Countries all over the world are upgrading their mobile internet capabilities to 5G which promises to provide more effective data communication compared to what we use today.

“If you’re downloading anything with 5G, it’s going to be about 10 to 100 times faster depending on where you’re located,” said Program Coordinator of computer and network studies at Humber College, Muhammad Khan.

Khan explained that 5G can help make artificial intelligence easier to use in devices such as autonomous vehicles.

But he worries about health consequences.

“We know all these wireless devices are already emitting low levels of radiation, but now with 5G we are going to have more radiation-emitting devices in our environment.”

Khan is not alone. Other researchers say 5G could pose a health risk.

“This is a more immediate threat to this earth than climate change,”  said Arthur Firstenburg, controversial author and activist on electromagnetic radiation and health.

“We have all been exposed to unprecedented levels of radiation from wireless devices. 5G will make this worse, since it’s going to increase the power, intensity and bandwidth of the radiation we are currently exposed to,” Firstenburg told GH360.

“We have studies by the University of Lund in Sweden. When you expose rats to a cell phone, there is permanent damage to their brain cells,” Firstenberg said. “And yet we walk around with these things basically attached to our bodies.”

In that study, rats exposed to a cell phone for two hours per week for a year suffered damage to their memory and blood-brain barrier. The study concluded that the human impact, “demands further investigation.”

Professor of biochemistry and basic medical sciences at Washington State University, Dr. Martin Pall , has researched electromagnetic fields and radiation.

Pall found exposure can impact neurological and reproductive health, and even cause cancer. He believes 5G will accelerate these health issues.

“The sum of all these effects is going to be absolutely horrendous,” said Pall.

Health Canada acknowledges the risk and has a guideline known as Safety Code 6, which recommends limits for safe exposure.

In an email to GH360, the agency said “if new scientific evidence were to demonstrate that exposure to energy from wireless technologies (including 5G) below levels found in Safety Code 6 is a health concern, Health Canada would be well positioned to take appropriate action to help protect the health and safety of Canadians.”

Khan thinks there should be more discussion of the benefits and risks of 5G.

“The companies that are manufacturing these devices should have an open forum where we can study this and see how these technologies are impacting our health.”

He continued, “when you are exposed to radiation there is always an impact on the body. That is a cause of a little alarm, because right now whatever we have we don’t know the impact until we see that impact in 10 to 15 years.”