Musings

5G: Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood

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by Tiffany Windsor

A topic that has been on my radar for the past year or so is 5G. Technically speaking, 5G is the next generation of broadband connection. There has been great concern in the news sources that I follow, that we should be concerned about the radiation associated with 5G technology.

Over the years, you have been using 2G, 3G and 4G but now, once again, things are speeding up!  I’ve been gathering information for months and months and it’s really difficult to keep up with all the news and speculation regarding this next generation of wireless because there is a lot of marketing and rebuttals going on. I’m really sensitive to electromagnetic frequencies as are many others - for instance I tried to switch to a different cellphone manufacturer a few years back and it gave me such a bad headache when I used it, that I had to return it and go back to my prior service. I also recently purchased a blocking cover for my mobile phone and had to return it because it gave me odd pressure in my head and heart flutters. WTF??

So, OK, I’m one person, in one small town who is concerned about the reports on 5g’s affects on our health, but this week, as we all start reading entire cities and countries banning this technology, I start to realize that we may not be hearing the entire story regarding the health risks.
— Tiffany Windsor

What brought this topic of 5G back to mind for me is that in the March 14th issue of my local Thousand Oaks Acorn newspaper, the front page headline was “Expert predicts wave of wireless to hit Thousand Oaks.” The sub headline reads “Rules leave little room for public oversight.” What this article revealed for me is that the FCC has taken control of and limited or removed public feedback in our local communities.

Our Thousand Oaks City Council found that the only way to meet new FCC rules that require 5G applications be processed within two to three months was to go forward by handling without public notice, hearings or appeals and they passed an urgency ordinance because otherwise they couldn’t meet the FCC’s rules of the 2-3 month processing of applications. (In the past the approval process could take 8 - 9 months, due to public hearings and feedback.)

The 5G technology apparently promises to bring speeds that are 10 - 100 times faster than current cellular capabilities. Sounds good. Right? Not necessarily. Because 5G technology uses smaller towers, it needs more of them because their radius for each is about 300 - 500 feet instead of the miles covered by 4g towers. That means in my town of about 40 square miles, it states in this article that the city’s four wireless carriers would require between 4,000 - 5,000 new cell sites. I wonder how many are going to end up on my street.

While the regulations limit antennas to a maximum of 3 cubic feet in size, there’s no limit on the number of antennas at any one streetlight or public right of way structure. Placing these macro sites so close together is apparently the only way to keep the ultra-high frequencies of 5g safe enough to use, because if the signal gain was increased enough to allow for long-distances at those frequencies some serious health issues would occur. Communication over these radio bands isn't something new, so all the pitfalls are well known and the right precautions have been taken. We hope.  

Awhile back, ehtrust.org shared that Verizon and Sprint have announced “test cities” for 5G which include Sacramento, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and New York. A first glance at US government websites such as the CDC and EPA, the information shared could lead you to believe that this radiation is safe. Yet over 240 scientists and doctors from 41 nations who have published research in the field have appealed to the United Nations calling for urgent action to reduce these ever growing wireless exposures and they wrote  the FCC for a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G citing the serious risks to human health and the environment. Published peer reviewed science already indicates that the current wireless technologies of 2G, 3G and 4G – in use today with our cell phones, computers and wearable tech – creates radiofrequency exposures which poses a serious health risk to humans, animals and the environment. Scientists are cautioning that before rolling out 5G, research on human health effects urgently needs to be done first, to ensure the public and environment are protected.

However, instead of prudent public health measures to ensure the public’s safety, governments such as the United States are quickly rolling out 5G networks in neighborhoods and are enacting various state and federal regulations to “streamline” and fasttrack the rollout. These regulations will end the ability of communities to halt and be a part of the decision making process in this massive 5G infrastructure buildout. That’s exactly what is happening in my town.

