What is Radiofrequency Radiation?
This major EMF type is also known as RF, RFR, or microwaves, or wireless radiation. See below for common sources, as well as some of the research into health effects from exposure to this electrosmog. For broader info on all of the major EMF types, common sources in your home (and how to remedy) , and health impacts, check out my EMF 101 eBooks.
Where Does Radio Frequency Radiation Come From?
Consists of waves of electric and magnetic energy moving together (radiating) through space at the speed of light. RF waves are used to convey information from one place to another through the air. They are used in mobile communication, radio and television broadcasts, radar, satellite navigation and homeland security. They are a core component of our wireless communication infrastructure. These high energy, airborne waves are capable of traveling miles. Radio frequency waves are considered high frequency electromagnetic radiation (27 MHz -6 GHz). The fifth generation in wireless technology “5G”, which is already being rolled out domestically and in Europe will see the use and deployment of much higher frequencies, by some estimates up to 100 GHz. This is up to 100,000,000,000 oscillations per second!
Examples: cellular towers and phones (4G/LTE/5G), bluetooth devices, WiFi, cordless phones, baby monitors, smart meters, smart appliances, printers, computers, security systems, doorbell cameras, thermostats.
Videos Showing Wireless Radiation in Residential Homes
As an EMF Inspector, I work with clients everyday to identify the EMF profiles in their homes, and how they can be fixed. Click the link above to see my videos on where wireless radiation has shown up in their homes.
Is Radio Frequency Radiation Harmful?
There are thousands of studies available here. I'll list just a few below.
Higher cancer rates found in military pilots, ground crews
Total air crew (ground + flight) members had:
87% higher rate of melanoma
39% higher rate of thyroid cancer
men had a 16% higher rate of prostate cancer
women had a 16% higher rate of breast cancer
Overall, the air crews had a 24% higher rate of cancer of all types.
Check out my monster Twitter thread on this study
5G Penetration into the Body
In humans, millimeter-waves have penetrating effects including impacts on the brain, producing EEG changes and other neurological/neuropsychiatric changes, increases in apparent electromagnetic hypersensitivity and produce changes on ulcers and cardiac activity.
Electromagnetic Fields, Pulsed Radiofrequency Radiation, and Epigenetics: How Wireless Technologies May Affect Childhood Development
Symptoms of retarded memory, learning, cognition, attention, and behavioral problems have been reported in numerous studies and are similarly manifested in autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, as a result of EMF and RFR exposure.
National Toxicology Program (NTP) Study on Cell Phone Radiation
“Published in 2018, the $30 million NTP studies took more than 10 years to complete and are the most comprehensive assessment, to date, of health effects in animals exposed to RFR with modulations used in 2G and 3G cell phones. 2G and 3G networks were standard when the studies were designed and are still used for phone calls and texting.” [radiation levels from cell phones are even higher today with 4G, LTE, 5G, and an ever increasing number of cell towers in the environment].
“The NTP concluded there is clear evidence that male rats exposed to high levels of radio frequency radiation (RFR) like that used in 2G and 3G cell phones developed cancerous heart tumors…There was also some evidence of tumors in the brain and adrenal gland[s]…”
Cell Phones and the Risk of Brain Cancer Mortality: A Twenty-Five Year Cross-Country Analysis
“We find that mobile phone subscription rates are positively and statistically significantly associated with death rates from brain cancer 15-20 years later.”
Association of excessive mobile phone use during pregnancy with birth weight
“Our results showed that pregnant women tend to excessively use mobile phones in Japan. The mean infant birth weight was lower in the excessive use group than in the ordinary use group, and the frequency of infant emergency transport was significantly higher in the excessive use group than in the ordinary use group.”
“Low birth weight has been shown to be closely associated with neonatal mortality and morbidity, inhibited growth, poor cognitive development, and chronic diseases later in life.”