Why you really, really don’t want to live next to a cell tower or a 5G small cell

5G is coming to a neighborhood near you, probably yours. If this doesn’t scare you, it should. A 5G small cell is a cell tower, just smaller. And cell towers make people sick.

Back in 2010, a group of doctors and scientists wrote a paper called “Epidemiological Evidence for a Health Risk from Mobile Phone Base Stations”. They reviewed the ten studies which had been conducted up to that time of people living within 500 meters of a cell tower.

Of ten studies done in seven countries, seven explored the relationship between neurobehavioral symptoms and proximity to the cell tower, while three of the studies looked at cancer near cell towers. None of the studies reported exposures in excess of international standards, yet eight out of ten studies reported negative health effects: either neurobehavioral symptoms or cancer clusters.

The authors of the paper were concerned because cell towers can be found worldwide right next to where people live and work: on shops, homes, schools, daycare centers, and even hospitals. Was this safe? No, they concluded, it was not.

More importantly, they concluded that international safety limits for radiofrequency (RF) radiation were far too high to protect people’s health. Those standards have never been altered, even though the following year the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared RF radiation to be a possible human carcinogen. There have been many cancer clusters near cell towers since then.

Many people have tried for years to get international safety standards of RF radiation reassessed, but agencies such as ICNIRP (The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) and the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) refuse to do so. One notable attempt was made by Susan D. Foster in 2013, when she petitioned the FCC to change its RF radiation limits.

In 2004, Ms. Foster organized a pilot study of California firefighters who worked in fire stations that had cell towers nearby. The firefighters, men in superb physical and mental condition, had suffered profound neurological symptoms since the cell towers were activated in 1995.

Their symptoms included headaches, extreme fatigue, sleep disruption, anesthesia-like sleep, inability to sleep, depression, anxiety, unexplained anger, getting lost on emergency calls in their home towns and profound memory loss (one medic forgot how to do CPR in the middle of resuscitating a coronary victim). They also included immune suppression, including frequent colds and flu-like symptoms.

Brain scans on the six men chosen for the pilot study showed that all of them had brain abnormalities. The RF radiation caused the neurons in their brains to fire continually, without rest. All six men had impaired cognitive function, reaction time and impulse control. Three were captains, responsible for giving orders and making snap decisions in life-and-death situations.

Were the towers giving off too much RF radiation? Not at all. The FCC’s allowed limit is 1000 microwatts per square centimeter. These towers measured at 1-2 microwatts per square centimeter—that’s 1/10000th and 1/500th of the legal limit.

The FCC did not change its rules on exposure to RF radiation then, and they have not changed them to date. Neither has ICNIRP, nor any other standards-setting body. In fact, they’re thinking of raising the allowable limits. So when they put that 5G small cell on a lamp-post or utility pole in your neighborhood—perhaps just outside your bedroom window—you are in as much danger of suffering neurological dysfunction as the California firefighters, or of getting cancer.

And by the way, the value of your house will also go down at least 20%. Still want 5G?

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