Smart Meters

Susan Cooke

Along with 5G we now have SMART METERS–not a good thing

I’m hoping my messages on 5G are beginning to get to more people so they understand what’s coming, since the federal government seems to have no interest in discussing it with them. I’ll get back to fighting 5G  in the next post. Meanwhile I’m sorry to report that we now also have Smart Meters to contend with. I learned about them first from the EMF Safety Network, which urges us to oppose them along with 5G—and I only learned about these new utility meters this week. (You can look at home now to check whether you have one—check your meters for  electric, water, and gas. You want to keep “analog” meters, and resist having them swapped for smart meters.) We’ve now written letters to our utilities begging them not to replace our meters with smart ones, not that we expect that to go over well.

After we wrote our letters, I discovered the pages at a link below from the site, “Stop Smart Meters.org.” that have more explicit directions on how to fight this supposed improved technology. I suggest having a look at those if you’re not up on the plans for us that we once again had no say in. If you look at the photos on both pages, you can see some examples of what the meters look like (they don’t all look the same). It appears the meter often says “smart meter” right on it, but might also say AMI or AMR, or maybe even other labels we don’t know about yet so check your meters, and if it’s not clear, call that utility and ask. You have the right to know if you’ve got smart meters or not. Here are those links:

https://stopsmartmeters.org/frequently-asked-questions/faq-smart-meter-basics/

EMF Safety Network says utility companies worldwide are replacing analog electric, gas, and water meters with “pulsed radiation smart meter networks.” This despite known health effects already, no informing of the public about the change, not mentioning the possibilities for much easier hacking (which apparently is a known problem with 5G in general already), and privacy invasion. The meters by the way eliminate meter reader jobs, provide information on your private habits such as when you cook, watch TV, have lights on or not, and whether you are at home or not. EMF Safety says California utilities have admitted giving this information to the government and other third parties! As for health effects, on the same page I linked you to above, be sure to read what’s under the heading “Health Hazard,” but I mention some (not all) effects further down.

To be clear, Big Government and Big Tech are now adding smart meter networks, along with 5G, just about everywhere, to the growing soup of radio frequencies (RFs) we’re being forced to swim in, with no healthcare protests even allowed to be considered in the case of 5G, and I rather doubt my and my husband’s own requests not to get smart meters will be fulfilled. So you cannot ask not to have one of the 5G small cell towers near your home for health reasons. (Well, you can ask, and we plan to, but the law allows your pleas to be ignored.) This has already thrown people all over the country into a panic, with some taking difficult and expensive steps to try to shield themselves or their sick children, or grappling with the idea of moving. But where can you move that will be free of this stuff–a mountaintop somewhere? Nope, they’re going to beam 5G from satellites, unless we stop them. Oh, and there’s a plan to put it in babies’ diapers.

Are you worried about complications or new health issues already associated with chronic bombardment from all this RF? Already turning off Wifi at night because you suspect or know your symptoms are likely wifi-related and feel you surely won’t be able to handle even more with 5G or the effects of smart meters added to the load? Too bad for you. Big Tech and Big Government don’t care about your headaches, auto-immune issues, pacemaker issues, or increasing anxiety and/or depression. Both the latter two are rampant in the U.S. population already, and just the fact that people are being bullied can add greatly to both their anxiety and depression, aside from the stress of fear of health effects. Most people care about the planet too, unlike the current White House, and many are already depressed as they watch it continue on its path toward destruction by climate change due to–again–ego, greed, and impulsivity most people over the age of seven would not dare allow in themselves once they knew what was at stake.

So know that those in charge already know many of us will ask not to have a tower near our homes for health reasons, and they’re therefore gotten ahead of us by making a law that lets them say “Tough luck, you’re getting it anyway.” So we’ll have effects of smart meters and 5G at home as well as at work, in stores, in restaurants, and, if the spread of them increases as planned, everywhere we go–outside, inside, home, and on vacation. It sounds to me as if there will be nowhere to escape. I’d be delighted if someone convinced me I’m mistaken about this, but if you read the news stories and comments of many scientists not in favor of these changes so far, it’s hard to be convinced.

