All around the world people are reporting wireless is affecting their health. We’ve collected many smart meter health complaints and posted them here. Utilities claim smart meters are safe, and compare them to cell phones. However, cell phones, cell towers, wi-fi and other wireless devices can also affect you. Reducing your EMF exposure can benefit your overall health and wellness. Learn more about how to reduce EMF’s, and sign up to stay informed!
Learn about the science:
The National Toxicology Program found a statistically significant increase in brain cancers from exposure to cell phone frequencies. http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/results/areas/cellphones/index.html
In 2015, 220 scientists who had published in peer-reviewed journals from 41 nations signed the International Scientists Appeal. Their warnings included cell phones, infrastructure, Wi-Fi, ‘smart’ meter/grid technology, as well as devices like baby monitors and commercial broadcast uses. www.emfscientist.org
The BioInitiative report, updated in 2012 contains nearly 2000 papers reviewed by 29 international scientists from over 20 countries on the health and environmental effects of electromagnetic fields. Their conclusions note that the continued rollout of wireless technologies jeopardizes global health and recommends stricter biologically based standards, lower exposure limits, and a more cautious, science-based approach. www.bioinitiative.org
The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies wireless radiation as a 2B carcinogen, based on studies linking cell phone radiation to brain tumors! http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children age 0-14 http://www.abta.org/about-us/news/brain-tumor-statistics/
List of symptoms:
- Sleep problems (insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, night waking, nightmares)
- Stress, agitation, anxiety, irritability
- Headaches, sharp pain or pressure in the head
- Ringing in the ears, ear pain, high pitched ringing
- Concentration, memory or learning problems
- Fatigue, muscle or physical weakness
- Disorientation, dizziness, or balance problems
- Eye problems, including eye pain, pressure in the eyes,
- Cardiac symptoms, heart palpitations, heart arrhythmias, chest pain
- Leg cramps, or neuropathy
- Arthritis, body pain, sharp, stabbing pains
- Nausea, flu-like symptoms
- Sinus problems, nose bleeds
- Respiratory problems, cough, asthma
- Skin rashes, facial flushing
- Urinary problems
- Endocrine disorders, thyroid problems, diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Changes in menstrual cycle
- Hyperactivity or changes in children’s behavior
- Recurrence of cancer
- Taken from EMF Safety Network Survey 2011
- Symptoms after Exposure to Smart Meter Radiation By Dr. Ron Powell
I have been a cynical towards people who worry about smart meters for a couple years, even was an early adopter nearly 5 years ago. The last year I have been experiencing a chronic sore throat that my doctors can’t explain, my kids are developing learning disabilities, among other strange health issues. The more I read, the more I’m concerned about the microwave radiation the give off.
2/2014 The first ones installed on the side of my apartment building were just steps away from my apartment. I had lived in this apartment for 5 years with no problems. Suddenly I started having terrible problems sleeping. I tried everything I could think of and finally went to my doctor who gave me sleeping pills. For over a year I needed a pill every night, sometimes a half worked, but only for a few hours and soon I would be using the second half.
On Thursday, 4 days ago, newer and stronger meters we put in to replace the ones installed a little over a year ago. Now I cannot sleep, even with the sleeping pill and I am feeling so fatigued and muddle-brained that I can barely think straight and even have trouble standing up straight. I have literally done nothing since they have been put in and feel achy all over and disoriented, slightly dizzy.
Since I am in a rental, I am going to have to try to move, probably to another state, because I do not feel that California is going to do anything good on this matter to protect my health.
But I want you to know that in my opinion, making all of our technology communicable with wireless technology is going to bite us in the rear BIG TIME one day and we will be totally unprepared!
The reason? THIS IS A TWO WAY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM THAT IS OPEN IN THE MOST OPEN WAY POSSIBLE ON OUR PLANET – THROUGH THE AIR!
I am a systems engineer so I know very well how technology works. I am also an avid science fiction reader and I cannot even count on both hands the number of books I have read with scenarios where Earth is taken over and completely defenseless against invaders because we have WiFi’d ALL OF OUR EXISTENCE ON EARTH!
Anybody who knows anything about technology and physics knows this truth. ANY electrical signal retriever can catch these wireless messages floating through the air. This ANYONE is, say, ANYONE WITH A CELL PHONE!
In many of these science fiction stories, those using wireless technologies, (most were begun for POPULATION SURVEILLANCE!) were completely defenseless!
Think about it. And while you are at it take a look at the amount of equipment and hardware the US military forces are rushing to implement on every truck, tank, plane, bomb, etc., etc., EVERYTHING and ANYTHING can be made wirelessly communicate-able. –W.R. CA
8/13/2013 Hello, I live in an upstairs apartment, in Turlock, CA. I have been feeling sick since they installed 16 smart meters on a panel 6 feet away from my building. I have developed respiratory problems and insomnia and anxiety and pressure in my head. They have checked me for physical problems and Dr. says there is nothing wrong with me and they keep prescribing me anxiety meds to help me sleep at night that are messing with my heart and my head.
In a desperate attempt to figure out what is wrong with me, I came across a website that revealed a possibility that I may be exposed to the smart meter radiation. My husband has also developed asthma, coughing, bloody nose headaches.
Since then I have left my home and have been getting sicker because I cannot find anyone that believes me. Can you please help me find out how to even test for the exposure in my body?
If I stay away from the meters are my symptoms reversible mainly the insomnia and the anxiety. I have never experienced such a thing before. I am exhausted and I cannot find a doctor to help me. Most doctors are oblivious to what I am suggesting.
8/2013 I’ve been doing my own research for 8 months now, and have definitely concluded that Smart Meters are causing this horrible humming noise in my home. It is ruining my life and is violating my rights as a human being. I noticed it in the rental house I was living in for 7 months. I went to my parent’s house to see if I heard it there and sure enough I did. I finally moved to the country in Sonoma County and it’s horrible here too. Each place has Smart Meters. It’s not like a normal sound from a refrigerator, etc. It’s a low frequency humming sound that actually hurts my ears. I can’t get to sleep and have had to run a fan or some noise to try to drown it out. But, since it vibrates in my ear, that is hard to do. I’ve gone online and millions are complaining of this humming noise. This is INSANE! If you do the research, you will find out how harmful these meters are. What are they going to do to our children, who are sleeping in the rooms where they are connected? PGE lied to us, sneaked into our homes to put these in, have not done proper testing, and are causing health problems to millions. Some counties in CA have banned them and I really hope it continues. I will have to ask my landlord if he is willing to opt out, and I will pay whatever to get peace again. This is torture. And yes, there are electrosensitive people out there for the person who said there aren’t. Ignorance! Cell phones even hurt my ears. They have even linked heavy cell phone usage to brain tumors. Wake up everyone! It’s time to stand up to this bullshit.
2013 We had a Smart Meter installed on our home. I got sick and two weeks ago had a mini-stroke. We took the meter off our home after sending Central Hudson (our utility company) several sets of documents – detailing my illness and then my hospitalization – and they did nothing and did not even respond to our requests. After my stroke, we ordered an analog meter online and replaced their radiating meter. We video taped it and sent their meter back to them with a letter, along with all the other correspondence we had sent (return receipt and notarized).
The following Monday the electric company came to our home, with no notice nor explanation, and physically, right in front of me, cut our electric lines with a huge pair of clippers! — New York
5/2013 My family recently moved into a new home which has 4 smart meters, we had wifi also initially. I began feeling ill: symptoms included a sensation of electricity coursing through my body, headaches, my blood pressure soared, the sensation of my brain feeling like it was being squeezed, and a sensation of burning on my skin and eyes. I could not find relief anywhere in my home. The symptoms of my three sons are less than my own and more vague: headache, “feeling sick upon waking”, feeling a jolt type feeling sometimes.
I have purchased an RF meter but, even after much reading, still don’t understand the subject very well. I do know that my meter indicated that there are strong fields all over my home and very strong pulse points in four corners of my home from the smart meters. There is literally no place in my house that does not show high RF levels. I can’t escape from this feeling anywhere in my home and I even experience it where ever wifi is being used and even just near people using cell phones and near cell towers.
The effects that I feel from this exposure take a long to to subside even when I go to my father in laws where the meter shows no high levels of RF. I feel much, much better there but still have burning sensations on a much lower level. I have only been away from my home for about 12 hours now and can feel the symptoms greatly reduced.
I am afraid I am being caused permanent damage and most importantly that my young sons may be receiving damage from this exposure. They are only 7,7 (twins), and 10 years old. I am turning to you all for help because I am certain that I will not receive much help from the authorities. My own family cannot understand what is happening to me and to, I fear, my children. I am not crazy or imagining my symptoms. I hold a MA in Social Work, have a BA in psychology, have been employed in a professional setting for many years prior to the birth of my children. – Anon, Indiana, U.S.
4/29/2013 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.
Since the whole Smart meter incident we have removed our home wi-fi and we put our cell phones on airplane mode. What is killing me though is that our entire community not only has Smart Meters but our association just made a deal with AT&T and every house has U-verse. Each house has a wireless modem which transmits wi-fi and television. Even though we had our wi-fi turned off from the modem we also had the company run all the cable lines through the attic to the rooms for television. Our houses are so close together that our house gets both of our neighbors signals from each side.
2013/ I am the proud parent of six, of the six children we have four children who are under the age of six. In July of last year the LADWP placed on our home a RF meter, the RF meter was placed on the back of our home which is directly located about 25 to 30 feet away from the LADWP power pole that is located on our property. In July of last year our children started to exhibit health symptoms and health signs that alarmed myself and my husband. The children began to have fevers out of no where, essentially their bodies were boiling and their fevers would go from 101 to 104 and sometimes to 105. My husband is a Clinical Partner at Cedar Sinai Hospital in the ICU so he is versed in the area of taking care of patients in extreme health decline, but he was not prepared to handle the weekly and monthly bouts that our smaller children began to have. Our children also began to have problems with the inability to control their bodily fluids, our five year old began peeing and pooping herself, our four year began to display the same problems, soon many of the smaller children were all displaying these symptoms and concerns. The children became depressed, and essentially we began to realize that our children were not the children who we cared for prior to the RF meter being placed on our property. We were the only family in our area to have this new meter so we do not have a frame of reference in our community to measure the health side effects against. Please help us, we are good honest people who have suffered for the past few months trying to put the pieces of this puzzle together.
[Admin’s note: The mother wrote that after the Smart Meter was removed in January the children’s symptoms “diminished greatly, they no longer get high fevers, or suffer from loss of their bodily function.” Meanwhile LADWP has terminated their power.]
West Kelowna man claims Smart Meters are killing him “…an Okanagan man claims the meters may be interfering with an important medical device – his pacemaker. Jerry Smith, 70, of West Kelowna is partially paralyzed as a result of the 10 strokes he’s had since last August….”
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. Jeromy [Testimony Jeromy submitted to the CPUC]
“Is there a list of safe communities with no smart meters? Our whole family is being sickened by the smart meters around us and we need to find a place to live quickly.”
“We are just miserable here. We can’t sleep at night, are dizzy, have headaches, ear pain, and more. We also own our home so it is not easy to just pick up and get away from the smart meters.” CA. 2013
Sick with palpitations, chest pain, insomnia, dizziness…
I managed to have smart meter installation delayed at my house, but suddenly became sick overnight with palpitations, chest pain, insomnia, dizziness, inability to concentrate and memory loss and fainting spells. AFTER becoming sick I found out that the day I became suddenly sick was the day the smart meter roll-out was completed in my area and the smart meters were remotely turned on from base.
I can no longer drive, I can’t work (I’m a doctor), I have to go and sleep at my mother in law’s place (there are no smart meters there yet).
My life is completely ruined and the energy companies and members of Victorian Parliament completely ignore me. Two doctors have confirmed my disability is entirely due to my sensitivity to smart meters’ radio transmission and I am 100% sure of that as I can always tell accurately if I am in a smart metered area or not.
We are now planning to move to South Australia to survive. What is happening in Victoria is a complete breakdown of democracy and an affront to social justice of enormous proportions and implications.
What if this is happening to an old lady living alone? Where can she go? We are all morally obliged to speak up and do something about it, if not for ourselves, for the vulnerable amongst us that, if affected, could not do anything about it. Posted on Stop Smart Meters Australia
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. Smart meters need to be outlawed and all of them must be removed at once. There are enough toxins in our food and the environment without this happening too. I hope I am able to get mine removed, but from what I’ve read Southern California Edison isn’t cooperating. H .M. Orange CA
Since the new Smart Meter has been installed my wife has had a ringing in her ears. The only time she has this is in our home. Outside of the house she does not have the problem. J. F. Sacramento CA
I was not asked permission to have the Smart Meter installed. In fact, when your representative/installer came to my door informing me he would be installing the meter, I specifically told him that I did not want it installed. He told me that I didn’t have a choice in the matter.
I am plagued with various health issues because of the Smart Meters, such as insomnia, constant headaches, blurred vision and ringing in my ears, and other various aches and pains. I understand that others are suffering from various health issues throughout the state and country as well. I do not want this device on my home or in my neighborhood. I want the old analog meter re-installed. I also do not want the new digital meter installed. I specifically want the old analog back which worked just fine. I want this Smart Meter removed now! A.S. Bakersfield CA
For the past year, I have been suffering health effects due to the installation of a Smart Meter at my home and the other homes in my neighborhood. I have experienced migraines, disrupted sleep, and electronic sensitivity so that I was unable to use a computer or my cellphone without immediate nausea and headache. I feel constant low-level anxiety when in my house which “magically” goes away every single time we have a power outage. My husband has developed migraines, disrupted sleep, and tinnitis. I am concerned for the long term health consequences on us and on my daughter who is almost 3.
I have called PG&E and they refuse to remove the Smart Meter from my house. Other electricians say that they cannot replace the meter with an analog variety because it would be illegal. This product is making me sick, and even with the money to pay for it, I am not allowed to have it removed.
I would like to see Smart Meters pulled from the market until thorough testing is done and they can be proved safe. It is the responsibility of our government to protect public health from polluting corporations. Charging for the right to “opt-out” is criminal because it subjects the poor to poisonous health effects, and also because people will still receive exposure from their neighbors’ properties, especially in urban population-dense environments.
PG&E cannot be relied upon to treat us fairly–my health just does not figure into their bottom line. Sometimes we need people with power to stand up for us.
I have been suffering since the installation of 3 meters in my complex (of 12 units) and from larger multi-unit complexes on both sides of where I live. This means that the radiation coming off all of these meters encroach on me, even though I have opted out and do not have one….Each day I awake with my head buzzing. I now have fatigue and headaches, nausea unexplained and nosebleeds at the oddest times for no other reason. I have lost so many days of working (I work from home) and now there is no place to go. Our entire county, once a pristine, safe and desirable place to call home is now a sea of massive radiation from the thousands of smart meters now installed.
We didn’t even know the meter was there when we moved in the house late April, 2011. We’d been feeling strong and well. Suddenly our health started deteriorating rapidly. It was until end of May that I saw the meter and red flags went off. I have been avoiding all types of radiation since the 80’s due to poor health…and here it was now permanently attached to my bedroom wall!! We had no place to go. Complaints and pleas to the utility companies were absolutely fruitless. We have removed it ourself.
I have been suffering horrible migraine headaches since a SmartMeter was installed on my home in the fall of 2010. The meter was installed without my permission. When the installer arrived unannounced, I happened to be home. I told him I did not want a Smartmeter. He responded by telling me I had no choice and walked right in my gate and installed it.
It took almost a year of 15-18 debilitating migraine level headaches before the cause was discovered. I saw doctors and had blood tests, MRI’s CT scans, took migraine medications all with no relief. I kept a headache journal as recommended by headache specialists at UCSF and found no connection to headache development and diet, activity, etc. Looking at every variable possible, it was finally discovered that when I am around Smartmeters, I get headaches. When I am not, I don’t get headaches.
I am a high school teacher and was able to go visit my Mom in a neighborhood that has no Smartmeters when school let out in June of 2011. For my 9 day visit with my mother, I had no headaches. When I returned home, the headaches resumed on my first day back. The Smartmeter was then suspected. I shielded the SM with simple aluminum shielding, and the migraine headache significantly reduced to a normal headache. When I remove the shield the intense migraines come back; replace the shield, they go away. The shielding is not 100% blockage. I need this meter completely off my home!!
I cannot walk my dog in my own neighborhood. All the buzz from my neighbors meters make me dizzy and don’t help my headaches!! I feel trapped. There aren’t many places to escape the horrible effects of these meters because they are everywhere. I love my job and I love where I live, but I feel I am being forced to leave. I cannot believe this is happening in this country!
The longer I am exposed to this SmartMeter, the more sensitive I am becoming. My doctor says I have developed electrical sensitivity. I am miserable and there are some days I wish someone would just shoot me. These SmartMeters and the technolgy they use have turned me from a happy and productive member of society, into a desperate and miserable person. Please help!!!!!!!!
I have been severely harmed by the installation of two smart meters on my family’s home where I reside with my elderly parents and nephew.
I was forced to go to the emergency room only three hours after the two meters where installed on our home (one for gas and one for electric)from severe nausea, heart palpitations and a severe headache.
After several days, with the help of several highly trained medical doctors and a PA at my personal doctor’s office, I finally found a medication that allowed me to stay home and assisted me in not having to continue to visit hospital services.
However, though the nausea was lessen by the mediation they gave me, which by the way is what they give to people who have radiation poisoning, it’s side affects where too severe (mild to severe constipation and cramping leading to the need for more medical treatments)to continue for more than a few weeks. I was lucky enough to find an Accupuncturist who helped with these symptoms so at least I can now manage my pain.
I also suffered severe headaches (one meter was right outside my room, only two feet from my bed) and I was forced to move from a private room in front of the family house into the back of the house where the pain is much less.
Now I live my life in our family’s den, always intruded upon by the need for my parents and other family members who reside here to work in the same area. I have lost all my privacy and I still suffer headaches every day now. I fear my health is also deteriorating as I keep getting colds. I have had one every month since the smart meters where installed. Even in the warm weather. My immune system is being affected negatively.
My only hold on my sanity is my friends and loving mother. Otherwise I would have given up on living months ago. I hold on though I doubt I can withstand a flu or other immune compromised illness. My final act is to stop smart meters here on this planet, if at all feasible.
As I already have fibermyalgia and acid reflex, this is probably the final nail in the coffin for my health. Please stop all smart meter installations and try to get all the ones already installed off people’s homes and residences and businesses. I can’t hardly go anywhere now without an instant migraine from the fact they are installed everywhere. I hate to think what they are doing to everyone’s health in my community. It makes me ill thinking how it is harming our children and elderly right now.
A man who identified himself as working for PG&E, came to my door stating that he was here to install a Smart Meter on my home. I said, “No! Please don’t do that. I don’t want a Smart Meter.” I watched him walk out of our gated yard. But he had not left. Moments later, he entered our gated yard again and I heard pounding at the side of my home, where the 4 meters for our townhouse are located. I called out to him, and he came to the front door and told me that he was installing 3 Smart Meters for my neighbors–on MY HOUSE! I said, “No, please don’t do that this is my home.” He stated that he had his orders and he was installing them. He left a card on my door with a number to call. He did not work for PG&E but a private company–PG&E may have an easement to my property, but his company does not–I believe he was tresspassing when I denied access. I begged him to stop–telling him repeatedly that I was not well, and I was not giving my permission for Smart Meters to be installed on my home. He stated, It is my job, & went to the side of my house. I called the number he had given, spoke with a PG&E rep and the connection was lost. I called back and spoke to another rep, who stated that I wasn’t on the “list” and that he would place me on it. I explained why I was calling, then he had to speak to his supervisor. He came back and said , “Well I can tell you this, once they are installed, they aren’t coming off!” I explained that I could hear the pounding at that moment and that they were in the process of installation and still could be stopped. I was told that nothing could be done.
Since the installation, my heart has been in fibrolation daily & my heart rate & blood pressure are elevated. Our granddaughter’s bed in her room is on the same wall as the Smart Meters. She has suddenly developed insomnia & is doing poorly in school. Recently, staying at a hotel she had no trouble sleeping through the nights.
Since installation, our high-speed internet connection has slowed, been interrupted often, dialing out we have static on the phone lines, similar to taking a cordless phone too near a microwave oven in use. Even our Wii reception has been slower & multiple interupts during each episode of Netflix–not interrupted prior, all since the installation.
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.
