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The 5G Network: What You Don't Know May Kill You

How would you feel if you knew that an untested technology is being deployed across America with no government oversight, no transparency, no public input, no regulations, and no long-term studies on health and environmental impacts? How would you feel if you knew sensors are rolling out to be installed in everything, from clothing, appliances, building materials, automobiles, cosmetics, toys, computers, furniture, etc, turning our world into the Internet of Things, as a component of this untested technology?

Wouldn’t that be cool; living in a virtual reality where every single object and living thing is connected into a wireless global network? Allowing every single thing we do to be completely monitored and controlled, collecting every bit of data about our lives as we go about our day. Ultimately, all this information will be sold (and hacked) to corporations, nations, and various alphabet agencies to be analyzed, synthesized, and made available for anyone to do as they please because this new untested millimeter wave frequency, known as 5G, is currently being quietly deployed throughout America: under the radar.

Pun intended.


Most of you don't know this about me, but I was actually an early adopter of wireless technology. In fact, I made a living from it back in 1990-91 when I had the first cellular phone store in Nevada County. It was on E. Main St., directly across from the Grass Valley City Hall, and called Empire Cellular.

Reinette Senum's business card, circa 1990

It was bequeathed to me, name and all, while sitting at the bar of the Nevada City North Ridge Inn with my former high school buddy, Dirk McCall. He was looking for an exit strategy from the business while I was looking for an income.

Soon after inheriting Dirk’s cellular phone store I began making a hefty profit from the business. However, with the way I roll, within a year and a half I sold the business for pennies and hitched a ride to Alaska to commercial fish: I had been bored out of my wits.

However, it was during that short year and a half stint on East Main that I became enamored with the cellular industry and would become a huge advocate. Once I opened my doors to business I was the local-go to person for your cellular service and installation. You could find me regularly yanking out a car's dashboard components to insert a cable and pop antennas atop my customers’ cars. At that time the Motorola Bag Phone was all the rage and seemed Star Trekian in its nature.

I bestowed upon my customers the merits and benefits of the growing global cellular service world. I was looking forward to the day that we had a sky full of Low Earth Orbiting satellites (LEO); giving us superior cellular capacity in every nook and cranny of the world.

Back then I couldn't wait.

Owning the first cellular storefront in Nevada County encouraged me to keep an eye on the industry over the last 25 years, waiting excitedly for its development. However, over the course of those years the telecom industry has fallen out of my favor.

Don't get me wrong, there are many benefits to the wireless world. I'm not debating that. In fact, I must note the irony has not gotten past me that as I write this I’m completely dependent upon a laptop and a wireless modem. It’s just that the 5G network is not just about better and faster cell service. Not-even-close.


It’s not what you think. It certainly wasn't what I was thinking back in 1991. In fact, I had no idea what this industry had planned for our entire planet.

This never became more apparent than during last year’s summer press conference when Tom Wheeler, former head of the CTIA, the vast telecoms lobby-group, and controversial chair of the Federal Communications Commission, proposed an unbridled "massive deployment" of commercial 5G transmitters, launching in 2020.

Anticipating "tens of billions of dollars" of economic growth with US telecoms "first out of the gate," Wheeler informed the American public that they needed to "Stay out of the way of technological development! Turning innovation loose is far preferable to expecting ... regulators to define the future."

Those pesky regulators. What do they think they are doing protecting the public?

Then with little fanfare, the FCC approved swathes of untested high frequency networks for private sector exploitation – ultimately setting a very dangerous trend: With no mention of health or environmental impacts, oversight, or corporate responsibility.

By year 2020 the telecom industry intends to cover America with over 2 million of these “small cells” installed on every lamp post, on buildings, power poles, basically, everywhere, giving no person, bug, or animal a place to escape. In addition, those hidden “sensors” I mentioned earlier that will be tucked in every item you buy off a shelf will be monitoring, tracking, and sending out signals, experts have discovered that the skin, our largest organ, does respond to 5G and in fact our sweat ducts can act as antennas and can receive signals. This has not been tested for safety and experts in the field expect a jump in melanoma rates around the nation.

