The Miseducation of America

An expose on the major omissions of fact from the New York Times July 16, 2019 article on 5G by William J. Broad.

  • Broad alleges that Curry’s graph was “wrong” because higher and faster 5G millimeter waves don’t penetrate the skin. In fact, Curry’s chart had nothing to do with the frequencies of 5G, but solely with the lower and slower wireless frequencies in use at that time and about which there is no debate: Wi-Fi and Wi-Max penetrate the body and brain .
  • As wireless radiation frequencies get faster and higher, the depth of penetration goes down but the rate of absorption goes up.
  • A graph from Curry’s second report to the school district (also cited by Broad) references “absorption into a slab of grey matter” — otherwise known as the brain. Broad incorrectly captioned Curry’s graph in the NYT story as showing “tissue damage” rather than “absorption,” the actual and correct word used in the graph shown below.
  • As the American Academy of Pediatrics has noted in its letters to Congress, lower frequencies are absorbed deeply into brains and bodies, especially in children, because the skull of the young child is thinner than that of the adult, the neurons of their developing brains are not fully myelinated, and their brains contain more fluid. As a consequence, children will absorb proportionally more wireless radiation per exposure into the brain than adults, a point that Curry makes in his reports.
  • Broad’s misrepresentation of 5G as not including these lower frequencies is the foundation for his erroneous conclusion that the skin is “a barrier” to 5G. By email to Theodora Scarato, Executive Director of Environmental Health trust, Marvin Ziskin clarified that his statement quoted by Broad that “5G emissions, if anything, should be safer” applied solely to the higher frequencies to be used in 5G as they did not penetrate into the body as deeply. His statement did not apply to the slower and lower frequencies that are well known to be absorbed past the skin.
  • The military grounds for concluding that the Pain-Ray does not cause cancer after long-term exposure rests on a single three-month long animal study involving two exposures per week. Further, the expert review alleges that blinking would spare eyes from harm. “The eyes would have to be held open to achieve damage.” Ignoring the absurdity of the claim, It has been shown in scientific studies that people blink less when looking at screens than when looking at paper text or the environment around them. So do we stream movies superfast with our eyes closed? What about children’s developing eyes glued to 5G Virtual Reality streaming into classrooms?
  • Wireless 5G networks will use beams of radiation like the Pain-Ray, and include Massive MIMO (multiplex in and multiplex out) and phased arrays meaning each installation could consist of numerous antennas simultaneously sending and receiving beaming waves into neighborhoods.
  • A 2019 European Parliament Report notes, “The 5G radio emission fields are quite different to those of previous generations because of their complex beamformed transmissions in both directions — from base station to handset and for the return. Although fields are highly focused by beams, they vary rapidly with time and movement and so are unpredictable.” Because of this, that report concludes, “It is not possible to accurately simulate or measure 5G emissions in the real world.”
  • As our largest organ (~20 square feet), the skin is not a “barrier” but a filter that interacts with chemicals and EMF, that can produce systemic effects on the immune system and specific organs. Poison ivy and peanuts need only touch the surface of the skin to set off occasionally fatal reaction. A number of medicines are delivered through skin patches absorbed throughout the body. Babies born with jaundice are treated with intense light that penetrates through the skin to their blood that becomes transformed in their livers.
  • As with all drugs in medicine or chemicals in the environment, biological impact depends on who gets exposed to how much under what specific conditions. For instance, a fair-skinned baby and her darker-skinned mother can have the same exposure to sun with profoundly different results.
  • Swiss government and private sector researchers caution that 5G frequencies can cause big increases in temperature rises that “may lead to permanent tissue damage after even short exposures.”
  • For insects, a new simulation study finds that their bodies can absorb up to three times more power from 5G that could lead to major changes in how they behave and function, affecting the capacity of bees and other insects to pollinate crops.
  • Published reviews on 5G, millimeter waves, and wireless (even from decades ago) have cataloged a host of harmful impacts including increased temperature, altered gene expression, faster cell growth, inflammatory and metabolic processes, damage to the eyes and cellular stress, memory problems, sperm damage, genetic damage, behavior issues, and brain damage. .
  • Astonishingly, Broad omitted any mention of the fact that an independent panel in 2011 advised the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) that cellphone and other wireless RF radiation should be classified as a “possible human carcinogen” based on evidence from studies carried out up to that date. Furthermore, numerous scientists who participated in the 2011 WHO/IARC expert working group on wireless RF now state that the evidence has increased and wireless is a probable or proven human carcinogen.
  • Broad does not report more recent analyses from scientists who have been senior advisors to the WHO and the NIH on bioelectromagnetics concluding that the FDA is downplaying clear evidence of cancer in the National Toxicology Program study, later corroborated by the Ramazzini Study, or that a growing number of scientists say RF is a “human carcinogen.”
  • In light of this mounting research linking wireless to cancer, the WHO/IARC advisory group in 2019 issued “high priority” recommendations to reevaluate the cancer hazard from wireless radiation.
  • Nonetheless, new analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others show that non-Hodgkin lymphomas, central nervous system tumors (CNST) (including brain cancers), renal, hepatic and thyroid tumors have increased recently among Americans under 20 years old.
  • Perhaps more importantly, cancer is not the sole indicator of a problem. The Cleveland Clinic advises men who wish to father healthy children to remove phones from their pockets because there is growing evidence that exposures can damage sperm. “We’ve done a lot of research on cell phones,” Dr. Sabanegh says. “In studies where we directly exposed sperm to cell phone radiation, it did damage the sperm.”
  • Sterility and infertility continue to rise in many countries. While factors accounting for this are complex, research indicates that exposures to wireless radiation is relevant.
  • Swiss Re and Lloyd’s have compared 5G and wireless to asbestos as “high” risk and most companies will not underwrite coverage for health damages.
  • The State of Louisiana passed HR 145 requesting authorities to study the environmental and health effects of 5G.
  • More than a dozen municipalities in Italy have issued resolutions for precaution on 5G as have several other localities in the world.
  • Oregon passed SB 283, a Bill that directs the Health Authority to review independently-funded scientific studies of the health effects of wireless, especially for school exposures.
  • Cyprus (as has several other countries)launched a major public educational campaign to reduce children’s wireless exposures and it has removed wireless from the pediatric intensive care units of Archbıshop Makarıos III Hospital.
  • Broad’s 5G articles have been picked up by medical platforms and media nationwide, and are invoked as proof of safety by former FCC Chairman Wheeler, who is also former head of the CTIA-The Wireless Association, telecom industry lobbyists. A 2015 Harvard Report documents how heavy congressional lobbying by the multibillion dollar wireless industry coupled with the revolving door between industry and government has resulted in undue industry influence into the science and policy of wireless radiation.
  • The New York Times article included a belittling graphic showing people fleeing in fear from a cell tower, mocking those who are working for safe neighborhoods and schools and the many nations that reduce children’s exposure and do not permit towers near schools and hospitals, yet it did not reference a major investigative journalism analysis indicating serious grounds for concern.

Devra Lee Davis, PhD MPH President of Environmental Health Trust ehtrust.org, Visiting Professor of Medicine at The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School

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