Smart Meters – Dumb Idea

The age-old adage First Do No Harm should be the tempering goal of not only medicine, but government and industry, especially when they team up to deploy new technologies, set policies and serve the people.

This blog exists to reveal and analyze areas in which these powerful groups are failing to “first do no harm.”




Wisconsin Utilities Bullying Customers Over Smart Meters

This is really, strictly speaking, illegal because your home is supposed to be your sanctuary. To put something on your home that involuntarily exposes you to a completely untested likely carcinogen, something that you know makes you sick, it’s unethical.Catherine Kleiber, Waterloo

The nationwide roll-out of transmitting radio frequency utility meters, known as smart meters, has intensified since the federal push and funding for them came through the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Wisconsin utilities got $21.5 million of the $3.4 billion awarded for smart grid projects, including meter installation. But people who are sensitive to the effects of microwave radiation and electrical fields cannot tolerate the new source of emissions. And some Wisconsin utility companies have been bullying their paying customers who have resisted the installation of smart meters, or requested their removal for health reasons.

In fact, the chronic bursts or pulsing of smart meters have not been proven to be biologically safe for anyone. Current federal standards are grossly out of date, not taking into account the growing levels of microwave radiation exposure people now get 24/7 from various sources. Furthermore, FDA/FCC standards are based solely on the heating effect of microwave radiation on a large, grown man, ignoring numerous studies that point to other effects, including irregular heartbeatsmelatonin depletion, which affects sleep, and abnormal mast cell proliferation, which affects the immune system and inflammation levels.

In light of this information, it is an outrage the way utility companies are treating individuals with health problems and concerns who are simply trying to control their own home environments.

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