Writer opposes smart meters

BC Center for Disease Control report points to damaging health effects from wireless devices

Editor, The Times:

The following press release is important because it just one more step on the way to education people about RF dangers and possibly getting our analog meters back where we demand they be returned.

Please read carefully and if you still have your analog remember you can phone in your meter readings. There is no need for them to be charging you to keep your analog or to have a smart meter installed, with signal turned off (which they can turn on again at will!) and still send in your readings.

Thank you for keeping up the fight against intrusive and unhealthy actions on the part of those out there who are there to serve our needs.

Suzanne Gravelle

Clearwater, B.C.

Citizens for Safe Technology Society

Based upon recent findings, the BC CDC recommends that males keep cell phones away from the groin area and limit mobile phone use. The report confirms that there is consistent evidence that exposure to testes is associated with reduced sperm count, motility, concentration and altered cell structure.

In its report, A Radio-frequency Toolkit for Environmental Health Practitioners, released March 7, 2013, the BC CDC states that “the epidemiological studies of men assessed for infertility were consistent in demonstrating decreased sperm motility associated with increased use of mobile phones” and “biological effects on sperm motility related to RF exposure.”

In the need to understand how harm is caused by exposure to microwave radio-frequency radiation, the review panel noted that “oxidative stress seems one of the more plausible mechanisms of RF-induced sperm damage. Mechanisms by which oxidative stress is caused by increased ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) and decreased antioxidant have been shown to exist in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.”

It is clear that our health agencies are still in the process of understanding risks from wireless technologies, however, the findings of the BC CDC are consistent with those of many international experts who continue to warn that prolonged exposure to low levels of microwave radio-frequency radiation from wireless devices, such as wi-fi, i-pads, cell and cordless phones and smart meters, can lead to serious health effects, especially for those most vulnerable in our society.

Citizens for Safe Technology Society applauds the BC Centre for Disease Control for this report, and calls for our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, to take immediate action to first protect our children and youth with the immediate recommendation that schools and homes return to safe wired technologies.


This BC CDC report, in concert with the 2011 WHO classification of radio-frequency radiation as a possible cause of cancer, must now prompt our health agencies to act without delay by implementing the precautionary principle to reduce the significant health risk to the public in general, with special focus on protecting the health of our children and youth today and for future generations.