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Kate lives in fear of the 5G radiation rollout

Kate Swan… “I feel incredibly angry about what is coming and worry many people will experience negative health effects and not know why.” Photo: Danielle Nohra

BUSINESS analyst Kate Swan is fearful for her health with the rollout of the new 5G mobile phone technology. 

When her blood sugar levels started to rise after beginning a new job in Woden last year, she set out to figure out why and couldn’t believe what she found.

Kate, 37, of Woden, has been a type 1 diabetic since 1994 and when she started the job in September hadn’t changed her diet nor her exercise routine and was less stressed in her new role.

“Not knowing what could be causing this, I went on to an online forum for type 1 diabetics, and someone asked if the building had any mobile cell antennas in it or on the roof,” she says. 

Kate had no idea why this would be a problem, but she went ahead and found the building on, which revealed her work building has 2G, 3G, 4G+ and IBC antennas.

“I then jumped on to a number of medical journal sites and found study after study that show [how] exposure to electromagnetic radiation can cause an increase in blood sugar levels,” she says. 

She’s since reduced her exposure to electronic radiation at home by hard-wiring all her computer devices, disabling her wifi router and turning off all electrical appliances at the wall (except for the fridge) when not in use.

And she’s cut down to part-time hours at work so her blood-sugar levels aren’t always on the rise. 

She’s been to the doctor, too, and is in the process of seeing an endocrinologist professor in Sydney who is interested in her case because, she says, she could be diagnosed with “brittle diabetes” (“hard-to-control” type 1 diabetes), due to an electromagnetic radiation (EMR) sensitivity. 

EMR was something new to Kate, and the more she found out about it the more she became concerned about the 5G rollout in Australia. 

“Canberra already has 51 base station sites (existing towers with 3G and 4G antennas) that have or will have 5G beamforming antennas added to them,” she says.

“As someone who is already affected by electromagnetic radiation in the 3G and 4G bands, I feel incredibly angry about what is coming and worry many people will experience negative health effects and not know why.

“Studies on 3G, 4G and wifi already show that issues such as cancer, infertility, depression, cataracts, anxiety, ADHD, autism, oxidative stress, insomnia, melatonin production and cardiac changes are linked to EMR exposure.” 

She wants to raise awareness of these effects, which is why Kate and other concerned Canberra residents are planning a public meeting in early September. 

Adjunct professor of biochemistry at the University of Helsinki, Dariusz Leszczynski.

Darius Leszczynski, an adjunct professor of biochemistry at the University of Helsinki, has been working in the area of electromagnetic fields since 1997 and says it’s probable that the health of some people will be affected, in some way, by exposure to radiation emitted by wireless communication devices and networks. 

But, he says there’s no way to find out who is more sensitive because the research in this area is incomplete and the research, which has already been done, is inconclusive. 

However, there are various scientific studies that suggest exposure to wireless radiation might cause cancer, infertility or various neurological health problems, according to Dariusz.

“The most studies we have [are] on brain cancer,” he says.

“These studies suggest that using cell phones for over 10 years increases the risk of developing brain cancer. However, it doesn’t mean that every user will develop brain cancer, only some, more sensitive persons might develop this disease. 

“There are also suggestions, or indications, that wireless radiation might affect fertility or cause neurological disorders but the scientific evidence is still sketchy and much more studies are necessary.”

Dariusz says more studies are needed to determine whether EMF exposures increase blood sugar levels, too.

“Most of the studies were done on cells grown in a laboratory or on animals,” he says. 

“We need human studies. If there is indeed an effect on persons with diabetes it remains to be determined and proven. It is suspected but not proven sufficiently.”

When it comes to 5G and people’s health, “CityNews” asked Dariusz if people, like Kate, should be wary of its rollout. 

And, when looking at the research that shows 3G and 4G-emitted radiation might cause health effects such as brain cancer, Dariusz says people should be.

“5G will comprise parts of 3G and 4G technologies with an additional technology that uses millimeter-waves,” he says. 

“This, likely, might happen not in every user but only in persons who are as individuals more sensitive to this radiation. 

“We should be made well aware that there is no sufficient research on [the] new modality of 5G, millimeter-waves, to assure that the current safety limits indeed protect every user, no matter young or old, no matter healthy or ill. 

“We should not panic or scaremonger but we should be precautionary and, whenever possible, limit unnecessary exposures to radiation. 

“We should also demand that sufficient research funding would be set aside to execute necessary research on 5G-emitted radiation, especially the millimeter-waves.”

The assistant director of assessment and advice at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), Dr Ken Karipidis, says it’s not aware of 5G causing any health risks to humans. 

“International health authorities including ARPANSA have assessed all of the available evidence and have concluded that there are no established [health risks] at such low levels,” he says. 

When Ken refers to “low levels” he is talking about all mobile phone networks, including the current 4G and 5G networks, which he says produce low-level radiofrequency electromagnetic energy in the form of radio waves. 