Wireless company documents clearly state that 5G will increase the levels of RF radiation in the vicinity of the antennas. Many countries such as China, India, Poland, Russia, Italy and Switzerland have far more protective and stricter radiation limits which will not allow the deployment of 5G as the increased 5G radiation would exceed their limits. These countries are creating roadblocks to the 5G rollout even though the broadband industry has launched large scale efforts to try to loosen the radiation limits. Obviously the wireless companies with the FCC’s support are silencing community feedback. And who decides what amount of radiation is healthy? What about those macro boxes that are possibly going to end up in front of our homes. With their small broadcast radius of 300 - 500 feet, they’re certainly going to be in your neighborhoods.

I cannot welcome such technology if the radiation standards, which must protect the citizen, are not respected, 5G or not. The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt.
— Céline Fremault, Envirnment Minister

In my social media feed this last week, I read that a Belgian government minister has announced that Brussels is halting its 5G plans due to health effects. This government minister identified that a 5G pilot project is not compatible with Belgian radiation safety standards, and stated that she does not intend to make an exception.

In my home state of California, I found so far, only that the Marin County town of Mill Valley voted in early September 2018 to ban new sites in residential-zoned areas—not because they might be ugly, but because of fears over their electromagnetic fields.

In an article by theverge.com this last week, the writer headed to Chicago to test out Verizon’s announcement of the launch of their 5g. The writer reported that “coverage is so extremely sparse that, for right now, I’d caution anyone against buying and paying Verizon an extra $10 every month to receive 5G. He further wrote, “ It feels frustratingly random in Chicago. It’s centered around city attractions and high-density areas, but it’s inconsistent even at that. 5G is there for one block and gone the next. You’ll hit the 5G lottery on one street corner and then go several without the same luck. What kind of scavenger hunt is this? Perhaps he doesn’t know how many macro sites it will take to cover the city? And does he understand the risks that might come with the full launch?

Also, check out this great post at ehtrust.org where doctors testified at a Teton county commissioners hearing!! Along with addressing the concerns to humans from their personal experience, these doctors shared that 5G towers in particular have been shown to confuse wildlife’s ability to migrate and navigate. Bee populations wither in the vicinity of these towers as they interfere with the structures in the bees that allows them to navigate.

So, OK, I’m one person, in one small town who is concerned about the reports on 5g’s affects on our health, but this week, as we all start reading entire cities and countries banning this technology, I start to realize that we may not be hearing the entire story regarding the health risks. I’m sure this isn’t the last time I’ll be bringing up this topic.  

Interested in digging in deeper to the political discussion on 5G? Watch this video at Edge of Wonder.

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Solar Sun Flares: How Solar Weather Might be Affecting You

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by Candace Liccione

Most people never think much about the sun and what it means to us on Earth except for sunny days. The sun is constantly doing something that affects all of us. The sun produces solar flares, geomagnetic storms, solar winds and coronal mass ejections. The surface of the sun is responsible for “space weather”. Solar flares are explosions on the sun’s surface that launch huge amounts of X-rays, radiation and particles into the ionosphere.

We are in a time of solar minimum which is an 11-year period of hardly any solar flares, but we are still bombarded by solar winds, coronal mass ejections and geomagnetic storms. All the energies coming from the sun and from space affect not only each of us but our communication systems, power grids, satellites and airline flights.

The normal functioning of our brain is dependent upon a normal electromagnetic environment. We are electromagnetic beings and we are now receiving higher doses of electromagnetic energy that we did before. The increase in solar events causes us to lose track of time, thoughts fly away, we have difficulty sleeping, tossing and turning and having really weird dreams. Some people feel queasiness, body pains, phantom pains and dizziness. You can also feel sense of overpowering grief for no reason, vision problems, inner ear issues and inner-outer buzzing. You can also experience headaches, migraines, breathing issues, a tingly head, irritability and the list goes on.

I am very sensitive to geomagnetic storms and have told people about them for a very long time. They thought I was crazy but now there is scientific evidence available so everyone can know I am not crazy!
— Candace Liccione

There has been a recent study by researchers from Caltech regarding “can humans sense magnetic storms”. They have convincing evidence that changes in the earth’s magnetic field can suppress alpha waves in our brains. When you close your eyes and relax and daydream about something, your brain is filled with alpha waves, now try this during a magnetic storm. You don’t have that sense of relaxation.

