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David Adams: Hazards of smart meters well documented

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David Adams

In The Union’s previous reporting on the proposal to ban electrical utility “smart meters” in Nevada City, major parts of the relevant information are missing.

The quoted PG&E spokeswoman’s attempt to pass the blame for the smart meters program off to the CPUC is disingenuous as best; both these parties were in long-term, probably illegal collusion to launch this program in California, as documented at http://www.healthfreedoms.org/smart-meter-scandal-in-california-emails-reveal-cpuc-may-have-known-and-concealed-health-risks-and-other-problems/.

One can’t rely on PG&E for accurate scientific information or on the California Council on Science and Technology or even the American Cancer Society — and certainly not the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has refused to regulate use of this low-frequency/Wi-Fi/microwave kind of radiation at all. Their loose standards only apply to heat effects from high-frequency radiation.

A thoughtful and well-informed reportage needs to keep in mind that the manufacture and sale of the various devices that use and emit this kind of radiation is a more-than-a-trillion-dollar-a-year business, and that the corporations involved have enormous wealth and power, including an unhealthy revolving-door-staff influence on the federal government organizations, like the FCC, which are supposed to regulate the safety of their products for the public good rather than corporate profit. The proposed exposure limits in the 2012 Bioinitiative Report (designed to protect against the negative biological effects found in 67 key scientific studies) are one million times lower than current FCC limits.

It would be a progressive step if the Nevada City Council would agree to recognize the difficult truth of Wi-Fi radiation damage by banning the imposition of so-called smart meters in our homes and businesses.

The fact is that there are many, many thousands (one estimate is more than 20,000) of peer-reviewed, published scientific studies going back to the 1970s that mostly demonstrate a wide range of neurological and physiological damage from prolonged exposure to the kind of low-frequency radiation generated by smart meters (especially the non-industry-funded studies). These include not only various cancers, but single- and double-strand breaks in cellular DNA, irreversible mitochondrial damage to DNA, other chromosomal aberrations and mutations (e.g., Down syndrome), lowering of male sperm count and motility, greater risk of miscarriages and fetal abnormalities, breakdown of the blood-brain barrier allowing potentially toxic chemicals and proteins to enter the brain, altered brainwave and metabolic activity, racing heart rate (tachycardia), damage to cellular membranes in the body (leading to cell deaths), and causing red blood cells to leak hemoglobin, which can lead to heart disease or kidney stones.

These slower-acting effects are in addition to the more typical symptoms of the “lesser” but more conscious symptoms that “electro-hypersensitive” (EHS) persons experience: fatigue, headaches/migraine, nose bleeds, difficulty concentrating, dizziness/nausea/vertigo, visual and auditory distortion, anxiety, depression, memory loss, attention deficit, skin rash, hyperactivity, night sweats, and insomnia. Children are more susceptible to all these effects than adults. If readers (and doubters) look at just one of the many websites about this problem, http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/, they will find much information as well as links to a few thousand of these scientific studies.

One final usually unmentioned aspect I could mention is the role of the U.S. military. Gong back to the 1970s there are more than 8,300 relevant scientific studies just by the military, which hopes to (and by some accounts already has) weaponize this spectrum of radiation. I could also mention a 2013 letter issued by the Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine that referred to an Australian scientific study of 92 case series that “clearly demonstrates adverse health effects in the human population from smart meter emissions.”

It would be a progressive step if the Nevada City Council would agree to recognize the difficult truth of Wi-Fi radiation damage by banning the imposition of so-called smart meters in our homes and businesses.

David Adams, Ph.D. lives in Penn Valley.


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