Sunday, December 20, 2015

While Government Agencies & Utility Companies Skirt the Issue of Safety...


My General Public Comment at the December 15, 2015 Battle Creek, Michigan, City Commission Meeting:
The City of Battle Creek Water Department, and ALL of our utility companies, have claimed that their new wireless utility meters fall within FCC guidelines for safety.  
This is from a published FCC bulletin:  
“In general, while the possibility of ‘non-thermal’ biological effects may exist, whether or not such effects might indicate a human health hazard is not presently known.” 
 “Not presently known,” means that they really don’t know. 
A PDF available online called Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates, by Norm Alster, Harvard University, says:  
“…consumer safety, health, and privacy, along with consumer wallets, have all been overlooked, sacrificed, or raided due to unchecked industry influence.”  
Campanelli & Associates, P.C., anti-cell-tower lawyers in New York State, pose the question on their web site: Isn’t the FCC protecting us?  Their answer:  
“No.  To the contrary, the FCC has employed, and continues to employ its power to assist the wireless industry…”  
In May of this year the City of Battle Creek announced they were installing a dozen or so new utility poles for the new water meter read system antennas, though the link to that announcement is no longer working.  
Our modern world is creating an electromagnetic soup filled with electrical pulses, radio frequencies, and wireless signals that emit damaging radiation.  Many peer-reviewed scientific studies draw conclusions that particularly young children and pregnant women are most at risk.  See Bioinitiative.org. 
Professor Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, with eight international awards for his work, is also calling for action against common emitters of electromagnetic pollution.  He says that these devices are a biohazard which need to be abolished.  
While government agencies and utility companies skirt the issue of safety, the City of Battle Creek Water Department, can not produce any proof that the new wireless utility meters are proven safe.  No one can, because such evidence does not exist. 
Unless the new wireless utility meters are proven safe, do you really think it is moral and just to charge a fee to those who do not want the new meters because they either just don’t want them or are getting sick from them?  
Thank you for listening ~ May we all truly be blessed!
The video link to the meeting is here, and I begin speaking at about 46:22. 

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Rapidly Changing Times

Following is the three minute comment I gave at the December 1st Battle Creek City Commission meeting.  

The video of the meeting is here.  "General Public Comments" begins at about 48:00 and my comment begins at about 53:40.


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I'm here to talk about the wireless technology that is being used by the Water Department, and all over.

We are living in rapidly changing times. When I was growing up in Chicago, no one had a cell phone, not even the Moms.

  • Today, most Moms and children have cell phones. 

We are now also seeing more and more schools installing WiFi for wireless laptops and tablets the students use on a daily basis. 
  • There was no WiFi, not even in Chicago, when I was growing up.
And recently we’ve been introduced to smart meters, though not all of the new wireless utility meters are called smart meters. Some are called encoder-receiver-transmitters. But the one thing they all have in common is that they are wireless devices that communicate with cell towers or antennas by sending multiple micro-pulses of radiation throughout our homes, and our bodies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is what is called continuous low-level exposure.

Cancer clusters have been developing in areas where people live, work, or go to school close to cell towers. 

People are developing cancerous tumors in body areas where cell phones are held or stored.

Some parents have sued their child’s school, claiming the WiFi is making their children very sick. Parents are forming independent groups for safer use of technology in schools because they can see the harmful effects wireless has on their children, yet school officials aren't doing anything.

We hear small children describing “flash headaches” while walking by a smart meter, and heart palpitations when opening up wireless laptops in schools.

Current FCC guidelines are based upon the assumption that wireless signals are received from just ONE transmitting antenna at a distance. However, we are no longer exposed to just one transmitting antenna, let alone at a distance.

Within a 4 mile radius of where we are right now, you wont believe how many cell towers.  Guess!  Eighty-one.  There are 81 cell towers and 253 antennas.

We have not gone one generation with the level of wireless technology that is commonplace today. The science is showing that it’s long-term continuous low-level exposure that leads to serious injury in health.  See EMFscientist.org

If we are to error in regards to wireless technology, is it not best that we error on the side of caution?

Thank you for listening ~ May We All Truly Be Blessed!

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

If We Are To Error...


Is it not best that we error on the side of caution?

