Wednesday January 25, 2012

Health News

Toxic Airwaves

Shedding light on the health effects from "smart meters"

Staff/Voice

 

ust because "smart meters" have been installed into thousands of BC homes doesn't mean the controversy is going away.

 

Last week, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) released a statement regarding side effects from the exposure of to wireless radiofrequency radiation such as that from "smart meters".

The AAEM is a health watchdog agency with a board consisting of medical doctors who specialize in environmental medicine. Their mandate is to protect people from health risks associated with new and existing technology.

In their release they state that chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environment hazard and it has been documented well enough now, that they want immediate action to stop them from being used.

Much of the information from opponents about "smart meters" to date has been missing the medical element, however the AAEM release outlines some of the hazards.

According to the AAEM, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has based their decision to use "smart meters" on the effect of thermal tissue damage from being heated by extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation. The FCC has not taken into consideration further data regarding metabolic and genomic damage from ELF's as well. The release states the damage to people accumulates over time.

AAEM says the FCC's guidelines are antiquated and skewed in business' favour, that they need to consider all the medical literature available.

The results of these diverse medical studies have focused on the genetic and cellular aspects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood and brain barrier damage as well as an increased risk of "certain types of cancer" caused by the type of ELF given off by "smart meters".

They say children are particularly at risk for things like altered brain development, impaired learning and behavioural issues and that ELF's can have the same effect on people that toxic chemicals do.

The AAEM is calling for a moratorium on "smart meters" similar to a motion the Union of BC Municipalities put forward September 30th last year.

But to date, moratoriums, medical studies and even meter clamps can't stop BC Hydro's march forward with what seems to be hazardous technology.

Who is to blame for this? Can you blame BC Hydro? No, you can't blame them. They're just a business and have a mandate to make money for their shareholders.

Should medical issues arise down the line, culpability and negligence would clearly rest on the provincial government's shoulders whose mandate is to protect citizens first. Allowing medical professionals to stipulate policy when it comes to environmental medicine makes common sense.

Perhaps May 14, 2013 the people will send Christie Clark back to airwaves herself.

For more information, visit www.aaemonline.org 

 

Thursday January 26, 2012

Health News

More On Metres

CST: Some people refuse
to be bullied by BC HydroCST Calls Upon Medical Experts
in BC to Protect Their Patients

Submitted by Una St. Clair, CST

Citizens for Safe Technology Society (CST) has launched a Human Rights action against BC Hydro requesting accommodation of individuals refusing a wireless "smart meter" for health reasons. These are persons with a variety of health concerns ranging from cancer to heart problems, from seizures to electrosensitivity, and who have medical letters from their doctors requesting BC Hydro accommodate their health conditions by allowing an analogue meter to remain.

On January 19, 2012, The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) officially stated its opposition and request for an immediate moratorium on the installation of wireless "smart meters" based on a scientific assessment of the current medical literature. Their letter states "Chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environmental hazard that is sufficiently well documented to warrant immediate preventative public health action." The AAEM confirms that public health standards are inadequate and obsolete and cannot be used to protect the public from chronic, low intensity radiation exposures that raise credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increase in certain types of cancers. The AAEM warn that children are at heightened risk for "altered brain development, and impaired learning and behaviour" from such wireless exposure.

Read the American Academy of Environmental Medicine letter HERE
( http://aaemonline.org/images/CaliforniaPublicUtilitiesCommission.pdf )
CST agrees with the AAEM that physicians and medical experts have an obligation to urge precaution when sufficient scientific and medical evidence suggests health risks which may negatively impact the health of vulnerable individuals and groups, and can potentially affect large populations, as is the case with BC Hydro's wireless "Smart Meter Program".

CST calls upon physicians and medical experts in B.C. to support public health and the Human Rights action by recommending an immediate moratorium on wireless "smart meter" installation until these serious public health issues are resolved. We ask that they support patients seeking relief from involuntary and forced exposure to wireless "smart meter" emissions within their homes by requesting that BC Hydro accommodate them with an analogue meter, without additional cost or penalty.

Doctor's Information Package for Medical Professionals HERE
( http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/Doctors-Information-Package-for-medical-conditions-connected-with-EHS,77,1766 )
The emissions given off by wireless "smart meters" have been classified by the World Health Organization, International Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) as a Possible Human Carcinogen.

Watch the Trailer for the Smart Meter Movie HERE ( http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/Stop-Smart-Meters-The-Film--TRAILER,25,1753 )

For more information, contact Una St.Clair,
Executive Director, CST

E-mail Una here for more information.
 

 

 

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