The Fantasy Science of the 5GBioShield

In May 2020 the BBC technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, picked up on a blogpost from security company Pen Test Partners about a device that claimed to protect the user from “all harmful radiation, electro-smog and biohazard pollution”. The 5GBioShield is a recent addition to the surprisingly large market that feeds on the false perception and fear of a supposed harm caused by electromagnetic radiation, and particularly its latest development – 5G, a technology currently enjoying a moment in the limelight thanks to the nonsense conspiracy theory that it’s also the catalyst behind the coronavirus pandemic. The BBC weren’t alone in exposing the device, and the ridiculousness of the BioShield claims were widely mocked right across the internet.

The central core of outrage against the device is that it appears to be merely a cheap  128 MB USB memory stick, with no extra parts or customisation, save for a small circular sticker attached to the input end of the key, and it sells for over £350 (once VAT and shipping have been added). As Pen Test put it, “we cannot say this sticker does not have additional functionality unused anywhere else in the world, but we are confident you can make up your own mind on that … in our opinion, the 5GBioShield is nothing more than a £5 USB key with a sticker on it”.

5gbioshield_stickThe 5GBioShield – a USB key with a magic sticker – but what’s on the sticker?

But to those who take the little device seriously, the Pen Test report did nothing to assuage their belief in the product, it’s just another sign that the truth is being gagged by the elite, and the maverick geniuses behind the device are being targeted by the government-backed corporate might of the BBC. Pen Test Partners, they say, didn’t understand the technology they were looking at, they didn’t understand the science contained within that sticker – they missed the whole point.

The sticker is the secret ingredient and is described on the BioShield website as “proprietary holographic nano-foil catalyst technology”. Sometimes the word ‘quantum’ will be thrown in too, for good measure. And it’s a pretty amazing thing, if the claims are to be believed … it won’t block radiation, so your phone and WiFi will still work, instead it harmonises the frequencies and makes them safe; it works on both non-ionising and ionising waves; it’s always on – you can just carry it around with you and it will protect you, but if you do plug it into a USB port, the ‘plasma shield’ will be expanded (from personal bubble size to, say, house bubble size).

The great intellect behind the BioShield (I’ll refrain from abbreviating it to ‘BS’, as tempting as it is) is the genial-looking Dr. Ilija Lakicevic, a retired atomic and plasma researcher who, in his own words, “discovered the truth about the human being and true universal concepts and Laws of Creation (unknown and unpublished until recently by himself …)”. He further claims that we’ve got science entirely wrong, empirical testing cannot be trusted, and that protons and electrons do not exist. By wiping out all scientific progress so far, it gives him a clean slate to make up his own rules and then invent technologies that work only by these new rules – it’s a win-win for Dr. Lakicevic.

The basis of his theory is that the nucleus of atoms and cells are empty, a place of zero-point energy where resides God, the Creative Spirit, the Mind. Radiating out from this cosmic centre are ever spinning circles of light – it’s energy in perfect balance, and all is well. But if these light rings do not emanate from the true geometric centre, then the energy is out of balance – and we’re in for some bad vibes and poor health.

To demonstrate his theory, he attempts to offer some empirical evidence (forgetting, for the moment, his argument that such a thing can’t be trusted) in the form of a copper ring sunk into some saltwater, and an electric current run down through a number of rods. A few calculations and, hey presto, God has been proved in the laboratory.

He also shows us a photo of a “tungsten atom” with nothing at its centre, just like he said. He even enlarges the empty black centre, just to make sure we’ve got it – “there are NO protons and neutrons to see and count!”. There’s just one problem: it’s not actually a picture of the inside of a single atom, it’s a photomicrograph of a tungsten crystal taken in 1962 with a Field Ion Microscope that shows many individual ionised atoms gathered around the end of a cryogenically cooled, positively charged metal tip. Very careless for a former plasma scientist of such apparent renown to get that wrong. Either that or a wilful misrepresentation – it’s hard to tell.

tungsten_crystalleft: Lakicevic claims this is a tungsten atom with nothing at its centre, showing protons and neutrons don’t exist; right: it’s actually a photo showing the arrangement of atoms that make up a tungsten crystal (from ‘Frontiers of Physics’ 1968)

Like many maverick scientists and pedlars of alternative truths, Lakicevic takes his own brand of science so far, then makes a sudden leap to reach his world-changing conclusions, and – as is so often the case – the bridge used is the elastic concept of spirituality, or energies, or consciousness. With this particular brand of ‘New Science’ and its zero-point nucleus a literal God of the Gaps has been summoned.

