Important health paper Fwd: Johansson O, Redmayne M, “Exacerbation of demyelinating syndrome after exposure to wireless modem with public hotspot”, Electromagn Biol Med 2016, 29:1-5

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Because of the severity of the reaction, she asked her neighbor if he would be willing to turn off his modem at night so that she could sleep without seizures preventing this. He was very concerned and turned off the modem completely and replaced it with a router that was compatible with the service in question but that did not have the hotspot feature. After that, the seizures stopped immediately, and the other symptoms faded gradually, after which she was fine. Nine weeks later, on 7 November, the symptoms started again. It took some weeks to locate the source. Finally, she found out that another of these modems had been installed, this time across the hall from her unit. On 10 December, the owner disabled the hotspot component. JS found she was able to sleep in her bedroom for the first time in weeks with none of the symptoms. From before the episodes occurred, JS has kept her mobile phone WiFi disabled while at home. The day after she began having symptoms in August, she had temporarily enabled the WiFi feature while out shopping and when she came home that day, a pop-up appeared informing her she was in a free Xfinity WiFi zone. She checked the connections and saw the new router name and signal strength on the list. Since a new tenant had just moved in below her, she asked him if he had had a new modem installed, which he confirmed. Because her own wireless modem had not been a problem, she did a search online and found out about the new marketing plan that Comcast was implementing using customers’ personal modems to provide 1 h of free hotspot use along with advertisements encouraging users to sign up for their own account. There are still strong signals in her unit from four modems, but none of them are hotspots, and do not cause her problems. There are also signals of the sort with hotspots from the far end of the building that have not caused JS any problems at the time of writing. Their pop-ups do not appear on her phone unless she walks along the corridor toward them. There have been suggestions that the functional impairment electrohypersensitivity is psychosomatic (Landgrebe et al., 2008). This may be the case in some instances; however JS has never been diagnosed with or treated for depression, anxiety or related disorders, and the symptoms appeared well before she identified a source that, repeatedly, appeared correlated. Clinical On 8 September 2014, JS revealed changes in her memory B cells (IgD+/CD27+ low; IgD-/CD27+ low; IgD +/CD27– high), and in 19 November 2014, she was tested high for IL-4 (in a TH1/TH2 Panel Test). IL-4 is an inflammatory cytokine consistent with upregulated mast cell response. From such single tests it is, of course, very difficult to draw any conclusions; the blood test may merely be showing random alterations due to having had the West Nile virus poliomyelitis. But, it could also be due to the influence of electromagnetic field exposures (cf. Johansson (Johansson, 2009), including them affecting the mast cells. Reported fluctuations in response JS noticed differences in symptoms according to the time of day/night and the distance from the router with the public hotspot, and whether or not the hotspot component was activated or disabled. Distance from, and activation of, the router was generally only ascertained after experiencing symptoms. This was done using a mobile phone application that graphs wireless connections when JS experienced symptoms. When there was an activated hotspot in an adjacent unit, JS noticed symptoms. This occurred prior to knowing one was there and recurred when a new one was installed nearby without her knowledge. On getting out of bed in the morning, she often experienced temporary vertigo, tinnitus and allergy symptoms like those of severe hayfever. Other common symptoms were headache, difficulty concentrating, poor fine motor control, impaired short-term memory and pain in the facial bones, especially the malar bone (cheeks) and mandible (jaw) including the roots of the teeth. There were no sinus infections or colds during the weeks the hotspots were active. If she left the house for a while, mental symptoms diminished. Other daytime symptoms included numbness, tingling and difficulty breathing and swallowing and were also more pronounced after exertion. Other physical symptoms of ringing in ears and dizziness also diminished when leaving the house temporarily, but the November/ December exposure was considerably longer and the numbness and other typical demyelination symptoms persisted for a while when out of the house. In the evening, her appetite was much increased and she craved sweet food, which was not usual for her. She became sleepy at the usual time, settling down between 10.30 pm and 11 pm and could fall asleep, all as normal. However, within 1–2 h, she routinely woke suddenly having had very vivid, disturbing dreams and with a pounding heartbeat. This was usually followed by a seizure, sometimes focal, where one part of her body (primarily right arm) would be shaking. Other times, her whole body was shaking. After a seizure, she slept 2 O. JOHANSSON & M. REDMAYNE Downloaded by [University of Colorado Colorado Springs] at 14:04 02 August 2016 fitfully, unless she moved to