Wireless or Not, Smart Meters Harm Your Health

by Diana Ostermann*

Diana resides in South Haven, Michigan, and is a retired wireless data strategy manager with 22 years experience.  The author has drawn on some material earlier published in an article written by Mary Beth Brangan and James Heddle. A link to that work may be found at the end of this article.

Utility companies nationwide are moving toward installing transmitting electrical, gas, and water meters at each customer’s service.  The new digital meters being installed on electrical services are a type of meter being called “smart” meters because they can do time of day metering, keep very close track of energy usage, and potentially perform other functions.  In the case of both Consumers Energy and DTE, and most other utilities, the “smart” meters selected are (wireless) transmitting “smart” meters.  The transmitting electrical rate meters typically transmit in strong bursts every few seconds 24 hours per day 7 days a week.  The other utility meters also transmit similarly.

In addition to transmitting in strong bursts, transmitting “smart” meters can also overexpose the general population to high frequencies by putting high frequencies on home and building wiring, either deliberately through signaling or inadvertently through poor engineering.  This is potentially dangerous in the long-term for everyone; however, for people who already have radio frequency sickness, sometimes called ‘Electromagnetic Hyper Sensitivity or EHS, this exposure can cause disability nearly immediately.  Experts estimate that 3-15% of the general population is electro sensitive, and continued chronic exposure could drive that number to 50% in five years.

Radio frequency sickness results from overexposure to radio frequency radiation.  The symptoms include headaches, ear ringing (tinnitus), nausea, fatigue, skin rashes, irregular and/or racing heart beats, muscle twitches, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, memory problems, high blood pressure and more.  Radio frequency sickness is not a disease.  It is an environmentally induced functional impairment.  Radio frequency sickness has real and disabling consequences.  People with radio frequency sickness experience illness (or even death) upon exposure to radio frequency radiation.  The most common sources are electrical pollution – high frequencies that travel on building wiring, – and transmitters – all wireless devices.

In addition to its radio frequency transmitter, each wireless digital meter also has a component called the ‘switching-mode power supply’ (SMPS) – switching power supply for short.  Its function is to ‘step down’ the 240v alternating current (AC) coming in from the utility pole power lines to the 2 to 10 volts of direct current (DC) required to run the meter’s digital electronics which record the electricity usage data.

The SMPS function emits sharp spikes of millisecond bursts constantly, 24/7. The SMPS on the OWS 514 NIC model, for instance, which is the smart meter model widely installed by PG&E throughout its territory (notably, California), has been measured to emit spikes of up to 50,000 hz and higher. This constant pulsing of high frequencies, in addition to the RF function, is causing not only interference with other electric and electronic equipment in many homes with smart meters installed, but also is causing havoc with biological systems (plants, animals and humans) in its field of exposure.

When current flows through the wiring of a building it generates a surrounding electro-magnetic field that radiates outward all around the wires at right angles to the direction of the current’s flow and reaches out into the room.  It is well known that switching power supplies can generate spikes of so-called electromagnetic interference (EMI), or high frequency transients, which then travel along the wiring in the walls, radiating outward in the wiring’s electromagnetic field.  Such spikes are known as ‘dirty electricity’ and can be conducted to a human body that is within the range of the radiating field. This function is on all smart meters used by all utilities and is on constantly, 24/7.

One engineer explains it this way:
“Extensive measurements have demonstrated that all of the meters measured so far, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, emit noise on the customer’s electric wiring in the form of high frequency voltage spikes, typically with an amplitude of 2 volts, but a frequency anywhere from 4,000 Hertz, up to 60,000 Hz. The actual frequency of the phenomena is influenced by the devices that are plugged into the customer’s power. Some houses are much worse than others, and this observation has been confirmed by PG&E installers that have talked to us.”

Wikipedia agrees that SMPSs have this drawback:
“Disadvantages include greater complexity, the generation of high-amplitude, high-frequency energy that the low-pass filter must block to avoid electromagnetic interference (EMI), and a ripple voltage at the switching frequency and the harmonic frequencies thereof.  Very low cost SMPSs may couple electrical switching noise back onto the mains power line, causing interference with A/V equipment connected to the same phase. Non-power-factor-corrected SMPSs also cause harmonic distortion.’ ”

Many believe that it is this ‘dirty electricity’ generated by the smart meters’ switching power supplies that is a major contributor to the symptoms being reported by growing numbers of people in association with the smart meters thus far installed.

