Smart meters: Tobacco scientist expert health testimony

While Americans are reporting adverse health impacts associated with wireless utility meters, Peter Valberg of the product defense firm Gradient provides health and safety testimony for smart meter deployment for industry and regulators. Sign the petition “No more tobacco science for the MA DPU” at Move,
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Subject: No More “Tobacco Science” Health Testimony for MA DPU
“Massachusetts residents are indirectly financing ‘junk science’ by tobacco scientist Peter Valberg  through taxes and utility rates.  This petition calls on the Gov.. the AGO, and the legislature to investigate lack of adequate health and environmental protections for residents, caused by possible collusion between Gradient Corporation, the MA Dept. of Public Utilities, and the corporations the DPU is supposed to regulate. “
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Canadians Leading Battle vs. Wi-Fi Pollution

Fri., Mar. 25, 2016
Canadians Leading Battle vs. Wi-Fi Pollution
Environmental Health Trust reportWi-Fi pollution is “Canada’s worst crime ever against humanity” but scientists, doctors and the “sinfully silent news media” are failing to warn the public, says WF health advocate Jerry Flynn.

Flynn, retired Canadian Armed Forces captain who spent 22 years in its “Electronic Warfare” unit, said scientists have known for more than 50 years that wireless products are not safe.

Programs on the hazards of cellphone radiation are “all over the TV news at least in Europe and Australia” but media ownership in North America, which is in the hands of “a few multinational corporations,” are mostly ignoring the subject, he said.

Worldwide Wi-Fi Planned

Five companies are planning to envelope the earth in Wi-Fi, he said–Google, which plans 200,000 Wi-Fi balloons at 62,500 feet; Space X, 4,000 satellites, 750 miles high; OneWeb, 648 satellites 500-590 miles high; Facebook, satellites, drones and lasers, and Outernet, low orbit microsatellites.

“Virtually the entire global population will be irradiated by 24/7/365 by 2020 whether they like it or not by pulsed, non-thermal microwave on the same frequency as microwave ovens–2.4 Gigahertz,” said Flynn.

The “world’s first Wi-Fi conference” is set for April 19-21 in Tysons Corner, Va. Thousands are expected to attend “Wi-Fi Now 2016.” Main sponsors are Samsung, Oracle and WiFIForward. More than 40 other sponsors are listed. Speakers are from Time Warner, T-Mobile, Google Access and other major companies.

More than 7,000 attended the annual International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas from March 21-25. There were more than 370 exhibits and nearly 200 speakers. The slogan of the wireless industry is “Everything Wireless.” It has been held since 1977.

Said Flynn: “It is preposterous but tragically true that scientists and informed people around the world fear that today’s ongoing pandemic corruption, suppression of the truth, deception and lies, aided by a sinfully silent news media—unless it somehow can be stopped—will bring about the demise of mankind and all life on earth as we know it!”

Flynn said Canada’s only hope rests with the Canadian Medical Assn. and its provincial chapters.

“The corrupt authorities now in Health Canada, Industry Canada and elsewhere must be routed and held legally accountable. It simply boggles the mind that such a thing could possibly be happening in Canada—all because governments everywhere refuse to learn from the previous tobacco, asbestos, Thalidomide, etc., debacles!” he said.

Flynn said, “Canadians are being lied to about the alleged ‘safety’ of low-intensity, pulsed, non-thermal, non-ionizing radio frequency radiation which is emitted by all of today’s consumer wireless products as well as wireless ‘Smart’ utility meters and appliances.”

Flynn said the Canadian government is “blind to the decades-old corruption that is ongoing within the Minister of Health’s radiation protection bureau. Tragically for all persons living in Canada, our provincial governments have show themselves to be willfully silent to those of us who have made many attempts to alert them over the years.”

EMF Dangers Known Since 1950’s

“Despite an ever-growing mountain of compelling, peer-reviewed evidence amassed from scientists around the world since the 1950s, Canada’s news media chooses to remain largely silent,” he added.

“For that reason, it behooves Canada’s doctors and nurses to use their national organizations to notify the Prime Minister and Minister of Health, personally, of this outrageously evil crime against humanity!”

Sources of dangerous EMF, said Flynn, include wireless electric and gas utility monitors, cellphone towers, cordless phones, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi routers, Wi-Fi and Wi-MAX zones, GPS, tablet and laptop computers, TV games, remote control units for TV and other purposes, baby monitors and “Smart” appliances.

The mysteries of the electromagnetic spectrum are such that few people understand it, Flynn said. Governments and media are needed to step in and fill the void.

The Soviets, Flynn noted, irradiated the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1953-1976 for 6-8 hours a day using frequencies between 600 megahertz and 950 megahertz emitting power 1,000 times weaker than most of today’s international “safe” standards. Despite the low dosage, two ambassadors died of brain tumors, a third contracted leukemia-like symptoms and died, and at least 16 female staffers developed breast cancer. Many other staffers had various illness, said Flynn.

Cellphones use frequencies in the 900 MHz range and wireless utility meters are at the 910 MHz level. “Scientists note that harmful effects of EMF are cumulative and can take from 10 to 40 years before an illness becomes apparent,” said Flynn.
Environmental Group Tracks EMF in 20 Nations

The Environmental Health Trust has published an 18-page report detailing efforts to curtail electromagnetic radiation in 20 nations.

Covered are policies relating to exposure of children to Wi-Fi and other sources of radiation; cellphone tower emission standards; mandatory radiation labeling; publicizing of Wi-Fi “hotspots”; publication of cell antennae maps for the country; informing schools of the health dangers of EMF; advertising bans in some countries, and passing “Cellphone Right to Know” legislation.

