medical sensitivity to electromagnetic fields and radio frequency radiation
... more and more people are getting sick, even though it may start with just insomnia, aches and pains, anxiety, and lead to autoimmune diseases, cancer, heart disease, mental cognition problems, etcetera.
Their was a whole lot of these type of comments at this Jan 2011 hearing Perhaps some wrong diagnosis's are in this category?? Perhaps this is maybe a piece of my wrong diagnosis's?? Perhaps that is why doctors can't diagnosis it cause they don't know about it???
>> JOHN WODATCH: Thank you very much. We appreciate your taking the time and your testimony as well. Our next commenter will also be via the phone. of Sage Associates.
>> CINDY Good morning, my name is Cindy I'm the owner of Sage Associates, an environmental consulting firm in Santa Barbara, California. I've been a professional environmental consultant since 1972 and taught at the University of California Santa Barbara for about a decade. My particular expertise is in the health and in the environmental aspects of electromagnetic fields, and radio frequency radiation, as they affect the human living environment.
I'm also a senior fellow at the Department of Oncology, School off Health inn Medical Sciences at Orebro University Hospital in Sweden. And I have served as an expert witness on these matters in both federal and state courts.
I am here to speak to you today, and I thank you for this opportunity. I want to talk about the growing issue of mobility limitation and health risks that come from exposure to wireless technologies. And that is to radio frequency and microwave radiation. And I will have four recommendations to your board.
My particular concern is for those in this country who have medical sensitivity to electromagnetic fields and radio frequency radiation. And for those with medical implants, who are endangered by electronic interference or radio frequency interference in the environment, and so are unable to live a normal life due to wireless exposures. Such interference can come from every day things like cell phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi installations and other wireless technologies as they proliferate.
These exposures can greatly restrict access for people to public places, like hospitals, libraries, public transportation of all kinds, the workplace, the school environment. And now with the rollout of wireless electric and gas meters, even in one's home, we have and expect to have increasingly high radio frequency and microwave exposures.
> Dr McCLOY: Hi, this is Dr. McCloy. I'm a family physician in Portland, Maine. I see a number of different varieties of medical conditions, one of which is electromagnetic sensitivity. And, I just wanted to speak a few minutes on that, and this relationship to smart meters.
I was fairly skeptical of the existence of electromagnetic sensitivity when I first heard about it and when I got my first few patients coming to my practice. But, I did a little reading and a little research and it seemed there was some biological plausibility in the data out there and it just hasn't really been well studied. So, I kind of took the problems with the grain of salt and treated my patients with the best compassion I could.
But as I started to see these patients, and read more and more, I think there is some emerging evidence that demonstrates that this is a real phenomenon, and is still poorly understood. The way I kind of explain it in my own brain is that there is a wide spectrum of susceptibility to the environment, different environmental factors. Some of us on one end of the spectrum are ironclad and bulletproof and we can take in any toxin and have any exposure and not really feel the health effects. At the other end of the spectrum are very sensitive individuals who are vastly affected by small doses of a prescription medication, for instance, or who just are very sensitive to their environment.
And, I think that electromagnetic sensitivity probably falls into this range of the spectrum. Now we’re understanding the genetics and biology behind this a little better. I recently spoke before a public hearing on smart meter installation in Maine. There’s a large initiative to replace the regular meters, the analog meters with the smart meters. And, we are seeing the emergence of some people who are having health problems as a consequence of the smart meters.
So I will tell you a little of my own personal story, which will weave into this big picture that you are looking at. I am like the canary in the coal mine. There is a fast growing population of people who are becoming more and more disabled, and unable to function in this society because of electromagnetic radiation, the radio frequencies and wireless technology.
In fact, it is becoming an epidemic, although many of you don't know about it because of the clever mass marketing of this technology to every business and every family. I was a court reporter for 27 years full-time. I wrote every word spoken in criminal trials, including murder trials, spending 13 and a half years at juvenile court, and taking many civil cases.
The precision of my transcripts may have made the difference between life and death, and everything in between for the people involved. I handled original documents, medical files, wills, birth certificates, etcetera.
I'm also by the way a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from UC Berkeley. Why am I telling you this? So that you understand that I was a highly functional person, carrying important responsibilities and a contributing citizen to this country.
Now, I am so affected by this electromagnetic radiation, I'm using that as a general category, that I have not been able to work for seven years. There is not a building, an office, a classroom, a store that I can be in without getting sick. I can't look at a computer without being sick. I'm telling you my story, but there are many more and continually many more that are being affected like I am.
I am affected by fluorescent lights. Especially the compact fluorescent lights, what they call the energy saving lights. I have spent tens and tens of thousands of dollars seeing all kinds of doctors, Western medicine, Stanford, doctors in San Francisco, clinics back East.
About three years ago, a friend brought me a 143-page document translated from Swedish called, Black on White, Voices and Witnesses about Electro-Hypersensitivity, the Swedish Experience.
I urge the members of the Department of Justice to look into this document. It contains over 400 testimonies of people, normal people, working under fluorescent lights, computers, cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi, etcetera. I think that was my one minute.
>> JOHN WODATCH: No, I'm afraid it was your five minute. But if you can conclude, that would be --
>> ANDREA : I'm sorry. I didn't hear the one minute.
>> JOHN WODATCH: That's quite all right.
>> ANDREA : I’m sorry. I will conclude. I will just say that -- okay. Let me conclude. I'm sorry. It goes pretty fast. People are buying into these technologies like the emperor's new clothes. The difference is when they found out the truth about the emperor, the people just felt foolish.
In our day and age, the truth about these electromagnetic frequencies is that more and more people are getting sick, even though it may start with just insomnia, aches and pains, anxiety, and lead to autoimmune diseases, cancer, heart disease, mental cognition problems, etcetera.
I urge you, please to look into this very, very carefully and I believe that what they are calling the epidemic of the 21st century, Alzheimer's, also has a strong connection to our exposure to these invisible frequencies. Thank you so much for your efforts, your good work and for listening to me. I appreciate it very much.
>> JOHN WODATCH: Thank you very much. We appreciate you taking the time and sharing your personal story with us.