How to Protect Yourself from a Smart Meter

by Sarah Green LivingComments: 228

My friend Stanley Fishman, author of the acclaimed cookbooks Tender Grassfed Meat and  Tender Grassfed Barbecue, lives in California and, like many folks around the United States, has been dealing with the physical stress of having a smart meter installed at his home against his will.

The option to use an analog meter and have this health sucking device removed from one’s home has only recently become available in some localities.  Unfortunately, the pace of getting them removed has been painfully slow in some cases.

Whether you are waiting your turn to get your smart meter removed or still fighting for the right to opt out in the first place, here are some steps you can take based on what Stanley discovered to proactively protect yourself from a smart meter’s harmful effects.

1. Q-Links. A Q-Link is a pendent that has been designed to strengthen the electromagnetic field of the body. The electromagnetic field generated by our bodies does protect against emissions. It was designed by a Stanford academic who specializes in the study of fine energies.

The Q-Link contains certain metals and a computer chip, and is powered by being worn. This sounds strange, and some may consider it to be hokum. But it really did help Stanley, who ended up wearing it almost 24/7.

There are a variety of Q-Links available. Some can be quite expensive, as they are made for decorative purposes as well,  though the basic no frills model is much cheaper. All models work the same, except there is the classic version and a more modern version that is supposed to work better.

In Stanley’s opinion based on his research, the difference between the two is hard to find. In summary, the cheapest model is very helpful, and there is no need to buy the expensive decorative models. The link comes with a cord that works fine, and there is no need to get a gold or silver chain.  Stanley feels the Q-Link was the most effective protection he and his wife found against the smart meter installed at their home.

2. Metal. Find out where the meter is and place a lot of metal between it and your home. This is difficult to do, as the meter is usually attached to one of your walls. The idea is to place some metal shielding between yourself and the meter. The meter emits dangerous EMFs in a fan shaped curve, so it is best to have metal for a number of feet to the sides of your wall directly opposite the meter.

Stanley’s meter was opposite the kitchen, directly opposite some kitchen cupboards. He tried foil, that did no good. Eventually, he placed a number of old aluminum pans in the cupboards opposite the meter, propping them up so they formed  a shield. This did help, but not as much as the Q-Link.

3. Distance. The closer you are to the meter, the more emissions you get. Every foot makes a significant difference. Be sure that everyone sleeps as far from the meter as possible, and spend as little time in close proximity to the meter as possible. This can be quite difficult, depending on the layout of your home. It is also best to stay away from the meter when you are outdoors. Stanley ended up spending most of his time in the end of his house that was furthest from the meter. The further away you are from the meter, the better.

Ultimately, Stanley tried many other things as well, but the above three strategies were the only ones that made a difference.

None of them solved the problem completely, but using all three of them did help a great deal. There are a lot of expensive devices that are supposed to protect against smart meters and dirty electricity. After evaluating them, Stanley was not confident that they would help, so he did not try them. Other people may have found other ways that help, but this is what he found.

The best protection is, of course, to get the smart meter removed or never have it installed in the first place – to opt out. The more of your neighbors that opt out, the better for everyone, as smart meters bounce signals from house to house. At least getting the smart meter out ends the dirty electricity problems, and will usually put you a lot further from a smart meter, and ends the transmission of your power usage.

This is not true for everybody, as people who live in apartment buildings can be near too many smart meters, as often the meters for every apartment in the building are placed together, often concentrated near one or two apartments.

Thank you Stanley, for providing your wisdom to all of us.  There are many people out there struggling with health issues related to their smart meter, and hopefully these strategies can help them until they are able to move or opt out of those unhealthy devices once and for all!

Note: If the health dangers of smart meters is new to you, click here for information on smart meters from a Harvard MD who has worked in the area of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and public health for over 18 years.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


More Information

Are AMR Devices Safer than Smart Meters?

