Michigan ‘smart meter’ hearing elicits health fears

Michigan ‘smart meter’ hearing elicits health fears

Michigan House debates Smart meter choice bill

Michigan House debates Smart meter choice bill

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) – Smart meters were on the agenda during a committee hearing that is scheduled for Tuesday at the Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing.

The Energy Policy committee debated House Bill 4220 Tuesday morning.

The bill would allow customers to choose between a traditional meter or the smart meters that utilities have been installing.

Smart meters have been controversial, with many people blaming them for health problems.

They have also led to many people having their power shut off, when they refused to allow the new meters to be installed, or placed locks on their older meters to prevent them from being removed.

http://www.wxyz.com/news/michigan-house-to-debate-smart-meter-choice-bill

David Nightingale: Smart Meters And Microwaves

Thank you, Professor Nightingale for speaking the truth in a dumb down Trump reality show, as well as a dumb down Microwave radiation misinformation world we struggle to survive in today!

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David Nightingale: Smart Meters And Microwaves

FEB 19, 2017

This essay is about the ‘smart’ technology that many utility companies have introduced, and to which there is a degree of nationwide opposition.

Let’s look at the whole electromagnetic spectrum coming for example from the sun. Newton demonstrated only part of the spectrum when he passed sunlight through a prism, finding all the colors of the rainbow, red to violet.

Looking just beyond the red he found that a thermometer was affected. This is the infra-red (or heat), and beyond that (unknown to him of course) lie radio waves and microwaves. Microwaves are used everywhere — in cell phones, wi-fi, microwave cookers, radars, TVs and others. These types of electromagnetic wave differ only in frequency (or wavelength).

Some of us may remember the well-documented beaming of microwaves directly at the Chancery of the US Embassy in Moscow between 1953-1976. There was indeed a fear of damage to human cells, and a study was made in the Dept. of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins by the late Abraham Lilienfeld in 1978. That study has never been published in detail, but there are references to it in the Journal of Environmental Health [Ref.2], and there is also an interesting article by James F. Schumaker, a foreign service officer in the Moscow embassy for many years, who, like other colleagues there, developed a low white blood-cell count. After a painful bone marrow test Schumaker was identified with leukemia, which actually later in life subsided. [Ref.1.]

Now let’s turn back to Newton’s spectrum as we know it today, and look at the frequencies beyond the red (or harmless) end. (For those who would prefer wavelengths rather than frequencies in MHz, just ask the nearest physics major — it’s an easy conversion.)

The red color (or longest wavelength) has frequency~ 4000 (MHz.)

Lower down we find the microwaves, eg, about 3000 for weather radar.

Microwave cookers operate at 2,450  — the frequency that agitates the water molecules in our food.

Next lower we find the utilities’ smart meters at about 900, very close to US cell phones at 850 (although there are other frequencies for cell phones, eg, 1900.)

Lower still we find various FM stations, around 90 or 100 (MHz.)

Today cell phone usage is so high that we are living in an increasingly dense sea of microwaves. So who should care about the smart reader adding its little bit to the cell phone emanations … or a powerful weather radar slowly sweeping over us, and so on. Later studies than Lilienfeld’s 1978 studies have so far shown these waves to be generally harmless — barring of course the 2450 MHz vibrations of water molecules — but I believe we have to go on being wary, and studying them more.

However, that is not the entire story.

What the utility companies are doing is PULSING their information, so if you have a meter on the outside wall, the darn thing is transmitting millisecond bursts of microwaves, and these bursts are coming at random times. If people are complaining this can cause headaches it’s not altogether surprising. I have personally found when driving that the strobe-like winter sunlight coming sideways through trees as I travel at certain speeds tends to irritate, and I often shield my eyes to avoid the discomfort of such pulsing.

I’m out of time now, but it does seem to this writer that, because of this pulsing, home owners (everywhere) should have been given the choice of smart meters or not, and with no extra fees involved either way.

