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Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation

| 11 juin 2012 | 13 Commentaires

Quebec-based magazine La Maison du 21e siecle asked physician David O. Carpenter, former founding dean of the University at Albany (NY)’s School of Public Health, to comment an open letter published in the Montreal daily Le Devoir on May 24 2012. This letter claimed wireless smart meters pose no risk to public health. More than fifty international experts endorsed the following rebuttal.
(Lire la version française)

Dr David O. Carpenter, founder, University at Albany (NY) School of Public Health

We, the undersigned are a group of scientists and health professionals who together have coauthored hundreds of peer-reviewed studies on the health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). We wish to correct some of the gross misinformation found in the letter regarding wireless “smart” meters that was published in the Montreal daily Le Devoir on May 24. Submitted by a group Quebec engineers, physicists and chemists, the letter in question reflects an obvious lack of understanding of the science behind the health impacts of the radiofrequency (RF)/microwave EMFs emitted by these meters.

The statement that « Thousands of studies, both epidemiological and experimental in humans, show no increase in cancer cases as a result of exposure to radio waves of low intensity… » is false (1). In fact, only a few such studies — two dozen case-control studies of mobile phone use, certainly not thousands, have reported no elevations of cancer, and most were funded by the wireless industry. In addition, these reassuring studies contained significant experimental design flaws, mainly the fact that the populations followed were too small and were followed for a too short period of time.

Non industry-funded studies have clearly demonstrated a significant increase in cancer cases among individuals who have suffered from prolonged exposure to low-level microwaves, transmitted notably by radio antennas. The effects were best documented in meta-analyses that have been published and that include grouped results from several different studies: these analyses consistently showed an increased risk of brain cancer among regular users of a cell phone who have been exposed to microwaves for at least ten years. Children and youths are especially vulnerable (2). For example, the 2009 Hardell-Carlberg study reported a consistent association between use of mobile or cordless phones and two types of head tumors, astrocytoma grade I-IV and acoustic neuroma. The authors  »found an especially high risk for persons that started use of mobile or cordless phones before the age of 20 years, although based on low numbers ».

Brain Cancer Rates
Furthermore, the argument that brain cancer rates do not indicate an overall increase in incidence is not evidence that cell phones are safe: the latency for brain cancer in adults after environmental exposure can be long, up to 20-30 years. Most North Americans haven’t used cell phones extensively for that long. The evidence of the link between long-term cell phone use and brain cancer comes primarily from Northern Europe, where cell phones have been commonly used since the 1990s. Nevertheless, the most recent collection of primary brain tumors mined from pathology units in Australia showed brain cancer incidence rose by about 35% between 2000 and 2008 in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales (total population : more than 7 million).

In May 2011, after reviewing the published scientific literature regarding cancers affecting cell phone users, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radiofrequency radiation as a 2B, possible human carcinogen. Despite the absence of scientific consensus, the evidence is sufficiently compelling for any cautious parent to want to reduce their loved one’s exposure to RF/microwave emissions as much as possible, as recommended by various countries such as Austria, Belgium, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Electrosensitivity
Public fears about wireless smart meters are well-founded. They are backed by various medical authorities such as those of the Santa Cruz County(California) Public Health Department. These authorities are worried about the growing number of citizens who say they have developed electrohypersensitivity (EHS), especially since for many of them, the symptoms developed after the installation of such meters (it takes some time for most people to link the two events).

Since the turn of the millennium, people are increasingly affected by ambient microwaves due to the growing popularity of wireless devices such as cell phones and Wi-Fi Internet. Therefore, the mass deployment of smart grids could expose large chunks of the general population to alarming risk scenarios without their consent. According to seven surveys done in six European countries between 2002 and 2004, about 10% of Europeans have become electrosensitive. The most famous person to publicly reveal her electrosensitivity is Gro Harlem Brundtland, formerly Prime Minister of Norway and retired Director of the World Health Organization (WHO).

While there is no consensus on the origins and mechanisms of EHS, many physicians and other specialists around the world have become aware that EHS symptoms (neurological dermatological, acoustical, etc.) seem to be triggered by exposure to EMF levels well below current international exposure limits, which are established solely on short-term thermal effects (3). Organizations such as the Austrian Medical Association and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine have recognized that the ideal way to treat of EHS is to reduce EMF exposure.