The good doctor doesn’t reveal his secret as to how the nano-sticker works, but he does tell us how and why man-made electromagnetic (EM) waves are imbalanced and therefore dangerous to our well-being. It’s all perfectly logical … back in 1901, Nikola Tesla (a hero to Lakicevic, and with whom he claims to be in telepathic communication) started to develop his Wardenclyff Tower with the intention of communicating across the globe. Initially the project was funded by Wall Street financier J P Morgan, but when Tesla wanted to change the scope of his plans, Morgan pulled out and the Tower was eventually abandoned. “Since that time”, asserts Lakicevic, “all man-made radiation has been ‘blessed’ from within by the ‘anti-God’ intention of J P Morgan”. And that is why we now need the 5GBioShield to rebalance the waves, born of a traitorous act upon his idol.

No explanation is given as to why a provably incorrect theory about imbalanced atoms should also somehow apply to EM waves, photons, which then “change the frequency” of a living cell’s vibration. But to show that it “must” be true, we are given a parade of test results that, to Lakicevic at least, settles the matter.

The first test he shows offers a big clue, I think, to the secret behind the magic nano-sticker. It’s based on the water crystal experiments of Masaru Emoto – the fake doctor who suggested that positive words and thoughts bestowed upon water will result in beautifully structured ice crystals, and negative feelings will produce ugly and chaotic-looking shapes. His work was roundly criticised for being poorly presented, unevidenced pseudoscience.

Still, Lakicevic uses it, showing us three water samples – unaffected but polluted, irradiated with microwaves, and then irradiated with microwaves but with his sticker attached. The first two samples show misshapen lumps, the third, protected by the BioShield, attractive, symmetrical crystals. His conclusion – “… the final indisputable proof … the final product is not only preventing all possible hazardous effects of the microwave radiation of the radiating devices, but also is bringing already unbalanced living cells back into perfect balance.”

There are a number of problems with this test – besides the fact that the basic theory is junk science. To start, water crystals are not living cells. Secondly, no methodology is detailed, and delving deeper it’s elsewhere revealed that Lakicevic did not carry out these tests himself – he sent his water samples to Emoto’s European centre in Lichtenstein where the procedure was carried out and suitable ice crystals were identified and photographed on his behalf. Even if one accepts the water theory as legitimate, presumably no one knows what happened to the water samples in transit (subject to X-Ray machines and customs scanners for instance), so the results cannot be relied upon.

Furthermore, this is exactly the same test that Lakicevic did on a previous incarnation of the BioShield he developed called the ‘Quantum Smile 101’ back in 2006 (“repairs damaged cells and prevents further damages!”). And it was used again for a later incarnation, the Tesla Radiation Balancer, again using the same photographs and results. Therefore this is not a test of the “final product” – unless, of course, the BioShield, the QS101 and the Tesla Radiation Balancer are exactly the same product – which I suspect they are.

The QS101 and the Tesla Radiation Balancer were stickers on their own, with no USB stick included. Although he no longer sells them on his website, a search of the Internet Archive reveals you could get a strip of five Tesla stickers for €100, and in a video talk Lakicevic gave in 2014, he tells us the QS101 is just €5 – quite a bit cheaper than the BioShield, but still a lot for a small circle of adhesive paper.

TeslaRBAbout £1000 worth of Tesla Radiation Balancers

The next test will also be familiar to those with some knowledge of the world of so-called complimentary and alternative medicine (sometimes abbreviated to SCAM) – a ‘live blood’ analysis. This test, a darling of naturopaths, holistic doctors and alternative quacks everywhere, is notoriously dodgy and prone to the misunderstandings of the non-experts who wield it with the mistaken notion that they are doing ‘science’.