References:

1. James F. Schumaker:  internet references, eg, in the Assoc for Diplomatic Studies and Training, and others.

2. J.Mark Elwood, “Microwaves in the Cold War”; in “Environmental Health,” 2012.

Dr. David Nightingale is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the State University of New York at NewPaltz and is the co-author of the text, A Short Course in General Relativity.

The views expressed by commentators are solely those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views of this station or its management.

http://wamc.org/post/david-nightingale-smart-meters-and-microwaves

Smart meter fee bill gets house hearing next week

Smart meter fee bill gets house hearing next week

Disabled veteran disputes bill increase, smart meter reading

Disabled veteran disputes bill increase, smart meter reading

Veteran disputes smart meter bill
By Elisse Ramey |

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT) – (2/17/17) – A disabled veteran is locked in a dispute over his utility bill – and fears he could ultimately lose his house. We’ve been hearing people talk about fluctuations in their bills since smart meters have been installed.

Edward Vernier and his wife, Tammy, say their energy bills aren’t t adding up.

“Me being a hundred percent disabled vet, living on a fixed income, they’re just starving us to death. There’s no way we could be using that much energy,” he said.

He says their bill is on average $270.00. On a budget plan, they pay about $150.00 a month, but now he says their bill is around $470.00.

Energy Insights provided by the company show their usage to be highest from 12-am to 12-noon when they are sleep or not using appliances. Even more to the point — the couple spends 3 weeks out of the month away from their Grand Blanc Township home during camping season.

A technician visited the house Tuesday to, and said the couple is being energy efficient. The only answer Edward has for the increase is the installation of a smart meter. He says that was told to him by a Consumers Energy employee.

“She says that the newer meters are catching up from appliances that weren’t recording properly.”

Consumers Energy says Edward’s meter is showing an accurate reading. They say Edward has been enrolled in a shutoff protection plan for over a year, and his bill increased in November to address a past-due balance. He owes a few thousand dollars, and now this vet is running out of options. He’s already taken out a VA loan to help with the mortgage.

“It’s going to drive us out of our house, you know, with the amount of money that we’re spending. That’s killing us on the mortgage payment,” he said.

Edward says the technician told him he wasn’t the only one with a smart meter who has experienced an increase in usage and cost, but he was told the increase he’s experienced is the highest.

The company says Edward may qualify for the CARE program which is supposed to help customers with past due bills. They reached out to him after we called, but he hasn’t officially been enrolled, yet.

http://www.abc12.com/content/news/Disabled-veteran-disputes-bill-increase-smart-meter-reading-414130523.html

Bill would halt smart meter opt out fees

Bill would halt smart meter opt out fees

A new bill would stop utility companies from charging its customers for opting out of smart or upgraded meters.

The bill was introduced Wednesday by Representative Gary Glenn.

Customers would also be allowed to report their usage to utility companies and have the meter physically read by utility employees at least once a month.

A public hearing will soon be scheduled on the bill.

Consumers Energy responded to the legislation with this statement:

“Our advanced meter technology program is good for Michigan as it offers customer benefits beyond the capabilities of traditional meters. The new technology – which follows national testing for accuracy and safety – provides our customers with more accurate bills, unique energy use information, the ability to lower bills by managing overall energy use and increased billing options. We are concerned that this legislation could limit the company’s ability to provide this updated technology to our customers and unfairly shifts the costs of maintaining older equipment to customers who have upgraded meters.”

http://www.fox47news.com/news/local-news/bill-would-halt-smart-meter-opt-out-fees

CE defends smart meters, not everyone is convinced

CE defends smart meters, not everyone is convinced

Consumers Energy customers not happy with new smart meters

Consumers Energy customers not happy with new smart meters

Some Consumers Energy customers not happy with new smart meters
MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) – (02/13/17) – They’re called smart meters, and chances are you have one, but not all are happy with Consumers Energy’s newest way to monitor your electricity usage.