When the SmartMeters were put in my neighborhood, I and others had sleep problems. We did not know that the SMeters were installed on the neighbors’ homes as we did not have any SMeters. I have had to sleep in a heavily shielded area to get more than a couple of hours of sleep. I have also had pain in my sinuses and pressure in my face, and increased bleeding episodes.
I do not want an SMeter of any kind. An injury 6 years ago left me hypersensitive to the electromagnetic fields these and other devices emit. I had a lot of pain when appliances with switching power supplies were plugged in (like my computer). A doctor suggested I buy filters for this. That worked.
Please help me and others. I have since looked into the research. This hypersensitivity is caused by over-exposure. Wireless and the high frequencies produced by switching power supplies affects many people. There are 1000’s of red flags in the research. Please help stop this criminal use of compulsory technology.
Within 5 hours of having a smart meter installed on my apartment building I developed a severe band-like headache. I did not know what a smart meter was when the man with the hard hat knocked on my door to tell me that my power would be turned off for about 10 minutes. I thought nothing of it. The headache persisted through the night and was unresponsive to medication. The next morning I also experienced nausea and began to think that I was coming down with the flu. However, when I left my apartment and went to another city (no meters) my symptoms cleared up. I was perplexed when they returned that evening after I returned home. This pattern continued for the next 3 days: headaches, nausea, some heart palpitations, and feelings of irritability and confusion — all of which resolved when I left Burbank and went into LA City. After 5 days I could no longer tolerate the symptoms and left my home of 23 years, to live out of my car and sleep in the homes of friends and family to avoid the unbearable health issues.
I am disabled and, try as I might, I have been unable to find subsidized housing in an area that is free of meters. I am exhausted and despair at what my future holds. I have told Burbank Water and Power about my problems. A board member told me to move out of Burbank. I contacted the CPUC and was told that they have no jurisdiction over my utility company and was instructed to contact my City Council. I have spoken several times at City Council meetings but the council members are relying on the information provided to them by the CPUC, the California Council of Science and Technology, and Burbank Water and Power. It is the most of vicious of circles. There is no remedy. There is no advocacy.
Several of my neighbors are experiencing similar symptoms, complaining of insomnia, headaches, difficulty concentrating. The mesh network and the meters are a scourge, depriving us of our human rights and our civil rights.
I am writing to file a complaint against PG&E and CPUC due to the health hazards of installing a Smart Meter in our home without our consent. When we first discovered its installation in May of 2010, my husband called PG&E with the request to have it removed, and they refused. On July 31, 2010, I went into the living room, about 6 feet from the wall that holds the Smart Meters, and felt a sudden zap of energy that instantly had my chest and throat aching, sending my already delicate health into immune collapse. It took several days before the aching in my chest, and the intense fatigue and brain fog that accompanied it, abated. We hired an electrician to come to our home with his radiofrequency radiation meter, to determine the frequency and strength of the Smart Meter radiation in our home. At the time of his reading on Wednesday, August 4th, the meter was pulsing about 3 times a minute, and inside the house the radiation from the Smart Meter was definitely high in the living room.
This kind of radiation is not good for anyones health, and as someone with chronic health issues and immune dysfunction, to have a Smart Meter in our home is completely unacceptable. I am writing to request that the Smart Meters at our home be removed immediately, and that action is taken to remove these meters from our area.
We had requested by phone that the smart meter not be installed at our residence. A couple of weeks or so after that, we noticed that our old analog meter was gone and a smart meter had been installed.
Within 1 hour of having our smart meter installed my wife started getting heart palpitations, headaches, brain fog and trouble sleeping. I have had brain fog and trouble sleeping. When we leave our home for a day then our systems return back to normal. We went to visit our family away from our home for 2 days to celebrate Thanksgiving and again felt much better. When we returned so did the problems.
We have our own business and have to work out of our home. It seems that America was a country of freedom of choice and not a country where things can be shoved down our throats and when we ask for reasonable changes we are turned down. We should have the choice of what goes on our house that is reasonable and safe to our health.
If you are normal or of normal health than a smart meter may not effect you but to the percentage of people that have medical issues please do not discriminate or destroy their ability to function normally or lose productivity.
I find it deeply troubling that the utility did not offer me the option of a new meter. Things like this should ALWAYS be opt-in only. I am also deeply concerned about the health effects of the meters. This should be among the top priorities for our legislators, as exposure to electro magnetic radiation impacts children and the ill the most, but will also make healthy people ill. Meanwhile, doctors are not properly trained to diagnose or treat related illness.
Within a month or 2 of installation of my EvilMeter, aka SmartMeter, I noticed for the first time in my life that my heart was skipping beats. It occurred only in the front part of my house. After a few days I remembered the EvilMeter, and checked to see where it was located. It was on the outside of my living room wall, only 1-2 feet from my sofa, where I often used to sit. I tried taking my pulse many places, and my pulse was normal everywhere except in the front part of my house. My irregular heartbeat was worst when near the EvilMeter.
Over the months since then, I have tried to stay out of the front part of my house. But my kitchen, TV, phone and computer are there, so I couldn’t completely avoid it. I did spend as much time as I could in my bedroom, e.g., eating most of my meals there, not watching TV, bringing my computer into my bedroom to work on it, etc.
However, a month or two ago I noticed that my skipped heartbeats were getting worse — my heart would only beat 2-3 times, then skip a beat, beat 2-3 times, then skip a beat, etc. That would go on for hours. This was much worse than at first, when it would go back to normal within a short time of going into my bedroom or leaving the house.
So I went to an MD, who diagnosed me with PVC (premature ventricular contraction). It may cause me to have a stroke, a heart attack, or eventually heart failure. I think that is extremely Evil.
Please make PG&E (and other utilities who may be doing the same thing) stop installing EvilMeters, and make them leave the analog meters in place. And please make the utilities replace all installed EvilMeters with analog meters.
I am a retired school teacher who has served California well over the years. I am ill from the smart meters (two of them, one gas, one electric) on my property – one at each end of my home. The electric smart meter, the worst of the two, is located on my bedroom wall, right by the headboard of the bed. My head was less than a foot, about 8 inches or less, from the smart meter for six months, as I slept and read in bed, sitting up. I had no idea that the electric meter on my property was causing emissions, including high bursts of radiation, 24/7. I have had my home tested and there is also “dirty electricity” from emissions on the wiring in the bedroom. I developed numerous symptoms, including very shrill (painful) ringing in my ears, severe headaches, skin cancer, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to rf radiation and more, all following the exposure to the smart meters. Finally my doctor told me about the dangers of smart meters and diagnosed me with radiation illness. I moved out of the bedroom, along with my husband. I now sleep (for the past year) in the living room (very uncomfortably) and he sleeps in another bedroom. The living room is far enough away to lower the headaches, the other bedroom is not. I cannot use 1/3 of my home and property now, due to the smart meters. Getting anywhere near the electric meter, especially, inside or outside, produces extreme illness that lasts for three or four days.
I wrote and called SDG&E and the CPUC many times. Neither one was helpful. They both incorrectly insisted that it was mandatory to have these horrible meters on my property. I wrote and called all elected officials. They have ignored me… This is the worst thing I have ever experienced or seen. America will be destroyed by these multinational companies and the politicians who cater to them, if we don’t take action to stop the smart grid.
I would like to have the SmartMeter removed from my home immediately. I was not asked permission prior to the SmartMeter device being installed on my home. My family was never consulted about the program, or even notified in advance of installation. I hereby demand that the SmartMeter device be removed from the premises.
Since the installation, I have had headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion and memory loss. I now understand that there are health concerns related to the wireless network that the SmartMeters use, and I do not want this device on my home or in my neighborhood. My old analog meter worked just fine, and I do not want to risk the health of my family with this SmartMeter.
I live in Encinitas and the Smart Meter was installed in my home without even asking or considering the Health issues for myself and those living here. This is so outrageous and plain inconsiderate. I feel very resentful to the SDg&E! I have felt more tiredness,stress and aggitation since they were installed and I want them out of my home. Did no one do any research on the effects on Health before considering installing these on our homes. I cannot believe the ignorance of such an act!
I have had headaches and progressive MS symptoms since the smart meter was installed. My MS symptoms now have progressed to feelings of numbness in my hands, burning sensations in my left arm, weakness in my left arm and a sense of confusion and memory loss intermittently from week to week. I want these poisonous contraptions OFF my house ASAP!
Since about a month after the meter was installed on my home, I began experiencing hives all over my body and near constant ringing in my ears which gets very loud at times. Both symptoms disappeared immediately months later when I was able to leave my home for more than a day. They returned within 24 hours when I returned to my home.
When the installer came to change out my analogue meter which was working perfectly, I followed him out to the side of my house and told him I objected strongly to the meters because of the problems I’d been hearing about inaccurate readings. I had not heard about the health concerns at that point. My objections were ignored so the meter was installed. As stated above, my symptoms began about a month later and have continued non stop since…except when I was able to leave my home for more than 24 hours.
Two and a half years ago, I had major surgery for cancer. It was removed and my follow up treatment worked. I was feeling very well just before the smartmeter was installed. When the hives and ear ringing began, my feelings of well being totally disappeared. My MD is VERY concerned and believes as I do that the Smartmeter is a threat to my health.
In the past year, without my consent, a smart meter was installed on my property. Between the time of installation and this writing, I have developed tinitus–a constant, faint, ringing in my ears that negatively affects my sleep and my overall quality of life. I had no idea why I developed this condition (I have suffered no head injury or severe illness this past year) until I learned today that tinitus has been associated with the emanations from these smart meters. My wife then attempted to contact PG&E and local electricians regarding the replacement of the smart meter with an analog meter. She was informed by the local electricians that it was illegal for them to remove the smart meter from our property. She was informed by PG&E that they would not remove the smart meter. This situation is intolerable. The idea that a private company is somehow entitled to place a device on my home that is harmful to me and to my family flies in the face of my understanding of property rights in this state and in this country. I would ask that you give rapid consideration to a method by which homeowners can opt out of having a smart meter. The longer this goes on, the greater the harm that will be suffered by the populace and the greater the damages that will ultimately be recovered against PG&E in the numerous lawsuits that will inevitably result. I own and operate a civil litigation law firm in Los Gatos (Abronson Law Offices). I have previously received inquiries regarding legal action against PG&E. Given my personal experience, I will be taking these more seriously in the future. I and numerous others in my community will also be watching to see how quickly and successfully this issue is addressed in considering how to vote in the next election.
I have called to have my smart meter removed 11/30/11 This was installed Jan. 12 2008. Since then I have experienced sleepless nights, anxiety, ringing in the ears and headaches, my children have as well.
When I called to have the smart meter removed I was informed that I will be charged to go back to the analog and will not longer be able to use the Time of Use plan (which I have been a part of before the smart meter…this is a cost saving program as to when the peak and off peak hours are for usage) Their reasoning is that a technichian will have to come out monthly to read meter. So I am curious why my NEW monthly tehnichian fee who will come out to read my meter will not be able to do the exact same service I had prior to the having the smart meter installed!
I have lived in my home in Santa Cruz for over 30 years. This last summer I was away for 5 weeks, when I returned to my home in mid September I began having sleepless nights. I would awake about midnight with my heart racing and be unable to go back to sleep at all. After a week of this I went to visit a friend and slept perfect at her house, that has no smart meter. When I returned the same sleeplessness happened. It finally dawned on me to check the meter which is on the outside wall of my bedroom. The smart meter had been installed against my opt out wishes.
I called PG&E and they have refused to take it off and gave me misinformation on the phone saying that the meter was not even working yet. When I pressed the representative about this, he changed his story. I need this meter off, I am missing work and my health is suffering from lack of sleep.
Since the SmartMeters have been installed on the condo building where I live, I started suffering from heart palpitations.
I happens especially during the night awakening me and keeping me awake, without being able to fall asleep again.
I also started suffering from Hypothyroidism, a problem I never had in my life until now (I am 41).
This is an intolerable decay in environmental quality. Since now, I have conducted a very healthy life style, rarely have I got sick form common things such as colds and flu.
How is that eating only organic foods, not smoking, having low stress level got me into an autoimmune disease?
Since Smart Meter has been installed, I am suffering from heart palpitations, unusually dry skin, and insomnia for months. My pregnant wife has had chronic headaches for months. I usually keep abreast of health dangers that most people are unaware of, but somehow I missed this one. I was personally violated when my Kafkaesque utilites company, PG&E, came and did this to me without informing me. They come and threaten my health and the health of my family like this. It’s an outrage but most folks, as usual, are still asleep to it. I had to spend 200 bucks on EMF shielding fabric for our bedroom, as the accursed “Smart” meter is directly opposite our bed. I’ve written, I’ve called, and as I fully expected, PG&E doesn’t give a damn about my family.
I would like to have my smart meter removed from my home immediately. I never gave my permission to install a smart meter on my home. One day a company representative showed up at my door and said he needed to replace my meter. I did not realize that it was going to be a totally different meter than what I already had. I was not given any information about the smart meter at all. I demand it be removed immediately!
Since the smart meter was installed i have been suffering from debilitating headaches. On some days it is so bad that I cannot function at all. I have also been having severe difficulty with sleeping. After doing research on my on I found out that there are considerable health concerns involved with smart meters. The problems that I have been having are among those health concerns. I demand that my smart meter be removed from my home immediately.
I have called my utility company, Georgia Power, and informed them of these problems and requested by old meter back. I was told that those meter were being phased out and I would not be able to get it back. I was told that I was going to have to deal with the smart meter. They were sorry that I was having problems but there was nothing that could be done. This is not satisfactory! My health and the health of my family are very important. I demand that my smart meter be removed immediately!
Since the installation of this new meter, we have both been experiencing ear ringing, headaches, problem sleeping. we would very much like to have our older type meter reinstalled. we don’t believe all this to be just a coincidence, because of the timing of it all.
Moved into my apartment complex back in November of 2010. The Smart Meter was already installed for our apartment.
Ten out of twenty apartments here have smart meters installed. Our apartment is about 90 ft. away from all of them, yet I still have not had a regular nights sleep since I have moved here. The past year has been pretty painful for me. On average I would normally wake up once through out the entire night. Now its 5-6 times a night if I can even fall asleep!
I don’t use wifi unless I have guests over. I keep my cell on speaker away from my head at all times and out of my room at night. obviously I am highly sensitive to electric fields. Not to mention my young indoor cats used to be very active and out in the open of the living room at all times. Here, they hide behind the couch or in the closest as if they are nearly always disturbed=(
The only change in our lives has been the SMART METERS. If all smart meters in my complex are not removed with in the next 3 months, I will have no choice but to move once my lease is up. It will have to be somewhere where they don’t allow them. Im sure I will be pushed into backwoods because all of this.
Since the installation, I have had bad headaches, and buzzing in my head as well as feeling of my inside is being cooked at night when I try to go to sleep. I have changed my bedroom twice, and now I am sleeping and living in my kitchen where it is the furthest from the SmartMeter. When I go to bed, I turn off the Main Switch to the house over night so that I can sleep. This constant switching on and off the power is making my husband crazy too. He cannot go to sleep until I go to sleep because I need the power off entirely in the house.
I have called my utility company, PG&E, multiple times about getting the SmartMeter removed, and they have told me they will not remove it. They told me there would be an opt out option in the future, but we cannot wait for finalization the opt out program. I do not feel it is fair that I have to suffer when I did not want the SmartMeter on my home in the first place. I am certain that the SmartMeter is causing other health issues for myself and my family because ever since the installation of the SmartMeters, I not only cannot sleep well but my back and leg hurts all the time. I do not want to wait remove this SmartMeter. I would like it removed now!
I learned of the dangers of ‘Smart’ meters shortly after it was installed on my home. Since this time, I have experienced a loud ringing in my ears when I am at home, and my toddler, whose bed is about 15 feet from the ‘Smart’ meter, has not yet slept a full night in our home since the new meter was installed. He sleeps fine at his grandparents house. He sleeps fine when we are staying elsewhere. He is generally awake and crying every 2-4 hours when we are at home.
Also, the month after my “Smart’ meter was installed, my electricity bill almost doubled. This was even after we put our home electronics on a power strip so that we could completely power everything down. We also have gas appliances, so when SCE told me that we were ‘probably running our dryer more than usual’, they were quite misstaken.
I am also very concerned about fires, as my house was built in 1913 and, while the wiring has been updated since then, there are still some areas of the house that may not have been. After hearing about the ’cause’ of fires in some peoples’ homes (that their wiring was not up to code), I am concerned that I will also be a victim of this fraud claim.
Had I been informed of the issues surrounding ‘smart’ meters, I would not have allowed one on my home, near my family.
Since moving into this partial basement apartment 2.5 years ago, I noticed an increase in my resistance to environmental sensitivities. I have always lived with cats, and upon moving in here I developed allergy symptoms (sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes). I also found that whenever I needed to work at my desk, I became extremely lethargic within minutes of sitting down. Soon I discovered information about the negative affects SmartMeters can have on people sensitive to electro-magnetic frequencies. The next time I was doing laundry (which is located in a room directly on the other side of the wall of my living room and desk) I noticed 4 SmartMeters. Four! They are located in a row about 7 – 9 meters away from where I sit at my desk, or couch!
I’d like to mention here that I only found out about the issues surrounding SmartMeters in the last couple of months. Up until now I have spent thousands of dollars in doctors visits, allergy testing and different remedies, diet changes and medication to help get back to health.
So when I saw these SMs ticking away at such a close distance, I went to the internet to figure out a quick-fix barrier to use until I can get these meters switched out to the analogue meters. I discovered that a decent barrier is tin foil and I have since covered the meters with the foil. I noticed an improvement immediately. I have not had allergy symptoms for the past month, and I am able to sustain normal focus while working at my desk. I do not think this is any coincidence.
It is my desire that the KW Hydro company replace these Smart Meters with the analogue meters as soon as possible.
This afternoon, my doorbell rang. A very large, intimidating man was standing there, and informed me that he was going to turn my power off for 20 seconds to install a new Smart Meter on my house. I had never heard of a Smart Meter, and told him I didn’t want it. He said it was required by the power company. I wanted more time to research it, so I told him to opt us out until I was able to make a more informed decision. He said there was no opt out option and that we had no choice in the matter. He said he would leave a pamphlet on the door and then proceeded to change the box regardless of my objections. I then called the power company and they refused to do anything about it. I am very upset because we were never told about the smart meter, or that there was a delay option. We certainly would have called had we known!
Being around Smart Meters gives me nausea, headaches and heart palpitations within minutes. Fortunately my neighborhood has not been completely installed with the meters yet. I no longer can go for walks around town because I can feel the stabbing of the electrical impulses. Same when driving through neighborhoods where they have been installed. Please stop the madness. I notice DDT and lead are now banned in this country. Since the wireless industry has been totally unregulated so far, it seems that it will just be a matter of time before the health impacts become too great to be ignored any more. I see no reason not to be able to keep the analog meter. PG&E can save money by leaving it there! Meter reading is already included in our rates as is the rollout of the Smart Meters.
Since the smart meter was installed on my home I have been plagued by Tinnitus, very loud and consider staying in my home toxic. I also have leg twitching and my whole body convulses like I am shocked. This is torture. I find when I am away from my home the Tinnitus subsides to none at all.
Overall I feel my health is downgrading, also having heart palpitations. I am considering taking this meter off of my home since phone calls to the utility company don’t bring them out to replace it with the analog meter. I am also considering a class action suit. This is unconscionable with this device being imposed and infliction of its microwave propagation upon us. My ability to think degraded and I am trying to focus above the noise in my head. My rights to enjoy the quiet peace and privacy of my home has been invaded and violated. I will be contacting attorneys.
The actions of the CPUC, SCE and lack of prompt redress is criminal. None of Californians or Americans should have to withstand this.
I would like to have the SmartMeter removed from my home immediately. I was not asked permission prior to the SmartMeter device being installed on my home. I was never consulted about the program. I hereby demand it’s removal.
Since the installation, I have had headaches, problems sleeping and humming in my ears. I now understand that there are health concerns related to the wireless network that the SmartMeters use, and I do not want this device on my home or in my neighborhood. My old analog meter worked just fine, and I do not want to risk the health of my family with this SmartMeter.
I am requesting the immediate removal of the Smart Meter at my home. I am having severe health issues: headaches, nervousness, inability to sleep, a lowering of my immune system so that I am frequently sick with head colds and cough.
I have called several times and have sent a letter from my Doctor to PG&E with absolutely no response. My telephone conversations were met with no understanding that my request to remove the Smart Meter was valid and important. I was given the PG&E policy line by rote, and my complaint duly set aside.
