Reprinted from The WASHINGTON SPECTATOR.

Joel Moskowitz. Regulators Steamroll Health Concerns as the Global Economy Embraces 5G. The Washington Spectator. 46(9):6, September 2020. ISSN 0887-428X.

Online version of the article:
Regulators Steamroll Health Concerns as the Global Economy Embraces 5G
by Joel Moskowitz, The Washington Spectator, Sep 18, 2020

In a Washington Post op-ed (June 4), “5G conspiracy theories threaten the U.S. recovery,” Thomas Johnson Jr., the Federal Communications Commission’s general counsel, declared: “Conjectures about 5G’s effect on human health are long on panic and short on science.”

The FCC, however, has been “short on science” for more than two decades. Along with the World Health Organization, the FCC abdicated its responsibility to protect the public’s health from hazards associated with exposure to radio frequency, or RF, radiation. As a result, almost 400 international scientists and doctors have called for a moratorium on deployment of 5G, and 150 community groups have tried to block its rollout in the United States. Recently, the Environmental Health Trust and Children’s Health Defense, along with multiple plaintiffs, sued the FCC over its inadequate RF exposure limits and cell phone testing procedures.

The FCC relies on other agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration, for health expertise. However, without a comprehensive review of all peer-reviewed science and a formal risk assessment, the FDA in a letter advised the FCC that “the available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits.” The letter “concluded that no changes to the current standards are warranted at this time.”

In a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, Senator Blumenthal “blasted” the FCC and FDA for “failing to conduct any research into the safety of 5G technology . . . and deferring to industry. . . . We’re kind of flying blind here, as far as health and safety is concerned.”

Last December, the FCC reaffirmed its obsolete RF exposure limits, ignoring critical input from more than 50 scientists, hundreds of scientific studies, and hundreds of people who have suffered illness from RF radiation.

Originally adopted in 1996, these limits were based upon a behavioral change in rats and monkeys exposed to microwave radiation and were designed to protect humans only from short-term heating risks due to RF radiation exposure.

Since 1996, the preponderance of peer-reviewed research—more than 500 studies—has found harmful biologic or health effects from RF radiation exposure at intensities too low to cause significant heating. Thus stringent exposure limits based on biological effects are needed to protect human health.

Citing this body of research, over 240 scientists who have published peer-reviewed research on the biologic and health effects of nonionizing electromagnetic fields, or EMF, signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal, which calls for stronger RF exposure limits. The signatories have published over 2,000 papers and letters on nonionizing EMF in professional journals and arguably constitute the majority of experts in this field.

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The appeal proclaims:

Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.

In 2018, a $30 million study conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program reported “clear evidence” that two years of exposure to cell phone radiation increased cancer in male rats and damaged DNA in rats and mice of both sexes. The Ramazzini Institute replicated the NTP’s key finding using much weaker cell phone radiation exposure over the rats’ lifespan.

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified RF radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” in 2011. We are seeing increases in head and neck tumors in cancer registries from multiple countries, which may be attributable to the proliferation of wireless device use. These increases are consistent with case-control studies that found increased tumor risk in long-term cell phone users.

Moreover, cancer is not even the most common hazard, because there is substantial scientific evidence that RF radiation causes neurological disorders and reproductive harm.

The volume of peer-reviewed scientific evidence on earlier technologies suggests that exposure to microwaves and millimeter waves used in 5G is likely harmful.

According to Johnson, “if we delay 5G deployment based on irrational fears and unproven theories, it will only hurt the American people.” But can we trust the FDA or FCC’s evaluation of the science? Should we gamble on our health and invest hundreds of billions of dollars deploying 5G, a technology that requires 800,000 new cell antenna sites installed next to our homes and workplaces? Or should we develop RF exposure standards that fully protect humans and the environment and institute a risk management system based upon a formal risk assessment?

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. His Electromagnetic Radiation Safety website, saferemr.com, has served as a resource for scientists, journalists, policy makers, and the public since 2013.

