In early November 2013, an article was posted at this website quoting a doctor who indicated that Wireless Smart Meters Can Cause Illness. This article made reference to a 92-case series documenting health effects believed to be caused by exposure to smart meter emissions.
A couple of days subsequent to the report on this website, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine released a new document entitled, “Wireless Smart Meter Case Studies,” which discloses the following information:
AAEM physicians and physicians world-wide are treating patients who report adverse, debilitating health effects following the installation of smart meters, which emit electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) and radiofrequencies (RF).
The peer reviewed, scientific literature demonstrates the correlation between EMF/RF exposure and neurological, cardiac, and pulmonary disease as well as reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, cancer and other health conditions. The evidence is irrefutable. Despite this research, claims have been made that studies correlating smart meter emissions with adverse health effects do not exist.
The AAEM has received a case series submitted by Dr. Federica Lamech, MBBS, Self-Reporting of Symptom Development from Exposure to Wireless Smart Meters’ Radiofrequency Fields in Victoria. AAEM supports this research. It is a well documented 92 case series that is scientifically valid. It clearly demonstrates adverse health effects in the human population from smart meter emissions.
The symptoms reported in this case series closely correlate not only with the clinical findings of environmental physicians, but also with the scientific literature. Many of the symptoms reported including fatigue, headaches, heart palpitations, dizziness and other symptoms have been shown to be triggered by electromagnetic field exposure under double blind, placebo controlled conditions. Symptoms in this case series also correlate with the Austrian Medical Association’s Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of EMF Related Health Problems.
It is critically important to note that the data in this case series indicates that the “vast majority of cases” were not electromagnetically hypersensitive until after installation of smart meters. Dr. Lamech concludes that smart meters “may have unique characteristics that lower people’s threshold for symptom development.”
This research is the first of its kind, clearly demonstrating the correlation between smart meters and adverse health effects.
Based on the findings of this case series, AAEM calls for:
- Further research regarding smart meter health effects.
- Accommodation for health considerations regarding smart meters.
- Avoidance of smart meter EMF/RF emissions based on health considerations, including the option to maintain analog meters.
- A moratorium on smart meters and implementation of safer technology.
- Physicians and health care providers to consider the role of EMF and RF in the disease process, diagnosis and treatment of patients. [emphasis added]
In reviewing the AAEM document, one can conclude that the actual claim being made by the Board of Directors of the AAEM is that the “evidence is irrefutable” that adverse health effects correlate with smart meter emissions. In this context one needs to recognize a distinction between “correlation” and “causation.” From a scientific perspective, correlation does not necessarily imply causation. However, it is apparent that the AAEM now believes that the collective scientific evidence to be strong enough to call for a moratorium on the installation of smart meters and options for consumers to maintain analog meters… as research continues and actions are taken in an attempt to implement safer technologies. This call for a moratorium is actually “new” and is a step-up from the previous AAEM position paper on smart meters that urged caution, accommodation, and safer technologies.
It is the understanding of SkyVision Solutions that the smart meter case studies are undergoing a process to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. Until such time as the case studies are published in article form, it is unlikely that additional or more specific details will become available.
Update: In November 2014, the Lamech case series was published in a peer-reviewed journal. Refer to the following link for more details: “Published Article: Symptom Development from Exposure to Wireless Smart Meters.”