Adverse Health Effects of 5G Mobile Networking Technology

5G health concerns are not being addressed. Most laboratory experiments that have been conducted to date are not designed to identify the more serious adverse effects of real-life operating environments.

A new study by Ronald Kostoff of the Georgia Institute of Technology has been published in the Toxicology Letters journal. This presents evidence that 5G mobile networking technology has adverse systemic effects on the human body under real-life conditions (Kostoff, 2020).

Studies on wireless radiation health effects reported in the literature should be viewed as extremely conservative, substantially under-estimating the adverse impacts of this new technology. In this study, the frequency spectrum ranging from 3 Hz to 300 GHz is covered, with particular emphasis on the high frequency communications component ranging from 1 GHz to 300 GHz.

Modern wireless radiation exposures

Many varieties of artificial light (incandescent, fluorescent, and light emitting diodes) have replaced the sun as the main supplier of visible radiation during waking hours. Additionally, EMF radiations from other parts of the non-ionizing non-visible spectrum have become common in daily life, such as from wireless computing and telecommunications. The explosive growth in the cellular telephone industry has placed many residences in metropolitan areas within less than a mile of a cell tower. 5G will increase the cell tower densities by an order of magnitude. Health concerns have been raised about wireless radiation from a variety of sources, including:

  • Mobile communication devices
  • Occupational exposure
  • Residential exposure
  • Wireless networks in homes, businesses and schools
  • Automotive radar
  • Smart meters
  • The Internet of things

Biological health effects of wireless networking technology

Laboratory test have been performed mainly on animals, especially rats and mice. Because of physiological differences between small animals and human beings, there have been continual concerns about extrapolating small animal results to human beings. Secondly, the EMF testing signal performed in the past consisted of single carrier wave frequency. The lower frequency superimposed signal containing the data information was not always included. There is significant evidence indicating that the effects of telecommunication EMFs on living organisms are due on the included ELFs (Extra Low Frequencies). These effects may be exacerbated further with 5G. Thirdly, these laboratory experiments typically involved one ‘stressor’ (toxic stimulus) and were performed under idealised conditions. This contradicts real-life exposures, where humans are exposed to multiple toxic stimuli, in parallel over time (Tsatsakis, 2017).

Combination experiments are extremely important because, when other toxic stimuli are considered in combination either with each other, or with wireless radiation, the synergies tend to enhance the adverse effects of each stimulus in isolation. Thus, almost all of the wireless radiation experiments that have been performed to date are flawed or limited with respect to showing the full adverse impact of the wireless radiation that would be expected under real life conditions.

Existing Literature

A vast literature published over the past sixty years shows adverse effects from wireless radiation applied in isolation or as part of a combination with other toxic stimuli. Reviews of wireless-radiation induced biological effects have been published:

Kostof and Lau, 2017. Belpomme et al., 2018. Desai et al., 2009. Di Ciaula, 2018. Doyon and Johansson, 2017. Havas, 2017. Kaplan et al., 2016. Lerchl et al., 2015. Levitt and Lai, 2010. Miller et al., 2019. Pall, 2018. Panagopoulos et al., 2015. Russell, 2018. Sage and Burgio, 2018. van Rongen et al., 2009. Yakymenko et al., 2016. Bioinitiative, 2012. (View this paper on-line for full reference information).

For the high frequency part of the spectrum (radiofrequency-RF), these reviews show that RF radiation below the FCC guidelines can result in:

  • carcinogenicity (brain tumors, breast cancer, acoustic neuromas, leukemia)
  • genotoxicity (DNA damage, DNA repair inhibition)
  • mutagenicity
  • neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Sclerosis)
  • neurobehavioural problems, autism, reproductive problems, pregnancy outcomes, inflammation, blood-brain barrier disruption, melatonin production, sleep,disturbance, headache, irritability, fatigue, concentration difficulties, depression, dizziness, tinnitus, digestive disturbance, tremor, cardiac irregularities.
  • adverse impacts on the neural, circulatory, immune, endocrine and skeletal systems.