In fact, a state representative is attempting to make it less costly to opt out of the smart reader program.

Some people say their bills are higher, they feel it’s an invasion of privacy and there are health concerns, but Consumers Energy says they have received few complaints.

Debbie Jacalone wants Consumers Energy to know she doesn’t want a smart meter, by placing signs on her analog meters. She says has had health problems in the past.

“I don’t want any smart meters at my home,” she said. “When I go to homes with smart meters, I just feel worse, I feel like I get headaches, I feel like I get tired, sometimes I feel like I am wired.”

Consumers Energy plans to have most of its 1.9 million customers using the smart meters by the end of the year.

“We have began updating our electric meter technology,” said Dennis McKee, of Consumers Energy. “So our customers can get online access to their energy use information, no more estimated meter reads, and finally, the meters can let us know when there is a power outage. These are communicating digital meters, they send one text type message each day letting us know how much electricity each customer has used.”

He also says the frequency emissions put out by the smart meters fall well below guidelines set by the Federal Communication Commission and do not pose a health risk.

“It really goes back to a lot of myths and misunderstandings on the Internet, frankly, and one of the biggest ones, somehow this is a government-related program. We are not the government, we are just a utility trying to provide better service by using technology,” McKee said.

Jacalone is not convinced about the health risks and she is also against paying the fees charged by Consumers Energy to customers who don’t install smart meters. There is a one time charge of about $69 and $10 dollars each month to help pay for meter readers and equipment.

“I don’t feel like we should pay for an opt out either, because it’s not just a one time fee, it’s an ongoing charge,” she said.

McKee says 99.5 percent of its customers where smart meters are available are using those meters.

State representative Gary Glenn says he is hearing the complaints from his constituents.

“Smart meter technology was supposed to lower electricity bills. We have heard from people whose bills have gone up,” he said.

McKee says a small percentage of customers have opted out.

“The reason those opt out costs exists is so that those customers who choose to opt out, that one half of one percent, they pay the costs associated with those additional services,” he said.

Glenn says he will propose legislation that will eliminate the opt out costs for customers.

“I think it’s outrageous, especially when you are a monopoly and the homeowner is not free to choose to buy electricity somewhere else,” Glenn said. “It doesn’t matter why a homeowner may not want to have this technology installed, it should be up to that individual homeowner.”

Glenn hopes to introduce that legislation to do away with opt out costs soon.

http://www.abc12.com/content/news/Some-Consumers-Energy-customers-not-happy-with-new-smart-meters-413620153.html

Governments, Authorities Ignore 60+ Years of Dangers of Wi-Fi

Governments, Authorities Ignore 60+ Years of Dangers of Wi-Fi

Mon., Mar. 28, 2016

By

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau

Retired Canadian Army captain Jerry Flynn, who spent 22 years in its “Electronic Warfare” unit, is beseeching Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadian Medical Assn. president Dr. Chris Simpson to stop “suppressing the truth” about the dangers of Wi-Fi, Cellphones, computers, cell towers and other forms of radiation.The Canadian government is “blind to the decades-old corruption that is ongoing within the Minister of Health’s radiation protection bureau,” he said. “Tragically, for all persons living in Canada, our provincial governments have shown themselves to be willfully silent to those of us who have made many attempts to alert them over the years.”

Flynn also called on the Obama Administration to change its policy of ignoring the Wi-Fi threat.

“These are unprecedented, unbelievable times in America’s history,” he said.  One can only presume that President Obama himself, and his entire administration, are deliberately being kept ignorant of the systemic corruption that is ongoing within the U.S. regulatory family of agencies, most notably the Federal Communications Commission and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and its International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety.