It has been proven that when we hear something repeated so many times, we begin to believe it as the truth, whether it is true or not.  Advertisers know that, and use it as a strategy.  And that's what the utility companies have been doing with this whole smart meter agenda, telling the public about all the so-called benefits of this smart meter/smart home/smart grid program, yet they've done little research on the actual health impacts all this wireless technology has.  Truth be told, it's really the utility companies that will benefit from these smart meters, not the consumers, as explained here.  

Those who are hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields, like myself, know there are issues with this new smart meter/smart home/smart grid technology because we can feel it.  Our reactions are not always immediate, because there is a cumulative effect, however sometimes the "symptoms" are instantaneous.   


Human live blood analysis shows that our blood does react almost instantly to the pulsed radiation generated by smart meters:




The minutes to the Battle Creek City Commission meeting are available online after the meeting.  Details of public comments are usually shortened down to one or two simple sentences, such as, "Jeanine Deal spoke on the Water Divisions smart meters."  What City Commissioners and city employees say is sometimes recorded in much more detail.  The November 10, 2015 City Commission meeting minutes give a detailed synopsis of what city employees said about the Water Department's new smart meters, and what the city is calling an "opt-out choice."

The Battle Creek City Commission minutes state (in blue)

"...smart meters have been challenged in Michigan courts and that the challenges have not been upheld."
While that statement may be true, it is not the whole truth about what is going on in regards to smart meters and litigation in Michigan.  There's at least three currently open and unsettled lawsuits going on in Michigan right now involving smart meters that could be upheld.  So the statement that smart meters have been challenged in Michigan courts but not upheld is actually quite premature.

And just the fact that smart meters have been and are involved in litigation in Michigan, and all over the world, is a huge red flag in itself, wouldn't you say?!  Would you make a large investment into something that had several open lawsuits against it?  Would you continue to expose others to a product that has been and is currently being challenged in a court of law in regards to health, safety, privacy, and Constitutional Rights, among other things?  Perhaps you would, if you wanted to "feed" the legal system, or had lots and lots of money (as the utility companies do) and more to gain than to loose, at least at the moment.  But if you were a small business owner, you would probably drop the whole smart meter idea like a hot potato and not look back.  Cut your losses, apologize to your customers, and move on.


The minutes further state:
"...approximately 30% are using radio reading technology (in Michigan)..."
What that means is that for every 10% of smart meter installations in Michigan, at least one of those utility customers has taken someone to court about it.
"Mr. Hart (who is the City of Battle Creek Utility Administrator) stated the read system transmits at 902-928 mhz frequency, similar to baby monitors or garage door openers."
A utility company in Illinois did that also, compared smart meters to baby monitors.  You can read about that here, and what was said about that.  Perhaps all utility companies are saying that to the customers who question the amount of microwave radiation coming from smart meters.  Perhaps that is part of the propaganda they were given in order to buy into this whole smart meter program.  The fact is, we haven't gone one generation with baby monitors or smart meters.  I don't know about baby monitors, but smart meters have not been subject to independent long-term testing for safety.

Dr. Daniel Hirsch, UCSC Senior Lecturer and radiation expert informs us in his Abstract that the radiation from one smart meter is 50 to 160 times the radiation from one cell phone.  Dr. Hirsch takes into account cumulative whole-body radiation exposure, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, something no one else seems to have taken into account.  When a radiation expert says that being exposed to one smart meter has the cumulative whole-body effect of being exposed to 50 or more cell phones, is that not cause for concern?

The Battle Creek Water Department has been installing Neptune R900 water meters, similar to the one in the following video.  This video shows how frequently this "smart" water meter pulses microwave radiation:


And it is this pulsed radiation that is wrecking havoc with our health.  It's important to note that just because you can not feel it, does not mean that it is not also affecting you.  What does not affect you today, could affect you tomorrow.    

"Mr. Hart confirmed the City has relied upon their vendor's research of the safety of the device..."

The City of Battle Creek has no independent proof of safety of these devices and are relying upon propaganda from the manufacturer that these devices are safe and do not harm us.  The tobacco industry used to deny any harm would be caused by cigarettes also.  And we all know how that ended up...



The minutes further state:

"...the American Cancer Society has also stated it has not been proven there are cancer causing carcinogens in low frequency radio waves..."