“The level of exposure from these radio waves is well below the limits of the Australian standard developed by ARPANSA,” he says. 

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26 Responses to Kate lives in fear of the 5G radiation rollout

Christopher Emery says: 14 August 2019 at 11:48 am

But the science says otherwise. Mobile phone towers are not the source of any high intensity radiation, it is the phone placed next to your head.

Colin says: 14 August 2019 at 4:29 pm

It depends on the distance to the source. Just yesterday I measured the intensity of a set of antennas in the middle of a shopping precinct. 20 m away they registered > 1000 microwatts per square metre. I got a similar reading when placing an antenna within 2 cm of my video streaming iphone.

Tom Whitney says: 14 August 2019 at 11:18 pm

Actually, you measured the environment which included all sources – not just the antennas of interest. And, with a cheap inaccurate instrument which can display a reading of 1000 when the actual signal is anywhere from 250 to 4000 ( +/- 6dB). Furthermore, no portable meter can make a valid measurement at a distance of 2 centimeters from the source. Ergo, your measurements are worthless. Suggest you read the manual. Or, better yet – hire a qualified technician with professional equipment (Narda SRM-3006).

Colin says: 15 August 2019 at 12:13 pm

You presume I used a “cheap inaccurate instrument”. You also presume the method in which I tested the shopping precinct antennas. That’s two assumptions, and both were inaccurate, yet you then went on to summarise that my findings were worthless. I suggest you ask questions first, then proceed to your analysis – science 101.

Christopher Emery says: 15 August 2019 at 11:27 am

That is impossible according to the laws of physics. Radiation decreases with the cube of the distance.

Colin says: 15 August 2019 at 12:18 pm

Chris, I suggest you re-check your physics books. There are two things to consider. The intensity of the source and distance from the source.

Yitzchak Micha'el says: 14 August 2019 at 4:57 pm

such wonderful logic like saying its not the gun that kills but only the bullet that strikes the head!

Tom Whitney says: 14 August 2019 at 12:31 pm

This concern is firmly anchored in fear and ignorance. The results of current scientific research show that there are no evident adverse health effects if exposure remains below the levels set by current standards. Check out the expert panel reviews for yourself:

Colin says: 14 August 2019 at 6:01 pm

You are not telling the full story, Tom. There are a significant number of scientists working in EMF bio-effects field that would dispute your statement “This concern is firmly anchored in fear and ignorance”. Are you accusing those many hundreds of scientists of fear and ignorance?

Tom Whitney says: 14 August 2019 at 10:43 pm

In some cases, yes. But, many are in the business of selling books, videos, supplements, meters and other products to supposedly ‘help’ the afflicted. In fact the charlatans are exploiting the fear and ignorance of gullible people who need professional help to diagnose and treat their conditions. They don’t need people to tell them that their problems are caused by innocuous wireless devices.

Colin says: 15 August 2019 at 12:03 pm

Maybe so. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for many scientists to profit from their research, including writing popular science books, consulting businesses, etc. Are you saying we should ignore all scientists who are profiting or just those with views to which you disagree?

Cathy Frances says: 15 August 2019 at 8:37 am

Tom, many of us know these wireless technologies aren’t safe because we can feel it. We had to hard wire our home after connecting our anxiety and sleep issues with the home wifi router. We have two homes, one on a bush block, the other in an apartment building in the city. Sleeping is very different in the city, we use a strong brew of valerian tea and magnesium to get a good sleep. I don’t care what anyone says, I know that wireless devices such as smart meters, wifi routers and smart phones without a doubt, absolutely do impact our health. Quality of life is so important and its very sad that many people still aren’t connecting the dots. Not to mention the fact that we are being flat out lied to by greedy people and we have too many psychopaths running the show.

Colin says: 15 August 2019 at 12:44 pm

Cathy, you may be interested in the work of Dr Karl Hecht. In the mid 90s he was tasked with the job of analysing EMF health research conducted in Soviet Russia over a 30 year period. The Russian occupational health officers tracked the health of a large number of workers in industries at elevated risk of EMF exposure. While the Soviet emission standards were 3 orders of magnitude lower than in the west, there was still concern as to possible long term health effects. The workers underwent a battery of tests every year and the findings were consistent. After 3 years or so, people started to show low level symptoms, that worsened with time and intensity levels. The symptoms included sleeping/concentration difficulties, fatigue, neuropathy etc.

yana21474 says: 14 August 2019 at 4:27 pm

It’s so concerning that we keep raising our radiation exposure and without our consent. Smart meters, phone towers/antenna popping up everywhere….if it’s blatantly affecting ‘the sensitive’, it must be having a biological effect on us all? It’s not like we are getting healthier as a species….could this be contributing? I feel for this woman who feels her workplace is affecting her health.

