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5G Protection - Why and How

January 20, 2022 13 min read

5G Health Risks - Why Protect Yourself

5G Protection - Why and How

What is 5G?

5G is the 5th Generation mobile network. It is a new global wireless standard after 1G, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. 5G enables a new kind of network that is designed to connect virtually everyone and everything together including machines, objects, and devices.

5G wireless technology promises to reduce many of the frustrations of current connectivity challenges, such as dropped calls and slow download times, and offer additional benefits such as: 

  • Faster Connections. The claim is that 5G will offer up to 6 times higher peak data speeds (10 Gigabits/second) compared to 4G technology (1.45 Gigabits/second).1  This means that downloading multi-gigabyte files and streaming 4K/8K video – could become a reality.  Videos that used to take 10 minutes to download will only take seconds.
  • Ultra Low Latency. Latency is the time it takes a sent message to be received. Blink your eyes. That’s how fast data might travel from your future 5G-enabled device, over the network to a main server, and back to your device. This extremely low latency – 4-5 times faster than 4G2 – promises to enable real-time applications such as self-driving vehicles, advanced robotics, and immersive reality - think Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).
  • Greater Bandwidth and Connectivity. 5G could support up to 100 times more devices than 4G3 – leading to a world more connected than ever. Think of 5G making possible future cities with smart transportation, efficient energy grids, and remote security.
  • Higher Mobile Data Volume. Imagine high-density areas where thousands of devices communicate across the same network, such as airports or sports arenas. Communication comes to a crawl and data transfer speeds slow down dramatically. With faster speeds and lower latency, 5G could handle 1,000 times the volume of mobile data compared to 4G.4

5G opens up new possibilities with a Massive Internet of Things (IoT).

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the rapidly growing network of connected objects that are able to collect and exchange data in real time using embedded sensors. Thermostats, cars, lights, refrigerators, and more appliances can all be connected to the IoT.  Business Insider Intelligence forecasts that there will be more than 64 billion IoT devices installed around the world by 2026.5

Pretty much any physical object can be transformed into an IoT device if it can be connected to the internet to be controlled or communicate information.  A lightbulb that can be switched on using a smartphone app is an IoT device, as is a motion sensor or a smart thermostat in your office or a connected streetlight. An IoT device could be as fluffy as a child's toy or as serious as a driverless truck. 

Thanks to 5G, we’ll have washing machines that order their own detergent, refrigerators that monitor their supply levels, dialysis pumps that pump themselves and robots that enable doctors to perform surgery remotely, among other technological developments that haven’t even been imagined yet. 

  • Smart Homes. From the Amazon Echo to the Nest Thermostat, there are hundreds of products on the market that users can control with their voices to make their lives more connected than ever.
  • Connected Cars. Your next new car won't be self-driving, but it will be a mobile IoT device that senses its local environment and communicates with cloud-based platforms.6 The modern automobile is fast becoming a sensor-laden mobile Internet of Things device, with considerable on-board computing power and communication systems devoted to three broad areas: vehicle location, driver behaviour, engine diagnostics and vehicle activity; the surrounding environment (vehicle-to-everything); and the vehicle's occupants (infotainment).
  • Smart Cities. 5G enables the potential to transform entire cities by solving problems citizens face daily.  Smart utility meters are already sending water, electricity and gas usage information from individual homes back to utility companies.  In a 5G-enabled world, street lights, water mains, sewer systems, and runoff pipes will all be sending continuous information to utility companies so that the city’s energy grid and infrastructure can be monitored on a minute-by-minute basis, as can traffic, parking spaces, and public surveillance. Smart cities allow for the provision of safety measures such as monitoring areas of high crime or using sensors to enable an early warning for incidents like floods, landslides, hurricanes or droughts.  The Spanish city, Barcelona, is nowadays viewed worldwide as the quintessential smart city.7

The Dark Side of 5G?

So with all of these promised benefits of convenience, efficiency and security, why are ~300,000 health experts, doctors, scientists, environmentalists and organizations across 214 nations appealing to the United Nations and Governments of all nations to Stop 5G on Earth and In Space8?

With studies showing increased cancer rates when living within a 500 meter radius of a cell tower base9, would you allow a 5G small-cell antenna to be installed 20 meters from your child’s bedroom?

Frank Clegg, a 40-year veteran in the Technology industry, previously Microsoft Canada president, succinctly summarizes the risks and issues that 5G poses in this short 8-minute video.

5G will result in a massive increase in inescapable, involuntary exposure to wireless radiation

Ground-based 5G

5G does not replace existing 4G and 3G infrastructure, but adds another layer of antennas (not just a few but literally billions) to the current 300,000 cellular towers that exist today10.