I am writing to request for a zero cost Opt-Out Smart Meter Program. I would like the smart meter to be removed from my home immediately as possible and replaced with an analog meter. All data shows the only benefit for these meters is to PGE. To date PGE is unresponsive as to why my bill is outrageously high when it is only myself and my wife in our home. There is no care, concern or response as to what health effects we might be suffering. To date we are experiencing short term memory issues, sleeplessness issues, headaches.
We did not authorize this meter and were never consulted or given a choice to have it. We are extremely conservative in our power use. I am extremely concerned about the health effects of the smart meter and what they might be doing to us both and our neighbors. It is a travesty that the CPUC could appoint themselves approvers of the PGE smart meter rollout without any actual health, economic studies and actually mandate them without actual legislation homeowner approval. This is a non-legislated private corporate/government deal. I thought that could not happen, but here we are today.
There is actually ZERO PROOF that smart meters are benefiting households or the energy grid regardless of the sales and marketing pitch. There is however considerable research and anecdotal data in the form of studies and many reports demonstrating ill health effects, extreme RF radiation levels and effects, and alleged fraud on the part of PGE – and NO ONE IS BEING HELD TO ACCOUNT! THe CPUC is now widely considered a corrupt committee.
Official action is needed now to allow a no cost opt-out program. The meters costs have been illegally passed on to the unwitting consumer with out our consent and PGE consumer billing costs are skyrocketing when the promise was savings! Please hold all accountable for foisting these “smart meters” on the public at our expense without public permission. Restore faith in the rule of law in California. Please act now start with a Zero Cost Opt-Out Program for all Californians.
We were never informed a new meter would be installed, we don’t even know when it was installed, we just happened to notice it had been changed sometime in the last year. Also in the last year, I have been suffering from dibilitating headaches, which have been diagnosed as “Primary Stabbing Headaches” I suffer from these headaches on a daily basis now.
We request that the meter be replaced with the original analog meter.
Florida Power and Light notified us by mail in early September 2011 concerning a change in our electrical metering. They stated that they had completed installation an electrical smart meter on our residence.
Since that period of time my family has noticed an abnormal increase in health related issues. These health issues include non-restful sleep periods, fatigue, nausea, headaches, unexplained stomach discomfort, ringing in the ears, etc. Health professionals have been contacted, but no explanation for the abnormal issues have been found.
We have contacted Florida Power and Light to request the removal and replacement of the digital electrical meter, with a conventional analog electrical meter. Up to this point, we have had little response from FPL.
My wife has a lifetime history of seizures. She is extremely sensitive to electrical and magnetic fields. Just sitting in front of a computer for too long causes her to have pre-seizure symptoms. For this reason we do not use portable phones and other RF technology. Now PG&E has forced these powerful RF Smart Meters on our neighbors and my wife’s seizure symptoms increased almost immediately. So far PG&E has not installed these dangerous devices on our house because we have a locked gate…We are also well aware of the large volume of research that makes it clear exposure to these meters and other RF devices causes cancer. It seems to us that PG&E is determined to kill everyone with these lethal, cancer causing devices.
Since a mass “deployment” of Smart Meters in my neighborhood, unbeknowst to my neighbors, our family has suffered health issues. I personally have begun to have ringing in my ears. My daughter has also suffered health issues. I am also concerned because I am aware that this “deployment” was done against the will of my neighbors and without prior notification of the health, invasion of privacy issues.
I had my smart meter removed because I was experiencing dizziness, headaches and was unable to sleep and a constant ringing, humming in my ears especially at night. to resolve the problem I had my old analog meter reinstalled. which cost me money plus the opt out fee…. Blackmail… Because l live in a park of about 200 or more homes and because of the high frequency volume, I am still having symptoms to the meters,because most in the park have the smartmeters. I am experincing headaches on a daily bases and I can not tell you when I’ve had a good nights sleep. and the constant humming,I am constantly up through out the night… just as if I was plugged in… my heath care provider is aware of my conditions and is concerned as well..I was not aware that there were side affects to these meters, but my body is telling me different. when I called and told CMP they minimized it and said it was no different then a cell phone I don’t believe it for a moment. I have NEVER had this experience with my cell phone.and I have never had problems with falling to sleep and staying asleep.
My complaint is about my neighbor’s Smart Meters as well as about the Smart Meter equipment that was installed on the utility poles along the road in my area. My sleep and the general health of my immune system have increasingly deteriorated over the past two years or so since the amount of Smart Meters and Smart Meter equipment has gradually, but steadily, increased in my area. I have spent thousands in medical bills to try and figure out my health problems, but physicians have been unable to find a diagnosis and are left trying to alleviate the symptoms. My doctor agrees that I am adversely affected by radiofrequency, but does not feel qualified to test for this factor.
Communities need to establish safe zones where people can live free from excessive radiofrequency from Smart Meters (and other sources as well). I am forced to try to locate such an area and then move there as the only way to escape the daily assault from PG&E’s Smart Meters. Harming citizens in this way is criminal and should be illegal. The fact that the World Health Organization has now classified radiofrequency as a Class 2B Carcinogen clearly illustrates the far-reaching health effects of microwave radiofrequency radiation from Smart Meters. And scientific research has demonstrated that radiofrequency radiation causes many adverse biological effects on the human body long before cancer is induced.
I was sitting in my home office when a PG&E employee installed a “SmartMeter” upon my house without knocking on my door first. He did it very quickly and was gone because I went outside when the electricity went out and there was a hugh hammer sound. There I found a notice of what was done.
This is my situation. I moved to the country surrounded by forest several years ago due to extreme sensitivity to electric-magnetic pollution , radiation, and other health issues such as chemical sensitivity. You can imagine how violated I must feel to have this “SmartMeter” installed against my will. The stress of this was tremendous, and as of yet I can not get it removed. I try to just put it out of my mind however, my physical body is experiencing rapid heart beat and head-ache. I realize that Wi-Fi is in the world now but please let my home remain my sanctuary for healing.
I can document my health challenges and their worsening due to the installation of “SmartMeter” on my home.
I will continue to pursue the removal of this health hazard device until it is removed.
I live in an apartment building with seven units. When I heard about smart meters I called PG&E and was put on the delayed list. This did not make me very happy because I didn’t want one period. Our meters are in a location about 40 feet from my apartment and right next to the building. When I went down recently to look, some of the meters already had smart meters on them. Even though three of us don’t, we are still getting the EMF’s from the others. I am 74 years old and have lived in this location for more than 20 years. I have been getting headaches lately and I believe it is due to the smart meters. I don’t want one and I don’t think it’s right for us apartment dwellers to be subjected to the smart meters that you installed outside our building next to my meter.
Since the smart meter was installed on my home (without choice, just DONE) I have been having ringing in my ears, fatigue and my husband gets severe headaches. The meter is installed outside the wall of the family room where we watch tv and where I’m sitting now at my computer. It’s 12 feet away.
I now have called SDGE about getting the SmartMeter removed, and they have told me they will not remove it. One lady told me it was California Law that I have it on my house.
I do not feel it is fair that I am required to wait up to a year to have my SmartMeter removed when I did not want the SmartMeter on my home in the first place. I am also concerned that the SmartMeter may be causing sleep problems and other health issues for myself and my family. I do not want to wait months to remove this SmartMeter. I would like it removed now!
Two Smart Meters were installed at our house – gas meter directly behind our kitchen sink – less than 1 foot away, and electric meter – 3 feet from our kitchen/dining room table. I began to develop a host of health problems following this: Intense Tinnitus, trembling, confusion, dizziness and bad abdominal pains, loss of appetite, moodiness and tremendous sleeping problems. I also began to drop things and break out in hives. This has never happend to me before. I am a very healthy, active person. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking, which I love to do – not realizing what was going on. I knew that I felt much better when I left the house, though was still foggy and out of it when I was around the neighborhood. Our house is approx. 18 feet from our neighbors on one side, and 15 feet from the other side. I can feel all these meters. I talked to my Dr. to see what was going on and had bloodwork done. My liver enzymes were elevated – 2x their normal rate – something caused by toxicity. I became scared. When I called PG&E to complain, they spoke to me in a condescending way saying ” Do you own a microwave? It’s no different than a microwave. As long as you are 6ft away from it/them, it’s no problem”. This is a complete lie. They are extremely powerful. We bought a meter and measured it and it goes to extremely high levels of RF in spikes every few seconds, and is transmitting 24 hours a day. I called again and was told there was nothing they could or would do for me. This is when I joined the Stop Smart Meter organization and realized that I was not alone. I have worked in the wireless industry in the past and know that corporateions lie (the manufacturers, the utility, etc. to save money and hide the lack of actual research that has been done. I have seen it firsthand.)
I was getting so sick, we fled to Santa Cruz for a few months – before they were installed there – and I felt fine. All my symptoms went away. PG&E then announced they were going to bulldoze into Santa Cruz county, even though there was a moratorium on the meters until further research was done. What an outrage! We finally left CA and are now living in the midwest where there are no meters. This was extremely upsetting and stressful for both my husband and myself.
In mid-October 2011 because of noise from neighbors in the back bedroom, I moved my mattress to the front room of my house. That room is directly over our electric smart meter and our gas smart meter. I couldnt sleep. Usually I do meditation every night, and sleep easily, but now I cannot do this. I just cannot sleep, night after night. No peace in my heart. I feel my heart jumping for several seconds in a row.
I have no energy. I usually exercise and do stretching. I have exercises I do for my back that I learned from physical therapy, but I cant do them. My ear has noise in it. Its like the noise of my neighbors TV thru the wall, but it is in my ear. I have perfect hearing. Its like a low whishing sound. Since then, I also lost weight for no reason10 pounds. I have nausea and have lost my appetite.
I called the doctor on Oct. 26, and he gave me 100 Lorazepam (2/d) pills and 15 sleeping pills (zolpidem, just before bed).
I took the Lorazepam, everyday but I stopped after a few days. It wasnt helping me to sleep. The sleeping pills did help me to sleep. But I cant take it every night, I am not supposed to according to the information with the pills [effect wears off in 2 wks].
Its about 1 1/2 months now. I am afraid I will have a heart attack or a stroke. I am a sensitive person. I did not know anything about smart meters, I didn’t know when they put them in. I called now to find out. PG&E says I am now on a waiting list to have the radio turned off in the smart meter, but they cannot say how long that will be.
I have NEVER had headaches in my life but now find myself with one everytime I spend time in the room next to where my smart meter was installed. I want this thing out and my old meter returned.
One day I got a notice in the mail that “Smart Metetrs” were being deployed in my neighborhood in Long Beach weather I liked it or not. I found it interesting that they use a military term to describe this intervention. Since the meter was installed I have had problems with my heart racing for no apparent reason while I am in bed. The meter is on the other side of my bedroom wall. I am in my 60s and everyone I have talked to at Southern California Edison claims the meters are not the problem and no more dangerous than a cell phone. However the phone I can shut off. It has even affected my pets. I have two old dogs and two young cats. Since the meter installation I have noticed that they are panting more and at times seem to have trouble breathing. I do not believe these meters have been studied long enough as to long term effects on humans or animals. I would really like my analog back and have no desire to watch the meter on my computer to see how much energy I’m using. I have no air conditioner; dish washer;clothes washer or dryer. Nor do I have central heating, extra refrigerators or freezers. I use a power strip for my computer and shut it off when not in use. I don’t need this big brother utility dictating my energy use. It is an invasion of privacy and it puts meter readers out of work. Higher unemployment rates in this state are NOT needed.
I am a health practitioner concerned about the effects of Smart Meters I have seen in my patients. Many previously healthy people are having symptoms dating from the installation of their Smart Meters or shortly thereafter. Some patients already health-compromised, have gotten worse since their Smart Meters were installed. Some are affected more than others. Some have become disabled from their symptoms.
I feel strongly that installation of Smart Meter’s with their potential health hazards is a violation of the personal rights and freedom of myself and others.
I have refused a Smart Meter and want the right to continue to do so to protect my health.
On October 22nd of 2011, my life changed forever. I was sitting writing a letter to my daughter, and I began to get stinging, shooting pains in my jaw and ear area, my sinuses starting filling up and my head felt like it was full of paint. That night I was unable to sleep because of a very alarming case of acute tinnitus, unlike anything I had ever experienced before, and chest pains. The next night I was awakened from a dead sleep at 1:30 in the morning with vacuum-cleaner like tinnitus and an alternating two-tone noise that sounded like notes from an electric keyboard. It was so loud that I opened the window to see if it was coming from outside. I had to put on street clothes and walk away from our apartment in search of relief. A couple of blocks away, the tinnitus diminished greatly. When I came back I had to lie on the couch in the living room and turn on the TV and heater to help mitigate the white noise in my head to try to sleep. Staying asleep was another battle. This nightmare went on for a couple of more nights.
I stayed away from the apartment during the day, and it was patently obvious that the symptoms abated away from the 11 “Smart” meters installed in our building a couple of months prior. As I already had fibromyalgia, missing deep sleep cycles affected my health all day long. My ten year old son and I had to start finding different places to sleep. I soon began to realize that some of the symptoms he had been having disappeared away from the apartment – chest pains so alarming I had to take him to a pediatric cardiologist, “stinging” headaches, and bouts of fatigue.
My son and I have now been homeless since early December, when I was finally able to get us all the way out of our apartment in spite of debilitating symptoms, including head aches, diarrhea, nausea, hand numbness, chest pains, neck pains, and extremely upsetting cognitive impairment. We are having to move into a van and are currently searching for a place to park/live where we can remain relatively healthy – at least functional. I have had to cut down on the hours I can work, and usually have to work under very difficult conditions, in terms of symptoms. There is utterly no mystery here in terms of causation – most symptoms diminish the further away my son and I get from electro-smog sources. After a big exposure, though, it takes some time to recover to the usual level (of discomfort!)
The CPUC has allowed PG&E to ruin my son’s and my health, and that of many, many others, and we have had no recourse but to take the brunt of it with no official help – even doctors at this point are generally ignorant of the EHS phenomenon (in this country). So where’s the accountability? This travesty is indefensible and unconscionable. PG&E needs to stop this madness immediately, and the CPUC needs to make them stop. And we victims of this outrageous breach of public trust need to be compensated. Anon, CA.
For over a year my parents have been waiting to have their smart meter replaced with an analog meter for health reasons. PGE has been unresponsive and neglected my parents health and their request to have the smart meter removed.
As soon as the smart meter was put onto my sisters home last year, her family began experiencing ringing in their ears, headaches and malfunctioning of electrical devices such as their cell phones, laptop and baby monitor. PGE refused to take off their smart meter. They had to move out of the city because of the health problems they experienced once the smart meter was installed.
During the year that my parents have been living with smart meters their health has deteriorated. In the past year my mother has lost much of her ability to speak clearly and walk without assistance. My father, who was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease approximately fifteen years ago, yet had improved after a new Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure in 2009, has also experienced increased problems with balance and speech.
We are concerned that the two smartmeters on their residence are interfering with the functioning of his DBS implant, a pacemaker-like device that sends electric signals into his brain to stimulate dopamine production. The device’s use manual warns against exposure to EMF and RF radiation. We called the engineer hotline for the company that manufactures the DBS device, Medtronics, and the staff recommended having the smartmeter removed. We have learned that no studies have been conducted concerning the risk of a smartmeter affecting the health of a person with a DBS. We notified PGE, however they ignored our request to have the smartmeter replaced with an analog meter.
PGE is obligated to comply with the federal Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, as well as other state and federal laws, mandating that you make changes to rules, policies, or practices, or services that may be necessary to allow a person with a disability the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. Please be advised that my father and mother, are deemed disabled by the Social Security Administration and, therefore, are people with a handicap under the relevant anti-discrimination laws. This letter places you on notice of our need and request for a reasonable accommodation in the form of immediate re-installing analog meters on his dwelling. (Anon Family, Alameda County CA)
I am doing all the research I can to fight the Northwestern Energy Co’s illegal installation of a smart reader. Since the installation took place in March, 2011, my 14 year old cat has developed a bad eye infection and is now going blind in one eye. Rabbits I recently purchased and put in my barn due to cold weather have given birth to still born or highly deformed litters (the barn is much closer to the smart reader than my house)
One of my goats had twins, one was normal, the other about 1/3 the size of a normal kid and died within 3 days despite being bottle fed (mother rejected her) .
My mother suffers from seizures and immediately started having bad ones after the installation of the smart meter. She is 93 and has recently moved into my house. I am 65 and have had a lot of joint pain since the installation, the ring finger of my left hand started becoming paralyzed during the night in the spring—sometimes it takes several hours in the morning for me to be able to flex my hand and use it properly. Prior to the installation, I had no problems with that hand. Sudden fatigue is becoming a problem as are severe sleep disturbances.
Sincerely, Eunice Farmilant Plains MT
PS. I also wanted to add that my land line causes my dog a lot of distress–even after removing my cordless phone.. As soon as the phone rings and I begin talking, she starts barking and runs to the door to be let out. I experience a high pitch ringing which is intermittent. I did buy a radio frequency meter and took readings off the digital meter. The exact same signals are given out by my laptop computer while it is on. The signals only stop after the computer is turned off at the surge protector.
I get the same readings from my land line and the television—so it is apparent the frequencies are being carried by both the electrical wiring in the house and the telephone. I have to turn off the television also at the surge controller to stop the frequencies….so now both the computer and television are on for only limited times during the day. I am also going to use a speaker phone so I do not have to hold the receiver near my ear/head.
Part of the problem may be due to the proximity of the meter which sits in front of the electric box in my yard being mounted on the same 6 x 6 post as my telephone connection and my satellite receiver for the television. I wonder if other people have encountered this problem?
The only way I can sleep (nothing is plugged into any electric outlets in the bedroom where I sleep) lately is by taking melatonin.
My bedroom is approximately 40 feet from the digital meter which is free standing. I have procured several microwave ovens and plan to mount the doors from them to both the front and back of the meter as I have read they have an embedded screen which blocks radiation. I am also in the process of buying various forms of screening and grounding devices.
I am writing in regards to Smart Meters that I have to deal with on a daily basis. Over the past 6-7 months I have recently developed Tinnitus, Migraines and Blurred sensitive vision. The only change in my life has been the SMART METERS. I have to sit within about a 6-10 ft radius of a smart meter at my work and My neighborhood has been flooded with them. I have called Pg&e but of course they say nothing can be done. At this point I am just looking for help on how to approach this matter. A.M.C Santa Cruz
I do not have a SmartMeter on my house and most of my neighbors don’t. But as the meters have increased nearby the ringing in our ears is near constant here and sometimes intolerable. Sleeping can be difficult, I have suffered unexplained hair loss, my appetite has gone down and my digestion has suddenly gotten more difficult. Further, I have suddenly become lackluster about things and other health issues have spiked. I feel better now when I am away from home but it is getting increasingly difficult to find places where I can not feel restless or spacey. R.H. Santa Cruz
I was switched on to a Smart Meter without my consent. ( a notice was sent out only) Since that time, I’ve had issues with severe anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, headaches, buzzing and ringing in my ears…I couldn’t account as to why I was feeling this way, until I finally read about the smart meters and what they are doing to some of the population….I called my utility co.(salt river project in az.) and asked to speak to a supervisor about this matter. He (Ben Celleck) said that they don’t cause these problems and that it’s SRP’s property and they will deem what they will use. I told him “I’m the customer and I pay SRP for the service and they should use what I request, not the other way around!”…..I kept insisting to have it changed out and stating it was my right as a customer to have this request..but he keep telling me…”No, they will not change out the meter, but we will come out and check it for any leakage of power.”….”I said I’m very sensitive with the EMF that it produces and is causing my health problems.” I said. ” I don’t want SRP to just come out and check it, I just want it to be replaced with the analog meter not the smart meter”…..He kept to his same story….”We will not replace with the analog”…..When I got back home (11/2/11) from work, I had received a notice from SRP that they had been out there to inspect my meter and stated they had found nothing wrong with my meter. D.M. Arizona
Since the smart meters were installed, I have difficulty breathing, have headaches which I never had, sleep problems, balance problems, physical weakness, nausea, anxiety, depression, and worsening of health conditions. I would like the analog meter back so I can feel normal again. D.D. Santa Cruz
I am having serious health issues since the meter was installed. And, not prior. My home has become toxic. I want this meter removed immediately. I can not wait. This is an emergency. Either the utility company comes out immediately and takes it off or I will resort to other measures. This is oppressive tyranny and an assault to my mental and physical well being. M.C. Riverside CA
My family and I have been experiencing negative health effects since the smart meter was installed. I have had ringing in my ears and my son has not slept a whole night since the meter was installed. He sleeps fine at his daycare (analog meter) and he sleeps all night at his grandparent’s house (also analog meter).