sleep on the couch in another room. There, JS found she could fall asleep quite quickly and sleep through the rest of the night. This type of seizure was documented as occurring twice during auditory evoked potential tests about 10 years ago. JS was told that she was having a seizure, but that it was related to the gray matter, not white matter part of the brain and therefore was not well defined on the electroencephalogram. Those seizures ceased within 2 years after contracting West Nile virus. This may indicate that the seizures were not epileptic, but due to myelin loss (Yarnykh et al., 2015). After the recurrence of symptoms recently, JS discovered which neighbor had a WiFi system with public hotspot. The unit was diagonally across the hall which made the area with the modem just 20–30 feet from her bedroom, but about 50–60 feet from her living room (plus an additional wall), both of which would weaken the signal somewhat. There was some sign of adaptation for some symptoms. The first time symptoms appeared in August 2014 the hotspot was only on for about 3 days. JS had very acute symptoms, and as soon as it was disabled they went away. The most recent exposure was over 4 weeks. During that time, she had the same acute symptoms and elevated morning fasting blood sugar levels (up 25% from usual to 100 mg/dL), but the neurological symptoms did seem to reduce with time. During the 4-week exposure, there was a fight or flight reaction for the first 2–3 weeks, which then turned into fatigue and apathy with little accomplished during the day. The day after the hotspot was disabled JS could focus on an activity for 4 h and felt much calmer. Her morning fasting blood sugar was back to normal 2 weeks later. JS notices no effects from the private WiFi component once the hotspot component is disabled. Relevant wireless protocols and operating frequencies The symptoms outlined above have reportedly been experienced in relation to the public hotspot component of Comcast’s Xfinity Gateway WiFi service, which is supported by Technicolor. Depending upon the model, it can operate on either IEEE 802.11a/b/g protocols (Comcast, 2012) simultaneously, or IEEE 802.11b/g/n protocols. These protocols specify characteristics of the beacon signal which is transmitted typically over 1 ms of each 100 ms leading to a 10.24 Hz pulse with 1% of the time taken by the beacon; other pulse durations are sometimes used. The beacon signal continues as long as the router is turned on. When in use, the resulting duty signal increases the percentage of time the router is transmitting. All transmissions are at full power. The beacon signal contains all necessary information about the network to enable those within range to use the service. 802.11b and g are 2.4 GHz protocols, while 802.11a operates in a 5 GHz bandwidth. The most recent protocol, 802.11n, operates at either 2.4 GHz or in the 5 GHz bandwidth and has a greater range than the other three. Meter testing indicated the public hotspots near JS’s apartment were functioning on 2.4 GHz. Reportedly, the Gateway contains two antennas, one of which is secured for the use of the paying customer and the other is available as a public hotspot (Hayes, 2014). The hotspot antenna almost certainly has a considerably higher transmit power as this would be needed to increase the effective transmit range for users in the area. WiFi signal range depends on several protocol factors including transmit power and transfer rate. Intensity falls away quickly with distance. Walls and vegetation reflect and absorb some of the signal, but do not block it. The 802.11b and 802.11g protocols fitted with standard antennae have a range of approximately 250 feet (76 m) (National Instruments, 2013), while that of 803.11n can be double of that (Belanger, 2007). Measurements of the electric field and the power density were taken in the hallway, but are not presented as we were unable to determine the distance to the routers. JS declined a request to ask the residents as they are elderly and she did not want to worry them. Signal strength (dBm) does not correlate well with her experienced symptoms. For instance, an Xfinity hotspot signal strength as low as −58 dBm,1 equal to 0.002 μW, triggers the reported responses in JS, while other signal sources such as a mobile phone by the head and other WiFi signals prompt no symptoms, even with much higher exposures. Discussion A recent paper (Redmayne and Johansson, 2014) has pointed to a possible association between electrohypersensitivity, myelin integrity and exposure to low-intensity RFEMF typical in the modern world. Overall, evidence from in vivo and in vitro and epidemiological studies suggests an association between RF-EMF exposure and either myelin deterioration which weakens neuronal transmission resulting in loss of muscle function, or a direct impact on neuronal conduction, which may result in the neuron hyperactivity, paresthesias and severe pain which are sometimes characteristic of electrohypersensitivity. Since the West Nile virus attacks both the nerve cells and the glial ones, one explanation to the above observed case effects is that the initial virus attack and the wireless modem’s RF-EMF affect the nervous ELECTROMAGNETIC BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE 3 Downloaded by [University of Colorado Colorado Springs] at 14:04 02 August 2016 system through the very same, or similar, avenues, and maybe both via the