Read full story: http://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/6595/2016-03-28/governments-authorities-ignore-60-years-dangers-wi-fi.html

As Kraków, Poland’s second city, takes steps to protect its citizens from rising electromagnetic ‘smog’ from mobile phones, wifi, Bluetooth, smart meters and other devices, Lynne Wycherley summarises 2016’s news highlights on the emerging bio-risks of rising exposure to non-ionisiong radiation. For how much longer can governments continue to ignore the growing evidence of harm?

Are we placing a covert stress, perhaps, on our exposed trees and pollinators? Could we be failing to safeguard children, teenagers, and those in frail health? What is the growing carbon cost of global, ever-on transmitters?

The first mayor of Kraków to be elected by popular ballot, law professor Jacek Majchrowski is tackling an environmental issue most governors avoid: the electromagnetic pollution in his city.

Following work on air pollution, and in response to growing demand, he is initiating forums for citizens to discuss the growing ‘smog’ of electro-magnetic fields (EMFs).

In a world first he is also initiating the provision of meters to detect radio-frequency (RF) / extremely low frequency (ELF) EMFs so people can collect objective data on their exposure.

In December, Majchrowski hosted an international conference on EMF pollution and citizens’ ‘right to information’ – an echo of the new Right to Know law in Berkeley, California (cell-phone sellers must supply safety information).

Speakers included Sławomir Mazurek, a pro-reform Polish minister for the Environment. Majchrowski and his team are now re-zoning mobile-phone masts (cell towers) to reduce EMF exposure levels.

With similar boldness, Argentina’s Lower National Congress proposed a new health law last year to regulate electromagnetic pollution.

Supported by trade unions and NGOs, its radical draft measures included hard-wired networks in schools (also hospitals) – recalling the recent Green-led French law on “electromagnetic sobriety” (2015) and recommendations of the American Pediatrics Society and British Doctors’ Initiative.

A planetary paradox

Across the planet, 2016 had seen a paradoxical trend: anthropogenic radiation from mobile and wireless trends continued to rise rapidly, alongside striking, under-reported findings on its possible bio-risks.

Cell-phone use was still climbing. India alone reached over 1 billion verified subscriptions. But like Wilde’s picture of Dorian Gray, the small screens endlessly sold to us harboured a troubling reality. In May, researchers in the USA’s $25 million National Toxicology Programme released early warnings (later stated in detail). Cell-phone radiation had shown clear tumour-promoting effects in the hearts and brains of the rats under study.

In Britain, meanwhile, neuroscientist Dr Sarah Starkey published a key peer-reviewed paper (October 2016) that exposed shocking bias in the 2012 report by AGNIR, the Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation – a report behind many governments’ take-no-action health policies, including the UK’s. And one which (as she demonstrates) blatantly excludes the peer-reviewed precautionary science.

Long buried by Germany’s government, a report offering a rare window on 878 Russian-language science papers (1960-1997) was finally translated, with updates, into English. Long-term studies on Soviet workers repeatedly charted chronic debilitation from weak EMFs – including pulsed microwaves that have been commercially ‘repackaged’ for today’s telecoms.

Though research protocols differed from those current today, raising potential questions, the author, medical Professor Karl Hecht, persuasively condemns his government – and the West as a whole – for its reliance on short-term studies.

Voices in the wind: unheard cautions

But escalating trends were in train. In July, the USA’s Federal Communications Commission approved unbridled commercial development of 5G, (July), despite serious question-marks about the new electromagnetic radiation being lined up for use, and the spiralling public exposure it would bring.

A parallel trend for hidden transmitters saw more antennae disguised as birdboxes – and now as cables (January 2017) – the polar opposite of ‘right to know’.

Whilst BT ran adverts for “the most powerful WiFi in the world” (UK), newly published papers continued to show DNA or organ damage to WiFi-exposed animals – raising questions about our habitual close exposure to routers / boosters.