Original version with links:
Regulators Steamroll Health Concerns as the Global Economy Embraces 5G
by Joel Moskowitz, The Washington Spectator, Sep 18, 2020
In
a Washington Post
op-ed (June 4), “5G conspiracy theories threaten the
U.S. recovery,” Thomas Johnson, Jr., the FCC’s general counsel declared:
“Conjectures about 5G’s effect on human health are long on panic and short on
science.”

The
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), however, has been “short on science”
for more than two decades. Along with the
WHO, the FCC abdicated its responsibility to protect
the public’s health from hazards associated with exposure to radio frequency
(RF) radiation. As a result,
almost
400 international scientists and doctors
have called for a moratorium on deployment of 5G, and 150 community groups have tried to block its rollout in the
U.S. Recently, the Environmental Health Trust and Children’s Health Defense
along with multiple plaintiffs
sued the FCC over its inadequate RF exposure limits
and cell phone testing procedures.



The FCC relies on
other agencies such as the FDA for health expertise. However, without a comprehensive review of all peer-reviewed
science and a formal risk assessment, the FDA
in a letter advised the FCC that “the
available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects
in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits.” The letter
“concluded that no changes to the current standards are warranted at this
time.”

In a Senate Commerce
Committee hearing,
Senator
Blumenthal

“blasted” the FCC and FDA for “failing to conduct any research into the safety
of 5G technology … and deferring to industry…. We’re kind of flying blind here,
as far as health and safety is concerned.”

Last December, the FCC reaffirmed their
obsolete RF exposure limits ignoring critical
input from more than 50 scientists, hundreds of scientific studies,
and hundreds of people who have suffered illness from RF radiation.
Originally adopted in
1996, these limits were based upon a 
behavioral change in rats and monkeys exposed to microwave
radiation and were designed to protect humans only from 
short-term
heating risks due to RF radiation exposure
.

Since
1996 the preponderance of peer-reviewed research, 
more
than 500 studies
, have found harmful biologic or health effects from RF
radiation exposure at intensities too low to cause significant heating. Thus,
stringent exposure limits
based on biological effects are needed to protect
human health.

Citing
this body of research, over 240 scientists who have published peer-reviewed
research on the biologic and health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic
fields (EMF) signed 
the
International EMF Scientist Appeal
which calls for stronger RF exposure limits. The signatories
have published over
2,000
papers and letters
on non-ionizing EMF in professional journals and arguably
constitute the majority of experts in this field.

The
appeal
proclaims:

 “Numerous
recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at
levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include
increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals,
genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system,
learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on
general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there
is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.”

 In
2018, a $30 million study conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program
reported “clear evidence” that two years of exposure to cell phone radiation
increased cancer in male
rats and damaged DNA in rats
and mice of both sexes. The
Ramazzini Institute
replicated the NTP’s key
finding

using much weaker cellphone radiation exposure over the rats’ lifespan.

The
World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer
classified
RF radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans
in 2011. We are seeing
increases in head and neck tumors in cancer registries from
multiple
countries

which may be attributable to the proliferation of wireless device use. These
increases are consistent with
case-control
studies

that found increased tumor risk in long-term cellphone users.

Moreover,
cancer is not even the most common hazard because there is substantial
scientific evidence that RF radiation causes
neurological
disorders

and
reproductive
harm
. 

The
volume of
peer-reviewed
scientific evidence
on earlier technologies suggests that exposure to microwaves
and
millimeter
waves

used in
5G is likely harmful.

According
to Mr. Johnson, “if we delay 5G deployment based on irrational fears and
unproven theories, it will only hurt the American people.” But can we trust the
FDA or FCC’s evaluation of the science?  Should we gamble on our health
and invest hundreds of billions of dollars deploying 5G, a technology that
requires
800,000 new cell antenna sites
installed next to our homes and workplaces? Or should we develop RF exposure
standards that fully protect humans and the environment and institute a risk
management system based upon a formal risk assessment?

Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Family and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. His Electromagnetic Radiation Safety website, saferemr.com, has served as a resource for scientists, journalists, policy makers, and the public since 2013.

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