Therefore, caution is warranted because the growing variety of RF/microwave emissions produced by many wireless devices such as smart meters have never been tested for their potential biological effects.

Well-known bioeffects
While the specific pathways to cancer are not fully understood, it is scientifically unacceptable to deny the weight of the evidence regarding the increase in cancer cases in humans that are exposed to high levels of RF/microwave radiation.

The statement that « there is no established mechanism by which a radio wave could induce an adverse effect on human tissue other than by heating » is incorrect, and reflects a lack of awareness and understanding of the scientific literature on the subject. In fact, more than a thousand studies done on low intensity, high frequency, non-ionizing radiation, going back at least fifty years, show that some biological mechanisms of effect do not involve heat. This radiation sends signals to living tissue that stimulate biochemical changes, which can generate various symptoms and may lead to diseases such as cancer.

Even though RF/microwaves don’t have the energy to directly break chemical bonds, unlike ionizing radiation such as X-rays, there is scientific evidence that this energy can cause DNA damage indirectly leading to cancer by a combination of biological effects. Recent publications have documented the generation of free radicals, increased permeability of the blood brain barrier allowing potentially toxic chemicals to enter the brain, induction of genes, as well as altered electrical and metabolic activity in human brains upon application of cell phone RF/microwaves similar to those produced by smart meters.

These effects are cumulative and depend on many factors including RF/microwave levels, frequency, waveform, exposure time, biovariability between individuals and combination with other toxic agents. Clear evidence that these microwaves are indeed bioactive has been shown by the fact that low-intensity EMFs have proven clinically useful in some circumstances. Pulsed EMFs have long been used to successfully treat bone fractures that are resistant to other forms of therapy. More recently, frequency-specific, amplitude-modulated EMFs have been found useful to treat advanced carcinoma and chronic pain.

High frequency EMFs such as the microwaves used in cell phones, smart meters, Wi-Fi and cordless ‘‘DECT’’ phones, appear to be the most damaging when used commonly. Most of their biological effects, including symptoms of electrohypersensitivity, can be seen in the damage done to cellular membranes by the loss of structurally-important calcium ions. Prolonged exposure to these high frequencies may eventually lead to cellular malfunction and death.

Furthermore, malfunction of the parathyroid gland, located in the neck just inches from where one holds a cell phone, may actually cause electrohypersensitivity in some people by reducing the background level of calcium ions in the blood. RF/microwave radiation is also known to decrease the production of melatonin, which protects against cancer, and to promote the growth of existing cancer cells.

Early warning scientists attacked
In recommending that the Precautionary Principle be applied in EMF matters, the European Environment Agency’s Director Jacqueline McGlade wrote in 2009: “We have noted from previous health hazard histories such as that of lead in petrol, and methyl mercury, that ‘early warning’ scientists frequently suffer from discrimination, from loss of research funds, and from unduly personal attacks on their scientific integrity. It would be surprising if this is not already a feature of the present EMF controversy… » Such unfortunate consequences have indeed occurred.

The statement in the Le Devoir letter that « if we consider that a debate should take place, it should focus exclusively on the effects of cell phones on health » is basically an acknowledgement that there is at least some reason to be concerned about cell phones. However, while the immediate exposure from a cell phone is of much greater intensity than the exposure from smart meters, cell phone use is temporary.

Smart meters
As Australian Associate Professor of neurosurgery Vini G. Khurana reports, adverse neurological effects have been reported in people who sustain close proximity to wireless meters, especially under 10 feet (3 metres).

A wireless smart meter produces radiofrequency microwave radiation with two antennas in approximately the same frequency range (900 MHz to 2.4 GHz) as a typical cell tower. But, depending on how close it is to occupied space within a home, a smart meter can cause much higher RF exposures than cell towers commonly do.  If a smart meter is located on a common wall with a bedroom or kitchen rather than a garage wall, for example, the RF exposure can be the same as being within 200 to 600 feet distance of a cell tower with multiple carriers. With both cell towers and smart meters, the entire body is immersed by microwaves  that go out in all directions, which increases the risk of overexposure to many sensitive organs such as the eyes and testicles. With a cell phone, people are exposed to microwaves primarily in the head and neck (unless using speaker mode), and only when the device is turned on or in standby mode.