And while the ITU (International Telecoms Union) told the United Nations that 95% of the world’s population had mobile phone-mast coverage (July), with added 4G/LTE supplying 53%, a landmark study in Germany (September) revealed progressive harm to trees from the growing microwave radiation. Strongly irradiated trees, even two miles from antennae, died back, often to the point that they were felled.

Similarly troubling, a Greek study of pollinating insects found that many species decreased in step with phone-mast radiation (Lázaro et al). Underground-nesting species fared much better – an imbalance, the authors noted, that could have wide eco-impacts, or affect crops.

Other 2016 peer-reviewed studies on phone-masts (cell towers) found genetic effects in nearby residents. (See also Gandhi 2015) plus lab-demonstrated amputee pain from the pulsing output.)

A study on Antarctic krill (March) found that navigation was disrupted by an exceptionally weak radiofrequency field. Research showing insect cell-death from 6 minutes’ weak wireless exposure added to previous, similar findings (a, b, c) on Bluetooth etc. Both hint at a need to monitor our fast-rising, non-ionising radiation.

Under-age users – a ‘generation zapped’?

In Los Angeles, a young director began filming Generation Zapped, a courageous documentary on smartphone / wireless risks. Now in its late stages of production, it attracted wide support.

Psychiatry professor Nicholas Kardaras, an expert in addiction, published his gripping book Glow Kids: how screen addiction is hijacking our kids (USA). Drawing on his clinical experience of over 1,000 teenagers, he adopted the term digital heroin for interactive small screens.

Sharing evidence for addiction-hallmark brain changes, however, he neglected plausible links with the wireless radiation itself (published RF risks to the prefrontal brain / opioid receptors).

A survey suggested US smartphone ownership began, on average, at age 10. Around the world, research showing children’s cell-phone radiation absorption was higher than adults’ – especially in the brain and bone marrow – continued to be overlooked. As did Russia’s 4-year study on multi-tested cognitive decline in 7 to 12 year-olds using cell phones (2011), a contrast to milder, short-term findings elsewhere.

Cell-phone risks to the blood-brain barrier which shields the brain from toxins – long highlighted by Professor Salford – found support in a new study. Professor Hardell (who called for pulsed RF to be upgraded to a Class 1 carcinogen in 2014) co-published on whether cell-phones might be a possible, hidden factor in the rise of thyroid cancer.

And a review of 21 studies showing RF/cell-phone risks to male fertility (Houston 2016) concluded that free radical damage played a key role.

Lost in the tide: human rights

Outside Sweden, human rights continued to be denied to the rising numbers of adults and children testifying to EHS (severe ‘electrosensitive’ symptoms).

Reviewing up to date biological evidence, the European Academy for Environmental Medicine recommended low pulsed-microwave exposure limits (0.006 V/m) for those affected – far lower than from today’s wireless transmitters – including in schools, hospitals, public transport, and libraries.

In July, the Spanish Court of Madrid pronounced a former telecoms engineer permanently disabled by EHS. Meanwhile an appeal judge (UK) awarded Employment and Support Allowance to a claimant, using surrogate terms due to the lack of legal recognition of EHS.

ICNIRP, the controversial regulatory body with newly documented conflicts of interest, now held 5 of the 6 seats in the WHO’s core group on EMFs (2016). As early as 2000, in a 189-page report, environmental professor Neil Cherry concluded ICNIRP neglected evidence “that would have had a chemical declared carcinogenic, neuropathogenic, cardiogenic and teratogenic for humans many years ago.”

Though views would vary widely, by October 2016, 223 EMF scientists from 41 nations had signed the ongoing appeal to the WHO and UN for new safety standards.

The UK’s microwave smart-meter rollout lumbered forward, despite spiralling costs, overseas court claims for health damage, and scientists’ call for worldwide, non-toxic alternatives. TV adverts obscured the meters’ microwave spikes (downplayed by manufacturers) and research on emerging health risks. (See note.)

Installation began to take off in London’s tenanted accommodation. Mel Kelly, reprinted in The Ecologist, had already pointed out that many poorer households (tenants) would face involuntary metering and exposure.

