Wednesday January 25, 2012
Shedding light on the health effects from "smart meters"
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
More On Metres
CST: Some people refuse
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.
here for more
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