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 Battle Creek City Commission minutes state (in blue):
"...smart meters have been challenged in Michigan courts and that the challenges have not been upheld."
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:
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."...approximately 30% are using radio reading technology (in Michigan)..."
"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."
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.
The minutes further state:
"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."
The Battle Creek City Commission minutes further say:
One independent smart meter study concludes:
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."...smart meters may have unique characteristics that lower people's threshold for symptom development."
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!"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."
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:
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.""The symptoms are real and can vary widely in their severity."
Mr. Hart and the minutes were very unclear about the "opt-out" charges:
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."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..."
agreeing to pay an opt-out fee is agreeing
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,
- Dan Lewis: Smart Meters Are A Bad Deal For Consumers
- Smart Meter Lawsuits
- ComEd Compares Smart Meters To Baby Monitors
- Smart Meter Dangers: The Health Hazards of Wireless Electromagnetic Radiation Exposure
- Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters - Daniel Hirsch
- International Agency for Research on Cancer - RF EMF Fields Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans
- American Cancer Society - Smart Meters
- Canary In The Coal Mine: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity
- Self-reporting of symptom development from RF fields of wireless smart meters
- World Health Organization - Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity
- Smart Meters & EMF Radiation: The Health Crisis of Our Time
- EMFScientist.org - International EMF Scientist Appeal
- The Emerging Link between Wireless and Autism
- Exposure to extremely-low-frequency magnetic fields and radio-frequency radiation: cardiovascular effects in humans
- Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity From Microwave Technology Finally Medically Proven
- How Dangerous and Expensive Became “Smart” An Exposé of the “Smart Grid”
- Smart Meters - Correcting the Gross Misinformation
- Health Impacts of RF Radiation: Media Blackout on Smart Meter Dangers
- Smart Meter Radiation Exposure Up To 160 Times More Than Cell Phones
- BioInitiative 2012 - A Rational For Biologically-based Exposure Standards for Low-Intensity Electromagnetic Radiation
- Electromagnetic fields stress living cells
- The Latest Form of Pollution: Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)