Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ June 2013

Holistic Health

Are Smart Meters Affecting Your or Your Pet’s Health?

By Anna Pritchard

I first heard that Smart Meters could be harmful to our health last summer from a close friend who is very knowledgeable about environmental issues.  Then, in July, I got a letter from Pepco letting me know that their workers would be around soon to install my Smart Meter.  I found a door hanger letting me know that the smart meter had been installed on 8 September 2012.  I really didn’t think much about it until I received Health Keeper’s Magazine that accompanied a nutritional program I am studying.  The cover story was entitled, “Is it Smart to Install Smart Meters?”

The article said that, “The information-carrying radio waves — transmitting 24/7 — will effectively blanket homes and neighborhoods with radiation that could adversely affect not just humans but all living systems.”  It went on to say that they could affect “…not only electro-hypersensitive persons, but children and pregnant women, persons with medical conditions such as heart arrhythmia, those with compromised immune systems, and others….

“Transmitted microwave and radio frequency radiation have the potential to cause serious long-term health consequences, even for those who do not notice overt symptoms.  The majority of independent studies report similar results:  DNA breakages, increased stress proteins, etc.  …Radio wave and microwave radiation are not just a problem for people, they are also causing serious problems for animals of all types….”

Anna Pritchard holds her cat Tasha.

Although I read this article, I did not take any action, hoping it was really nothing to worry about.  Three weeks after my Smart Meter was installed, I noticed that the pupil in the left eye of my 12-year-old cat, Tasha, which is normally black, was now burgundy-colored.  I took her to the veterinarian quickly and found that her retina had detached.  She had had no injury or fall.  Her blood pressure was 250 (it should be no more than 160), which is extremely and dangerously high and would account for her detached retina.

Tasha’s kidney and thyroid tests were negative and no other reason could be found for her high blood pressure.  I also noticed that I was having more fatigue than usual and began having ringing in my ears, which I did not associate with the smart meter until later.

Are Smart Meters Making You Sick?

There’s been an explosion in the number and diversity of electromagnetic field (EMF) sources in the past 30 years, including computer monitors, wireless routers, handheld gaming devices, and cell phones and their base stations.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “For some time a number of individuals have reported a variety of health problems that they relate to exposure to EMF.  While some individuals report mild symptoms and react by avoiding the fields as best they can, others are so severely affected that they cease work and change their entire lifestyle.  This reputed sensitivity to EMF has been generally termed Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, or EHS.”

Numerous WHO workshops and conferences have determined that, “EHS is characterized by a variety of nonspecific symptoms....  The symptoms most commonly experienced include dermatological symptoms (redness, tingling, and burning sensations) as well as neurasthenic and vegetative symptoms (fatigue, tiredness, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation, and digestive disturbances).  The collection of symptoms is not part of any recognized syndrome.  EHS resembles multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), another disorder associated with low-level environmental exposures to chemicals.”

Another WHO report stated that, “EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual.  The symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity.”

Pritchard shielded her smart meter from the outside of her house with four thicknesses of heavy duty aluminum foil.

Although it doesn’t appear that the U.S. is conducting any studies on EHS, other countries are.  Sweden has fully recognized EHS as a physical impairment and the Canadian government has started funding treatment of EHS.

For some sufferers, the only solution is to move to the National Radio Quiet Zone — 1,300 square miles straddling West Virginia and Virginia where omnidirectional and high-power transmissions are restricted — which was created by the Federal Communications Commission in 1958 to protect the radio telescopes at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, W.Va., and the Sugar Grove Research Facility at Sugar Grove, W.Va.  The NRQZ has attracted many people who believe they suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Research continues.  WHO, through its International EMF Project, is identifying research needs and coordinating a world-wide program of EMF studies to allow a better understanding of any health risk associated with EMF exposure.  Particular emphasis is placed on possible health consequences of low-level EMF.  Information about the EMF Project and EMF effects is provided at

Use the websites below to educate yourself about the health hazards associated with the radiation from smart meters:

I know this issue is controversial, but, as a holistic nurse, responsible pet guardian, and animal lover, I am not taking any chances.  I have requested that Pepco replace my new Smart Meter with the original analog meter ASAP.  Also, my fiancé helped me shield my smart meter from the outside and inside of my house with four thicknesses of heavy duty aluminum foil, a suggested temporary solution.   ■

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