I am writing this letter in answer to the statements Ed Munro made in his letter in the Jan 6 issue of this paper. I am extremely offended by the comment made “I would wish that Ms. Read has done her research on a pragmatic scientific basis rather than an unsubstantiated misleading article. Ms Read alleges compared the EMR from smart meters to chemical pollutants.”
To say that the statement from the WHO/IARC came from an unsubstantiated misleading WHO article was a just a little more than insulting.
At this website www.iarc.fr you can read for yourself that the WHO/IARC press release states: The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.
This is from the actual website for the IARC arm of the World Health Organization not an unsubstantiated web site.
As to comparing radio frequency EMF’s to chemical pollutants shows what research you did not do Mr. Munro. The meaning of carcinogen is as follows. “A carcinogen is any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.”
Research has been done by several doctors and scientists. The Vancouver Sun has an article that states,
“In February (2011), Olle Johansson, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, issued a press release stating that “the combined effect of cell phones, cordless phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi and wireless Internet place billions of people around the world at risk for cancer, neurological disease and reproductive and developmental impairments.”
The Karolinska Institute is a highly regarded medical university located in Stockholm, Sweden.
Lilian Claudia Almeida, a graduate in Clinical Psychiatry and holds a postgraduate degree in Psychiatry from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and over twenty years experience in psychiatry, has a published article concerning Mental Health problems that can be made worse because of radio frequency electro magnetic fields. This article was published in the Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, March 2011 in Volume 3, issue 2.
Once all the meters are installed and our information is in the wind, one house on your block will be chosen as a main hub. All the information from your neighbours will be collected at the hub and then sent on to Hydro or to anyone else who can hack into the system. Don’t say it can’t be done because it can. Not only will we all be bombarded with radio frequency EMF’s but the poor souls who end up with a hub on their home will be bombarded with more. Hydro and hackers will know when you are home, when you are on vacation. You might as well put a sign on your door saying “Burglars Welcome We Are Not Home.”
How safe are these smart meters? There are numerous cases documented that these meters can explode, start fires, blow out your appliances and leave you without power for days. If the smart meter does cause damage to your home Hydro will not pay for repairs or replacement. One reason for problems is that these meters don’t like houses that have older wiring and the hydro companies will tell you that you have to pay to upgrade the wiring in your home at your cost. This has all been documented on The Citizens for Safe Technology web site. They keep up to date information from all over the world on their website. I urge all to read it.
I have spent many hours and many days doing my research. I have checked out informative and legitimate web sites and conversed with others who are not allowing these meters to be installed on their homes and have also done a lot of research. Don’t believe it when Hydro tells you that you have to have one of these because you don’t. In California their public utilities commission has stated that smart meters are to be removed and analogue meters be reinstalled on any house where it is requested.
Hydro has the ability to start charging us “time of use” billing rates for our power. Almost everywhere these meters have been installed and time of use billing has started hydro bills have gone up by huge leaps.
Hydro has not told us the truth about the risks of smart meters so if you think they have told the truth about not using time of use billing then it is time to wake up and start protecting your health and your pocketbook.