In recent years, people’s exposure to pulsed radiofrequency (RF) or microwave radiation from wireless technologies has exploded, mainly due to the roll-out of 5G. In addition to more base stations, millions of so-called smart water and electricity meters are being installed. This technology is forced upon people near or in their own homes, despite a complete lack of research showing that 5G and wireless water and electricity meters are not harmful to human health. At the same time, the first two studies to date on the effects of 5G have shown that 5G base stations cause adverse health effects in humans and that radiation similar to 5G damages neurons in the brain in animal experiments.
The brain damage observed could eventually lead to Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. In parallel with this explosion in radiation exposure, guidelines for permissible radiation are still being applied based on a seriously outdated approach. These guidelines only protect humans from harmful effects resulting from extreme intensive exposure that causes acute warming of the body. This means that people are completely unprotected from a range of harmful effects, such as cancer, DNA damage, oxidative stress and neurological effects that the science has repeatedly shown occur at levels well below these guidelines. They offer no protection whatsoever against harmful effects on biodiversity.
Given what is known today about the risks of this technology, it must be considered a violation of human rights to impose this harmful radiation on people in their own homes without their informed consent. More stringent regulatory framework on microwave radiation from wireless technologies is urgently needed. In the meantime, further rollout of 5G must be stopped.
The authors represent organizations that have performed own investigations on RF radiation or follow the research in this field. We are constantly receiving new testimonies from people who have suffered from ill health after 5G base stations have been installed in their vicinity or after wireless water and electricity meters have been installed in their homes. We are concerned about serious consequences for human health and the environment from the increasing exposure to microwaves/RF radiation.
Measurements carried out in the spring 2021 as part of an international collaborative project showed that radiation in cities has increased significantly, with peak values (pulses) reaching between 200 000 and over 1 million microWatts per square metre (μW/m²) . Another study reports that peak levels over 2 million μW/m² have been measured at the Skeppsbron in Stockholm, Sweden . These are values that far exceed the levels known to cause adverse effects on human health, early known as the microwave syndrome [3,4]. In the first case study to date of the health effects of 5G, it was observed that 5G caused an extreme increase in radiation in a dwelling directly below a 5G base station. Radiation increased with maximum peak level from 9,000 to >2,500,000 μW/ m² . There is a complete lack of research showing that these high levels do not cause ill health with prolonged whole-body exposure.
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