In order to transmit the enormous amounts of data required for the Internet of Things, 5G technology, when fully deployed, will use millimeter waves, which are poorly transmitted through solid material. This will require every carrier to install “small cell” base stations every 100 metres11 or 300 feet - equivalent to every 3 to 10 houses in every urban area in the world.

These base stations are called small cells because unlike the 90-foot cell towers that 3G and 4G technology use, which are usually spaced one to two miles apart, these antennas are small enough to be mounted on top of utility poles, lampposts, buildings, and bus stops.

5G Small Cells in Residential Area


For those living in urban and suburban areas, it won’t be long before homeowners find 5G small cells mounted right outside or very near their homes. Needless to say, we can expect workplaces and educational institutions to also be saturated with small cells.

Additionally, 5G employs new technologies (e.g., active antennas capable of beam-forming; phased arrays; massive multiple inputs and outputs, known as massive MIMO) which increase our collective exposure to EMF radiation.

Space-based 5G

Because millimeter waves cannot travel very far as they are absorbed by humidity and rain and can’t penetrate buildings, as many as 30,000 satellites will be required to transmit and receive signals to and from users on the Earth in order to offer blanket coverage of urban and rural areas. Since the first operational satellites were launched by OneWeb in February, 2019, SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb amongst other tech companies, are in this new “space” race. As of late May 2021, SpaceX had launched more than 1,730 Starlink satellites overall. The constellation is now providing broadband service in select areas around the world, as part of a beta-test program.12

These satellites will ultimately blanket the entire Earth in a field of millimeter wave radiation that none of us (humans and all life on Earth) can escape from or opt out of.

And the sad part is, despite repeated appeals by scientists, doctors, health experts and environmentalists, the rollout of 5G continues undeterred.

5G is complex

To fully appreciate the 5G health hazards and how to protect ourselves, it is important to lay the groundwork for what 5G truly encompasses. 5G technology is complex and still evolving.

First off, let’s clear up a common misconception. The designation “5G” on your router refers to 5.8 GHz, does not mean it is a 5G device as it is not operating as part of the 5G cellular network.

Mobile Cell Tower


Table 1.0 below roughly summarizes the key components and characteristics of what constitutes 5G technology13


5G Components Download Speed Deployment Characteristics Always On?

true 5G

Millimeter wave band (20 GHz & up)

New to 5G

Offers fastest download speeds (1000-3000 Mbps)

Primarily an outdoor service

Limited to dense, metropolitan urban centres; where lots of people gather (stadiums, arenas, convention centers, city centers, airports, college campuses, parks, metro stops)

Housed in rectangular boxes resembling pizza boxes

Antennas will be placed on poles, towers and buildings at existing macro cell sites

Does not pass through walls, window glass, rain and even moisture suspended in air

Need to be beam-formed in order to penetrate walls and windows

Not always on.

Only sends its beam-formed signal when a 5G-enabled phone that operates in the mmWave band calls for a connection.

That mmWave 5G signal will only go into that house where a 5G-enabled phone is located, not into neighbor's houses.

5G Lite

Low to mid bands (600 MHz to 6 GHz)

In use for 40 years since 1G thru 4G

Realistically offers 100 - 200 Mbps) - roughly 3-6x faster than previous generation

Majority of 5G deployment is in this range, and expanding rapidly.

These 5G Lite cells and antennas are:

1) being added to existing 4G LTE macro cell sites, which are located roughly 1-1.5 miles apart, and

2) in residential neighborhoods as stand alone small cell antennas across the country.

Easily pass through walls and windows of houses and they travel far, up to many miles

Always on. Wide and strong.

Advanced technologies push more cell signals into the same airspace at faster speeds with far more modulation than current 4G cell technologies.

Even though it would be transmitting at 10-100 Watts, the 4G LTE or low band 5G signal from one of those small cell antennas could be as close as 30-100 feet from your house at the second story level.



5G Antennas in Lamp Posts

5G Health Risks

Because 5G utilizes not only the EMF frequencies used by 3G and 4G, but also higher millimeter wave and sub-millimeter wave frequencies, the risks to human health are correspondingly higher.

In 2017, when 5G “small cells” were being rolled out in California, firefighters requested that 5G towers not be installed on firehouses due to health hazards. They won!