Wireless smart meters typically produce atypical, relatively potent and very short pulsed RF/microwaves whose biological effects have never been fully tested. They emit these millisecond-long RF bursts on average 9,600 times a day with a maximum of 190,000 daily transmissions and a peak level emission two and a half times higher than the stated safety signal, as the California utility Pacific Gas & Electric recognized before that State’s Public Utilities Commission. Thus people in proximity to a smart meter are at risk of significantly greater aggregate of RF/microwave exposure than with a cell phone, not to mention the cumulative exposure received by people living near multiple meters mounted together, pole-mounted routers or utility collector meters using a third antenna to relay RF signals from 500 to 5,000 homes.

A technical study performed by Sage Associates in California indicates that RF levels from various scenarios depicting normal smart meter installation and operation may violate even the out-of-date US public safety standards which only consider acute thermal effects. This can happen when a person stands close to the meter to read the power consumption, or touches it, or shades the meter face with a hand to better read it. Emissions are also increased by reflective materials, such as stainless steel, other metals and mirrors, which can re-radiate stronger that the otherwise unaltered background. Microwaves are absorbed and dissipated by partially conductive materials, such as cement and special RF shielding paints and fabrics.

In addition to the erratic bursts of modulated microwaves emitted by wireless smart meters transferring usage data to electric, gas and water utilities, wireless as well as wired smart (powerline communication) meters are also a major source of ‘’dirty electricity’’ (electrical interference of high frequency voltage transients typically of kilohertz frequencies). Some scientists, such as American epidemiologist Sam Milham, believe that many of the health complaints about smart meters may also be caused by dirty electricity generated by the « switching » power supply activating all smart meters. Since the installation of filters to reduce dirty electricity circulating on house wiring has been found to relieve symptoms of EHS in some people, this method should be considered among the priorities aimed at reducing potential adverse impacts. Indeed, the Salzburg State (Austria) Public Health Department confirms its concern about the potential public health risk when in coming years almost every electric wire and device will emit such transient electric fields in the kilohertz-range due to wired smart meters.

Rather be safe than sorry
The apparent adverse health effects noted with smart meter exposure are likely to be further exacerbated if smart appliances that use wireless communications become the norm and further increase unwarranted exposure.

To date, there have been few independent studies of the health effects of such sources of more continuous but lower intensity microwaves. However, we know after decades of studies of hazardous chemical substances, that chronic exposure to low concentrations of microwaves can cause equal or even greater harm than an acute exposure to high concentrations of the same microwaves.

This is why so many scientists and medical experts urgently recommend that measures following the Precautionary Principle be applied immediately — such as using wired meters — to reduce biologically inappropriate microwave exposure. We are not advocating the abolishment of RF technologies, only the use of common sense and the development and implementation of best practices in using these technologies in order to reduce exposure and risk of health hazards.

(1) • Scientific papers on EMF health effects
(2) On Nov. 19 2012, we struck from this letter an error propagated in the media claiming that « In May 2012, the U.K.’s Office of National Statistics reported a 50 percent increase in incidence of frontal and temporal lobe tumors in children between 1999 and 2009. »
(3) Explanation and studies on electrosensitivity
(4) 
Governments and organizations that ban or warn against wireless technology

