All I Really Need to Know About EMF I Learned After My Wife Got Sick

A Brief History of Electrosmog


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"Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy." — Tobacco executive internal memo, 1969

"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." — Former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey in an email to Pacific Gas & Electric's Brian Cherry seized by California authorities, 2010.

 

History was never my favorite subject. I preferred English, theatre, religion — subjects where the imagination seemed unrestricted by the weight of historical facts. Of course, I had heard the truism about not being able to understand the present without knowing the past. I appreciated the idea intellectually. But it wasn't until my wife Godeliève Richard, a Swiss dancer/choreographer and visual artist, became sick in the spring of 2010 and we came to understand, after three torturous years, that the root of her suffering was her sensitivity to RF (radio frequency) wireless radiation of the sort emitted by cell towers, cell phones, computers trying to pick up Wifi, Wifi enabled routers, cordless phones, tablets, our electric meter, etc., etc., etc., that I became an avid student of history.

We began reading books, articles, websites. We watched documentaries. We spoke with activists. It took me several months to completely accept that EHS (Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity) was what had derailed our lives and stolen time and energy from our now three-year-old son. Members of our family and friends quietly confided their belief to me that this must be a mental problem. In a way, I wished they were right. How would we live? How would she survive?

Sometimes at four in the morning after another sleepless night when we were deciding whether or not to go to the emergency room, it seemed like death was a possible final outcome. Luckily, we found a solution for our home that has allowed her to sleep well again and begin to heal, however she still can't leave the house for more than a few hours at a time. Among other adjustments we have made, a doctor recommended a company making biotuners, a small rectangular casing placed on the fuse box in order to deactivate the harmful information from electrosmog.

One of my many layers of resistance to accepting that electromagnetic pollution or electrosmog was what had destroyed her health was a simple, naive faith in the regulatory powers of the U.S. government. This radiation is literally everywhere. If it could be so dangerous, how could it be allowed on such a massive scale? But after I found the startling analogy between RF and asbestos and cigarettes laid out on more than one advocacy group site, things began to click.

The tobacco industry’s manipulation of the science and the U.S. court system began in the 1950s. In 1981, Japanese researcher Takeshi Hirayama definitively established the link between cancer and second hand smoke. Every year that passed added to the death toll in America. Why the lag time? One reason was that the tobacco industry had hired product defense firms that specialized in one product: doubt. If you can define the parameters of a scientific study that you pay for, it turns out there is quite a good chance the scientists you have hired will reach a conclusion that supports your position that there is no problem. Cell phone companies have hired, literally, some of the same supporting cast used by the tobacco industry.

In May, 2014, tobacco scientist Peter Valberg of product defense firm Gradient, testified in Worcester, MA, to the Worcester Zoning Board of Appeals about the safety of National Grid's smart meter pilot program. Smart meters are two-way RF transmission devices that the Massachusetts of Department of Public Utilities issued an order for utility companies to install on June 12, 2014. The Mass DPU relied on Valberg's testimony in their assessment that the radiation emitted from smart meters was safe because it is below FCC limits. A fraud complaint was filed with the MA Attorney General's office against the DPU in March.

It turns out our electric meter was installed in the late 90's already equipped to pulse RF radiation every couple of seconds from the meter to the street. I called our electric company and told them that radiation made my wife sick and asked that they pull in to our driveway as they drive by and read the meter in person. I was told this was not possible. I suggested that we could simply shield the meter and they could lift the shielding off to take the readings. But this, they warned, would lead to potentially more expensive "estimated readings" when their truck got back to headquarters without a reading from our meter.

Telecom Companies Hold A Legislative Trump Card

Between 1994 and 1998, telecom companies made nearly $12 million in campaign contributions to members of Congress. In 1996, they helped write the Telecommunications Act, which stipulates that "no state or local government . . . may regulate the placement, construction and modification of personal wireless facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the extent that such facilities comply with the [Federal Communication Commission's] regulations concerning such emissions."

This provision stripped my town's Zoning Board of Appeals, not to mention every U.S. individual, local and state government, of the ability to say “no” to a cell tower proposal on the basis of health concerns. The result is that although the now more than 6,000 independent studies demonstrating health risks may be mentioned during the hearing process, the tower AT&T proposed on our road had to be denied on some other grounds, like its proximity to a road designated as a Scenic Byway or perhaps the average of 15 percent drop in property value for those unfortunate enough to live next to it.

