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American Academy of Environmental Medicine Recommends Smart Meter Removals

Portland was asleep when wireless meters were put on our houses. Do you know that the wiring in your house becomes an antenna and creates an RF environment inside your house? The PUC claims that the meters only emit radiation every 4 hours but I measured a pulse every 45 seconds. We now have to live with another huge wireless grid added to the cell phone towers and your neighbors' wi fi. How harmful is this technology? There is no shortage of independently funded scientists lining up with studies and papers that condemn this technology as a serious health threat and a threat to our privacy. All new appliances now have wireless emitters in them that communicate with our meters and tell everything we do and when we do it. They know when we are home and when we are out. Soon every thing will have a chip in it and we will be able to check the contents of our refrigerators with our cell phones. Good luck people. Wake up. Smart meters give off a higher pulse than the FCC limits. Do some homework
For Immediate Release 7/16/12
American Academy of Environmental Medicine Recommends
Smart Meter Removals
Smart Meter Opponents Call for PUC & CMP to Cease & Desist Meter Program
Contact: Ed Friedman, Lead Plaintiff: 666-3372  edfomb@comcast.net
Dianne Wilkins, Maine Smart Meter Coalition: 797-3716  dwilkins@aol.com
On Saturday the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) issued a
statement detailing medical conditions and disabilities likely to persist or worsen from
exposure to smart meter radiofrequency (RF) radiation and electromagnetic (EMF)
fields.
In light of both the AAEM statement and last week's Maine Supreme Court decision that
the PUC had not determined smart meters were safe before ordering their statewide
deployment, Dianne Wilkins of the Maine Smart Meter Safety Coalition called on CMP
to:
"Do the right thing and immediately cease and desist smart meter operations and the
charging of associated fees. Utilities have known for years of the ill effects caused by
RF exposure, effects that hit hardest our most sensitive populations; children, pregnant
women and the disabled", she said. "It's inexcusable for CMP to hide behind a PUC
order while harming all Mainers. This is no different than had the PUC ordered CMP to
go out and expose all ratepayers to a deadly virus and the utility complied; both parties
would be guilty."
In their statement, the Academy specifically targeted smart meters, writing:
"Because Smart Meters produce Radiofrequency emissions; it is recommended that
patients with the above conditions and disabilities be accommodated to protect their
health. The AAEM recommends that no Smart Meters be on these patients' homes, that
Smart Meters be removed within a reasonable distance of patients' homes depending
on the patients' perception and/or symptoms, and that no collection meters be placed
near patients' homes depending on patients' perception and/or symptoms."
Saturday's statement follows a January AAEM letter to the California PUC calling for an
immediate moratorium on smart meter installations.
Because of issues such as theft and or sale of personal data, ease of hacking and
breaking and entering all facilitated by smart meter data collection, opponents found
safety issues inseparable from the constitutional fourth and fifth amendment claims the
Maine court refused to address. Despite their partial victory last week, meter opponents
thought the Court hypocritical in requiring the PUC to address their statutory mandate to
ensure safety while they the Court, avoided their own duty to address the constitutional
issues brought forward as part of the appellants complaint. According to the Supreme
Court website: "The Court's major job is to decide appeals on questions of law that arise
in civil actions and criminal trials."
In their decision, the Supreme Court noted since the PUC had never determined the
safety of smart meters, the Commission could not deny opt fees might be unreasonable
or unjustly discriminatory or that a claim raising these issues should be summarily
dismissed. Complainants called on the PUC to schedule full public adjudicated
evidentiary hearings on safety and to issue an immediate order staying opt out fees until
the matter was resolved.
Lead complainant in the case Ed Friedman said:
"The new American Academy statement is the latest in a skyrocketing body of evidence backing
our claims on the acute problems with smart meters. The PUC's careless actions in refusing to
adequately vet meters before their deployment have put all Mainers in jeopardy. They got us
into this mess and now we call on them to immediately halt the program. With thousands of peer
reviewed studies documenting the biological effects of low level non-thermal RF there is simply
no way the Commission can ensure safety as state law mandates they do. If they continue to
hang their hat on inapplicable and obsolete 1996 FCC guidelines for thermal radiation
exposure, they can kiss any residual ratepayer credibility they might have, goodbye forever."
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Based on double‐blinded, placebo controlled research in humans, medical conditions and
disabilities that would more than likely benefit from avoiding electromagnetic and
radiofrequency exposure include, but are not limited to:
Neurological conditions such as paresthesias, somnolence, cephalgia, dizziness,
unconsciousness, depression.
Musculoskeletal effects including pain, muscle tightness, spasm, fibrillation.
Heart disease and vascular effects including arrhythmia, tachycardia, flushing,
Edema.
Pulmonary conditions including chest tightness, dyspnea, decreased pulmonary
Function.
Gastrointestinal conditions including nausea, belching.
Ocular (burning).
Oral (pressure in ears, tooth pain).
Dermal (itching, burning, pain).
Autonomic nervous system dysfunction (dysautonomia).
Based on numerous studies showing harmful biological effects from EMF and RF exposure,
medical conditions and disabilities that would more than likely benefit from avoiding exposure
include, but are not limited to:
Neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, and
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Neurological conditions (Headaches, depression, sleep disruption, fatigue,
dizziness, tremors, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, decreased memory,
attention deficit disorder, anxiety, visual disruption).
Fetal abnormalities and pregnancy.
Genetic defects and cancer.
Liver disease and genitourinary disease.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine was founded in 1965, and is an international association
of physicians and other professionals interested in the clinical aspects of humans and their environment.
The Academy is interested in expanding the knowledge of interactions between human individuals and their
environment, as these may be demonstrated to be reflected in their total health. The AAEM provides
research and education in the recognition, treatment and prevention of illnesses induced by exposures to
biological and chemical agents encountered in air, food and water.

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