Fitbit Health Dangers

Reducing Exposure to Dirty Electricity

The Health Hazards of Wireless Baby Monitors

Harvard MD Speaks Out about the Health Dangers of Smart Meters

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Comments (228)

  • Paul

    A great way to drastically reduce the RF Radiation emitted by Smart meters is to install an RF Meter Shield. The RF Meter Shield is the easy and inexpensive way for protection from potentially harmful RF & EMF radiation emitted by smart meters (A.K.A. advanced meters). Simply slip the RF Meter Shield over the smart meter’s glass globe and the RF & EMF radiation is reduced by over 80%. The RF Meter Shield also prevents Wi-Fi interference.

    October 26th, 2015 9:17 am Reply


    January 12th, 2015 2:41 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist


      January 12th, 2015 7:31 pm Reply
  • steven

    My mother has been getting these crazy head aches doctors don’t know what to do? Than I realized a smart meter sits on the exterior wall of her bedroom….any cheap solutions?

    November 9th, 2014 9:23 pm Reply
  • tom

    i have looked into this problem its two parted first the RF is transmitted into the air at high power and second it leaks into your wiring the claim that it will save you money based on pro rated service during the day is bogus when everybody else using more power the rate goes up so you save nothing it really goes up unless you chose to do your cloths at 1 am in the morning and cook your food at 3 am but then the RF leaking into your wiring will cause your appliances to work less efficiently

    the solution to this if you are forced to have a smart meter is 2 fold certain types of building materials will help greatly first aluminum siding and then foil faced insulation many layers is the key another thing that will help is using aluminum foil as wall paper then prime over it using a primer for metal then paint as normal

    oh ya protecting your incoming wiring little things called emi filters

    these methods combined will reduce your exposure to almost nill inside your home but will not protect you when you walk out your front door

    the power of a transmitter is also an issue some parts of the surveillance grid put out very small amounts of power as low as 20 micro amp according to wiki that is debatable still but when everything from your tee shirt and jeans to your microwave oven is transmuting something it adds up rather quickly using wifi not a problem if you avoid getting the biggest highest power device you can get or keeping your distance from it if microwaving your new clothes is a good idea it will disable any hidden RFiD tags putting some form of microwave adsorbing martial behind your microwave would help as well simply put tinted glass or tinted lexan mylar or even water bottles your not gonna much from the sides of the microwave and not much you can do about the door being practical

    to put this in prospective a smart meter puts out more power then a cell phone and more then most cellphone towers while the so called collector units put out even more still

    i had to look into this in more detail as i plan to be moving into a really nice place but this part of town has had their smart meters installed and we have a wifi propagation issue to top it off being its a concrete walls not much gets through we figured it out but its not perfect it will get the signal through blocking out the smart meters was part of the issue controlling reflections is another part and reducing all other sources of interference was another big part but a low power wifi signal is not the issue raise the background and all of sudden low power is not an option nor is the background low power to top it off i trust the movement will succeed and our health will be safe fairly soon

    October 23rd, 2014 7:54 am Reply
    • David Fyhrie

      Please learn how to use a period to end a sentence. You have lots if interesting findings but it’s so hard to figure out exactly what you trying to communicate. I hope this helps.

      May 27th, 2015 12:41 pm Reply
  • Dan

    Smart meters are being installed at homes. There are simple kits to reduce your risk in Smart meters radiation, you cans search for them online.

    October 8th, 2014 5:02 am Reply
  • RD Shugart

    Does anyone have a link for the EMF blocking paint?

    October 30th, 2013 12:42 pm Reply
  • xfahctor

    I stopped reading at “Q-Link Pendant”. Just the simple fact that you’re pushing that sort of quackery was enough for m to dismiss the rest of this pseudo-science dribble.

    October 22nd, 2013 10:55 am Reply
  • Megan

    These cowards are using nikola tesla invwntions to torture people. Blaming it on nature just to get money from pharmaceuticals, poor souls. What goes around comes around.

    September 2nd, 2013 6:56 pm Reply
  • Chris

    Gee, i sure hope any of you nut jobs aren’t reading this via a wi-fi access point, and I sure hope non of your neighbors have one, as they are the exact same radio frequency range, and about the same power, and actually IN your house – BUT – since this is being installed by the evil electric company, THIS is going to harm you.

    August 28th, 2013 5:28 pm Reply
  • John

    I used smart meter protection standart shielding kit and its works great for me, from this company:

    July 14th, 2013 4:49 am Reply
  • Kimberly Jernigan Tidwell via Facebook

    they impose EVERYTHING on us…crazy

    May 10th, 2013 10:05 pm Reply
  • Rob Crampton

    Sarah, what are your thoughts on the Magnetico bed pads that where presented by Dr. Bonlie at the 2012 Wise Traditions conference? I understand they have the ability to create their own EMF that is complimentary to ours and can shield us from harmful EMF’s while we sleep.

    May 10th, 2013 2:51 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Horst Campbell via Facebook

    i am pretty sure we don’t have smart meters yet, but not 100% on how to know for sure. but it occurs to me that it wouldn’t do much good to shield my own meter because we live in townhomes and there’s some on the sides and across a narrow alley from us, so we’d still get that emf.

    May 10th, 2013 12:39 am Reply
  • Bruce

    I used to be sensitive to EMF but have found that since I discovered fermented vegies I can tolerate it much better. Since discovering Nourishing Traditions & GAPS my health has improved along with sensitivity to EMF, and I believe the fermented vegies made the greatest difference. We don’t have smart meters yet, but it’s good to have this info as there are people pushing for them to be introduced. There is also a push for smart water meters. I presume these are similar but haven’t seen anything written about them. Thank you for what you are doing with this site.

    May 9th, 2013 10:14 pm Reply
  • Brandy

    hey everyone, I found this today after freaking out about our new house being built with one of these:

    Anyone else have one?

    May 9th, 2013 9:26 pm Reply
  • John Burchett via Facebook

    this is complete and utter bull poo. There is more EM your computer and any other electronic gadget. Anyone who would have believe this tripe have no understanding of basic physics, let alone EM. I officially pity you.

    May 9th, 2013 8:33 pm Reply
    • simon

      apperantly you have know idea what your talking about. The model they just installed here puts about app 1000x more rf then my extended distance router, it is to build a smart grid.

      August 13th, 2014 3:22 pm Reply
  • V Francis Shapanus via Facebook

    It took me six years to get a smart meter and I am a reliability engineer. You can find my filings and reports on the MD PSC site. Non-ionizing radiation is not harmful. These meters have been installed in California from the time its power industry was deregulated. Also in Europe and other countries for almost ten years. If you want an accurcate and reliable household power consumption data then you should have a solid state meter with temperature compensation. Opt out option is fine. I don’t recommend it as a power engineer but you have a choice.

    May 9th, 2013 4:01 pm Reply
  • Joshua N Heather Eads via Facebook

    Anita Schatz, how do you suggest getting it removed? I can’t imagine simply calling and asking to have it removed will be effective, although I am preparing to do that right this very minute. What next steps, if they refuse, do you (or anyone else) suggest? I really do want to get rid of this thing immediately for the health and safety of my family.

    May 9th, 2013 2:15 pm Reply
  • Anita Schatz via Facebook

    My question to them would be, you came and read my meter without charging me many years before this time….so why am I being charged now?

    May 9th, 2013 2:10 pm Reply
  • Anita Schatz via Facebook

    My question to them would be, you came and read my meter without charging me many years before this time….so why am I being charged now?

    May 9th, 2013 2:10 pm Reply
  • Anita Schatz via Facebook

    You’re likely to experience more than buzzing.

    May 9th, 2013 2:08 pm Reply
  • Anita Schatz via Facebook

    I would do whatever I could to get that removed. I’ve seen posts on it also causing infertility. If you want to be a grandmom some day, get rid of it.

    May 9th, 2013 2:08 pm Reply
  • Anita Schatz via Facebook

    This is the problem….they don’t tell us about garbage like this and unless we trip over it, we are lead like cattle to the slaughter.

    May 9th, 2013 2:07 pm Reply
  • Anita Schatz via Facebook

    Please share that link on my Timeine once you’ve found it. Thanks.

