The letter from a Scarborough citizen deeming Edgar Allen Beem’s column about the effects of smart meters as wrong is just plain misinformed. His example of putting a person in a room, while in another room transmitting at random times and challenging that “sensitive” person to feel the transmission, is ludicrous. That’s like smoking one cigarette and dying on the spot from lung cancer. RF exposure does not work that way.
Dr. David Carpenter, a Harvard Medical School-trained physician who headed up the New York State Department of Public Health for 18 years, administering a program for electromagnetic fields, states that although there haven’t been studies of living with smart meters for long periods of time and what illnesses they may cause, there is a “substantial” amount of evidence showing that radio frequency radiation causes many illnesses such as cancer, nervous system disorders, reproductive disorders, etc.
Another expert in the EMF department, Dr. Magda Havas, claims the radiation from cordless phones causes heart arrhythmia and tachycardia and alters the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. She is concerned with the biological effects of Electromagnetic pollution including radio frequency, radiation, and EMFs.
I would like to see the letter writer’s information that proves his statement of “once you understand that there is no such thing as radio transmission sensitivity and that there are no valid health risks, all arguments against smart meters fade away.” National and international experts would strongly disagree.