Wireless “Smart” Meter Warnings
Warren Woodward, Guest
This month there were a couple of very important developments regarding the near constant microwave transmissions of “smart” meters that the utility industry insists are safe.
On May 11th, 190 independent, published scientists who specialize in ElectroMagnetic Field (EMF) research from 39 countries petitioned the United Nations to protect humans and wildlife from electromagnetic fields and wireless technology.
Now, less than two weeks later, the International EMF Scientist Appeal has grown to 205 EMF scientists from 40 countries. Between them all, they have over 2,000 peer-reviewed EMF studies published.
In the words at their website, “… the International EMF Scientist Appeal calls upon the United Nations, the WHO, and the UN Member States to:
- address the emerging public health crisis related to cell phones, wireless devices, wireless utility meters and wireless infrastructure in neighborhoods; and
- urge that the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) initiate an assessment of alternatives to current exposure standards and practices that could substantially lower human exposures to non-ionizing radiation.”
The Appeal requests of all U.N. member states that:
- children and pregnant women be protected;
- guidelines and regulatory standards be strengthened;
- manufacturers be encouraged to develop safer technology;
- utilities responsible for the generation, transmission, distribution, and monitoring of electricity maintain adequate power quality and ensure proper electrical wiring to minimize harmful ground current;
- the public be fully informed about the potential health risks from electromagnetic energy and taught harm reduction strategies;
- medical professionals be educated about the biological effects of electromagnetic energy and be provided training on treatment of patients with electromagnetic sensitivity;
- governments fund training and research on electromagnetic fields and health that is independent of industry and mandate industry cooperation with researchers;
- media disclose experts’ financial relationships with industry when citing their opinions regarding health and safety aspects of EMF-emitting technologies; and
- white-zones (radiation-free areas) be established.
For the press release, 3 minute introductory video, appeal and list of signatories, go to http://www.emfscientist.org/.
Arizonans can be proud that this effort was spearheaded by Elizabeth Kelley in Tucson.
Another important development occurred May 7th when the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an article about wireless transmissions. I’ll let Canadians For Safe Technology (C4ST) tell the story. Incidentally, C4ST’s CEO, Frank Clegg is the former president of Microsoft Canada.
Canadian Medical Association Journal reports Health Canada’s wireless limits are “A Disaster to Public Health”
The Journal (CMAJ) interviewed multiple international experts in radiation and cancer, who warn that the microwave levels allowed in Canadian classrooms, residences and workplaces are, “a disaster to public health.”
One scientist said that given the overwhelming evidence that wireless radiation is harmful, Health Canada staff are either, “unwilling or not competent to make evaluation of the current literature.”
The article points out that Canada’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health recently completed three days of hearings on Canada’s safety guidelines, and sent federal scientists back to the office to re-examine 140 recent studies that show wireless radiation emitted by cell phones and WiFi can cause harm.
One oncologist interviewed by the CMAJ said that Canada’s safety guidelines for wireless radiation need to be “urgently revised” due to the obvious risk of cancer.
The CMAJ article revealed that James McNamee, who wrote Health Canada’s safety code, has also co-authored academic papers with scientists who openly accept payments from the wireless industry.
“That Canada’s wireless safety code is out of date and mired in conflict of interest is no longer a question it’s a fact,” said Frank Clegg, CEO of Canadians For Safe Technology (C4ST).
“We’re hoping the Parliamentary Standing Committee will have strong recommendations to fix it,” said Clegg.
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