From this perspective, RF is a highly pervasive cause of disease.

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Response from Industry

Industry has responded by saying that no mechanism could explain the biological action of non-thermal and non-ionizing EM fields. This is despite reported perturbations of biological systems through interference in electron and proton transfer supporting ATP production in mitochondria* exposed to RF or ELF signals (Li and Heroux, 2014).

*Mitochondria are membrane-bound cell organelles that generate most of the chemical energy needed to power the cell’s biochemical reactions. Chemical energy produced by the mitochondria is stored in a small molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

Biological and Health Effects of Millimeter Radiowaves

The common wisdom presented in the literature and the media is that, if there are adverse health effects resulting from high-band 5G, the main impacts will be focused on near-surface phenomena. For example, skin cancer, cataracts, and other skin conditions. However, there is evidence that biological responses to millimeter wave irradiation can be initiated within the skin. This results in physiological effects on the nervous system, heart, and immune system (Russell, 2018).

Articles produced in the Soviet Union have been translated (McRee, 1980) and address the biological effects of millimeter radiowaves. For example, Zalyubovskaya ran experiments with frequencies on the order of 60 GHz. Not only was the skin impacted aversely, but also heart, liver, kidney, spleen tissue as well, and blood and bone marrow properties (Zalyubovskaya, 1977). Changes of respiration in tested animals were also found, as shown in the extract below (Fig. 1).

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Figure 1

For the Zalyubovskaya experiments, the incoming signal was unmodulated carrier frequency only, and the experiment was single stressor only. For real-world conditions, signals are pulsed and modulated, and there is exposure to many toxic stimuli. This would indicate a more serious impact for human beings.

Although published in 1977, this paper was classified by USA authorities until 2012. Many papers like this have never seen the light of day. It appears that the damaging effects of millimeter wave radiation have been recognized for over 40 years.

Preconceived Agendas that hide 5G Health Threats

Studies in disciplines other than wireless radiation have shown that, for products of high military, commercial, and political sensitivity, ‘researchers’/organisations are hired to publish articles that conflict with the credible science. This therefore creates doubts as to whether the product of interest is harmful (Oreskes and Conway, 2011). Given the strong dependence of the civilian and military economies on wireless radiation, incentives for identifying adverse health effects from wireless radiation are minimal.

It is imperative that highly objective evaluators with minimal conflicts of interest play a central role ensuring that rigorous safety standards for wireless radiation systems are met before widescale implementation is allowed. Superimposing 5G radiation on an already imbedded toxic wireless radiation environment will exacerbate the adverse health effects of wireless radiation.

Biological systems are faced with a new threat. This is the beam forming modulation that is introduced by 5G. We used to have frequency domain modulation, time domain modulation, code domain modulation, and now we have 5G beam forming cell data compaction strategies that maximize biological impact of this radiation. In other words, it is going to get a lot worse with this deployment.
The captains of industry have no knowledge of 5G health effects of their work, and this creates a schism within society that we have to bridge. In the video link below, Dr. Paul Heroux, of McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, outlines the dangers:


Kostoff, R.N., et al., 2020. Adverse health effects of 5G mobile networking technology under real-life conditions. Toxicology Letters 323, 35-40.

Tsatsakis, A.M., et al., 2017. Simulating real-life exposures to uncover possible risks to human health: a proposed consensus for a novel methodological approach. Human and Experimental Toxicology 36 (6), 554-564.

Li, Y., and Heroux, P., 2014. Extra-Low-Frequency magnetic fields alter cancer cells through metabolic restriction. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine 33 (4) , 264-275.

Russell, C.L., 2018. 5 G wireless telecommunications expansion: public health and environmental implications. Environmental Research 165, 484-495.

Zalyubovskaya, N.P., 1977. Biological Effects of Millimeter Radiowaves. Vrachebnoye Delo. No. 3. P. 57.

Oreskes, N., Conway, E.M., 2011. Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Bloomsbury Press, New York, NY.

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