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