oligodendrocytes. The trigger of effect in this case is hard to identify as full details of the transmit protocol are not available and the provider has not responded to queries on hotspot specifications. JS does not have EHS responses to signals other than this hotspot one, even though this RF-EMF exposure intensity from several meters away will be considerably lower than that from using her own mobile phone or computer. Although it appears the strength of the exposure is one determining factor, characteristics of the signal that differ from those from her own regularly used equipment are likely to be involved. This could be the beacon interval, if this is different than those generally encountered (e.g. if the hotspot had an interval of 200 ms it would result in a 5 Hz pulse). However, an audio recording of the beacon signal indicates this does not appear to be the case. A second factor that may be a trigger is the pulse width of the beacon signal (on time). If this is longer than the standard 1 ms, the body may “notice” and respond to the extended duration of each 10.24 Hz pulse more readily. As an illustration, it is easier to see a line of dashes that take up 3% of the line than a row of dots that take up 1% of the line. Another possible explanation is an additional pattern or stroboscopic effect, or double intensity set up by the simultaneous transmission of the private and public hotspots. A high transmit power from the hotspot would have little effect on the average power of the beacon signal since it only occupies a small proportion of the transmission. But the beacon along with another component, such as a 10.24 Hz frequency, could conceivably stimulate or trigger certain biophysiological responses, such as seizures in some people. This explanation fits the scenario as transmit power decreases rapidly with distance and JS finds the symptoms only appear within a certain radius of the hotspot. If the pulse of the beacon signal component is the trigger, we put forward a hypothesis that the responses may be similar to those experienced by some people in response to strobe lighting, to which responses are highly individual and occur in 1 in approximately 4000 people (Harding, 1994). In this case, a distance of at least 30 m from an enabled Xfinity hotspot is the only reliable identified variable needed for no symptoms to appear. This case raises some concern for those in the population with currently well-managed demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Technologies based on various artificial electromagnetic fields, such as microwaves, are increasing incrementally and public health infrastructure that could ameliorate harm remains inadequate. It will be a fundamental task to investigate the scientific background to our case observations, but they strongly indicate that emissions from these new wireless modems could cause physical harm for those susceptible to that type of radiation. Acknowledgments We are very grateful to JS for her willingness to speak frankly about her experiences. Our acknowledgment and thanks to her primary care doctor, Randolph James, MD, for his kind assistance in checking and verifying that the medical details of this case study have been reported accurately. We much appreciate and have incorporated some of the helpful referee comments regarding the hotspot beacon signal. Mr Brian Stein, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK, the Irish Campaign Against Microwave Pollution, and the Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA; Cumann Comhshaoil Dhoctúirí na hÉireann) are gratefully acknowledged for their general support. Funding Mary Redmayne is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence on Health Effects of Electromagnetic Energy. Olle Johansson is supported by the Karolinska Institute and a grant from Mr. Einar Rasmussen, Kristiansand S., Norway. Declaration of interest The study had no other involvement from these or other companies. The authors have had no writing/editorial assistance in preparing the paper, although confirmation was sought from JS and her doctor regarding the accuracy of the details of the reporting and minor amendments made accordingly. Mary Redmayne is a member of the Stds. Australia technical committee TE-007. Note 1. Cornet ED 78S meter, margin of error +/−3.5 dBm. References Belanger, P. (2007). 802.11n delivers better range. Available from: 3680781 (accessed 25 Feb 2015). 4 O. JOHANSSON & M. REDMAYNE Downloaded by [University of Colorado Colorado Springs] at 14:04 02 August 2016 Comcast. (2012). Xfinity® Wireless Gateway User Guide: D1UG 04/17/12. Retrieved 1 May 2015 from http://www. Harding, G. (1994). Photosensitivity: A vestigial echo? The first Grey Walter lecture. Int. J. Psychophysiol. 16:273–279. Hayes, T. (2014). Comcast was sued for quietly turning customers’ home WiFI into “public” hotspots. Available from: (accessed 12 Mar 2015). Johansson, O. (2009). Disturbance of the immune system by electromagnetic fields: A potentially underlying cause for cellular damage and tissue repair reduction which could lead to disease and impairment. Pathophysiology 16:157–177. Landgrebe, M., Frick, U., Hauser, S., et al. (2008). Cognitive and neurobiological alterations in electromagnetic hypersensitive patients: Results of a case-control study. Psychol Med. 11. doi:10.1017/S0033291708003097 National Instruments. (2013). WLAN – 802.11 1, b, g and n. Wireless Standards White Paper series.

