Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe presented an outstanding talk recently on electromagnetic fields

29/10/2014 – AITN – Talks from the EU EHS hearing now available

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Erica Mallery-BlytheDr Erica Mallery-Blythe presented an outstanding talk recently on electromagnetic fields and their possible effects at a meeting of the Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (PHIRE). In this talk she discussed the difficulty of assessing exposure accurately, the various known mechanistic effects of electromagnetic fields, and the varied susceptibility of human beings to different exposures of various kind. This is one of the best you’ll find anywhere at the moment to learn about some of the possible effects of mobile phones, cordless phones, WiFi and tablets, and it’s freely available online.

We have also discovered another excellent video, produced in 2013, looking exclusively at exposure from modern wireless devices, particularly tablets such as the iPad, demonstrating that tablets often exceed the SAR exposures that you would expect from phone usage. Although it’s rare that a tablet is likely to be pressed against the side of a user’s head in the same way as a mobile phone, they are often used on laps, and are widely in use by children, even toddlers. With the links between radiofrequency EMFs and fertility, tablets may well pose a bigger future health risk than phones themselves.

Links

» Erica’s presentation in full
» “Smart n safe for r kids” video

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Talks from the EU EHS hearing now available

As we covered on the 4th of November, the European Economic and Social Committee (part of the European Union) ran the hearing on electromagnetic hypersensitivity, with a range of presentations from expert individuals, national EHS organisations and the Austrian Mobile Operator’s association.

All of the documents presented at this meeting are now downloadable from the EESC website, and are well worth reading.

ARTICLE AT:  http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/news/2014-11-28-erica-phire-presentation.asp

Consumer group blames Hydro-Québec smart meters for rise in power cutoffs

Consumer group blames Hydro-Québec smart meters for rise in power cutoffs

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, the utility cut electricity to a record 51,000 homes and businesses with unpaid bills

CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2014 5:54 PM ETLast Updated: Nov 13, 2014 5:54 PM ET

The Union des Consommateurs says Hydro-Québec's new smart meters make it easier for the utility to cut power to its clients.

The Union des Consommateurs says Hydro-Québec’s new smart meters make it easier for the utility to cut power to its clients. (CBC)

Hydro-Québec says smart metres aren’t responsible for increase in service shut-offs 5:56

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A consumer protection group says it’s concerned about the number of Quebecers who have had their electricity cut off by Hydro-Québec so far this year, and it says the new generation smart meters are partly to blame.

The Union des Consommateurs says smart meters make it easier for the utility to disconnect clients because it’s done remotely from Hydro’s headquarters with a simple click.

This year, from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, Hydro-Québec cut power to 51,015 homes and businesses.

In all of 2013, about 37,000 clients were cut off.

Consumer rights advocate Marc-Olivier Moisan-Plante says he’s not surprised by the surge in the number of Hydro-Québec clients who’ve had their power cut.

“The hike in tariffs, the poor economic conditions, … the very cold winter and, of course, the smart meters,” said Moisan-Plante, an energy analyst at the Union des Consommateurs.

Moisan-Plante says with the new smart meters, Hydro-Québec employees no longer have to physically go to the address where they’re cutting power, and that can lead to dangerous situations.

“Some person may live with medical equipment necessary to live. So we think it’s [imprudent] to remotely disconnect electricity.”

Moisan-Plante said Hydro-Québec charges high fees to reconnect cut-off customers, and that’s another pressing concern.

The Union des Consommateurs will file a complaint at Quebec’s Energy Board next month asking Hydro-Québec to cancel those charges.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/consumer-group-blames-hydro-qu%C3%A9bec-smart-meters-for-rise-in-power-cutoffs-1.2834439

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Smart meter’ hearing set for Tuesday in Lansing, Michigan

Smart meter’ hearing set for Tuesday in Lansing

 

Suzanne Yarbrough of Livonia plans to attend a state House hearing on “smart meters” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Lansing, and she hopes other Livonia residents will join her.

“Anyone who wants to testify regarding the health, safety, privacy (and) cyber hacking (of smart meters), or their electric bill going up for a meter that is no benefit to customers can testify,” said Yarbrough, who has spoken out against smart meters at Livonia City Council meetings.

The hearing, held by the Michigan House Oversight Committee, will take place in Room 519 of the Anderson House office building, 124 N. Capitol.

“Smart meters” are a high-tech alternative to conventional utility meters that are attached to homes to remotely report through radio frequency waves when and how much electricity is used by homeowners.

