Rally speakers present concerns over 5G technology

Rally speakers present concerns over 5G technology

By Meghan Balogh, The Kingston Whig-Standard

Published on: September 23, 2019

KINGSTON – Dozens gathered outside City Hall to rally against new wireless technology that members of the group Kingstonians for Safe Technology say could have negative health effects, and which they do not want to see established in their community.

The rally on Saturday morning featured short speeches by four experts who led a panel discussion inside City Hall after the demonstration, speaking about health and privacy risks of a 5G (fifth-generation) wireless network.

Dr. Riina Bray was one of three medical doctors to speak during the rally and at the expert panel that followed.

Bray is the medical director of the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital, and she was an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto for more than 10 years.

According to its website, the Environmental Health Clinic “was established to be the clinical part of a joint clinical and research program of Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto.”

Bray treats more than 1,000 people each year with environmental sensitivities at the Environmental Health Clinic, which, according to its website, offers treatment to people with chronic complex environmentally linked conditions such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and environmental sensitivities, including both multiple chemical sensitivity and electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Bray herself has experienced electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Her personal experience set her on the medical path that she began pursuing 25 years ago.

Bray has concerns about the rollout of 5G technology, which she says will place people in close proximity to an extremely powerful technology whose health effects have not been studied.

“If you look at a clinical trial, you have consent. People are informed. You have an ethics committee to see if this is acceptable or not. There’s a protocol that you follow before you expose patients in a clinical trial that you must follow ethically, bio-ethically, and that’s not happening,” she said.

As a medical doctor who works with people who demonstrate the symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity every day, Bray said that peer-reviewed scientific research demonstrates that “the link is there” when it comes to electromagnetic influences on biological function. She said three per cent of the population is severely affected, and that the number is growing.

If you look at toxicologists, and the hard-working scientists gathering the data and publishing this stuff, that aren’t biased, you’ll see that there is tonnes of toxicology that shows the impacts on cellular function, neurological function, electrolytes, etc. That’s why we’re freaking out,” she said. “People like myself, who have five university degrees … we’re really concerned. It’s not just us. There are hundreds of scientists and doctors around the world who are really concerned.”

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Rally speakers present concerns over 5G technology

Dr. Riina Bray spoke to concerned citizens during an anti-5G rally in front of City Hall in downtown Kingston on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Following the rally, she and four others answered questions during an expert panel session. Meghan Balogh/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network