Health of telecommunications industry workers recklessly endangered?

Website editor’s note:

The following text comes from the latest email newsletter produced by the team who produced the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power.

The text in italics is quoted from the newsletter.  The comments in [   ] are notes from the editor of www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz.

As you can see by reading the exchange, it appears that at least one company in the North American telecommunications industry is exposing its workers to illegal and dangerous levels of microwave radiation because the transmitters are not turned off when there are workers in the vicinity.

If any readers work in the telecommunications industry in NZ (or other countries) and are concerned that the practice of exposing workers to illegal levels of microwave radiation may be occurring in your country, you can share your concerns via the Contact Form at this link: http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/contact-us/

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Health of telecommunications industry workers recklessly endangered?

 Excerpt from newsletter from www.takebackyourpower.net

Comment by Travis Burch:


Figured I’d tell this story here about how things are shifting even within the industry…

I saw the AT&T trucks today, the guys were working on the cell towers. I’ve been wanting to talk to them for months but I never get a chance to talk to them.

So I walk over there today and just then a guy comes down and says “Hey”.

So I said “Hey man, do you mind if I ask you some questions about the cell towers?”

He said “Sure thing, go ahead”, real friendly.

I then asked a bunch of technical questions about the design of the towers and stuff, just saying I was fascinated by the technology. He answered them and I learned a bunch of stuff. He mentioned that the round antennas are higher frequency microwaves.

Then he said that the US is soon going to 5G, Korea (I think) is already going to 5G and “they’re ahead of us”, but that “lots of countries are holding off on 5G because of environmental concerns and health concerns”.

I said “really?”

He said, “Yeah, and the head of the FCC recently said ‘We’re not going to let research slow us down.’”

I said “Wow, he said that? That’s really bold.”

He said “Yeah I think so.”

So I said, “Are you interested in the health concerns from this stuff?”

“Yeah, I mean…yeah.”

Me: Me too

Him: Really? Lots of us in this line of work are getting leukemia and cancer. [NB: Recent research has shown a link between exposure to microwave radiation and cancer – see this link for details.]  

Me: I’ve been interested in it for a while because I work here, so close to two towers.

Him: They used to turn off the transmitters when we worked on them. Now they refuse to turn off the transmitters while we work on them and they don’t let us carry around a RF meter anymore. They’ve got transmitters on top of buildings now. . .

Me: Yeah I’ve seen them!

Him: Yeah! You know the M****** H****** Hotel? I was just up there. And you just walk right up to them.

Me: Really? Man you’re right in front of those things!

Him: Yeah, and they’re not turning them off anymore. I’m just getting blasted.

Me: I’ve got a meter and I get readings at this school of 10-20 mW/cm2 per channel. And a cell tower has like 70 channels right?

Him: You have a RF meter? (He couldn’t believe it).

Me: Yeah! I drive around town and see what the levels are like.

Him: No way, eBay? Amazon?

Me: Amazon.

Him: How much was it?

Me: Like… $190.  [Note: You can order via the TBYP website here & support the producer of Take Back Your Power ] 

Him: No way… Like I said, they forbid us from having them now.

Me: So I just looked up the federal limits on Saturday. It says the federal limit is 10 mW/cm2. On this playground I’ve gotten a reading of 15 mW/cm2 on one channel… but the cell tower puts out 70 something channels, does that mean it’s putting out roughly 15×70 mW/cm2?

Him: Most likely, yeah. Yeah all of us are worried about it. It’s high enough levels to heat things up. My face burns whenever I use a cellphone. [This symptom suggests that the telecommunications worker has become sensitised to microwave radiation and could be on his way to developing electrohypersensitivity (EHS).  Some case histories of people who develop EHS suggest that exposure to high levels of microwave radiation may be a causative factor.  So-called “smart” electricity meters are suspected of causing EHS in some people. More information about EHS may be found below.]

Me: Everybody at the school is always hot, even when the air is cold.

(Note: radiant heat [long wave light] heats up a body without heating up air).

Him: Really? The industry people are actually worried that 5G is going to have a really big, even more noticeable thermal presence because the high frequencies have so much more power in them.

(His phone started ringing).

Me: Great talking to you!

Him: You too! See ya!