Available from: (accessed 12 May 2015). Redmayne, M., Johansson, O. (2014). Could myelin damage from radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure help explain the functional impairment electrohypersenstivity? A review of the evidence. J. Toxicol. Environ. Health, Part B 17:247–258. doi:10.1080/10937404.2014.923356 Yarnykh, V. L., Bowen, J. D., Samsonov, A., et al. (2015).Fast whole-brain three-dimensional macromolecular proton fraction mapping in multiple sclerosis. Radiology 274

Smart Meter Updates, Fires and Health and more….

Smart Meter Updates, Fires and Health

1.  Smart Meter Fires

On July 29, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Texas electrician whistleblower Bobby Reed should be reinstated with back pay after his unlawful firing for reporting smart meter fire risks:

“We … find that Reed’s senate testimony concerning smart meters and meter bases heating up and burning more frequently related to (and was spurred by) an ongoing and legitimate concern of the Union about the safety of represented bargaining unit employees working with the meters, particularly given the hazard of electrical arcs.” 

“In line with their testimony, Longeway [*], [Oncor’s] expert witness, was aware that Itron had produced models in which the blades were too thin and did not seat with sufficient pressure in the jaws of the meter base.”

More Smart Meter Fire Info:

Note: Opponents raising fire safety issues were ignored when National Grid installed Itron smart meters in Worcester.

National Grid has selected itron for its proposed MA smart meter roll-out:

Legitimate concerns about safety risks associated with wireless utility infrastructure have been repeatedly ignored.

2. Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity 

Dr. William Rea of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine article:
History of Chemical Sensitivity and Diagnosis
describes a science-based protocol for evaluating patients for electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

“These different tests can be performed under less polluted, environmentally controlled conditions to diagnose chemical and electrical sensitivity precisely. They take the guess work out of the diagnosis as they have now been performed in 30,000 patients seen at the EHC-D in the last 35 years. The pitfalls of ignoring the principles and facts developed,…can lead to errors in diagnosis and treatment.”

EHS has been mischaracterized as a psychological issue, resulting in profound suffering and violations of basic human rights.

Please consider asking the City of Worcester to retract its controversial and dismissive smart meter health report,
( scroll to health report)
and to take action to address growing health damage by contacting these individuals:

Sample text:  The proposed roll out of wireless smart meters will impact every MA resident. While the City may not have been aware of the risks associated with smart meters at the onset, now that the pilot has been conducted in Worcester with residents reporting harm, the City should revisit the issue of health impacts and play a part in calling for the application of the precautionary principle. Please address the issue of adverse health impacts associated with wireless utility infrastructure.

3. Letter to the Editor by Patricia Burke on ADA and EHS

Be on the right side of history,
with gratitude to Worcester Telegram and Gazette and Metrowest Daily News

MA Smart Meter Mess

1. MA DPU Grid Modernization Hearings – Smart Meters
MA DPU 15-120 National Grid,
MA DPU 15-121 Fitchburg Gas and Electric,
MA DPU 15-122 Eversource,
now tentatively slated through October.

The MA Attorney General has intervened, and petitioned to hire expert consultation, stating:
The areas of consultant inquiry may include, but are not necessarily limited to [ ]… the bill impacts associated with and affordability of the GMP, and; whether the GMP adequately addresses cybersecurity, customer privacy and customer data access. 
Note no mention of health.

We continue to seek advocacy for protection from health damages associated with wireless utility meters and infrastructure, and filed several complaints protesting the MA DPU’s reliance on career tobacco scientist Peter Valberg as its expert on health impacts.  

2. Worcester NGrid Smart Meter Pilot Fanciful Results Reporting 
The interim report for the Worcester Pilot includes inaccurate portrayal of the program results, including the incredulous claim of a 98% retention rate.

Click here for Clare’s overview with links: 

3.  National Grid’s “Energy Influencer Stakeholders”

National Grid submitted a (fascinating) list of individuals who are reported to be playing a key role for the utility in regard to grid modernization. The list includes Worcester’s City Manager Ed Augustus and John O’Dell, several business leaders in Worcester, mayors of MA cities, and others.

We inquired with the City of Worcester to determine exactly what role the City Manager has assumed for National Grid in part because other Energy Influencer Stakeholders reported they were unaware that they were on the list or what the role entailed.

