Person holding a mobile phone.
Research report
19 August 2019

Why 5G isn't a health hazard

The science behind the latest mobile technology.

Member comments

Get access to comment

Elaine V.
11 Nov 2019
"Consistently observed"?

You quote ARPANSA...“ detrimental health effects have been observed consistently in such studies.” Consistently being the key word here. Detrimental health effects have been observed. I don't want to play Russian Roulette with it, and if the quantity of towers that will be required are installed, that choice will be gone forever.

I hope you are right, imagine the implications for us all if not.

Jacqueline K.
14 Oct 2019
Only rely on the peer-reviewed scientific literature

Neither Facebook nor the multitude of websites with deceptively relevant sounding names are reliable sources of information. You need instead to look at the scientific literature. A recent issue on "Wireless Radiation and Health" in the peer-reviewed journal "Environmental Research" published by Elsevier might be a good starting point:

Previous member
02 Sep 2019
5g disinformation

This is straight out of the teleco handbook of propaganda, what are they paying you to lie for them Hadyn? To quote from the warning released by a group of 180 scientists and Doctors from 35 countries..
`numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines”. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plants and animals.`
The evidence for harmful effects on humans, plants and animals is overwhelming, to say `5G is not harmful` is dangerous disinformation.
If people want to see what the effects of even standard wireless radiation on human cells are, I highly recommend you watch `Dr Devra Davis, The truth about cellphones and wireless radiation`

Robert S.
06 Sep 2019
5G is safe

Rob, use your Earthing Bed Sheet & Cover, EMF Harmonization products, Air-tube Headset and Qlink Pendants from your EMF scientists and you will be fine. Believe me

Previous member
07 Oct 2019
5g ignorance

As always with 5g pushers, not a single bit of evidence presented to even attempt to back up the lie that 5g is safe

Robert S.
31 Dec 2019
evidence presented

Previous member
31 Aug 2019

I can understand how the excitement of 5G roll out has you blinded to any adverse effects.
But surely you agree there needs to be more research and study into its impact on living things and the environment?

Listen to Barrie Trower: A Royal Navy Microwave weapons expert who describes the dangers of RF radiation on our children.

Read 237 EMF scientists from 41 nations urging the UN to use caution in allowing 5G roll out. And need to educate the public about health risks, particularly risks to children and feotal development and much more.

Of course there will be as many for as against this controversial technology.

John G.
31 Aug 2019
Please read the science

Maureen and Janion, please read the science. The article spells out exactly why 5G radiation can't harm human cells. It is non-ionising and lacks the energy to break the electron bonds. You simply claim the opposite but don't offer the scientific evidence why that could be. I'm afraid belief just doesn't trump science and its doing society a disservice to claim otherwise.

Previous member
02 Sep 2019
Cellular damage

John G, Nigel W, Trevor B- you ask for proof that EMF causes cellular damage, if only you held the author of this article to the same standards, I don`t see him presenting any peer reviewed papers supporting his myth.
Here is a brief summary of DNA damage by non-ionising radiation

Previous member
31 Aug 2019
5G dangers are not a myth

5G has been shown to pose extreme dangers to Humans, animals (pets) and plants.
The radio-magnetic fields engendered by this technology has already been shown to cause harm.
At the much higher frequency and large numbers of towers to enable 5G, we are looking at neurological and genetic damage as well as more cancers, skin and general-wellbeing diseases.

There is proven scientific information available - if people would open their eyes and look. Rather than get so excited about faster broadband. Do we really need our lives to go faster and more devastatingly ruin our environment for that pleasure?

Hadyn Green should be censured for his misguided belief that 5G is safe.

Nigel W.
31 Aug 2019

There simply isn't sufficient energy in any 5G transmissions to do harm. Besides we have been blasted with higher levels of microwave radiation for decades by navigation radar, speed measurement radar, point to point microwave comms links used by both broadcasting, telecoms and other large companies, the list goes on. There is absolutely no proof of any ill effects to humans by any reputable peer-reviewed studies. Please stop disseminating this unscientific nonsense.

Trevor B
31 Aug 2019
Yes it is safe

I note that Maureen D claims there is scientific evidence for danger with 5G, but not a single source quoted. When she can quote peer-reviewed evidence I might check further.

Janion L.
31 Aug 2019
Independant science says something quite different

There are some 14,000 peer reviewed published papers indicating incredible biological harm on bacteria, plants, insects and humans from 3G and 4G emf radiation and 5 G is a completely different system which will unavoidably affect all living things. May I suggest your science correspondent checks the 5G space appeal papers, or the Bio-initiative papers, these scientists can’t all be wrong. As always follow the money, who finds the science saying it si safe?

Nigel W.
31 Aug 2019
Independant science?

"Independent science" is that another name for the crowd that goe around wear tinfoil hats and make up science to suit their beliefs?

Previous member
02 Sep 2019

Nigel W - you`re kidding right?
Independant science is the term used for research that is financially independant of the industry being studied and less prone to bias, and is critical to maintaining honest and accurate data.
The term `tin foil hat` on the other hand, is used by people with no science to present to back up their claims

Elaine V.
11 Nov 2019
What I don't get is why so many people dismiss the concerns when they don't know for sure that it is safe - would you be happy for a tower to be put up outside your kids bedroom window?

Independent science means those studies not paid for by the Telcos, that have been funded to completion even though the results are not what they were wanting them to be.

Lotte B.
20 Aug 2019
Wild life

So are these levels safe for birds and bees and other wildlife?

Paul B.
21 Aug 2019
Are they safe for birds and animals?


Consumer staff
21 Aug 2019
Re: Wild life

Hello Lotte,

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection found “there is no biophysical mechanism that could explain carcinogenicity at such low exposure levels” when studied on animals. As electron bonds in humans are the same as in animals there is no evidence to suggest 5g is harmful for wildlife.


Hadyn - Consumer NZ writer

Previous member
02 Sep 2019

Studies with beehives have shown that a simple cellphone placed on a hive for 15 minutes twice a day caused a significant reduction in egg laying and activity, with flying bees eventually not returning to the hive.
Bees like birds have magnetite in their bodies, and utilize the earth's magnetic field to navigate. Cell tower radiation interferes with this process.
This is just with cellphone radiation, I have not heard of any substantial safety testing of 5G being done by the industry that claims it is safe.