Sunday 9 June 2019

5G Is Coming To A Lampost Near You - Is This A Good Thing?

Nicki Edgell
Are you worried about the possible effects of wi-fi, 5G, and smart meters? Let's be honest, no-one really knows the long term outcome of being exposed to these things. But we do know humans have evolved over millions of years to thrive in nature with good nutrition, water and air yet suddenly, in the last 20 years or so (a blink of an eye in our history) we have become surrounded by artificial electro smog, radiation, EMFs, and dirty electricity.

The Mayor launched a major “listening exercise”, asking the capital’s huge tech sector what it needs to see to make London the world’s “smartest city.” 
London Evening Standard 18 January 2018

Not surprisingly most "official" studies find no link to our well-being and this "progress" yet we are seeing increased physical and emotional sickness especially in young people. Could this have something to do with it? Is the situation going to get worse? Where will we all be in another 20 years? We are actually undergoing one of the biggest experiments in human history and we are the guinea pigs.

It is the ultimate irony that all this stuff is called "smart" - from phones, to meters, motorways, and now entire cities - when it could be the dumbest thing we've ever done.

Some countries have indeed banned wi-fi in schools and in April this year Belgian minister CĂ©line Fremault halted plans for 5G rollout in Brussels on health concerns for this inadequately tested new technology (current safety thresholds relate to heat exposure only and date from 1996):

The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit.

But there is no sign of such foresight in the UK, the US, and China, where the short term agendas and profit motives of governments and corporates seem intent on leading us in a race to the bottom with an obsession for super fast "connectivity" and immersive technology.

Library stock photo of hipster cafe couple connecting even faster (pixabay)
Honestly, would you feel completely relaxed about the authorities installing a phone mast at the end of your street or outside your kids' school (with the roll out of 5G this could become a reality) or may you have a lingering doubt this may not be a good thing (and you won't have a choice about it)?

Even the name for the new transmitters sounds like something very scary and sinister out of Dr. Who: CPMRAs, otherwise known as Close Proximity Microwave Radiation Antennas!

As well as lamp-posts, the mini-masts could be installed on any publicly owned structure, from council tower blocks to hospitals, schools and GP surgeries.
London Evening Standard 18 January 2018

And that's not to even mention the security, data and privacy issues. All in an obsession for being at the forefront of technological progress in a modern world where in reality we are actually becoming less and less connected to each other.

How smart is your smartphone?

Unless you can emigrate to a cave in the Outer Hebrides you won't be able to avoid these things any more, but we can take steps to shield ourselves from the potential side effects. If you'd like to learn more about EMFs, radiation and 5g, and the possible steps you can take to mitigate the effects please get in touch.

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