Again, Lakicevic give us three pictures – blood cells in their natural state, blood cells under attack from EMR, and then blood cells with their “balance restored” within the loving aura of the 5GBioShield. The first and third samples are, of course, lovely, with cells “harmoniously arranged”, “round” and “separate”. The middle one, apparently belonging to a patient “permanently exposed to microwave radiations of a cell phone for years” (that’s one long phone call) shows “strong agglutination of red cells – this can lead to a clot … which results in the manifestation of a possible cerebral stroke.” Again, we have no idea of the methodology used or what other factors might be at play. It’s well-known that when blood begins to dry on the slide the cells can indeed become agglutinated, stacking on top of each other into a ‘rouleaux’ formation, it’s not necessarily a sign of illness.

Lakicevic goes on to cite a paper ‘The Effect of a High Frequency Electromagnetic Field in the Microwave Range on Red Blood Cells’ by Nguyen et al., as if it explains the horrors that await you when exposed to a working cell phone. In fact the paper seems to show that blood, extracted from a young white rabbit and subjected to repeated doses of EMR at 18 GHz, will heat up and result in some temporary permeability to the cell membrane. What this has to do with a human, who has skin, hair and bone, all of which can block radiation at that frequency, I’m not sure.

The Doctor’s final batch of tests are wide-ranging and, well, mind-boggling. The target is ‘biological systems’, and it includes analysis and measurements of heart rate variability, the gerontological curve, cerebral activity, neuro-hormonal regulation, the ‘pyramid of energy’, myocardial tension, and nervous system balance, not to mention aura radiation, chakra activity, and meridian measurements – just to make sure everything is covered.

The results, laid out in colourful charts and graphs, show how the miraculous BioShield improves everything – ‘health’ is up by 59%, biological age is decreased by 18 years, cerebral activity is up by 53%, Vegetative Balance Index is down by over 300, your aura is boosted by two-thirds, your chakras almost max out, and your meridians just about go through the roof!

Surprisingly, all these tests are carried out by one single machine – the Russian-made ‘Dinamika HRV’, made by Global Health Solutions which is run by two ‘bioenergetic’ doctors. It consists of a small ECG unit with wrist clamps that connect to a computer via USB, plus the reading/analysis software, and costs $5000. Results are available “within 5 minutes”. Just how the wrist clamps are able to take readings from your brain, chromosomes, ‘energies’ and various unfounded spiritual attributes is not explained, and I think they’d prefer it if you didn’t ask, thank you very much.

Also not explained anywhere on the BioShield website is just exactly how all these highly questionable and unconvincing results are supposed to come about. What is the technology in that little sticker? To get some answers to that we have to pick up a few clues elsewhere.

One of Lakicevic’s UK-based partners seems to be Simon Parkes – if his name seems familiar it may be because he enjoyed a little dance in the spotlight a few years ago when he was a Whitby councillor and revealed that he had fathered an alien, then that his first sexual experience was at six years old, with an alien, and, to round it all off, he was also the offspring of a 9-foot tall green alien. Now he runs a group of like-minded believers (pro-Trump, anti-vaccine, pro-psychic protection, anti-demonic possession) called ‘Connecting Consciousness’. The Pen Test Partners’ piece on the BioShield made mention of the ‘George and the Dragon’ design engraved into the USB holder – what they didn’t know is that the idea for that came from Parkes, “ a really nice little joke”, he says, showing “the Reptilian being defeated by Humanity” – referring to one of the alien types he’s obsessed with (others include the ‘Mantids’ and the good old classic ‘Greys’).

