Report on Smart Meter Problems

Updated January 19, 2016

The report “Analysis: Smart Meter and Smart Grid Problems – Legislative Proposal” is available free to the public. This 173-page report, released in 2012 by health and environmental advocate Nina Beety, has extensive referenced information on the many problems and risks of the Smart Meter program known at that time, with information from state, national, and international resources. Investigation and admissions by the industry since 2012 continue to substantiate these serious problems, providing a searing indictment on regulatory and legislative officials who have failed to halt Smart Meter deployments. The report serves as a legal document for assessing liability for the extensive harm caused to the public. Supplemental documents can be downloaded here.

Originally written for California legislators, this updated report also provides a legislative and regulatory action plan for halting this program, and suggestions for reforming utility regulation so that the public is protected in the future.

Table of Contents

Introduction
What is a Smart Meter?
Smart Grid/Smart Meter problems and issues
– Overview
– Overcharging, accuracy, and the Structure Group report
– Reliability
– Privacy invasion
– Fires and electrical problems
– Health problems Continue reading

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Abejas, Aves Y Hombres — La destrucción de la naturaleza por la contaminación electromagnética

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La destrucción de la naturaleza por la contaminación electromagnética

Ulrich Warnke

El bio-científico Ulrich Warnke está más familiarizado con las características electromagnéticas de la naturaleza que la mayoría. En este trabajo, nos explica lo sabia y sensible que fue la naturaleza utilizando los campos eléctricos y magnéticos para la creación de la vida […]

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Des Abeilles, des Oiseaux et des Hommes La destruction de la nature par l’«électrosmog»

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Le biologiste Ulrich Warnke connaît mieux que quiconque les concentrations électromagnétiques dans la nature. Dans ce cahier, il nous montre comment la nature a sagement et habiliment utilisé les champs électriques et magnétiques pour le développement de la vie […]

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Research overview: Birds, Bees and Mankind — Destroying Nature by Electrosmog

Research overview of wireless radiation impacts on bees and birds, originally in German, translated into English in 2009

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Bees, Birds and Mankind

Destroying Nature by `Electrosmog´

Ulrich Warnke

The bio-scientist Ulrich Warnke is more familiar with nature’s electromagnetic housekeeping than most. In this paper, he shows how wise and sensitive nature was about using electrical and magnetic fields in the creation of life […]

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Wireless impacts on pets and wildlife

This overview was written in 2009. The information is more critical today.

From Facts are Facts

Antenna Towers make it a Dog’s Life…

Animals don’t know anything about electromagnetic pollution. It just makes them sick. The effects of cellular and wireless phones on the health of dogs, cats, horses and cows.

Hiding is futile: Cellular radiation can find you everywhere.
Hiding is futile: Cellular radiation can find you everywhere.

In today’s day and age, we’re no longer taught how to understand nature. We’re taught instead to analyze it, change it and exploit it. There are only a handful of people today that fully appreciate nature’s inherent wisdom. Humans tend to primarily focus their attention on quick success and comfort. Viktor Schauberger’s warning, however, that “if we hope to survive, we must first understand nature and then copy it,” has never been more topical.

Nature is the expression of a vision, an elaborate, detailed and planned undertaking based on principles that are valid in both the visible and invisible world, in the macro and microcosm. Modern science attempts to solve the puzzle of life through analysis and detailed research. It constantly overlooks the fact, however, that things are often more than the sum of their parts.

Nature is the example. It shows us the principles of life, what’s good for our health and what makes us sick. We’re faced with these perfect examples on a daily basis, but modern science and today’s economics forge their own “laws” that butt heads with nature and haughtily hope to win.

We disturb and destroy nature on a daily basis with our environmentally adverse technologies. Plants and animals suffer stoically and quietly from the effects of mobile radio and similar communications technologies. AC-produced microwaves don’t occur naturally in nature, so we can’t expect it to know how to react to them either. Dying forests have as much, if not more, to do with microwaves than with CO2 and acid rain.

