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Take back your power; stop smart meters

Human exposure to electromagnetic fields is pervasive.

“So what?” you ask.

You can drive by a cell phone tower and not even notice it, whether it is camouflaged or not. You can go online at Starbucks without a second thought. You probably are not too concerned about the smart meter PG&E installed in your home that tracks your electricity use in great detail. You may not care that this meter was probably installed without your permission.

In the future, the number of those concerned about electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in general and so-called smart meters in particular will increase — for good reason. EMFs can cause symptoms.

In the future, the number of those concerned about electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in general and so-called smart meters in particular will increase — for good reason.

“Probably all in their heads,” you say?

Tell that to Per Segerback, former employee of an Ericsson affiliate called Ellemtel. According to a 2010 article in Popular Science, one day a neighbor was talking to Segerback just a few feet from him. The neighbor’s cell phone rang. Segerback fell to the ground unconscious. Tell it to the 250,000 Swedes who, according to that same article, are electrically sensitive. Electrical sensitivity is a condition that worsens over time in response to exposure to EMFs. For the Swedes, early adopters of cell phone technology, electrical sensitivity is a disabling condition. In a 2002 article in the Environmental Health Perspective 3 percent of about 2,000 Californians considered themselves to be electrically sensitive.

EMFs can negatively impact health. According to the 2012 BioInitiative report, they likely cause numerous adverse health effects. The World Health Organization tells us these fields are possibly linked to the same carcinogens as lead and DDT. Exposure below “acceptable” levels is linked to rashes, headaches, insomnia, MS-like symptoms, depression, concentration and/or memory problems. A person may not know they are reacting, but biological changes confirm that they are.

Cordless phones, Wi-Fi, cell phone towers, radio and TV towers, microwaves and smart meters are increasing the number of those with electrical sensitivity. Corporations and the media routinely minimize the extent of “electrosmog.” According to an initial statement by PG&E, smart meters only send out data 45 seconds a day. In November 2011, under a judge’s order, the company admitted that their meters were receiving and sending EMFs an average of about 10,000 times per day, or, almost continuously. One meter actually transmitted 190,000 times daily.

To learn more about health and other risks such as fires associated with smart meters the public is invited to see the documentary “Take Back Your Power” at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center. The center is located at 180 Cambridge Court, off Whispering Pines in Grass Valley.

Following the movie, Josh Hart, MSC, Director, StopSmartMeters.org, will discuss the physical and political fallout from “smart” meters and what can be done to protect our communities. Local author and retired Lt. Col David Moyer (myself) will talk about the effects of electromagnetic fields on mental health, and Eric Windheim, Founder, WindheimEMFSolutions will discuss ways to assess and mitigate that risk. Admission is free. Donations to help defray the expense of showing the movie are welcome.

David Moyer, Lt. Col USAF, LCSW, retired, lives in Penn Valley.

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