Parkes_5GBSSimon Parkes selling the 5GBioShield to his followers

In an interview arranged by Parkes, Lakicevic answered the question of how the BioShield works. After a ramble on how you have to accept the ‘New Science’ before it makes any sense, he carried on, “information can be put in a quantum nano-layer by some special technology … I have created three nano-layers, and in these nano-layers I put information – somehow. Of course that is secret … and then it works permanently and balances radiation … and it is confirmed by measurements …” Not very revealing, you’ll agree, but an interesting little hint, I think, of the direction in which we should be looking.

If you search around a bit, you can find another company that sells Lakicevic’s nano-layer technology – Omnia, and their ‘ORB’, or Omnia Radiation Balancer – a rather familiar little sticker that you put on anything electrical to “harmonise the radiation and make it safe to use” – cost, £54 (£144 for a family pack). For them, the stickers contain ‘conscious energy technology’ combined with a “new unit of energy – the Deca”. Furthermore, if you accept their “new truths”, then all will become clear.

Omnia are far more eager to share Lakicevic’s secret than he is himself, though you have to wade through a lot of guff and hyperbole to reveal it. Rather amusingly, they reveal the three ‘nano’ layers of the ORB (and, one presumes, the Tesla Balancer and the BioShield) are, wait for it … “glue, paper and colour”. Advanced stuff! At least other sticker makers make an attempt at sounding scientific, claiming the layers are made of ‘paramagnetic minerals’ or something.

But the real secret is all in this new unit of energy – the Deca, which “has only been in our atmosphere since 2007” (thus surely confirming the previously mentioned Hado water test is completely irrelevant, as that was carried out in 2006). This Deca, whose existence is not actually demonstrated (but would surely result in a Nobel Prize if it were) can only do positive things: it is love, peace and harmony; it is “a thousand times smaller than an electron”, it “has awareness” and it “responds to conscious human intent”.

decaThe ‘Deca’ – a new unit of energy, available since 2007

When you align this with the fact that Lakicevic is evidently a big fan of the work of Masaru Emoto’s ‘Hado’ theories – positive thoughts bringing harmony to water crystals – and combine it with his statement that he puts “information” (aka “conscious human intent”) into his ‘nano-layers’, into the ‘mind’ of the atom, the empty zero-point – to counteract the “anti-God intent” that was originally placed there by bad old Mr J P Morgan, I think we have an answer. The 5GBioShield is basically a regular sticker that has had some positive thoughts directed at it (or maybe applied in ‘Hado water’ or some other similar process).

The ORB claims to be “the only EMF sticker that works!”, though I guess they’re not excluding the Tesla Radiation Balancer or the 5GBioShield, seeing as they’re the same thing. Emoto’s Hado World website also sells an EMF protector – the WaveRider ($1,938), created by ‘scientist-inventor’ Dr Igor Amirnov. It has a completely different theory behind it from the BioShield, but is apparently “simply the best that science can provide” and they warn that some other anti-EMR products “don’t work” and can “end up damaging the body in the long run”.

There are a surprising number of sticker-based EMF protectors out there, including the Q-Link (“reinforces the body’s resonance, returning it to a clearer and more balanced state”), the Aulterra Neutralizer (“neutralises the incoherant energy from man-made EMFs, rendering it harmless to human DNA”), the EarthCalm QuantumCell (“strengthens the resonance between a person’s nervous system and the Earth’s natural vibrations”), and the Quanthor Tesla Technology EMF Protection Sticker (a “negative ion generator … grounds your bioenergy field into the Earth’s electromagnetic field”).

Conspiracy theory enthusiast David Icke promotes the smartDOT (“retunes the electromagnetic frequencies at source … with magnetic frequency programming”) whose makers claim the Wigan Warriors rugby club use their product to “improve player performance levels and recovery time … increasing blood oxygenation, energy and concentration”. If you don’t believe them, just look at the research that shows the conclusions of their ‘Gas Discharge Visualisation’ and ‘Polycontrast Interference Photography’ tests – the results were “crystal clear”, with “blocked chakras” opened up and “harmonious green and pink frequencies” increased.