The key words here are, "it has not been proven."  Just because it has not been proven harmful does not mean that it is not harmful!  The American Cancer Society wasn't warning people about cigarettes at first either because it took a while for the evidence of harm to surface.  And if you read the American Cancer Society's page about smart meters here, you will see that they are very vague about the whole thing. They compare smart meters with cell phones and WiFi devices, and state that radio frequency radiation is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as:
"possibly carcinogenic to humans." 
"Because RF (radio frequency) radiation is a possible carcinogen, and smart meters give off RF radiation, it is possible that smart meters could increase cancer risk."
So the American Cancer Society actually states on their website that smart meters "could increase cancer risk," yet utility companies are not telling us this.  Is that not grossly negligent?

The Battle Creek City Commission minutes further say:

"Mr. Hart stated it is very difficult to identify the source of radio waves that may be causing health problems."

While that may be true, it is also true that many people, myself included, were perfectly healthy before a smart meter was installed.  Though after installation, that changed.  I explain more about my symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity here, and how they were gone for about two years until SEMCO Energy, our gas company, installed two AMR ERT meters.

One independent smart meter study concludes:

"...smart meters may have unique characteristics that lower people's threshold for symptom development."
Which means that some people who've never had issues with cell phones or WiFi or any other wireless devices may begin to experience symptoms after a smart meter is installed.  At least one other resident in Battle Creek who was forced to take a wireless smart water meter, who did not have any sensitivity to wireless prior to the smart meter installation, does now.  That story here.
"Mr. Hart also stated the World Health Organization has documentation on their website stating they have not been able to identify what is causing any perceived damage due to the numerous sources of radio waves in our environment today."
Is that still not cause for concern and caution as well, that there are already "numerous sources" of radio waves in our environment today, so much so that we can not determine what is causing adverse effects?  It's kind of like driving through an area where there's already a lot of litter and thinking that it's okay to add to the litter because there's already a lot there and who would know that it was you that littered anyway!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) since 2005.  Like the American Cancer Society's page on electromagnetic hypersensitivity, the WHO's page is a little vague about the subject also, though they do state that more research is needed and:
"The symptoms are real and can vary widely in their severity."
It is very important to note that we are in changing times in regards to wireless technology, and recently there has been an Appeal sent to the World Health Organization, signed by over 200 scientist, calling for increased protection from non-ionizing electromagnetic field exposure, the same type of radiation emitted from a smart meter.  This Appeal is based upon over 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on the biological or health effects of non-ionizing radiation, the type of radiation emitted by smart meters.  Current standards are out-dated given "the numerous sources of (microwave radiation) radio waves in our environment today."

Mr. Hart and the minutes were very unclear about the "opt-out" charges:


"Comm. Sherzer inquired as to how City staff determined the $60 fee."

So at the next city commission meeting, I clarified that it was $20 per month.  The minutes further state:
"Mr. Hart stated the charge is based upon the amount of staff time needed to manually read the meters... along with staff time to estimate the read..."
A flawed argument.  We weren't being charged an extra $20 per month to have actual or estimated reads on the old analog water meters in the past.  Meter reading was included in the water and sewer charges already.  And since water bills are not going down with smart meter installation, as confirmed by the Water Department, they will supposedly already be saving money on meter readers for those who don't "opt-out."  Those who do "opt-out" just wont be saving them as much money.  This is savings they already plan on pocketing, and never intended to pass those savings on to their customers.  So in actuality "opt-out" fees are not covering an added expense (because it was there already).  "Opt-out" fees are an attempt to recover lost savings that perhaps they were counting on in order to make this whole smart meter fiasco worth it, because smart meters cost about double that of the old analog meters, yet don't even last half as long.  So their reason and logic is flawed.  The bottom line is the opt-out charge means water customers will be paying more money for less service because they will only be reading the meters four times a year, yet they want to charge us $20 per month more to do that.


When you are electromagnetically hypersensitive, 
agreeing to pay an opt-out fee is agreeing 
to pay someone to NOT harm you.  
Is that an agreement you want to become involved with?

And how do you explain giving customers an "opt-out choice" when they were never given the "opt-in choice," as many of us woefully experienced, in the first place?  


In summary, the new "smart" water meters are:

  • unproven safe by independent research
  • showing they damage live blood cells
  • involved in numerous open and unsettled lawsuits
  • pulsing microwave radiation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • possibly carcinogenic per the American Cancer Society

If we are to error in regards to smart meters, 
is it not best that we error on the side of caution? 


~ Thank you for reading ~ May We All Truly Be Blessed ~

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

November 10th City Commission Meeting


A resolution establishing an opt-out choice was on the agenda for the November 10, 2015 Battle Creek City Commission meeting.  Because it was a "Resolution," I had five minutes to speak about it, and not the usual three.  