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Attorney General Madigan: Get Smart About Smart Meters

Attorney General Madigan: Get Smart About Smart Meters



Attorney General Urges Consumers to Understand Smart Meter Data, its Benefits and Potential Pitfalls

Chicago —(ENEWSPF)-March 25, 2016.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan today issued a consumer alert urging Illinois residents to do their homework on smart meters – how they work, what type of data they collect, how the data can be used and if you authorize it, who can access it. Smart meters may help households lower electricity bills if the data is monitored and used properly, but Madigan warned that special packages that utility companies market don’t always result in savings.

Madigan urged consumers to make sure they understand and monitor their smart meter data before sharing it with any third parties or signing up for new electricity plans. Consumers should also be aware that sharing smart meter data may open them up to a deluge of advertising and special offers from alternative electricity suppliers. Alternative electricity suppliers – companies that sell electricity to ComEd and Ameren customers – have begun efforts to persuade consumers to share this data with them. If a consumer agrees to share their smart meter data, the alternative supplier will likely use it to send frequent advertising and special offers for programs that may not actually save consumers money.

“Smart meters are new and many people are unaccustomed to using them,” Madigan said. “Learning how to read and monitor the data to change your energy usage habits is the only sure way to lower electricity bills. Providing smart meter data to an alternative electricity supplier will not guarantee savings, but it will expose you to relentless advertising and marketing pitches.”

Smart meters are being installed at homes across Illinois to modernize how the state’s electricity utilities, including ComEd and Ameren, measure electricity usage. These meters digitally record information that may help consumers better understand their energy usage habits. In turn, the utility companies can use the data to offer special pricing programs to those customers who are able to closely monitor their usage and change their energy habits.

Madigan offers a few important points about smart meters:

  • A “smart meter” is a wireless device that digitally records how much electricity you use in short intervals, providing a precise look at your energy usage habits.
  • Having a smart meter does not – on its own – lower your electricity usage or lower your electricity bill.
  • The data provided by a smart meter can only lower your electricity costs if you first learn how to read the data, then take the time to monitor your electricity usage and ultimately change your energy usage habits.
  • ComEd and Ameren are not allowed to share your smart meter data with alternative electricity suppliers or other third parties unless you sign an authorization allowing them to do so.
  • If you have a smart meter, an alternative electricity supplier may contact you by phone, by mail, or in person to persuade you to sign an authorization form and share your smart meter data for the previous two years, and for the next two years.
  • Beware that signing an authorization to provide smart meter data may lead to solicitations from alternative electricity suppliers about programs that may or may not reduce your electricity bill.
  • It is entirely up to you whether you share any smart meter data with any third party.
  • If you decide to share your smart meter data, an alternative electricity supplier will have access to it until your service ends or for six months after you sign the authorization, whichever occurs later.

If you are thinking of sharing smart meter data with an alternative electricity supplier, consider the following:

  • Smart meter data can reveal details about your life. Spikes in electricity use may indicate when you are home, while low use may indicate you are not home.
  • Only sign an authorization form if you are comfortable sharing your name, account number, and electricity data. Be sure you understand how to terminate your authorization if you change your mind.
  • You may revoke your authorization at any time.

For more information on smart meters and other public utility matters, please visit Attorney General Madigan’s Public Utilities Resources page at or call Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau:

This is the website of Diana Broughton, featured in the article, showing her rashes from the cell tower

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IMPORTANT NOTE – I was not aware of the presence of the phone mast until AFTER the development of my symptoms, so it cannot be claimed that I was worried by the presence of a mast and therefore ‘invented’ symptoms. I had no idea there was a phone mast in the area, and even if I had been aware of its presence from the start, I wouldn’t have been unduly worried because I wasn’t aware of the effects that they could have.

Diana Hilary Boughton,
South Herefordshire

This is an abstract of Professor Johansson’s research:
Exp Dermatol. 1997 Dec;6(6):283-91.
Skin changes in “screen dermatitis” versus classical UV- and ionizing irradiation-related damage–similarities and differences.
Gangi S1, Johansson O
An increasing number of persons say that they get cutaneous problems as well as symptoms from certain internal organs, such as the central nervous system (CNS) and the heart, when being close to electric equipment. A major group of these patients are the users of video display terminals (VDTs), who claim to have subjective and objective skin- and mucosa-related symptoms, such as pain, itch, heat sensation, erythema, papules, and pustules. The CNS symptoms are, e.g. dizziness, tiredness, and headache. Erythema, itch, heat sensation, edema and pain are also common symptoms of sunburn (UV dermatitis). Alterations have been observed in cell populations of the skin of patients suffering from so-called “screen dermatitis” similar to those observed in the skin damaged due to ultraviolet (UV) light or ionizing radiation. In “screen dermatitis” patients a much higher number of mast cells have been observed. It is known that UVB irradiation induces mast cell degranulation and release of TNF-alpha. The high number of mast cells present in the “screen dermatitis” patients and the possible release of specific substances, such as histamine, may explain their clinical symptoms of itch, pain, edema and erythema. The most remarkable change among cutaneous cells, after exposure with the above-mentioned irradiation sources, is the disappearance of the Langerhans’ cells. This change has also been observed in “screen dermatitis” patients, again pointing to a common cellular and molecular basis. The results of this literature study demonstrate that highly similar changes exist in the skin of “screen dermatitis” patients, as regards the clinical manifestations as well as alterations in the cell populations, and in skin damaged by UV light or ionizing radiation.

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