During my recent lecture (slides & video) at the Griffith University in in Brisbane, Australia, I quoted Donald Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of Defense. What Rumsfeld said, concerned military issues and the “complexity” of the quote was a material for the seemingly never ending jokes in USA.
One of the major topics presented in the today’s, Jan. 5th, 2018, issue of the SCIENCE journal is the microbiota and the microbiome and description how they affect human cancer and human cancer therapy.
“…A microbiota is an “ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms” found in and on all multicellular organisms studied to date from plants to animals. A microbiota includes bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and viruses. Microbiota have been found to be crucial for immunologic, hormonal and metabolic homeostasis of their host. The synonymous term microbiome describes either the collective genomes of the microorganisms that reside in an environmental niche or the microorganisms themselves…”
The fact that different parts of our bodies are homes for diverse populations of bacteria is illustrated in the graph showing, as an example, distribution of different types of bacteria in different areas of human skin (source: Wikipedia).
The physiological importance of the microbiota and the microbiome in human health is one of the “things we don’t know we don’t know” about the effects of RF-EMF (and ELF-EMF).
The database EMF-Portal, as of Jan. 5, 2018, lists only a very small number of 14 articles examining the effects of radiation emitted by mobile communications on bacteria. This seemingly, so far, “unimportant” area of research should be urgently explored in the context of the known importance of the microbiota and the microbiome in human health.
Furthermore, considering that the deployment of the 5G technology and the Internet of Things, emitting millimeter-waves penetrating only the skin, examining the impact of millimeter-waves and other mobile communication frequencies on the bacteria residing in different areas of human skin becomes an urgent research need.
No matter how much money was so far used for the research on the mobile communications-emitted radiation, there are still “things we don’t know we don’t know” and research should continue.