No matter how many Resolutions are on the agenda, the City of Battle Creek allows Citizens only five minutes to comment on the resolutions.  So if there are five resolutions and I want to comment on each one, that would be one minute per comment.  If there are more than five Resolutions and I wanted to comment on each one, I would have less than 60 seconds for each comment.  They say that they want our comments, and value public input, but only so much, you see.  Doesn't really seem fair, but it is what it is.

Here's what I said about the smart meters (they are now calling them "electronic meter reading technology") and the proposed opt-out program:
I speak not only for myself, but for many others. 
I speak not only to the Water Department, but to all of our utility companies who have done this to us. 
You changed the utility meters without public consent or consensus.
You sometimes forced the new electronic meters on with threat of service shut-off. 
You sometimes lied to us, or did not tell us the whole truth about the equipment in order to get it installed. 
The only documentation of safety you have is propaganda from the manufacturer, citing FCC guidelines.  The FCC is not a health protection agency. The FCC is a private, For-Profit corporation listed on Dunn & Bradstreet that has its investor’s best interest in mind, not the general public. 
The new electronic meters have a questionable history, and they are being rejected by citizens, not just in the United States, but all over the world. You won’t see that on mainstream media. But it is true. 
Many cities have banned electronic meters due to health, safety, and privacy issues. 
Utility company executives admit that the new electronic meters last only about 5 to 7 years before needing replaced.  (See http://bit.ly/1N9B52w)
  • The old analog meters lasted about 30 years, sometimes much longer.
Utility company executives admit to “catastrophic failures” and inaccurate billing with the new electronic meters.  (See http://bit.ly/1k8Fn3n)
  • The old analog meters did not have a history of “catastrophic failures” or inaccurate billing.
There are literally thousands of studies that prove biological harm is done by the new electronic meters.  (See below)
  • The old analog meters did not cause biological harm.
There are nuclear radiation experts that say the radiation exposure from one electronic meter, when corrected for whole-body and cumulative effect, is 50 to 160 times that of a cell phone.  (See http://bit.ly/1MHFf6I)
  • The old analog meters do not emit any form of electromagnetic frequencies and did not irradiate us.
I have been harmed by electronic meters. Up to 12% of the population IS electromagnetically hypersensitive, which means that over 6,000 people in Battle Creek may become harmed by the new electron meters.
  • I was never harmed by any of the old analog meters.
One of your installers actually told a resident to NOT sleep within about 15 feet of one of the new electronic meters.
  • We were never told to keep any sort of distance away from the old analog meters, because we didn’t need to, because they did not irradiate us.
The old analog meters worked fine, didn’t harm anyone, and had withstood the test of time.
  • We can not say that about the new electronic meters
I was going to say that I am all for the Opt-Out program, but many of us never opted-in, in the first place.
And regarding the fees: If someone tells you that you are hurting them by what you are doing, is it morally correct for you to tell them:
  • “I will stop hurting you, but only if you pay?”
Thank you for listening. May you all truly be blessed.
(End of that comment)

I also gave a "General Public" comment, more or less on-the-fly, though I did have notes.  My comment came after the Director of Public Works, Perry Hart, commented about the new meters.  He had quoted some wrong information, and I spoke-up during his comment, only to be shushed by the new Mayor, Dave Walters.

This is an estimation of what I put together for my second comment:
I've probably done more research on smart meters than all of you put together, including Mr. Hart.  This technology has not been around for 25 years, as Mr. Hart indicated.  It was about 10 years ago that California started installing smart meters.  And California may also be the state with the most cities that have put a ban or moratorium on smart meters.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivy (EHS) is a condition recognized by the World Health Organization.  There is actually a plethora of information on the internet about EHS.  Medical studies have indicated that exposure to smart meters/radio transmitting meters could increase one's risk of developing EHS.  (See http://1.usa.gov/1W17qgC)
There is a group in Maine that have taken a public utility company all the way to the State Supreme Court.
For information about smart meters, check out Bioinitiative.org and EMFScientist.org.
You forced and deceived many of us into taking the new utility meters, and now you want US to pay to have you remove them?
Some say EHS is a dis-ability, because those afflicted with it really do have to be careful about electromagnetic field exposure, lest they find themselves severely affected.
But is EHS a DIS-ability?  Or is it an ABILITY?  Because we can sense high levels of electromagnetic frequencies most others can not?
Kind of like a smoke detector that has the ABILITY to sense smoke, and wake us up, before disaster happens... 
(End of that comment)

The video of the city commission meeting is here.  I comment at 29:55 and again at 64:10.

