Crowd control.  No these aren’t the words of a conspiracy theorist but actual history of 5G (a form of radio frequency, or RF radiation) which was originally used in the last Century for crowd control but was later mostly abandoned because it burnt people. This week’s opinion piece has been an accumulation of many weeks of research and communication with experts in the field of the effects of 5G on human health.  It was therefore heartening to see the media recently take on this controversial topic.

The key sentence in this Stuff article is an eloquent quote from University of Auckland psychology professor Susan Pockett: “Approximately 600 peer-reviewed research reports from a range of international scientists show us that radio frequency radiation is linked to [multiple medical conditions including] infertility, diabetes, various kinds of cancer and psychiatric disorders”.

In fact, the research on the health effects of 5G is even more extensive than that quoted by in that article with tens of thousands published over the last 80 years.  This huge database clearly refutes the industry funded research that claims no harmful effects from EMF’s (here and here).

As the Stuff article mentions, “more than 200 scientists have written to the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) expressing concerns about potential health risks from the technology”. Whilst RF radiation was classified as Group 2B in 2011, a possible human carcinogen (along with lead) after advice from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) there have been further studies since then which have strengthened the association, leading to many scientists calling for EMFs to be classified as a “Group 1 carcinogen” along with tobacco smoke and asbestos.

One of the reasons for the classification of RF’s as class 2B is the original science that only looked at RFs thermal effects. However, the mechanism of adverse health effects has been demonstrated by multiple studies to partly be through oxidative stress and affects most human cell components, including our DNA.  These effects occur at levels very much lower than that  needed to ‘cook us’.  Along with these effects is RFs ability to cause an individual to be sensitised to EMF (known as electrohypersensitivity (EHS).

High profile individuals with EHS include, for instance, Gro Harlem Brundtland (the former 3-time Prime Minister of Norway and former Director General of the World Health Organization); Matti Niemela (former Nokia Technology chief); as well as the wife of Frank Clegg (who formerly headed Microsoft Canada and is current head of Canadians for Safe Technology).  Frank Clegg is the man sitting beside Washington State University Professor in this video summary of the issues of 5G at a “Health in Buildings Roundtable” sponsored by the National Institute of Health & co-organized by the USA CDC.

The WHO has ‘appeared’ to be proactive by launching a paper for public comment in 2014 on RF fields and health.  However, it turned out that five of the six members of the Core Group in charge of the paper are affiliated with International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), an industry loyal organisation, and thus have a serious conflict of interest.

It therefore seems obvious that the WHO have not learned the lesson of their own report on the underhand tactics of the tobacco industry on health guidelines which concluded that : “Tobacco companies have operated for many years with the deliberate purpose of subverting the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO) to control tobacco use. The attempted subversion has been elaborate, well financed, sophisticated, and usually invisible.” 

Take that with a dose of evidence that research findings are influenced by the funding source and we humans have a bitter pill to swallow (Huss A, Egger M, Hug K, et al. Source of funding and results of studies of health effects of mobile phone use/ systematic review of experimental studies. Environ Health Perspect 2007%3B 115/ 1–4.)

In spite of the evidence, most countries have done little to reduce exposure and educate people on health hazards from EMFs with levels in most countries actually increasing.  Thankfully more enlightened countries like Brussels have called a ban on 5G for now, with the Environment minister Céline Fremault (CDH) telling local media, “The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt.”

In addition 5G is unable to be fully deployed in countries like China and Russia because they have far stricter radiation limits than ours.  It is also heartening that some government health authorities have recently taken steps to reduce public exposure to EMFs by regulating use of wireless devices by children and recommending use of wired communication, but much more is needed.  An inspiring summary of various organisations , including the American Academy of Paediatrics, efforts to stop the 5G rollout can be found here.

The 5G network is not, as the hype suggests, just to be used for creating cars that talk to each other and for faster internet download speed but will also be used to capture data on citizens that can be sold.  I’m sure you have experienced similar situations to the following example.  I have a friend who visited a car sales yard, left no details, had not discussed with family, and had not yet looked at any cars on any internet or social media networks but still received feed on their social media and also emails related to buying cars.

In terms of protection, it is not time to bring out the foil caps but there are a number of EMF protection devices.  The first, and also the simplest and cheapest is to turn off your Wi-Fi and unplug your portable landline as much as possible.  Keep your cellphone as far from your body as possible and certainly don’t carry it in a pocket.  Also, use your speakerphone on your cellphone as much as possible.

At the very least, like new medications, we should surely be calling on the 5G industry to prove that EMF’s prove no threat.  Our health is more important than having cars that talk to each other or faster movie downloads.

Dr Tracy Chandler BSc (Hons) MBChB FRNZCGP FNZSCM, PGDipSEM, Cert Dermoscopy, Cert Homeopathy, MACNEM member gained her medical degree in England. She worked as a general practitioner in Timaru before doing postgraduate training in sports, skin and integrative medicine. Her decision to specialise in integrative (wellness) medicine followed her increasing interest in the impact of nutrition and environment on health and wellbeing.


  1. Excellent article – thank you Tracy.
    It’s essential that we the public are educated on the risks of 5G – I love what the environment minister in Brussels said that “The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt.”

  2. Thank you Dr Wellness. So refreshing to see a doctor taking the time to research issues such as this, and then having the courage to speak up.

