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Part 2: Real People Tell How Their Smart Meter Made Them Sick

While Smart Meter installation is growing, so is a body of evidence pointing to health hazards associated with the radiation emitted by the Meters.

As many people push back against the mandatory installation of these Meters, others are forced to contend with them, as regulations from utility companies leave many with no choice but to have their Analog Meter replaced by a Smart Meter.

As many experts have equated the radiation emitted by Smart Meters to that of a small cell tower, it is no wonder Watchdog Organizations, such as the EMF Safety Network, have received countless testimonies from people who experience health problems once a Smart Meter is installed.

Real people tell the EMF Safety Network how their Smart Meter made them sick:

1. “I am a 31 year old Female and I reside in Plantation, FL. I would say I started to notice major health concerns since the FPL Smart meter was put beside our bedroom window and it did me in. It gradually kept giving me headaches. Also, I have permanent retainers  from wearing braces, behind my bottom and top teeth. Anytime a wi-fi or cell signal passes me I get a metal taste in my mouth. My Smart Meter peak occurred when I was in a deep sleep around 6:00am and was awaken to massive pressure in my head. It felt like my brain was on fire and it wanted to explode all at the same time. I woke up  frantically  screaming . I was holding my head and I had my husband scared. I hurried out of the bedroom still holding my head.”

“We were up all morning trying to figure out what it was. I felt as if my brain had burned. I knew it was from the Smart Meter because I was feeling it a little more each day. I called to have the Smart meter removed. For the rest of the week I felt the left side of my head and face numb. I couldn’t speak properly or concentrate. Since then I have not been the same. I have a very difficult time concentrating. The newest thing that is occurring is that I feel my skin burning. I feel the top of my head burning as well.”

2. “I am an engineer. I have used technology my entire adult life – cell phones, smart phones, wi-fi, laptops, you name it. I really enjoyed all of this and had no issues or fears related to technology. Then, when a bank of smart meters were put next to our apartment, both my wife and I starting experiencing headaches, insomnia, heart palpitations and tinnitus. Within a couple weeks, I could no longer use a cell phone without the same symptoms. Within a month I could feel the microwave radiation from cell towers. I have had to completely change my life because of this.” 

3. “I had no idea that a smart meter would pose a hazard to my health when I agreed to let them install one on my home. Shortly after the smart meter was installed my health took a terrible downturn. I began having heart palpitations, trouble sleeping, unexplained anxiety attacks, dizzy spells, nausea and fatigue. I have been battling anxiety for months and I had no idea why. I’ve never had these types of symptoms plague me like this before. Then I found out that so many others have had the same reactions to smart meters in their homes and neighborhoods.”

4. “My family has suffered since moving to this house (our old house did not have a smart meter). We have trouble sleeping. Headaches. Our son experiences nosebleeds and attention problems. My Mother feels that her health has declined in many aspects since the installation of her meter (she lives next door). We all have noticed our immune systems are weaker.  The biggest complaint is difficulty sleeping.”

5. “Since the installation, my heart has been in fibrillation daily & my heart rate & blood pressure are elevated.”

Radiation sickness has been documented and is acknowledged by the established medical community. Smart Meter radiation is no different than other types of radiation and should be treated as the potential health hazard it is.

Industry Admits Smart Meter EMF Illness is Real

In this private email from CPUC President Michael Peevey to PG & E’s Brian Cherry, Peevey admits that EMF illness from Smart Meters, and other EMF sources, is real.

From: Peevey, Michael R.

Sent: 9/3/2010 1:07:53 PM
Cherry, Brian K
Subject: RE: SF Chamber Statement on CPUC Independent Evaluation of PG&E Smart Meters

The press coverage was very good and helps PG&E big time, overall, as well as other companies, etc. One thought for the company: If it were my decision I would let anyone who wants to keep their old meter keep it, if they claim they suffer from EMF and/or related electronic-related illnesses and they can produce a doctor’s letter saying so (or expressing concern about the likelihood of suffering same). I would institute such a policy quietly and solely on an individual basis. There really are people who feel pain, etc., related to EMF,etc., and rather than have them becoming hysterical, etc., I would quietly leave them alone. Kick it around. And, it sounds like the company may already have taken this step, based on a couple of the comments at yesterday’s public hearing.

Behind the scenes, industry is well aware of the health problems associated with EMF exposure from Smart Meters and other technologies.

Public Officials Call for a Moratorium on Smart Meter Installation

The County of Santa Cruz is taking a legal stand against the mandatory installation of Smart Meters, even intimating to the Santa Cruz Public Board that police action to defend the citizens’ rights to not have Smart Meters installed against their will might be in order.

Why is the County so adamant that Smart Meter installation not be mandated and that citizens be allowed to opt-out?

They cite their main reason for demanding opt-outs being  the adverse health dangers associated with chronic, long-term exposure to EMFs from Smart Meters.

In an Ordinance to County Officials, the Board writes:

“Significant health questions have been raised concerning the increased electromagnetic frequency radiation (EMF) emitted by the wireless technology in Smart Meters, which will be in every house, apartment and business, thereby adding additional human-made EMF to our environment around the clock…”

“…FCC safety standards to not exist for chronic long-term exposure to EMF or from multiple sources, and reported adverse health effects from electromagnetic pllution include sleep disorders, irritability, short-term memory loss. headaches, anxiety, nausea, DNA breaks, abnormal cell growth, cancer, premature aging, etc.”

“Because the potential risks to the health, safety and welfare of County Residents are so great. the Board of Supervisors wishes to adopt a moratorium on the installations of Smart Meters…”

As if potential dangers to an individual’s health is not enough, the Board also goes on to state that there have been concerns regarding Smart Meters and their interference with the proper functioning of other technologies and appliances in the home.

Adverse health effects coupled with interference with the function of everyday household devices makes Smart Meter installation seem, well….not so smart.