Don’t look to the President, top FCC officials, or Big Tech companies for answers. It looks like they’ll all be getting richer and/or getting huge ego kicks out of making our country the lead World Tech Power with this stuff. Why do we all have to suffer–even if we don’t end up having health effects–with having the fear of them, so those few people can grab some extra wealth and what they see as glory (I guess)? That’s insane and clearly those people have enough money and power already. Yes the US is competing with China and other countries also adding this technology, countries who also shouldn’t have begun using it either. But this is such an enormous health (and privacy and hackability) issue that all populations should have been consulted with and informed before any changes were made (not likely in China but in matters of health and wellbeing dictators including the current US tone seem the least trustworthy of all).

This rollout should never have begun without the people’s consent due to the stunningly irresponsible lack of testing, lack of knowledge about future effects, and the widespread plans nevertheless to put it everywhere–and quickly. (What’s the hurry? “Quickly” adopted new technology didn’t work so well for Boeing, did it?) These self-interested entities have no answers for you as to the possible damage because they have no idea themselves, or they do have an idea, and unbelievably, especially if they have children or grandchildren, they don’t care. It’s clear that it’s up to the people to stop it.

The EMF Safety group says the World Health Organization categorizes RF as a 2B carcinogen, the same as DDT and lead, adding that thousands of studies have linked RF exposure to increased cancer risk and nervous system damage, to name a couple (there’s a link to more on their page). Pulsed radiation from smart meters has already caused tinnitus, memory loss, and seizures, and further down the page you can see a litany of customer complaints including headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, palpitations, dizziness, nausea, ear pain, and more. This same page also reports something especially significant:  the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has already called for a halt to wireless smart meters.

Groups especially vulnerable to RF health issues include pregnant women, seniors, people with known EMF sensitivities, medical implants, compromised immune systems, and those with pacemakers, who were warned by one organization to stay at least 6 inches away from all smart meters. (I imagine this would be hard to remember at all times, especially if the pacemaker patient is older as they often are, and might not be able to read the meter from 6 inches, even with glasses or a magnifying glass).

The page on smart meters also reports home fires, explosions, and burnt out appliances. See that page for details on all this as well as how costs will increase, and just how smart meters will work. Look further down to see how Californians have struggled with trying not to have, or to get rid of, Smart Meters.

The EMF safety group adds that smart meters already show evidence of environmental harm (see on the page a photo of a dying shrub next to a meter). I can’t see how all this added radio frequency (when for most of the earth and living beings’ history there was none) wouldn’t harm the environment in multiple not-yet-known ways including many that may not show up for years, just as human and animal illnesses such as cancer from it may not show up for years. I can’t imagine it not affecting bees, butterflies, other insects, and birds—all of which have exceedingly complex systems that guide them on annual trips across wide distances and back, systems we don’t fully understand yet. I can’t imagine it not affecting other wildlife, farm animals and pets, and due to effects on wildlife and insects, even flowering plants and food crops.

We’re risking, along with the increased immediate negative health issues already being reported in many people, the unbalancing of many delicate environmental systems necessary for the health and survival of all living things. People in power who don’t believe in science won’t get this, which is another reason the rest of us have to speak up. We’re already causing death and destruction by not stopping all practices that delay global warming. As is so often the case many in power can’t seem to learn that just because a new technology is available doesn’t mean we need to add to the planet’s woes by rushing into using it. In many past cases new technologies should never have been allowed to be established (nuclear power—that turned out well).

Why do we not learn this? I think part of it is we’re in such a hurry to get from one minute to the next in our frantic daily lives, or simply to get rich (and/or more powerful in some cases), and get there fast, we forget to or choose not to think. Remember thinking? Admittedly not much modeling of it is going on now in our government, but it’s generally a very useful practice.