 

Ed note:  This link has useful information for employers and/or managers of organisations that may be exposing staff, students or customers to wireless radiation:  http://en.geovital.com/risks-regulations-and-liability-around-exposing-people-and-students-to-wireless-technology-emf-radiation-part1/

Links to further information about electrohypersensitivity (EHS)

What is it like to live with electrohypersensitivity (EHS)? One woman’s story

Prostituting Science: A must-read book about “environmental illness”

 

A helpful paper on electromagnetic sensitivity by Dr. Mallery-Blythe

Retired CEO speaks out on electrosensitivity

Electrohypersensitivity – a short film by Time magazine free to watch online

 

 

Latest news from the Take Back Your Power team

The following text is excerpted from the latest newsletter from the team at www.takebackyourpower.net

 

 

People everywhere, including those in media and wireless companies, are waking up to the reality and huge implications of wireless/EMF harm.

And the wake-up is happening faster than we probably think. Here are 4 cases in point:

#1: CNN just aired an episode on toxins that included EMF on prime time (Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man: The Truth About Toxins). More info / view it

#2: Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog’s new feature “Lo And Behold” (from Sundance 2016) about the Internet-of-Things was just released, which features a segment on electrosensitive people that was respectfully done. Watch trailer / see it in theatres

#3: The GFIM World 2016 Congress (Oct 7-9, 2016 in Santa Fe, NM) will feature a special EMF PANEL with Camilla Rees MBA, Dietrich Klinghardt PhD, Martin Pall PhD, and Yury Kronn PhD. (GFIM stands for Global Foundation for Integrative Medicines.) More info / trailer / registration

#4: This good-news article, “Cafe Thrives Without WiFi” by Jeromy Johnson

 

 

Smart meters are  NOT compulsory in NZ

Roll outs of wireless so-called “smart” meters are ongoing in many areas of NZ. (Some companies may describe smart meters as “advanced” meters in their letters to customers or simply state that the company plans to install the “next generation” meter or upgrade or a replace the existing meter.)

If you live in an area where smart meters are being installed you may  receive a letter stating that your meter will be upgraded or replaced, however sometimes letters get lost in the mail and do not arrive prior to a planned installation.

You can click HERE for information on how to avoid getting a smart meter.

Please note that while some electricity company representatives tell customers that smart meters are “compulsory” or are a “government requirement” or use other words to this effect, this is not true.  The legal situation regarding electricity meters is explained at this link.

 

How to get updates on the NZ smart meter situation

If you have found this information interesting or useful, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

Stop Smart Meters NZ is now on Facebook and you can get updates by visiting our page at this link:

https://www.facebook.com/Stop-Smart-Meters-NZ-1211462805538548

See award winning smart meter documentary for FREE!

You can watch the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power  for FREE for a limited time via the link below!

Watch free: Take Back Your Power, the award-winning ‘smart’ meter documentary

Please share this link widely and encourage your family and friends to make time to watch it before the free screening window ends on Tuesday (US time).  Take Back Your Power is one of the best tools there is for helping people realise the threat that so called “smart” or “advanced” meter pose to their health, finances and privacy.

 

NB:  Do you have family or friends in Australia?

(Please note that if you have family and friends in Australia, there are smart meter roll outs taking place in some states there, too, but in some areas the authorities are using the term “digital meters”to disguise the fact that the new meters are “smart” meters.

 

Smart meters are  NOT compulsory in NZ

Roll outs of wireless so-called “smart” meters are ongoing in many areas of NZ, including, currently, the Hokianga region. (Some companies may describe smart meters as “advanced” meters in their letters to customers or simply state that the company plans to install the next generation meter or upgrade or a replace the existing meter.)

If you live in an area where smart meters are being installed you may  receive a letter stating that your meter will be upgraded or replaced, however sometimes letters get lost in the mail and do not arrive prior to a planned installation.

You can click HERE for information on how to avoid getting a smart meter.

Please note that while some electricity company representatives tell customers that smart meters are “compulsory” or are a “government requirement” or use other words to this effect, this is not true.  The legal situation regarding electricity meters is explained at this link.

 

How to get updates on the NZ smart meter situation

If you have found this information interesting or useful, please sign up to the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

Stop Smart Meters NZ is now on Facebook and you can get updates by visiting our page at this link:

https://www.facebook.com/Stop-Smart-Meters-NZ-1211462805538548

Why people are saying no to smart meters

There are about as many reasons why people are saying “no” to smart meters as there are people who oppose smart meters, however some of the more common reasons are listed below:

1)  Health reasons, including a possible increase in the risk of developing cancer.

Smart meters produce microwave (also called radiofrequency or RF) radiation which has been classified as a “possible carcinogen” (type 2B) by the World health Organisation’s International agency for Research on Cancer. (Please see this link for more information about smart meters and health.)

