Monday, September 24, 2018


It Seems to Me: ‘Smart meters’ hazardous

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As I sit composing this at one of my favorite coffee establishments, I am reminded, as I am daily, of the pain and discomfort experienced after the recent conversion of electric meters to “smart meters.”

As I procrastinated on writing this, I was filled with a sense of dread as I’m afraid the people with the power to change it will not do so. I have done extensive research on this subject and I feel I would be doing my fellow man and woman a disservice to stay silent any longer.

Smart meters are not only in Eau Claire and Altoona, but in many surrounding communities. I have had several decades of really good health, and that changed virtually overnight. I remember when smart meters were introduced in the USA, and there was an initial wave of complaints out of California and other states, which faded over time.

Smart meters pulse radiation that can pass through concrete walls and has a range up to two miles. There were lawsuits filed and some have been successful, others dismissed. I have read a wealth of information including many testimonials from those that suffer as I do, and I am very concerned. From what I understand, about five or 10 percent of the population are “electromagnetic sensitive” and have noticeable symptoms, but these meters cannot be good for anyone. I contend they are a gross injustice against humanity.

These meters communicate with each other 24 hours a day, every day. For me, these meters cause me to feel a “burn,” and other uncomfortable or painful sensations, and I have noticed some areas of town are worse than others. There is a wealth of information available online, including many testimonials from people of all walks of life, doctors included, that have suffered greatly.

These meters run on frequencies that are known to cause cancer in humans, but there are other health effects, including but not limited to: receding gums, eye swelling, weakness of limbs, abnormal sugar levels, balance problems, memory and concentration impairment, insomnia, headaches, agitation, nausea, dizziness and fatigue.

According to, “These meters transmit in two bandwidths — 900 and 915 megahertz. And it is transmitted from the meter omni directionally, meaning that our homes are constantly being bombarded with these Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMFs) 24 hours a day. And it gets worse. These particular EMFs are known to be extremely harmful to health. It is the equivalent range of a cellphone tower in your home. Always on. You can Google these effects for yourself (type in ‘900 megahertz dangers’). The health consequences are very real.”

I had called to complain about the new smart meters in my neighborhood only to be told there is nothing to worry about. The representative of the electric company insisted on sending me “supporting information” supposedly showing the safety of these meters. I had to move to get some relief.

Please do not believe anyone who claims these are safe. If you are suffering or concerned about this, please call your electric provider and ask for them to return to the safe analog meters. Ask your neighbors to do the same. Some electric companies give an option for opting out, but want to charge a monthly fee. But that might not help much, as the buildings in the surrounding area with the “smart meters” continue to pulse radiation.

If you feel you would like to combat some of the health-damaging effects, high amounts of vitamin C may offer some relief and also foods with a high ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) score such as blueberries, turmeric and broccoli.

Jarecki is a UW-Eau Claire graduate and Eau Claire resident.

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