So these relatively few individuals pushing this technology on all living things on earth and on the earth itself are committing what I can only see as a criminal act. It denies us in this country, of what was, I thought, our inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. How can you have a hope of being happy when you’ve lost control over your own fate, and been forced to turn your health and quite possibly your lifespan, as well as the health of the planet you likely (hopefully) love, over to a few self-interested people who grabbed some power awhile ago. Their actions are unconscionable, unethical, and immoral, .

More soon on fighting both smart meters and 5G together, but you can begin now by protesting vehemently to your reps in government at all levels. Your state or city may already have a group that’s prepared petitions and other protests. Many Californians are working on this, and there’s an active group and petition fighting 5G in Finland. You can see and translate their petition at:

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fi&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.kansalaisaloite.fi%2Ffi%2Faloite%2F3844

5G Update February 2019

Susan Cooke

I just heard a commentator on CNN mention that soon “They’ll be rolling out 5G,” as he talked about other innovations and changes the country will have to face in the near future (and that’s kind of how he put it —not “will benefit from: but “will have to face.” I wrote here about 5G last fall, reporting the outrage of many people who fear the health effects a number of experts are warning us about with this new technology that’s about to be forced on us. They see it as yet another example of inadequately vetted high profit for a few and too bad about any consequence to others.

5G proponents want, it seems, to take this behemoth of a new technology already highly suspected of damage (see the links below) and drive it right over everyone living in this country. It’s as if new technologies that weren’t tested were never pushed on people before. We know this can end badly even if it does provide ever-faster communication, etc.

I’m writing about it again because while I thought it was still being tested, I was wrong. Suddenly it seems it’s a done deal. The best way to give you a taste of what’s wrong with this is a quote from an article by Dr. Cindy Russell of the Santa Clara Medical Association (The article’s title is “A 5G Wireless Future: Will it Give us a Smart Nation or Contribute to an Unhealthy One?”).

The quote is from a letter about 5G written to the FCC by Ronald Powell, PhD:

It would greatly extend FCC’s current policy of the mandatory irradiation of the public without adequate prior study of the health impact and assurance of safety. It would irradiate everyone including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children, teenagers, men of reproductive age, the elderly, the disabled, and the chronically ill.

Before I continue with the 5G information below, I need to clarify that 5G will be only another toxin heaped onto the load of them Americans are already fighting the effects of, though many don’t realize it. In effect, what should be rolling out just now is government taking steps to reduce the unnecessary toxins we’re already dealing with. But it doesn’t see that as profitable, despite the vast reduction in healthcare costs it would mean.

This won’t be the first time high profits and inadequate testing contributed to more illness for all. And even worse, some people believe 5G isn’t even necessary, and that there are safer ways to do what it does. An accomplished software engineer I know says he doesn’t see that 5G is even necessary, especially if it puts people’s health at risk. He says instead what we need is faster connections to people’s houses, which you can do with just wires only. Even if that weren’t so, there’s no excuse for this assault on people’s health and wellbeing.

Many people, as you’ll see below, are already panicked about it, so even before it’s out it’s causing fear and anxiety, which by themselves can degrade mental health to such an extent that physical health is also harmed. These people (and the rest of us) have in effect been told they’re going to be guinea pigs, and to just accept it.

5G will be adding more toxicity to our already-toxic environment, toxicity that’s courtesy largely of government and the alarming number of businesses willing to create and sell toxic products while further poisoning the air, soil, and water with their manufacturing processes. (What I don’t get is how these decision-makers must think they and their own families will escape the health effects of the toxins they continue to create.)