If you wish, please take a look at the list and make a few inquiries with your contacts, including MA Audubon, Sen. Ben Downing, and the Mayors of Marlborough, Brockton, Attleboro, Fall River, Gardner, Lawrence, and let us know what you learn about their role as an Energy Influencer Stakeholder. Contact starting on page 115

4. Senator Edward Markey 

took $155,150 in campaign contributions from the wireless industry and $320,500 from the cable industry, and has not taken action to help protect vulnerable MA residents from encroachment by wireless infrastructure. Please continue to inform him and others promoting smart meters as energy efficiency that they are on the wrong side of history.

5. Signs of Hope – Bipartisan

Join us for a screening of two short documentaries and discussion! Hosted by the Center for Safer Wireless.

Join us for a screening of two short documentaries and discussion! Hosted by the Center for Safer Wireless.

Wi-Fried – ABC Catalyst 2016 Investigative TV about Cell Phone & Wireless Radiation In the episode they explore & investigate the latest research about the harmful effects of wireless radiation from cell phones, devices, routers and more!

Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 3:00pm – 4:30pm At Virginia Hospital Center, 1701 N George Mason Drive, Arlington 22205

Held in the Auditorium of the John T Hazel Conference Center.

Outside entrance is available from outside parking lot.

$10 suggested donation at the door E-mail:


W.E.E.P. EMF News-August 18, 2016

W.E.E.P.  EMF News

The Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution

18 August 2016

Cell Towers and Cellphones. Microwave Radiation, Electromagnetic Pollution, Impacts on Human Health

“Electromagnetic pollution may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced this century, all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible.” — Andrew Weil, MD, bestselling author

“Is Your Cell Phone Putting You at Risk?”

Scientists now know that many of the effects from cell phones are non-thermal. In other words, they occur at levels too low to cause significant heating to tissues.

Smartphones are causing a ‘visual health crisis’ in China

A major Chinese health research center recently published a white paper on the country’s visual health.

According to a recent Nomura research report, the main two takeaways from the paper, from Peking University’s China Center for Health Development, were that the prevalence of visual problems in China is far above the global average and that the problem is quickly getting worse. 



More than a third of UK internet users have tried ‘digital detox’

The scale of the UK’s obsession with the internet has been laid bare by a new study showing that the ever increasing amount of time we spend online is leading to lost sleep, neglected housework and less time spent with friends and family.
The survey found that more than a third of people had taken a digital detox at some point in the last year – suggesting about 15 million people in the UK have tried going offline – and 11% had done so in the last week.
Hearing Eeyesight Body-Functions Memory all Fading, Am I Disappearing?
She researched the nose bleeds, the crushing headaches, nausea and dizziness and found ES-UK, a charity established to help people with electrical sensitivity (ES).

Spain: High Court of Madrid Ruling Recognizes “Electrosensitivity” as Grounds for Total Permanent Disability

A recent ruling by the High Court of Madrid, No. 588/2016 dated 6 July 2016 (rapporteur Mr. Miguel Moreiras Cabellero) has recognized for the first time a situation of total permanent disability for the exercise of the profession of a telecommunications engineer suffering from a rare syndrome, “electrosensitivity syndrome (EHS)”, which prevents him from working in environments with electromagnetic fields. It does not recognize, however, an absolute permanent disability.
High Court of Madrid recognizes Telecommunications Engineer’s  EHS Disability

Another article from El Pais the national Newspaper.
Montgomery County Public Schools – False Statements

The “Opt-Out” contract IS A SCAM!

Published on Aug 8, 2016

The “Opt-Out” contract IS A SCAM! This video presents detailed info how to more effectively refuse and challenge harmful and illegal programs which attempt to force you to accept dangerous policies such as vaccinations and spying/transmitting utility meters. This video goes into detail to present your legal options and explain the powerful free documents at which are designed to put the authority back in your hands.


W.E.E.P.  EMF News

The Canadian initiative to stop Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution

28 July 2016

Moms Who Care Campaign

The main target audience is Moms in Canada and the action is to have concerned Moms (and any other Canadian, including children) send an email to their local MP and to Minister of Health Jane Philpott.

The Moms Who Care campaign is focusing on three main items by asking Minister Philpott to:

  1. Provide a comprehensive response to the 2015 HESA REPORT
  2. Implement all the 2015 HESA recommendations from the report “RADIOFREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION AND THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS”
  3. Call for an updated review of Safety Code 6, Health Canada’s guidelines regarding wireless radiation exposure, based on the significant evidence-based science that has been made public in the last 12 months.

Canadians – please take a few minutes to fill in your information with the tools available at the Moms Who Care website.

Here are the comments I submitted:
Although I am not a ‘mom’, I am deeply concerned about Canadian children being harmed by wireless radiation.