A bird flock’s or a whale’s sense of orientation becomes scrambled. They become lost or end up beaching, thus meeting their end. Many bird species are breeding less often and are in danger of becoming extinct. Cats, dogs, birds, cattle, bees and horses are the focus of the rest of this article and the following cases highlight exactly what we’re doing to our beloved companions every day.

Animals may not know the danger of microwaves, but they still suffer from their effects. Animals are neither hysterical nor hypochondriac and make the perfect test subjects for the allegedly “unproven” side effects of mobile phones and other communications radiation. Animals cannot lie and don’t make a show of their suffering. They simply become sick and die.

From Bees to People

“The information-processing and function systems of today’s humans, plants and animals are bombarded with artificial magnetic, electric and electromagnetic fields from numerous mobile and telecommunications sources in a concentration and intensity as never before. The consequences of these developments put forth by their critics cannot be overlooked any longer. Bees and other insects are disappearing. Birds avoid certain regions and are disoriented in others. Humans suffer functional problems and other sicknesses. And the evidence that suggests some of these problems may be inheritable means we’re passing them on to the next generation.”

This is the sobering testimony of Dr. Ulrich Warnke, an internationally renowned German scientist at the University of Saarland, given in his recently published report, Bienen, Vögel und Menschen über die Zerstörung der Natur durch Elektrosmog (Bees, Birds and Humans – on Electrosmog’s Destructive Effects on Nature), following years of research.
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The bio-scientist is familiar with nature’s electromagnetic ways like few others. In his study, which marks the beginning of a series of newly published literature by independent scientists, doctors and technicians, he’s shown how intelligently and delicately nature has woven electrical and magnetic fields into the fabric of life. He’s just as convincing at showing how irresponsible we’ve been recently when it comes to dealing with these natural forces. By his approximations, modern humanity is posed to destroy in decades, with electromagnetic radiation what nature has built over the course of millions of years.

The introduction to Ulrich Warnke’s report explains: “The destruction of the necessities of life has already wiped out many species for good. Most people have remained uninterested, however, since these species have filled ecological niches, not affecting their personal lives in any way. Now, the endangerment of these animals is, however, threatening human existence in new and unexpected ways. The constantly changing and increasingly stronger artificial energy fields emanating from technological sources confuse animals that rely on the electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic fields within the Earth’s atmosphere for orientation and navigation and make it impossible for them to find their way back to their dwelling grounds. Most humans would assumedly take no note of this if it didn’t affect one of the most important insect species: the honeybee. The honeybee is an irreplaceable link in the process of fructification. No bees means scarce fruit, vegetable and crop harvests.”

Worker bees are no longer returning to their hives, whereby the queen and the entire brood perish. Science has already come up with a name for this occurrence: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which accounts for a previously unexplained disruption in bee behavior.1 Unusual drops in bee populations have already been observed in Switzerland, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and, most recently, in Austria, Germany, South Tyrol, Spain and Poland. 25 to 50 percent of American beekeepers have reported losses due to CCD. Within half a year, 50 to 90 percent of their bees disappeared. Those that have remained are so weak that they hardly produce any honey. The great bee extinction is already under way in the USA. Lately, truckloads of beehives have been imported for large sums of money in order to pollinate the fields. This is how far removed from nature we’ve become. 2006 saw an 11% drop in US honey production. It’s looking about the same in Switzerland.

Investigations have uncovered various sources for the recent phenomena, but none fully come to a conclusion: winters alone appear to not have been severe enough to account for the losses. There aren’t any genetically modified plants in Switzerland, for instance, whose pollen can harm bees. Monoculture, the use of land for only one crop, doesn’t exist in Switzerland to the degree it does in America. Poisonous insecticides have been used for decades.

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Pennsylvania Smart Meters forced on residents; expensive off grid systems only option; health damage dismissed by officials

From the Philadelphia Inquirer

by Andrew Maykuth
December 7, 2016

Some people think Diane and Stephen Van Schoyck are kooks, so they’re careful telling how they became sick in 2014 after Peco installed a smart meter on their house in Langhorne, Bucks County.

“We both woke up, couldn’t sleep,” said Stephen Van Schoyck, 64, a clinical psychologist in private practice. They heard an unrelenting hum from the house’s wiring.

