Studies show smart meter risks

I am writing with regard to Henry Sielmann’s letter on smart meters that appeared in the Summerland Review on Jan. 8.

Dear Editor:

I am writing with regard to Henry Sielmann’s letter on smart meters that appeared in the Summerland Review on Jan. 8.

His assertion that science has refuted any adverse health effects from electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless devices such as cell phones and smart meters is false.

I’m pleased to read about his Master of Science Degree in Engineering Physics, and if I have a question as to how wireless devices operate, it is to him I would direct my questions. However, with questions to do with the biological reactions from human cells and tissues it is those with PhDs in microbiology or related fields to whom I choose to listen.

And it is from that field of scientists that we learn that there is much to be cautious about with regard to wireless technology.

A few of the scientists and their agencies who continue to publish reports or studies that show harm from wireless devices such as cell phones and smart meters include: the Board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine; the International Agency for Research on Cancer; Nobel Laureate, Dr. Devra Davies; Dr. Olle Johansson, department of Neuroscience, the Karolinska Institute; the Women’s college Hospital, Toronto; Dr. Magda Havas, Trent University; Dr. Anthony Miller, physician-epidemiologist; as well as dozens more who published peer-review scientific studies in the 2012 Bioinitiative report: bioinitiative.org/.

Whether one chooses to refute the science on potential harm from electromagnetic radiation emitted from wireless devices is a moot point.

Being able to choose to opt out of having a radiating device on my home is what is at issue.

Just as people can choose whether or not to eat organic foods, or whether or not to eat foods with gluten, it is imperative, in a fair and just society, to allow for individual choice with regard to the use of wireless or wired devices.

Kathryn Whitehead,

Summerland