Guarding the troubled gardens of our cells

The interaction of toxic chemicals and electromagnetic fields continued to be neglected. The discovery of EMF-sensitive magnetite in the brain from chemical air pollution (September) did not bode well. Nor did the earlier discovery that weak wireless exposure speeded up rodent body tumours triggered by a chemical carcinogen (Lerchl 2015).

Apple launched its wireless ‘earbuds’, which expose the brain to Bluetooth, just as Professor Pall (winner of eight international awards) published a new paper on wireless risks to our nervous systems and brains (September).

This followed his ground-breaking work on a ‘master mechanism’ of harm: 26 peer-reviewed papers revealed over-stimulation of electrical gates (VGCCs) in our cell walls. This process boosts production of peroxynitrite (see note) – one of the most toxic compounds in the body – an emerging disease risk factor which triggers free radical damage to cells, tissues, mitochondria, and DNA.

Noting 93 papers showing free radical damage from low-level wireless radiation, Yakymenko, et al 2016 concluded it has “a high pathogenic potential”. Associate Professor Havas (November 2016) drew a similar, insightful parallel with weakly ionizing radiation such as X-rays or low energy gamma rays of nuclear origin.

‘Creative steps for low-addiction living’

Overall, 2016’s precautionary findings, added to the accumulating data suggesting bio-risks, raise sensitive questions. Are we placing a covert stress, perhaps, on our exposed trees and pollinators? Could we be failing to safeguard children, teenagers, and those in frail health? What is the growing carbon cost of global, ever-on transmitters?

And as time passes, might profit-driven trends for microwave ‘smart homes’, crammed with devices plus micro-transmitters (IoT), risk a subtle ‘sick building syndrome’, to everyone’s hidden cost? Our care for humanity, and the delicate legacy of DNA, invites us to reflect on such questions.

Can we take inspiration from Krakow, and the French Green law on EMFs? As 2017 unfolds, it seems clean ways forward deserve new thought, alongside creative steps for low-addiction living – a vital complement to going low carbon.

 


 

Lynne Wycherley is a nature poet with six published collections. Working in parallel with pioneering doctors, she has been investigating non-ionizing radiation for 5 years.

Also by Lynne Wycherley on The Ecologist:


Notes

French Law Sobriété de l’exposition aux champs électromagnétiques. Main points: A census, and remediation, of worst mobile-phone mast hotspots (> 6V/m). Public map of masts. (Ofcom’s was removed, 2016, with no plans to replace). WiFi banned from nurseries. Wired internet in new primary-school facilities; existing routers switched off when not part of lessons. Public WiFi signage. Government report on EHS. Notice of all proposed / altered antennae to mayors/ residents. Deactivation instructions, plus SARs, with all transmitting products, plus cell-phone safety information supported by awareness campaigns.

The National Toxicology Programme‘s Ron Melnick, who led the study design team, confirmed “after extensive reviews, the consensus is that there was a carcinogenic effect.”

Exposé of AGNIR, open access: Rev Environ Health 2016; 31(4): 493-503. “Decisions about involuntary, continuous and widespread RF exposures in schools, hospitals, workplaces and public and private spaces in the UK and around the world have been made based upon inaccurate conclusions of the AGNIR report.” (AGNIR membership overlaps with ICNIRP: below)

Professor Hecht: the 878 studies reported net “multi-morbid clinical findings and nonspecific regulatory disorders” including fatigue and nervous-system/body clock changes.

Re-packaged “Même ondes pulsées, même fréquences, même symptoms” [the same pulsing waves, same frequencies, same symptoms”]: Dr Pierre le Ruz, a former head of military radar research, interviewed by documentary-maker Marc Khanne (2013)

5G Dr Joel Moskowitz, community-health studies director, University of California: “precaution is warranted before 5G is unleashed on the world.” Trials bouncing mm waves off outdoor surfaces boasted “tremendous reflectivity”: this is troubling if humanity wants to conserve low-wave areas.