The ‘opt-out-for-a-price’ arrangement put forward by some utilities (in Naperville, IL for instance), in which the wireless meters would, at the ratepayer’s expense, have its RF transmitting function turned off, would still not eliminate the ‘dirty electricity’ flowing into the buildings wiring, and so would not prevent negative health effects in the buildings’ occupants.

What does all this mean to you?  It means that in their current form, all smart meters negatively affect the health of nearly everyone.  Those who are electrically sensitive (EHS) are immediately affected.  Others may not notice the effects for years, even decades.  However, both the wireless radiation from the transmitters, and the ‘dirty electricity’ are suspected carcinogens.  They have also been associated with autism, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, MS and asthma.  The only safe path for the time being is to continue to use the old analog meters.  The industry needs to redesign the digital meters before they can safely be placed on homes and businesses everywhere.

New Critical Problem with ‘Smart’ Meters: The Switching-Mode Power Supply (SMPS) by Mary Beth Brangan and James Heddle.

35 thoughts on “Wireless or Not, Smart Meters Harm Your Health

  1. Reed City, Michigan I need to purchase an ElectroSmogMeter for at least 8 Gigahertz and ask where can I get one at a reasonable price. I was flatly refused by my electric company to get an analog meter even tho I have a heart implant and a multitude of symptoms. Anyone can help? Thanks

  2. Homes are full of switching power supplies. If you are using a computer, you are exposed to more RF energy. Stop using your computer if you are so scared

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  4. Hi from Victoria Australia,

    The Smart Meter Rollout here has been a disaster for Victorians.

    Many people are suffering the effects of the EMR emitted by these meters, and the government will not support those impacted by high bills, the health issues or house fires. The power companies are disconnecting people from the grid in their attempt to force the installation of their smart meter. The situation is a disgrace because the authorities know we can do nothing.

    Watch this 37 minute video about Sofia’s predicament, and learn how she has suffered from the smart meter that was illegally installed into her power box.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVtEkwkk8Ec

    Alan

  5. Hello Michigan,

    Please help us to circulate this petition to: HALT EMR NOISE POLLUTION HARMING HUMANS AND WILDLIFE
    To:
    President of the United States
    U.S. Senate
    U.S. House of Representatives

    HALT THE EMR NOISE POLLUTION HARMING
    HUMANS AND WILDLIFE
    April 1, 2014

    I am signing this petition because I am adversely affected by the Global AMI (automated metering infrastructure) for the following reason(s):
    1. I hear the ongoing noise pollution 24/7 causing deleterious effects.
    2. I am experiencing physical symptoms impacting my daily life and ability to function in my daily life. http://www.epa.gov/air/noise.html
    3. and/or I do not want to be exposed to harmful, unhealthy, EMR (electro-magnetic radiation) pollution. I demand my government to halt these emissions immediately and mitigate the public Health hazard causing deliberate illness and increased mortality to humans and wildlife.

    https://www.change.org/petitions/president-of-the-united-states-halt-the-emr-noise-pollution-harming-humans-and-wildlife TO READ FULL LETTER.AND SIGN.

    THANK YOU

  6. Dr. Klinghardt – “Smart Meters & EMR: The Crisis of Our Time”
    Just see and listen:
    “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_wxM6IAF1I”

  7. I personally do not have wifi, we do not have tv as well, we use the computer for work, but when we are done, we turn it off and it does not send rf while on. Smart meters emit continuosly as I hear from experts in the field. But thank you for educating. Also, in the book Healinh the Gerson way, it talks about what plants absorve emf, and it is good to have in the house, a stidy made by the national Aeronautics and Space administration. Get rhe book is excellent source for all to have.

    • Zohar. Smart meters emit a tiny radio signal for up to 4 minutes each day. You would get more exposure to next doors cell phone. I don’t know which “experts” you have been listening to but they are wrong. Vigilent Dave and others claim that the small power supply in the smart meter can make you sick. The same sort of power supply is used in almost every electronic device.
      Everything absorbs EM radiation. The “EMF” you refer to is not any kind of radiation but stands for “Electro Magnetic Force” i.e. voltage. A battery has an EMF.

