The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), an “international association of physicians and other professionals interested in the clinical aspects of humans and their environment,” have released recommendations for patients with a broad array of illnesses and symptoms to avoid exposure to digital smart meters now being deployed internationally by governments and utilities.
The recommendation, which includes reference to 20 peer-reviewed studies showing biological harm from wireless technologies, indicates that patients with neurological, neurodegenerative diseases, genetic defects, cancer, and other conditions would benefit from avoiding pulsed RF radiation from smart meters. The recommendation says:
“Physicians of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine recognize that patients are being adversely impacted by electromagnetic frequency (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) fields and are becoming more electromagnetically sensitive.
The AAEM recommends: that no Smart Meters be on these patients’ homes, (and) that Smart Meters be removed within a reasonable distance of patients’ homes…”
This medical testimony is yet one more arrow in the quiver of those fighting the smart grid on medical disability and accessibility grounds. For those who suffer pain or ill effects from smart meter microwave radiation, the very least accommodation that the utility must provide is a zone of safety around one’s home. Any less can constitute forcible eviction and is a clear violation of human rights.
There is no “opt out” or “free choice” when the meter on your neighbor’s house 10 feet away is blasting you 24/7 and you are in agony in your own home. The AAEM’s medical recommendation asserts this basic fact and will now enter into play in state commission proceedings on the smart meter health issue nationally and internationally.
Because wireless can also cause illnesses and sensitivities, those who are healthy also have the right to avoid exposure. And of course no one- sick or healthy should have to pay a penalty protection racket fee simply to protect their own safety.
The Center for Electrosmog Prevention suggests that people consider filing a discrimination complaint with the federal government if utilities fail to accommodate these medical requirements.
For more on the increasing medical consensus around wireless biological harm, debate about smart meters in the Quebecois press, and a statement for MD’s to sign on to, see here.
For a California briefing that makes a good argument about smart meter opt out fee ADA violations, download this pdf: SMARTMETERS-ADA_Smart_Meter_Briefing_PDFA