Written by Amy Myers, MD
Smart sounds good, doesn’t it? We have smartphones that rarely leave our hands and smart meters on our homes sending data to our utility companies. We have smart speakers that are always listening, which can play music on command or place a delivery order for dinner. We are surrounded by brilliant technology that makes our lives easier.
These devices may be smart, however, how smart are we to use them? They communicate constantly through electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency waves that flow all around us. However, just like you want to drink clean water, breathe clean air, eat organic food and use clean body products, you’ll also want to secure a clean “electronic” environment too.
Let’s take a closer look at what a smart meter actually is and what the experts are saying. Then you can decide if you should be concerned about smart meter dangers and how they affect your health.
Contents 1. What is a Smart Meter?1.1. RF Radiation 2. Dangers of Smart Meters: Know the Truth 3. What is Dirty Electricity and How it is Related to Smart Meters? 4. What Do the Experts Say? 5. What Can I Do about Electropollution? 6. How Can I Make a Difference?6.1. Support Your Body’s Detoxification Process 7. Smart Meter Dangers FAQs7.1. Should I be concerned about smart meter dangers? 7.2. Do my wireless devices emit smart meter radiation? 7.3. How can I block smart meter radiation? 8. Article Sources 9. Free eBook
What is a Smart Meter?
We know about smartphones and other household conveniences, yet what is a smart meter, and should you be concerned about smart meter dangers? Most of us use electricity provided by an electric co-op or utility, and we have a meter on our home that measures usage. Traditionally, this is an analog meter that’s read monthly or bimonthly by an employee of the utility company.
The smart meter, also called an Advanced Meter Installation (AMI), is a two-way device used by utility companies to measure energy usage in your home. It’s mounted on the outside of your home like a traditional meter and is more common in newer homes.
No one has to come to read your meter because the meter sends data about your usage to the electric company. It does this quite frequently. As often as every 15 minutes, in fact. They use radiofrequency (RF) waves, a form of electromagnetic energy, to transmit energy consumption data to a central computer at the utility company. These RF waves move through space at the speed of light. The transmissions are sent using a method of communication based on either a cell phone, pager, satellite, radio, power line (PLC), WiFi or Internet (TCP/IP).
Utility companies first started using smart meters in Europe and now the practice has spread to the US. In fact, more than 43 million smart meters have been installed in homes and businesses in the US alone since 2012.1 This number is quickly rising thanks in large part to our government’s Smart Grid investment of $3.4 billion in 2009. A further 115 million smart meter deployments are projected by the end of 2021, meaning more than 75% of American homes will be exposed to smart meter dangers.2
Dangers of Smart Meters: Know the Truth
Those of you who are familiar with my work as a functional medicine physician know that I always advocate that we can take back control of our health. This includes informing ourselves as best we can about smart meter dangers.
I want to ensure you are aware of the information available on smart meter dangers. This way you can make informed decisions regarding your home environment, as I have recently done. One fact that cannot be ignored is that smart meters emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR) in the form of radiofrequency radiation, which is a byproduct of radiofrequency waves. No one disclaims this as one of the largest smart meter dangers.
RF radiation was classified in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), as “possibly carcinogenic (cancer-causing) to humans.” Furthermore, there is no data that shows RF radiation is safe. In fact, no one has conducted health studies on humans living in homes with smart meters. The World Health Organization is planning a formal assessment of the health effects from RF exposure, however, this report is not yet available.
People with smart meters in their homes have reported a sudden increase in dizziness, ear pain, memory problems, heart palpitations, anxiety, and sleep problems. We do know that exposure to large amounts of RF radiation as a result of accidents involving radar has caused severe burns. Whether in large or small amounts, RF radiation has adverse effects on your health.
The US safety limit for RF radiation is 1,000 micro-watts per meter squared. However, it’s not uncommon for some smart meters to produce up to 60 times this amount. That means the radiation from smart meters is equivalent to the output of 160 wireless devices such as cell phones. And smart meters are continuously transmitting data and producing RF radiation in and around your home.
The amount of RF energy exposure depends on how far the smart meter mounted on a building is from the smart meter antenna. However, there are simple ways you can protect yourself and your family from smart meter dangers. I’ll explain these after I talk about something called dirty electricity, which you can definitely clean up in your household.
What is Dirty Electricity and How it is Related to Smart Meters?
Most of our wireless devices and electronics are powered by direct current (DC) at about 12 volts. However, our modern electrical circuits use alternating current (AC) at 120 or 240 volts. Our electronic devices have to convert the AC power to DC power. This conversion creates dirty electricity in the form of erratic electromagnetic interference (EMI) which is also a type of ionizing radiation such as RF.
This dirty electricity travels through your home’s electrical system and radiates into the environment through outlets, power strips, wireless devices, and electronics, polluting your environment with “electropollution.”3 Smart meters exacerbate this problem by contributing significantly to the levels of dirty electricity in a home.
This is due to the repeated spikes and surges of higher frequencies of electricity that run throughout every circuit of a home with a smart meter. Electropollution can travel through the air at a high frequency, contaminating every room in your house. However, the good news is that just as we would filter our air, we can filter out electropollution and protect ourselves from smart meter dangers.
What Do the Experts Say?
If you ask your utility company if a smart meter impacts your health, you’ll likely be told there is no health risk. We do not live in a perfect world, however, and the evidence behind smart meter dangers shows quite the opposite.