5G matters specifically because devices such as cellphones are already constantly emitting electromagnetic radiation during much of our days and often our nights too. According to author Ty Bollinger, in his mind-blowing book The Truth About Cancer, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says these EMFs are possibly carcinogenic to humans. He tells us that even though phones are considered low-powered radio-frequency transmitters, they “act similarly to microwave ovens in the way they emit radiation, heating up water molecules with which they come into contact,” and that some researchers believe a mobile phone pressed against your head while it’s sending and receiving frequency and data will inadvertently “cook” your brain cells, since this tissue is composed primarily of water. You can dismiss this warning and many people do but my investigations say we don’t yet have definitive answers. That’s okay in some situations in life but not when we’re dealing with health of humans and animals.

Just to give you a more complete picture of some other things worrying some researchers, Bollinger also cites likely damage to brain cell function from this radiation also, according to a 2011 study conducted by National Institutes of Health researchers. Finally he mentions a German study in the Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine, which found that based on a review of the published science, there is “some evidence to suggest a connection between heavy mobile phone use and increased risk for brain tumor occurrence, especially for gliomas.”

What I’m trying to do here is show that we already aren’t sure how much we’re being damaged by so much exposure to existing  equipment, yet our government and the businesses involved are fine with making us guinea pigs despite evidence in the links below that 5G may in fact be quite dangerous to health. And they’re doing this at a time when cancer and other serious illnesses are burgeoning. (For excellent explanations of known and probable causes of cancer from such toxins alone, see Bollinger’s book.)

Below I list some important articles on it and its requisite numerous cell towers that apparently are going to be inflicted on us (lots and lots of them). First I recommend Dr. Russell’s article, at:

https://www.mayday-info.dk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Bilag-4-A-5G-Future-Santa-Clara-Medical-Association.pdf

The next warning article is from CBS News, includes some photos. Note that one person interviewed feels she’ll have to move to avoid living next to a tower.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/5g-network-cell-towers-raise-health-concerns-for-some-residents/

In the article below are details about 5G’s potential health effects, including some studies. It’s thorough, alarming, and proof this is not a good idea, at least not as it’s now planned, should not be forced on us:

https://www.radiationhealthrisks.com/5G-cell-towers-dangerous/
Next is a video, and several other links on the subject on that same page you might want to have a look at as well:

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22ConsumerWatch%3A+5G+Cellphone+Towers+Signal+Renewed+Concerns+Over+Impacts+on+Health%22&oq=%22ConsumerWatch%3A+5G+Cellphone+Towers+Signal+Renewed+Concerns+Over+Impacts+on+Health%22&aqs=chrome..69i57.2573j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

And from UK’s Daily Mail:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5784487/The-roll-5G-wireless-service-massive-health-experiment-public-health-expert-warns-a.html

The above UK report (which is mostly about the US) states that some studies have already linked older wireless service generations to cancers of the reproductive system and heart, and 5G health effects have hardly been studied yet. But still the plan is, without asking us, to inundate us with some 800,000 new cell towers to support 5G. (The report says now we have 154,000.)

Go to the next link to see some important notes of one concerned reporter on how a number of people(including some firefighters, notably, who were affected by a 5G tower near them, are desperately trying to prevent–and if not that–escape–a much more difficult task–5G being put near their homes and workplaces due to illness they’ve already experienced when 5G is allowed.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mobilfunk_newsletter/o88iVmdFm4o

The abovementioned articles and reports give you a good idea of what’s going on, but there is much more online, including full pages of links on how 5G will benefit the Internet of Things. Don’t let all that excitement distract you from the real possibility that the health and even longevity of many–perhaps all–of us–and animals including wildlife (maybe even plant life?) may be in serious danger.

I’ve already written two of my reps in Congress about 5G, and I hope you’ll do the same if you’re concerned. My purpose in this blog and in my book is to find ways to increase wellbeing for all living things, which mostly cannot be achieved as long as profit always remains king. Yes 5G does some helpful things, but pushing it on us inadequately tested is not worth the possible price. By the way the towers are ugly and would not be a garden enhancement for sure. You’ll see them in some of the articles.


