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Symptoms Resulting from Exposure to Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation from Smart Meters

January 13, 2014 by Ronald M. Powell, PhD

In February 2013, the expert testimony2 of Richard H. Conrad, PhD3, and many other experts worldwide, was submitted to the Maine Public Utilities Commission when the Commission was considering the future of Smart Meters in that state. Dr. Conrad reported the results of a survey of 210 individuals who had experienced symptoms resulting from exposure to Smart Meters.

What the survey does and does not tell us

The survey does not address the frequency of occurrence of symptoms in the general population when exposed to Smart Meters. So the survey does not tell us how likely it is that a person in the general population will experience symptoms after exposure to Smart Meters. But the survey does tell us what types of symptoms are being experienced by those who do become symptomatic after exposure to Smart Meters.

Individuals who reported previous symptoms that worsened to severe

Appendix 2 of Dr. Conrad’s report shows the number of persons, out of the 210, who reported

…previous symptoms that worsened to severe intensity (from either mild or moderate intensity) following smart meter exposure.4

A copy of Appendix 2 is below.

Individuals who reported new symptoms

Appendix 3 of Dr. Conrad’s report shows the number of individuals, out of the 210, who reported symptoms that were new, that is,

…symptoms suffered for the first time in their lives, symptoms they had never experienced
before smart meters5

and that were either severe or moderate in intensity after exposure to Smart Meters. A copy of
Appendix 3 is also below.

Causality

Because the symptoms in both Appendix 2 and Appendix 3 can have causes other than exposure
to Smart Meters, the survey included an extensive list of questions designed to determine
whether Smart Meters were the cause. Only individuals whose answers were persuasive of a
causal connection were included in the survey results.

Symptoms versus biological effects more broadly

Symptoms, as that term is used here, are biological effects that can be sensed. But an absence
of symptoms does not mean an absence of biological effects. Many of the biological effects
associated with radiofrequency/microwave radiation either cannot be sensed at all, such as a
loss of male fertility, or cannot be sensed until an advanced state of disease has been reached,
such as cancer. A broad range of biological effects, both those that can be sensed and those
that cannot be sensed, have been researched extensively by the international biomedical
research community. The findings are described in detail in two comprehensive reviews of the
resulting published research literature.6,7

Appendix 2

Health: Severe and Worsened Symptoms After Smart Meter

Appendix 3

Health Sypmtoms After Smart Meter Installation


1 Ronald M. Powell holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University and has worked for the Executive Office of the President, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
2 Pre-Filed Testimony of Richard H. Conrad, Ph.D., Appendix 2 for worsened symptoms and Appendix 3 for new symptoms (http://www.mainecoalitiontostopsmartmeters.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Exhibit-9-Conrad-Web.pdf). This 198 page document describes the survey design and results in detail.
3Richard H. Conrad holds a PhD. in Biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University and did postdoctoral
research at the Institute of Molecular Biophysics of Florida State University and in the Department of Biochemistry of Cornell University.
4 See the reference in footnote 2, Exhibit D, page 3.
5 See the reference in footnote 2, Exhibit D, page 3.
6 BioInitiative Working Group, Cindy Sage and David O. Carpenter, Editors, BioInitiative Report: A Rationale for Biologicallybased
Public Exposure Standards for Electromagnetic Radiation, December 31, 2012 (http://www.bioinitiative.org). This
review of the biological effects of electromagnetic fields is 1479 pages long and considered the findings of about 1800
publications.
7Paul Dart, MD, Kathleen Cordes, MD, Andrew Elliott, ND, James Knackstedt, MD, Joseph Morgan, MD, Pamela Wible, MD,
and Stephen Baker (technical advisor), Biological and Health Effects of Microwave Radio Frequency Transmissions, A Review
of the Research Literature, A Report to the Staff And Directors of the Eugene Water And Electric Board, June 4, 2013
(http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/view?id=6017465430). This review is 74 pages long and references the findings of 279
publications. Also included on this web site are six files containing viewgraphs of a presentation given to the Eugene Water
and Electric Board on this subject.


21 Responses to Symptoms Resulting from Exposure to Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation from Smart Meters

  1. Christy L. Spector December 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    What are the stipulations to cite your findings herein in a Newsletter I am creating? I am an environmental scientist who has been harmed similarly and also attacked in other ways to cause harm to me/my family.

    I am interested in quoting your findings. Coincidentally I used to live in Maryland and I attended both the Uof MD College Park, and UMUC, and I worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the USDA Beltsville ARS.

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Ying October 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    I had to moved out of a rented condo after moving in for only two days because I had experienced 90% of the symptoms showed in this survey. There were a bank of 20-30 smart meters installed outside the kitchen wall. Same as Robert’s experience, I started with a humming,buzz type sound and then felt pressure in my head. My other symptoms included insomnia, dizziness, numbness, tingling, burning skin, headache and fatigue. I went to see my doctor who confirmed that these symptoms I experienced were consistent with acute radiation exposure, and advised me not to live in this unit to prevent further health damage.

  3. victor October 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    Since they install new meter i have sore throat,dizziness,and one ear very sore and blocked .I never have this before I put an aluminum foil around 2 meters near my room,the dizziness is less but still strong in the wake up in the morning.also my wife and I have memory problems and the fellow who live downstairs (basement) have the same problem.

  4. Robert Riedlinger April 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    I bought a home that was 375 feet from a TV,FM radio,Cell phone tower in 1996 and I had to move after spending less than one year.

    I enjoyed a healthy life up to the day I moved into that home.It started with a humming,buzz type sound and soon started to build pressure in my head.I started having severe headaches,blurry vision, sounds were amplified,I felt fatigued,excessive stomach gas,blocked ears, sleep became impossible.ear pain It took me about a month to find the cause.I would awaken every hour or so and at about 3:30 in the morning I would hear the buzz get loader and I`d get so much head pressure that I had to get up.I would sit in my easy chair and hold my hands over my ears.I started getting pain in my right ear and when I turned 180 degrees the pain would relieve in my right ear and I would get pain in my left ear.The tower was in the direction of where I would feel pain. If I spent half an hour in my back yard,which was closer to the tower,I would feel sun burnt on a cloudy day.I bought a garden shed made of metal ,installed it in my bed room and slept in it in order to get some sleep.Living in that home was like a spell in hell.
    I was given 2 hearing tests,prescribed 4 different drugs and got no relief until I moved out into the country where there were no towers.

    • Mr. NSA Operator September 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

      I had a similar experience about 25 years ago, when living in a row-house near the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC.

      It was so bad, that I finally hired Electromagnetic Shielding Specialists to design and install aluminum foil shielding inside all external walls, ceiling, and floors. It was rather costly, but after that I had no problems.

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