Top EMF professional calls for Vermont moratorium on untested 5G Wi-Fi technology

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TOO MUCH RADIATION: Iishana Artra, Ph.D., an EMF (electromagnetic fields) testing professional, is calling for a moratorium on the rollout of new 5G Wi-Fi technology in Vermont, which she says has been linked to dangerous health consequences in thousands of studies.

MONTPELIER — Dozens of activists and professionals crowded into Room 10 of the Statehouse on Thursday to call for a moratorium on the Vermont rollout of 5G internet technology.

The high-speed wireless technology is touted as the next big thing for online computing and communications, enabling users to stream ultra-high definition video and play multiplayer internet video games without a hitch.

It’s also never been tested by the FCC or any other government agency for safety.

The newly formed group EMS Vermont hosted the event to express concern over H.513, an act relating to broadband deployment in Vermont.

According to Annette Smith, executive director for Vermonters for a Clean Environment, the term broadband in this bill is undefined. She said it includes infrastructure upgrades to make 5G possible.

“It is defined in statute and means more than just fiber optic,” Smith said on Thursday. “If the purpose of this bill is to deploy fiber optic cable in Vermont, that is what it needs to say.”

The bill is currently in the Senate Finance Committee.

According to a report at, symptoms associated with 5G exposure include DNA manipulation, impact on heart rate, impact on immune systems, disruption of cell growth, effects on the skin, and more. EMF (electromagnetic field) waves are considered a Level 2B carcinogen by the World Health Organization, meaning “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

Iishana Artra, Ph.D., is a Vermont EMF testing professional who was the main speaker at the gathering.

“I am not anti-tech, I am pro-health and safety,” she said. “Evidence-based studies worldwide have clearly established the harmful effects of exposure to cell towers, cellphones and other pulsed radio frequency radiation devices.”

Artra said there are thousands of studies from around the world which support those with concerns regarding 5G health hazards. She added that more than 200 scientists are lobbying the World Health Organization to re-categorize EMF waves from the Level 2B class carcinogen to a class 1, the most serious classification.

She notes that the FCC admits that despite the hasty rollout into public life, including cell towers within our immediate neighborhoods, not a single study exists on the safety of 5G conducted by either the industry or any government regulatory body.

“Yet 5G is rolling out and exponentially increasing the public’s exposure to cell towers,” Artra said. “I’m here today to say on no uncertain terms that it has become necessary for Vermont legislators to stop relying on telecom lobbyists and the FCC. Legislators need accurate information to safeguard the health and safety of Vermonters.”

Smith has made a name for herself by informing Vermonters on the dangers of various energy projects, including industrial-scale wind turbines, solar farms and gas pipelines. She is warning about the advent of 5G technology.

“Many of you I’m sure have heard the line that this isn’t coming to rural areas, it’s only coming to urban areas,” she said. “I had a legislator tell me that just now in the cafeteria.”

She played a video from Tom Wheeler, former chair of the Federal Communications Commission during the Obama administration.

“We must reject the notion that 5G is only coming to urban areas,” Wheeler said. “It will touch all corners of the country.”

Donald Saaf was one of the four members of EMF Safety to speak. He shared a personal experience he had with the current 4G technology, which is exponentially weaker than 5G.

“Everybody could use their computers, watch movies, do their homework, and it was great,” he said. “About a year and a half ago I started noticing some strange symptoms and I found that it was very hard to sleep through the night — I was having a brain fog in the evenings, short term memory loss.”

He explained more symptoms and once he got rid of the smart meter and went back to the hardwired internet, all his symptoms went away. He said with 5G there will be no ability to avoid the radiation.

“It requires new small-cell technology, and they say ‘small cell,’ but it really is like taking a giant cell tower, splitting it up, and putting it in our community,” he said. “So you might have a cell outside your window, you might have a cell over your bus stop where you wait for an hour in the morning, you might have one in the park where people hang out all day.”

Marki Webber of East Dummerston was one of several members of the general public to speak. She’s a nurse at Springfield Hospital, and she too described a personal experience she had with sensitivity to the technology.

“When one has the experience of EMF sensitivity when other people around you don’t have that experience, they often are going to discredit you, and they are going to look at you as though you are someone with a tin foil hat,” she said. “My credibility as a science-based person, as an RN, is really important to me.”

In December, professor David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and Environment at SUNY Albany New York, told True North about his research and concerns regarding 5G.

“You roll the stuff out, it’s there, and it’s very difficult put the genie back in the bottle when you begin to have clear evidence of harm to the health of the people,” he said.