Leading health advocates and respected scientists around the world are alarmed, to say the least. Dr. Joel Moskowitz, director of community health studies at the University of California, warns "precaution is warranted before 5G is unleashed on the world."

Former government physicist Dr. Ron Powell points out the plans "would irradiate everyone, including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children...the elderly, the disabled, and the chronically ill... It would set a goal of irradiating all environments."


The likelihood of you hearing about 5G is close to nil because that's the way the telecommunication industry wants it. This has been rolling out under the radar as much as an untested, certainly unvetted, technology possibly can.

It was after finding out several weeks ago that the California League of Cities uncovered our California legislators attempting to slip SB 649 into the Consent Items like a Trojan Horse among a basket of 350 other pending California bills, I have been forced by my conscience to search even deeper into the 5G technology coming out the other end more and more disturbed and with many more questions than answers. I want to say this again; I have more questions than answers.

Don’t count on your local newspaper to cover this. Corporate media seems to have turned a dangerously blind eye on this legislation, ignoring the threat against democracy while the very bill itself was authored by California Senator Ben Hueso; one of the biggest recipients of telecom industry contributions in California.

In the meantime, the wireless industry is pushing this through so quickly it is ignoring the Internatonal EMF Scientists' Appeal to the United Nations. As of March 22, 2017, the appeal has received 225 signatures from 41 nations “to the United Nations asking the UN and all its member states in the world, encouraging the World Health Organization (WHO) to exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines about health risks, particularly risk to children and fetal development. By not taking action that who is failing to fulfill its role as a preeminent international public health agency.” This is only one reason why I feel we need to slow down the expansionism of the Wireless/G5 network.

Electromagnetic Fields, Martin Blank, PhD Spokesperson from

Our health is at risk while our state reps are allowing these corporate perpetrators to continue their deployment of technologies while most Americans have no idea what is about to be hoisted upon our biosphere.

We have to understand that the higher the G rating, as in 1G, 2G, 3G, etc., the more toxic this technology is. We are now entering uncharted territory known as 5G. Microwave and EMF exposure at the 4G level have already decreased America’s overall health.

Under the current 5G plan every square inch of America will be bathed and covered in penetrating and irradiating microwaves like never before. It will be impossible to escape this. Impossible.


My former business, Empire Cellular, still exists today and is known as Golden Empire Cellular. It resides on Idaho-Marilyn Road in Grass Valley, along with Son's Development and Sierra Solar; all green businesses. And while one associates wireless technology with the green movement, it is not.

If you’re an environmentalist, don’t fool yourself: This technology is the antithesis of “green.” Any “environmentalist” or environmental organization that says differently should not be trusted.

The damage to bees alone is monumental. Studies have already proven the impact on bee colonies with much older and less toxic technology. I can only imagine what the 5G network and its additional 2 millions “small cells” installed throughout our nation is going to do to our food industry if the bees disappear.

Lynne Wycherley writes in The Ecologist’s Wireless Pollution ‘Out of Control” as a Corporate Race for 5G Gears Up, “Life's exquisite electro-physiology is still being discovered. Researchers at Bristol University reported in May that bees' hairs are highly sensitive to flowers' delicate EMFs. In controlled trials in Switzerland, bees reacted to mobile-phone signals with high-pitched 'piping': a cue to desert a hive.

Other studies show that mitochondria, the tiny power houses in our cells, are at risk from our new EMFs. And that even DNA, in its delicate antenna-like structure, may be frequency-sensitive. The long-term, ecological implications of our new, anthropogenic radiation are not known. But peer-reviewed studies revealing harm to birds, tadpoles, trees, other plants, insects, rodents and livestock, offer clues.