      • David C, The abbreviaton “EMF” can mean either electromagnetic force or electromagnetic field. In the context of this website it clearly means the latter. Hence we are talking about a varying field in which the electrical and magnetic components are at right angles to one another. When you make statements like “emit tiny radio signal for up to 4 minutes each day” you are beginning to sound more and more like an industry apologist and not someone who is committed to following the truth wherever that might lead. That statement is straight out of industry propaganda – and seeks to cover the fact that smart meters radiate a high intensity pulse of only a few milliseconds seconds duration but at very high power and do so every few seconds 24/7/365. In Michigan we have tested the Itron meters used here and found they emit such a pulse about every 15 seconds. In California they are emitting about every 8-9 seconds. The peak energy level of these pulses is much higher than our FCC standards allow but they are getting away with it because only average energy is measured instead of peak energy. An RF meter with a “capture and hold” feature is needed to display the peak levels. Peak level, not average level, is what matters in biological systems. You are also ignoring the fact that the SMPS in a smart meter is exempt from most regulation and likely is poorly filtered compared to other household devices. Sickness caused by ‘dirty electricity’ is a phenomenon that has been widely written about in scientific journals all over the world.

      • Vigilant Dave is quite correct that EMF can stand also for Electro Magnetic field. As an ex technician years ago in the two way radio business we called this the RF field and I had forgotten that technically it is indeed an Electro. Magnetic field. Excuse my failing memory.
        Vigilent Dave considers me an apologist for the energy industry which in fact I am not. What I am is a person with a background in science and engineering who worries about this kind of “black magic” scare mongering. What next? burn some witches in Salem?
        Dave, what do you consider “high power” as far as RF radiation is concerned? It seems that you consider any radiation “high power” and and any EM field dangerous. It is true, of course, that if you stuck your head in a microwave oven then it would certainly cook your brain. If you stood in front of a large radar dish you could also suffer damage so EM radiation is not intrinsically safe.
        You claim to have measured Michigan ltron meter.
        With what instrument? by whom? at what distance. And you measured what frequency? Which qualified testing authority did this and for what reason? Where are the results of this study?
        I will read you references on “dirty electricity” and reserve further comment on this until I have.
        You have also made some other claims about peak level (of what) and it’s effect on “biological systems”. Reference please?

  8. Vigilant Dave
    Here is the same reference you gave me I think.
    from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switched-mode_power_supply

    (SMPSs have a) “Smaller transformer (if used; else inductor) due to higher operating frequency (typically 50 kHz – 1 MHz). Size and weight of adequate RF shielding may be significant. Most modern SMPSs run at a frequency greater than 150kHz.

    I design SMPSs so I have hundreds of references to how they work. I didn’t want to bore anybody with the huge volume of literature on this fascinating subject.
    Yes, you are correct a SMPS can radiate and cause interference with other devices.
    but what we are talking about here in a smart meter is a very small SMPS with very little radiated energy. I have a document that is a report on the measurement of this energy in a quite extensive survey done here in Melbourne Australia.

    I just can’t understand why you are attributing the symptoms some people suffer to this device and not to any other cause. It is also interesting that most of the symptoms people complain of are also associated with anxiety and stress.
    My hypothesis (if I may) is that the presence of the meter is causing people anxiety due to their misunderstanding of the technology.

    The meters do make me very anxious as well. Especially when the bill arrives.