Some Final Notes:

My understanding is none of us has the power to say “No” to these towers. As one article states it, they’re coming, period.That’s pretty pushy, wouldn’t you say? What I think we need to do then is block this technological “advance” until its proven safe.Why not delay it until it’s known for certain not to cause harm? And if it does cause harm it clearly must be redesigned or scrapped. We’re going to be exposed to this stuff for most hours–maybe all hours–of every day. What’s the big hurry?

There are already many people trying to fight off effects of our now-existing chronic exposure to electromagnetic radiation with the current technology in use by most of us. They build shelters to put in their bedrooms or systems to put in their attics because even if they shut off their own wifi as much as possible (some have none at home at all any longer) they still suffer from wifi from homes close to them. When they manage to shield themselves successfully they report many painful symptoms disappearing. At our house we now turn wifi off at night so at least we’re not sleeping in so much of it. This was recommended in several book and articles I read on possible contributors to auto-immune illnesses. Some people think it’s nonsense but there’s much evidence to the contrary.

It just seems clear that since we don’t even know enough about our current state of exposure, it’s insane to pile on more, wouldn’t you say? We have pretty much the same human body we did centuries ago, but it wasn’t exposed to any of this stuff. It’s hard to imagine it not having an effect.

Sadly it may be hard to prove it was 5G that made us sick if it does, because the damage may be slow and not necessarily immediately noticeable. What if you move to another location, you ask? I’m afraid that may not be possible, since, though it may start only in select areas, what I’ve read so far indicates those in charge assume eventually it’s going to be everywhere. Even if we could move away from it, how many millions can uproot themselves, and where can they go that won’t have it eventually if those in charge are this set on it? .

Yet some people are already planning to uproot themselves should those towers come into their neighborhoods. But the tragic result of a lot of moving is it will further to destroy what little sense of community some of us have managed to build into our lives. This country desperately needs more sense of community because we’ve lost most of what we did have and many of us are isolated to a degree that’s dangerous to mental (and therefore also physical) health.

Another thought: If we don’t stop this plan to dump these towers on us, and we do get sicker, the companies profiting from them will likely find ways to blame any resulting illnesses on something else

The companies pushing 5G–and also governments allowing the towers–should also consider what they may likely have to pay for the lawsuits that will likely show up later due to illness if they charge ahead. But how do you measure tearing apart communities as people try to flee this technology to protect their health?

The time to investigate and to protest is now, before they put all the towers up. I feel bad for the initial “test” cities, which you see listed in one of the articles. Did those people have any say in the matter? In one of the articles you’ll see that one resident expects property values to go down a lot when the towers come since most people in her area don’t want them. I honestly don’t see how this many towers can be shoved on us all without asking our permission and with so much ignorance about future results. I saw a figure of 800,000 by 2026 for the US. And even if a neighborhood wants them (I doubt that will happen given the risk) each house should be able to say no.

I’m all for technology making our lives better but I don’t want to be part of this experiment, or for you to be either. We’ve all had enough, haven’t we, of having to accept new technologies without proof of safety? A good chance to have a healthier, less angst-ridden life seems a basic human right, yet government and industry apparently need to be reminded of this constantly. I see no alternative but to protest now to protect our mental and physical health since government is failing to do it. As I say often, enough profit is one thing; more and more profit no matter the cost to health of people and the planet is another.

I so wish we could see these big companies and government taking a kinder, wellbeing-promoting route. Make money on something known to be safe. If they can’t find safer communication technology, they can turn their vast innovative powers to other businesses desperately needed to make life healthier. They could replace the many illness-causing toxic chemicals the FDA allows with safer ingredients. They could work on ways to grow more healthy organic plant food and feed more people, or find ways to house more people.

Instead they’re making more likely increased illness and more of the chronic anxiety already rampant in our society by forcing 5G on us without solid proof that it isn’t harmful.