5G Health Risks


Latest research on the effects of 5G wireless communication on human health14 calls out the following risks:

  1. Even though 5G can be weak in terms of power, its constant abnormal pulse radiation, along with the mode and duration of exposures, increase the risk of DNA damage, which is considered to be a cause of cancer, and also linked to reproductive decline and neurodegenerative diseases.15
  2. The analysis of modern data on biological effects of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation (RFR) leads to a firm conclusion that RFR is a powerful oxidative stressor for living cells.16 

    Oxidative stress is a state that occurs when there is an excess of free radicals in the body’s cells. The body produces free radicals during normal metabolic processes. Oxidative stress can damage cells, proteins, and DNA, which can contribute to aging. It may also play a role in development of a range of health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.17
  3. Millimeter waves can increase skin temperature, promote cellular proliferation, and inflammatory and metabolic processes.18
  4. Millimeter waves are mostly absorbed within a few millimetres of human skin and in the surface layers of the cornea. Short-term exposure can have adverse physiological effects in the peripheral nervous system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system. Bacterial antibiotic resistance has also been observed.19
  5. 5G mobile networking technology will affect not only the skin and eyes, but will have adverse systemic effects as well, as shown below.20

    In this research published in 2020, researchers concluded that in aggregate, currently published reviews show that RF radiation below the FCC guidelines is a highly pervasive cause of disease as it can result in21
    • carcinogenicity (brain tumors/glioma, breast cancer, acoustic neuromas, leukemia, parotid gland tumors)
    • genotoxicity (DNA damage, DNA repair inhibition, chromatin structure)
    • neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
    • neurobehavioral problems
    • autism
    • reproductive problems
    • pregnancy outcomes
    • excessive reactive oxygen species / oxidative stress 
    • inflammation
    • apoptosis / cell death (an important process in production of neurodegenerative diseases that is also important in producing infertility responses)
    • blood-brain barrier disruption
    • pineal gland/melatonin production
    • sleep disturbance
    • headache
    • irritability
    • fatigue
    • concentration difficulties
    • depression
    • dizziness
    • tinnitus
    • burning and flushed skin
    • digestive disturbance
    • tremor
    • cardiac irregularities
    • adverse impacts on the neural, circulatory, immune, endocrine, and skeletal systems
This is a unique situation in the history of the human kind when the whole human population will be exposed to man-made devices emitting non-ionizing radiation that was insufficiently tested before deployment.
What is and what will be the responsibility of the scientists, decision-makers and industry leaders who permit deployment of insufficiently tested technology that will affect us all?
The answer is simple – no responsibility… because if any health problems will show up in the future, these will most likely take tens of years of time to manifest and, by then the persons that currently enable deployment of insufficiently tested radiation-emitting 5G technology will be retired or the proverbial ‘six feet under.’
Dr. Darius Leszczynski, PhD, DSc22

How to Protect Yourself and Loved ones from 5G

5G Protection for Yourself and Loved Ones

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Similar to x-Rays, 5G and EMFs are insidious, just because we do not see or feel them does not mean that our bodies at the cellular level are not being irradiated.

In real life, there is no way to isolate our exposure to just 5G frequencies (as outlined in Table 1.0) without also being subject to the radiation from 4G wireless and other EMFs - whether natural (e.g., geopathic stress  or man-made electrosmog).

In the article, How to Measure and Reduce EMFs at Home, a Beginner's Guide, we outline detailed strategies and actions to mitigate your exposure to harmful EMFs. We briefly summarize these strategies here and call out additional considerations for 5G.

1.  Avoid unnecessary exposure to 5G and EMFs, especially in your own home, where you have the most control.

  • To avoid beam-formed 5G millimeter wave signals from entering your home, do not invite them in!  Do not use a 5G-enabled phone or device if you live near a city’s downtown core and have a millimeter wave 5G antenna in front of your house.
  • To most people, EMFs are invisible, silent, odorless and tasteless. The only way to make the invisible visible and audible, is to first measure radiation levels using a good 5G-capable, EMF meter that is extremely easy to use and recommended by EMF experts23.   
  • Be mindful when buying new appliances, thermostats or gadgets (wearables, airpods)  as these are now designed as IoT devices with antennas, featuring wifi or bluetooth connectivity.

    Consider the non-wifi, non-bluetooth version if available.  At least, learn how to turn off these connectivity features if you don’t plan to use them.  With your EMF meter, you can easily tell if you have completely turned off the antennas.
  • Take steps to ensure that your bedroom is an EMF-sanctuary at night to allow your body to heal and regenerate during sleep.  
  • At night, switch off your WiFi router, turn off all your computers and laptops, set your cell phone to airplane mode before you go to bed.  Your body will thank you for eliminating/minimizing its EMF exposures at night. 

2.  For 5G and EMFs that you can’t avoid, distance yourself and minimize duration of exposure.

  • Never keep your mobile phones next to your body, in your pocket or in your bra.  
  • When taking calls with your mobile device, use the speaker phone function.  Do not put the phone next to your ear where your ear and brain will be irradiated.

    If you read the small print that comes with your devices, you will see the recommended minimum distance from the body for cell phones ranges from 1.5 to 2.5 centimeters and for tablets it is about 20 centimeters.

3.  Reduce the amount of 5G and EMF coming into your home from external sources.

  • These external sources include: mobile phone 4G LTE towers, radio/TV stations, neighboring Wi-Fi, power lines, smart meters and now 4G/5G small cells.  
  • As explained in Table 1.0, 5G lite low to mid-band antennas are increasingly being deployed closer to urban and suburban homes as “small cells”.  They are always on 24/7, and pass through walls and windows.

