People on both sides of the political spectrum are banding together to fight the current rollout of wireless “Smart Meters” being installed by electric utility companies across America. The left is citing health concerns while the right is focused on privacy issues. The Smart Meter rollout has started in northern California, where everyday citizens are fighting back against their electric utility companies. Many previously healthy people are experiencing health issues following the installation of these meters, and some with electrical sensitivity have been forced to leave their homes and live in their cars. Most everyone is having a lot of trouble getting their electric company to remove the Smart Meter once they are installed. If you are electrically sensitive or have other health and privacy concerns, what can you do to prevent the installation of a Smart Meter at your home?
Planet Thrive guest blogger Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed., a holistic health counselor helping individuals with chronic illness or chronic pain to live life more fully and author of Living Life to the Fullest: Creative Coping Strategies for Managing Chronic Illness, has put together a very informative web page to help educate people on all the issues surrounding Smart Meters and provide resources and direction for preventing their installation at your home. She writes:
Smart Meters expose all of us to dangerous microwave like EMF/RF frequency on a continuous basis, that among other things can disrupt the brain, nervous system, endocrine system, immune system and hormones. Plants that grow beside Smart Meters die. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that if it kills a plant it can’t be good.
Many people across the country who don’t even have any preexisting health conditions report they are developing very serious and debilitating effects from the Smart Meters, like high blood pressure, severe headaches, migraines, exhaustion, high pitched ringing in the ears, impaired memory and confusion, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, constant thirst, heart palpitations, anxiety, and a reduced level of functioning experienced prior to installation.
When a citizen tells the utility company they don’t want the Smart Meter installed they are told they have no choice in the matter, they must have the Smart Meter installed. If a person who becomes very ill after installation asks the utility company to remove the meter, most of them are told, No.
Initially, Pacific Gas and Electric also known as PG&E and San Diego Gas and Electric also known as SDG&E, were very unresponsive and unwilling to accommodate anyone’s request, however there have been so many protests and reports of problems that they are beginning to be a little more responsive and now state that they will consider your request on a case by case basis. You have to fight like heck, but some people are successful at preventing installation or having it removed once they are made ill.”
Cynthia shares the letter she wrote to Southern California Edison to inform them she did not want a Smart Meter installed at her home. You can read it here, where she shares a lot of other resources on the topic as well: Smart Meters Are Hazardous to Your Health and Violate Your Rights.
Here are some additional resources at the EMF Safety Network:
Smart Meter Hazards
NO Thanks PG&E
Commentary by Blake Levitt
Smart Meter Questions
Smart Meter Comments
Smart Meter Fires
Smart Meter Health Impacts
Smart Meter Media Reports
Ecological Option Videos
Another great website to watch: Stop Smart Meters! Growing out of the grassroots group Scotts Valley Neighbors Against Smart Meters, which was started in June 2010, Stop Smart Meters! has now evolved into an advocacy, media outreach, and direct action organization providing activism consultation and advice to dozens of local groups sprouting up who are fighting the wireless ‘smart’ meter assault.