    • Well Dave, I can tell you that just because the science isn’t yet there to figure out why some people are so adversely affected by the small amout of power that yu keep talking about doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening. Most of the peopel afffected didn’t even know they had a smart meter or dind’t care that they had one until they started getting sick. Like tey said, some of us got sick right away. We aren’t sick when we aren’t exposed to Rf’s. DUH! It isn’t htat hard to figure out what is making us il;l. We may not know WHY it is making us ill but we are’t stupid Dave. If being exposed brings on symptoms and not being exposed causes the symptoms to stop–then we can conclude what may be casuing it. Remember that the absence of evidence is NOT theenvidence of absence. They didn’t know at one time what caused ulcers and attributed it to ‘stress’. The ydidn’t know what caused Lyme disease until they discovered it! It took the medical community 50 years to figure out that not washng thier hands after doing autopsys and working wit hcadavers casued the trasfer of bacteria and cuased the death of thousands and thousands of women and children to ‘child bed fever’. Even after Dr. Sammelweis pointed out how he was able to eliminate the deaths by handwashing–the medical community refused to look at it becasue they didn’t have anyway to see the ‘invisible’ agents (germs) and didn’t have acohesive theory for why it happened. However, Dave, people still dies all over the place while they ‘figured it out!’. In this case, people are getting ill and science and medicine haven’t yet figured it out yet–mostly due to industy draining funding away from research adn punishing those who dare to say that it is tru. Why do you feel the need to punish people who are already suffering from biological symptoms caused by environemntal influences? We are already duffering and beinbg minimized and dismissed. Why can’t people just say–o.k. some people are sensitive to this–like peope are sensitive to wool, or kittens, or sea food. Individual epigen\etics can make peopel vulnerable to many things. Our entire body and cells operate wit helectrical stimulation. Our brains, heart and cells all use it. Why is it beyond the relm of understanding for some closed mineded people that some of us–a small portion–but still some of us are affected. Some of our bodies cuple wit hte signal and it creates unpleasant biological effects. Does it lead to diaease? I don’t yet know that but I can confirm without a doubt that it leads to uncomfortable biological sensations and causes great discomfort. The industry said the dame thing about cigartettes, lead, asbestos, mercury, DES, Thalidimide,…… the list goes on and on. It will continue to go on and on as long as ther are gulllible people who refunse to actually look at what is happening to people. Years down the line when this is accepted, people will wonder why it took so long. However, those of us suffering now–from the discomfort nd the stigmatization–will not be compensated. Just l;ikethe first peopel to die of lung cancer from sloking or heart disease from secon hand smoking. Similiar to the people hwo dies of asbestos–both workers and those in their famioly who becasme ill from the secon hand exposure to the asbestos. Symptoms from radiofrequency radition hae been around for decades–it was called radio wave sickness. Because it affects a minority, it is acceptable. Becasue we are just sacrificed for the good of the wireless industry and the addicive behaviors of trhose who can’t live without their devices. I’m not against technology–I had an ipay, roku box, wifi, and a cell phone and a dect phone., When I wasn’t sensitive to it–it didn’t bother me. it wasn’t until the meters were put on that I got sick. That and we moved near 85 cell toer antenna’s. Now I am painfully aware of everyone of those items. WE no longer have those devices and use hardwired computers, however, our neighbors wifi passes into my home and so does the thousands of smartmeter emissions come into my home
      I don’t want to be likethis. To say that peopel are tech phobic is ignorant. Most people try like hell to find ways to work around the sensitivity with shielding and low output computers, hardwiiring etc. We don’t want his anymore than the guy woring in the industry wanted asbestosis. It is debilitationg and difficult to deal with in the world today.
      People said that people with eliplpsy were mental at one time. They also said that ulcers and lyme were not real. They still want to say that migraines, CFS, and MCS aren’t real–but people stilll get sick wit htem anyway. When they find out what causes them–they willl have to realign their thinging. Even now, the are finding that volted-gated calcium channels are disrupted by RF’s causing a cascading effect in the body. This should have created a paradigm shift if the world were right side up! However, special interests keep the information quiet and ignorance abounds in the average person.
      Please have some compassion for those of us who are suffering. We aren’t trying t otake away your toys–we are only trying to survive. it soesn’t make the truth go away becasue you belittle those suffering. We need help, understnading and research money to help us function in the world that exists now. Would you get so angry if a person had a hypersensitivity to peanuts? WHy act that way toward those of us sufering from a hypersensitivity that is inconvenient to both you and to us! Please read ther stories of thsoe suffering. They weren’t drug addicts or people who are mental. i am a 50 year old mother of three with a mastrers degree and 17 years of wrok experience. i loved my roku box and only wathced t.v through it. Now I can’t even watch a regular t.v. I can only be on line for a short time before they symptpos get to bad for me to function. My head hurts and my skin burns when I am expsoed to Rf’s–even cell towers cause heart palpataions–even when they are out of the line of sight. Ican feel them before I see them. Please, take a kindenss pill and try for just a second to think what life must be life for those of us who have this condition. I beg the general public to wathc themselves fdor signs of this and to be kind to those of us who are already affected. God bless.

