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Joel M. Moskowitz: “Radio Frequency Radiation Health Risks: Implications for 5G”

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This presentation summarizes research on the biologic and health effects from radio frequency radiation with a focus on cell phone and cell tower emissions. The implications of this research for the safety of fifth generation cellular technology, 5G, are discussed.

The talk was presented via Zoom by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Grand Rounds, University of California, San Francisco on September 24, 2020.

Dr. Moskowitz has directed the Center for Family and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley since 1993. He has published research on disease prevention programs and policies for almost 40 years. In 2009 he served as the senior author on a hallmark paper reviewing research on mobile phone use and tumor risk. Since then he has translated and disseminated research on the biologic and health effects of wireless radiation. His Electromagnetic Radiation Safety website,, has served as a resource for scientists, journalists, policy makers, and the public since 2013. The website has had more than 2.5 million page views.

He is an advisor to the International EMF Scientist Appeal,, signed by over 240 scientists who have published more than 2,000 papers and letters in professional journals on electromagnetic fields and biology or health. In 2017 he won a lawsuit against the California Department of Public Health for suppressing its own scientists’ cell phone safety guidance for eight years. This resulted in the largest state public health department publishing cell phone health warnings.

In the past year, Dr. Moskowitz published two articles in popular venues: “We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe” on the Scientific American website, and “Regulators Steamroll Health Concerns as the Global Economy Embraces 5G” in The Washington Spectator.

Grand Rounds presentation learning objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what is wireless or radio frequency (RF) radiation, including 5G, and its relationship to ionizing radiation.
  2. Summarize the bioeffects and health effects caused by, or associated with, RF radiation exposure.
  3. Explain why current national and international RF radiation exposure limits fail to protect the health of humans and other species.

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