    May 9th, 2013 2:05 pm Reply
  • Theresa Grant via Facebook

    You have got to be kidding me. I’ve never heard of this. Pretty sure ours is the same. We are all doomed I tell you…

    May 9th, 2013 1:56 pm Reply
  • Summer At TheShore via Facebook

    I’m on PGE and I’m tempted to make the switch, but it’s like 80$ for the labor, then an extra 10$ a month for them to manually read your meter. It’s very tempting but if my neighbors’ meters are still affecting us, is there any point? And our meter is on the side of our house opposite our bedrooms so at least there’s a little distance. Just curious if it’s worth it or not.

    May 9th, 2013 1:42 pm Reply
  • Christi

    Thank you so much for this post! We are in the process of building our house and I had spec’d an induction stove, I had no idea EMF’s were so dangerous. If only you had posted this yesterday it would of saved us wiring such expensive copper 😉 Keep up the good work, people like us appreciate your informative posts.

    May 9th, 2013 12:28 pm Reply
  • Lindsey Curtis Costa via Facebook

    How much EMFs are emitted by a breaker box? Our breaker box is on the outside of our house against our bedroom wall.

    May 9th, 2013 12:14 pm Reply
  • Julie De Groot Radmacher via Facebook

    Ours just showed up one day. It was spooky how someone came into our loud locked gate into our backyard & switched it all without us knowing until s few weeks later when we noticed the meter had changed. Creepy!

    May 9th, 2013 12:04 pm Reply
  • Heidi Shore Schultz via Facebook

    May 9th, 2013 11:58 am Reply
  • Stephanie Harris via Facebook

    I think we had this discussion. Not sure if it was you and me…:)

    May 9th, 2013 11:54 am Reply
  • Stephanie Harris via Facebook

    I think we had this discussion. Not sure if it was you and me…:)

    May 9th, 2013 11:54 am Reply
  • Anne Power via Facebook

    Say no to smart meters

    May 9th, 2013 11:54 am Reply
  • Jennifer Sollecito via Facebook

    Stephanie Harris was it you I was talking about this with?

    May 9th, 2013 11:27 am Reply
  • Melinda Nelson via Facebook

    I called and wrote and faxed and they finally let me keep it. THEN they came and changed it when I was gone!! I called on the emergency number, on the weekend and they had it changed back in two days. You really have to be assertive. Be bold!

    May 9th, 2013 10:48 am Reply
  • Alicia

    Sarah, thank you for posting and doing the research. I have watched you on YouTube and have liked your page on Facebook. Keep up the great work you do. Those who don’t do the research and think you’re crazy are sheep!

    May 9th, 2013 10:41 am Reply
  • Joshua N Heather Eads via Facebook

    I had no idea that we had a smart meter on our house because the display is not digital…it looks exactly like the old ones. It finally clicked one day when my grandfather down the street was telling me how much electric he had used that day. Duh! It’s right on the outside wall along my daughters’ bedroom where their beds are. I’ve been concerned about it causing problems for them.

    May 9th, 2013 10:25 am Reply
  • Elva Roosevelt Aldridge via Facebook

    We need to find out where the meter is located

    May 9th, 2013 10:24 am Reply
  • Keith Gillie via Facebook

    There are many sources of radio waves around us all the times. TV, 2 way radios, computer wireless systems, radio etc, etc,etc….

    Anything electrical will produce EMFs.

    It’s all around us at all times.

    The power company installed a smart meter at our place. I can’t wait until they start using it so I can stop reading the meter. One less thing to do….


    May 9th, 2013 10:19 am Reply
    • Rosebud

      Yes. Stop the panic. Why worry when your meter blows up the house. For God sake you have insurance don’t you!. Silly twits!!