Luckily for us — and even better for the elderly people and children who would have been living about 150 feet from the tower — AT&T withdrew their proposal. They didn't say why, but looking at the pattern of new cell tower placement around the U.S., we can surmise that this was a business decision based on their strategy of following the path of least resistance. In other words, putting a new tower on the road of a publicly known person suffering from EHS probably looked a little too costly. My wife and I make plays for a living and our latest, Innocenzo, tells the tale of a clown who, after visiting many doctors and healers, finally realizes that he has become electro-hypersensitive. We didn't have to do much research.

Cell companies have become adept at hiding their antennas and AT&T wanted to stash the one designated for our road in an oversized barn silo. In Switzerland, where we tour our plays in French, there is a tower hidden in a church steeple not far from our apartment. Consequently, although Switzerland has the lowest RF limits in the world, Godeliève has a harder time leaving the house there than the rural road where we live in the U.S. Unfortunately, hiding cell towers or decorating them as trees does nothing to change health impacts.

A German study published in 2004 (Eger, et al), found that living within 400 meters of a cell tower increased the likelihood of developing cancer by 300%. These results are typical of the growing number of studies being done outside the U.S. where the distinctive lack (read $0) of federal funds being spent on RF safety research seems unsurprising given the "over 400 million dollars in political contributions and lobbying [by the wireless industry]," according to lawyer Andrew Campanelli who now specializes in preventing unwanted cell tower installation after starting his career as a telecom lawyer.

Everyone is Electro-sensitive

It might seem, at first glance, that people like Godeliève should be shipped off to an island so that the rest of the un-sensitive population can enjoy their wireless lives. Although countries are establishing radiation free zones for people like her, everyone is electro-sensitive. Everyone's melatonin production (the substance which cleans up cancer-causing free radicals, among other things, while we sleep) is inhibited when exposed to levels of RF currently deemed safe. Humans are electrical beings composed of cells that have been proven damaged by much, much lower levels of RF than you would experience in your typical coffee shop or elementary school.

One key historical moment concerns the Federal Communication Commission standards themselves. Back in 1953, researcher Herman Schwan, a former Nazi scientist imported in 1949 to work for the U.S. Navy, suggested a thermal (heat) exposure limit for RFs based on heating effects he had noted when radar operators cooked hot dogs in their microwave beams. In other words, if your cell phone doesn't measurably heat your skin, it must be okay, even if you are a fetus, newborn or otherwise more vulnerable being than the top 10% of U.S. military recruits in 1989, the skull of whom the FCC bases its SAR (specific absorption rate of RF by the brain) calculations upon.

The patently absurd idea, if you are a biologist, of no cellular damage happening below the thermal limit has been challenged by the American Pediatric Association, the U.S. Department of the Interior (who are concerned about effects on migratory birds), the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the California Medical Association, Swisscom (in a patent application), and many others. The FCC standard is so high that telecom companies have had no incentive to engineer anything that might be even a little bit safer. Isn't it every person's right to stream an HD movie on his/her phone while waiting in line at the post office? How about two at time? How about 16?

Nothing like the changes in federal policy that are needed have ever come as an initiative from the corporations or government. It has only happened, as Ralph Nader likes to remind us, because people came together in the common wish for a place where people can drink clean water, breathe clean air, share the same rights as other citizens and, in this case, be able to live their lives without having their health damaged in the relative safety of their own homes.

Global RF Reduction Efforts

One of the ironies of the RF radiation puzzle is that there are many straightforward steps that can be taken by individuals, governments and corporations to reduce this multiple source 24/7 exposure. This year France and Taiwan became the first countries to pass national legislation aimed at protecting the public from wireless emissions. In this case, they took their cue from emerging health research and primarily defined the public as very young children, whose thinner skulls allow lower levels of RF to penetrate deeper into the brain. There will be no more wi-fi in French nursery schools; in elementary schools it will be turned off except when needed.

National legislation of this sort, besides being progressive and forward-thinking also happens to be in the financial self-interest of governments around the world. Insurance companies have quietly stopped offering coverage for wireless-related health problems. Who is going to pay for skyrocketing rates of cancer, Alzheimer's, ADHD, autism, and burn-out leading to missed work days? Since there can be no definitive 1-to-1 correlation for the multiple environmental factors weighing on our systems, how are you going to make anyone pay the bill for what Swedish researcher Lennart Hardell descibes as "the world's greatest biological experiment ever"?