Phil says: 14 August 2019 at 6:08 pm

The closer you are to mobile transmitters on a daily basis, such as next to or above your workplace, or even your home, the more likely you are going to be affected by the radiation, some get physical symptoms and can feel the radiation, I am one such person and now have to screen my home envoirenment, in order to be pain free, so when the experts say its not possible for mobile signals to do this, I challenge them to expose themselves over a long period, and see what happens, I guarantee they will become EHS, we need some common sense when placing transmitters, they need to be High up not street level, and a safe minimun distance from homes and workplaces, not right next to them. exposure limits that actually protect people from biological effects.

arlenes says: 14 August 2019 at 10:19 pm

Thanks Kate for raising awareness about this issue. I think that the Australian government should be taking a precautionary approach with 5G technology. I am rather concerned that it has not been fully tested.

Fran says: 15 August 2019 at 9:48 pm

I have been suffering from sensitivity since July 2015. It started with inability to sleep, concentrate, pressure in brain tinnitus & now having many more health problems. I had no idea what was causing this, but knew it was something outside of my body. When the sugar cane in front of my home was cut that same year, at the end of September, 2015, I knew then as it was in full view of my home that an NBN tower had been installed on a neighbouring property, which seems to be less than a kilometre away. It is apparently just over a kilometre.. I spent years researching … and suffering in my own home and was never asked if it would effect me or if I had any reason for it not to be placed there.. only three homes on the opposite side were even told of a meeting and have been here for many years, but have now moved way out of town to be away from too much electricity. This is a rural property and I noticed the trees starting to die.. and the cane right around the area is really bad this year. My partner who shares a home with me is also now suffering from the radiation with accumulative muscles and joints are being effected. If you all only understood how deadly this is ..there is no way you would allow this to happen to your fellow human beings, we are just the canaries we feel it first. Tinnitus as such has increased ..age care facilities filling up suicide, depression, schizophrenia, mental health problems increasing as well as many health issues like heart palpitations, digestive problems, joint & muscle pain, sleep depravation, exhaustion, weakness, pressure in brain. So many are suffering yet unaware of the cause which is electromagnetic radiation & pulsed Microwave Frequencies from telecommunications towers, cells & those that use a mobile phones, tablets, ect. I have contacted NBN,WHO, & ALPANSA …NO ONE WANTS TO HELP!!!

Peter Van Eeden says: 18 August 2019 at 5:21 pm

Fran it is all too real for us sufferers thank you for sharing, find something positive in everyday. Those in power generally don’t care but remember some people do and we can help others by warning them. I find earthing helps me, bare feet on ground but you must do it in low radiation area. Natural foods help body repair itself and exercise. KNOW THAT YOU ARENT ALONE best wishes from Peter Van Eeden in New Zealand

Mark Mahanets says: 19 August 2019 at 10:04 am

Beautiful people, most of you are missing the point about any Electromagnetic Radiation. This is not so much about the EMR, this is about someone protecting their investments. These people who are carrying on like savages, (and really they are savages) because they invested their life savings into this technology, and they will die themselves before admitting to the facts and effects of EMR, and that it disrupts humans, cell by cell, it is the old trick, ” How do you boil a frog?”. This was all planned long ago, and it is related to UN’s agendas, 21, 30, and 51…. and with it come the desperate low frequency operating humans (not human beings) who are desperate to make a dollar without lifting a finger. And here you are arguing with them, yet you can not see why they are prepared to die themselves over the EMR…. In their little low frequency minds, they see that you are forcing them to lift a finger and do some honest day’s work. ” How dare you?”.

Peter Van Eeden says: 21 August 2019 at 6:42 pm

Thanlks Mark yes agenda 21 etc and it’s even mentioned in the bible as a sign of the End times.

Christopher Emery says: 22 August 2019 at 1:15 pm

I can’t find any mention of 5G in the Bible. If EMR was a threat there would be millions of people affected, not an handful.

Peter Van Eeden says: 22 August 2019 at 5:36 pm

Rev 11: 3, 7-10 Instant communication possible, the mark of the beast is a electronic tattoo or mircochip in right hand. The word mark in bible means a inscission with sharp object eg injection. Global control by Antichrist will be possible through 5G network eg no choice. Cashless society is also mentioned which will be possible with 5G. There are many people with EHS it’s just not recognised by medical profession in general.

Deanne says: 31 August 2019 at 8:00 pm

Dr Magda Havas is very well respected and has performed multiple studies showing increased insulin levels of diabetics exposed to electropollution. She will speaking on this topic at the international EMF conference as provide the latest information to medical doctors as to how to diagnose, and treat electrohypersensitivity. I am not sure, given we can see blood boimarkers increase in response to exposure, why people do not understand how exposure to an environmental stressor such as pulsed high frequency radiofrequency radiation has a biological effect on the human body.


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