      July 19th, 2015 5:25 am Reply
  • Mike Spreafico via Facebook


    May 9th, 2013 10:16 am Reply
  • Juliana Sutton via Facebook

    Though I don’t have the source on hand, it is believed that one reason they are dangerous is because the pineal gland, a very important part of the human brain, can’t really tell the difference between light, and the the signals/frequencies put off by the smart meters. This causes major distribution within the endocrine system, and has the potential to even increase cancer rates. I will send along links once I can find them again :)

    May 9th, 2013 9:56 am Reply
  • Lisa Lacey via Facebook

    Where we live you have NO choice about having a “SMART” meter! The government has forced every home into having one. :(

    May 9th, 2013 9:48 am Reply
  • Hillary Moore via Facebook

    Ugh we have one of these things on the back of our house and I can hear it buzzing ALL the time!!! It’s horrible!! My sleep quality has steadily declined since we moved in. :(

    May 9th, 2013 9:40 am Reply
  • Rebecca Girouard via Facebook

    beware of Qlinks…I have been told by reputable sources the product is not what is claimed…people need to know their science about how things work to know what they are getting.

    May 9th, 2013 9:31 am Reply
  • Christina Moore via Facebook

    I am thankful I had the choice to opt out, but the $15/month the utility co is charging to manually read my meter is annoying. While my kiddos are small though I feel like it is worth it

    May 9th, 2013 9:30 am Reply
  • Karen Colburn via Facebook

    “smart meters bounce signals from house to house ” …. so no matter what you do, you can’t get away from them ???

    May 9th, 2013 9:20 am Reply
  • Nik Paul via Facebook

    You can also put a tensor ring around the meter. Very simple, yet very powerful. We are beings of resonance, harmful frequencies wreak havoc on organisms.

    May 9th, 2013 9:18 am Reply
  • Darin Emily Hyden via Facebook

    I was working in my yard when the electric company pulled on with the intention of changing my meter. We were never informed that they were making the changes. I said not to change it and the man tried to explain that it was NOT a smart meter. I told him I was not uneducated about it, so he told me he would pass us up but in a couple of years, we would not have an option…

    May 9th, 2013 9:04 am Reply
  • Mary Parrish-Mercer via Facebook

    We built our house in 2005. We have a digital meter – which I assume- its a smart meter- could I get mine switched to an analog meter? Are the laws different for each state? I’m in WV

    May 9th, 2013 9:01 am Reply
  • rebecca

    I can believe the dangers of a meter emitting harmful rays… but I don’t believe that wearing some hokey pendant will stop it. Buying in to that? Talk about sheep…

    May 9th, 2013 8:57 am Reply
  • Mark Krehbiel via Facebook

    One idea but will take some thinking on how to do it safelty …. Lead sheets are easy to buy. Amazon even lists them. It takes very little to shield alot. Doesn’t have to be thick at all. I put some around a little cardboard box and slid my phone in and called it and it was totally shielded (blocked). So ? How to do it safetly. Well I would wear gloves, perhaps the throw away medical ones. I thought of laying out the sheets on newspaper and laying contact paper on both sides and around the edges. Would seal it in nicely. Can wash the contact paper after wrapping it to be extra careful. Tack to wall the meter is on. Maybe even go so far as to put it around the sides of the meter outside with duct or electrical tape to keep the signal only going straight out the front where they need it.

    May 9th, 2013 8:54 am Reply
  • Sherry Benge via Facebook

    Wow, these should come with labels also! I work at electric company and customers only save $11/mo on avg. with these and many do it ‘to be responsible’ to ‘saving energy’. There are daily shutoffs, which we can each purchase timers to do on our own. During ‘crisis’ times, when energy is needed, these customers go down with other ‘load’ minimizing efforts. The only benefit is to the electric company. Makes me think of the brownouts in California – they were contrived to sell electric utility stocks – remember Enron? Great post!

    May 9th, 2013 8:49 am Reply
  • Mike Spreafico via Facebook

    how are EMF`s supposed to be dangerous?

    May 9th, 2013 8:45 am Reply
    • Alicia

      Do the research!

      May 9th, 2013 10:44 am Reply
  • Ashley Correlli via Facebook

    I live in a condo complex, every persons for the whole building is all together on one wall- just happens to be up against our bedroom :( can wait to move…

    May 9th, 2013 8:43 am Reply
  • Annie Bodhi via Facebook

    even if i was able to have the option to keep my analog meter, my neighbors’, which are no further than 50 feet in any direction might not see things the same way. so i’d be bombarded by EMFs.