The 2011 World Health Organization classifies RF as a Class 2B "possible carcinogen," along with lead and car exhaust. In the 2014 French documentary "Ondes, Science, Manigances" (Microwaves, Science and Lies), director Jean Heches demonstrates that despite this classification, the WHO is extremely influenced (to put it politely) by the telecom industry. Sweden, the first country where EHS is officially recognized as a functional impairment, offers a cell phone network and a provider of health care coverage to around 300,000 people with the sensitivity. Lennart Hardell's 2014 research on long term cell phone use in that country suggests that RF should be re-classified as a Class 1 "known carcinogen." However, this reclassification is a financial impossibility (from a certain privileged point of view) as there are trillions of dollars and hefty sections of the ecomony depending on the perpetuation of doubt. Unsurprisingly, Hardell has become the victim of a smear campaign.

The makers of wireless technology are in a terrible spot. Like the tobacco companies, they have to keep denying the existence of a problem or face major legal and financial repercussions. Utility companies and the state bureaucracies charged with regulating them (or abetting them in California's case), after having installed RF-emitting transmitters on our homes, are in the same bind. So you can bet no corporate movement will be made towards protecting the public until we create a financial incentive for them — or they have no choice. That is, if history has anything to teach us.

Jonathan Mirin's plays have been performed around the U.S. and internationally. He co-founded Piti Theatre Company with his wife Godeliève Richard in 2004, whose recent productions include 28 FEET (about growing up with Crohn's disease), To Bee or Not to Bee (about honeybee disappearance) and Innocenzo. For more about Piti Theatre Company's production Innocenzo visit  www.ptco.org/innocenzo. Upcoming tour dates include: June 2, 2015: Greenfield Community Television live taping, Greenfield MA, and June 6, 2015: Shelburne Falls' Riverfest, at the Shelburne Senior Center, 1 pm.

 

Upcoming EMF Safety Events

6/10 — An Important Discussion for Parents: Questioning the Safety of Our Children’s Exposure to Wireless Radiation. 7-9pm. Plymouth Church, Framingham, MA.
6/10 — WIFI Radiation and Public Health: Legislative Briefing. 2pm. MA State House, Room 437, Boston.
6/15 — Wireless Smart Meters, RF and Health with Dr. William Maykel. 7-8:30pm. IBEW Hall, Worcester, MA.
6/22 — The MA Smart Meter Fraud Complaint advocacy meeting. IBEW Hall, Worcester, MA. 7-8:30pm
8/4 — Smart Steps to Reduce EMF’s in Your Home with health advocate Ray Pealer. Millis Public Library, Millis, MA.
8/18 — The MA Smart Meter Fraud Complaint advocacy meeting. Millis Public Library, Millis, MA. 6:30-7:45pm

 

Wireless Safety Resources

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Worcester Opts Out WorcesterOptsOut.org

Halt Smart Meters in Massachusetts HaltMAsmartmeters.org

Sandura’s Blog Sandaura.wordpress.com

No Mass Smart Meters nomasssmartmeters.wordpress.com

Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council Berklitchfieldenviro.org

Piti Theatre Company Ptco.org/shows/innocenzo/en/

Healing Earth Refuge www.meetup.com/healove/ 

Cell Tower at DS Middle/High School dscelltower.wordpress.com

Email: StopSmartMetersMASS@gmail.com

 

NEW ENGLAND

EMR Safety Consulting EMRsafety.net   

 

NATIONAL

Smart Grid Awareness SmartGridAwareness.org

The EMR Policy Institute Emrpolicy.org

EMF Safety Network emfsafetynetwork.org

Citizens for Safe Technology citizensforsafetechnology.org

Stop Smart Meters! StopSmartMeters.org

Center for Safer Wireless centerforsaferwireless.us

Take Back Your Power TakeBackYourPower.net

Smart Meter Global News SmartMeterNewsUpdates.wordpress.com

Facebook: Stop NG Smart Grid

 

See also:
Heavy Cell Phone Use Can Quadruple Your Risk of Deadly Brain Cancer
Fighting An Invisible Enemy In Our High-Tech World
Ten Reasons Not To Use Technology For Grade School Learning

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