David O. Carpenter, MD, Director, Institute for Health & the Environment, University at Albany, USA
Franz Adlkofer, M.D., Chairman of the Pandora Foundation, Coordinator of the European Reflex Report on DNA-damage by cellphone radiation, Neuendorf, Germany
M. S. H. Al Salameh, PhD, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan
Jennifer Armstrong, MD, Past President, American Society for Environmental Medicine, Founder, Ottawa Environmental Health Clinic, Ontario, Canada
• Pierre L. Auger, MD, Occupational medicine, Multiclinique des accidentés 1464, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Igor Beliaev, PhD, Head research scientist, Cancer Research Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak republic
Fiorella Belpoggi, PhD, Director Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center, Ramazzini Institute, Bologna, Italy
• Dominique Belpomme, MD, Director of the European Cancer and Environment Research Institute, Brussels, Belgium
Martin Blank, PhD, former President, Bioelectromagnetics Society, Special Lecturer, Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, USA
Barry Breger, MD, Centre d’intégration somatosophique (orthomolecular medicine), Montreal, Quebec
• Simona Carrubba, PhD, Prof. Biophysics, Daemen College, Amherst, NY, Associate Researcher, Neurology, Buffalo General Hospital , Buffalo, NY
John Cline, MD, Professor, Institute for Functional Medicine, Federal Way, WA, USA, Medical Director, Cline Medical Centre, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Alvaro Augusto de Salles, PhD, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Christos Georgiou, Prof. Biochemistry, Biology Department, University of Patras, Greece
• Andrew Goldsworthy, PhD, Honorary lecturer in Biology, Imperial College, London, UK
Claudio Gómez-Perretta, MD, Director, Centro de Investigación, Hospital Universitario LA Fe, Valencia, Spain
Livio Giuliani, PhD, Senior Researcher, National Insurance Institute (INAIL), Chief of Radiation and Ultrasounds Research Unit, Rome, Italy
Yury Grigoriev, PhD, Chair Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, Moscow, Russia
Settimio Grimaldi, PhD, Director, Institute of Translational Pharmacology (Neurobiology and molecular medicine), National Research Council, Rome, Italy
Magda Havas, PhD, Centre for Health Studies, Trent University, Canada
Lennart Hardell, MD, Professor of Oncology, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden
Denis L. Henshaw, PhD, Professor of Physics, Head of The Human Radiation Effects Group, University of Bristol, UK
Ronald B. Herberman, MD, Chairman of Board, Environmental Health Trust, and Founding Director emeritus, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, USA
• Donald Hillman, PhD, Dairy Science, Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University, USA
Isaac Jamieson, PhD, Environmental Science (electromagnetic phenomena in the built environment), independent architect, scientist and environmental consultant, Hertfordshire, UK
Olle Johansson, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience (Experimental Dermatology Unit), Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Yury Kronn, PhD, Soviet authority on physics of nonlinear vibrations and high frequency electromagnetic vibrations, founder of Energy Tools International, Oregon, USA
Vini G. Khurana, MBBS, Associate of Professor of Neurosurgery, Australian National University, Australia
Henry Lai, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA
Abraham R. Liboff, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA
Don Maisch, PhD, Researcher on radiation exposure standards for telecommunications frequency, EMFacts Consultancy, Tasmania, Australia
Erica Mallery-Blythe, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician, England
Andrew A. Marino, MD, Professor of Neurology, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA, USA
Karl Maret, MD, President, Dove Health Alliance, Aptos, CA, USA
Fiorenzo Marinelli, PhD, Researcher on biological effects of EMFs, Institute of Molecular Genetics, National Research Council, Bologna, Italy
Andrew Michrowski, PhD, Director, Planetary Association for Clean Energy, Ottawa, Canada
Sam Milham, MD, former chief epidemiologist, Washington State Department of Health, USA
Joel M. Moskowitz, PhD, Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Gerd Oberfeld, MD, Public Health Department, Salzburg State Government, Austria
Mike O’Carroll, PhD, Professor Emeritus (Applied Mathematics), University of Sunderland, UK
Jerry L. Phillips, PhD, Director, Center for Excellence in Science, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, USA
• John Podd, PhD, Professor of Psychology (experimental neuropsychology), Massey University, New-Zeland
William J. Rea, MD, thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, founder of the Environmental Health Center, Dallas, Tx, USA
Elihu D. Richter, MD, Professor, Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel
Leif G. Salford, MD, Senior Professor of Neurosurgery, Lund University, Sweden
• Nesrin Seyhan, MD, Founder and Chair of Biophysics, Medical Faculty of Gazi University, Turkey
Cyril W. Smith, PhD, lead author of “Electromagnetic Man”, retired from Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Salford, UK
Morando Soffritti, MD,
Scientific Director of the European Foundation for Oncology and Environmental Sciences “B. Ramazzini” in Bologna, Italy
Carlos Sosa, MD, surgeon affected by the Microwave syndrome, Medellin, Columbia
Antoinette “Toni” Stein, PhD, Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-EMF Working Group), Co-Coordinator, Berkeley, CA, USA
Stanislaw Szmigielski, MD, PhD Professor of Pathophysiology, Consulting Expert, former director of Microwave Safety, Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Warsaw, Poland
• Lauraine Vivian, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Primary Health Care Directorate, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Bradford S. Weeks, MD, Director, The Weeks Clinic, Clinton, WA, USA
Stelios A. Zinelis, MD, Vice-President, Hellenic Cancer Society, Cefallonia, Greece

