Studies show potential hazards of smart meters
Here’s the thing about smart meters: Thousands of studies have been done linking ELF (extremely low frequency) and RF (radio frequency), which includes the microwave band, to a host of health problems.
* The 1,479-page BioInitiative 2012 Report, which considers about 1,800 biomedical research publications issued in the last five years. The report was prepared by an international body of 29 experts, heavy in Ph.Ds and M.D.s, from 10 countries, including the U.S. (www.bioinitiative.org).
* A 74-page review of 276 biomedical research publications published in 2013 by a group of six doctors in Oregon, which makes the health case against the installation of wireless smart meters. (FCC website link titled “Health Effects of RF – Research Review (97).”)
* Michael Bevington’s book, published in 2013, which summarizes the findings of 1,828 research publications describing the symptoms caused by exposure to electromagnetic radiation and concluding that smart meters are in the highest risk category. “Electromagnetic Sensitivity and Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: A Summary, 2013 (www.es-uk.info).
The problem is that because the research does not yet demonstrate absolute proof – think climate change denial and the tobacco industry – the industry continues to stonewall.
Current Federal Communications Commission regulations are geared for a 6-foot man, date to 1986 and are based on thermal standards, when tissue change occurs with far weaker emissions. In 1999, the Radio Frequency Interagency Working Group, the U.S. government, concluded the present RF standard “may not adequately protect the public,” and recommended 14 revisions to exposure guidelines.
Isn’t caution indicated?