Potential health risks nothing to go gaga over

Re: Going Gaga over smart meters (B.C. Views, March 16)

What would you say if the government forced you to smoke a pack of cigarettes  every day or to drink a bottle of scotch every day or to take a toxic chemical every day?

You would be outraged of course and refuse to put up with that. And yet, the B.C. government is in the final stages of starting the installation of 1.8 million wireless meters in your homes which will bombard you with radio/microwaves intermittently 24/7.

To use Dr. Blatherwick’s analogy, this would force yourself, your children, your pregnant wife, your elderly parents or grandparents and your pets to have a three whole minute conversation on the cellphone every single day, whether you like it or not, at any time of day or night, when you are sleeping, working  or watching TV or playing with your kids or your cat or dog.

There are thousands of studies proving the harmfulness of RF/microwaves on biological systems and yet wireless technology is becoming more and more common and widespread. Unfortunately, history shows that this is a common pattern – a technology or a chemical is introduced without appropriate safety studies and then years later evidence proves the danger of that – too late.

Electrosensitive prople are estimated to be between three per cent and 35 per cent of the population and this number is bound to grow bigger as we all get more and more saturated with this type of radiation. The Canadian Charter of Rights guarantees the rights of all the people and minorities but in this case the unfortunate guinea pigs of this dangerous mass experiment are looked at as nutcases and mostly ignored. The advice they are given is to live “out of major cities.” Is this the best our government has to offer to these unfortunate people who happen to be more sensitive than others? We should be grateful to these people as they are the canaries in the coalmine trying to warn us.

There are alternatives of course – we just have to make our voices heard and demand that these be considered. It is up to us.

Nabhraj Spogliarich

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