Diane Van Schoyck, 62, an artist, said she developed chest pains, shortness of breath, and shingles. The couple did some research and suspected the wireless transmissions from their new smart meter were the culprit.

The Van Schoycks are among a small but resolute community of customers opposing the new digital smart meters for a variety of reasons, including health concerns and fear of government intrusion into their privacy.

Frustrating these customers, some to the point of desperation, is the 2008 Pennsylvania law that ordered state-regulated electric utilities to install the meters. No exceptions.

“The question is, how far do you have to go in the state of Pennsylvania to protect yourself from harm?” Stephen Van Schoyck said.

Defiant, the Van Schoycks replaced Peco’s digital device with an analog meter they bought on the internet, the kind with spinning dials. “That restored our ability to sleep, it created a tremendous difference,” Stephen said.

But it put them on a collision course with Peco, which threatened to terminate their electric service. So the Van Schoycks took a radical step:

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Activated glial cells cause pain and inflammation – more clues on the health effects of Smart Meters and wireless radiation

More on all-important glial cells.

From Medical Xpress

Pain-initiating function of glial cells identified for the first time
November 11, 2016

The sensation of pain occurs when neural pathways conduct excitation generated by tissue damage to the spinal cord, where the nociceptive information is extensively pre-processed. From there, the information is transmitted to the human brain, where the sensation of “pain” is finally created. This is the general belief. However, researchers from the Division of Neurophysiology at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Brain Research have now discovered that pain is not just a matter of nerves but that non-neuronal cells, the glial cells, are also involved in clinically relevant pain models and their activation is sufficient to amplify pain. The study has now been published in the leading journal Science.

Glial cells are the commonest type of cells in the and . They surround neurons but are distinct from them and play an important supporting role – for example, in material transport and metabolism or the fluid balance in the brain and spinal cord.

Novel explanation for puzzling pain phenomena

At the same time, however, when they are activated – by processes, for example ¬– glial cells are themselves able to release messenger substances, such as inflammatory cytokines. Glial cells therefore have two modes: a protective and a pro-inflammatory mode. “The activation of glial cells results in a pain-amplifying effect, as well as spreading the pain to previously unaffected parts of the body. For the very first time, our study provides a biological explanation for this and for other hitherto unexplained pain phenomena in medicine,” says Jürgen Sandkühler, Head of the Division of Neurophysiology at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Brain Research.

Over-activation of glial cells in the spinal cord can, for example, be caused by strong pain stimuli from a wound or surgical intervention, or even by opiates. Sandkühler: “This could also explain why opiates are initially very good at relieving pain but then often cease to be effective. Another example is the phenomenon of “withdrawal” in drug addicts, where activated glial cells cause severe pain throughout the body.”

A healthy lifestyle [and reducing wireless radiation exposure] can beneficially impact the glial cell system 

According to Sandkühler, neuroinflammatory diseases of the brain, environmental factors and even the person’s own lifestyle can lead to activation of . Examples from the current literature are: depression, anxiety disorders and chronic stress, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer’s and diabetes, as well as lack of exercise and poor diet. Sandkühler: “Glial  are an important factor in ensuring the equilibrium of a person’s neuroinflammatory system.” The study results give grounds for speculation that improvements in a person’s lifestyle could have a beneficial impact upon this system and ensure that they generally suffer less pain or “minor niggles”, says Sandkühler: “It is therefore in our own hands: thirty minutes of moderate exercise three or four times a week, a healthy diet and avoiding putting on excess weight can make a huge difference.”

More information: Gliogenic LTP spreads widely in nociceptive pathways. Science  10 Nov 2016: DOI: 10.1126/science.aah5715
Abstract below

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Science  02 Dec 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6316, pp. 1144-1148
DOI: 10.1126/science.aah5715

Gliogenic LTP spreads widely in nociceptive pathways

Glial cells contribute to pain

Pain hypersensitivity can spread to unaffected body regions immediately surrounding the initial insult. Sometimes it can even spread to the opposite site of the body or to large body areas and cause widespread pain. Kronschläger et al. discovered a form of synaptic plasticity in the spinal cord that may explain the spread of pain hypersensitivity. This plasticity was induced by the activation of glial cells. The spread was mediated by gliotransmitters that diffuse widely, even reaching the cerebrospinal fluid at biologically relevant concentrations.