2)  Many people have reported unpleasant symptoms after moving into a home with a smart meter, or after a smart meter has been installed at their home.

Two examples of how NZers have been adversely affected by smart meters may be read at this link and this link.

3) Many people have reported higher electricity bills after a smart meter has been installed.

(If you go to www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and type “bills” into the search box you will find a few articles about this aspect of smart meters.)

There are a few different ways by which smart meters may increase electricity bills.  These include the fact that electronic meters measure electricity differently from the traditional electromechanical (Ferraris) “analogue” meters. (You can read about this here.)

Smart meters can also allow for Time of Use (TOU) pricing which electricity companies may use to charge more for power at times of the day when it is most needed (like winter afternoons and evenings.) This can result in an increase in bills with no change in electricity use. (Please see this link for details: http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/what-is-time-of-use-tou-pricing-and-how-could-it-affect-you/)

Smart meters can also measure a contaminant on the electricity lines known as “reactive power” or “reactive energy” and although “reactive power” cannot be used by lights or appliances, a recent request for information made to the Electricity Authority under the Official Information Act showed that companies are legally allowed to charge for this useless electricity.

If useless reactive power is added to bills, bills can increase significantly.

4)  Reported fires and electrical problems

There have been problems with fires and reported electrical problems after some smart meter installations in NZ. For more information about this, please see the following links:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/are-smart-meters-causing-fires-in-new-zealand/

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/smart-meters-causing-electrical-problems/

5)  A smart meter may jeopardise your ability to keep your home warm in winter

A smart meter may interfere with your ability to keep your home warm in winter.

The link below explains how this could occur:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/smart-meters-heat-pumps-and-demand-response-functionality/

 

5) Smart meters may adversely affect your privacy

Many people who are concerned about privacy oppose smart meters because the data collected by smart meters can be “de-aggregated” by computers to provide information about what appliances in a home are in use and when. (For more information about privacy and smart meters, please see this link: http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/category/privacy-2/ )

 

In NZ smart meters have been installed without prior notice;  if you do not want one it is important to take action

Smart meters are NOT compulsory in NZ and for information about what other Kiwis are doing to prevent  a smart meter please see this link.  http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/your-options-if-your-electricity-retailer-sends-you-a-notice-to-say-it-plans-to-install-a-smart-meter/

The website of the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power is a great source of information about smart meters.

For more information about smart meters the following websites are useful:

NZ: www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

NB: If you are in NZ, please sign up to the free email list for www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz to get updates on the smart meter issue.

Australia: www.stopsmartmeters.com.au

North America: www.stopsmartmeters.org

UK: www.stopsmartmeters.org.uk

For an international directory of groups opposing smart meters please visit: https://takebackyourpower.net/directory/

 

Please share this link if you have found it helpful.  Thank you.  NB: If you are in NZ, to get updates on the smart meter issue you can sign up to the free email list at  www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

See award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power for free (until December 2)

If you have not already seen the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power you can now watch this great film for FREE (until December 2).

www.takebackyourpower.net/free-viewing

NB: If you have already seen Take Back Your Power, please share this post through email, social media etc. to let your friend s and family know about this important issue…

Thank you!

 

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Take Back Your Power, Oamaru

A special community screening of the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power will be held next Sunday at the Oamaru club.

This screening has been organised by some wonderful local volunteers who would like to thank the Oamaru Club for being such a generous host.

If you have friends or family in Oamaru, please let them know about the screening. Many thanks.

Details are below:

Date: Sunday, August 16

Time: 1 pm

Venue: The Oamaru Club, Oamaru

A gold coin donation is requested as a contribution, please.

 

 NB: If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up to the email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz in order to get newsletters with a focus on NZ smart meter news.

 

Take Back Your Power, Kaitaia!

A screening of the award winning smart meter documentary is planned for Kaitaia.

The details are:

Date and Time: Friday, 14 August at 6.30pm

Venue: REAP Centre, 33 Puckey Avenue, Kaitaia

A koha towards the organisers’ venue hire expenses would be appreciated.

 

Please let friends and family in Kaitaia know about this event so that they can make plans to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

Dunedin screening of Take Back Your Power

A special community screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power has been organised by a volunteer in Dunedin.

The details for the screening are as follows:

DATE: Saturday June 20th

TIME: 5pm

VENUE:  The Pioneer Hall, 45 George St, Port Chalmers, Dunedin.

The screening is free however, if you would like to bring a donation that can be passed along to the producer of Take Back Your Power this would be appreciated.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions about smart meters after the screening.