WiFi-induced damage (animals) e.g. to kidneys (Kuybulu et al 2016): the authors advise “staying away from EMF source especially in pregnancy and early childhood…may reduce negative effects of exposure on kidney.” 2015 findings included free radical damage to uterus & foetus. Earlier results included pre-diabetic trends from 1 hour’s WiFi for 21 days Salah et al 2013).

Parents may not realise tablets left in WiFi mode transmit continual microwave spikes – above 6V/m in ipads (video), exceeding smart phones’ – even in the absence of a WiFi connection.

Tree damage “The occurrence of unilateral damage is the most important fact in our study” [i.e commencing on the more irradiated side] “This constitutes a danger for trees worldwide.” Waldmann-Selsam C et al, Sci Total Envi 2016. (Microwave field measurements, V/m, reveal similar pollution levels local to, e.g., microcells, new WiFi boosters, and DECT security alarms). A small replication study on seedling failure in strong mast radiation (2016) awaits scaling up.

Genetic effects in residents (masts) “genetic damage evident in the participants of this study needs to be addressed against future disease-risk” Gandhi et al (ditto for blurred vision etc. 2014)

Professor Kardaras: “I have found it easier to treat heroin and crystal meth addicts than lost-in-the-matrix video gamers or Facebook-dependent social media addicts.” Recent brain-imaging research shows effects in the frontal cortex matching those seen from cocaine.

Prefrontal brain Seat of ‘executive functions’ including impulse control. ADHD and prefrontal brain damage was found in mice prenatally exposed to mobile phones (Aldad 2012), and higher ADHD (not necessarily causal) in children with prenatal/postnatal exposure (Divan et al 2008).

Opioids ”low-level RF activates both endogenous opioids and other substances in the brain that function in a similar manner to psychoactive drug actions. Such effects in laboratory animals mimic the effects of drugs on the part of the brain that is involved in addiction.” Bio-Initiative Report summary p.13

Cell-phones (children) Russian research: Khorserva et al, 2011. Other published cell-phone risks to children – and adults – include brain-protein/neurotransmitter imbalances e.g. Fragopoulou 2012/Aboul 2013 (re: depression, anxiety, memory, learning). See also Prof H Lai’s overviews 1, 2. Pediatrics found some mobile-device use in a staggering 97% of American 4-year-olds (Nov 2015).

Blood-brain barrier (mammals): 30 minutes’ 2G or 3G radiation from a mobile phone increased its permeability, Sirav & Seyhan, J Chem Neuroanat, Sept 2016; 75 (Pt B):123-7. (Salford found cases of delayed damage from the equivalent of 1.85m from a mobile phone).

Thyroid cancer “The incidence…is increasing in many countries, especially the papillary type that is the most radiosensitive”, Hardell et al 2016. Thyroid cancer risks from ionising radiation in Japan (Fukushima), though dismissed by some specialists, were eloquently highlighted in The Ecologist.

ICNIRP International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection. (To date, has upheld industry-friendly safety standards that protect only against high-intensity exposures that ‘cook’ tissue). In 2004, noting ICNIRP was an “unelected” body, Caroline Lucas observed that “much of the science is being ignored, and the precautionary principle … seems not to apply.” Some scientists have appealed for broader representation on WHO’s EMF core group (19 Dec 2016).

Smart meter rollout * Industry whistle-blower Diana Ostermann exposed how manufacturers downplay the house-piercing microwave pulses. Australian GP Federica Lamech testified “I suddenly became sick overnight with palpitations, chest pain, insomnia, dizziness, inability to concentrate, memory loss and fainting spells. I [later] found out it was [when] the smart meters were remotely turned on”(she had to abandon her home). For clinical findings see, e.g. Professor Marino / Dr Dietrich Klinghardt.