We are dealing with unproven to be safe technology here.  And lots and lots of professionals saying that there IS cause for concern.  I know it.  I can feel it.  That's why I feel that paying an opt-out fee is agreeing to pay to not be harmed.  I refuse to enter into such an agreement.

What it also means is that we are getting the exact same service as before this whole smart meter fiasco started, but now we have to pay a fee for it because the utility company doesn't want to pay meter readers.  And I say, we can read our own meters, if that would help.  Just stop irradiating us, thank you very much!

For more information about the health impacts from the new wireless meters, please see:

Thank you for reading ~ May we ALL truly be Blessed!


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Friday, October 23, 2015

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Update: Are The Dogs Affected Also?

Ashling (left), and Comet (right)

A few weeks ago I wondered if I was not the only one showing signs of electromagnetic hypersensitivity.  At first it was Ashling, and then Comet...

One evening as I was sitting and reading, Ashling, an Australian Shepherd, fell asleep near my feet, as she often does.  In the past I have witnessed her dreaming, as though she was running and barking, with soft movements of her feet and muffled little barks.  But it was different this time.  The movements of her legs and feet were more frantic and jerky, and the sounds she made seemed more frantic as well.  


Over the next few days, I witnessed this happening again, and it occurred to me that either she was being affected by the radiation pulsing from the AMR ERT (automatic read encoder receiver transmitter) gas meters that SEMCO Energy had installed, or she was being sympathetic to my symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity, and reacting to me.

About a week later I started noticing that Comet, also an Aussie, had started developing "hot-spots" in his groin area that he would not stop chewing.  That was a first for him.  Comet had always been a pretty calm and laid-back Aussie, as far as Aussies go, but now he would not leave those hot-stops alone, and became quite agitated if I tried to look at them or even rub his belly, which was also highly unusual for him.  He loves to get his belly rubbed.  I did get a few peeks at the hot-spots, and he had chewed himself raw.


Just to make sure, I checked all the dogs for flees, and didn't find anything, not even flea "dirt."  There had been no change in diet either, so it appeared that something else was agitating Comet as well.  Maybe he was also being affected by the radiation pulsing AMR ERT meters.  Or maybe he was just being sympathetic to my symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity also.  Either way, it was disturbing to see both of the dogs "normal" behavior change like this.

At the same time, I was also experiencing the worst insomnia of my life.  I would wake up about every two hours with my heart pounding.  It would take about an hour to get calmed down, then I would return to sleep, only to wake-up again about two hours later.  This "routine" was not to my liking, and  I knew something had to change.  What were my options?
  • Rent a camping trailer and camp out in the woods somewhere
  • Or pitch a tent in the woods
  • Temporarily move in with someone who had not had a radiation pulsing smart meter or AMR ERT meter installed
  • Remove the gas service (and the AMR ERT meter)
  • Try additional ways to block the microwave radiation 
Attempting to further block the radiation would be the quickest, easiest and least disruptive, so we started with that, and looked into getting some lead sheeting, something used in hospitals and dentist offices to shield radiation.  Pricing it out, we found that not only is lead sheeting very expensive, but is very difficult to come by as well.  However, within a week or so of getting lead sheeting estimates, a friend told us he had some left-over from a renovation project he had done in a medical facility, and gave the left-over lead sheeting to us!

So we wrapped both AMR ERT radiation pulsing meters as best we could with the lead sheeting, and I slept better that first night than I had in the past thirty nights.  Within a week Comet stopped chewing his hot-spots, has been letting me rub his belly, and I can see that the hot-spots have totally healed.  Ashling's sleep seems to have pretty much returned to "normal" as well.  So whether they were being "sympathetic" to my experience, or were experiencing adverse effects from the new gas meters themselves, after the meters were wrapped in lead, they both seemed to get better.

Then I had about a week of pretty good sleep, however for the last two nights I've been unable to sleep again because of the feeling that my whole body is being electrocuted.  So I don't think the lead sheeting is blocking the microwave radiation 100%. 