I have viewed hundreds of scientific reports which show that wireless microwave radiation causes significant adverse biological effects including large increases in various cancers, damage to DNA and cell structure, immune system suppression, depression and many other harmful effects. 

Health problems are becoming more apparent as more people become ill from wireless exposure.  Sometime in the future there is likely to be a Government  inquiry into those who allowed the entire Canadian population to be harmed by wireless.  At that time criminal liability may be assessed on the government officials who failed to act as part of their duties. 
I wish to remind Minister Philpott that she is not ‘Minister of Making Children and adults Sick’, (because you allow poor Canadian Wireless Safety Standards). 
The Scientific evidence that wireless radiation is harmful is massive and much of that evidence was available prior to Wi Fi, cordless telephones, cell phones and other wireless consumer devices being invented.  Recent research is confirming those much earlier studies and greatly increasing our knowledge about the harmful effects of wireless radiation.
Our children are now being often being exposed to dangerous microwave radiation twenty four hours a day from Wi Fi, cordless telephones, ‘smart’ phones, tablets, wireless devices and antennas.  This exposure may curtail their lifespan by many years and sentence them to a life of ill health and disease. 
Overuse and overexposure of wireless radiation may make this technology virtually unusable in the future due to increased illness and the massive cost of health care.
All Members of Parliament have a duty to protect their constituents by ensuring wireless safety standards are adequate and that Canadians are warned of the known dangers of wireless radiation exposure. 
Ministers, Members of Parliament, and Government Bureauctrat’s  cannot continue to simply ignore all the scientific evidence that is widely available, and continue to place Canadians in danger.  Negligence causing harm or death is a very serious criminal offence.


Federal labor board discusses Smart Meter fire problems

Federal labor board discusses Smart Meter fire problems

Electrical workers union official Bobby Reed was fired by Texas utility company Oncor after testifying about Smart Meter fire problems to the Texas Senate in 2012. The National Labor Relations Board has just released its Decision and Order on his case.

It contains extensive discussion on the overheating and fire problems of Smart Meters found by union workers at Oncor and CenterPoint, both Texas utilities. Two culprits mentioned are the thinner blades in Smart Meters, and Landis and Gyr Smart Meters being too big for the meter socket. The blades inside the meters provide contact with the jaws of the meter socket. If the blades are too thin or the meter isn’t the right size, this causes inadequate contact or gaps which causes arcing. This is a fire hazard and also results in pitting of the metal surface. The arcing also creates “dirty” electricity – a very serious health issue.

Oncor went to great lengths in its testimony and accusations against Reed to defend Smart Meters.

Bizarrely, the labor relations board and administrative law judge went to great lengths to exonerate the Smart Meters. The judge stated these overheating, arcing, and fire problems are a connection problem, not a meter problem.

In sum, the record reflects that the primary cause of heating that resulted in burned out smart meters and in fires was not from any defects in the meters but rather stemmed from their connections with the meter bases. (p. 26 Decision, p. 19-20 Board Decision and Order — see below)

If this wasn’t such an enormous safety issue, this would be laughable. Political pressure on the Board and judge is the only possible rationale for such an absurd and dangerous decision.

If a meter is not made to correct specs, if it is constructed with cheaper, flimsier materials that do not do the job, then it’s the meter that is to blame.

The NLRB board in their Decision and Order “decided to affirm the judge’s rulings, findings, and conclusions.” They discuss Smart Meter safety issues particularly on p. 4-5, and dodge and weave around the fire problems, obscuring the meter as the problem-causer.

It’s astounding that these high paid, high-falutin NLRB lawyers don’t seem to grasp that electrical meters are a conduit for electricity, which is itself highly dangerous and which must be handled with care. Anything that causes a potential problem with electricity is a big red flag.

  1. Negligence and errors in meter specifications,
  2. Cost cutting to increase profits,
  3. Suppressing information and lying to the public – Reed testified that utility employees were instructed by the company to tell the public “it’s not the meter; it’s your meter can” — and then
  4. Making the public pick up the tab for all the damages

That is reckless and potentially lethal criminal conduct – very high stakes gambling. With the knowledge they have — all these utility officials and meter manufacturers — this could be called cold-blooded and pre-meditated murder.

These meters are the source of the problem. The meter manufacturer and the utility companies that use them are the causers of that problem. And that problem is causing not just “disgruntled” customers, as the NLRB board calls them, but dead customers, dead pets, damaged homes, and burned- up property.

