What's Interesting? Health Vs 5G Tech

With 5G, or fifth-generation, wireless technology, you get data speeds as much as 100 times faster than what’s available with 4G, the current standard. That means faster downloads, boosting the potential of automated cars and factories and helping realize the promise of the internet of things. For phone carriers, 5G offers a chance to bolster revenue by enabling a range of new commercial services; governments view it as a path to business opportunities.

But to realize those benefits, carriers must add 5G equipment to existing mobile masts, so they can emit more powerful signals. On the older standards, towers broadcast wireless signals far and wide, hitting any and all devices in their range at low intensity. Masts that are 5G-enabled use a high-energy process known as beamforming to transmit only to devices that can read the signals.

The increased energy intensity has sparked health concerns from activists. Matthias von Herrmann, a spokesman for the Stuttgart-based environmental group Diagnose:Funk, which has been critical of the 5G build-out, says the additional radiation raises the risk of cancer, infertility, and other serious ailments. He says his group gets about two or three requests a week from people across Germany for advice on building opposition to 5G. The mobile phone industry is facing “a level of protest they clearly hadn’t expected,” von Herrmann says. “It’s not about denying people the use of mobile phones. But we can’t just expose people to radiation without running the necessary checks.”

Protests have percolated from Berlin to Bristol, England, despite little scientific backup from major government health bodies. One study, from the U.S. National Toxicology Program, showed rats exposed to very high levels of electromagnetic radiation developed tumors. But the Food and Drug Administration says weaknesses in that research, including a failure to establish a clear relationship between radiation doses and cancers, mean it shouldn’t inform public-health guidelines. The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, which works with the World Health Organization on research and policy, agrees with the FDA. “There’s no reason to be concerned” about the potential for 5G to raise the risk of cancer or other ailments, says commission Chairman Eric van Rongen, a radiobiologist.

I don't know about you but I have a feeling FDA is not telling the whole truth.

Source: Bloomberg

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