One of my favourites, however, is the Russian 5G Rezotone Shield, another USB device, this time with “military patented technology” that is “able to restore the geometrical nature [of] the atoms to reach efficiency”. The development team includes Dr Peter Gariaev (aka Garyaev Petr Petrovich), who’s into treating the genome as a “holographic bio-computer that generates endogenous solitonic electromagnetic waves” and who claims his ‘Linguistic Wave Genetics’ can cure cancer, regrow hair, and regenerate your rectum. Gariaev was, in fact, the 5GBioShield’s initial partner when they launched at the end of 2019, before changing to work with Lakicevic.

Another member of the team is Nikolay Sham (a perfect name), a former Deputy Commander of the KGB, who was able to test a “prototype of the USB Rezotone with outstanding results” when he investigated the 1986 Chernobyl disaster; and Julia Ra, a “scientist and naturopath” who has written about her past lives in Ancient Egypt, Atlantis and Mexico, and who also happens to be a reincarnation of the pilot Amelia Earhart. As well as saving you from electromagnetic radiation, the Rezotone, they claim, will protect you from the flu and coronavirus, and, even more remarkably, if you put it in your car, it will save you up to 30% fuel consumption, as well as preventing you from getting tired on a long drive.

The Rezotone is more blatant than most, but it highlights how all of the above products rely on bamboozling the lay-reader with word-salad pseudoscientific terms, creating their own laws of physics, and linking to papers they hope no one will read beyond the title and perhaps the abstract. Ever since the 1970s, when a particularly poor study on cases of leukaemia in close proximity to electric pylons was picked up and uncritically publicised by a journalist, kicking off a pandemic of fear of electromagnetic radiation (Paul Brodeur, whose books included ‘The Zapping of America’ and ‘Currents of Death’), the issue has been a favourite of alternative health zealots and conspiracy theorists everywhere.

They point to hundreds of individual studies to support their case – the majority of which are low-quality, biased, or nothing to do with the actual argument they’re making. Many more are non-sequitur theories based on bits of science grabbed from here and there, in the hope they’ll stand up under a cursory glance from a non-expert.

electromagnetic-spectrum_sm

In one widely-linked article, Paul Doyon – an English teacher who suffered an unexplained illness and decided it was down to EMR – cites “119 search results” showing an “EMF effect on cytokines” on PuBMed. Many of these articles are actually just looking into how low-level EMFs are used to increase the innate immune response in certain situations, for instance to help promote production of bone marrow stem cells, or to aid wound healing, or to help control inflammation in joint disease. He was probably hoping no one would actually look.

His article attempts to make the link between 5G and the coronavirus, though he never actually demonstrates any such link. The article was published back in early March, when he predicted that South Korea, with “the second highest number of 5G antennas” would see its COVID-19 deaths “skyrocket”. As it turned out, South Korea have been one of the relative success stories of the current pandemic, having 282 deaths and just over 12,000 confirmed cases (as of this writing, June 2020). Did they turn off their 5G network? No, they treated the virus as you would treat a scientifically understood transmittable virus, speedily implementing a well-managed testing and tracing program.

Doyon turns to Belgium, telling us they refused to even entertain 5G trials on their soil. According to this, they should be relatively free of coronavirus cases, right? Over 61,000 cases and close to 10,000 deaths so far suggest otherwise.

Governments, institutions and scientists have not been deaf to the claims that non-ionising radiation may be the cause of certain health concerns, contrary to all conceivable understanding of the science, and so, with that in mind, a precautionary principle has been applied and safety limits have been set. While a handful of individual studies on rats and small groups showing somewhat fuzzy health-related conclusions float around in the shallow end of the science pool, the big, quality studies, looking at tens of thousands and even millions of people show no link between ill health and the proliferation of electromagnetic radiation.

Human beings have been using cell phones in ever increasing numbers for over twenty years now, yet there has been no correlating rise in brain tumours, and no indisputable data showing cause and effect as there has been with, say, smoking or asbestos. Huge studies have been carried out on electrical workers in both Canada and the USA, which should surely be a hotbed of cancer and disease if EMFs really are detrimental to our health, yet they were no different from the rest of the population. There has also been very good research carried out on the concept of electrosensitivity, an ‘allergic reaction’, if you will, to EM waves. Sufferers could not identify, any better than chance, when an electrical device was on, off, or pretending to be on or off. The symptoms may be real, but the self-diagnosed cause was not.

