electromagnetic Microwave Radiation (RF-EMR) exposures.
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced through a press release that the commission will soon reaffirm the RF-EMR exposure limits that the FCC adopted in the late 1990s. These limits are based upon a behavioral change in rats exposed to microwave radiation and were designed to protect us from short-term heating risks due to acute RF-EMR exposures.
The FCC adopted these RF-EMR exposure limits based largely on research from the 1980s. Since then, the preponderance of peer-reviewed research, more than 500 studies, have found harmful biologic or negative health consequences from RF-EMR exposures at intensities are too low to cause heating of tissue.
Citing this large body of research, more than 240 scientists who have published peer-reviewed research on the biologic and health effects of nonionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) [and RF-EMR exposures] signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal, which calls for stronger exposure limits. The appeal makes the following assertions:
“Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.”
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