I would like permission to have my analog meter replaced at no cost to me or my family. L.S. Los Angeles CA
Ever since the Smart Meter has been installed in my house I have suffered insomnia, constant headaches and am forced to listen to the sound of electrical humming outside my bedroom. Do not ignore the fact that some people are more sensitive to electricity than others. L.M. Santa Cruz
In May of 2010 they installed a RF Smart Meter. Between then and June 2011, I had made four trips to an ER for heart palpitations, tinnitus, extreme fatigue with mental confusion and inability to sleep. On top of being able to accomplish damn little due to the symptoms, the electric bills topped $200 per month when we didn’t add an appliance or use more of what we had.
In each ambulance ride, the symptoms went away after 30 minutes out of this Smart Meter Neighborhood. Then the symptoms returned within a day.
June 2011, I demanded they remove the smart meter because I was being over-charged. They replaced the RF Smart Meter with a hardwired digital Smart Meter in an attempt to placate me. And I am still being overcharged. The symptoms are a little less severe, but they still exist and are very hard to accommodate in any capacity. Especially the headaches that I’ve never had until a Smart Meter was installed. John N., New Mexico _____________________________________
My name is Donald Newsom. I have an account with PG&E in my home. My desk is on the other side of the wall from the smart meter.
I am 42 and in excellent health. However, since this was put on our home without any permission I have had severe headaches and my right eye is twitching now uncontrollably. This doesn’t happen when I am away from my home (although now the problems are severe enough they are becoming constant). I believe it’s the smart meter. I have phoned them twice to have someone remove it but they will not.
On 10/18/2011 I called PG&E and they transferred me to Angel in Sacramento with the Smart Meter Department. I told Angel that my eye is twitching badly and that my headaches are getting severe. He took my information down and said he’d have someone get in touch with me. I told him I tried this once before, where PG&E said they would have a supervisor call me back, but when they did call 5 days later they hung up immediately after I picked up the receiver – which was 2 rings in. I saw it was PG&E via my caller ID. They did not call back. Thus, Angel told me he would have someone get in touch with me over the next week. I hope so… as I am now demanding this be removed.
I would like to have this smart meter removed. I have 3 adults living here and 4 children all under 13 years of age. PG&E did not allow us to opt out and put the meter on our home while we were away. It seemed to us very sneaky. How can a company put something on my home that may harm me and my children, and then not remove it when I tell them the harm it is now causing? I am hoping someone needs to come out and remove this from our home and put back the old style meter, or turns off the transmitter I am so sensitive to.
My body is now feeling very sick, I have headaches constantly and my eye may need surgery to stop the twitching. Further, we work where we live and home school our kids … so we are getting much exposure to the RF Transmissions and would like it to stop.
How can we accomplish this?
Donald Newsom, Butte County CA
I have very disturbing symptoms after living for a year and a half sandwiched between 30 gas smart meters on one side and 30 electric smart meters on the other side. I also have wi-fi router and wi-fi radio which are probably part of the problem.
I am toasted by inability to sleep more than 4-5 hours and even those hours occur randomly so as to say my sleep patterns schedules are all out of whack. I have intermitant vertigo. I think I am getting cooked by meters in my location because I get unexplainable, VERY uncomfortable sweats that come upon me out of nowhere feeling like I am being heated up from the inside out, they make me feel very unbalanced and really mad as I usually evacuate my apt and go outside before I take a shower to try to feel good. My facial skin also has dried and aged and wrinkled beyond recognition. Most replies to my inquiries say I must move from this apt a.s.a.p. That is not an easy job.
Where am I going to be safe?
NO wi-fi recommended or maybe wi-fi will invade another neighborhood after I relocate there. Also getting away from the stupid smart meters they are everywhere here now. I know moving off the grid and living with solar power is ideal but that is not likely at this time. I cannot really start living in my car and spend my time at the park or whatever others report such as staying away from their homes as much as possible. MS. Humboldt County
Edison installed a new smart meter yesterday. I did not sleep last night. There is something going on in my head and body. I have ringing in my ears at a very high pitch. Like a dog whistle or crystal in some electronic device whistling. It is creating some sort of electric waves from my ear area to my body that is very uncomfortable. It is making me sick. It is like a chill but not quit. I am having a hard time describing it.
I called Edison right away and they tell me there is nothing they can do for me. But they say things like we care and have a nice day while I tell them I am being harmed as we speak. The people at the Edison company are not trained in electromagnetic radiation or electronics and challenge me that I am not having the reaction that I am having. I begged them to remove the meter and it is still whistling away in my head. No concern to Edison that it is killing me. It makes it hard to think. My brain is slowly shutting down.
It is a real wake up call to me since I have worked in the electronic field (Research and development for Hughes aircraft, Semens etc.) I know about EMF and have heard of these things happening but it was always on an intellectual level since I had no personal reaction in the past. At least not like this. Now I know! It is real bad and I am considering getting an ice chest and just turning off the electricity to the house but this produces many other problems I don’t know how to get around. I want to change to another electric company but Edison says you can’t do that now. What can I do. I can’t take this for very long.
Is there a class action suit against the smart meter yet? Allan B., So. CA
I have had severe headaches since a Smart Meter was installed on my house. When I leave to visit my Mom in a place where there are no Smart Meters, my headaches subside. As soon as I come home, the headaches return. I have been getting 15 – 18 severe headaches per month for approximately a year now. The days the headache is not severe, it is still present. This is severely affecting the quality of my life and my ability to work. I am barely hanging in there. I don’t know how much more I can take.
When the subcontractor working for PG&E came to install the meter, I told him I did not want one. He said I had no choice in the matter and installed the meter anyway.
Despite my health complaints, PG&E will not comply with my request to remove the meter. My request to purchase my own anolog meter, have it installed by an electrician, and return their meter to them was also denied.
I cannot believe this is happening in this country!! This is absolutely criminal!!
Lisa Miller, Novato CA
This is becoming such a critical issue all over the globe, including my soon-to-be “former home” of 23 years: the city of Burbank, CA. I am being forced to leave the city that I have loved living in, where I have friends and family and community ties. The place that I thought of as a safe and friendly haven.
I began to experience severe health affects within 5 hours of the installation of 4 GE Trilliant smart meters on my small apartment complex on 7/28/2011. Headaches, nausea, insomnia, feelings of agitation and irritability, and difficulty concentrating have made it necessary for me to leave my home. My symptoms resolve within about 30 minutes going to a meterless area. I have been living out of my car since 8/2/2011, stopping in the evenings at the homes of people who are able to let me sleep for the night. My life has been turned upside down. I knew nothing of smart meters until the onset of my symptoms, but I do know for sure that the effects are real. Five out five residents who were polled in my complex (out of 6 total residents who live here full time) have shared that they are having similar physical symptoms. A woman in the building next door has reported that she is unable to sleep in her bedroom. She didn’t know she had a bank of 8 meters installed in the basement directly below her bedroom.
I have sought remedy through contacting Burbank Water and Power. Initially I was told it would be too expensive to restore my analog meter by Ron Davis, Chairman of BWP. Another board member suggested I just move out of Burbank. In a bizarre twist, I received a phone call from BWP a month after I spoke about the problem offering me a new refrigerator (free) to replace my “old” refrigerator. This is peculiar, given that my refrigerator is only one year old. I then received another call from BWP suggesting that I might have a problem with a carbon monoxide leak. Given that my carbon monoxide meter reads zero and given that I feel ill in other people’s homes in Burbank, I hardly think that this is feasible. BWP employees have suggested that I am reacting to my neighbors’ WIFI. While this may be true, I have lived quite comfortably with my neighbors’ WIFI until the day the meters were installed. They also suggested that I might be having a problem with the new paint in my apartment (it’s a year old) or the new carpet (it’s 15 years old). Other helpful suggestions included the idea that something new is in bloom and/or there might be some construction going on around me.
I contacted Judge Yip-Kikugawa, telling her of my plight. I received a terse message back from one of her assistants stating that the CPUC has “zero authority” over BWP and a suggestion that I present my complaints to my City Council. I took the suggestion and tearfully told the Mayor of Burbank and the Council at a meeting in early August. The response was underwhelming, save for that of Dr. David Gordon. After public comments were made, Ron Davis was allowed to take the floor for several minutes, during which he stated that the meters are “safer than safe” and that BWP is working with each concerned citizen to resolve their issues. I do not feel that BWP’s effort with me come close to solving my problem. I am losing my home and they are offering me a new refrigerator.
I am desperately saddened by the situation and am seeking a place to go that is not too far distant from my elderly mother and from the community I have lived in all my life…
This must be STOPPED. Civil rights, human rights, and the future of the planet could very well turn on this issue. Dramatic? Yes! True? Absolutely. SG, Burbank CA
Since PG&E put in their ‘smartmeter’ (oxymoron), I wake up with a headache every day and I am always tired no matter how much sleep I get. I have been depressed, lethargic and forgetful. I have so much trouble thinking clearly, it interferes with my daily functioning. I have gone to several doctors about the symptoms, but nothing has helped. I didn’t realize how much the meter had been affecting me until I went away for a vacation and all of my ‘illnesses’ were gone. Now that I am home, all of my “symptoms” are back. On top of everything, SMUD came out to try to install one of the meters, too. I told them I didn’t want one. As the men were leaving, I heard one of them say, “She is going to get one anyway.” This is absolutely criminal!
From Dec 2010 to April 2011 four ‘smart meters’ were installed within 20 feet of our bed. Since that time we’ve experienced headaches, ringing in the ears, heart palpitations and insomnia, ONLY when we sleep in our bed in this house. We’ve had SDG&E out on several occasions and have requested to opt-out of the ‘smart meters’ and return to analog. The SDG&E reps say that there is NO alternative to the ‘smart meters’! Also our city block’s main grid ‘smart meter’ is located in front of our home, so short of moving, we don’t know what to do! Friends in Northern Calif. tell us that PG&E offers an ‘opt out’ program for their customers. Plus many cities there have chosen not to have ‘smart meters’ at all. Why can’t SDG&E give us that same option in Southern Calif?
At least with cell phones, microwave ovens and computers, we have the choice to buy them or not, and when to turn them off. What about all the families with small children who live in apartments or condos with hundreds of ‘smart meters’ in banks of adjoining bedroom walls? We should all have a choice with our metering system, especially since so many are having health issues with the ‘smart meters’, and the long term effects of microwave exposure are still unknown.
Not long ago we were told that high tension power lines were safe, but over time statistics have shown that the incidence of several types of illnesses, including cancer, is much higher for people living beneath those wires. We can all only hope that you, (our California Public Utilities Commission) will step in and create a state wide free opt-out program soon, or maybe this is something to be put on the ballot and let the residents of California decide for ourselves? Vicki, San Diego
I live in Perris CA in an apartment complex that also has swap the old analog meters for smart meters. The meters are directly outside of my bedroom wall. Eversince these smart meters were installed every night while trying to sleep I can hear this buzzing, humming sound that gives me horrible migraine headaches n heart palpitations. I wake up feeling tired, nauseas and not well rested whatsoever due to all the disturbance this smart meter brings upon not only myself but also my little four year old daughter that sleeps with me every night. I know that these smart meters are a big health risk because of all the symptoms my daughter and I have been experiencing since they were installed. I really wish that this issue can be seriously investigated because I know that I’am not the only person experiencing the same issues and our electric company should be held accountable. I hope this matter gets resolved quickly before people become more seriously ill. We need our old analog meters back!!!!!
I currently have a 4 bedroom house that I can only use two bedrooms of due to the radiation being emitted from your smart meters. My daughter had the classic symptoms from having slept in the room adjacent to the meter for 9 months before I realized that her problems coincided with the installation of the meters. I have had the radiation levels measured in her room and she was getting dosed with high levels of MW radiation every couple of minutes all night long for nine months. I need my home to be a safe haven, my daughter needs her room back, give me the option to protect my family from microwave radiation. electrosmog21 on youtube. Paul, CA
“My health has been effected since my neighborhood had smart meters installed. I have trouble sleeping, often only sleeping a couple of hours each night. I feel this is a giant experiment on the population.” Anon.
An open letter to SDG&E, Smart Meter Complaint Department
I have made three prior telephone requests advising SDGE of the serious side effects concerning my health since the installation of the smart meter device at my home. Three different individuals came out to my house on three separate occasions, all armed with the same propaganda, the same zero concern for my health or the safety of my home.
I was told, “I don’t know. You are the only one that has complained.” (A false statement.) I was also told, “The smart meter is not causing any problems to your home.” (Another false statement.)
I am a 49-year-old woman and I have never before experienced any of these problems in either this home, or any other home that I have lived in, prior to the smart meter installation.
I came home one day after work, and they had just finished installing my smart meter. I did not think anything of it. I had received a notice a few weeks prior, indicating that a smart meter was going to be installed.
That same evening I awoke between 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning, with ringing in my ears, dizziness, tingling at the upper part of my head that turned into a headache and then nausea. There was also a horrible feeling of uneasiness that I had never experienced before and that prevents me from going back to sleep at night — every night.
One of my dogs awoke at the same time, wandering the hallways whining and crying. This dog refuses to sleep inside at night now, as the pulsed radiation also makes him sick. This dog had slept at the foot of my bed since the day I brought him home until the night the smart meter was installed. I have numerous friends and family who will testify to this, if called to do so.
The same scenario occurs whenever I sleep in my home, a home that I worked six or seven days a week for most of my life to be able to afford, and now you, the utility company, is FORCING PULSED RADIATION where I live and sleep, which if you do your homework and read the numerous articles that have been published by scientists who were not paid off by a utility company, you will see that radiation causes cancer and I will not stand for a cancer causing device to be attached to my home.
I was gone for two weeks on two occasions over the summer, and I sleep fine whenever I am away from my home. I was in Peru for two weeks without these problems and also in Alaska, where I had no trouble sleeping, no trouble concentrating, no dizziness, no ringing in my ears, no tingling at the upper part of my head that turned into headaches.
I also have noticed a strange humming and buzzing in my home around the appliances, coming from the computer, and around all the intercom panels in my home. I’ve had three people out from SDGE and they all heard the humming and buzzing and told me to turn the intercom down all the way and then I would not hear it.
I asked them, “How do you explain this? This humming and buzzing was not ever here before the smart meter installation? My kitchen appliances never hummed and buzzed before the smart meter installation.” I told them, “I don’t think my house is safe. This is not normal.”
And I just got the blank stare, the “I don’t know what to tell you, “ and the “No, I cannot remove the smart meter.” I begged them to return my house and home which I loved back to normal, to please, please remove the smart meter and install the old analog meter that worked just fine and that I never had a problem with. The blank stare and the, “No, I cannot do that,” was the only answer I could get out of these people.
I asked one of the gentlemen what his job was at SDGE, as it appeared he had no training as an electrician and was not capable of answering any of my questions. He told me, “Well, my job is to handle questions from people like you.” I then replied, “I thought you said I was the only one that complained.” Of course, he quickly departed after that. We all know that if he had told me anything different, he would have lost his job.
I want the same remedy that Northern Californians have received. I pay my utility bills just like they do and I want to be treated with the same remedy that [they] received: IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF MY SMART METER AND REMOVAL OF SMART METERS SURROUNDING MY HOME.
How can the utility commission and the utility companies treat Southern Californians who are being made sick by smart meters any different than customers in Northern California? They cannot. This is a formal request for removal of the smart meter illegally attached to my home and to the homes around me.
Copies of this letter are going out to as many people, organizations, and government agencies as I can send it to, so you can’t drop this one in the trash and say you never got my letter.
Richard and Diane XXXXXXXXXXX
The following letter was sent to the CPUC judge overseeing the ‘Smart’ Meter proceeding:
I am writing from the city of Burbank, in Southern California. On July 28, 2011 Burbank Water and Power, the municipal utility company that “serves” my home city, installed a bank of four GE/Trilliant smart meters on the side of the small fourplex in which I live.
Approximately four hours after the installation was complete I developed a band-like headache that was unresponsive to medication. The next morning I awoke with the headache and slight nausea. I thought I might be coming down with the flu. However, after I was away from my apartment, I noticed that these symptoms resolved — only to return when I was back in my apartment for about 4 hours. This pattern continued for the next three days. I began to have trouble sleeping and difficulty concentrating. I also experienced some transient heart palpitations.
Prior to this I knew nothing about smart meters and had no idea that they could impact human health. I am devastated by these developments.
My current residence has been a haven for me — until the meters went in. In an almost nightmarish scenario the place that I call home is now off-limits for me. This is particularly problematic because I am disabled and rely upon Section 8 rental subsidies in order to survive. I cannot move within my home city because every building is slated to receive the meters by the end of 2011.
I have spent the past 22 days living out of my car, finding shelter at various friends’ homes in the evening. The temperatures in Southern California have been in the high 90s and over. I am exhausted, frightened, and do not know where to turn.
I have spoken to the board of BWP at a public meeting. The best they could come up with is the suggestion that I move into another city. This is problematic because the closest city to me is Los Angeles. To transfer my housing voucher to Los Angeles is a Sysephian task. The housing authority in Los Angeles (HACLA) is a poorly-run, huge bureaucracy that has been known to cause tenants to lose their housing vouchers through mismanagement. I have called five different telephone numbers to try to get some guidelines about transferring — all to no avail. Meanwhile I struggle to keep my health and my life together. I take anti-seizure medication and my medication schedule has been disrupted by the random and brutal way I am living right now.
This is so very wrong. I have been displaced from my home of 23 years due to the installation of the meters. To be sure, I am currently in the minority of people who are known as electrosensitive but I do not believe that I should not I be subjected to the suffering and losses that are my current reality. If I were physically challenged and needed a wheelchair would I be thrown out of my home? I think not — there are laws that protect against this. Why, then, should I be denied the fundamental right of a home — a home that I have been healthy and happy in until the meters were foisted upon me?
Where can I go? My 84-year-old mother lives 10 minutes from me and I believe that it is my duty and right to remain close to her in the event that she needs to call upon me for assistance. As a disabled woman (I’ve had four brain surgeries), life is difficult enough without being displaced by a technology that I have neither asked for nor consented to. I consider myself to be a resourceful and strong person, but I am feeling overwhelmed by what I am facing: illness and homelessness. I am college-educated and have a middle-class background but even this does not equip me to deal with my current challenges caused directly by the smart meters.
I believe that the utility companies have relied upon poorly-designed studies conducted by organizations (CCST and EPRI) that have ties to the communications industry, the utility companies, and that have financial interests in the smart grid infrastructure. I do not think that a thoroughgoing study into health consequences has been performed by either of these entities. The non-thermal effects of non-ionizing radiation (especially pulsed RF) has NOT been studied by these so-called “impartial” organizations. I think it is an outrageous and tragic turn of events that is affecting me and many other people. I have heard three of my neighbors (young people with no history of electrosensitivity) complain of headaches and insomnia since the meters were installed — and they weren’t even aware that they had received them! I am absolutely sure I am not alone in my suffering.
Your Honor, I ask you to take into account my situation when you consider what is being perpetrated upon the citizens of California. This cannot continue. I may be collateral damage — it’s too late for me. But, please, think about the population and countless numbers of people who are having their lives upset and threatened by these dangerous devices.
I am not a believer in conspiracy theories, but I do believe what my body is telling me. This is real, this is true, and it should not be allowed to continue.
Thank you for consideration.
Ms. Shane Gregory, Burbank, CA
from: July 26, 2010
Dear Barbara Boxer:
I’m currently living in a corner of my house the size of a single bed surrounded by aluminum foil. This blocks the Wi-Fi from my neighbors’ houses and ambient EMF.
The Wi-Fi fields and other EMF make me sick. I’ve spent the last eight months extremely ill and spend much of my days in state parks where there is no Wi-Fi or electricity. I’ve had to stop working.
There have been nights at 10:30 pm, when I’ve been driving around, looking for a place I could sleep with no Wi-Fi, and there was no place to go. If Smart Meters are not stopped, there’ll be no place for me to be.
European countries have standards for health for EMF safety. America does not. I may be a canary in a gold mine but I’m an early warning sign for everybody else.