Please let friends and family in Dunedin know about the screening (such as by sharing this link on your Facebook page, if you have one) so that they can plan to attend.  Thank you.

 

 

NB: If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up for the email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz  This will allow you to get emails that give updates on the smart meter situation with a focus on NZ smart meter news.

 

 

 

May 2: Take Back Your Power, Northland!

A special community screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power is taking place in Northland on May 2.

 

For full details please see this link:  http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/take-back-your-power/take-back-your-power-northland-may-2/

 

If you are not in Northland, you too can see this great film….see this link for details:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/what-is-take-back-your-power-and-why-is-it-important/

What is “Take Back Your Power” and why is it important?

Take Back Your Power is an award-winning documentary on the smart meter issue.  It covers the  health, privacy and financial risks posed by so-called “smart” meters and the “smart” grid.

You can see the trailer below:

 

Viewing Take Back Your Power is usually enough to convince most people that while the introduction of smart meters may benefit companies in the electricity industry, these meters are not a good thing for the general public.

Hosting a community screening of Take Back Your Power is one of the best ways to raise awareness of the smart meter issue.  This could be as simple as inviting family and friends to you home to watch the DVD (or you can stream the film from the website Take Back Your Power

Or, if you are more ambitious, you could hold a screening in your local community hall, church or other venue (such as sports club etc.)

If you would like to run a community screening of  Take Back Your Power please contact me through the Contact Form for more information.

You may also like to contact local movie theatre to see if they will screen it.  If the staff  are interested, the theatre manager can contact the producer of  Take Back Your Power via this link http://www.takebackyourpower.net/contact/

Thank you!

 

NB: If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up to the free newsletter at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz

 

 

 

Take Back Your Power Northland May 2

Please note that the date below (May 2) is the correct date for the screening.  (The date that was advertised in mass email outs that were sent on April 15-16 was unfortunately incorrect; apologies for this.)

Thanks to hard working volunteers, a special community screening of the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power is coming up in Northland.

 

Details are below:

May 2, 2015

The screening begins at 4.30pm – (Doors open around 4.00 PM)

Venue: Doubtless Bay Christian Centre,
7 Mill Bay Road, Mangonui.
(The organisers would appreciate a donation of $5 or whatever you can afford to cover their costs. Thank you.)

 

If you have any questions about this event please send an email through the Contact Form. Thank you

Please share this link with friends and family in the area so that they can plan to attend. Thank you.

See Take Back Your Power for free on February 24!

Your chance to see the award winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power is coming up on February 24 in Auckland.  (If you are not in Auckland, the film may be streamed or purchased from www.takebackyourpower.net.)

This highly recommended documentary covers health, privacy and other issues with smart meters.

Details of the screening are here: http://www.naturalmedicine.net.nz/news/a-chance-to-see-the-award-winning-documentary-take-back-your-power-for-free/

NB: If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up to the free email list on www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz and you will receive updates on the situation in NZ.

Is electropollution the worst health threat we face?

If you have been wondering why there are so many people that you know battling cancer or some other degenerative disease, perhaps the answer may be as close as the DECT cordless phone base on your friend’s bedside table,  the smart meter on their bedroom wall,  the wi-fi router on their work desk, or the smart phone in their breast pocket…or perhaps all of these things  in combination…?

Modern wireless technologies that produce radiofrequency radiation (RFR) that can damage DNA (with high enough exposures) are in common use and believed by most people to be safe?

A new post on the website of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power* examines the proliferation of wireless technologies and asks whether we are unwittingly putting our health at risk through uncritical adoption of new high-tech gadgetry.

Here’s the link:

http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2012/10/07/electropollution-and-the-decline-in-health-of-a-nation/

 

NB: If you would like to get updates on the smart meter issue in New Zealand please join the free email list at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz. There is also a search option at www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz to allow you to find articles about other topics of interest on this website

 

*If you are inspired to want to run a screening of the award winning documentary  Take Back Your Power (www.takebackyourpower.net) in your community or local cinema please contact us through this link.  Thank you.

October 16, Take Back Your Power Marton!

Just a reminder that there will be a second community screening of the award-winning smart meter documentary Take Back Your Power in Marton on October 16.  Full details are at this link:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/october-16-take-back-your-power-marton/

Please let family and friends in this area know about this screening.

Also:  If you are on Facebook you may like to visit this new group and let your friends know about it.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rangitikei-Smart-Meter-Watch/1472539493022803

Thank you!