Activists and telecoms alike claim there are thousands and thousands of studies on health effects of EMF used in wireless communication devices and networks. Activists claim these thousands and thousands studies show harmful health effects. Telecoms claim these thousands and thousands studies show lack of harmful health effects. To support their claims, often, both sides refer to the EMF Portal, a specialized database in Germany.
The both sides are mistaken and are misleading. The false claim of thousands and thousands studies comes from here (copy/pasted off the EMF Portal homepage):
“…The internet information platform EMF-Portal of the RWTH Aachen University summarizes systematically scientific research data on the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF). All information is made available in both English and German. The core of the EMF-Portal is an extensive literature database with an inventory of 30,888 publications and 6,706 summaries of individual scientific studies on the effects of electromagnetic fields…”
The number of 30.888 publications concerns all types of studies on all EMF frequencies.
Anyone claiming that the 30.888 publications are on EMF and health, no matter claiming health hazard or no health hazard, is either ignorant or purposefully misleading (simply lying).
The EMF Portal has collected relatively well studies concerning 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G-frequencies related research studies, although there is possible to find some small number of additional studies by searching PubMed database. However, collection of the 5G frequencies related studies is very poor, simply lousy!
The EMF Portal clearly specifies that the number of studies examining the effects of EMF used in wireless communication devices and networks of 1G – 4G is relatively small (data as of March 31, 2020), totaling 1632 studies :
- Population studies 307 studies in total
- Brain cancer 116 studies
- Other 91 studies
- Hypersensitivity/well-being/subjective complaints 84 studies
- Other types of cancer 43 studies
- Leukemia/lymphoma 16 studies
- Experimental studies on mobile communications 1325 studies in total
- Health 532 studies
- DNA 411 studies
- Brain 404 studies
- Cells 176 studies
- Other 152 studies
- Cell functions 85 studies
The EMF Portal has very poorly collected studies on 5G frequencies. The number of studies examining the effects of 5G EMF used in wireless communication devices and networks (data as of March 31, 2020):
- Studies on 5th generation mobile communications (5G) 133 studies in total
- Technical/dosimetric 92 studies
- Miscellaneous 41 studies
My advice to anyone claiming the existence of thousands and thousands of studies on the health effects of EMF used in mobile communication devices and networks:
Read the studies before spreading false claims
Anyone, claiming that we know enough to assure that the ICNIRP safety guidelines, the old and the new ones, protect health of all users, no matter age, sex or health status, is misleading the users. ICNIRP safety guidelines, recommended world-wide by the WHO, are based on assumptions and not on the sufficiently rigorous scientific evidence.