The Decision and Order is here:

There are several sections on Smart Meters, including Reed’s Senate testimony on p. 14

This is the earlier Decision by the Administrative Law Judge (it is included in the Decision and Order):

Here is the full section where the ALJ asserts Smart Meters are not the problem:

From the ALJ decision, Nov. 4, 2014, p. 25-26
(included in Decision and Order, July 29, 2016, p. 19-20) 

Smart meters, smart meter bases, and fires

In key respects, the testimony of the General Counsel’s and
the Respondent’s witnesses were substantially consistent and
credible, and I find the following facts.

Initially, a distinction must be made between the smart meter
itself and its installation vis-à-vis the meter base in which it sits.

When the jaws in the lug in the meter base are too wide or
loose, either as the result of improper installation of the smart
meter and/or the thinner blades of the smart meter not fitting
well, this can cause the jaws to heat. Such heating can cause
the lug to break and the plastic block of the meter itself to heat
and burn, resulting in a flash or electric arc and in the meter
burning up. Broken or bent lugs can result from loose connections
between the jaws and the smart meter, improper installation,
constant putting meters in and out, tampering, improper
installation, or movement of the earth. The age of the meter
base is a contributing factor, as is its proper maintenance.

After smart meter deployment began, both Reed and Waugh
noticed more situations in which improper connection between
the smart meter and the lugs (the jaws in particular) had resulted
in heating and/or burning.

Managers Carpenter Moore, and Smith, and Supervisors Anderson
and Efflandt did not contradict their testimony. Thus,
following the start of deployment, troublemen told Anderson of
situations where the jaws were spread too wide apart and did
not make good connection with the smart meter, and they and
told him that the smart meters were heating up and the lugs
melting or burning. Anderson candidly testified that this occurred
“through the whole time” of deployment, not just in the
early part, and that he observed lugs that appeared to be heated
up and melted, along with damaged meters. Efflandt received
complaints from troublemen about smart meter installation
but not about the smart meters per se. He recalled incidents
in which, after the smart meter was installed, troublemen
would be dispatched because the customer was having flashing
problems due to changing of the meter. Carpenter and Moore
both testified about an increase in the number of burned lugs
during deployment, although Carpenter indicated that many
may have been preexisting. Moore testified that CATS tickets
in General Counsel’s Exhibit 26 reflect problems with smart
meter connections, not the meters themselves. Finally, when
Smith had discussions with troublemen in November, they
mentioned problems with installation of smart meters and with
components other than the meter itself (i.e., rings or jaws).

Consistent with the above, the reports that Local 66 representatives
Childers and Lucero received from members indicated
that that the major cause of burned up Itron smart meters in
Houston appeared to be due to loose connections, owing in part
to their thinner blades vis-à-vis the analog meters that they
replaced. This is what they told Reed in 2012. In line with
their testimony, Longeway, the Respondent’s expert witness,
was aware that Itron had produced models in which the blades
were too thin and did not seat with sufficient pressure in the
jaws of the meter base.

Similarly, when Reed and Assistant Fire Marshal Simmons
had discussions in 2012, the focus was on whether smart meter
installation caused fires, not on whether the meters themselves
did so.

Longeway testified about his controlled laboratory experiments
with L+G smart meters that led him to conclude that they
could not cause fires. Oncor had him examine four instances
where there were fires after smart meter installation to determine
if the smart meters were responsible. He concluded that
the smart meter had not caused any of them; rather, they were
caused by faults in the electrical system or by broken lugs.

Prior to Reed’s testimony before the senate committee, Greer
was aware that claims had been made that smart meters were
causing damage to customers’ property, and he had been informed
that in two incidents in Arlington, a problem with the
customer’s meter base had caused a fire.

In sum, the record reflects that the primary cause of heating
that resulted in burned out smart meters and in fires was not
from any defects in the meters but rather stemmed from their
connections with the meter bases.

Federal labor board discusses Smart Meter fire problems

NORTH CAROLINA – Duke Energy proposes $150 opt-out fee to customers who don’t want a smart meter – News Observer, 3rd August 2016