On October 19, we filed a complaint with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC):
SEMCO's new AMR ERT meters pulse radio frequencies 10.67 times per minute, per Dave Williams, SEMCO Regional Operation Manager, confirming why increased symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity are being reported by residents who are requesting the new meters be removed and replaced with 100% analog meters.  
Three different SEMCO employees/agents mislead us into believing their new meters only "wake-up" once a month.  Although through further investigation and confirmation by Dave Williams at SEMCO, that information was incorrect.  I would have never consented to the installation of two AMR ERT meters had I been told the truth of what they actually do.  I feel mislead and deceived by SEMCO.  And now they refuse to do anything about it. 
SEMCO does not have an "opt-out" program.  Is there anything we can do other than stopping SEMCO gas service and having the meters totally removed?

I've read that others have been down this road before with the MPSC, all to no avail.  So I am pretty sure we will be removing at least one of the new gas meters, and I am still talking to people about HB4916, the Analog Choice Bill here in Michigan.  When passed, everyone will be given the choice to have either a safe analog meter, or the new smart meter or AMR ERT meters.  Analog for me, please!

Dr. Laura Pressley, an engineer, explains very logically how a smart meter affected her and her husband.  She also gives the best explanation of "dirty electricity" I've heard so far:



Being electromagnetically hypersensitive in a day of wireless-just-about-everything is indeed a challenge.  And I do encounter people who don't believe me.  Maybe it's kind of like the first people who were experiencing the symptoms of fibromyalgia: pain, fatigue, and tenderness... their symptoms were often not believed either.

There is plenty of evidence that smart meters, radiation pulsing meters, and other wireless devices DO cause harm.  Dr. George Carlo in the following video, did some of the first safety testing on cell phones:


And Daniel Hirsch, radiation expert and lecturer at UCSC, states here that taking whole-body and cumulative effects into account, smart meters emit 50 to 160 times the radiation of a cell phone.  So we really are dealing with a serious issue here, believe it or not.

I have faith that it's just a matter of time before electromagnetic hypersensitivity, and the potential dangers of wireless technology, are widely recognized, and we'll be saying something like, 



"Of course!  What were we thinking!?"

For more information please see:


Thank you for reading!  Blessings to You!




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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October 20th Battle Creek City Commission Meeting



Once again, I spoke about smart meters at the City Commission meeting.  Public comments are limited to only three minutes, so I try to pack the most amount of information in, which is why I don't go into much detail, but have posted the links to the studies I mentioned.  The video of the meeting is here, and I start speaking at about 74:37.  While the buzzer is still buzzing, the Mayor addresses the audience, though I finish my speech before the buzzer ends.  Below is a script of what I said:
My comment is regarding the new utility meters the City of Battle Creek Water Department, Consumers Energy, and SEMCO Energy have been installing on our homes, which utilize radio frequencies. The following two studies are from PubMed.gov, a website of biomedical literature: 
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity - an increasing challenge to the medical profession: Some people exposed to electromagnetic radiation, including the frequencies utilized by the new water meters, develop Electromagnetic hypersensitivity. While some cannot discriminate between an active radio frequency signal and placebo, others showed observable changes following exposure; reactions in the pupil, changes in heart rhythm, damage to red blood cells, and disturbed glucose metabolism in the brain.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26372109
Self-reporting of symptom development from exposure to radiofrequency fields of wireless smart meters in Victoria, Australia: a case series: Shows the most frequently reported symptoms to be insomnia, headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, cognitive disturbances, abnormal sensations, and dizziness, and pointed to the possibility that smart meters may have unique characteristics that lower people's threshold for symptom development.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25478801
Comments on the Draft Report by the California Council on Science & Technology “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters,” by Daniel Hirsh, Nuclear Expert & Lecturer, University of California, Santa Cruz: Showing that smart meters produce between 50 & 160 times more cumulative whole body exposure than the cell phone.  http://www.committeetobridgethegap.org/pdf/110212_RFrad_comments.pdf
The fact remains that the new radio frequency smart utility meters have not been proven safe, yet evidence they cause harm continues to grow.

The fact is that we have not gone one generation using the level of wireless devices we are today, so we humans are the guinea pigs in this very first long-term study, with many of us already suffering the consequences of unproven to be safe technology. 
The fact is that the Water Department has been working on an “opt-out” program for over three months now. I can understand how it may be difficult to word an opt-out program for something that many of us were forced into in the first place. But the bottom line is, we just want them removed. 
Thank you for listening. May you all be blessed.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Update: SEMCO Energy Gas Company

In response to my recent correspondence with them, SEMCO Energy Gas Company employees and/or representatives have shown total disregard for my health and how their new AMR (automatic read) equipment has been adversely affecting me, as evidenced by the letter we recently received from Cheryl K. Hachee in Consumer Affairs.  

