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Are 5G Towers Really More Dangerous?

Are 5G towers more dangerous than the previous cell towers? What can we do? In this guest post, Lois Cadwallader explores the dangers and what we can do individually and collectively to protect ourselves.

Are 5G towers more dangerous than what? 2G? 3G? 4G?

Since the shelf life of 2G has pretty much expired, and there is already a phase-out program for 3G, so we’ll limit this discussion to 4G and 5G cell towers.

Just so that we understand what we are talking about, the “tower” is the structure upon which the antennas are attached. The antennas that transmit and receive are the real culprit here. But cell tower is the popular term, so I’ll go with that.

Why are cell tower antennas the real culprit?

Because they receive and transmit a form of electromagnetic field called radio frequency radiation or microwave radiation.

Thousands of studies [1] link radio frequency radiation of the type emitted by cell towers to many serious and chronic diseases including:

The World Health Organization has classified cell tower type radiation exposures as a ‘possible Class 2B carcinogen’.

In many ways cell towers are an invisible danger [4]—despite literally towering over some neighborhoods it’s as if many people don’t see them.

But neither 4G nor 5G cell towers have been proven safe and there have been no long-term studies on any of this technology.

Yet, there are specific reasons for heightened concern over 5G towers because some of the technology involved is quite different from the previous generation.

Quick-look comparison of 4G and 5G Towers

1. Continuous vs. intermittent broadcasting

4G cell towers broadcast a signal continuously, 24/7, whereas 5G activates only when a wireless device demands a signal. You might say 5G is, “radiation on demand.”

For that reason, some argue that 5G is less dangerous except

If you or your neighbors keep smart devices on and never turn them off, you will undoubtedly experience extended exposure, which turns into continuous, 24/7 radiation, similar to what is generated by 4G.

Smart devices [5], even when not in use, continually send out a beacon, looking for the nearest wireless connection.

Further complicating things, 4G and 5G can be co-located and 5G can use existing 4G technology as well as new 5G technology. We won’t necessarily know what kind of signal is being generated. [1]

2. Blanket vs. beams

4G broadcasts a large blanket of radiation whereas 5G can use beamforming (also called phased array) to pinpoint connection.[2]

Man holding his cell phone connecting to networks

So, some contend that 5G is actually safer because it is more focused and precise instead of a large area signal, like 4G sends out except

Multiple beamforming antennas work together to concentrate the focus. This emits even more radiation than a single antenna. When someone uses a wireless device, their beam is able to switch from one small cell tower to another small cell tower, tracking the device to ensure a seamless connection.

It will be impossible to determine how many “beamforming” signals are passing through your home, or your body from other sources, since 5G small antennas are so close and numerous.

Additionally, there are some serious concerns about this un-tested technology and its effect on the skin, eyes, and the immune system, not to mention plants, birds and insects. [3,4]

You might want to read Lloyd’s extensive article on 5G radiation [6].

3. 5G towers Use Higher frequencies

5G can use existing 4G frequencies, below 6 GHz. But it can also employ much higher frequencies, 20 GHz – 90 GHz. Because they are lower than X-rays and gamma rays, industry and government assure us that 5G frequencies are safe

They are still high compared to what we find in nature. With the exception of lightning, natural frequencies are way lower. So the man-made “low,” non-ionizing frequencies are only “low” relative to what technology generates. They are not indigenous to the natural world. Life is fragile. We don’t really know how this is going to affect our health and the ecosystem of our planet. And so far, it’s not looking good. Read on.

EMF Spectrum comparing 5G towers

Beware of ELFs and VLFs

It has been demonstrated that even ELFs (Extremely Low Frequencies) and VLFs (Very Low Frequencies) can: warning sign for 5g towers

All of the above are well-documented. The debate is over whether or not it matters to human health or the environment. And because people are not dropping dead right and left, government and industry scientists contend that the above effects are not significant. [6,7,8]

Man pointing out 5G is in FCC guidelines


Independent researchers are saying, “Not so fast.” Anything that affects the body at the cellular level could have unintended health consequences. And, anything powerful enough to activate a machine or electronic device most certainly can interrupt the intricate electro-chemical functions of your body. [10]

Which leads to the question, is this a big EMF cover-up? [9]

Think about that. 5G can use frequencies already used by 4G technology. And it can also use the higher range (20 – 90 GHz), called millimeter waves (MMWs).

MMWs have been used for years in medicine, satellite TV, airport security, and the military. But they’ve never been tested for continuous use with the general public.

And, it will be impossible for the users to know exactly what their exposure levels are on any day, as this technology can slip from one frequency to another and one antenna to another, instantaneously and seamlessly. 5G is “pretty slick!”

4. Density – 1/2 mile away vs 2 houses close

Where are the cell towers? (If you live in the USA, check out: antennasearch.com [10] to determine the location and number of antennas in your immediate proximity.)5G Antenna on lamp post

It is difficult, but still possible to find a home a good distance away from a 4G cell tower, whereas 5G antennas needs to be installed in very close proximity to work—antennas could be just 1 or 2 houses away. Or, one could be installed right in front of your own house.

Why so close? The millimeter waves (MMWs) characteristic of 5G are higher frequencies, shorter wave length, and travel less distances. Therefore, the 5G build-out requires many more antennas, very closely positioned and lower to the ground so that users do not lose signal. [11]

Some people assume that since 5G antennas are so small, that they are less dangerous


The close proximity of 5G antennas greatly increases the risks associated with exposure to harmful radiation.

What is potentially more dangerous? A super-powerful tower a mile away? Or, a less-powerful, smaller antenna across the street?

Proximity is a big deal when it comes to electromagnetic radiation danger. Radiation levels drop off dramatically with distance.

5G small cells will be placed on lamp posts, corners of buildings, street signs, etc. They are small and relatively inconspicuous. They will most likely not be placed on a designated “tower,” and they may not be readily identifiable. [12]

5. 5G Tower Intensity – Heavy traffic vs. uber-heavy traffic, all moving faster than ever

One of 5G’s claims to fame is its ability to move massive amounts of data all at once.

Comparing 4G and 5G speeds

Whereas 4G connected people, 5G enables devices to communicate with one another and make intelligent decisions. It enables highly sophisticated applications such as self-driving cars, virtual reality, medical operations, smarter homes and smarter cities. 5G is the necessary infrastructure for IoT (the Internet of Things). [13,14]

Be Smart. Be Connected.” That was the mantra of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV.

And your smart phone will be the “hub” of all things connected. It will be the ultimate “universal remote.” Smart!

smart phone and Internet of things IOT

4G was a huge step up from 3G as it is able to handle video streaming and faster speeds. 5G will handle massive amounts of data, delivering speeds up to 1,000 times what has previously been achievable. [15,16]

In addition to speed, 5G can handle many more users simultaneously. So, 5G is a giant leap in service capability.

To make this work 5G requires higher frequencies and greater bandwidth to accommodate the huge demand for data. For example, instead of downloading a movie in 7 minutes, 5G may do it in 7 seconds.

Sounds too good to be true except

The convenience and speed doesn’t come without a price. This results in an enormous surge of radiation exposure. All so that we can live just a little bit faster?

If you’re still confused as to what 5G means read my extensive article, is 5G dangerous? [11]

Enough! Here’s what you can do

#1 Take Concrete Steps to Protect Yourself
Read How To Protect Yourself From Cell Tower Radiation [12].

#2 Step Away – Distance Is Your Friend.
Whenever possible, increase distance from all electronics, especially wireless devices.

#3 Limit Your Use Of Wireless Devices.
Use hard-wired options instead of mobile devices when using for extended time—see WIFI radiation protection article [13].

#4 Zzzzz – Start With Your Sleeping Area And Make It As “Low-Tech” As You Can.
At least turn off all electronics, including router, at night.

#5 Just Say NO – Refuse The 5G Phone “Upgrade” That Is Coming Soon.

#6 Go retro – Reject The “Smart Home” Concept.
Maintain older appliances that do not have wireless sensors.

#7 Get wired – Hard Wire Electronic Devices Whenever Possible Instead Of Relying On Wireless Technology.

#8 Replace – Opt Out Of Your Smart Meter, If Possible, And Return To The Previous Analog Utility Meter.
Protect yourself from smart meter radiation [5].

#9 Back To The Basics – Begin Changing Your Habits Today.
Check out: 10 Ways You Can Reduce Radiation Exposure Now.
(Download free pop-art-style trifold [14])

#10 Are you sick? If You Are EHS (Electromagnetic Hypersensitive [15]) Seek Help Early.
You have some time before the 5G infrastructure is fully established and activated. It will only get worse as 5G is implemented.

#11 Choose simplicity – Determine To Un-Plug Whenever Possible.
man tries to un-plug brain

#12 Contact An EMF Consultant [16], Especially If You Want To Pursue Shielding, As This Can Get Tricky.

#13 Be A World Changer – Join The Growing Numbers Of Grassroots Efforts Speaking Out About The Dangers Of 5G.
www.scientists4wiredtech.com [17]
www.mystreetmychoice.com [18]
https://www.telecompowergrab.org [19]

#14 Spread The Word! Please Share This Article With Everyone You Know.

To close, I found it interesting that Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) has called for a thorough investigation into the health risks posed by 5G technology, stating: “The technology is still too young to draw a conclusion.” [17]

What are your thoughts so far? Are 5G towers really more dangerous?


Please leave a comment. We read them all.

Lois Cadwallader EMF writerMany thanks to Lois Cadwallader for this guest post.

Author bio: Lois Cadwallader, MA, has been a professional educator all her life. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and enjoys volunteering in after-school clubs, hiking and cycling. She is the co-author of Exposed: The Electronic Sickening of America and How to Protect Yourself.

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