When people are scared of something, there will always be a snake oil salesman on hand, and now there are products emerging to protect consumers from the dastardly 5G airwaves.
Despite there being mountains of evidence to the contrary, 5G conspiracy theories are continuing to influence behaviour today. According to Mobile UK, the association representing UK mobile operators, there have been 87 incidents of 4G/5G towers being vandalised, and more than 200 engineers who have been verbally or physically abused. This is the consequence.
And of course, when there is hysteria, confusion and fear, there will be the con artists who look to profit.
One company which has attracted attention this week is 5GBioShield. For a mere £283 you can purchase a USB stick with proprietary holographic nano-layer technology which will create a quantum biological shield around you and/or your home.
From the minds of Ilija Lakicevic and Jacques Bauer, two individuals who have not worked for reputable employers for years, the product supposedly works to balance the imbalanced electric oscillations arising from all electric fog induced by all devices. If that sounds remarkable, it might be a lot easier than some might have expected.
According to PenTestPartners, the product is nothing more than a standard 128GB USB memory stick with a sticker on it. Having broken down the product, there is literally nothing to distinguish it from a normal £5 memory stick, aside from a 1p sticker.
When asked by Telecoms.com, 5GBioShield did not respond to requests for additional information to support the claims such as research papers or a technology patent.
This is one company which has been attracting mainstream media attention, but anyone could do a quick Google and realise there are hundreds of companies out there looking to deceive the general public.
EMF Protection is one company which offers window protections, bed canopies and EMF radiation-protection paint. It is not entirely clear how the products actually work from consulting the website, and once again EMF Protection Founder Glynn Hughes responded but was less than forthcoming with an explanation. However, there is an explanation for the paint.
Through a combination of carbon fibre and graphite particles, the paint is 99.99% effective at not only blocking 5G, but also 2G, 3G, 4G and wifi. On top of all this protection, it is easy to apply, and is water based.
If you do have an interest in purchasing the paint, never forget, it must be earthed!
And there are hundreds of these con artists, relying on fancy words with no scientific substance out there.
EMF Home Harmony offers an EMF Protection Bracelet for £25 which looks exactly the same as every other rubber charity wrist band, but is powered by Orgone, a term coined by Wilhelm Reich for life force energy. DefenderShield provides shields and cases for devices to absorb and block EMF emissions.
A quick search on Amazon also brought up more than 2,000 results ranging from phone cases, diffusers to cleanse the air, immunity boosting pills and Electromagnetic Field Radiation Detector. There is no shortage of products to protect us from the dishonourable spectrum.
There are of course numerous reasons these products exist, and they still would without the conspiracy theories linking 5G spectrum to the creation and transmission of COVID-19, but this has heightened the issue.
But why do people believe in these products? One reason might simply be that the explanations are more accessible.
There is of course mountains of evidence to dispute the claims made by these companies, but it is often in the form of scientific papers or industry jargon, little of which is understood by the general public. The information being put forward by the con artists might be incorrect, but it is accessible; the general public can understand the language therefore it is embedded in the mind more successfully than the correct information.
Some in the industry are refusing to address these claims because of the absurdity. Yes, these conspiracy theories are ridiculous, but they are believed by at least a small proportion of society who are inflicting damage to infrastructure and engineers. The consequence is real, irrelevant as to whether the industry wants to address it or not.
So what should be done? The general public needs to be engaged, educated and taken on the same journey as those in the industry. And most importantly, the answers need to be explained in terms which are accessible.
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