All our bodies are delicate, organic bioelectrical systems and not made to be constantly bathed in the electrical frequencies that Wi-Fi and Smart Meters put out. It’s so toxic, and this needs to be addressed so that I can come out from behind the foil screen. There’s been no place to turn. Society has had nothing to offer me in terms of help.
This is an urgent and life-threatening issue. Please act on behalf of the well-being of your constituents.
One year later, Aug. 19, 2011: Recently I tried to spend the night in a neighborhood that had Smart Meters, in a home that was on the delay list and did not have one. After 8 hours, I was so ill I had to drive out of there at 2:30 in the morning. If I had stayed for another 10 hours, I would have been vomiting and convulsing. An opt-out plan is not a viable solution for health concerns. Smart Meters should not be put in until the health issues are resolved. J
Driven Out by Power Line (PLC) Signals
Jack (not his real name) has been sensitive to wireless transmitters for well over a decade. For that reason he stays away from the cities. He and his girlfriend spend their winters in Arizona, and the summers in eastern Washington State.
In the spring of 2011, they traveled to their rented house in eastern Washington. When he arrived, he could immediately feel something had changed. It was as if a cell tower had been erected nearby, but he could not find one. It was unlikely to be the neighbors, since they lived on a large lot and he could still feel it when he drove some distance away. It seemed to be everywhere. Jack’s girlfriend stayed in the house while Jack drove back down to Arizona.
After asking around, they found out that the local utility had swapped out all of the electrical meters over the winter. The new smart meters communicate with the utility’s computers by sending signals through the power line back to the substation. This is called power line communication (PLC) and is mostly used in rural areas.
The specific system used is called TWACS. This system works by transmitting pulses 120 times a second. Each pulse contains a brief signal of higher frequencies. Since all meters share a common wire, only one meter in the area can transmit at a time. Each household meter can transmit for only a few minutes each day, or even only once for several days.
The pulses travel for many miles and back feed into all houses on the grid. It makes no difference whether it is the meter on one’s own house that transmits, or one on another house. There is a constant stream of pulses on all wires throughout the house. The household wiring, as well as the power lines along the streets, are all turned into unintentional antennas. The signal is not very powerful, but the antennas are huge and everywhere.
Jack came back up to eastern Washington a month later, but he had to camp in the back yard. The pulses bother him even fifty feet (15 meters) from the house, with the power line 150 feet (50 meters) on the other side of the house.
The house is rented. The couple decided not to bother complaining to the landlord and the utility company. Even if they got the old meter back it would not help. There is no way to stop the pulses coming from the outside. Instead, the couple will soon move away to an area without his menace. [Anon.]
My name is Diane Nagby and I and my pets are also a victim of the Smart Meter. Dizziness, ringing in my ears, insomnia, nausea, rapid heart beat. I had none of these problems prior to the installation of the Smart Meter. I came home from work and they had just finished installing the Smart Meter. That very night my animals started acting agitated. There is a constant feeling of uneasiness in my household now and at night a loud buzzing/humming noise takes place, which was never present prior to the installation of the Smart Meter. It is just plain old common sense that should tell us any amount of radiation in our household is NOT going to be good for us. A friend of mine that lives in Upland, California experienced a stroke just days after her Smart Meter was installed. How many people have to die, have their homes burned down (because the Smart Meter has been proven to be a fire hazard in some houses), get sick, watch their animals suffer, as I have, before we stand up and say ENOUGH is ENOUGH.
Until moving to the current rental I did not have the problems I am getting. I work from home and did not get constant exposure to a Smart Meter, as I did not permit one to be installed on my own property, and then after it was sold I lived in an apartment building that refused the installation of Smart Meters.
Frankly when the electrical shocks in my body began at random I didn’t connect the dots to a smart Meter issue. When my vision, recently corrected with a new eye glass prescription began to not focus at random times I didn’t connect it to Smart Meters. Even without my glasses at random times I am unable to clear my vision, as if I just woke from a very deep sleep and am still groggy or am drugged…nope, no drugs either.
The fogginess and random electrical shocks go away when I am away from this house. I just learned this morning that there is a ‘stupid’ meter installed on my bedroom wall. I say stupid because proper studies were not done to assure the safety of the equipment…made where…China! and we know how safety conscious that is.
My body is very sensitive to electrical fields, and I demand that CA which normally is so environmentally conscious, take responsibility for these meters and put a stop to them. Make the electric companies and their investors swallow the cost and not allowed to pass it on to customers. We didn’t ask for this fake improvement. Carol Church, Placer County CA
On Dec. 31st, 2010, approx. 22 smart meters were installed in our building. They are directly under our apartment. On Jan. 26, 2011, my husband, while sleeping, suffered a tonic clonic seizure. All tests came out ok. But he is now on seizure medication. However, I notice that his hands twitch at night when he is asleep. Then more slowly, I began to feel a buzz in my feet that went up my legs and then twitching developed. Never in my life have I had this sensation. While I am away and at work during the day, it goes away and I don’t have these symptoms. Also while in our apartment, especially the bedroom, I get ringing in my ears which I never before have had here. I used to be able to completely relax in my bedroom but now always feel like I’m laying in an electric magnetic field .
I was awakened at 3:30 am this morning because of the tingling in my left foot and leg was so strong also I had a racing heart. This is a feeling of something from the outside coming in. When I get up and walk around a little it seems to be a little better but laying down in the bedroom causes the feeling to return.
Also in the bedroom I experience the brain fog and can hardly complete a sentence. It’s a very strange sensation. I have none of this at work — only at home and especially in my bedroom. I know we need to move. M. Dawson, Marin County, CA
“This is a health issue,” Pauline Holeton said. “I’m sensitive to electromagnetic fields. I got a smart meter put on my house in November and got it taken out in January. I told them I would take a chainsaw and rip it off if they didn’t come out and get it. I now have the old analog meter.” Michigan News story
After having a smart meter installed on our home, with out any one ever asking if we wanted one or not, I have terrible headaches every single day. I was never the type who got them. But now it’s a constant. And incidentally every time I’m away from my home for a few hours they go away. More importantly my husband has developed a tumor on the side of his head, on his temple. Upon the Dr. ordering the CT scan they also found a cyst in the posterior portion of his brain. I also fear for my toddler because her room is closest to the smart meter. What effects will or does it have on her? This has to stop. Does body remember the issues with people and PG&E near Bakersfield and Kettlemen City? How many people suffered at PG&E’s hands. They are not a forthright company! I will do everything I can to get this meter removed from my home. Wish me luck. ~ Placer County, Ca.
I am so sick & dying from the smart meters. I was sick before I moved here & became way worse. Several hospital trips and two hospital stays. One in oncology & 1 in trauma dept. I have mercury poisoning from having a lot of silver MERCURY dental fillings (nightmare story) & have had more than my share of radiation for a life time starting 30 years ago when I had Hodgkins disease & then all the years after from EMF exposure. So I could not wait to get out of last building where I fought Sac. city council to stop 6 cell tower panels being put on roof but lost that battle.
I learned there were 8 smart meters on my bedroom wall & 20 across the sidewalk plus right out my door is the spa & pool– we knew why I was throwing up blood, heard surging & ringing noises & literally felt & feel like I am being electrocuted. This is the most horrifying nightmare journey I could ever imagined.
I fight for my life literally everyday. I am on section 8 for the 1st time & only get SSI which is being cut again. I was told from apt. complex & SHRA that I need a doctors note to be able to move & to get out of here but cannot find a doctor who is educated on this & your regular doctors think your crazy. My lease is up & out of retaliation they want me to pay $150 more to live in this place that is killing me.
I am very sick, sad and very ticked off. If someone can tell me who could write me or give me something saying the PGE meters made me really sick & are killing me …Where do people go to get diagnosed & I have no car & no where to run or hide but I wish someone was doing my story of my journey for years now but especially now in case I die I wanted people to be educated on what I have had to learn the hard way full circle 1st hand so they do not have to get sick & die & not know the truth of their illnesses & or death and just handed a pill or poison or cut on unnecessarily…I have no EMF protection yet since I am so poor. Belva, Sacramento CA
I have recently moved to a place with a smart meter.
Since I have moved I have experienced, headaches, agitation, dizziness, upset, acid reflux, and ringing at certain periods. I am sure it is the smart meter. I am not sleeping well and do not feel refreshed, the headaches are constant when in or near the home, but gone immediately upon my leaving.
I work outside on ranches in rural areas. When I am in these areas I do not experience these side effects. I want this device removed from the side of my home and any within my neighborhood as well. They are not UL approved, they are known to be dangerous and this is illegal and a crime, I will do everything in my power to educate people about this and to stop the installation of these torture devices. D.Holden. CA
I suffer from EMF sensitivity and although my husband and I were able to prevent PG&E from installing a smart meter (oxymoron) at our home, we are already feeling the ill effects from our neighbors’ “SM” which was installed within 10 feet of our house. My husband and I are both having intermittent heart palpitations and I am suffering from nausea and have intermittent headaches and eye lid spasms that are only on the right side of my head (which happens to be where most of my implanted metal is, including my titanium jaw). I have attached an image to help you understand. I feel so violated, especially when I KNOW they (EMFs) are dangerous. My husband and I have taken every measure we can to at least have a home that we feel can be a sanctuary, and have taken every measure short of installing a faraday cage throughout our house. We have no WIFI in our house, nor do we have cell phones or cordless phones and I have never even owned a microwave oven. We have Stetzer filters on the outlets in every room and we sleep with all electronics unplugged. It is bad enough that I can’t go to many public places without physically suffering from unhealthy levels of EMF enhanced by negative ramifications from WIFI. Peer-reviewed science exists warning of the dangers of SMs, yet PG&E continues to sell the story that serves them. Their short-sighted and greedy “fix” to their past blunders will have long term ramifications that will cripple our already suffering medical system. I’m at a loss, perhaps the masses are ingesting so much fluoride from the toxic water Marin Municipal gives us that the world of WALL-E is closer than we think… “say it ain’t so…”
Caroline Kim Jonsson, San Anselmo, CA
I am EMF sensitive, use to live under cell phone tower, had to run away from it. Now the worse nightmare had come true again, the smart meter just right out side and in our living space, in the front, on the back yard and everywhere around us. Try to escape but don’t know where to go, My vertigo is getting worse everyday, not even mention that awful nausea, leg cramp and so on.I work in a commercial kitchen because it is lined with mental walls, I swear to God, every time the radiation come through the wire and lights, it felt like a radiation chamber, we are being slowly cooked, I know people do not want to face it, it is inconvenience truth, but who know among my co-workers many of them whom had prior health concern is now been told need surgery and such, make me wonder how they going to recover from our radiated home, those female co-worker having more emotional break-down and don’t know why, can we make a connection here! Or we are going to pay a huge price for it. Robert Bucher, Sonoma
The smart meter was installed in my neighborhood about a week ago, after it was installed my dogs started going crazy. I have not had a good night sleep since. I tried to figure out anything that could be causing their change in behavior, but the only thing different was the smart meter. They act just like they do when there is a thunder storm or fireworks going off. They are constantly jumping up and down on me acting very nervous and never lying at rest. They act like they hear something and it is very upsetting to them. Can this be possible? Any other complaints from dog owners? PG&E left a flyer saying it has not been activated as of yet??? Would that make a difference to the high frequency? Any help would be appreciated and I will do all I can to help stop this process. M.R. Sonoma County
PS. I realized that I also had a problem with my garage door opener. I had my garage open on two different occasions…I was very alarmed and upset because my side door is always opened for the dogs. I heard a loud roar and I couldn’t figure out what it was and upon opening the back door, I saw my garage door was up……lucky my dogs didn’t get out………I didn’t even think of the smart meter until now. This happened twice. I had to unplug it. I now believe the coffee pot was crackling from the electric outlet and not on………….I can’t be sure of the coffee pot because I can’t remember if I saw the green light on or not…but to be awakened in the middle of the night to popping sounds was very unusual.
ADMIN note: This person’s meter was removed the very next day after they called PG&E. This is unusual, the majority of people who have complaints are unable to get them removed.
I have been living with a smart meter for only 3 weeks and have been suffering nausea, anxiety, depression and a low grade head ache. Prior to moving into a smart meter vicinity I had none of these symptoms. Smart meters emit pulsed microwave radiation which has been found by numerous studies to be health damaging. I want my smart meter removed but have been told by P G and E that I have no choice in this. I will continue protesting until my meter is removed and the longer I have to wait the more I will spread the word about P G and Es invasion of my privacy, installation of a health damaging device and refusal to remove it. I.W. Menlo Park CA
I cannot explain nor rationalize what I have experienced in the past few months since PG&E installed a smart meter at my residence. Since February 2012 I have had experienced the following: My Labrador Retriever had a case of old dog vestibular “vertigo”, both my Schipperkes have been diagnosed with diabetes, one now has Cushing’s disease, I myself spent a day in the emergency room with vertigo and almost 3 weeks not being able to work due to the vertigo “ I still have symptoms” and now one of my dogs has an unexplained infection? I have been a licensed electrical contractor since 2004 and have been in the trades since 1993, I have never heard of anything like this nor would I believe a silly device on a pole 15’ from my home could cause such effects. It’s just, could it cause them? I do not see that the device at my home is UL Listed? Has it been tested? I called PG&E and asked to have it removed they said that there would be a fee to remove it and that the power I used from that day on would be charged at the highest rate? How can that be? Why have the PUC if they do not regulate the utility companies? M. F. Sonoma County
I have been experiencing ringing in my ears at home for the last 5-6 days. I read an article last night about these smart meters causing tinnitus and I realized the ringing began the same time the meter was installed. I did a test today and while I was gone from my home for a few hours I did not have the ringing, yet after I was home for 1 hour my ears began to ring. How do we protect ourselves from this? No one asked if we wanted it, and If I can no longer deal with this problems where am I supposed to go if they are being erected all over the state of Ca? Maybe one by itself is not a problem, but think of how many neighbors you have all around you. That amount of EMF’s have got to become problematic. J.B. ____________________________________________
I have been trying to figure out why my daughter and I have had such intense headaches and now I know. I want my Smart Meter removed. I am the owner of this home and I should have the right to have or not have a unit that puts out so much radiation. I do not and have not ever had wireless internet or any wireless in my home and yet I have it stuck to my wall without knowing it. I’m very electrically sensitive. Since having it installed I have had very intense headaches that nothing helps as well as heart palpitations.
I called PG&E today to ask that it be removed and they refused. I also filed a complaint with the CPUC today. We’ll see what happens. E.B. Stockton CA
While my landlord and housemate and I have temporarily succeeded in preventing PG&E from removing our analog electric meter in favor of a wireless smart meter, my next door neighbor’s landlord thought it would be a fabulous idea to have one installed. This happened about a year back prior to the massive deployment now underway.
Soon after the install, I began experiencing piercingly loud high-frequency ringing in my ears and noticeable cognitive impairment. I’ve also become unusually tired whether working at my home office desk, reading, or doing virtually any activity in this house, regardless of having had enough sleep. At first I thought these three symptoms were due to increased doses of Warfarin (generic version of Coumadin), a blood thinner I must take which precisely regulates blood viscosity to support optimum functionality of a mechanical mitral valve embedded in my heart. But, after Judy clued me in on the many dangers of smart meters and told me of the symptoms, I put two and two together and deduced the problems are most likely as a result of the smart meter on my neighbor’s home approximately 25-feet from my living quarters. She has also experienced cognitive impairment since she moved in. Unfortunately for her and her five-year-old son, the meter is outside the wall to the living room area. A. P., Los Osos, CA
I have been disabled by electrosensitivity for about 5 years, but not to RF, just to ELF (power lines, motors, etc — magnetic fields). But since June of 2010 the area I have been in was thoroughly smart metered, so they have been all around me but not on the house I spend the most time in because we put up No Smart Meter signs. On one side of our house is a parking lot, and on the other was an abandoned house, which is now almost completely remodeled, and this is where the electric smart meter was installed, two weeks ago, just 10 feet away across the driveway, facing our home.
I had some hope that I might be able to “live with” a smart meter — after all, so many people are seemingly unaffected. However, when I went to move the trash bins (which sit about 10 feet from it), the first thing I noticed was a headache and stiff neck, and a building up of an awful feeling that included nausea and dizziness.
As the days went on, I noticed that it was hard to breathe well, like there was a weight on my chest, and tightness in my chest. I also noticed my heartbeat felt different. There was a feeling of panic, wanting to flee but nowhere to go. The nausea/dizzy feeling remained low-level, with some disorientation and balance problems, flu like symptoms. There were pains to the head that came on like strokes of pain from a whip, being laid deep into my brain.
The smart meter seems to be transmitting two different qualities. One is a widespread field that attacks and drains you, and the other is the head pain that comes in sporadic waves and builds up along with a stiff neck and contributes to the draining effect. The pain I believe is from the pulses, which are completely unpredictable and can come several times a minute or there might be 20 minutes with none. The general field has a distinct character of its own, a very NASTY and aggressive character, that creates a sensation so bad that the effect over time is as if there are microscopic teeth constantly gnawing away at you. It is as if, at the most minute level, the cells of your body are being attacked. You become exhausted — you feel like you are under constant siege. The best description I could think of is that when you get away from it and are able to catch your breath and assess how you feel, it is like you have been taking a constant beating at the cellular level. You feel debilitated.
I have a piece of very effective shielding cloth and that is really the only thing that made it possible for me to be in the house at all. I have one square-meter of this, which I folded over into a triangle and wore as a head-wrap. I contemplate getting enough of this shielding fabric to make a burka and/or drape over a small tent for a refuge.
So I wanted to try to describe what it is like, the “smart meter air”: the air is filled with a kind of jangling, a very, very fine but nasty kind of shredding, grinding dissonance.
A.C Alameda County
A year ago I developed trigeminal neurolgia along with dizziness and weakness. Now I have peripheral neuropathy which includes burning, tingling and numbness. After reading the article in the LA Times about Smart Meters I called SCE to find out when they installed them here. They said May of 2010, a year ago, which coincides with my neuropathy. There are 8 condo’s utilities up against my bedroom wall. There are 8 more in the building close to my only other outside wall. I live in 500 sq. ft. There is no place to get away from being zapped. Please help. A.F. Orange County
About a month after PG&E installed the smartmeters, my husband and I both started getting headaches, some so severe that sometimes I was getting blurred vision. We both had very loud piercing sounds in our ears. Finally my husband said it sounds like a telephone poll or something buzzing outside all night long.
Last Easter, my sister offered to let us stay with her at the Horse Ranch for 2 weeks. First day the headaches went away, and that loud piercing sound in our ears went away overnight. Our sleep went back to normal. The entire time there, we both felt so refreshed from 3 months of agony.
Not less than 2 days after we came back, it all started up again. Now I was nervous and my heart also started racing all of a sudden at times. From what all heard, it almost resembled an anxiety attack! Just that weekend at the PG&E office was people gathered about the smartmeters. I was curious and decided to listen in.
