According to Dr. Amy Dean, “The claim has been made that smart meters are safe and that no health risks exist. However, [the] industry has not conducted independent studies or investigations to verify that claim.”
Dr. Dean is an Ann Arbor, Michigan (USA) physician and the immediate past president for the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM).
“Recently, the AAEM received a 92-case series* from outside the United States for review regarding smart meter health effects,” Dean said. “Based on this research, it appears that there is a direct correlation between smart meter installation and the development of health conditions such as insomnia, fatigue, headaches, cognitive disturbance and other symptoms. Many of these are the same symptoms correlated with EMF and RF exposure found in the scientific literature.”
[*Updated Entry 06 Nov 13: According to a newly released document by the AAEM entitled, “Wireless Smart Meter Case Studies,” a review of the well documented 92-case series “clearly demonstrates adverse health effects in the human population from smart meter emissions.”]
“It was clear to me when reviewing the scientific literature that these fields have a definite impact on the human body and can cause disease,” Dean said.
According to Dr. Dean, “For example, one of my [own] patients developed palpitations and a heart arrhythmia following the installation of three smart meters on her condo. After two of the three meters were removed, her heart condition improved significantly. There are many patients like this in Michigan and throughout North America. There is clearly some type of physiological process occurring. Electromagnetic (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) field measurements will often confirm that patients’ symptoms are indeed real.”
“Environmental pollutants, including EMF and RF, generally impact the weakest link in the body. So, if a person is prone to heart disease, cancer or neurological disease, the EMF/RF exposure will likely result in symptoms related to that vulnerable system. Clinical observations of environmental physicians are also showing that exposure to certain pollutants in the past or present can make an individual more susceptible to electromagnetic hypersensitivity,” Dean said.
Dr. Dean explains, “Doctors in the current health care environment are so limited on the amount of time they can spend with patients, they don’t have the opportunity to ask the questions that lead to the environmental cause. If they had any idea how much EMF and RF are affecting their patient’s disease process, I am certain they would be issuing warnings.”
Dr. Dean also explains that, “Having the option to maintain an analog meter on the home or workplace is critical to protect patients’ health. Although it seems old-fashioned, analog meters allow people to create a safe living space and protect their health until alternative technology can be substituted that is both state-of-the-art and safe.”
Dr. Amy L. Dean graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan. She obtained her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, now A.T. Still University. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at St. John Detroit Riverview Hospital in Detroit, MI and served as chief resident in Internal Medicine. She is board certified in Environmental Medicine, Internal Medicine and Holistic Medicine.
Dr. Dean’s work has been published in the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and American Academy of Osteopathy Journal. Dr. Dean is a member and fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the American Osteopathic Association, the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, the American Academy of Osteopathy, and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.
A Commentary on the Critics of Environmental Medicine and the AAEM
In December 2012, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) published a report entitled, “Health and RF EMF from Advanced Meters.” The PUCT report offered criticism of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), whereby it somewhat condescendingly stated:
“The certifying board for AAEM is the American Board of Environmental Medicine (ABEM), founded in 1988. It is worth noting that neither AAEM nor ABEM is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Furthermore, the certification criteria required by ABEM are relatively sparse [emphasis added] compared to those of ABMS. ABEM requires that an applicant have three years’ experience practicing environmental medicine, take the AAEM medical instructional courses, and pass a written and an oral exam.”
The above information totally misrepresents the certification criteria of the American Board of Environmental Medicine. The complete criteria listed at the ABEM website are as follows:
The ABEM certificate in Environmental Medicine is awarded after all the following requirements have been met:
- Licensed by an accredited medical school in the United States, Canada or other countries.
- Additional medical training completed in:
- An accredited residency program of choice such as Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, etc., with certification by the American Board of Medical Specialties;
- All required medical instructional courses specific to the practice of Environmental Medicine and Allergy presented by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
- Physician must have practiced Environmental Medicine for three years.
- Successfully completed ABEM’s certifying exam including Part I (written) and Part II (oral). This exam certifies that the physician is competent in the practice of Environmental Medicine.
The PUCT report omits crucial information relevant to providing perspective for its straw man argument that the Environmental Medicine specialty is not recognized by the ABMS. In fact, ABMS specialty certification is a prerequisite to a certification in environmental medicine. Thus, one can argue that physicians certified in environmental medicine have the complete medical background in at least one of the 24 specialties recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties plus the added training, experience, and special insight needed to handle the prevention and effective treatment of illnesses caused by the interaction between humans and their environment.
In addition, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as an accredited provider for continuing medical education for physicians.
The original source for a portion of the information for this article (in terms of quotations of Dr. Dean) is the “Oakland Press” at the following link: