News & Notes 777:Electromagnetic Frequencies and their Effect on Life

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17 December 2018


Electromagnetic Frequencies and their Effect on Life

Auroville’s Building Biologist René explains about the impact of EMF radiation on health, and in particular the prospect of a new wireless technology called 5G.


The natural climate in which humanity has evolved contains a variety of electromagnetic frequencies, which are essential for life on earth. The only such frequencies which we can sense are those that make light. Light is essential for life, as is darkness during the night. There are many more essential frequencies, like the Schumann resonance, also called the ‘heartbeat of the earth’. Even low levels of cosmic radiation (extremely high frequencies) are essential to all life forms on earth. Then there is of course the geomagnetic field. Science is only at the very beginning of discovering the influence of this power on life.

During the last century, humanity has been continuously adding new frequencies to this spectrum. Electrification, radio and television broadcast and wireless communication has been adding frequencies which are alien to life on earth. Since 1940 the power density of these frequencies is 1011 up to 1018 times more than its natural occurrence. Needless to say that the last two decades are responsible for more than 90% of this increase, which is also called ‘ether pollution’. If these numbers were the same for air, water or earth pollution, the world would be uninhabitable. And when the industry, and most governments that play along with them, get their way with new wireless technologies, this is only the beginning...

So what, why would we worry, we cannot sense these frequencies after all?

The problem is that we are slowly getting radiated, and like the proverbial frog in boiling water, we are often not aware of the cumulative influence it has on our physical and mental health. Epidemiologist Samuel Millham found a clear correlation between human death causes and the rate of electrification, using data of a number of states in the US in 1940, a period when the electrification of the US was being rolled out. The conclusion was very clear: The electromagnetic pollution caused by the electricity grid created a climate where there was a significant increase of cancer, heart and vascular diseases, diabetes and suicides.

Before the Second World War, the first radar operators were affected by a disease called ‘radio wave sickness’, in those days an officially recognised illness. After the Second World War, especially the western countries completely neglected this illness. Nowadays it is called electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) and is only recognised in a few countries. Meanwhile in 2011, nonionising radiation was classified by the WHO as a class 2 B carcinogen (‘possible human carcinogen’), but looking at the results of recent studies, many scientists say that it needs to be updated to a class 1 carcinogen. To date more than 20,000 peer-reviewed studies have been done on this topic. Some proven health effects of EMF are: increased risk of cancer, reduced fertility, neurotoxic effects, impaired cognition and memory, behavioural issues, hearing loss, headaches, sleep disturbances, oxidative stress, genotoxic effects, endocrine system damage, disruptions to heart function, and more. There is also a considerable number of inconclusive studies, which not surprisingly are mainly those funded by the telecommunication industry. It reminds of the same dangerous game that the tobacco industry played for decades, until the statistical evidence became unavoidable. Statistical evidence takes time, and in case of EMF there is almost no unaffected reference group left, needed for statistical comparison.

Until recently, wireless transmitters were mostly located far away from humans, and those affected where few. In India, the first cell phone call was made in August 1995, and around the year 2000, a cell phone call in India was still costing about Rs. 100 per minute, therefore only few people used it and only for a very short time. Around 2006 cell phones became accessible for a large part of the population. This is only 12 years ago.

Common use of Wi-Fi is no more than about 6 years old. In this short period nobody can tell what the long-term effects will be. In Nature, birds and insects are most likely the most seriously affected group. Sparrows have always been living among people. They are like canaries in the coal mine, indicating with their health the quality of the environment. Reports from all over the world are showing a drastic decline in the sparrow population during the last twenty years. Bees are disappearing across the world, especially since 2006, for which a variety of reasons has been given. But what is happening now is called Colony Collapse Disorder; the bees do not find their way back to the hive. In case of natural illness or pesticide poisoning, there will always be dead bees around the hive, whereas now they are not there at all. Bees navigate on the natural electromagnetic frequencies. Although many reports give various reasons for the decline of sparrows and bees, there is an undeniable correlation between this decline and the increase of EMF.

Currently there is a race going on to roll out the ‘5G’ wireless network as soon as possible. 5G will open a new world with not only more bandwidth, but also high latency, allowing developments like robots, self-driving cars and high density connections to make the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) possible. The technology behind 5G is very different from earlier generations, using different frequencies, different modulation and higher power, while no research on health effects is being done (!).

What is not widely acknowledged is that this will result in unprecedented environmental change on a global scale. The planned density of radio frequency transmitters is impossible to envisage. In addition to millions of new 5G base stations on earth and 20,000 new satellites in space, 200 billion transmitting objects, according to estimates, will be part of the Internet of Things by 2020, and one trillion objects a few years later. 5G will result in a massive increase in inescapable, involuntary exposure to wireless radiation.

Last October in a public park in The Hague in the Netherlands, all of a sudden about 150 starlings fell dead out of the trees. Post-mortem of the birds showed no evidence of toxins or viruses; the animals seemed to have been in healthy condition. At the same moment that the starlings died, people noticed ducks and geese behaving oddly, all putting their heads under water, as if wanting to escape from something. Simultaneously, in a nearby location tests where being conducted with a new 5G antenna. Was this a coincidence?

Like in so many other scenarios, most people do not want to consider EMF as a cause. Is it possible that a majority is addicted to this technology, and therefore prefer to deny or remain ignorant about the changing electromagnetic climate?


The Green Column appears also on Auronet, where comments are welcome. More detailed information on EMF and 5G, as well as on a dedicated study group in Auroville in the making, can be obtained from René and Mona. The technologies in question are extensively discussed on the internet, including numerous petitions relating to the subject.

For Green Center: Lisbeth, Jasmin, Isabelle, Island, Appie.

Contact us via avgreencenter (at) auroville.org.in.