Category: health

The Science Of Why 5G Is (Almost) Certainly Safe For Humans

“Finally, the benefits that 5G will bring to society in the coming decade are truly revolutionary. In addition to the accelerated speeds that regular consumers will see, laying the infrastructure for 5G will enable civilization-changing smart technologies and a virtually unlimited number of device connections. 5G will enable blossoming technologies that rely on connectivity to the internet to go widespread, from connected self-driving cars to smart plugs, lights, cameras, toothbrushes, thermostats, healthcare monitoring devices and more. The Internet of Things is coming, and 5G is the technology that will take it mainstream.

There are lots of real hazards out there in the world, but 5G — much like vaccines, fluoridated drinking water, and the vapor trails left by airplanes — aren’t among them. In the search for truth, society should rely on the full suite of scientific evidence, rather than fear or ideology, to guide us. When we do, all of us can reap the benefits of a safe, connected world.”

Remember how big of a leap it was when we transitioned from 3G to 4G technologies? The jump from text and SMS messaging to streaming online video represented a factor of ~500 improvement in bandwidth, and the jump to 5G should not only give us an additional factor of 100, but should enable billions of additional connected devices. The Internet of Things is coming, and 5G is the technology that will bring it to fruition.

But is it safe for humans? Although there’s a lot of fearmongering and conspiracy theorizing surrounding it, there’s an awful lot of science, too. Here’s why it indicates that 5G is almost certainly safe for humans.

This Is Why Every Parent Should Fully Vaccinate Their Children

“It’s one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make in your life: do I vaccinate my child, and do I do it according to the CDC’s recommended timetable? There’s a lot of information out there from groups that both encourage and discourage vaccination. While some of what’s out there is downright false, it truly is a complex issue.

On one hand, vaccines are truly a marvelous defense against a wide variety of infectious diseases. Afflictions that would sicken, injure, blind, paralyze, or even kill millions of children a year worldwide could be — and in some cases, have been — effectively eradicated in humans. On the other hand, no vaccine can be 100% safe or effective, and many parents have nightmare stories about what happened to their child almost immediately after having a vaccine administered. This is what every parent should know.”

There are a lot of voices out there talking about vaccine safety, disease, illness, and injury, and it seems like very few of them are listening to each other. On the one hand, vaccines are literally the greatest public health advance humanity has ever made, saving thousands to millions of lives annually by preventing otherwise lethal diseases. On the other hand, though, there are many stories of parents who vaccinated their children, only to see them experience a series of catastrophic symptoms afterwards.

We all need to express compassion and show empathy towards one another, otherwise understanding will be impossible. Once you know all the facts, I think you’ll agree: vaccination is unequivocally the way to go.

This Is How To Bring Dark Skies Back In An Increasingly Developed World

“A dark night sky is something we not only all deserve, it’s something that we could very easily have for a relatively small investment. The benefits, in addition to long-term cost savings, education, and the environmental positives, can be taken in all at once by everyone who both lives in, or simply passes through, your town.

And for those of you still asking, “what benefit is that?”

As soon as you encounter your first dark sky community, you’ll see for yourself that there’s no explanation required. To take it all in, just look up.”

When was the last time you saw the Milky Way? If you’re like 99% of the United States or Europe, it wasn’t from your own backyard. While you might assume that’s because we need to have well-lit areas where most of us live, that’s only partially correct. It’s because we choose to have brightly-lit areas to meet our safety and commercial nighttime needs, but there’s a fundamental difference between well-lit and brightly-lit. More than 20 independent communities have taken all the steps necessary to restore darkness to their areas, following the recommendations and getting certified by the IDA: the International Dark Sky Association.

Forget about asking, “why aren’t there more?” Instead, try being the change you want to see, and work to bring dark skies, as well as health and environmental benefits, back to your own community!

This Is How To Bring Dark Skies Back In An Increasingly Developed World

“A dark night sky is something we not only all deserve, it’s something that we could very easily have for a relatively small investment. The benefits, in addition to long-term cost savings, education, and the environmental positives, can be taken in all at once by everyone who both lives in, or simply passes through, your town.

And for those of you still asking, “what benefit is that?”

As soon as you encounter your first dark sky community, you’ll see for yourself that there’s no explanation required. To take it all in, just look up.”

When was the last time you saw the Milky Way? If you’re like 99% of the United States or Europe, it wasn’t from your own backyard. While you might assume that’s because we need to have well-lit areas where most of us live, that’s only partially correct. It’s because we choose to have brightly-lit areas to meet our safety and commercial nighttime needs, but there’s a fundamental difference between well-lit and brightly-lit. More than 20 independent communities have taken all the steps necessary to restore darkness to their areas, following the recommendations and getting certified by the IDA: the International Dark Sky Association.

Forget about asking, “why aren’t there more?” Instead, try being the change you want to see, and work to bring dark skies, as well as health and environmental benefits, back to your own community!

Humans Can’t Tell Legitimate Science From Junk Science

“Yet that doesn’t stop some people, who’ve convinced themselves that such a link is there, from promoting that claim with every small study that supports it, regardless of what the total evidence adds up to. Even if you’re a scientist, unless you yourself are an expert in the particular field (or sub-field) in question, it’s very likely that you’re not wholly aware of exactly what the full suite of evidence is. Unless you’re willing to put in an extraordinary amount of legwork — and to do it in a scientifically unbiased way — you’re going to wind up with only a partial picture of what we actually know, setting yourself up for the possibility of deceiving yourself, no matter how earnest you are. It’s with that pitfall in mind that the American Center for Science and Health published their Little Black Book of Junk Science.”

When it comes to health, safety, and how we interact with the world around us, pretty much everyone recognizes the importance of making our decisions based on sound science. Yet even when presented with the same evidence, many people will draw different conclusions. Why? Because once we’ve made up our minds that something is either good or bad for us, we cherry-pick the remaining data to support our previously-held positions. Humans are notoriously bad at distinguishing legitimate science from junk science. In a new mini-book from the American Council on Science and Health, author Alex Berezow runs us through hundreds of arenas, personalities, and health claims where junk science is prevalent. No matter where you are on the political or scientific spectrum, there are sure to be some entries in there that cause you to bristle, and that’s a good thing. If you can challenge your assumptions and preconceptions, you just might wind up doing the most important thing one can do in this world: learning something new.

I fell victim to some of those things myself, and am not ashamed to admit it. Take a look inside, and see if you can tell junk science from actual science today!