More and more scientific evidence — not mere speculation — links dirty electricity to a vast array of physical, emotional, and cognitive health problems. According to the BioInitiative Working Group, more than 6,000 studies show the correlation of electromagnetic energy with harmful effects, chronic conditions, and disease.4
There is also evidence that electropollution triggers an immune system response. That’s because the body thinks the electrical fields are foreign invaders similar to bacteria and viruses. As I’ve seen with thousands of patients in my functional medicine clinic, chronic inflammation leads to fatigue, cognitive problems, brain fog, irritability, anxiety, and memory loss. It is the root cause of autoimmune disease. In fact, chronic electrical exposure triggers symptoms that mirror those experienced in dozens of autoimmune diseases.5
According to David O. Carpenter, MD, radiofrequency exposure at elevated levels for a long period of time increases the risk of cancer, damages the nervous system, and causes sensitivity. It also has adverse health effects on the reproductive system and other organ systems. In addition, it elevates the levels of peroxynitrite (a toxin made by your body), which is linked with over 60 chronic diseases.
According to the World Health Organization, tissue heating is the principal mechanism of interaction between radiofrequency energy and the human body. Sam Milham, MD has spent nearly thirty years researching the impact of electric and magnetic fields (EMFs). He links dirty electricity to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and suicide. He also connects it with neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
So far, Austria is the only country with a written suggestion for guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems. Globally, we have not yet conclusively solved — or even adequately studied — smart meter dangers. However, you can take control of your own health by cleaning up the electropollution in your home. Let me tell you how.
What Can I Do about Electropollution?
You can easily do a few simple things that will clean up your environment and reduce your exposure to radiation from smart meters. I can assure you they’re pretty quick and easy because I’ve done them myself.
Wondering how to block smart meter radiation? First, call your utility company to find out if you have a smart meter. Some states have an “opt out” program that will allow you to use a traditional meter for an additional fee each month. I recommend you have your smart meter removed if you have one and replaced with a traditional meter if you can. This is what I did after learning more about smart meter dangers.
If you cannot opt-out of having a smart meter, install a lining or RF blocking paint inside your home. You can also install a smart meter guard, which is a cover you can place over your smart meter. It’s made of a conductive metal mesh screen that will block 90% to 95% of the RF radiation emitted from the smart meter. They are highly effective, not very expensive, and are very easy to install.
There are plenty of ways to eliminate much of the “dirty electricity” in your home, however the easiest step is to unplug items you aren’t actively using. Simply turning items off isn’t always enough as many small appliances continue to draw power from the grid even when they’re not on.
How Can I Make a Difference?
First, you can help mobilize citizens to make a difference in a few ways. Start informing your neighbors about smart meter dangers, and let them know that smart meters aren’t a must-have. They’re simply a way for utility companies to eliminate jobs and have a minute-by-minute picture of how you use their products. They’re not there for your health or your convenience! The Myers Way® Facebook Community is a great place to discuss smart meter dangers with like-minded people who are also concerned about the safety of their home environments.
You can also tell your local, state, and federal representatives that you’re aware of smart meter dangers and don’t want smart meter services. It’s primarily the government, not individuals, who determine if smart meters are installed. States have Smart Grid Related Legislation.7 Find out what yours is, and take action.6 Find out what yours is, and take action.
Support Your Body’s Detoxification Process
Once you’ve removed your smart meter, the next step is to detoxify your body from RF, EMF, and EMR radiation exposure.
I recommend a glutathione supplement to support your body’s natural detoxification pathways. Glutathione is your body’s master detoxifier. No other nutrient works harder to detoxify your body. Concentrated in your liver, glutathione is your body’s most important molecule when it comes to detoxifying heavy metals and toxins created by radio wave frequencies.
It also helps the body process and eliminate other toxins such as those found in plastics and conventional body products. When you’re under stress or toxic burden, glutathione is rapidly depleted, so supplementation can be crucial in effectively mediating these challenges.
Glutathione Glutathione is the body’s most powerful detoxifier and important for everyone! It is critical for a strong immune system and clearing toxins from your body.
Smart Meter Dangers FAQs
https://www.amymyersmd.com/article/dangerous-smart-meter/ Should I be concerned about smart meter dangers?
Smart meters emit electromagnetic radiation in the form of radiofrequency radiation, which has been classified as “possibly carcinogenic (cancer-causing) for humans.” Furthermore, there has been no data that shows radiofrequency radiation is safe. For this reason, it’s important to inform yourself of the dangers of smart meter radiation exposure in your home.https://www.amymyersmd.com/article/dangerous-smart-meter/ Do my wireless devices emit smart meter radiation?
Both smart meters and wireless devices emit RF radiation, however it is not uncommon for some smart meters to produce up to 60 times the US safety limit of 1,000 micro-watts per meter squared. That means the radiation from smart meters is equivalent to the output of 160 wireless devices such as cell phones. https://www.amymyersmd.com/article/dangerous-smart-meter/ How can I block smart meter radiation?
If you’re wondering how to block smart meter radiation and can’t opt out of having a smart meter, there are RF blocking paints and smart meter guards that you can install to protect your home from smart meter radiation.
Smart Meters Aren't Smart About Privacy. Paul Zummo. American Public Power Association. 2014.
75% of US Households Have Smart Meters - Report. Smart Energy International. 2021.
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BioInitiative Report 2014-2020. Bioinitiative. 2012.
Dirty Electricity: A Growing Health Concern. Dirty Elecricity.
States Get Smart: Encouraging and Regulating Smart Grid Technologies. Cassarah Brown. NCSL. 2013.