NORTH CAROLINA – Duke Energy proposes $150 opt-out fee to customers who don’t want a smart meter – News Observer, 3rd August 2016
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Larry Burk · Writer at Larry Burk, MD
As a radiologist specializing in MRI, I have made my living for 30 years reading scans produced by the non-thermal effects of short-term exposure of the human body to RF and EMF. These dramatic pictures are generated from resonant interactions with the hydrogen protons at the cellular level below the thermal threshold. As a member of the National Safety Committee for MRI from 1987 to 1994, I began investigating potential health effects of these fields and determined that there is little evidence for hazard related to short-term exposures such as those experienced by patients in MRI.
However, I subsequently joined the Bioelectromagnetic Society and discovered there was an entire academic discipline devoted to studying the effects of long-term exposure to these fields which was largely unknown to most physicians and electrical engineers. These scientists, many of whom now participate in the IARC, found rigorous and repeatable evidence for non-thermal physiological effects and hazards including potential carcinogenicity. The initial data were limited to power lines and radar, but have now expanded exponentially to include cellphones, Wi-Fi, and smart meters.
The situation with smart meters reminds me of the early days of radiation safety when the short-term clinical use of X-rays for patients seemed to have no downside. It wasn’t until the 1930s, 40 years after Roentgen’s discovery, that radiologists started to report the long-term effects of chronic exposure. These early radiologists, feeling falsely reassured by the lack of apparent effects on patients, would focus the beam by putting their own hands in it. When enough radiologists lost fingers due to radiation damage and developed leukemia and other blood diseases, radiation protection policies were implemented.
I’m afraid we are in serious danger of making a similar mistake with regard to RF/EMF long-term exposure safety issues. This analogy is particularly pertinent now that actual DNA damage has been documented by Dr. Henry Lai in the Bioinitiative 2012 report. For that reason the systematic review below by Anke Huss et al. in 2007 showing that the studies funded by industry were far less likely to find evidence of hazard that those funded by public agencies or charities is particularly important.
North Carolina is no stranger to the concept of industry influence and bias with regard to research results, as the denial of tobacco health hazards is still a shameful legacy. It was made very clear that tobacco executives were quite aware of potential lethal risks due to their products and actively covered them up, and I think there is reason to believe that the same holds true for this industry. Let’s make a more responsible choice here in our state this time and prevent Duke Energy from charging a fee to people who refuse smart meter installation or who wish to replace their smart meter with an analog meter.
In the midst of a years-long rollout of smart meters in North Carolina, Duke Energy is proposing charging $150 to customers who don’t want the meters.

MADRID- ‘teleco’ electrosensitivity achieved with the inability to work between wifis

A major Chinese health research center recently published a white paper on the country’s visual health.

buddhist monk china iphoneA Tibetan Buddhist monk at a Buddhist laymen lodge in China on October 30. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A major Chinese health research center recently published a white paper on the country’s visual health.

The findings weren’t great.

According to a recent Nomura research report, the main two takeaways from the paper, from Peking University’s China Center for Health Development, were that the prevalence of visual problems in China is far above the global average and that the problem is quickly getting worse.

In 2012, about 500 million people in China had an uncorrected visual defect. Of those, 450 million had myopia, or nearsightedness. That’s about a third of the country’s population. And the report forecasts that barring policy interventions, about 700 million people, or roughly half of the population, will have myopia by 2020.

In Taiwan, the situation is even worse. More than half the country’s population, about 11.5 million people, are nearsighted.

Nearsightedness is especially prevalent among teenagers. Forty-seven percent of China’s population ages 6 to 15, and 55% of those ages 16 to 25, are suffering from myopia.

According to the Nomura report, an academic study from the Australian National University estimated that the prevalence of myopia in 20-year-olds had reached 80% in developed Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea. In the US and Europe the rate is closer to 50%, which is still twice what it was 50 years ago.

graph 2Wind, Nomura

Nomura suggests that some factors contributing to this crisis are the urbanization, sedentary lifestyle, and prevalence of smartphones that have taken over China in recent years. The white paper cited the “intensity of near-range work and the decreasing intensity of outdoor activities, due to aggravating academic pressures and extensive use of electronic devices” as the main causes.

Smartphone penetration has been increasing in recent years, and when you combine the increased screen time with decreasing time spent outside, the eye strain and damage has serious consequences.

China’s eyesight problem is also having economic effects. The Peking University report estimated that the total economic burden caused by visual defects was 682 billion to 691 billion yuan — 1.3% of the country’s gross domestic product — in large part because of reduced labor participation.

graph 3Nomura

The market for glasses and contact lenses has been booming. According to the Nomura report, Euromonitor estimates that global sales of eyewear will reach $121 billion this year and $136 billion by 2021.

The global contact lens market has also grown from $6.1 billion in 2010 to $7.4 billion in 2015, and it could reach $9.3 billion by 2019, according to figures from Contact Lens Spectrum cited by


The US is the largest market, accounting for 43% of total sales value. Mainland China’s market for contacts is a little less than 10% of that, but it has been growing at a pace that is outpacing global growth, with contact lens import growth growing 34% over the past year.