Well, I was shocked! I just remembered that our smartmeters had been in for 4 months, and two of them were outside our bedroom wall. We immediately decided to switch the bedroom with the living room. In fact, sometimes if my husband leaves the bedroom door open, the whole house becomes infected with that piercing hiss and a pain at the back of your head. We looked for another apartment without a smartmeter, and found one in Santa Cruz. Since then, the only small hiss I heard of the marvelous ocean waves instead of that nagging piercing sounds. How on this precious earth can something so monsterous be allowed to continue?????? Posted by Ruth on EMF Safety Network
I’m already electrically sensitive. I immediately feel very sick when I try to use a cell phone (and have for years). I feel dizzy in a home that has WiFi and also in banks, airports and places with a lot of radiation. Given this, I do not want (and will vehemently fight the installation of) a smartmeter. My 34 yr old daughter became immediately ill right after a smartmeter was installed on the house she was living in. Her symptoms were all the ones I’ve read about – strange headaches, pain in the ears, dizziness, heart stress and insomnia. She had to move from this house after a few months as she just couldn’t sleep! I cannot express strongly enough how criminal it feels to me that the CPUC has mandated 24/7 radiation into my home without my approval and without proper research on long term health effects. Why should I have to prove that EMF is harmful to me? The CPUC should have to prove that it’s not harmful. I have never seen such violation of our civil liberties and rights!!!! I demand that I have the right to keep my present analog meter with no additional cost! J. S. Lake County
I am going to take on PG&E starting tomorrow for damaging my health due to the installation of 4 smart meters right outside my bedroom window, and since then my health has been continuously deteriorating. I have insomnia, nightmares, headaches like an ice pick is being jammed in my head, fogginess, blurred vision (and getting worse by the week), tinnitus, and heart palpitations, all of which never existed until the installation of the 4 smart meters last Summer, and gradually getting worse. I moved my bedroom into the living room, of which reduced the effects by half, but that’s not good enough when something that is killing you is still in your home! All of my symptoms are documented by my physician, but he said they are vague and cannot be evidenced as produced by smartmeters. I was a trained Naturopathic Doctor and absolutely know my own body, and every time I leave the house for extended periods of time, all the symptoms miraculously vanish! It has been a 5 month ordeal calling countless times, PG&E, the Smart Meter reps, both of which tell me there is nothing I can do since they claim they cannot remove the smartmeters… PERIOD! In retaliation, last month I gave them a decision to remove the smart meters in 10 days or I would remove them myself. A man called me from the Smart meter office and said the moment I remove even one of the meters, the police will be called and I will be put to jail. So, the only decision they gave me was to sit at home and die. Seriously… I think I have only a few months to live if they leave these meters outside my bedroom window. I spoke to 2 supervisors from Smart Meter company and both told me there is nothing they can do, and that there was going to be a public hearing about other complaints, but don’t know when, said it’s going to be a while… and couldn’t give me any date as to when I can expect a public hearing on the matter. Both confirmed to me on the phone that there is no reported adverse affects due to the smartmeters, and started trying to convince my body on how safe they are! However, because I know all too well here, one supervisor recommended that if I’m not happy where I live that I should just move out! I can’t afford to move out, and why would I want to if I’m very happy here apart from the damaging health due to the meters. This weekend I have finally had enough! I decided to take PG&E to court in a lawsuit. I am in process of locating the attorney as I write this. I am going tomorrow into the office of PG&E and giving them 10 days to remove the smart meters so it will be recorded on my account since jail or death is my only option at this point! So, my constitutional right to health is being outright violated by ELF Wave poisoning with Big Brother in complete control as someone who is slowly torturing and murdering me! PLEASE HELP, in any way you can, and QUICKLY! Please help do something about this before I am murdered by the PG&E company! I feel like my brain is exploding in my head and it’s getting worse by the day!
A.S. Sonoma County
I have read in horror the testimonials on this website. My SM was installed at the end of October 2010. Since that time I have developed tinnitus, which is incredibly irritating, bordering on painful. The head of my bed was located on the opposite side of the wall on which the SM is located. I have moved my bed to the other side of the room, but I’m scared to death that it will get worse and that I will experience other symptoms, such as cardiac arrhythmia’s, which would be a disaster as there is a history of an inherited disease, Hypertrophhic Cardiomyopathy, in my family and my sister died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest last year, a common cause of death when you have this disease. I called PG&E in panic, but they are all inculcated with the corporate line that there is no research to support the claims of health problems. If this is true, why are so many of the people writing these testimonials talking about developing tinnitus? Where is the point organization that can fight this monster? Margery Entwisle Mill Valley, CA
Smart Meters were installed in my neighborhood on April 15, 2011. Since then I have had constant ringing in my ears. Smart Meters violate my constitutional right to be safe and secure in my home, 4th Amendment. Smart Meters violate my privacy and my health. This is a KILLER and you know it. S.B. Orange County CA
I’ve had the Smart Meter installed in my home several years ago. I am now wondering if the Smart Meter was the cause of my sudden onset chronic headaches and dizziness, vertigo, that has left me about 25% functional to this day. G.T. Sacramento
I am VERY ill from the Smart Meters! And I am just putting together all the ways this equipment is ruining my health. This needs to stop NOW! W.T. San Mateo County
I am (was) a very healthy individual, and have all the past medical information to prove it. In the last year I have been suffering illness that I feel is direclty related to the Smart Meter on my home. The electromagnetic currents are so strong I can feel them and hear them in my home. I now wake with headahces, I have dizzy spells, I’m getting skin rashes and more. I have repeatedly placed complaints with the CPUC and PG&E, to no avail. I have no alternative but to move to a house outside of the PG &E territory. Removing my meter alone won’t solve the problem. My house is at the hub, the terminal, for the neighborhood distrubution and the adjacent neighbor’s meters are on my side of their houses, putting me in direct line of currect for three homes. I want these things removed so I can resume my life, which is on hold. C.L. Yolo County
As an older adult who has been treated with radiation for lymphoma I am opposed to “smart” meters. I also cannot afford an expensive opt out plan. In fact I believe it is discriminatory to impose such fees on people who have legitimate health concerns. B.R. Marin County
Since December I have been experiencing a terrible condition called Tinnitus. I hear sound in my head 24/7 which at times has left me unable to work or sleep and coincides with the installation of new smart meters on my home. Tinnitus is something I would never wish on anyone, it can drive one crazy. it has affected my work and my life. I want my life back. I demand more research done on health impacts of smart meters before installing them on anyone elses home! H.K. Alameda
Yes, I got big headaches, depress, and weak every night until early morning on my bed near smart meter. I can’ think straight out because of smart meter. I don’t feel like to eat because of sick every day. I went to Los Angeles, CA for visiting my sister and feel clear up my mind and restore my heath but I have to go back to my home and come back to sick again. Donna Avent, Taft, CA (Kern County)
Though I never was electrically sensitive before, an extreme exposure to Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMFs) from just one of PG&E’s digital SmartMeters, (from 10/31/09 to 3/3/10), left me as an electrically sensitive person. Along the way, the experience of dealing with PG&E to take the SmartMeter out was truly creepy. Now, a year after the SmartMeter was removed, 30% of the symptoms still rule my life.
Here is the sequence of events: In early December 2009, I began experiencing nights of fitful sleeplessness. I soon had less and less energy in the day time. I began having localized headaches and worried why I was constantly a bit dizzy. In January the dizziness became worse and I began feeling very oddly ‘spaced out’. I began having strange strong cramps in my legs at night that woke me up. My eyes were constantly extremely itchy and incredibly light sensitive, often with strong pains in my right eye. My normal mild tinnitus was far far worse. Also my familiar chest pressure and pains were far more pronounced and far more often. I had no idea these things were related. At first I just felt guilty I had allowed myself to get so out-of-shape that I could not find a solution to the horrible insomnia. By January I had such serious memory problems I often could not remember what I was doing from one minute to the next. I would find myself standing still, staring into space, and vaguely realizing that something must be wrong with me. By February, when speaking, hard as I tried, I could not remember the most common words, and was spelling words phonetically. Also, the stutter I had as a child began to return.
By the end of February I realized I was becoming more and more dizzy as the days went by. One day I was so dizzy, I literally could not walk and was actually staggering. Also, by then, I frequently saw in the mirror that my face was Bright Bright Red. And since I had no feeling of being hot, I finally knew something was really very wrong and that the cause was not insomnia. But I had absolutely no idea what the cause could be. It is only because of two purely chance incidents that I discovered the cause was just one SmartMeter seven feet below my bed.
In January and again in February a friend using my garage as a theater rehearsal space, twice came upstairs to the apartment to tell me that as a person who rarely got headaches, he could not figure out why lately whenever he was in the garage he would get horrific headaches. But, as it turns out, he had been sitting and standing about ten feet from the SmartMeter.
Through this whole experience, there were two ambulance trips to the emergency room for racing heart. Both times at the onset I was in no stress whatever. When the pills that are supposed to slow the heart rate down did not work, I had no choice but to call an ambulance. Both times, at the hospital, my heart checked out just fine. The first time was before the SmartMeter was taken out. The second ambulance trip to the ER was one morning 6 weeks after the SmartMeter was taken out. I had been sitting for a few hours at my desk 25 feet from a power pole. This was the day I realized that even though the SmartMeter had been taken out, it had left me as an electrically sensitive person and I could no longer use that office or enjoy that roof garden as I had for the past 30 years.
For this whole past year since the SmartMeter was taken out, I have had to completely interrupt my cultural-exchange business and personal life to only focus on finding ways to shield myself from EMFs. Every day is a fight. It is serious stress. I am on constant overwhelm. Lately the symptoms are worse again. The strange leg muscle cramps are waking me up again at night. In this past year I have lost half of my hair. The tinnitus is worse and worse in just the last few weeks. There are fewer and fewer places I can go, out of the house, to avoid EMFs that do not make the Tinnitus worse. I worry a lot about cancer and the health of my neighbor’s children. And I know there is no where to escape to. Maya Cain, SF CA
I have developed nodules on my thyroid , dizzy spells, difficulty swallowing, and petite seizures, since the smart meters were put in. I have never in my life had anything like this, and I am so upset. I have always been in good health. I am looking for some help, on how to save my life.L. M. Pacifica CA
Since the December 4, 2010 installation of PGE Smart Meter in my apartment building, I have been a Smart Meter refugee. December 30th I fled my apartment with severe symptoms and only the clothes on my back to Marin General ER. After 3 months, even though I have been with friends (11 moves), I am now homeless. To date, I have exhausted: the landlord, Legal Aid, Fair Housing, District Attorney, Sacramento, trying to get an atty, Marin Housing Authority, many, many of my doctors, Jared Huffman/Supervisor’s office, Health Dept., Environmental Dept., and still cannot get any help. I have forwarded the recent March CPUC document with “opt-out option” to my landlord, and she still does not think there is a “problem”on the property. Cannot move out b/c of symptoms when on property, cannot pay 3 months rent to transition out, and exhausted and depressed from this battle w/o any disability rights protecting me.
Like many with the symptoms, I am on my last and giving up… exhausted from trying to get help, afraid of my health, depressed, crying all the time, difficult to work, cannot get the proper sleep…I Don’t know how much more I can tolerate w/o major support. All I want is my life back. ZEENA QUINN, Marin
This past year I have become electro-sensitive due to the many wireless communication bands in the air. I cannot even go into coffee shops anymore without getting ‘burned’, a feeling of intense sunburn. This is one of the many symptoms I now suffer. Recently, my wife has been getting intense headaches for no apparent reason. I myself have recently suffered symptoms of a heart attack. I had to go through extensive testing that hit hard financially. We just discovered that the smart meter had been installed here without our permission, which coincided with our physical problems. We are so upset about this that we are now considering legal options, at the very least to cover the cost of our medical expenses .KB, San Mateo County
I woke up this morning to a SMUD employee knocking on my door letting me know they were installing smart meters in the neighborhood he replaced my old meter and went on his way. After he left I noticed my scalp tingling and it just wouldn’t stop the unit was place on my wall outside my Kitchen I was sitting in the living room most of the morning. Not only did my scalp tingle but I felt a little dizzy. I left and went on a bike ride and felt fine as soon as I got back I felt dizzy again and my scalp started tingling again. These were both abnormal I never feel dizzy and my scalp rarely tingles. I called SMUD and asked them to take the meter off the guy still has the old equipment and is right down the street I passed by him on my way back from the bike ride through much resistance they agreed to call him and have him put back in the old meter. Within minutes after him leaving with the old meter installed again my head stopped tingling and I no longer felt dizzy. This is proof enough for me there’s something wrong with those things. If there is any way I can help in signing some sort of petition or something I will. Please let me know this is a complete home invasion where can you go to relax and feel comfortable if you can’t go home to do that. S.L. Sacramento CA
About two months ago, after sitting in my living room for several hours, I took my pulse; it was wildly irregular, skipping a beat every 3-7 beats. My pulse had never done that before. I then took my pulse in a number of places inside and away from my house. My living room is basically the only place my pulse skips beats. The irregularities occasionally occurred in a milder form in the dining room, which is at one end of the living room. When my daughter was visiting, we sat in the living room for 20 or 30 minutes, then took our pulses. Both our pulses skipped a beat after 10 to 11 beats. Why was my heart pumping irregularly only in my living room? At some point I remembered that a SmartMeter had been installed a few months earlier on the outside of my living room wall, directly behind my sofa. From what I have read, an irregular heartbeat can be dangerous. I told PG&;E about my experience, but they refused to remove my SmartMeter, so now I don’t go in my living room. A.H. Monterey County
The following letter is from a prominent doctor in Napa:
“I have a patient who is being injured from the SmartMeter. She has a history of Cardiomyopathy from infection and was doing well until the SmartMeter went in last fall. She is now back in Atrial Fibrillation and needs meds she does not tolerate well. It is all a result of the extra EMF. I will send you copies of articles about how EMF effects patient’s heart rate. Is there are special complaint form I could send off to the SmartMeter company that you use? I was going to dictate something for my patient and reference the EMF and heart rate issue”.
They installed our Smart Meter about 3 months ago and I have been extremely sick from the day it was installed. My husband who never has headaches, now has one 24 hrs. a day. I have been extremely sensitive to RF/EMF since 2005 when a neighbor had 2 Sprint cell towers installed next door and we were forced to sell and move.
We are trying to move now, but you have put Smart Meters on every house that might work for me. How come you don’t have a contingency plan for RF sensitive people? You have made my life a living hell and won’t even give me an option to have my old meter reinstalled even with a Drs. note saying how sick I am. J.M. Riverside
URGENT!! HEART CONDITION- SMART METERS MUST BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY!!! A bank of Smart Meters, that emit radiation 24 hours a day, were installed on the wall of my home, and I have been severely affected with heart palpitations, non-stop ringing in the ears, shortness of breath, insomnia, and sleep interruption, and more. I posted signs not to install smart meters, which is a legal action, but PGE/Wellington Energy illegally trespassed and ignored the signs.
I have a heart condition, and am EMF sensitive, and yet despite many very futile calls to PG &E, they have not removed the meters, nor have they replaced them with the non-wireless analog meters that have worked perfectly for decades. I have been an excellent ratepayer for decades, I am low-income and cannot afford to move. This is unjust discrimination, and gross negligence not to allow an “opt-out” of any kind. And even worse, with PG & E being fully aware that I have a heart condition, they have added more smart meters on the wall of my home, and they are threatening to add double the meters to my home in the next days, or weeks. How can a utility demand that our health, and the health of our families, and pets be exposed to 24 hour radiation, with no ability to say “NO”? Anon, Sonoma
For the past few months, I’ve been having more problems than ever, including difficulty sleeping, fatigue, headaches, and a level of ‘brain fog’ that I have never experienced previously. I did not correlate this to SmartMeters, because I had heard that our unincorporated Sleepy Hollow area of Marin was going to be among the last areas to get SmartMeters installed. Recently, I called the PG&E hotline to be placed on their Do Not Install list, which the courteous rep did. I then went outside to look at my meter, which I had NOT done since August. To my shock, a Smartmeter had ALREADY been installed. ***(No notice was given after the fact, either.)
I called PG&E back, and another rep told me, “It’s not hooked up.” I called back again, got another rep who told me, “Oh yes it is. It’s been hooked up for months!****I don’t know why the other rep said it wasn’t.” He also told me it ‘only transmits in the dead of night for about 40 seconds.” Both reps confirmed that our conversation was being recorded. I would suggest to anyone who calls the PG&E hotline to record the conversation themselves as well. I wish I had!
*** My health issues correlate directly with the date that the SmartMeter was installed on my property.
I pointed out to him that this contradicted PG&E’s rationale for continuous monitoring. Then I hung up. I have since spoken with several neighbors, who also received PG&E’s ‘notice to install’ two weeks ago, yet they, too, discovered that SmarMeters were ALREADY installed on their property. That’s either incompetence in coordinating installation schedulings and mailings, or intentional deception. Steven Halpern, Marin County
I am extremely sensitive to EMF and RF signals since 2005 when a neighbor had 2 cell towers installed about 400′ from our home. We moved from that house and I got better as long as I am not in any contact with any signals. Then we got our SM installed about 9 weeks ago and I have been extremely ill every since. My husband has sent letters to all of SCE mangement and the CPUC and they all ignored us. He finally got an SCE EMF engineer to reply back and they sent out 2 EMF “specialists” to measure the signals twice, and both times they said our SM meter was OK. My husband has his own meter and showed the specialists that the meter is showing dangereous spiking every 15 seconds. SCE’s meter did not show the spikes. My huband got the made and model number of their meters and talked to the company that makes them… apparently the meters they use only averge the signals and the 15 second spikes do not show up, so of course they are telling every body that complains they are within the “approved” range. My husband also measured their cell phones and the smart meter signals were about 5 times stronger then their cell phones. We have covered our meter with Heavy duty aluminum foil and a thick metal bucket. We have also lined our garage with it. It does cut our signal a little, but we still have all the other neighbor’s signals blasting towards our house. The SM’s use a repeater signal that sends the signals from one meter to the next.. they constantly “talk” to each other all day long and send data the same way. It’s so bad in our neighborhood that I can’t take our dog out for walks anymore. I feel it as soon as I walk out the front door. Jana, anon
Two weeks ago they installed smart meters on our row of townhouses. A few days later i felt dizzy; this changed to heart beat very strong – occasional racing – and now ringing in ears and pressure in chest as well. Dizziness subsided but have been waking up at 4 am and can’
t get back to sleep. There are also about 20 meters about 75 feet from my house; i look at them in a line of sight.
I seem to have been way more affected when they actually installed them in our block of 7 townhomes even though i am slightly further away from this meter box collection. it’s like it comes in through the wires.
Those other ones were installed in Nov. or Oct. and i remember feeling nausea and more migraines from those. A few times a day we get this awful screeching too. I have been in a panic wondering where I can move? if it’s gov’t mandated then does it matter if we complain?
I also heard that PGandE could have installed all kinds of meters like cabled ones instead.
I never knew anything about smart meters until it happened to me. where can we go to escape, this is so scary. Anon
I have six smart meters right outside my bedroom and kitchen since they were put in i have been having headache’s ringing in my ears and nausea. i know it’s due to the radiation but it’s hard to get people to believe me is there any help out there? i would welcome any advice or if anyone is going throu this please contact me. my together we could fight pg&e and have these things removed before they cause permante damage to me & my children or to anyone else…. Daniel G, unknown
Smart meters were installed at my house about a year ago and soon after I experienced ringing/buzzing in my ears that keeps me awake at night. I thought my clock radio was on so turned everything off (including computer, vcr…etc) but still heard the noise. Remembered the smart meter install and now see many other people with the same symptoms. More recently my ears have a burning sensation. Is there any way to block the transmission into the house? I feel like the inside of my head is hot. Thank you for the site. How can this experiment be legal? E. C. CA
Since I had the SmartMeter placed on my home (master bedroom wall by headboard of my bed) by SDG&E about 3-4 months ago, I have developed increasingly severe reactions to EMF (electromagnetic fields). I have constant ringing in my ears, getting louder and very distracting; headache, sinus pain, feeling of heaviness in chest, disorientation, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating and with calculation and driving, nausea, and very hard to use computer, phones, etc. Can’t sleep well, insomnia, though improved with change of bedroom. My doctor wrote a letter demanding under the ADA that SDG&E remove the SmartMeter, the reply was that SM’s don’t impact health,and that my doctor is wrong that the ADA covers this, and they essentially refuse to remove the SM. Needless to say, I am shocked, horrified, and will take further steps. This is an example of Big Brother in our lives worse than anything I have seen in America in 60 years. They can harm and kill us legally now, in our own country. S.B. San Diego
Since the “smart” meter installation I’ve been suffering from headaches, losing sleep, and hearing high pitched ringing from time to time. I’ve already called PG&E to complain and requested they remove the meters…they said someone from their “smart” meter escalation department will be contacting me soon. Would appreciate any suggestions or advice you may have on how to get them off my home. I am very sensitive to RF signals. (Two weeks later…) PG&E is still refusing to remove my “smart” meter even though It makes me ill. I will be forced to sell my home and move if wireless smart aren’t removed from my home and neighborhood. PG&E may have an easement to put a meter on my home…but a meter on my home that shoots RF in to my home and in to me, my partner and my child’s bodies? As a Realtor it seems to me like that should be overstepping the limits of their easement. M.H. Humboldt County CA
“One month ago I moved into a house that has a smart meter installed on the same side of the house as my bedroom. I have been having sleep problems including insomnia, nightmares and restless sleep. I am epileptic and sleep deprivation is very dangerous for me. I have also been experiencing unexplained anxiety and irritability. I live in Oakland. I’m also having strange interference on my phone line.”