State Rep. Tom McMillin, committee chair, called the hearing after being contacted by many constituents and other citizens about privacy, health and safety concerns relating to the meters.

“With this hearing, we’re giving the people of Michigan an open and transparent platform to not only voice their concerns but hopefully have them addressed by public utility officials” said McMillin, R-Rochester Hills. “Residents have contacted my office, terrified that their power will be shut off after receiving letters from utility companies threatening to do just that if they don’t allow a smart meter to be installed on their home, even though they have a perfectly working analog meter.”

Residents can testify during the committee or submit written testimony. Representatives from the Michigan Public Service Commission, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy have been invited to testify and respond to citizens’ concerns.

For more information, residents can contact McMillin by emailing TomMcMillin@house.mi.gov or by calling 517-373-1773

http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/livonia/2014/11/25/smart-meter-hearing-set-tuesday-lansing/70084170/

Wi-Fi ‘electrosmog’ a risk to health, say scientists

Wi-Fi ‘electrosmog’ a risk to health, say scientists

Wi-Fi 'electrosmog' a risk to health, say scientists

People at risk of ailments from brain tumors to exhaustion amid ‘insane’ radiation levels, say Scandinavian experts

World Bulletin/News Desk

People are facing a host of illnesses ranging from brain tumors and leukemia to poor memory and concentration as they become increasingly engulfed by an “electrosmog” as Wi-Fi networks expand globally, scientists in Scandinavia have warned.

The team of experts told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that it was already well established in the scientific community that electromagnetic fields (EMF) from mobiles, wireless LANs, baby calls and other wireless equipment based on microwaves can influence human blood circulation, respiration, temperature control, water balance and other bodily functions.

But Danish scientist Olle Johansson said the risks are increasing significantly as initiatives are taken all over the world to widen the already extensive network of Wi-Fi facilities.

“The wireless society is the largest human full-scale experiment ever, and it urgently needs to be addressed as such,” said Associate Professor Olle Johansson from the Department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Johansson warned: “We are literally enveloped by an ‘electrosmog’ which contributes to increased sickness rates, and politicians need a totally different approach to the problem.

“Global populations are not sufficiently protected from the emerging communication and data transmission technologies that are being deployed worldwide and are now affecting billions of people.”

‘Insane radiation limits’

Johansson has just published an article detailing the phenomenon entitled: “Health Risk from Wireless? The Debate is Over”, together with his colleague Associate Professor Einar Flydal of the Department of Telematics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway,

“The spectrum of possible health problems arising is extraordinarily wide – from brain tumors and leukemia to exhaustion, decreased memory and concentration and just feeling uncomfortable,” Johansson explained.

The Council of Europe committee examined evidence in 2011 that the technologies had “potentially harmful” effects on humans, and concluded action was required to protect children.

It said in a report it was crucial to avoid repeating previous mistakes made when public health officials were slow to recognize the dangers of asbestos, tobacco smoking and lead in petrol.

Johansson went on: “The allowed radiation limits throughout the world are insane, to say the least.

“We are talking about values up to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 18th) times higher than nature’s background radiation, to which the human body has adapted through many 100,000 of years, and within a couple of decades, we have all been surrounded by biblical levels of artificial radio-waves, well knowing that they have major impacts on both human and animal health.”

‘Hard evidence’

He called for the immediate adoption of a precautionary principle, saying he did not agree with the European Commission’s conclusion from the Public Hearing of the Preliminary Opinion on Potential Health Effects of Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in March this year that more research needed to be done.

“Politicians should now rather take a look at how to get rid of the old ‘avoid getting burnt’ paradigm that still reigns with the authorities engaged in radiation protection – which goes, ‘How long may one stand or sit in front of a radar before getting burned?’ – and replace it with biomedical limits based on public health concerns,” he said.

Danish doctor Helge Volkmann, who has opposed the rapid expansion of Wi-Fi for many years, agrees with Johansson.

He told Anadolu Agency: “Both industry and authorities lean upon studies, financed by the mobile communication industry, showing no dangers. But we have hard evidence that mobile signals can cause cancer.

“In Denmark, it is hard to find any place outside with no signal, so it is threatening the health of the whole population.”

The company Ruckus Wireless, one of the pioneers in the wireless infrastructure market, estimates that the number of hotspots across the world will increase to 5.8 million by next year – an increase of 350 percent from 2011.