Coordination: Andre Fauteux, Publisher and Editor in chief, la Maison du 21e siècle magazine, Sainte-Adele, Quebec, Canada.

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  1. Richard Leschen. dit :

    Dear Sirs and Me dames,
    I Loved the scientific article above, Smart Meters: Correcting the Gross Misinformation agfauteux | 11 juillet 2012 | 2 Commentaires:

    Ich non parle voux Frances, nur Deutsch und English.

    I thought the above,a very clear and objective article. It is clear to me why the many decent Christian and Humanitarian Scientists don’t receive any more, or at least very limited Grants when they publish the truth which is that Science is now finding this Microwave Technology of the Smart Meters and the Cell Phones etc so much more dangerous than first believed many years ago. ARPANSA is the Hymn Sheet they the M/Wave Industry sings from here in Victorian Australia and these boffins at places like Motor Rolla and the other Industrial Firms which make these now proving to be dangerous Microwave cell phones and now Accursed Smart Meters which are not smart in any way. They hate the truth coming out as it damages their PROFITS. What is the good of manufacturing all this JUNK Like Cell Phones and so-called Smart Meters when it is obviously as is now being proven, to be killing off their customers with Class 2B Carcinogens as now is being daily evidenced by the World Health Organisation. Not only is this Evil Quasi Technology killing of humans it seems, but animals are getting the Class 2B Carcinogens as well as honey bees and other insects. To cap off all this Microwave Madness now the W.H.O or World Health Organisation is finding that delicate plants and creepers are also dying from the Smart Meter Microwave poisoning.

    I have also found from much studies at peoples homes where the delicate plants and many creepers in hanging baskets are next to or close to these Damnedly now proving to be poisonous Microwave Smart Meters that many of these delicate plants are first looking very sick after a few days of exposure to the Microwave Smart Meters,after they are installed, then over several weeks most of these delicate plants and creepers are either dead and dying. This I have had proven to me after visiting very many homes here in Victoria.

    Sincerely,

    Richard Leschen.

  2. Susan B dit :

    I highly commend Dr. David Carpenter and all signers of the above rebuttal, which IS factual. I call upon all citizens to refuse to allow smart meters on their property and if there, to agitate for opt-outs and a ban on these meters, participating in direct action to accomplish this. In my case (I live in California), I founded a nonprofit to deal with these issues and participate formally in proceedings at our state public utilities commission, educate the public and government, provide advocacy as much as possible, and communicate with experts, sharing their wisdom with the public, and encouraging them to take strong actions. There are more of « us » than there are of the profiteering liars who try to hide the dangers – whether they are in the government or industry. These must be « outed » and the population refuse to allow this travesty to continue. We are making good progress, collectively, and this rebuttal letter above is evidence of that. visit http://www.electrosmogprevention.org for more info and how to fight smart meters legally. Bravo, Dr. Carpenter et al!