Apple wireless earbuds use an ‘ever on’ Bluetooth microwave transceiver that connects to the user’s smartphone. Dr Joel Moskowitz: “We are playing with fire … You are putting a microwave-emitting device next to your brain.”

Professor Pall, 2016: “studies provide substantial evidence that microwave EMFs from cell/ mobile phone base stations, excessive cell/mobile phone usage and from wireless smart meters can each produce similar patterns of neuropsychiatric effects, with several of these studies showing clear dose-response relationships.”

Peroxynitrite is regarded as an emerging key agent in the ‘diseases of civilisation’: cancer, neuro-degeneration, chronic inflammatory conditions, etc. [Prof Pall: strong mains-electric fields can contribute by a similar “VGCC” mechanism]. For RF/ELF oxidative damage, see Prof Georgiou .

Professor Havas: “As usage of microwave-emitting devices increases and is marketed to younger consumer without caution, we can expect a societal increase of certain types of cancers…as well as infertility and other health effects associated with free-radical damage”.

Ever-on, e.g. DECT cordless-phone microwave transmitters (full power 24:7, emerging risks 1, 2).

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2988521/krakows_bold_step_to_curb_electromagnetic_pollution_reflects_growing_evidence_of_harm.html

 

 

Group questions health impact of smart meters

Group questions health impact of smart meters

here is a growing concern among critics of the Glasgow Electric Plant Board’s new rate structure that the smart meters the utility uses to remotely monitor energy use in customers’ homes might be hazardous to their health, though there is doubt in the scientific community that such a link exists.

On the Facebook page for Glasgow Citizens Against the New EPB Rate Structure, a Change.org petition titled “Stand up Kentuckians! We can’t allow these meters to be deployed” is making the rounds.

The petition itself doesn’t explicitly cite any perceived smart meter-related health concerns but includes a video in which Dietrich Klinghardt, lead clinician at the Sophia Health Institute in Washington, explains what he sees as a health risk that comes with smart meters.

In the video, Klinghardt asserts there is a correlation between exposure to radio frequencies emitted by such devices as cellphones and smart meters and the development of autism in newborns, as well as other neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Karla Norman, a founding member of Glasgow Citizens, signed the petition, citing concerns with health and accurate reporting.

Some people in the community she’s spoken to said they’ve experienced physical pain and sleep disruptions since the smart meters were installed in 2015.

“They’re causing headaches, they’re causing sleep disturbances. It’s like having a microwave going 24/7,” she said.

She did, however, say public health concerns weren’t her sole motivation for signing the petition.

The new smart meters bear a digital tracker that shows how much electricity has been used, which she thinks might not be as accurate as the previous analog meters.

“With them, at least, you could see your monthly use,” she said.

Quackwatch, a website founded and run by retired psychiatrist and co-founder of the National Council Against Health Fraud that investigates fraudulent, unproven and unsafe medical practices, described neural therapy, a pseudoscientific medical treatment which Klinghardt is the “leading promoter” of in the United States, as medical quackery.

EPB Superintendent Billy Ray said there’s no reputable scientific study or investigation he knows of that suggests a connection between radio frequency and neurological issues. “Just like anything produced in the United States, a smart meter can’t get a stamp of approval unless it meets stringent requirements regarding public safety,” he said.

The radio frequency the smart meters emit, which is needed to relay information about how much electricity households are using and when they’re using them, is less than that produced by cell phones and baby monitors, Ray said.

“It’s just another wi-fi device,” he said.

In 2011, the California Council on Scientific Technology conducted a study on the safety of smart meter radio frequency and found that smart meters produce less radio frequency exposure than other household devices like cell phones and microwaves.

One of the study’s key findings was that “to date, scientific studies have not identified or confirmed negative health effects from potential non-thermal impacts of RF emissions such as those produced by existing common household electronic devices and smart meters.”

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