Health concerns

As scientific knowledge about the side effects worldwide have appeared, more cities in the Western world are tending to lower the values of exposure amid concerns over the possible effects on human health.

According to the Scandinavian scientists, lower radiation limits have already been studied and proposed in Vienna, Austria and in Brussels, Belgium.

“In Salzburg, Austria, a proposition has been launched to lower the exposure limit outdoors to one millionth (10-6) of today’s levels, and one ten-millionth (10-7) for indoors,” says Johansson.

France legislated in March last year to discourage Wi-Fi in schools until it is considered “safe for human consumption”.

And since 2008, the French national library along with other libraries in Paris and a number of universities have removed all Wi-Fi networks and they have also been totally removed from schools in the town of Herouville-Saint-Clair.

In Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Education has stopped the installation of wireless networks in classrooms prior to the first grade in 2013 and limited the use of Wi-Fi between first and third grades

Strong growth

Israeli teachers are now required to turn off mobile phones and WiFi routers when they are not being used.

Germany recommended its schools use cabled computers instead of Wi-Fi as far back as 2007.

However in the U.S. park officials have taken the opposite tack in the Grand Teton National Park in Yellowstone, Wyoming, and are discussing a $34 million fiber-optic line through the park, buried along existing roads, to create the optimal Wi-Fi environment for visitors.

4G is now supported from Mammot Hot Springs in the park, where Verizon has installed LTE antennas and a microwave path.

In Africa, Wi-Fi and mobile phone masts are also been rapidly rolled out, with Cisco saying the continent will experience the strongest mobile data traffic growth on the planet, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 70 percent by 2018.

Africa is followed by Central and Eastern Europe, with CAGR growth of 68 percent and, in the Asia Pacific, 67 percent.

According to the European Commission, among the problems potentially related to exposure to electromagnetic fields are an increased cancer risk in the brain (glioma) and the ear (acoustic neuroma) through the heavy users of mobile phones.

It has also reported there is a potential association between exposure to broadcast transmitters and a higher rate of childhood cancer, including childhood leukaemia.

‘Time to act’

Reproductive problems, cognitive function or symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, stress, sleep disturbances and skin problems are also believed to be risks.

At a public hearing in June, the EU Commission called for further investigation and the World Health Organization (WHO) is to conduct a formal risk assessment of all studied health outcomes from radio-frequency fields exposure by 2016.

But Johansson said such a move was “totally obsolete” as research is already “overwhelmingly showing the negative effects”.

He said: “It is a scientific fact that radio waves in the centimeter band influence blood circulation, respiration, temperature control, water balance, albumin and sugar concentration in the cerebro-spinal fluid and more.

“Even electromagnetic fields at levels of only 1/100,000th of what we are regularly exposed to from mobiles, are found to disturb the complex electrical operations taking place at cellular levels, and to cause damage to DNA, proteins, neurons and oxidation processes.”

“In spite of this, we have allowed an electrosmog of an almost unimaginable dimension to develop,” he stated.

Calling for Wi-Fi to be discontinued worldwide, he warned: “It is going to affect future generations, and the time to act is now.”

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/148200/wi-fi-electrosmog-a-risk-to-health-say-scientists

Innocent Citizens are being bullied and Harrassed while Utilities are Allowed to Harm the Public with Smart Grid

Thank you Dr. Alan for exposing this important story-Sandaura

Smart Meter or NO Power at All? Nevada Energy Sends Armed Men to Disconnect Power – Just for Opting Out

Nevada is supposedly one of those states with a smart meter ‘opt out’ policy. On the ground, however, the reality is a little different.

Mona Orkoulas lives in the mountains outside Las Vegas, Nevada, where she works in real estate. Like many Americans she has been impacted by the downturn in the economy and is struggling to make ends meet. Mona was born in the US and raised by an Egyptian/ Greek family. She has always paid her bills on time, and makes protecting her health a priority. For years Mona worked on humanitarian projects in the Middle East: drilling wells, and providing drinkable water and renewable power to remote villages. So she is familiar with the need for safe, reliable public services. Now, it turns out that she may need some humanitarian assistance herself — not in the developing world but right outside Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The story starts when Nevada Energy (NVE) installed a ‘smart’ meter on Mona’s bedroom wall in January without permission, or even so much as a few days’ notice.

