Are Smart Meters bad for health? PBS NewsHour: California Activists Want Smart Meters Banned, Claim They’re Bad for Health

Smart meters’ possible health effects concern some

It seems like most scientists and doctors dismiss the concerns, but it wouldn’t be the first time they’re wrong if the effects are subtle and not well-understood. Also, it certainly affects certain individuals more than others: people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

“Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is acknowledged as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which means persons covered by the ADA cannot be forced to pay for something that they need to live with their disability.”

“John Meeker, associate professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, studies chemical and physical hazards that humans are commonly exposed to through their environment and their associated health effects.
“It’s possible that some people could be more susceptible than others to the electromagnetic frequencies,” Meeker said.

There are few peer-reviewed studies regarding the electromagnetic fields associated with smart meters, Meeker said, and all are industry-funded. Those studies indicated that smart meters emitted less radiation than cell phones.

However, cell phone safety studies are highly controversial and inconsistent — Meeker deemed them inconclusive.

In 2011, the World Health Organization changed its classification of cell phone radiation: It’s now on the list of potential cancer-causing hazards, right next to lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.”

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