Smart meters are making people sick. If that’s happening to you, please contact the EMF Safety Network, which is doing a stellar job sharing comments by people whose health is being affected, and supporting residents who are suffering ill health due to smart meters. Reported symptoms include nausea, ear ringing, heart palpitations, nervousness, insomnia, body aches, and headaches.
Some individuals say they can feel the pierce of each smart meter pulse in their body or head. Others say their symptoms have become so debilitating and physically intolerable, after the installation of smart meters, that they had to move out of their home or city.
This is not living. This is inhumane suffering, and slow death by torture.
So don’t even talk to us about wanting to charge us extra to keep our analog meters in order to preserve and protect our home environment and health.
Some of those who come down with these symptoms are called electro-sensitive, i.e., they respond with certain symptoms when exposed to low-level radiation like that emitted from cell phones and WiFi (and now smart meters). Others became electro-sensitive or suddenly became aware that they were electro-sensitive after the smart meters were installed.
For the record, electro-sensitivity is not psychosomatic. In Sweden, it’s fully recognized as an impairment.
For decades, scientists have noted and documented how certain individuals can suffer from ear ringing (or tinnitus) and headaches due to pulsed microwave radiation exposure. There are also hundreds of studies on other serious health effects, including DNA damage, breaks in the blood-brain barrier, and male fertility. Last year (2010), a peer-reviewed study, “Mobile phone pulse triggers evoked potentials” documented how cell phone EMFs are detected by the body and brain.
Just last week (July 28, 2011), a scientific study was released showing that electrosensitivity is not a psychological response. This peer-reviewed study “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Evidence for a Novel Neurological Syndrome,” was published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, and its authors include David E. McCarty, M.D., Simona Carrubba, Ph.D., Andrew L. Chesson, Jr., M.D., Clifton Frilot, II, Ph.D., Eduardo Gonzalez-Toledo, M.D., Andrew A. Marino, Ph.D. It studied a woman who knew she was electrosensitive and then exposed her to certain types of EMF without her knowing it. Her symptomatic responses were associated in particular with pulsed (versus continuous) EMF.
Another peer-reviewed study this year replicated other studies documenting how sleep is affected to mobile-phone like RF EMF. “Sleep EEG alterations: effects of different pulse-modulated radio frequency electromagnetic fields,” published April 12, 2011, in the Journal of Sleep Research, exposed 30 healthy males to this type of radiation. “Consistent with previous findings, our results provide further evidence that pulse-modulated RF EMF alter brain physiology.”
Meanwhile, electrical engineer Rob States has studied smart meters in the home environment setting and has found that in addition to RF radiation exposure, the smart meters are generating spikes of EMF fields in home wiring that is harmful to the human body. He also reports on a study done by two engineers that found “all of the meters measured so far, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, emit noise on the customer’s electric wiring in the form of high frequency voltage spikes…recent scientific papers have increasingly reported that pulsed radiation is significantly worse than continuous radiation.” Meanwhile, in another part of California, physician Sam Milham, author of “Dirty Electricity,” is finding the same problems due to the Switching Power Mode Supply of smart meters that are making residents sick in their own homes.
Don’t forget that if the utilities have their way, they will put three smart meters on your home. Because in addition to the smart meter that collects our energy usage, our utilities also want to install a gas smart meter and a water smart meter.
In addition to the smart meters, there’s also the Home Area Networks (HAN) device the utilities want to deploy to go along with your smart meters that also emit radiation.
This is how it works: the smart meters that monitor your electrical usage have two RF antennas. One RF antenna beams radiation outward to communicate with other smart meters in your neighborhood and/or the WiFi utility antenna on light poles in your neighborhood. The second RF antenna inside your smart meter spews radiation into your home to communicate with your HAN — which communicates with your next generation “smart” appliances that have RF chips in them to tell you and the utility (and third party vendors who really want your usage data) what appliances you are using and when.
Utilities, meanwhile, will tell the media and general public that smart meters are safe. They will tell you that smart meter radio frequency (RF) radiation emissions fall within Federal Communication Commission (FCC) public safety guidelines, they emit radiation that is like a cell phone but is less than a cell phone, that their emissions are only a few seconds throughout the day to total to under one minute, and that a smart meter “health” report by the California Council of Science and Technology (CCST) concludes that they are safe.
At the same time, they will tell you that persons with pacemakers are advised to check with their doctors to see if there will be any problems if they get too close to a smart meter. San Diego Gas & Electric backed off on installing a smart meter on Susan Foster’s home due to her fragile heart condition.
