American Academy of Environmental Medicine calls for a halt to wireless smart meters

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has adopted a resolution calling for a halt to wireless smart meters.
The text of the resolution is below. (link to AAEM Resolution on letterhead)

This represents the first national physician’s group to look in-depth at wireless health risks; and to advise the public and decision-makers about preventative public health actions that are necessary.

Cindy Sage
Sage Associates

January 19, 2012

Proposed Decision of Commissioner Peevey (Mailed 1/22/2012)                                 BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA     On the proposed decision 11-03-014

Dear Commissioners:

The Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine opposes the installation of wireless “smart meters” in homes and schools based on a scientific assessment of the current medical literature (references available on request).  Chronic exposure to wireless radiofrequency radiation is a preventable environmental hazard that is sufficiently well documented to warrant immediate preventative public health action.

As representatives of physician specialists in the field of environmental medicine, we have an obligation to urge precaution when sufficient scientific and medical evidence suggests health risks which can potentially affect large populations.  The literature raises serious concern regarding the levels of radio frequency (RF – 3 KHz – 300 GHz) or extremely low frequency (ELF – o- 300 Hz) exposures produced by “smart meters” to warrant an immediate and complete moratorium on their use and deployment until further study can be performed.  The board of the American Board of Environmental Medicine wishes to point out that existing FCC guidelines for RF safety that have been used to justify installation of “smart meters” only look at thermal tissue damage and are obsolete, since many modern studies show metabolic and genomic damage from RF and ELF exposures below the level of intensity which heats tissues.  The FCC guidelines are therefore inadequate for use in establishing public health standards.  More modern literature shows medically and biologically significant effects of RF and ELF at lower energy densities.  These effects accumulate over time, which is an important consideration given the chronic nature of exposure from “smart meters”. The current medical literature raises credible questions about genetic and cellular effects, hormonal effects, male fertility, blood/brain barrier damage and increased risk of certain types of cancers from RF or ELF levels similar to those emitted from “smart meters”.  Children are placed at particular risk for altered brain development, and impaired learning and behavior.  Further EMF/RF adds synergistic effects to the damage observed from a range of toxic chemicals.  Given the widespread, chronic and essentially inescapable ELF/RF exposure of everyone living near a “smart meter”,  the Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine finds it unacceptable from a public health standpoint to implement this technology until these serious medical concerns are resolved.  We consider a moratorium on installation of wireless “smart meters” to be an issue of the highest importance.

The Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine also wishes to note that the US NIEHS National Toxicology Program in 1999 cited radiofrequency radiation as a potential carcinogen.  Existing safety limits for pulsed RF were termed “not protective of public health” by the Radiofrequency Interagency Working Group (a federal interagency working group including the FDA, FCC, OSHA, the EPA and others).  Emissions given off by “smart meters” have been classified by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Possible Human Carcinogen.

Hence, we call for:

•  An immediate moratorium on “smart meter” installation until these serious public
health issues are resolved.  Continuing with their installation would be extremely

•  Modify the revised proposed decision to include hearings on health impact in the
second proceedings, along with cost evaluation and community wide opt-out.

•  Provide immediate relief to those requesting it and restore the analog meters.

Members of the Board
American Academy of Environmental Medicine

Admin note:  The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, founded in 1965, is an international association of physicians and other professionals which “provides research and education in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to biological and chemical agents encountered in air, food and water.”

36 thoughts on “American Academy of Environmental Medicine calls for a halt to wireless smart meters”

  1. Amen!! Finally, someone IS paying attention to what we’ve been saying all along. Thank you for speaking out and letting it be known. May Common Sense prevail and thoughtless monopolies desist these practices on us.

  2. Excellent call. These meters do pose a serious health concern and their installation only benefits the companies who use them. This only points out the medical concern of the meters, but there are also privacy issues involved as well. The only thing smart about these meters is that they are going to put more of our money in the pockets of the electric companies.

  3. Thank You God for creating man of science who is not opposed to the creation you blessed us to be responsible stewarts to it’ and one another May your tender mercies heal the pain that you have allowed the darkness of this age to multiply.
    We ask you Father in the name of OUR TRUE KING JESUS CHRIST to bring forth his truth in all children to believe and humbly accept his truth that we are all ONE

  4. If it was shown that the RF cell phones put out kill or cause canser, I suspect nobody would give them up especially the teenagers. Cell phone radiation is orders of magnitude stronger than the rediation comming from smart meters simply because of the short distance.

  5. We need to think much further than ill health, invasion of privacy, risks to private properties and businesses Not to forget the outrageous high billing. But I think that it is something “Bush” has been talking about and his Daddy Sr.. Bush. A world web of Smart meters cozy under one umbrella. Think of it, how secure you’ll be. You know longer have privacy, they know everything about you, when you sleep and wake-up When you cook , what you watch on T.V. Let’s not forget the hacking of all your info on your computer. when you go on holidays and when you’ll get back How much dough you got in the bank. If God had meant us to be controlled completely, he would have created robots , and not the human mind to make our own decisions.
    This is truly Big Brother speaking a New World Order. We were “Born Free” and no one on this planet has the right to take that away from us. The decision is yours or ours. “Born Free Let Rights and Freedom reign”

  6. Recently I had occasion to perform an internet search on environmental effects of RF and ELF radiation. The only credible studies I found that were relevant to human health concerned heating effects and a marginal increase in the incidence of childhood leukemia associated at very low probability with ELF. There is some published work on possible links to neurological effects and a number of dubious and unsubstantiated reports of health effects but in my evaluation reproducible experimental results were lacking. What was not lacking were offers to sell some product to shield customers from “dire” effects. Would you please make available to the public the references to the “many modern studies that show metabolic and genomic damage” caused by low levels of RF or ELF radiation to which your letter to the California commissioners refer?

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