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North Reports. Send him news tips at and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

CLARIFICATION: This story was updated at 10:25 a.m. April 23 to clarify that the assertion that H.513 will accommodate a 5G rollout is attributable to Annette Smith, executive director for Vermonters for a Clean Environment. It is not in the explicit language of the bill.

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8 thoughts on “Top EMF professional calls for Vermont moratorium on untested 5G Wi-Fi technology

  1. Seems to me all legislation with a hint of any of this (can’t trust the wording with no definitive interpretation or STUDY!) NEEDS to be stopped in its tracks. First step, second step = BOOM so no first step please! Hats off to VCE – need more exposure though to wake up those asleep. Like someone said – you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Did you know you could refuse the smart meter? Yep…

  2. 5G has been coming for some time now. From what I have read it is not going to operate on one particular frequency, the receiving device and the transmitting device (i.e. the cell tower) will change frequencies depending on the particular data being sent. That being said, our bodies are continuously bombarded to electro-magnetic and radio frequency energy day and night. I would be far more concerned about the potential changes to the earth’s magnetic field as this is what protects us from cosmic radiation. The magnetic North pole is shifting are an alarming rate, and it is also being predicted that the earth’s magnetic field is actually in the process of reversing. If for some reason the earth’s magnetic field begins to weaken we’re going it have a lot bigger problem than the new cell tower down the street.

    Once the ubiquitous cell phone became a possession of almost every person in the world, the science fiction of the 20th century, where big brother knows your every move, is now reality. I dare say that at least 50% of the usage of wireless communication is for useless entertainment. Social media, what a waste of time. Alexia and Siri…..very, very bad. We try to find something the steam while we’re eating dinner, and we’ve finished eating before we can find something worth watching. Wifi and cell phones have opened Pandora’s box and the future is not good.

  3. This is a serious issue. Most people have no clue how advanced microwave technology is nowadays, and what is known about its health effects.
    Much of that knowledge is secret, either proprietary or military. Radars, communications, mind control–they are among known knowns about microwaves.
    5G is a phased-array system, akin to the PAVE PAWS radar on Cape Cod. A beam can be steered just by adjusting phase and power in an array of antennas, unlike traditional radars with movable dish reflectors.
    It is known that these frequencies penetrate the body deeply, and can be used to manipulate any and all of the electro-chemical functions in the body, affecting health and consciousness, even inducing the hearing of sounds and voices.
    It’s one of the ultimate weapons. I do NOT trust corporations and governments with this tech, and having 5G on every corner is a nightmare.
    It’s about the only issue I disagree with our President on. We need to get this information to him, and not worry about competing with the Chinese on having the most advanced 5G, and in fact rejecting this technology completely.
    Wires and fiber optics may be less convenient, but so what?
    As Jello Biafra sang, “Give me convenience or give me death”. Turns out, unless we stop it, we will have both!

  4. Yes, let’s push for one more bit of technology so all the brain dead minions that sit in their
    rooms and play games can and fry their minds a little more.

    And never mind the EMF being generated day-in and day-out and then you wonder why
    we have all these medical issues ……….. follow the money!!

    So does every nook & cranny in Vermont have High-Speed Service already??

  5. Literally every living creature is affected by our current wireless radiation/technology. It is, in fact, the elephant in the room. We talk about declines in insects, birds, the death of trees, etc. due to climate change but nobody ever mentions man-made radiation, despite the many studies showing a very serious impact. 5G will escalate this damage exponentially. Now is the time to get safer with technology, not just roll-out the next generation, regardless of the harm.

    • “Now is the time to get safer with technology,”

      Exactly Bev, not only safer but smarter about what your broadcasting over the web. Not just
      individually but by using the trinkets that “listen in on you” (alexa, etc) and “track” your where abouts There’s a huge infringement going on with your personal liberties which the government don’t
      seem to give a hoot about. I’m in the technology field and don’t even own a cellphone or go on twitter/facebook etc. You don’t have to be that drastic just know they are after your routine to Sell advertising bundled to your routine. Plus they will sell your travelings to who ever has the money.. be very wary…

  6. Use common sense and wait for proper studies.
    Don’t forget that there would be animals and birds that would also be subject to 5G.

  7. It’s hard to believe a government that makes pharmaceuticals jump
    through so many regulatory hoops *adding greatly to the cost of meds*
    Does nothing for EMF. It will be interesting to see if the
    lobbies win or health concerns win.

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