Pro­posed Rapp cell tow­ers a ‘toe-un­der-the-door’

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT -

BY MEGAN S. SMITH

We all agree that cell tow­ers are an eye­sore. But as a sci­en­tist I be­lieve a larger prob­lem ex­ists, one to which we should pay at­ten­tion: the amount of ra­di­a­tion gen­er­ated in the form of elec­tro­mag­netic fields (EMFs) from cell tow­ers could af­fect our health.

While it’s still un­clear what “gen­er­a­tion” of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions the two pro­posed Rap­pa­han­nock cell tow­ers will hold, ac­cord­ing to 180 sig­na­tory sci­en­tists and med­i­cal doc­tors from 36 coun­tries in the 2017 re­port “Sci­en­tists warn of po­ten­tial se­ri­ous health ef­fects of 5G”, the 3G, 4G and par­tic­u­larly the “fifth gen­er­a­tion”

of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions (known as 5G) are very trou­bling due to the dev­as­ta­tion that ac­cu­mu­la­tive ra­di­a­tion exposure may in­cur.

They con­tinue, “5G will sub­stan­tially in­crease exposure to ra­diofre­quency elec­tro­mag­netic fields (RF-EMF) on top of the 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, etc. for telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions al­ready in place. RF-EMF has been proven to be harm­ful for hu­mans and the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The harms of ubiq­ui­tous EMF exposure has been found, they said, to in­clude “in­creased can­cer risk, cel­lu­lar stress, in­crease in harm­ful free rad­i­cals, ge­netic dam­ages, struc­tural and func­tional changes of the

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