“How one scientist and his inaccurate chart led to unwarranted fears of wireless technology.” – NY Times
A New York Times story that ran Tuesday took a rare stance that is seldom seen by the tower community: a look at the hysteria surrounding RF radiation. (Ed: The Times piece featured similar artwork as you see above recreated in the same style by the Inside Towers art department). The story stated that, back in 2000, the negative effects of EMF exposure may have been completely wrong. The Times says results were both “misinterpreted and failed to take crucial facts into account” like the extraordinary shielding power of skin. Radio frequencies, like sunlight, do not penetrate beyond this protective barrier.
A chart accompanying the article places the 5G emissions within the radio wave spectrum, falling well below airport scanners but higher than broadcast television. Worries about cell phones causing brain cancer are not supported by these later findings and re-evaluation of the data. While the 5G signal is slightly higher than older cell phones, the lack of danger remains the same.
How did the original report come to its conclusion, and how did that spread with such ferocity? The author of the initial investigation, Dr. Bill P. Curry, placed his findings on a graph and extrapolated that with higher frequencies came higher dangers. Higher frequencies are actually safer than lower EMF frequencies, conclude today’s experts on the biological effects of electromagnetic radiation. Scientists like NYU professor Christopher Collins confirm that 5G transmission “doesn’t penetrate” the skin, which provides a “shielding effect.”
Other scientists, like Dr. Marvin P. Ziskin at the Temple University School of Medicine, have spent years researching the effects of high-frequency waves on the body and agree that they do not cause human illnesses. This research, however, runs counter to alarmist websites that continue to provoke readers and repeat falsehoods.
Reports detailing the horrors of EMF exposure continue to circulate despite their authors’ inability to substantiate their claims. As evidence of the safety of cell phone usage, David Robert Grimes, a cancer researcher at the University of Oxford stated, “If phones are linked to cancer, we’d expect to see a marked uptick. Yet we do not.”
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July 19, 2019