On October 4, 2018, Sharon Goldberg, MD testified before the Michigan House Energy Committee on 5G and Health. Here is the scientific documentation for her testimony.
Sharon Goldberg is an Integrative Internal Medicine Physician. Her background includes fifteen years as an academic Hospital Medicine physician and medical educator responsible for the training of medical students and resident physicians. She was Assistant Professor at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital; Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Integrative Medicine and has advanced training in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Memorial Institute in Lima, Peru. Her clinical and research interests include dietary, lifestyle and environmental modifications in the setting of complex chronic disease. Dr. Goldberg has clinical expertise treating environmental illness, including Microwave Syndrome (Electro-Sensitivity).
The following is an edited (for ease of reading) transcript of Dr Goldberg’s full testimony.
The Dangers of 5G Wireless Technology
Wireless radiation has biological effects. Period. This is no longer a subject for debate. When you look at Pub Med and the peer-reviewed literature and these effects are seen in all lifeforms, plants, animals, insects, microbes. In humans we have clear evidence of cancer. There is no question. We have evidence of DNA damage, cardiomyopathy, which is the precursor of congestive heart failure, neuropsychiatric effects. So 5G is not a conversation about whether or not these biological effects exist. They clearly do. 5G is a conversation about unsustainable healthcare expenditures.
EMF Radiation and Diabetes
Why do I say this? We’ve been sitting on the evidence for EMR and chronic disease for decades. And now we’re seeing all these epidemics appearing. So diabetes is the first epidemic. I think most of you know the statistics, they’re very scary. 1 in 3 American children will become diabetic in their lifetime and if they’re Hispanic females, the number is 1 in 2. So what does this have to do with wireless radiation? Wireless radiation and other electromagnetic fields, such as magnetic fields and dirty electricity, have been clearly associated with elevated blood sugar and diabetes. That is what the Peer-Reviewed Literature says. It is not opinion. The closer you live to a cell tower, the Higher your Blood Glucose. That is based on hemoglobin A1C measurements. So the idea with small cells of putting the cells closer to people’s homes and bedrooms scientifically is very dangerous. And from an economic perspective, it’s dangerous.
And you may not know this, I was shocked to find this out, but the way you create a model of diabetes in rats in the lab is by exposing them to 2.4 gHz. And this is not for long term exposure. I don’t have time to talk about the costs, but the huge problem with diabetes really is chronic kidney disease. End stage renal disease – the worst complication of diabetes – leads to hemodialysis. Hemodialysis is an automatic qualification for Medicare and if you don’t qualify for Medicare, we still have to dialyze the patient, and the state ends up paying in many different instances. So renal failure is 1% of Medicare, but it takes up 7% of all Medicare expenditures. I don’t have time to talk about this anymore, but once again the other epidemics that clearly link from the science with electromagnetic radiation are related to mental health.
Scientific, Peer-Reviews Research on the Dangers of EMF
And this is straight from PubMed (our national library of medicine, where you would go for peer-reviewed literature) and this isn’t my opinion, this is science. So we have three epidemics that clearly they’re essentially one epidemic. We have deterioration of mental health in the United States. And if you look really at the science, what does it show? And these epidemics are suicide epidemic, epidemics in violent crime, so shootings, and the opioid epidemic. This is in the peer-reviewed literature. These are facts. These are things that have just been glossed over by the wireless industry.
We need to examine our epidemics in the context of our EMF exposures. What does that mean? That means that the CDC should be tracking these epidemics. The CDC needs to start measuring how much radiation people are being exposed to before we roll out 5G. There are four kinds of electromagnetic fields that we know are harmful to human health. Radio frequency radiation, magnetic fields, dirty electricity, and electric fields. Our exposure, any given person, and all humans are affected by EMFs, are given exposure, has nothing to do with the research that my colleagues are going to site with the national toxicology program. That is an assessment of the risk of one cell phone in the near field. What is our exposure in a day? It’s not one cell phone, it’s cell phones, it’s multiple wireless networks. It’s smart meters, it’s cell towers, it’s this sandwich and it all adds up. And this is a serious problem for occupational health, public safety and personal safety. And I feel that it’s irresponsible to be even talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) and rolling out a new, untested technology, when we’re not even measuring what are our current exposures from the current networks.
I got interested in electromagnetic fields after my administrator at the University of Miami gave me a new iPhone. I used it for 20 minutes on speaker and my, my finger was burning at the end of the call. That was years ago. I started reading about the science and connecting with other scientists and really my expertise, I’ve taken care of a lot of patients with chronic disease. So when I talk about diabetes and for instance heart failure, that the national toxicology program shows clear evidence of cardiomyopathy in that study. In other words, that’s a precursor to congestive heart failure. This is from the United States renal data system, healthcare expenditures for persons with chronic kidney disease: “Over half of the 2015 medicare spending for beneficiary is age 65 and older was for those who had diagnoses of CKD, diabetes Mellitus or heart failure. All three of these conditions. When you look as an independent scientist (not someone who’s funded by wireless) all of those three conditions are linked.” So diabetes and heart failure are linked with EMF exposures there. It’s very clear.