Perhaps this can explain why so many people have anxiety that doesn’t feel like it is coming from their life issues. Researchers have long known that living creatures can sense magnetic fields – honeybees, turtles, birds, whales and bats use magnetic fields to help them navigate and dogs can be trained to find buried magnets.

In some of the participants in the Caltech study - alpha brain waves decreased in power as much as 60% in response to shifting magnetic fields. They are calling this “a new human sense” called “magnetoreception”. Most people in the study were not aware that they were being affected by the shifting magnetic field. Geomagnetic forces interact with sunlight to stimulate your hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

I am passionate about wanting to share with you information that can be affecting your life and that you probably didn’t know about. Now I hope that you will remember the next time you hear the words “solar flares” or “solar weather”, these sun bursts may possibly be affecting your daily life way beyond interfering with the grid and your electronics.


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Letting Go of the Clutter

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by Candace Liccione

With the popularity of Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series Tidying Up, I thought I would share my thoughts on letting go of clutter. Many of us have a tendency to clutter our lives with unnecessary clutter. We buy stuff we think we will need someday. For some reason of human nature, we feel that we will not be able to find it when or if we need it later.

I have quilting friends that hoard piles and piles of fabric. They have so much fabric that they get overwhelmed and just go out and buy new fabric rather than deal with going through their current collection. I have other friends that cannot let go of anything. Their lives are so full of stuff and they get overwhelmed and live amid rooms full of possessions they don’t need or will ever use. When do possessions become clutter? First, think of all the money you have spent on your clutter. Most people have spent a small fortune on their hoard. Let go of the idea of there not being enough or “I will never find this to buy again”.

In Feng Shui, your home holds the energy of what occurs there. Clutter blocks the energy flowing through your space and your life. Your space reflects your life. If your space is cluttered, then your life is probably just as cluttered. Do you really need all that stuff? Of course, the answer is no.

Are you at a time in your life where you are ready to let go of what does not serve you anymore? It’s time to simplify and clean up our lives and our homes. You don’t need to drag along with you anymore, all that baggage and possessions that tie you down.

It’s time to let go of the material things that don’t bring you joy and happiness. Give yourself permission to start cleaning, donating and letting go of all that stuff.

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Breaking Old Patterns

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by Candace Liccione

We are seeing a lot of bad behavior in our lives and in the world lately. Some days, it seems as if the world was populated only by toddlers. People around us are having meltdowns, anger issues and trouble dealing with their emotional issues.

Lots of people come through the door of my shop and since we are a creativity and wellness shop, people know it is okay to share their issues with us. Recently, a lady came in and somehow the talk came around to her having issues with her sisters and about them giving her unwanted advice that ended up in upset and fighting. As she described her issues with her sisters, I realized that all this trouble reached into the past from childhood. It was sibling rivalry that started long ago and was brought forward as a pattern that they have repeated for years. She wanted to know what to do.

I mentioned that I have had the same issue in my life. I finally realized if I just thanked the person for the advice, the conversation was over. I didn’t have to say yes or no to their advice, just thanked them for their input. She said “how do I do that?” and my advice was all you have to do when it happens next time is say “thank you for the advice.”

We need to let go of old patterns, family patterns, old beliefs, old reactions we have from our childhood and have carried into our adult lives. When you come in conflict with someone, just stop yourself from getting upset by taking a deep breath and don’t take it personally. Make yourself handle it in a different way so you can break the old pattern. It’s easy but you have to catch yourself and not go into old reactions.

Keep your words and thoughts positive, stop complaining, change your self-talk and just be aware that if things aren’t flowing in your life, that you are stuck in old behaviors and patterns and that you can simply change your thoughts and change your life.

Listen to Candace talk about this topic on Healing Life Wisdom Radio on-demand.

 
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