      • Veronica,
        Let us assume you are completely correct and people get symptoms and illness due to electromagnetic fields emitted from smart meters. I ask again (how many times I can’t remember) Why are you attributing these symptoms to electricity meters and not to other devices in the home that put out much more powerful fields? Where is the science upon which you base your claims about the cause of your illness?
        Your missive is so full of logic and factual errors I will not bore you with a run down of them all, but you have used the following logical fallacies:-
        Non sequitur . (does not follow)
        Argument from personal incredulity.
        Fallacy of he single cause.
        Post hoc ergo propter hoc (it happen after, therefore caused by)
        False analogy
        Ad Hominem (attack the arguer)
        Appeal to motive.
        Straw man argument.
        ……the list goes on but I’m sure you have studied all this stuff in your Masters Degree and I don’t really have to spell it out for you. Judging by your typing errors and bad spelling you obviously wrote what you did in a hurry without giving it too much thought or even re-reading it.
        I’m not here to dismiss your concerns, be unkind, call you a liar or deny you have symptoms. I’m not even in favor of smart meters. What I want to do is encourage rational enquiry. Much of the writing and comments on this site is simply not logical and have a basis in ignorance. Sorry if that upsets you but it is simply true.
        (don’t bother sending you god’s blessing because I’m an Atheist as well.)

  9. The SMPS in a smart meter is a very low power device (a few Watts). The SMPS in a TV set is relatively large ( a few hundred Watts) and gives off much more RF than a smart meter. Why is nobody accusing TV sets of making them sick? (except for FOX which makes all of us sick) . The SMPS in my computer is 500 Watts, nobody is worried about their computer making them sick. As for RF radiation why is nobody turning off the WiFi which transmits continuously and blames a smart meter which transmits perhaps 1.5 secs per day?

    • David C, You raise an interesting question. First, the issue with SMPS’s is emf fields but not RF. The frequencies involved are much lower than RF because they are harmonics of the basic 60 cycle power frequency that radiate from all the wiring and electrical devices within a home. The RF from a smart meter is approx 900 Mhz (and will be turned off if you pay the “opt-out” fees). The dirty electricity is 120, 240,480, 960, 1920 cycles/sec. My answer to you is threefold: (1) All of the other exposures you mention are VOLUNTARY in nature. People who are electro-sensitive do limit their exposures. Some have told me they cannot use a computer at all, or can only use for at most an hour/day. Most of these folks do NOT have wi-fi in their homes and also limit their tv viewing. (2) Not all SMPS’s are the same, or generate dirty electricity in direct proportion to the amount of power they furnish. SMPS’s can be filtered to eliminate most of the bad effects. Filtering costs money and utilities are trying to implement their program on the cheap. Utilities are exempt from most regulations that apply to manufactured goods. The SMPS’s in computers and tvs may, in fact, be better filtered than those in the new meters. (3) The human body can stand a fair amount of dirty electricity if there is a period of remission from it every day – for example during sleep hours. The body heals during periods of remission. There is no period of remission with the dirty electricity generated by smart meter SMPS’s. Not ever – not in your own home, friend’s homes, public places, libraries, even your doctor’s office.

      • Vigilant Dave,
        1. I referred to RF because any radiating field is often referred to as RF by us engineers even though it is not intended to be a “radio signal”. All radiating signals are electro-magnetic in nature, both RF and what you call “dirty electricity” (a term I’ve never heard before)
        2. The radiation from a switch mode power supply is not necessarily a harmonic of the main frequency but derives from the switching frequency of the converter which can be usually between 100kHz and 1MHz.. There are harmonic components that are indeed at radio frequencies but these are usually small. Basically the SMPS works by rectifying the AC mains voltage to convert it to DC and then switches this DC voltage (using a transistor) across a transformer primary (at 100s of kHz) producing a waveform that is rectified to finally produce a required DC voltage on the output. In a smart meter this SMPS is only used to drive the internal electronic components like a microprocessor and measuring circuitry as well as a small RF transmitter for communication. The amount of radiation is miniscule compared to other common electronic devices found in the home.
        3. The modern world is full of “involuntary” electromagnetic signals. They are in nearly every building and outside in the street. These “sensitive” people seem to be fixated with a very small component of the EM produced in our modern world.
        4. SMPSs are all filtered and screened. They also have to pass stringent tests as the amount of interference they can cause to other equipment. These test are compulsory and stringent. I don’t know about ulitity companies being exempt but here in Australia they are not exempt. we use virtually the same technology as you for the smart meter.
        5. You have made claims about the effect of “dirty electricity” on the human body for which you have not given a scientific reference. I cannot find any double blind scientific study that backs up you claims so I take it that you actually do have some hard evidence that EM fields cause illness and you are keeping this to yourself for some reason.