Cheryl makes it clear that they don't use "smart meters."   They are now referring to their new AMR meters as, "encoder receiver transmitters," or ERT.  

The employees and representatives of SEMCO may not call their new meters smart meters, but they do pulse radiation (electromagnetic waves) 10.67 times per minute at 5.86 milliseconds per pulse.  That information I received "from the horse's mouth," David Williams, Regional Operation Manager, SEMCO Energy Gas Company.  

The fact that we have two of their new meters installed means that we are being pulsed over 21 times per minute.  Not a biggie if you're not electromagnetically hypersensitive (though electromagnetic radiation is cumulative, and adverse affects may not manifest immediately).

However, if you are electromagnetically hypersensitive, as I explained to David Williams on September 9, 2015, (the same email that Chery K. Hachee is now "in receipt of"), life can become extremely uncomfortable.  It appears that they don't care.

These new SEMCO AMR ERT meters were installed under false pretenses.  We were told by the installers basically the same thing that Cheryl states, that the new meters only "wake-up once a month."  Maybe they only "wake-up" once a month, but they also pulse 10.67 times per minute, and Cheryl did not deny this, nor any of the other things I stated in my September 9, 2015 email.  

Cheryl explains how this ERT (radiation pulsing technology) is "integral" to their metering and billing system, and is "required" to receive gas service.  And I say, Bullshit.  There are old 100% analog gas meters all throughout the city, and those customers are still receiving gas service.

Cheryl does not mention in her letter other comments I made in my September 9, 2015 email to David Williams, that she is in receipt of, regarding safety and health affects of their new meters:  
And regarding the information from the manufacturer that you sent.  It holds no weight, because it's from the manufacturer.  
The fact is that there are no independent, third-party, long-term tests done on these automated devices that PROVE they are safe, while more and more people, every day, are beginning to experience adverse effects from them, and more and more scientists and medical doctors are attesting to the ADVERSE biological and health effects from wireless devices such as the new utility meters. 
The fact is that there is an appeal in front of the World Health Organization, signed by over 200 scientists, based upon over 2,000 peer-reviewed and published studies.  The Appeal asks the WHO to reevaluate the guidelines based upon the over 2,000 studies that show adverse biological and health effects.  https://www.emfscientist.org/ 
There's also the BioInitiative 2012 Report, published by 29 authors, MDs, PhDs, and other professionals, that conclude that "bioeffects are clearly established."  http://www.bioinitiative.org/ 
I'm sure there are more studies and reports out there about the adverse health effects wireless devices like your new meters have on the human body, not to mention other animals, the birds, and the bees, if you want to keep digging.  There's several interesting talks Dr. George L. Carlo gives about the studies he was head of, that clearly proved adverse health effects from wireless devices, and what happened to him after he started reporting these findings.  The wireless industry has tried to discredit him for obvious reasons. 
Plus the fact that the new chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, has been active in the wireless industry since the 1970's, and now he's in a position to regulate the very industry that has been his bread and butter for over 40 years, explains why the FCC refuses to reevaluate their standards and guidelines.  That's what's called the fox guarding the hen house.  Good for the fox.  Not so good for the hens.
When the only documentation that all of these utility companies have to share, when questioned about the safety of their new equipment, is propaganda from the manufacturer, in other words, from those who stand to profit from the sale of the new meters, is that not cause for concern?

In the meantime, we are looking into converting at least one of the buildings here into either 100% electric, or electric and propane, so that we can start with removing one of the AMR ERT 10.67 pulses per minute meters.

I did call the Michigan Public Service Commission today (1-800-292-9555), and complained to Ryan there of the adverse effects I am getting from SEMCO Energy's AMR ERT meters.  Ryan said that he would have to check with his boss because currently SEMCO doesn't offer an opt-out program.  All the more reason for Michigan to pass the Analog Choice Bill, that will allow all utility customers an analog meter (absolutely nothing wireless/radiation/pulsing about it) choice.

Here is a video of the kind of gas meters that are installed here, and it shows just how they pulse:






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