Maxson Co-Authors 5G Safety article in “Health Physics Journal”

In response to the whirlwind of madness about the horrible things 5G technology supposedly does to humanity, I was honored to participate in writing a technical brief with some of the best and brightest in the field of bioelectromagnetic science. It was published in Health Physics in August. The formal citation is below. It bears this long title, “IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation—COMAR Technical Information Statement:

In response to the whirlwind of madness about the horrible things 5G technology supposedly does to humanity, I was honored to participate in writing a technical brief with some of the best and brightest in the field of bioelectromagnetic science. It was published in Health Physics in August. The formal citation is below. It bears this long title, “IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation—COMAR Technical Information Statement: Health and Safety Issues Concerning Exposure of the General Public to Electromagnetic Energy from 5G Wireless Communications Networks.”

The imprecise use of the term “5G” in the public forum is at the pinnacle of the slippery slope of the doomsayers’ mountain of falsehoods and misdirection. The primary issue seems to be the fact that 5G protocols include not only the familiar cellular radio bands between 600 and 2000+ MHz, but also have allotments for operation in the higher-frequency millimeter-wave (MMW) bands (roughly beginning around 30 GHz). The paper explains the basic physics of MMW absorption in the human skin, with penetration depths of less than 1 mm (1/25th of an inch). MMW behavior is analogous to infrared energy (which is at higher frequencies) in which the established health effects relate to thermal damage to the skin surface when exposed to very high energy levels. The paper identifies the kinds of continuing research into MMW effects that would be most productive in refining the science of human exposure to MMW energy. MMWs have been used for communications for a long time, just not to the degree that is expected with its use by the wireless communications industry. The military has researched and tested on humans MMW active-denial systems that use MMW energy to warm the skin of an opponent to the point of being very uncomfortable and needing to withdraw. This is essentially the same thing as using infrared energy to beam what we perceive as “heat” at a person. It takes a lot of energy to do that. Communications with MMWs require far less energy, and the current safety limits provide protection against thermal injury from them.

Link to article:
https://journals.lww.com/health-physics/Fulltext/2020/08000/IEEE_Committee_on_Man_and_Radiation_COMAR.7.aspx

Bushberg, J.T.; Chou, C.K.; Foster, K.R.; Kavet, R.; Maxson, D.P.; Tell, R.A.; Ziskin, M.C.1 IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation—COMAR Technical Information Statement: Health and Safety Issues Concerning Exposure of the General Public to Electromagnetic Energy from 5G Wireless Communications Networks, Health Physics: August 2020 – Volume 119 – Issue 2 – p 236-246 doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000001301

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