A ‘weapons grade’ new phone technology which is being tested in Cornwall is sparking health concerns – after a spate of suicides at Bristol University.
Cornwall and Cumbria have been confirmed as test areas for the new 5G mobile technology in rural areas, it has been revealed.
However, a public health professor at the University of California has described 5g as “a massive experiment on the health of all species”.
And there are also fears the 5g network will require a huge proliferation of new masts, with one for every 10-20 homes.
Now organisations, including Cornish group Villagers Against Masts (VAM), have launched campaigns to call for greater scrutiny of mobile phone technology and coverage, citing serious concerns over health risks, especially mental health.
Jane Harvey, founding member of VAM, says she has deep concerns about the amount of masts needed for 5g network.
She said: “Since researching the health effects, I have a real concern over masts, but also Wi-Fi and the looming 5g technology. 5g is not good at all.
“Unfortunately Cornwall and Cumbria have been chosen to trial 5g in rural areas.
“The US has seen 5g rolling out in many places, impacting human health, wildlife and the environment.
“5g requires closer connectivity, a mast every 10-20 houses. So, imagine the countryside dotted with these.
“Also, once they get permission for one mast on an AONB, a precedent is set and it would be very tricky to stop more.”
Jane said research showed that having rolled out 5g in US, there has been massive spikes in depression and anxiety, as well as a host of other complaints.
She added: “5g is a weapons grade frequency. There is no knowing the future implications for us – we are the guinea pigs.
“Over 200 scientists from 38 countries around the world have signed a petition to put on hold the 5g roll out. Thousands of scientists have published papers showing evidence of the harm 5g will cause.”
Jane cites a spate of suicides at Bristol University. Over the last year or so, they have had an unprecedented number of students committing suicide.
“Bristol University has it’s own 5g network surrounding the uni. They use it to trial driverless cars etc.
“I think this is a factor that is worth considering since it is so closely linked with depression and anxiety.” she added.
The new 5g network communicates through millimeter waves (MMWs) rather than microwaves, as previous generations have.
These smaller waves cannot travel as far, or through as many types of materials. This means that there will need to be far more individual ‘small cell towers’ closer together.
The 5G technology is too new to have been thoroughly tested and studied by many parties outside of cell service providers.
Dr Joel Moskowitz, a public health professor at the University of California, Berkeley, told the Mail OnlineMMWs could pose a very real danger.
“The deployment of 5G, or fifth generation cellular technology, constitutes a massive experiment on the health of all species,” he told Daily Mail Online.
“Because MMWs are weaker than microwaves, they are predominantly absorbed by the skin, meaning their distribution is quite focused there.
“Since skin contains capillaries and nerve endings, MMW bio-effects may be transmitted through molecular mechanisms by the skin or through the nervous system.”
The International Society of Doctors for the Environment, its subsidiaries in 27 countries and more than 200 doctors and scientists are also calling for the 5G roll out to be stopped, Dr Moskowitz told The Mail.
In a paper called ‘Towards 5G communication systems: Are there health implications?’, published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, Italian doctor Agostino Di Ciaula said the health effects were still under investigation – but oncologic and non-cancerous chronic effects have been suggested.
https://get.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cornwalllive.com%2Fnews%2Fcornwall-news%2Fsuicide-fear-over-weapons-grade-2122056%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR02Il6LavH2bi1uPh6d8Rs0gvd1Y1OV3Mui_oDwh8_6TtfiQBZjDgCvda4&cre=bottom&cip=34“Underrating the problem could lead to a further rise in noncommunicable diseases,” said Dr Di Ciaula.
However, other scientists are convinced 5g signals pose no danger to health.