  3. Couple of points : 5g is not a form of radio frequency, or RF radiation and more than . 5g can work at any frequency but it works best at higher frequencies where the bandwidth can be wider (more data). The active denial system where she claims people were burnt uses FOCUSSED beam of millimeter waves at a frequency of 95 gigahertz, this is much higher than the frequency we will use in NZ. It’s also much stronger. To compare this with 5g is naive and intentionally misleading (not a good look)

    Also, your doctor cherrypicked the safety data ( not a good look) , here’s what it actually says
    “Adverse reactions are extremely rare, temporary and consist of skin blisters. Exposure to the Active Denial System can also result in a temporary reddening of the skin. Research shows there is only a 1/10th of 1% chance of injury from Active Denial System exposure. Normal, innate, self-protect behaviors such as eye blink, head turn and aversion response all minimize the risk of injury. The energy reaches a skin depth of only about 1/64th of an inch, the equivalent of three sheets of paper. The sensation immediately ceases when the individual moves out of the beam.”

    In relation to the 200 medical professionals who are concerned with EMF, these are basically headed by Martin Pall, a discredited biologist who said he had found a link between EMF and Voltage gated calcium channels, before others could reproduce the effect, which ,so far, they haven’t been able to , he aborted the scientific process and took straight to youtube and blamed EMF as the “cause” of AUTISM. Obviously this is disturbing but even more disturbing is that Dr Tracy chandler failed to pick this up in her research, because it’s taken me less than 20 minutes.

    It doesn’t stop there either, the united nations have a massive EMF project, which has found nothing, in fact it seems the only really bad source of EMF’s are the likes of xray machines and the Sun.

    I’m not sure a Doctor who became a homeopath , who can’t research without cherrypicking is the best person for the job , your publication needs people who can provide evidenced based articles right?. I hope you publish this comment but in case you don’t I’ve also published this on the NZskeptics facebook group.

    • This comment is riddled with errors (by Phil Ing) that I must point out at least a few to stop this comment misleading the public.
      Re: “5g is not a form of radio frequency, or RF radiation”
      What is radiofrequency radiation?
      Radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is the transfer of energy by radio waves. RF EMR lies in the frequency range between 3 kilohertz (kHz) to 300 gigahertz (GHz). (this is from Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, ARPANSA – although some of the info on their website isn’t correct, especially regarding health effects of RF-EMR, this is correct).
      So, 5G that uses frequencies upwards of 6 GHz is definitely RF radiation and this subset of RF frequency range is also called microwave radiation.

      Re: “The active denial system where she claims people were burnt uses FOCUSSED beam of millimeter waves at a frequency of 95 gigahertz, this is much higher than the frequency we will use in NZ. It’s also much stronger.”
      Although 5G will use less than 95 GHz RF radiation, and in lower intensities than crowd control weapons, the existing scientific evidence suggests health risks.
      Top Israeli researchers who were investigating the questions of the US military like “what makes those millimetre waves make people run” have found that sweat glands in the skin acts as helical antennae for these waves. Check out this presentation:

      Skin is the largest organ in the human body and a major part of the immune and the nervous system joining the neuroendocrine system etc. These findings raise red flags.

      Re: “your doctor cherrypicked the safety data”
      Drawing attention to studies that show harm over those that found no such effects is not cherry picking in responsible risk evaluation ( a positive study showing risks has more power than a negative study that may have missed something due to limitations in experimental conditions). Anyway, it is the proponents of the wireless that usually “cherry pick” studies (the negative ones) to support their economic or military pursuits with wireless. There are thousands of credible studies showing biological/health effects of low-intensity RF radiation.

      Re: “In relation to the 200 medical professionals who are concerned with EMF, these are basically headed by Martin Pall, a discredited biologist who said he had found a link between EMF and Voltage gated calcium channels, before others could reproduce the effect, which ,so far, they haven’t been able to , he aborted the scientific process and took straight to youtube..”

      This claim actually gives away the motive of the writer – to discredit Dr. Chandler or anyone presenting on the risks of RF radiation. It would be interesting to see if there are any conflicts of interest in Phil Ing, if that’s a real person. The International EMF Project was NOT headed by Prof. Martin Pall. Instead, late Prof. Martin Blank was a leading scientist in that appeal. Both are eminent scientists, not discredited…although the writer is maliciously try to. Dr. Blank had over 30 decades of research experience in this field at Columbia University on top of 2 PhDs – one from Columbia and the other from Cambridge.

      As to Prof. Pall’s claim on VGCCs, he has simply reviewed the scientific literature studies conducted by thousands of scientists around the world (as I have done) using his expert knowledge in biochemistry – in basic medical sciences, and he has made a massive contribution to the knowledge in this area by putting the pieces of the puzzle together, so to speak.

      Re: “the united nations have a massive EMF project, which has found nothing,”
      The writer has no idea about what he is writing – he is only muddying the water to keep the public confused and clinging to their wireless devices. The WHO has an International EMF Project which has operated in a dubious manner (never headed by a medically trained person – currently an electrical engineer with strong links to the industry- despite this unit is meant to be investigating health!). As to the obvious industry friend approach of this unit and its wilful negligence of this issue, here are some insights from the former Head of Radiation Labs of Finland
      and a published paper by an eminent Swedish oncologist:

      Please Phil Ing, do some service to the society by not hindering people doing good work!

  4. Phil is correct. The real science (as opposed to the So-Called Alternative Medicine (aptly SCAM) woo view) is clear. Publishing this nonsense opinion piece reflects poorly on NZME – although since it’s ‘opinion’ and everyone knows that facts beat opinion, the classification is probably the only accurate thing about it. For an actual science-based view, the highly respected Science-based Medicine team has a post here:

  5. I suffer from EHS, I get headaches, and can feel the radiation on my body, I get dizzy, nausea and have lost drastic weight because i dont have an appetite from the EMF. I am an out door person and very active, I am now a prisoner to home closing all windows and shades and struggle to use my phone and to do work online. I feel like it is burning my skin I and wear aluminum foil to help with this intense feeling on my body. It is the worst feeling in the world to feel like you are a prisoner in your own body. Help!!!!!!!

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