        I am strongly opposed to “smart meters: but not for any of the reasons stated on this site. I am against them because they are simply a means for energy companies to charge us more and claim the doing us a favor by providing cheaper energy at 2 am.

        I think it would be better to object to these devices on grounds that are scientifically or economically verifiable rather than make baseless claims that the companies can easily dismiss.

      • David C, I have added three technical articles about ‘dirty electricity’ to our site. See http://michiganstopsmartmeters.com/the-dirty-electricity-problem/. Each of these articles in turn have extensive references to other technical articles. I hope this addresses some of your concerns. You have, in turn, made an assertion that the dirty electricity will not just be harmonics of the 60 cycle because the “switching frequency of the SMPS is betwen 100 Khz and 1 Mhz. It would be helpful if you could supply references to some authority to backup that statement. Also understand that requirements in the U.S. for utilities may be far less stringent than in Australia when it comes to filtering. U.S. utilities for example, are specifically exempted from a requirement to have their meters tested or approved by Underwriters Laboratories, which is generally required of all other electrical equipment in the home. We take your point about smart meters being a means to charge more through time of use billing.

      • Vigilant Dave,
        Well I spent some time reading a paper you have given as a reference. One of the authors is David Stetzer. What does he do for a living? He sells devices that he claims reduces the effect of “dirty electricity”. Hardly an unbiased researcher. The “Academic” he has written the paper with seems to see no problem co-authoring a paper with such a “tainted” person.
        Most of the paper is nonsense. The graphs presented amount to nothing and the “proof” of any “disease” seems to be entirely subjective. How about some science?

  10. I just refused the new meter, but my neighbor next door had it installed. And their meter is just next to my bedroom. There is a cement wall to divide us, but not tall enough. I can still see her meter. Shall we build a taller wall?will it help to build a taller cement wall? Or what can we do?

    • zohar, I have heard that aluminum screening is an effective way to block the radio frequency radiation. You might want to experiment with that. You should buy or borrow an RF meter so you can tell if your attempts to block the radiation are effective. Blocking RF radiation is a tricky business. If it is done the wrong way you can actually make things worse. It probably will require experimentation. Check your results with a hand held RF meter.

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    • Linda – the most common antenna designs tend to radiate most of their energy in expanding circles in one plane, with little energy in the direction perpendicular to that plane. In the case of typical installations of smart meters on houses (in a “mesh system” such as Detroit Edison uses) we would expect most of the energy to be radiated horizontally and not vertically since each meter must communicate with smart meters on other nearby houses. But in your case it sounds like the 13 meters may be in a basement (since you also mention boiler). So if the nearest receiving devices are well above ground – on power poles or meters of nearby buildings – the meters may be adjusted to send their signals upward to reach those targets. The only way to know for sure would be to purchase or borrow a handheld emf meter (approx cost $125)and directly measure the radiation strength. You would want a meter that can measure in the 900 Mhz frequency range and that can measure and store peak energy. In a “mesh system” high intensity pulses will be transmitted about every 10 seconds or so, with quiet periods between those pulses. If you are in Consumers service territory, a non mesh system is used where each meter communicates directly with a cell phone tower. These communications will be far less frequent but with higher energy pulses (because they must travel a greater distance). Again, if your meters are in a basement, their antennas may well be configured to send those pulses upward since the cell phone towers will be far above ground level.

  12. Did the author of this article realize that nearly every electronic device these days comes equipped with an SMPS? Your TV, computer, and DVD players contain SMPS’s in order to adjust the frequency and voltage of the 120VAC line to something better suited to the device, and are thousands of times more powerful than the ones that power the Smart Meters. Even your cell-phone charger wall-wart contains an SMPS. All together, the SMPS’s in a normal American home, even homes of impoverished families, produce a million or more times electrical noise inside the home than the a small one that is on the outside of your wall to power a Smart Meter.
    If you feel the need to base your fight against Smart Meters on SMPS’s (which have been common since the mid 90’s) then go ahead. I still think it’s a ridiculous claim, that weakens your overall position, but it is your right to completely mismanage your argument. But blaming the infiltration of SMPS’s solely on Smart Meters would be like blaming Subaru for all the air pollution caused by automobiles around the world. Sure, they contribute, but their contribution is a small amount compared to the whole industry, and they joined the industry rather late in the game.