So what’s really going on here?
To give you a more complete picture of the truth about smart meters and health effects:
1. The FCC RF public exposure standard is seriously flawed, outdated, and incomplete. CCST stated in its own report that the FCC’s current RF standard does not take into account the effects of non-ionizing radiation. The CCST report also cites a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency confirming this limitation of our federal standards. This same type of radiation is emitted from cell phones, and smart meters. There are hundreds of studies showing this type of radiation causes harmful effects on DNA, male fertility, the blood-brain barrier.
The FCC standard was established in 1996 and does not take into account the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifying non-ionizing wireless radiation as a Class 2B carcinogen, on par with DDT. The WHO issued this classification on May 31, 2011, due to studies showing increased risk of brain cancer in long-term cell phone users. Also recently, the Council of Europe called for immediate action to protect children from wireless technologies by banning cell phones and Wi-Fi in schools and conducting public information campaigns on safer use of wireless devices.
The FCC standard had been criticized because it’s based on RF exposure to a 200-pound adult male with an 11-pound head, not a woman, or child, who absorbs radiation more easily than a full-grown adult. Moreover, the FCC has a major conflict of interest because it’s in the billion-dollar business of selling wireless spectrum to the industry that is supposed to regulate. This corporate buy-out didn’t happen overnight. This cozy relationship between the FCC and the wireless industry began in the 1993. So would you trust the FCC to look out for your health versus promoting the expansion of the wireless industry?
2. Cell phones and smart meters may emit the same type of radiation, but cell phones are optional. We can turn off cell phones at night or when we’re not using them. Or decide not to have them at all. Smart meters are mandatory and operate 24/7 — so we are talking chronic exposure here. We cannot turn them off at night when we’re resting, or whenever we don’t want the artificial RF exposure emissions bathing our homes and neighborhoods.
Do smart meters emit less radiation than a cell phone? Do the math. While manufacturers of cell phones recommend in user manuals that consumers keep cell phones 2.5 cm (1 inch) away from your head, the FCC recommends that people stay at least 20 cm (7.8 inches) away from a smart meter. Smart meters are thus more powerful than cell phones.
UC Santa Cruz Professor of nuclear policy Daniel Hirsch did a study showing how the CCST report had erred when it said that smart meter radiation exposure was less than that of cell phones. Hirsch’s study revealed that when you take into account cumulative smart meter RF radiation exposure to the whole body, the smart meter radiation exposure is actually greater than cell phone radiation exposure to the head.
Environmental health expert Cindy Sage’s assessment of smart meters found that smart meters can exceed the FCC’s RF public exposure safety standard.
3. How often do smart meters emit pulses? PG&E likes to tell customers they don’t emit pulses for more than 45 seconds per day. However, an informal survey of meters done in northern California, seems to indicate otherwise.
And here is a Trilliant smart meter installed on a home by Festival Hydro in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, that is going off frequently. The resident reports ill effects since the meter was installed. (Burbank Water & Power is installing Trilliant smart meters).
4. The CCST Report on the health impact of smart meters has been criticized by a variety of scientists and health experts from around the world who have studied or are knowledgeable about the harmful effects of non-ionizing radiation on human health and biology. Keep in mind that the CCST report also did not do any original study of health effects on humans — the team members in their own report even admit that they instead based their study on a review of existing literature. Commenting on the CCST report, the California Department of Public Health pointed out that the CCST report based its representation of Smart Meter emissions upon controlled conditions and not real world conditions. CDPH also recommended that the CCST team do further review of peer-reviewed studies on non-thermal health effects, in particular: “Electromagnetic Fields and DNA Damage” in Pathophysiology (2009), “Electromagnetic Fields and the Induction of DNA Strand Breaks” in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine (2009), and “Radiofrequency and Extremely Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Effects on the Blood-Brain Barrier.”
We’ll conclude this post by leaving you with the wise words of Dr. David O. Carpenter, a Harvard M.D. and a Director of the Institute of Health and the Environment at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health. He warns that no one has done any human health studies on smart meters showing they are safe. He also explains how the radiation emitted from smart meters causes all type of harmful effects. Watch here to learn more, he’s brief and succinct:
That’s right. “An informed person should demand that they be able to keep their analog meter,” says Dr. Carpenter.
An informed public should also demand that our utilities have smart meters fully studied for human health impacts in real-world conditions before our utilities continue to install them throughout our neighborhoods and communities.