American Cancer Society and Harmful EMFs
What are we to make of the American Cancer Society (ACS) telling us there’s no evidence of a harmful product? Well, at this point there’s a national and international 5G appeal that thousands of people have signed. The point is, many of these organizations have conflicts of interest. I don’t know who’s on their board who made these decisions. I’ve been reading this literature for years and really I got interested in it because I’ve spent my career taking care of so many patients who are sick in the hospital. And when I found out about the links, I was just shocked. I couldn’t believe it. So I’ve read these articles myself and the experts who don’t work for telecom and who are in their independent research, everyone comes to the same conclusion. We’re not in a place where we should be debating this anymore.
This is exactly what happened with tobacco. It’s the exact same thing. And really right now the only people protecting the only people who are able to protect Americans are our legislators, because we don’t have any relevant, regulatory guidelines to protect human health. The FCC guidelines were developed for short term exposures, 6 minutes, 30 minutes depending on a phone or outdoor exposure and they have absolutely no connection to the biological effects that have been very clearly summarized in the bio initiative. That’s a huge document generated all of the summaries are there. There are very concise summaries and abstracts documenting everything that I’m saying.
In academic medicine we have a name for what’s happening now with 5G. This is called an untested application of a technology that we know is harmful. We know it from the science. In academics, this is called human subjects research. Human subjects research is very tightly regulated. You can’t just roll out some type of a research project on human beings unless A) you have their informed consent, so they understand the risks and benefits, and B) you have the approval. Like someone is actually examining the literature inside and saying, “This research project, we believe that it’s safe. There’s no evidence in the science to indicate that it would not be safe.” We have decades of evidence to show that it is not safe.
The Importance of Evidence-Based Medicine
One of the things that I taught in medical school is evidence based medicine; teaching medical students and residents how to critically evaluate the literature, the science. And one of the first things that you teach residents is that you always have to look at the funding. You can read about it. Marsha Angle, the editor of the New England Journal just wrote a great op Ed in the New York Times about researchers who are funded by private industry. The results of their research are much more likely to support whatever it is that is being funded.
Some people are asking, “What is the amount of EMFs that an individual could be exposed to if these small cells are installed, and what is the prediction of how much EMFs the human body would experience?” The answer is that no one’s measuring, and that is the problem. Your exposure will depend on what you do in a given day. So if one cell phone causes cancer, clear evidence of cancer, DNA damage, heart damage, well what happens if you work at an airport? What happens if you work in a stadium where there are 100,000 people coming to watch a football game and everyone’s using their phone at the same time? The problem is that we have a very, very systematic, clear, empirical way to measure these exposures. And it’s a discipline called building biology.
There are certain situations relevant to public safety where we really do need to be measuring with firefighters, with airline pilots. Because when you activate microwave radiation inside an enclosed metal space, you get amplification, you have increased power density. So think about an airplane, everyone’s with their devices. Every device is emitting radiation and the access point is right next to the cockpit usually. So what does this do to pilots? What does this do to firefighters? We already have a submission to the FCC from Susan Foster about firefighters that were unable to function in the line of duty. This is from 2013, after exposure to a cell tower that was put up near their station and they also have two way communication devices that they wear. So we have to measure these exposures. That is the start. And not go ahead and roll out a whole bunch of Internet of Things with more like more devices that we’re not even measuring what we’re exposed to now.
Toxicology and Health Effects Of Electromagnetism
Paul Heroux is Professor of Toxicology, Electromagnetism and Health at McGill University. Dr. Heroux Directs the McGill Occupational Health Program. He is a toxicologist who holds a PhD in Physics and began his career working for industry studying health effects of electromagnetic fields and radiation. Professor Heroux currently teaches toxicology and is considered an expert in the field of electro biology, having authored several textbooks. He has extensive teaching and research experience with the biological effects of electromagnetic radiation.
“I want to tackle the subject of insurance. You know that neither Lloyd’s of London, nor Swiss Re will underwrite liability policies for electromagnetic radiation because they think the health risk is too great. In other words, they believe that when the lawyers get involved, and I know many of them, the companies who deliver this radiation to the public could be wiped-out… The environment has to be cleaned-up of electromagnetic radiation progressively, not augmented in radiation. Electromagnetic radiation has repeatedly been linked with cancer in animals…”
Listen to his whole testimony below.