Dr Dimitris J Panagopoulos

At the end of last year I attended a conference in Harley Street, London hosted by the prestigious British Society for Ecological Medicine. The conference was called "5G and Health: the Facts, the Risks and the Remedies."

The audience was full of concerned doctors. Some of the speakers were doctors and some were scientists, eminent ones, leaders in their field. One of them, Dr Dimitris Panagopoulos, a tall passionate lecturer with greying scientist-style hair above his ample scientist-style forehead, completed his PhD on the biological effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) back in 2001 and has undergone much post-doctoral research at the University of Athens since. He has an impressive CV. These days mainly he studies radiation effects on human cells. He knows a lot more than the average Joe about EMFs and what they do to a human body.

According to Dr Panagopoulos the number of studies showing adverse effects on living organisms by different forms of man-made EMFs has increased immensely. This is due to the increasing intensity of Mobile Technology using WiFi and the technological advances from 2G and 3G to 4G. The ultra-sensitive among us will be most susceptible, but there is increasing evidence to suggest that all of us at some level are susceptible, and that there comes a point of critical mass when too much exposure to EMFs means the human body is no longer able to repair itself in the sea of electro-soup we increasingly live in.

The effect on biological systems identified by Dr Panagopoulos and his team happens at a cellular level: DNA damage, which can lead to cancer, neurodegenerative and neurological diseases such as early onset dementia, autistic spectrum disorders, depression and anxiety, and reproductive declines (the latter growing at an alarming rate in the developed world).

The trouble with much of the telecoms industry studies that happily show no biological effects, is that they have been carried out in laboratory simulations that don’t go far enough to re-create our normal interactions with mobile telephony and other Wi-Fi and domestic devices. Dr Panagopolous and his department of researchers do carry out these tests on real-life telephony and have found far more consistent and reliable biological effects.

All of these domestic devices, tablets, cordless phones, mobiles, WiFi devices such as smart meters and even baby monitors, emit EMFs which combine a microwave carrier signal with Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) pulsing and modulating waves. It is the pulsating nature of these waves that seem to be the most damaging element.

Dr Panagopoulus and his team compared DNA fragmentation (which is, as it sounds, a bad thing) caused by six different types of EMFs on the same biological system, a Drosophila Melanogaster – that’s a fruit fly to you and me; not the fruit fly itself but its eggs, what scientists call the oogenesis of the egg - the point at which the female gamete, or egg, is formed. It is at this point that any problems with the formation of DNA can be detected.

The results were not pleasing. What it showed was that the EMFs from real time mobile telephony are far more damaging than a 50Hz alternating current (what you find in your household wires), the results were similar or stronger in some cases to power lines, which as we know are far more powerful than what comes through home wiring. The effects were also, contrary to a pulsed electric field (PEF) which has been found to increase fertility in some studies, damaging to that very fertility because the pulsed fields were stronger in intensity and therefore more bioactive, ie, instead of just gently exciting the cells it was messing them up. This was true even in short durations.

A more troubling result was that, compared with other previously tested ‘distressing’ agents, like certain chemicals, starvation or dehydration, the cells were more damaged by pulsed EMFs than they had been by these other agents. The crucial factor in this seemed to be the extreme variability of the polarized and pulsing signals emitted by the average EMF device, and the unpredictability of the intensity changes. With 5G this unpredictability is set to become more extreme, with the industry’s use of beamforming technology, a collection of highly pulsed microwave signals, as it beams speech, text, images, video and internet pages in faster and larger amounts to our eager little handsets, tablets, laptops and all the domestic paraphernalia - "smart" fridges, "smart" nappies, "smart" cars, you name it - called collectively the Internet of Things. It might be more accurate to name it the Internet of Stings.

Because the awful truth is the more we surround ourselves with this "smart" paraphernalia the more we expose ourselves, our children, and even our gametes and zygotes, to ever more variable pulsed EMFs found by Dr Papagopoulus and his team to be damaging.

It doesn't have to be this way. Fibre optics are safe and reliably high speed. We can embrace technology while reducing electrosmog and we don't need to chop down trees or have a transmitter on every lamp post. That is the proper high tech future to be aiming for, and more and more international governments are waking up to it. Until then Dr Panagopoulos urges us to beware.

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