    • Paul, Your points are well taken but what you are evidently not seeing is that (1) the dirty electricity from a smart meter is 24/7/365, so there is no respite during sleeping hours, and (2) this is not a VOLUNTARY exposure like the other devices you mention, which electro-sensitive people can choose not to have in their homes, or choose to use sparingly during limited hours of the day.

  13. The one mounted by our kitchen window IS SLOWLY KILLING MY MOTHER since it’s installation. She has since developed dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms.
    The only thing I can do is put a bullet through this meter. Doing that I would be charged with vandalism/property damage (even though it’s not on Their property) and they would only replace it with another smart meter–and charge us for it.
    I live in NJ not California or Canada. Nobody listens to me. Not even our doctors.
    In fact my doctor thinks it’s a mental delusion or form of paranoia on my part for so much as bringing up such a concept!

    • Your doctor has failed to take continuing educational courses for medical credits which specifically teach the extreme hazards of ultra low frequencies. Apparently he is not aware that long before these frequencies were rebranded as convenient wireless devices able to surveil and radiate, they were originally designed to do this as military weapons of mass destruction, also at ultra low frequencies. Tell you doctor to take a course from IHF and then join all the doctors who are aware of the fact that electromagnetic radiation causes electrical induction, by polarizing and depolarizing of all nerves and muscles, forcibly overriding and coupling to the bioelectrical system of everything biological, and flipping on and off the switches of the body like a strobe light, literally billions of times a second, while shredding the DNA irreparably. If your doctor had bothered to be up to date at all, even if only by simply reading the serious warnings to avoid these frequencies and to avoid them if any patient has any electronic medical implants, be it deep brain implants, pacemaker defibrillators, insulin pumps, perhaps this might lessen such ignorance. 900 megahertz and 2.4 gigahertz were designed to and are best suited to induce a myriad kinds of health damage. Shield your meter as well as the entire interior wall behind it with Reflectix type double walled foil house insulation. Box in the meter with a Faraday cage made of aluminium mosquito screening, before you become irreversibly sick as well. Your mother’s cognitive impairment needs bentonite clay to rid the body of radiation, spirulina to stop damage. Tell your doctor to take EMF/EMR hazards as part of continuing education. This way perhaps it will be easier to professionally recognize countless other EMR created, induced and exacerbated neurodegenerative diseases, including but not limited to MS, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia, dementia, and far far worse.

      • This reply is typical of the technical incoherence that damages the argument against smart meters to anyone with any common sense. You argue that these devices emit damaging “ultra low frequencies” but your examples are not the infrasonic but instead 50kHz SMPS spikes and RF radiation in 900MHz and 2.5GHz bands. You are obviously parroting (incorrect) information you know nothing about in order to feed the paranoia. Stop.

      • Mark, I don’t find any reference to 50 kHz spikes in the reply by Xyila that you criticized. I think your comment more appropriately goes to the author of the article who did use the phrase “up t0 50 kHz spikes”. I believe she was referring to the harmonics of the 60 cycle power frequency caused by the switched mode power supply (SMPS), e.g. 120 cps, 180 cps, 240 cps, and so on. These harmonics are the “ultra low frequencies” Xyila probably had in mind. Some of these harmonics could, however, go “up to 50 kHz”. Perhaps this could be said in a different way so as not to create confusion. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    • These meters are affecting people. They have affected me. I have electromagnetic hypersensitivity since being exposed to the meters on my home. I never had these problems before. I cannot even stay in my home. Maybe you can see an Environmental Doctor. They are a little more familiar with effects from pulsed radiation. I feel for you and your mother. There is no place to hide from this and nobody is listening to us. I can’t even believe that this is the United States where we are forced to suffer and left with no place to run. Groups need to be formed and we need to take a stand!

    • By using common law, carefully constructed to prevent it.
      Check out bcfreedom.wordpress.com.
      Ask how such documents could perhaps be altered for your situaiton

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