Mona reports that she does not have any prior history of medical issues. Shortly after NV Energy installed the smart meter, she started noticing an increase in her heart rate first thing in the morning and an elevated blood pressure. She felt fatigued, and started having headaches. A low grinding sound had started when the meter was installed and this made it difficult for Mona to sleep, or even be in her own home during the day. She tried different things to get rid of the symptoms, but nothing worked. Finally it dawned on her: the only thing which had changed in her life was the meter. When she started researching the issue, she realized she was not alone. Others were experiencing the same annoying humming grinding sound, the same adverse health impacts — and linking it to recent smart meter installations. She has amassed a whole binder of studies about the negative effects of EMF’s on health.
A letter from Mona’s doctor to NV Energy reads:

Neurological and cardiological findings may be associated with pulsed EMF… EEG, ECG, MRI and sleep study changes may be associated in some hypersensitive individuals to pulsed EMF. If multiple Smart meters are in use in her area, the possibility of constructive and destructive interference between the various EMF signals is a distinct possibility whose effects may be potentially more dangerous. I recommend that this patient be allowed to have NVE reinstall an analog meter at her house.

So she called the power company, expecting that they would remove the unsanctioned meter right away — or at least come out and do an analysis to find out what was causing the grinding noise. Months later, frustrated after at least six failed attempts to have NVE address the problem, Mona finally purchased a standard analog meter and had an electrician install it at her residence. She carefully photographed and recorded the readings on the old and new meter, to be sure that she paid for every kilowatt-hour used. She attempted to return the unwanted smart meter to NVE offices, but was turned away.

On August 6th, at about 10:30am, three men from Nevada Energy, armed with guns, arrived unannounced on her property, removed the analog meter from the socket, took her analog meter as well as the unauthorized smart meter she had removed, and left her living without electricity. One of the men identified himself as an investigator with the company and said that he was investigating her for “criminal tampering.”

She was in tears, visibly shaken by the encounter, and recalls asking the men, “Why are you on my property with guns?” Their response: “this is procedure Ma’am.” (If this has become the “procedure” then we need to act to stop this kind of utility intimidation and abuse.)

More than a month later, the lights are still off and Mona hasn’t budged. “They’re not putting that thing back on my house,” she says.

We asked Angel de Fazio, who has been on the front lines working to fight NVE’s smart meter program, what is going on here? Doesn’t Nevada have an ‘opt out’ choice?

Angel says “Nevada residents only won the right to be placed on the ‘delay list’, not a full ‘opt out’.”

In other words, if you wised up before the installation trucks came and still have your analog, NVE has a ‘delay list’ you can sign to ‘delay’ your installation date. But if the power company managed to sneak on your property and install a smart meter — even without permission — then your choice is a smart meter or no power at all, as Mona discovered. Even if you have a letter from your doctor, the power company apparently thinks it knows best what’s good for you.

While awareness about smart meter problems has been greater in states like California, Maine, and several other states, the “take a smart meter or lose your power” policy remains quietly in force in other states where awareness may not be as widespread. However, people in these states (like Mona) have had enough and are standing up to the utility industry in increasing numbers.

Angel tells Stop Smart Meters! that Nevada’s opt out proceeding has been a sham. “The Nevada PUC will be holding hearings on October 3rd-5th to determine which of the ‘non-transmitting’ meters they will trial to replace people’s analogs and how much they will charge for the ‘privilege’. Even the ‘right’ to have a non-transmitting meter is under threat.” In other words, there may be no official ‘opt out’ at all unless people organize and make more noise.

“NVE has conned the PUC into believing that only a certain number of people can opt out or their Federal Stimulus Grant will be in jeopardy. That is a lie,” Angel says.

NVE has been calling people on the ‘delay list’ who want to ‘opt out’ and repeatedly pressuring them to accept a smart meter. The company admitted that they lied to utility customers, telling them that the meters are federally mandated (which they are not), and telling people their power would be cut if they didn’t accept the meter (which they do not have the legal authority to do). Similar stories abound about other utilities including Southern California Edison, Detroit Edison, Duke Energy, and Oncor.

Now NVE is accusing Mona of tampering with their equipment, which she says is ridiculous, because she gave them plenty of opportunity to remove the problematic smart meter. “I had no intention of stealing electricity,” she says. “I just wanted the grinding noise and headaches to stop.”

READ FULL STORY AT: http://richardalanmiller.com/breakingnews/smart-meter-or-no-power-at-all-nevada-energy-sends-armed-men-to-disconnect-power-just-for-opting-out