This is a technology that has been in the making for nearly 60 years. And while there is a platitude of studies, including government-funded studies that prove the increased risk of cancer and brain tumors, there are equally as many industry-funded research that expels contradictory information and these are dangerous myths that continue to be propagated in the corporate-owned media.

Even more alarming is the 1996 Telecommunications Act that bans any local government from making a decision based upon negative health impacts from the wireless industry. In other words, this is a 20 year-old gag-order that was placed upon the American people before they had any clue what an expanded and amped up wireless network could look like.

Meanwhile, leaders from around the world take the harmful effects much more seriously such as “Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Israel, Russia and China have set RF exposure limits 100 to 10,000 times less than the USA. They recognize that there can be non-thermal biological effects from wireless radiation.” Ultimately, these nations are assuming The Precautionary Principle that states “if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public, or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus (that the action or policy is not harmful), the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking that action.”

For well over 50 years scientists and industry insiders have known that these microwave pulse modulated radiofrequency radiation day-in-and-day-out is very toxic; particularly to pregnant women and children, and yet our leaders allow the telecom industry to continue its expansion, completely unbridled; eviscerating the very protections that prevented the industry from steamrolling us in the first place.

We can expect, in the future, that our health will continue to only become more and more compromised, manifesting in a myriad of different ways; EMS sensitivity is cumulative. It builds up in our bodies over time causing individuals to have great difficulty in warding off the simplest of flues while showing ill health in countless forms.

There is enough evidence and enough studies that should cause the general public and our American leaders to take great pause before deploying this technology in every neighborhood across America.

This has literally become an unbridled unregulated industry that once fully implemented, will turn into a wireless planetary cage. It is with this technology that its proponents intend to monitor and control everything while compromising our health and the biosphere around us. I'm sorry if this sounds Orwellian, but that’s because it is.


How is the public able to protect itself it these bills are passed silently and without public debate and feedback? Exactly who is supposed to protect us if the alphabet agencies that are designed to protect us don't? Who is setting the safety levels? Who ultimately is guaranteeing the protection of the Public Trust? Are elected officials expected to do nothing while the proposed SB 649 and the criminal 1996 Telecommunications Act, an extensions of the WTO, attempt to strong-arm local government in its decision making?

Since when do local authorities and their constituents have no say over the quality of their life, their environment, their health, and what is allowed into their cities and public right of way, even our homes?

Haven’t we learned already? Have we forgotten the boldface lies that we heard from officials regarding asbestos, cigarettes, and lead, to name a few?

These are the answers I have been seeking out. I have been astounded and alarmed by what I continue to uncover and feel it absolutely imperative that I share this with the public, my community, and the world.

This is not going to be easy. I love this technology as much as the next guy, but is it worth our health? Our lives?

This is why I have made this into a 3 Part series that will explore the impacts, its history, studies and possible alternatives of this technology from some of the greatest minds around the world. Stay tuned and feel free to sign up here and received my blogs as I post them because I’m not going down this wormhole alone.


International Electromagnetic Field Scientist Appeal:

Human Skin as Arrays of Helical Antennas in the Millimeter and Submillimeter Wave Range:

Research Study Summaries at Hebrew University Department of Applied Physics

PDF of Abstract for January 24, 2017 IIAS Presentation:

Letter from Dr. Yael Stein to Federal Communications Commission on Spectrum Frontiers:

Review article: International policy and advisory response regarding children’s exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF)

US Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program FAQS:

A Narrative Summary and Independent Assessment of the Active Denial System The Human Effects Advisory Panel:

Everything You Need to Know About 5G:

Potential Risks to Human Health from Future Sub-MM Communication Systems: Paul Ben-Ishai, PhD Video Lecture Presentation

California League of Cities Action Item 5G:

Wireless pollution 'out of control' as corporate race for 5G gears up:

Parents for Safe Technology: World Wide Precautionary: Action

Wildlife RF Effects:

The FCC approves 5G millimeter wave spectrum frontiers:

Most Dangerous Thing We Face Is Being Rolled Out Now:


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