5G has a frequency range thousands of times below that of visible light, it is non-ionising radiation, and it runs at lower power levels than 4G. These facts, and others, haven’t stopped a plethora of charlatans attempting to capitalise on the unfounded fear of scary ‘radiation’, whether for ego or profit. Besides the stickers you can purchase shields, netting, machines, pendants, stones, crystals, pyramids, hats, hoodies, bracelets, plugs, domes, paint, and even an umbrella (£109.99). The websites are illustrated with images of X-rays of skulls and brains, heated red next to radiating mobile phones, electricity pylons shooting out rays into children’s heads, and even the radiation symbol floating in ominous fluorescent green next to a pregnant woman.

5g_umbrellaThe 5G umbrella, provides “RF and low frequency electric shielding as well as rain and wind resistance”

Attempt to challenge the enormous swathe of misinformation and you’ll be dismissed with the usual knee-jerk, hand-waving arguments that suggest all scientists are involved in a cover-up, the studies are all funded by the telecommunications industry, or it’s all part of the Big-Pharma plot to hide the truth and make you sick. In their eyes, being an actual expert in electromagnetic radiation, or spending 10 years training and researching as an epidemiologist, makes you the least-qualified person to have an opinion on the subject. They’d much rather hear from English teachers, local councillors, and motorbike helmet designers.

In the wake of the BBC article, Lakicevic released a statement, complaining that the BBC only looked at the USB key, and not his special sticker, where the real magic resides. As they had no “specific knowledge in quantum physics” then of course they wouldn’t understand it, and, what’s more, he was taking legal steps to restore his reputation and to claim compensation for damage caused.

Two weeks later the hastily put-together results of a “double-blind pilot efficacy test” were published on Simon Parkes’ Collecting Consciousness website, “proving again the efficacy of the BioShield device”.  A read of the paper shows it’s more live blood analysis and more Dynamika heart-rate readings. This time they were carried out ‘independently’ by Dr Nathalie Calame of the Swiss Centre de Prevention et Sante, a homeopath and herbologist whose website includes a list of available therapies that read like an A-Z of pseudoscience, including acupuncture, chromotherapy, chelation, quantum therapies, regressive hypnosis, moxibustion, and the wonderfully vague ‘energy practices’, not to mention live blood analysis. As for ‘independent’, if you click on the ‘Switzerland’ link to purchase from the BioShield website, it takes you to a product page that connects to the Centre de Prevention et Sante, which strongly suggests they’re selling it.

It will do little to convince those outside of Lakicevic’s fantasy world of ‘decas’ and ‘spinning light atoms’, including Stephen Knight, director of London Trading Standards, who said, “we consider it to be a scam. People need protection from this kind of unscrupulous trading”. The BioShield is included in their warnings against ‘coronavirus crooks’, alongside those overcharging for hand-sanitizers, bank and social media fraudsters, and other sellers of ‘miracle prevention products’.

But as of this writing, the 5GBioShield is still available, as are hundreds of other ‘EMR protection’ devices, all at inflated prices and many successfully preying on the manufactured fears of 5G and real fears of coronavirus. At best, they make a few bank balances a little emptier, at worst they divert the funds and efforts of genuinely ill people away from real treatments that actually save lives. It’s a roaring trade as conspiracy theories become mainstream, and science and experts are consistently undermined by populist personalities who market themselves through viral internet memes and the YouTube algorithm bubble, none of which would be possible, of course, without WiFi beaming through their houses and out across the globe. If only Tesla could see it now.

Update: In May 2021 Anna Grochowalska’s BioShield Distribution Ltd. updated their website to announce they were no longer working with Dr. Ilija Lakicevic or Jacques Bauer, “for various reasons”, and instead would be partnering with Dr Peter C. Dartsch and, I presume, his Qi-Shield, to provide a “broader range of products”.

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