    EMF professionals report measuring higher EMF levels in clients’ homes, especially in second story bedrooms because of these “small cells.”  Against a recommended safe level of 10 microWatts per meter squared (uW/m2) or less, these bedrooms are measuring up to tens to hundreds of thousands uW/m2!24

    Take action and learn how much 5G and EMF you and your loved ones are being exposed to with our 5G-ready easy-to-use EMF meter.  Take measurements as guided in the How to Measure and Reduce EMFs at Home, a Beginner's Guide article.

5G Home Protection with Safe Serene Space

4.  Protect Your Home and Living Spaces with our 5G and EMF Protection Products.

When it comes to protection from 5G and EMF radiation, always adopt as first principle: to eliminate and reduce your overall exposure.  As an additional level of protection, our certified EMF protection devices neutralize the EMFs that you cannot eliminate and offer protection at the cellular level for you and your entire family.


Somavedic is definitely a device for the 21st century, where civilization factors, mostly EMF radiation, are rising so high that the adaptation mechanisms of people can’t handle them anymore. 
- Dr. Jan Lichnovsky




1 5G vs 4G - A Side-by-Side Comparison, https://datamakespossible.westerndigital.com/5g-vs-4g-side-by-side-comparison/

2 Ibid.

3 Ibid.

4 Ibid.

5 Andrew Meolla. A look at examples of IoT devices and their business applications in 2021. Business Insider. January 27, 2021. https://www.businessinsider.com/internet-of-things-devices-examples

6 Charles McLellan. Connected Cars: How 5G and IoT will affect the Auto Industry. ZDNet. February, 2020. https://www.zdnet.com/article/connected-cars-how-5g-and-iot-will-affect-the-auto-industry/

7 Zigurat, Global Institute of Technology. Smart City Series: The Barcelona Experience, https://www.e-zigurat.com/blog/en/smart-city-barcelona-experience/.

8 International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and In Space. https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/the-appeal. Retrieved on July 11, 2021.

9 Adilza C. Dode et al. Mortality by neoplasia and cellular telephone base stations in the Belo Horizonte municipality, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Science of the Total Environment. July 13, 2011. 

10 Mercola, Joseph. EMF*D. Hay House USA. February, 2020. Page 37.

11 Martha DeGrasse. AT&T outlines 5G network architecture.RCR Wireless News. October 20, 2016. https://www.rcrwireless.com/20161020/network-infrastructure/att-outlines-5g-network-architecture-tag4

12 Adam Munn. Starlink: SpaceX's satellite internet project. Space.com. May 28, 2021. https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-satellites.html

13 Oram Miller, Synopsis of 5G Article. https://createhealthyhomes.com/5G_synopsis_2_20_20.pdf

14 Check out the latest research here (link to 5G Research page).

15 Karaboytcheva, M. (2020). Effects of 5G wireless communication on human health [PDF].  European Parliamentary Research Service. Luxembourg: European Parliament. 

16 Yakymenko, I., Tsybulin, O., Sidorik, E., Henshel, D., Kyrylenko, O., & Kyrylenko, S. (2015). Oxidative mechanisms of biological activity of low-intensity radiofrequency radiation.Electromagnetic Biology And Medicine,35(2), 186-202. https://doi.org/10.3109/15368378.2015.1043557

17Jamie Eske. How Does Oxidative Stress Affect the Body? Medical News Today.  Retrieved July 12, 2021.

18 Di Ciaula A. Towards 5G communication systems: Are there health implications? Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2018 Apr;221(3):367-375. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2018.01.011. Epub 2018 Feb 2. PMID: 29402696.

19 Cindy L. Russell. 5G wireless telecommunications expansion: Public health and environmental implications. Environmental Research, Volume 165, 2018, Pages 484-495, ISSN 0013-9351, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2018.01.016.

20 Ronald N. Kostoff, Paul Heroux, Michael Aschner, Aristides Tsatsakis. Adverse health effects of 5G mobile networking technology under real-life conditions. Toxicology Letters, Volume 323, 2020, Pages 35-40. ISSN 0378-4274. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.toxlet.2020.01.020.

21 Ibid.

22 Dariusz Leszczynski,  Assumption of Safety for 5G by Government Agencies, No Science. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2021. 

23 Recommended by Dr. Joseph Mercola in his book, EMF*D, pp 235-236; RadiationHealthRisks.com’s David lists ENV RD-10 as the #1 EMF Meter in his blog: 9 Best EMF Meters and Detectors - My Top Picks

24 Oram Miller, 5G Fifth Generation Cellular Technology. Retrieved July 13, 2021.


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