"Analog utility meter choice," she said as she read my new name tag, "Yeah! I want my analog meter back."
"Good!" I said as I handed her a flyer.
"I get dizzy when I sit by the smart meter. That's the only time I get dizzy. When I move away from it, I'm fine."
"Sounds like you're sensitive..."She was not the first person to explain in detail physical symptoms they experience when near a smart meter. Her reaction is one of the milder ones I've heard of because her symptoms seem to disappear almost immediately when she moves and reduces her exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
Both the name tag I wear and the flyer I distribute have evolved since first becoming active in the Analog Utility Meter Choice movement here in Michigan. My first name tag was a gift from the first person I distributed flyers with. It stated, "SAY NO TO SMART METERS!" In those days, most people had little to no idea what smart meters were, so anyone caught looking at the name tag I was wearing would be asked if they knew what smart meters were.
With the most recent name tag design (pictured on the right above), I was hoping to invite others to start the conversation first. And it worked! A "stranger" read the name tag and told me she wanted the analog utility meter back. And proceeded to tell me why.
The issue of health effects from electronic meters is not going away, despite utility companies and some legislators disbelief. If anything, adverse health effects are increasing as more smart meters and transmitting natural gas meters are installed.
Did you know that senior citizens and the disabled are among the utility customers that are currently living without electric service here in Michigan because they've refused electronic and transmitting utility meters? Our monopoly utility companies have refused a growing number of paying customers electric service because the customers want to keep analog utility meters, the meter that has literally withstood the test of time and is not known to make some people dizzy or cause other disturbing symptoms.
The typical argument a legislator will give has to do with money. However, are they hinting at why they are supporting the monopoly utility companies and not the people of Michigan? Because of money?
Their argument has to do with "cost-shifting" and how smart meter customers would have to bear the burden of extra expenses created by analog meter customers.
Few will discuss "possible" health effects, despite the fact that there are perhaps hundreds of testimonies from Michigan residents of adverse health effects, and thousands of published peer-reviewed research papers proving that microwave radio-frequency radiation is not benign and does cause adverse health effects (see links on the right).
On issues presented before the committee, these representatives represent us ALL: