Posted on: February 26, 2019 at 1:57 pm
Last updated: December 2, 2019 at 8:05 pm

The up and coming technology that would give you the ability to download a full-length 3D movie in just three seconds is already making an appearance in the United States. (1) Its proponents boast of the potential for its use in almost every industry. From self-driving cars to smart homes to robot surgeons, 5G is one of the biggest splashes in tech in ages (and this is a time of Mars rovers!). But not everyone is a fan of 5G technology.


Martin L. Pall, Ph.D. who is a Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, is not just wary of 5G tech. He’s downright appalled at how widely it’s being accepted.

Martin Pall’s Take on 5G Tech

In May of 2018, Pall published an in-depth overview of his perspective on 5G and why he thinks it’s so dangerous. He’s been openly advocating for corporations and policymakers to think twice before introducing it to the public.


At the “Health in Buildings” summit, which is sponsored by significant organizations like the National Institutes of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control and prevention, Pall presented his evidence for the potential dangers of 5G. His take-home message? “Putting in tens of millions of 5G antennae without a single biological test of safety has got to be about the stupidest idea anyone has had in the history of the world.” (2)

Four Red Flags

In his publication, “5G: Great risk for EU, U.S. and International Health! Compelling Evidence for Eight Distinct Types of Great Harm Caused by Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Exposures and the Mechanism that Causes Them”, Pall lists four main reasons he believes 5G technology would prove a bane on the public: (2)

1. First, 5G tech requires “extraordinarily high numbers” of cell towers to work effectively. This vast network would be almost impossible for a person to avoid.


2. Second, “very high energy outputs” would be necessary to maintain a functioning network, especially if 5G would be used to support vital infrastructure.

3. Third, the “extraordinarily high pulsation levels”, which are a characteristic of how 5G works. Just like its predecessors, 5G transmits data via radio frequencies. But while it would take two electronics on a 3G network about 100 milliseconds to respond to each other, the response time on a 5G network is an astounding 1 millisecond. (3) This virtually instant transmission of data is what makes 5G technology so appealing to others, but so shocking to Martin L. Pall.

4. Fourth, the “high-level interactions” of 5G on charged groups, specifically the effect on living things.

How do we know for sure?

Pall believes that the crux of the problem with 5G is a lack of controlled testing of its potential effects on public health and the environment at large (although he believes the existing research on other forms of electromagnetic frequencies point to 5G being a massive threat).

Speaking of Dr Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner of Health, and John F. Ryan, director of European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Pall wrote, “I take it that from their statements, that both Mr. Ryan and Dr. Vinciūnas are ready to put out 10s of millions of 5G antennae to afflict every single person in the EU with 5G radiation without even a single biological test of safety of genuine 5G.” (2)

Where is 5G  today?

At the time of writing, Verizon has gone public with a plan to roll out a 5G network in 30 American cities in 2019 (4). Similarly, AT&T has already introduced 5G in 12 cities, with plans for 19 by the end of the year and even more moving forward (5). Other phone tech giants, including Apple, have their sights set on incorporating 5G in the long term.

Martin Pall isn’t the only one who’s concerned about 5G. But as Cindy L. Russell writes in a review published in the peer-reviewed journal, Environmental Research, “Radiofrequency radiation (RF) is increasingly being recognized as a new form of environmental pollution. Like other common toxic exposures, the effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF EMR) will be problematic if not impossible to sort out epidemiologically as there no longer remains an unexposed control group.” (6)

In other words, it might be too late to really find out how our modern technology is impacting our health. But ready or not, here it comes.

Maria Sykes
Team Writer
Marie Sykes is an Ontario based writer with a background in research and a love for holistic wellness. She's especially interested in boosting awareness for women's health issues. Once a shunner of gyms, Marie has found an appreciation for weight training and HIIT circuits. She enjoys trying cuisine from all over the world, and she also enjoys not caring two cents what other people think her body should look like.

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