What is the strength level and duration of exposure to RF radiation that could affect our well-being?
Susceptibility to radiation differs from person to person. An exposure level acceptable for one individual can be detrimental for another. People with compromised immune systems, pregnant women, and young children whose immune systems are developing could be most impacted by their exposure to radiation.
An estimated 5-7% of the population experiences Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS). Very often, these people are dismissed as just hypochondriacs. Instead of rejecting their claims, we should look very closely at their immune and nervous systems. These people could be the "canaries in the coal mine" warning us about a danger most of us do not realize exists.
Power companies argue that Smart Meters are safe because they generate less radiation than cell phones. This statement is categorically false; the radiation produced by Smart Meters can exceed the radiation emitted by cell phones by more than 160 times (based on data published by SCE, PG&E and Electric Power Research Institute).
What's even worse, depending on a meter's location, we could be continuously exposed to its radiation.
Anyone who has seen a PET scan of a brain before and during use of a cell phone (see below) has to disagree with the notion that cell phones are a safe to use for extended periods of time.
A person's level of exposure to RF radiation from Smart Meters depends on five factors:
1. The power output of the Smart Meter's transmitter.
Transmitters' power outputs range from 250 milliwatts to 2 watts. Radiation levels increase proportionally to the power of the transmitter. Smart Meters’ power supplies are grossly oversized. Oversizing is done to accommodate potentially very long transmission path through the air in rural areas. This kind of strength is unnecessary in more densely populated areas where most of us live.
Our shields limit the excessive and unnecessary radiation generated by oversized power supplies. Utilities are still able to read your Smart Meter.
2. The distance from the Smart Meter.
Radiation strength diminishes with increasing distance.
3. Duty cycle: the percentage of time a meter is transmitting to the utilities transponders or other Smart Meters in the grid. According to industry testimony, Smart Meters can produce over 6,000 short radiation pulses every minute. Those jolts of energy are stabbing our nervous system, disrupting the brain's bio-currents.
A 100% duty cycle means that the meter is transmitting and receiving all the time. The duty cycle for some Smart Meters can be very high depending on the meter’s location in the Smart Meters grid and the amount of information transmitted.
4. The gain of the Smart Meters' transmitter and the directional radiation generated by this gain. For example, a gain of 4 intensifies the signal in a given direction by 4 times.
5. Location of the home. A single, free standing house with overhead power feeders, on average, has a lower exposure level than one located in a master planned community where houses and their Smart Meters are in close proximity to each other. See point #3 for more details.
Major health effects of exposure to RF radiation
Much experimental evidence of the influence of radio frequencies radiation on living systems has been published in scientific literature during the last 30 years, relating both to in vitro and in vivo studies.
These findings were reviewed by the Science and Technology Options Assessment Commission of the European Parliament (STOA 2011).
The following non-thermal biological effects of exposure to Radio Frequency EMFs have been reported:
•- Changes in the electrical activity in the human brain •- Increase in DNA single and double strand breaks from exposure to 2.45 GHz frequency •- Observation of an increase in resting blood pressure during exposure •- Increased permeability of the erythrocyte membrane •- Effects on brain electrochemistry (calcium efflux) •- Increase of chromosome aberrations and micronuclei in human blood lymphocytes •- Synergistic effects with cancer promoting and certain psychoactive drugs •- Effects on brain dopamine/opiate electrochemistry •- Neurogenetic effects and micronuclei formation in peritoneal macrophage •- Increased lymphoma rates (doubled) in transgenic mice exposed twice a day to 30 minutes of cell phone (GSM) signals •- Increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier in rats •- Depression of chicken immune systems •- Increase in chicken embryo mortality •- Increases in DNA single and double strand breaks in rat brain •- Stressful effects in healthy and tumor-bearing mice •- Other effects that are not sufficiently proven
Many local municipalities and cities are trying their best to stop the spread of Smart Meters. Getting nowhere with federal and state authorities, they hire the experts, do reports like one below and have put moratoriums on Smart Meter installation.
The Santa Cruz County (California) Board of Supervisors directed its public health officer to prepare an analysis of the research on the health effects of Smart Meters in December 2011. Stewart Namkung, M.D. M.P.H. prepared this report: "Health Risks Associated with SmartMeters" which recognizes:
1. Smart Meters emit radiation almost continuously, day and night, seven days a week.
2. Family safety is uncertain with a Smart Meter attached to a home.
3. It is impossible to know how close a consumer is to their RF radiation limit, making safety an uncertainty with installation of a mandatory Smart Meter.
4. Smart Meters can exceed the whole body radiation exposure of cell phones by 60-150 times.
5. Radiation exposure from Smart Meters at non-thermal levels shows accumulating evidence of human cell damage, DNA chain breaks, breaches in the blood-brain barrier, sperm damage, toxin exposure, cancer, miscarriage, birth defects, semen degradation, autoimmune diseases, etc.
6. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is a real and sometimes debilitating neurological problem for the affected persons (Mild et al., 2004).
7. FCC guidelines do not protect the public and cannot be used for any claims of Smart Meter safety.
8. Smart Meters exceed the RF Microwave Radiation standards of many other countries by 12 to 60 million times.
Given the evidence of existing and potential harm from Smart Meters, governmental agencies for protecting public health and safety should be much more vigilant towards Smart Meter electromagnetic radiation exposures because governmental agencies are the only defense against such involuntary exposure.
The nature of the pulsing, digital radiation emitted by Smart Meters forces us to pay special attention to the way we typically quantify levels of exposure. For further discussion of this subject, please see the "Warnings" page.
Based on data published by SCE, PG&E and Electric Power Research Institute.