Science, this issue p. 1144

Abstract

Learning and memory formation involve long-term potentiation (LTP) of synaptic strength. A fundamental feature of LTP induction in the brain is the need for coincident pre- and postsynaptic activity. This restricts LTP expression to activated synapses only (homosynaptic LTP) and leads to its input specificity. In the spinal cord, we discovered a fundamentally different form of LTP that is induced by glial cell activation and mediated by diffusible, extracellular messengers, including D-serine and tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and that travel long distances via the cerebrospinal fluid, thereby affecting susceptible synapses at remote sites. The properties of this gliogenic LTP resolve unexplained findings of memory traces in nociceptive pathways and may underlie forms of widespread pain hypersensitivity.

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Why wireless radiation’s sleep impacts are so dangerous

When people report health problems from wireless radiation exposure – Smart Meters, Wi-Fi, cell towers, etc. — sleep problems, often severe, are one of the most common problems mentioned. This includes difficulty falling asleep, inability to fall asleep, and difficulty staying asleep.

Chronic sleep problems are now widely experienced by the public. A recent article in Townsend Letter for Doctors explains why sleep is so critical to health, particularly to brain health.

Townsend Letter for Doctors, July 2016 — http://www.townsendletter.com/
Clinical Insights from the Sophia Health Institute”
by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, and Dr. Christina Schaffner
p. 67-70 i
Excerpt:

Glymphatic system

The recent discovery of the glymphatic system seems to be a key piece in understanding our patient’s symptoms and strategies for treatment.

The glymphatic system is named after the role of glial cells in removing fluid waste products from the brain. It is a brainwide pathway that facilitates the exchange of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) along para-arterial channels to exchange with interstitial fluid (ISF) along paravenous pathways.

Glial cells, specifically astrocytes, play a key role in removing waste products from the brain. Astrocytes form a network of conduits using projections called end-feet that surround arteries and veins inside the brain. The end-feet have aquapoints (water channels) to move CSF in the brain through arteries an ISF out of the brain through veins.

Researchers have demonstrated that the space between brain cells increases during sleep because the brain cells are shrinking to only 40% of their daytime size. The increased space allows for increased removal of toxins from the brain. We often use liposomal melatonin as not only a sleep aid but also a strategy to detoxify the central nervous system. Melatonin has been shown to remove mercury, aluminum, cadmium, viruses, parasites and bacteria from the brain – at night during deep sleep. Melatonin- not glutathione – is also the most potent antioxidant the brain uses to heal itself.

If waste is not properly removed from the brain due to aging, injury, or lack of sleep via the glymphatics, it accumulates and may be a cause of neurodegenerative disease.

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Gliomas are malignant tumors of glial cells. Malignant brain tumors are now the most common cause of cancer death in adults aged 15-39 years. The U.S. National Toxicology Program research found increased gliomas, malignant schwanomas (heart tumors) and pre-cancerous lesions in rats exposed for only two years to wireless radiation.ii The international Interphone study found Increased gliomas in humans who used cellphones as little as ½ hour per day for 10 years.iii

The importance of sleep and how the lack of sleep prevents the brain and these critical glial cells from doing their vital nightly detox function may explain why glial cells are developing malignant tumors, and why overall rates of neurological disease and death are rising, particularly in the U.S., and occurring at younger and younger ages.iv

As Dr. Ronald Melnick, now retired from the NTP, said to the New York Times:

In my view, a pediatrician would be acting irresponsibly if he or she knew and understood the implications of the human and animal cancer data on cell phone radiation and did not offer precautionary advice to the parents of his or her patients.v

Indeed, oncologists, neurologists, and public health officials as well.

This is a public health emergency. Yet all the while, higher levels of exposure are mandated by the government and rolled out by industry. The downstream effects will be devastating for our society.

v http://microwavenews.com/news-center/ntp-nyt
Melnick was a Senior Toxicologist and Director of Special Programs in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, and is now retired.

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