Modern technology has rewritten what everyday life looks like. Through these advancements, we have been able to experience a new degree of convenience and capability in areas such as business, communication, healthcare, and so much more. However, there are always two sides to every coin, and along with these celebrated benefits are potential dangers that often get overlooked – and underreported.
Concerns surrounding 5G technology and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are something that younger generations will need to be cognizant of as they will be the populations most exposed to this technology over the course of time.
EMFs are produced anywhere electricity is emitted. These invisible radiation waves are even produced by the sun naturally, but with a low frequency that is actually good for us! As we have come to understand the dangers of too much direct sunlight exposure, and as more electronic solutions such as power lines and indoor lighting became available in the 20th century, researchers began to question the health safety of this new technology, specifically for man-made EMFs.
On an everyday basis, an individual is being constantly subjected to EMFs by devices such as cell phones, Wi-Fi networks, laptops, televisions, microwaves, and the list goes on. These low-frequency emitting sources are categorized as non-ionizing radiation. Their counterpart, ionizing radiation, produces high-frequency radiation waves, and are found in sources like UV light, X-rays, CT scans, and some cancer treatments. Escaping non-ionizing EMFs is unrealistic, but that doesn’t mean something can’t be done to better limit exposure and protect your health.
What Are The Health Consequences of 5G & EMFs
There is no doubt that today’s everyday devices and appliances emit EMFs. The effects of these radiation waves vary due to factors like exposure proximity, duration, and individual genetic makeup.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified non-ionizing EMFs to the radiofrequency range of Group 2B – translating to a possible human carcinogen. Some studies persist that long-term EMF exposure does lead to an increased risk of cancer development. An IARC evaluation of non-ionizing EMFs pointed to a possible link in radiation and cancer growth – particularly glioma. In the cited study, gliomas were more commonly found on the side of the brain where an individual would normally hold a cell phone to talk. Other studies on EMF exposure indicate a possible association with leukemia. Additionally, more research is coming out that being subjected to EMFs in the long-term can impact nerve function and cause possible cognitive decline.
Due to trending evidence such as this, some within the research community are advocating for EMFs to be recategorized into the radiofrequency range of Group 1 – known carcinogens. With new 5G technology making its way into the hands and local environments of more individuals, there is cause for greater concern surrounding EMF radiation. While 5G technology enhances digital transmission rates ten-fold compared to 4G networks, the biological impacts tied to these new frequencies are leading to both short and long-term health questions.
The increased frequency of 5G translates to a lower depth of tissue penetration, now meaning that the skin and eyes become the biggest organs to worry about versus the brain. Higher 5G frequencies travel a shorter distance, which leads to many new powerful cell sites being deployed nearby to private residences. By 5G technology employing millimeter waves, which are mainly absorbed within the first few millimeters of the skin and in the surface layers of the cornea, short-term exposure effects may include negative impacts on the peripheral nervous system, immune system, and cardiovascular system. Long-term 5G exposure may contribute to an increase in the health risks of skin cancer (melanoma), cancer of the eyes (ocular melanoma), and damage to the testes (sterility).
The average American spends roughly 5.5 hours a day on their smartphone. This doesn’t account for the time the phone spends in their pockets or resting next to them in bed. Additionally, most Americans will spend several other hours working on laptops and other EMF-emitting devices throughout the day. Therefore, it is safe to assume that many Americans are being exposed to higher levels of EMFs and for longer periods of time compared to even 20 years ago.
The effects of increased exposure are already showing a variety of symptoms and quality of life disturbances including:
- Tiredness & fatigue
- Depression & anxiety
- Itching & burning skin
- Memory loss
- Loss of concentration (brain fog)
- Sleep issues
- Fertility Issues
What Can Be Done To Combat EMFs?
Low and high-frequency EMFs can lead to damage of cell DNA resulting in serious consequences down the road. Therefore, regardless of whether you are an individual who is experiencing EMF-exposure symptoms or not, thoughtful lifestyle considerations should be taken to best preserve your future health.
With a few conscious changes, you can better reduce the intensity and duration of EMFs you are exposed to on a daily basis. Some immediate changes to be made include:
- Keep your distance from appliances
- Reduce time spent on your smart devices
- Don’t carry electronics in your pocket
- Use the speaker function or earbuds when talking on the phone
- Turn off devices’ wireless functionality when not in use, or completely turn off/unplug, especially at night!
Another recommended step includes using lab-tested EMF-blocking products such as cell phone and laptop cases. DefenderShield is the world’s leading company in providing scientifically backed EMF preventative products. Capable of blocking 99.9 percent of all EMF radiation frequencies, their entire line of device coverings and wearables significantly help reduce the everyday health threat facing each of us.
Being proactive and intentional with our lifestyle decisions is the best way to protect our health moving forward. EMFs and 5G technology are integrated into society and are nearly impossible to avoid. But with a few small steps and investments, individuals can significantly reduce exposure to EMF radiation, and moderate related health issues.
Are you ready to restore your life?
Dr. Jay Goodbinder ND DC DABCI is a doctor in Kansas City, MO who serves patients in the surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.