(Update) ” I have now been living with a smart meter for nearly 4 months. My sleep has deteriorated. I often only get 4-5 hours which is a serious threat to my health as an epileptic. My request to have the meter removed has been denied. I cannot afford to move, and anywhere I move to in this area will likely have the same problems. Past seizures have caused me to suffer brain injuries, and many neurologists believe that seizures cause permanent damage to the brain. PG&E is putting me at risk of major injury and even death, since seizures can be fatal”
.A.L.M. Alameda County CA
I am disabled from a spinal injury and neurological damage from a severe case of Encephalitis. I moved into a small apt attached to my Mother’s house three months ago. Both my mother and her husband are also disabled. We all have serious health problems. They were not aware a smart meter was installed a year ago, right behind my bedroom wall. Everyone in the house has been having similar issues since it was installed, exhaustion, stomach issues, ear aches, ringing the ears, dizziness and skin issues. My health issues are complicated already and I cannot move again. I want to know what I can do to get this thing removed. Nobody asked, they just did it. I have signed petitions, I have written letters. What else can I do? My Mom has had 22 surgeries, Cancer, RSD, Interstitial Cystitis and much more. Just the fear that it may be adding to our health problems is unhealthy. She grew up under power poles and has always believed that played a role in her health issues. Although she knows now, I was afraid to even tell her it was there.
I believe we as humans have not had time to adapt to the barge EMF from such devices and we need choices and a voice in the decision processes when it comes to technology such as Smart Meters. There are also privacy and other issues at play here that make me very much against Smart Meters.
T.R. Aptos CA
“I have been in the ER overnight three times this week, with unexplained sickness. I have had a CT Scan of the brain, Stress Test, CTA, EKGs, Ultra Sounds, Blood work and still no definite answer. We recently had a Smart Meter installed and these symptoms began about a week after: Extreme Stress, diagnosed TIAs, dizziness, headaches, nausea and fainting. I mentioned this to a doctor and he suggested that the Smart Meters may have something to do with it because the hospital has had quite a rise in illness of this kind reporting to the ER. “J.W. (anon)
My family lives very simply, we do not own a tv, do not have a computer in our home or microwave and do not use cell phones at home, we keep them in the car for emergency only. We also watch our energy usage and do not keep appliances plugged in. Within days after our smart meter was installed I experienced a very painful miscarriage. After the miscarriage I started experiencing mysterious pain throughout my body that could not be explained. My two children who are diagnosed autistic regressed in their autism after much work with behavioral therapy and other interventions. I sadly watched my father’s health decline since last fall he became very fatigued and weak and unexpectedly passed away in October 2010 of a heart arrhythmia. I believe the smart meter played a role in his health because he was very healthy until it was installed on their house last fall. T.M. Anon
I was unaware that a smart meter has been on our home for over 18 months, until I called to be on the delay list only to be told that I had a smart meter installed in 2009. I never got a knock on the door or a notice of installation, but during that time I had a series of strange health issues including a pressure in my ears for which I went to two doctors, irritability, insomnia, and general nervousness and extreme debilitating fatigue. I am not saying my health was perfect before, but I never had the consistent excitement which I thought was overdose of computer use, even when I used my computer at home for work sometimes 10 hours a day. Now, I hear a buzzing and feel hyper and we have discontinued our use of wireless internet and installed a land phone line so we minimize use of our cell phones as well. We no longer have wireless Internet, but so many of our neighbors do, that we feel like we live in a hyper anxious space. We are moving soon because I survived cancer, I want to stay healthy, and I feel better away from these wireless smart meters and other forms of EMF and RF. We moved to a neighborhood in a forest in West Marin that didn’t have Smart Meters. Less than a week after we closed on our home, the Wellington truck was at the bottom of my driveway, installing smart meters on this rural road in the forest trailhead. We did not get a smart meter because I put us on the delay list for this home, and told the installer not to install. I also had a No Smart Meter Sign. M. G-K Marin County CA
” My husband has brain cancer attributed to the radiation from his cell phone. Shortly after installation of the smart meters on our home I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I never had the symptoms prior to the installation of the smart meters- fatigue, depression, joint pain, heart racing, and weight gain. I also suffer from atypical trigeminal neuralgia- a very painful nerve disease in the face that causes electrical jolts within my face and head. It worsened with the smart meters.
Denise Alexander of PG&E did have my meters removed when I notified her of my husband’s illness. I never mentioned my problems as his alone are reason enough to not be subjected involuntarily to the very thing that is killing him. Shortly after the removal of the meters I received a hand signed letter from Mr. Devereaux that the meters will be going back on. I just received a recorded call from PG&E stated they will be here to put them back on within 30 days. I cannot and will not allow this to happen.” E. M. Contra Costa County CA
“I purchased a condo in Rocklin CA. I have probably 20 smart meters in the room next to my bedroom (the electrical room wall). My 2 daughters and I all have headaches and there is a buzzing sound. One of my daughters is constantly fatigued. How do I prove that the smart meters are causing these symptoms? ” D.O. Rocklin, CA
“I have been having headaches, heart palpitations, horrible ringing in my ears, dizziness and some nausea, and a burning of my facial skin for 8 months, since PG&E installed a Smart Meter at my house. These symptoms began gradually in the first weeks after the Smart Meter was installed and have increased in intensity over the months. For the two weeks I was in New Zealand in October, the problems lessened or disappeared completely . Home again and it all started again. I want this Smart Meter taken off of my home. I am sick because of it!!!” L.H. Sonoma County
Smart Meter destroying my sleep. Since the Smart Meter was put in my home, I have not had been able to sleep through the night. The Smart meter was installed just a foot from the head of our bed (on the outside of our bedroom wall). Before it was installed, I could easily sleep through the night. Bill Beckham Fresno, CA
We recently had our smart meters installed, three of which our on our wall, for the three units on our lot. I have a super healthy routine and was drastically improving my health and wellness. I am Vegan, non smoker, non drinker, I record all of my food intake, exercise avidly and slept regularly from 10 pm until 7am. I began to get unexplainable huge rashes on my face. My doctor freaked out and couldn’t believe the photos and ordered labs immediately, he was sure I had Lupus or Rheumatory Athritis. He sent me to a Rheumatologist ASAP, It then started with the aches and pains, the super dry lips and a loud squealing in my right ear. Even my teeth hurt. Then the buzzing sound intermittently mixes with the high pitch squealing noise in my ear, followed by extreme exhaustion or fatigue in random parts of the day or evening, to where I couldn’t even stand. The headaches make me feel like I want to die. I can’t sleep until 5 or 6 am and pop back up at 7 am. I am nauseas, and my ear in is extreme pain. I have feelings as if the ground or furniture is moving or being bumped. I get dizzy and have problems orientating myself when I go from standing to sitting or vice versa. My 1200 calorie diet that I record every meal has turned into a 300 calorie diet because I’m too sick to eat. I am having to drink meal replacements because the more I cook in the kitchen the worse I get. My husband complained of feeling sick, back pain, headaches and an electric-like pulse or shock-like feeling that darts up his body through his brain. When it happens he jumps. It has happened three times now. The downstair neighbor moved because of her sudden onset of symptoms that began at the same time. Our DVD player now cannot reach a signal on the TV (says no signal) despite the player actually being a part of the TV, all in one piece. My eyes burn and weep full of tears with a mental cloud I can’t shake. My stomach turns upside down it feels and I feel a burning sensation on parts of my body. I have missed about 80% of my work schedule and am rapidly deteriorating. I just kept saying, “something is wrong with the air.” I didn’t know what exactly I meant, it was just a feeling I had. Then someone else said the same thing out of the blue. Then the other evening, I couldn’t walk. I was crying profusely from the pain and symptoms. Everyday its worse….I am going to request mine be removed but the neighbors still have them, still posing a threat since they’re everywhere around us. …These meters not only quadrupled our electric bill but also my health that I’ve worked so hard to achieve came to a complete halt, the same exact day as the meters were installed and everyday since then. … This isn’t fair. I don’t want a smart meter. We weren’t surveyed our asked. We never got informed until the knock on the door saying “SDGE, were here to install your smart meter.” Then we were handed a little piece of paper which didn’t disclose much. Now we have a super high electric bill that is way to much for our tiny two bedroom beach apartment and a super ill husband and wife who were otherwise healthy and active until the day of the meter installation. Amy Evans San Diego CA 28 yrs old
Last year I lived in Livermore CA. The meters were changed in Livermore last year. It wasn’t until I just saw a news story where I have now put 2 and 2 together. Starting in Oct. 09 I have been experiencing terrible ringing in the ears. A hi-pitch hissing/buzzing noise. It’s been driving me crazy. I have been to so many doctors since trying to find out what is causing this terrible problem. Doctors cannot find anything wrong. But what I have noticed is this, when I have traveled away from the city to the mountain such as to go camping, the hissing and buzzing go away. But as soon as I get back home the noise starts back up again. NR Tracy CA
I live in San Diego in a small apartment building with 3 apartments. SDGE installed 3 Smart Meters on 9/29/10 and I have been sick as a dog ever since, even to the point of missing work. The Meters are located below my apartment, just below my bathroom wall (I am on the second floor). Using my Entech Meter I tested the outlet in my bathroom and the signal was so distorted I could pick up a radio signal! My Gauss Meter also picked up Hot Spots that never existed before.
I suffered from severe joint pains on the day it was installed to the point where I couldn’t move my wrist without agonizing pain. I have been in pain ever since and also got a very bad cold. I also developed an odd problem called Phantosmia, in which you can smell something that isn’t there (in my case cigarette smoke which I am allergic to). I am EMF sensitive but I have never felt as ill as I do now. I was completely functioning before, whereas after these Meters were installed I just feel awful all the time. S.G. San Diego CA
Last week our power company in NE Arizona put a new digital meter on our house. The meter was supposed to remain in a silent mode and not transmit unless someone sent a signal to it from the highway to activate it and get the reading.
Over the next 6 hours I gradually got very sick from the meter. The symptoms were a vise grip headache, nervousness, horrible brain fog (after 3 days I was unable to complete a sentence), total insomnia, stomach rolling and nausea. The meter seemed to run in on the current and I began to have reactions to my electric stove and other electrical appliances that I had not been bothered by before.
After a couple of plea’s from my husband, the power company made a decision to return our meter to analog. I had immediate relief in some symptoms, but others took several hours to go away. Due to a weekend and Monday holiday, it took a week to get the meter removed. I was so sick by then I was worried it would leave me highly sensitive to emf’s. After 24 hours I seemed to be ok, however. These meters are not safe! Anonymous in Arizona
In July 2010, SDG&E installed Smart Meters in my condo complex. I own a townhouse that is situated in clusters: 8 units per cluster. Therefore 16 Smart Meters were installed in the utilites shed outside my kitchen/bedroom walls, ten feet away.
I began having symptoms of head burning and pressure on my chest within a few days. As time progressed the symtoms worsened. I had severe burning in my head and headaches of a new type. I starting having palpitations, arrythmias and flutter. I called SDG& E. Three people including an engineer and the director of the Smart Meter program came to my home, spent an hour talking and photgraphing the meters. They took no measurements of the radiation, though they said they would on the phone. The next day SDG&E informed me that they would not be replacing the meters with the analogue meters. They assured me that they are concerned about people’s health.
By six weeks in, my cardiac symptoms were so severe and erratic that I had to move out. I rented an apartment, which turned out to be unsafe as well. The Smart Meters are everywhere. With the intensification of my symptoms, I have become EMF/RF sensitive and now have the above problems around cell towers, Wi-Fi and other sources, accompanied by skin rashes and burning.
I am being evaluated by a cardiologist. I have always had a strong, healthy heart, even told so by doctors. The cardiologist has sent me for an evaluation by a neurologist as well.
Five people have reported symptoms in my home: My father has experienced headaches and visual migraines. My mother reported having pressure on the upper part of her chest and palpitations. One neighbor exposed to these 16 cluster meters is experiencing headaches and chest tightness. Another neighbor has difficulty opening her eyes in the mornings after 8 hours by the meters. Her ophthalmologist could find no explanation. She said she uses her fingers to open her lids. All of the above symptoms have occurred since the smart meter installations. The symptoms are worsening for everyone.
I am running scared living this nightmare. I don’t know where to live and fear for my well-being. I already have a prior immune disability and I thought I would be legally protected by the ADA. I don’t know where it is safe for me to live. In addition, the financial impact of this disaster compounds. I pay my monthly mortgage and rented a place, which due to symptoms, I cannot stay in. I am not sure that I can rent or sell my condo in good conscience. I am seeking medical care including treatments not covered by any insurance. My out of pocket costs continue to grow.
R.H., San Diego CA
We live in Berkeley and recently had a smart meter installed without our knowledge. Since that time, my husband and I have been having increasingly painful headaches around our ears, along with other symptoms. My father, who has Parkinson’s and a Deep Brain Stimulator with two leads, also lives with us. I also have a two year old and a five month old. My two year old is no longer sleeping well and is waking up all night. We strongly feel that the smart meter is unhealthy for our family and want to get it removed. (Anon, Alameda County CA)
Since the meters were installed, I am experiencing continuous severe ringing in my ears in my home, which does not happen when I am at work in Marin in an area where the smart meter have not been installed. Family members are also experiencing headaches and one family member, who did not know the smart meters had been installed was working unloading boxes for 1/2 an hour about 5 or 6 feet form the meters. He became very dizzy, had very rapid heart beat and lost consciousness and fell. We are very concerned about the short term and long term effect of the smart meters. We are in the process of trying to move to Fairfax hoping they will be able to keep the smart meters out. As PG&E has refused to move them we were forced into selling our house. This seems extremely unfair. (Anon. SF Bay Area)
” I am chemically and electrically sensitive but have gotten much better. I am finding that since they installed our smart meter, I am getting unexplained exzema and rash. I have tried to heal leaky gut and all the things you do to stop it and am still struggling with it. I know that I can’t use a cell phone unless it’s on speaker phone, and then only a second. I get very ill with continued wi fi exposure. I wanted to ask you if you know how much radiation these smart meters are putting out. I am really pissed about this, I rent and don’t own so I feel stuck. ” (Anon, Alameda County)
After the installation, I started hearing high-pitched frequencies that lasted about 20 seconds…
I called PG&E and told the lady there about hearing high-pitched noises in my house. It’s not coming from a specific appliance but rather I’d hear it for 20 seconds or so (kind of like those hearing tests when we were kids) and then it would go away. I heard it in the kitchen, the dining room, and my bedroom. The PG&E rep had never heard of anything like this and forwarded me to the Smartmeter Division. (Anon, Berkeley CA)
This meter was eventually removed.
Since the new meter start-up a few weeks ago … Family members’ new or exacerbated symptoms have coincided with the meter start-up. Myself, I hear … high-pitched buzzing now within our house, absent before. I often go to the clock to check the timing of the microwave hearing, and it most often corresponds exactly to the minutes when our microwave meter picked up the signal, so I have no doubt about the source of this brain penetration. I know of another EHS-er who apparently has a urinary bladder reflex activated by the meters. Note that the frequency range is long known to be among the best for brain penetration. (Anon, Canada)
If you are wondering why you have a nagging headache, insomnia, fatigue, etc.–start doing your research on PG&E’s Smart Meters… I have a relay Node on the telephone pole in font of my house [installed May 2010] and the 4 people who now live here have the subject symptoms.
Gas meter installation was installed in our property on 3/18. The Smart Meter was causing us headaches, achy/watery eyes and loss of sleep; effectively blocking out half of our house. We called PG&E on 3/19 and meter was removed on 3/20. However, because of neighborhood deployment of Smart Meters, we are getting constant light headaches since then, even after the removal of the meters from our property. .. We consider this unnecessary bombardment with radiation an invasion of privacy, disturbance of domestic peace, and potentially a health hazard.
At the initial call on 3/19, PG&E agreed on the removal of the meter, which occurred on 3/20. On 3/27 we received a letter notifying us (again), of a pending Smart Meter install. We called PG&E on the same day, where we were informed that Smart Meter installation is eventually unavoidable per PUC mandate. They also mentioned that research was done and proved that Smart Meter did not cause problems. In our mind, this research should be void and not provide sufficient proof, since we are a living proof that Smart Meter is causing us problems.
I should add that I’ve been also been sensitive to other devices, such as bluetooth headsets and WiFi. We don’t have WiFi at home, and no bluetooth, of course. In the case of WiFi or similar, I consider this as voluntary exposure. In the case of the SmartMeters, it is non-voluntary exposure. Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t go outside and turn off the meter. .. Putting corporate greed on top of public health is an outrageous disregard for society. (G.K. Santa Clara County CA)
I choose not to have a cell phone, computer, or use other wireless devices in my home. I’m not interested in having “smart” appliances there either. I avoid exposure to cell phone towers and public places that are “hot spots” for wireless use. This is because I experience headaches, a sensation of pressure in my head, increased heart rate, a sensation of dizziness, and other disturbing symptoms when I am around wireless frequency emissions. Regardless of what others may think, the symptoms are experienced by me, and I DO NOT want to have any wireless devices ON my home, where I cannot get away from them. I have owned this home for 25 years, and plan to stay there. I demand an opt-out option, and refuse to have a Smart Meter on my home.
My husband has had an intense electrical/EMF sensitivity for the past 10 years. It has obviously had a great impact on our family. He had to quit his job a few years ago because of the work environment, and as new cell antennas and towers have gone up, we’ve often worried that we’d have to move. So far, we’ve managed to be able to stay in the Bay Area where we’ve lived our entire lives.
Installation of Smart meters began on our block two days ago. We declined, as did many people on our block, but our immediate neighbors both accepted (one of them did so only because he felt it was inevitable even though he was opposed). Since installation, our baby monitor (that we keep in a remote corner of the house) regularly becomes staticy to the point of not functioning, so clearly the microwave radiation is interfering. My husband has developed the same symptoms that he feels when he is near things like cell towers and speed limit monitors (intense pressure in his head and a headache, and agitation), symptoms he feels before he even sees the offending source. And I’ve been feeling nauseous and agitated with tension in my head, which honestly could very well be from anxiety.
We need to convince PG and E that we can never have a Smart meter installed on our property. And, we NEED to have our neighbors go back to the old kind of meter if we are to able to stay living here. (Anon, Alameda County CA)
..What is happening in America is happening in my state of Queensland.
We had solar panels put onto the roof of our home, and then the power company came along and installed smart metres in our mains power box. There are three mains power boxes, so therefore there are three smart metres transmitting 24/7. My health has deterioated so much, that I feel that I can’t last.
Our state government has just gone ahead and made it mandatory even though the first state to install them, Victoria, is now finding real serious problems.
All I know is that we have 120 units in our complex, which means in a four acre block we have 120 smart metres. I have also found that the radiation from these smart metres are also being piggybacked into our home via the electrical wiring and causing further torment. (Australia)
She came home the other day and instantly became very sick: Migraine, heart palpitations, dizziness, depression, nausea, vomiting, intense thirst, parched lips, neuropathy, teeth pressure and buzzing, etc. Her husband had recently done some electric work on the house and went out to check to see if he wired something the wrong way. He came back in and reported that a Smart Meter had been installed by PGE. She called PGE and reported her symptoms, demanded they remove it, and replace w old meter, which they did. She’s feeling better after the removal and replacement of old meter.” (Anon, SF CA)
“I highly suspect the smart meters as being the cause behind my sudden menstrual irregularity…In early December, a guy knocks on our door saying they’re putting a new meter on our home and they’re turning off the power – Meanwhile starting in December – I had been having more headaches and difficulty staying on the computer for very long because of them – I thinking to myself, “what is causing this???”
A light bulb goes on finally – I make the connection, it all makes sense now – meters = headaches?
About the time I figure out what is causing the headaches is about the time my period decides to make it’s second appearance this month. …Then I start monitoring my blood pressure for whatever reason, only to find that it has gone up – from usually 125/82 to now reading 148/95″ (Anon, Kern County CA)
I was just told today by my PG&E reader that there would be a “smart meter” installed on each gas and each electric unit, totaling 14 for my yard! For some reason I was under the impression that there would be one meter for the grouping. That was bad enough but fourteen is absolutely terrifying.
