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Verification of MOH statement on 5G technology

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From: Michael Fleck

Dear Ministry of Health,

In a recent Q&A on the MOH website, the following statement appears:

"5G is just another application of radio technology. There is nothing unique to 5G that would make it interact differently with the body than other radio frequency fields (radio signals). For this reason all the previous research on radio frequency (RF) fields and health also tells us about the effects and safe levels of 5G.”

Please identify the scientific evidence justifying this statement.

Literally thousands of independent scientific studies demonstrate that higher frequencies of radiation interact differently with the human body. The skin absorbs this energy differently, and our skin has a role in the regulation of the immune system.

Please review Dr Sue Pockett's peer-reviewed paper in the December 2019 NZ Journal of Medicine, to understand that, beyond the skin, there is cellular damage from RF radiation.

Rather than "flying blind" and "experimenting" on the people of New Zealand, the Precautionary Principle and Article 10 of the NZ Bill of Rights require that you exercise due diligence and undertake independent testing of this technology -- testing by scientists without conflicts of interest or affiliation with the telecommunications industry.

Yours faithfully,
Michael Fleck

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Kia ora Mr Fleck

Thank you for your request for official information, received on 21 April
2020 requesting:

"In a recent Q&A on the MOH website, the following statement appears:

"5G is just another application of radio technology. There is nothing
unique to 5G that would make it interact differently with the body than
other radio frequency fields (radio signals). For this reason all the
previous research on radio frequency (RF) fields and health also tells us
about the effects and safe levels of 5G.”

Please identify the scientific evidence justifying this statement.

Literally thousands of independent scientific studies demonstrate that
higher frequencies of radiation interact differently with the human body.
The skin absorbs this energy differently, and our skin has a role in the
regulation of the immune system.

Please review Dr Sue Pockett's peer-reviewed paper in the December 2019 NZ
Journal of Medicine, to understand that, beyond the skin, there is
cellular damage from RF radiation.

Rather than "flying blind" and "experimenting" on the people of New
Zealand, the Precautionary Principle and Article 10 of the NZ Bill of
Rights require that you exercise due diligence and undertake independent
testing of this technology -- testing by scientists without conflicts of
interest or affiliation with the telecommunications industry.

Please provide the names of the members of the Interagency Committee on
the Health Effects of Non-Ionising Fields, together with their
affiliations. It is essential that the public knows if any of these
individuals have conflicts of interest."

The Ministry of Health has decided to extend the period of time available
to respond to your request under section 15A of the Official Information
Act 1982 (the Act) as further consultation is required.

You can now expect a response to your request on, or before, 17 June 2020.

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to
review my decision to extend the time available to respond to your
request.

Nga mihi

OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

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