  3. Dr. P. dit :

    12 Juillet 2012

    Voici 3 articles très importants sur les « Smart » Meters:

    1. « Looming Health Crisis »:
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=31816

    2. « The Invisible Hazards of Smart Meters »:
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26082

    et
    3. « Smart Meter Dangers Update »:
    http://consciouslifenews.com/smart-meter-dangers-update-scientific-proof-hazards/1124466

  4. Colette O'Connell dit :

    Thank you for the open and factual facts as presented. I campaigned in the late 90′s to 2001 against mobile phone transmitters being sited in residential communities, in Ireland. I have watched as people on the ground have complained of symptoms and medical complaints as highlighted by numerous studies. These complaints have included problems with livestock etc.
    Those in power, have continued to ignore the facts when presented to them, instead favouring the views of industry, whose sole objective is the pursuit of profit, irrespective of the price or effect.
    My compliments to those who have signed this letter and other statements in the interest of public health, and whose careers and research funding have suffered as a result.
    On behalf of us ordinary people, our sincere thanks. Colette

  5. Will Richards dit :

    Here in BC the government shoved these « smart » meters down our throats this last year. A lot of people protested that they were unsafe (and unnecessary) but BC Hydro went ahead and installed them in all our houses business and apartments anyway. I wrote to BC Hydro and voiced my objection to « smart » meters. On the issue of safety I asked them whether they had done any studies, long or even short term, on the health effects of these smart meters installed in houses. In other words had they actually exercised due diligence and tested these smart meters in real time on people living in residents and if so where where these studies. They said they hadn’t done any such studies and referred me to their glossy propaganda website

    • agfauteux dit :

      Hi Will,
      Sad story indeed. Is your meter on your home?
      Good way to protect yourself is with a cement panel rather than foil.
      Details:
      http://www.emfrelief.com/smart-meters.html
      You may also want to filter the huge amount of noxious dirty electricity (high frequency transients, a form of interference produced by all electronics) with Graham-Stetzer meters from getpurepower.ca
      However, before installing such filters, you need to ensure your electric circuits are balanced, otherwise they will generate high magnetic fields throughout the circuits where they are plugged into wall outlets.
      Details again from New Jersey Building Biologist Sal La Duca : http://www.emfrelief.com/capacitive-filters.html
      In BC, I recommend Building Biologist Katharina Gustavs : baubiologie.ca/
      Thanks for your feedback
      André

      • Will Richards dit :

        Hi agfauteux

        No, it’s in my apartment building 4 or 5 floors down. We have a bank of them down there apparently. I don’t think the threat is minimal at that distance though esp since there must be 60-70 of them down there, one for each suite in our building.

        I will look into those protective measures you suggest. Thanks

  6. Most important to realize this global grid is for energy dominance and total control by the world power brokers, the elite. The « Iron Mountain Report » on http://www.StopTheCirme.net will tell you about the planned agenda and the Silent Weapons Quiet Wars is a source document. These documents along with NWO Exposed 1969 describe the goal to create a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. United Nations Agenda 21 is NOW nearly fully implemented. . . Global paper currencies will be eliminated and energy allowances will be issued to each person. The Controllers MUST create FEAR in order to control society and they show how they INVENTED Mass Pollution. We are all in unimaginable trouble. Frequencies are now the threat to our continued existence and combined with the weather manipulation programs and all the toxins added to our food supplies, etc we are at a tipping point.

    • Greg Shea dit :

      Thank you, Deborah.

      You have clearly elucidated some of the most important issues that everyone needs to be made aware of.

      Do you write often to blogs? I would like to read more from you.

      Greg Shea (Lake Cowichan, BC)

  7. Fernando dit :

    The huge problem for us I thing is from those Fleurs du Mal with many ways of action of operation from HAARP.

  8. Dr. Lauraine Vivian dit :

    I am a medical anthropologist who has a Phd in Psychiatry and I am based in the Primary Health Care Directorate, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. We are increasingly concerned about the adverse effects and reports of the harmful effects of EMR in South Africa.

    Dr. L M H Vivian

  9. Cathy Antonakos dit :

    I have noted that Cisco systems claims its pole-mounted transmitters — part of the smart grid technology — will funnel data from 2000 smart meters. However, in my neighborhood, we see one pole-mounted transmitter approximately every 100 yards. The transmitter on the pole near my home may be a source of a constant, irritating high-frequency noise that I and my children hear. My son and I also hear a constant ringing noise at a lower pitch. As I see it, this technology has many problems in addition to the microwave transmissions. Most people like me cannot afford to diagnose and solve the problem. Very disheartening.

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