Has there been any comment or discussion on the additional hazards of so many units in one place? My bedroom is about 10 feet from the units. Do I have any recourse at all, that you know of, due to these special circumstances? My next door neighbor, on one side, is already coping with a seizure disorder, I have Lyme disease and there are health issues on the other side of my unit as well. Are there any attorneys around who are taking on this issue? (Anon, Sonoma County CA)
I have severe Electrical Hypersensitivity (EHS). I also have severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. I have been essentially homeless and searching for housing for 3 years. I was doing ok in my temporary spots in Marin, where Smart Meters had not yet been installed. I had to move to Berkeley, because I could not find another temporary place in Marin, and I’ve been here for 4 months. My electrosmog sensitivity has gotten worse here, and I was finally clued in to the Smart Meter issue. There are 2 Smart Meters 10 feet from my current bed (for this property) and 1 Smart Meter 30 feet from my bed (for the property next door
I am trying to move out of the East Bay, because the Smart Meters seem to be most fully installed here…
I’m very frightened, for my housing situation, because it was already so difficult to find safe-enough housing, with my chemical and electrical sensitivities, but now the Smart Meters make it feel nearly impossible. I went all the way to Petaluma yesterday, by bus (I don’t own a car), and I found a chemically safe-enough rental, but that neighborhood already has Smart Meters installed on every house. The houses are much smaller and closer together, than in Berkeley, so I think the radiation per house is higher there. I was very discouraged to discover this. (S.B., SF bay area CA)
A woman, who requested to remain anonymous, called today and let me know she was able to have her Smart Meter removed. She called the PG&E Smart Meter line and told them it was urgent, and insisted they remove it. She also had a prescription letter from her doctor stating that she should not have a smart meter now or in the future. PG&E removed it. (Web Admin)
On January 15th PG&E installed the new Smart Meter on our home in Aptos.
I was not home at the time and had no idea it was installed.
I arrived home from a great workout at the gym feeling like the peak of health.
As soon as I got back home I started to feel horrible and had no idea why.
The first thing I noticed was the worst pressure in my head and ears ever.
Then my heart started to beat really fast and then my brain felt wired.
Within 15 minutes I started to get really dizzy, nauseous and weak.
Within 20 minutes my whole body began to ache like nothing I had ever experienced before.
When I got on my computer my whole face and hands started to burn and hurt.
My husband arrived home 30 minutes later and asked how I was and I said the worst ever.
He then said he was going to check the work out the electrician did and saw PG&E installed The new Smart Meters.
I then called PG&E in a panic since i was feeling so awful and filed a complaint and asked them to take it off right away since it was making me so sick.
Santa Cruz is not scheduled until July to get these Meters.
We left and went out of town and I felt better in 30 minutes.
When we arrived home Sunday I felt horrible again and could not sleep that night. I called PG&E first thing Monday morning and pleaded to have it taken off right away since I felt so sick form it all.
Monday night at 8pm a PG&E installer came and took it off and put an old meter back on. Within 15-20 minutes I felt 90% better.
I have been electrical sensitive now for 4 years and these form of radiation was the worst that I ever felt in my life. T.D. Santa Cruz County CA
“I have lived in my home in San Leandro since November 2003, and have had two smart meters on my home (1 on gas, 1 on electric meters) since October 2008; and they are throughout my neighborhood since about that same time. I/we are now surrounded by a mesh network of pulsing extremely low emf (ELEMF). In May 2010, I had the signals measured by a local technician who had also checked my home in spring 2008 for possible EMF exposure that I suspected was causing me symptoms of vertigo and anxiety. I can provide a detailed report of his recent measurements showing the pulsing measurements and ranges of EMFs. Contrary to what PG&E has told me that these meters emit below the acceptable tolerable range of exposure, it’s the pulsing ELEMF that can interact with our body’s pulsing ELEMF and interfere with cellular communication. I believe I am having ill affects due to this technology being used, and have been seeking medical attention for symptoms of vertigo, the sound of my blood pulsing through my ears all the time while I’
m at home, hyper-arousal/ADHD leading to inability to focus or relax, interrupted sleep, pressure in my head between my ears, increased headaches; and less frequently, heart-racing anxiety, nausea, and shakes. I take really good care of myself, and do not believe that this noticeable decline in my health is due to me getting older.
I truly feel like I am in a microwave and slowly being cooked. Even my previously healthy houseplants have either died or have big brown spots, like burns. These strange effects have been occurring now for over a year, and it’s finally beginning to make sense.”
A.C. Bay area, CA
I personally experienced a smartmeter when PGE installed one on my neighbor’s home 25 ft away on May 7th, 2010. I did not expect to notice anything from one gas meter at that distance. However, I felt increasingly bad as the days wore on, with palpitations, irregular heartbeat, headaches, slight dizziness/weakness, emotional distress, anxiety and inner agitation, especially when on that side of our house. When I would leave to go for a walk out in the country, my headache would go away and I would feel better overall, but symptoms would come back upon return home.
I began to wonder if that one smartmeter could possibly be causing my symptoms, and even asked my neighbor if they had recently purchased any new electronic equipment (I wondered if it might be a DECT phone), but she said no.
Finally, in desperation, on May 22nd, I put a metal wheelbarrow over the meter (I had heard that metal stops much of the radio frequency (RF) radiation). My symptoms began to subside, and I was feeling better on May 23rd and 24th.
On May 24th, I was gone much of the day. Upon return home in the evening, I was feeling fine, and then worked for 2 hours in my office on that side of the house. All of the previously mentioned symptoms reappeared, and I was feeling despondent, even crying, as I went to bed. The next morning I learned that my neighbors had removed the wheelbarrow the day before while I had been gone, because PG&E had finally agreed to come out and deactivate the RF transmitter. That morning, May 25, 2010, a PG&E technician disabled the radio transmitter on the gas meter. I gradually began feeling better since then, although my heartbeat is still quite irregular much of the time. I am no longer getting headaches at home, and do not feel the emotional distress, dizziness or weakness.
I should mention that I am constantly exposed to some level of RF, since I live within 800 or 900 feet of the Sebastopol downtown cell tower, and can pick up 4 or 5 wifi signals in my home. Plus numerous nearby neighbors have “smart”phones or cellphones. We no longer have wireless of any kind in our home (since January 2010). Nor do we have fluorescent light bulbs or a microwave oven. I keep a cellphone in my car, switched OFF, and use it once or twice a month on speaker-phone for extremely brief intervals. I avoid places with lots of cellphones. None of these previous exposures prepared me for the onslaught of the smartmeter operating 24/7 next door, and I was very surprised at it’s strength.
For this reason I know that I cannot live in a neighborhood with smartmeters, whether or not they let me “opt out”. I am obviously more sensitive to RF radiation than most, but I am sure many others will be similarly affected. And many will have symptoms caused by the meters that they don’t understand or correlate to the meters. N.H. Sonoma County
In about late September I began to notice I was having some odd symptoms, including the following:
*Agitation*Memory loss*Inability to concentrate*Nervousness*Inability to get my work done,*Interrupted sleep, I felt as if I were becoming unhinged.
During the time between September and earlier this month my husband and son seemed agitated too. My husbandʼs blood pressure rose and he had to begin taking blood pressure medication. He was also experiencing sleep disruptions.
On February 25th and 26th there was a huge snowstorm here. During the storm I spent many hours in my living room, near my fireplace, about five feet away from the electric meter, which is installed outside my living room window. My right ear was facing the meter. My husband was traveling and my son was not at home for the same length of time that I was. The electricity went on and off several times during those two days. At one point I heard a piercing sound along with pressure in my ears. Along with the symptoms I had previously experienced, I began to develop worse symptoms, including the following: *Heart palpitations,*A buzzing-pulsing sound, especially in my right ear,*Agitation,*Interrupted sleep with nightmares of being attacked,*Accelerated heartbeat. I was afraid that I would have a heart attack.
The symptoms would lessen when I went outside. It seemed that there was something wrong inside my home, perhaps with the electricity. Through research and talking to electricians, I began to realize that my symptoms might be traceable to something relating to the meters. They were the only recently installed appliances in our home with radio frequencies.
After many desperate phone calls to Con Edison, it removed the digital meters, but only after I presented a note from my doctor, upon which Con Edison insisted. In place of the electric meter Con Edison installed another electric, digital meter that it assured me emitted NO radio frequency…
Con Edison also told me that I would need in the future to provide it with meter readings. Con Edison told me that both my doctor and I would be receiving a follow up communication from its health department, which we never did.
Whether the people at Con Edison lied or did not know what they were talking about is a question that needs to be answered. This meter also had a radio frequency … I realized this when my symptoms got worse. I was truly afraid that I would have a heart attack. I became terrified in my own home and could not find a comfortable place to sleep, because the buzzing pulsing sound in my ear was so disturbing. Before all of this started I was a healthy 51 year old.
Again, after making many more calls to Con Edison, on March 4 they removed that meter from my house and replaced it with an analog meter (this is the same type of meter Con Edison had initially removed in June 2009).
My immediate responses were so remarkable that I recorded them.*Tingling in arms,*Legs felt very heavy,*The buzzing-pulsing became quieter.*I felt as if my body was weighted down with exhaustion. Within hours I began feeling better. The loud buzzing-pulsing sound quieted down and my thoughts were less scrambled.
But my difficulties continued. In our home we have lived with wireless appliances, cell phones and fluorescent light bulbs for at least three years, and to my knowledge they have never been a problem for me. Now I cannot be near any of these things because I get a buzzing in my ears and my heart starts to race. The only possible cause for this change is that Con Edison placed meters emitting radio frequencies on and in my home in June.
Since Con Edison removed the digital meters and replaced them with an analog meter I am feeling better, but some of the symptoms have not gone away completely.
When I asked the Con Edison “Meter Relations”department (212-460-4111) if I could see a copy of the test results for human exposure to the frequencies in the meters, I was told that I must obtain a subpoena to acquire that information.
Con Edison also told me that the FCC had approved the meters. When I called the FCC, I was told that it does not address human health issues, but only with regulating frequencies, and the person with whom I was speaking hung up on me….
This could be a very dangerous situation. These meters are being used across New York State and the country. People might become sick from them and not know what is happening to them.
I am requesting that the meter replacement program be stopped immediately and that home owners be given the right to opt-out of receiving these meters if they do not want them, until further testing is done to learn the effects of the frequencies they emit, especially in combination with other frequencies to which we are already being exposed.
I am Toril Jelter, a board certified pediatrician specializing in medical and environmental aspects of autism related illness. I have health concerns regarding the unbridled roll out of wireless technologies without adequate health studies before hand. Dear FDA/FCC, I request a moratorium on the Smart Meter roll out ASAP until a proper assessment of health effects has been conducted. Here are a few patient stories for your review: A 2 year old child can’t sleep at night. He screams inconsolably for hours. When the mother takes the child away from the SF Bay area to a remote area with poor cell phone reception the child sleeps well every night and naps as a normal 2 year old would during the day. A 40 year old man with MS & EHS (multiple sclerosis and electrohypersensitivity) requests no Smart Meter. His doctor writes a letter to support this request. It is granted BUT only temporarily! His 4 neighbors get a Smart Meter and he develops such severe ringing in the ears (tinnitus) that he is no longer able to sleep indoors. He discovers that the only way he can sleep is to sleep outdoors. (This could be explained by the cumulative effect of EMF in his home + the Smart Meters next door.) A 45 year old woman with MS has been stable for several years. After installment of a Smart Meter she goes down hill rapidly. Depression,flu-like symptoms and severe fatigue. Another woman with MS 50 years old improving. Gets a Smart Meter. Gets worse balance, worsening depression. Falls breaks 2 ribs and punctures a lung. A 10 year old child with high functioning autism gets a Smart Meter. His handwriting deteriorates. He seems more fatigued. He gets flu like symptoms frequently. Looses his appetite. Stops gaining weight. A 65 year old woman gets a Smart Meter, actually 4 at the head of her bed. (condo)She develops severe tinnitus, sleep disturbance, intermittent confusion, memory problems, heart palpitations and diabetes. PLEASE HAVE AT LEAST ONE PERSON READ AND UNDERSTAND
For anyone who wishes to fight the installation of a Smart Meter on their home for medical reasons, I would like to share my own successful experience. I live in the San Diego area –most of us in California live very close to our neighbors homes, and unfortunately there is nothing to date we can do to stop installation of their meters. However, nothing in The Telecommunications Act of 1996 prohibits us from complaining about health when installing a Smart Meter on our own homes. A “Smart Meter” is NOT a “wireless facility” [thus exempted from health concerns] and many of us will be/are being harmed by the unwelcome radiation in our homes. Do not let your electric company tell you otherwise. Tell them to very carefully read Section 704 of The Telecommunications Act of 1996 and ask how they would define a Smart Meter as a wireless facility – i.e. are cell phones wireless facilities? Of course not. It defies logic. But be prepared, because that excuse may be attempted by your electric company. SDG&E tried it –unsuccessfully. Bottom Line: You do have a right to complain about health concerns, but be prepared to offer solid proof by way of a physician’s documentation.
When I heard SDG&E was going to install Smart Meters in Rancho Santa Fe, CA I did the following to prevent installation of a Smart Meter on my home.:1) I called and followed-up in writing with SDG&E corporate office,informing them that I had a heart condition that could be adversely affected by RF radiation. Anyone who is known to be electro-sensitive should have the same rights as those of us who have heart-related issues.
2) I got a letter from my cardiologist explaining that RF radiation has been known to alter heart rhythms. (But first I had to educate my cardiologist as to what a Smart Meter is and does. I am attaching two documents I took to my cardiologist.)
* Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 1997 ;70 (1):9-21 9258703
<http://lib.bioinfo.pl/pmid:9258703> Exposure to extremely-low-frequency
electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation: cardiovascular effects
in humans. [My paper] <http://lib.bioinfo.pl/auth:Jauchem,JR> J R Jauchem
* The 2002 letter from Norbert Hankin of the US Environmental
Protection Agency to Janet New of (then) The EMR Network [she is now head of
the EMR Policy Institute]. [My paper]Norbert Hankin’s revealing letter
indicates standards set by the US government in 1996 do not apply to
non-thermal effects of RF radiation. In other words, we are not living in a
world of protection; the non-thermal effects of RF radiation were not taken
into account when the regulations were established. “Safety standards”
were never set. “Safety” is a false assumption.
3) I made an appointment to see Gunnar Heuser, MD, PhD., in the Los
Angeles area. Dr. Heuser has long specialized in neuro-toxicology and is
widely recognized as an one of the top medical experts in this arena. Dr.
Heuser can objectively test a patient to document electro-sensitivity, and
if they are found to be electro-sensitive, he can write a medial report that
can unequivocally state one’ s health may be harmed by exposure to RF
radiation from a Smart Meter. I fell into this electro-sensitive category,
as have many others. Dr. Heuser is seeing more and more patients adversely
affected by Smart Meters. He can be reached at: (310) 500-0041. Dr. Heuser’ s address:
P. O. Box 2730, Agoura Hills, CA 91376.
4) I then sent letters from my cardiologist and Dr. Heuser to SDG&E’s
corporate office. I told them they could not place a Smart Meter on my home
due to health concerns. Additionally, I stated I would hold SDG&E legally
responsible if my health was further impaired by a Smart Meter.
5) The result? SDG&E did not install a Smart Meter on my home.
Rancho Santa Fe CA
January 4, 2010
Ms. Susan Crane
Director, Meter to Bill Process
231 W. Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Dear Ms. Crane:
My patients, Shivani Arjuna and her husband Dan Small, have asked me to write to you with regard to how Shivani is affected by exposure to communication frequencies and “dirty electricity”
frequencies. They are deeply concerned that placement of one of We Energies’ new, radio-broadcasting meters on their property would be harmful to their health, especially to Shivani’s. I share their concern.
People who are aware of experiencing symptoms as soon as they are exposed to radio (RF) and microwave (MW) frequencies are currently termed “electrically hypersensitive,”
or EHS. Shivani is electrically hypersensitive. However, these individuals are by no means the only people actually being affected by such exposure, as ample, rigorous research done over a period of several decades shows chronic exposure causes health damage to people who note no immediate symptoms. Please see, for example, the bibliography of reported biological phenomena associated with radio-frequency and microwave radiation compiled by the US Navy Medical Research Institute in 1971, with over 2,000 references., at: www.dtic.mil/cgibin/GetTRDoc?AD=AD750271&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf. Also, please see the summary of EMF effects at: www.icswebsite.com/emf/emfissues.html with 62 more recent references.
The immense proliferation of wireless technologies in the past few years has given rise to health problems that cannot be successfully treated medically, as medicine cannot remove the underlying cause, the exposure to radiation.
Safety regulations of various nations vary widely regarding what level of exposure is supposedly safe. Unfortunately, most countries’ regulations are still based on the old, inaccurate assumption that non-ionizing radiation is not harmful unless it actually heats body tissues. The fact that a given technology adheres to the present standards is meaningless in terms of its actual biological effects. Even an EPA spokesperson has stated that present U.S. standards are not protecting citizens from harmful radiation. Research shows harmful effects at levels far below what is presently allowed.
Years of research also reveal a broad range of symptoms and diseases caused by RF exposure. This is hardly surprising, as the human body functions electrically from the cellular level on. Attached you will find a list of conditions caused by exposure to RF and therefore termed “radio wave sickness.”
There are probably more mechanisms underlying the damage done to health by manmade electromagnetic frequencies than we are presently aware of. (To date, the mechanism by which smoking tobacco causes cancer is unknown.)
However, here is brief information regarding a few known mechanisms:
o It is established from multiple, independent studies that EMR from ELF to RF/MW reduces melatonin in animals and human beings. Melatonin is not only vital for healthy sleep, it is the most potent, naturally produced antioxidant that helps to protect cells from genetic damage that leads to cancer, neurological, cardiac and reproductive damage, illness and death.
o Exposure to intensities and field strengths that are extremely low cause a biological effect called calcium ion efflux. Calcium ion alteration of cells by EMR is linked to neurological degeneration, to cancer and many other health effects. The heart is also an electromagnetic organ, with an electric pulse initiating a cascade of calcium ions that cause the cells in the heart to contract and produce a heartbeat. Exogenous electromagnetic signals can interfere with this regular, electrical pulse leading to heart disease and heart attack of the arrhythmic kind.
o Physiological changes that are bedrock indicators of allergic response and inflammatory conditions that are stimulated by EMF exposures include: overreaction of the immune system; morphological alterations of immune cells; profound increases in mast cells in the upper skin layers, increased degranulation of mast cells and larger size of mast cells in EHS individuals; presence of biological markers for inflammation that are sensitive to EMF exposure at non-thermal levels; changes in lymphocyte viability; decreased count of NK cells; decreased count of T-lymphocytes; negative effects on pregnancy (uteroplacental circulatory disturbances and placental dysfunction); suppressed or impaired immune function; and inflammatory responses that can result in cellular, tissue and organ damage if exposure occurs on a continuing basis over time. Mast cells are also found in the brain and heart, and this might account for some of the other symptoms commonly reported: headache, sensitivity to light, arrhythmias and other cardiac symptoms.
o Many studies have shown that RF/MW radiation and ELF fields cause increased DNA strand breakage and chromosome aberrations.
As was concluded by the authors of the Bioiniative Report (www.bioinitiative.org ), it is unwise from a public health perspective to continue “business-as-usual,”
deploying new technologies that increase RF exposures, particularly involuntary exposures.
Any company or industry whose products or operational methodologies cause involuntary exposure to RF radiation would do well to become more informed about these and other effects of such exposure, both to protect the public and to protect themselves from future liability suits.
Though it is no longer possible in today’s world to completely avoid exposure to communications frequencies, EHS individuals such as Shivani, need to live in a personal environment as clear of RF/MW as possible. This is recognized in Sweden, where the government creates safe working and living spaces for such individuals. In the U.S., EHS individuals have to do what they can to create their own safe living spaces. Certainly, these safe havens, on their own property, should not be denied them.
I have been Shivani Arjuna’s physician since 2002 and have noted how her specific symptoms and overall health have corresponded directly to her exposure to RF/MW radiation. Initially, she was experiencing incapacitating and life-threatening symptoms related to such exposure. At present, she is able to remain free of RF/MW exposure-induced symptoms as long as she remains in the safe home space that she and her husband have gone to considerable effort and expense to create. That she remains EHS is clear from how she responds to exposures when not in that safe environment.
It is my opinion that the placement of an RF-broadcasting device connected to the wiring on this property would be extremely detrimental to Shivani’s health and that it must not be allowed.
Such a device connected to their wiring, whether at or away from their house, would cause RF to be broadcast from the wiring throughout their home. I suggest the alternative of asking them to take regular meter readings from their present meter and call or mail these to you, with a We Energies employee checking the meter annually or semi-annually to ensure accuracy.
I look forward to your response and hope you will agree to this solution to ensure that Shivani’s health be respected and protected.
Roy D. Ozanne, MD, HMD