    May 9th, 2013 8:40 am Reply
  • Alicia Selsing Walker via Facebook

    I rent and I checked a while back and we have one :-(

    May 9th, 2013 8:32 am Reply
  • Janet

    My meter looks like an old one, but I’m not sure. It has the wheels spinning and says it’s a single phase SJ model. I’ve been here over a year and I’ve never seen a meter reader.

    February 17th, 2013 10:32 pm Reply
  • Janet

    So if the dumb smart meter is on a wall outside of the kitchen, which ways do the waves pulse? In a U shape? How far out? I can’t put anything on the inside of the wall. Does covering it in aluminum foil work? If it does, will they have to come to the house to read the meter? If I hang a pan on it will the electric company come take the pan off or give me a fine? I don’t have the capacity to build a box over it.

    February 17th, 2013 9:05 pm Reply
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  • Stephanie

    I just received notice that smart meters are going tobe installed in my neighborhood. There is no option to opt out. I am very upset. I hate Duke energy.

    August 14th, 2012 10:44 am Reply
  • jpm32526

    If you people are getting freaked out about a smart meter, I hope you have also gotten rid of your cell phones, wireless phone, ipad, laptop computer, wireless internet connection, pager, don’t live within a mile or so of a cell tower, no TV, radio, or any wireless communication devices of any kind. Unless you live in the Yukon region, you will be bathed in RF energy all day long. All these devices work in the same frequency bands, 433MHz (weather stations, etc.), 850MHz (cell phones pagers), 1900MHz (cell phones & pagers), or 2.4GHz (garage door openers, wireless phones, etc). You can’t escape RF. You are all going to DIE! Or you can just not worry about it, because it is harmless. As an EE and RF Engineer responsible for the installation of thousands of cell sites, I did have to take care of the safety aspects of the tower crews and make sure the RF energy levels were within safe guidelines. It is only harmful of you are within a few dozen meters of the antennas of a cell site and you just stay there all day.

    Have a safe, rational day. Or tighten up the tin-foil caps.

    June 27th, 2012 6:14 pm Reply
    • The Non-Toxic Nurse

      jpm32526, where is your PhD or MD from again? Which experiments on the effects of radiofrequency radiation on human physiology were you a part of again? I would sure like to know, because many MDs and PhDs who HAVE actually assessed the effects of radiofrequency radiation on the human body, AND actually understand the finer points of human physiology, beg to differ with you. Actually, many EE and RF engineers also disagree with you, but they are likely not being paid by cell phone companies. No one said the other things you mentioned are safe–we are all perfectly capable of understanding the electromagnetic spectrum and reading the specs on the backs of devices, but thanks for your condescending comments! The “guidelines” you speak of and purport to be “safe” are a joke and are based on the thermal aspects of RFR only. The non-thermal dangers of RFR are well-established, well documented, and involve deadly damage such as disruption of heat shock proteins (as in those proteins that repair errors in our DNA and keep us cancer free) . . . only I bet you do not have time for such heavy scientific reading given all of the cell towers you are being paid to erect. Call us “irrational” and crack jokes if you like. I call you a “bought boy,” and consider your salary to be “blood money.” P.S., If you really do believe what you wrote, then I suggest you do some reading. Start with the Bioinitiative Report!

      June 27th, 2012 10:05 pm Reply
  • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

    Dana, I have no idea whether or not such devices work as they claim. I also do not have the knowledge of physics and/or electrical engineering required to evaluate them in an educated manner. The fact that they largely claim to employ patented, proprietary technologies makes it even more difficult to evaluate them–even if one had the time or know-how to self-teach the physics and engineering necessary to evaluate them. Due to the preceding, in our home, my husband and I have chosen to try and eliminate exposures at the source, rather than rely on protective devices. When it comes to the DECT baby monitor’s of today, they are literally like having a CELL TOWER next to your baby (this coming from PhD scientists, not just me), so I would no personally rely on any device to mitigate that risk. I too was nervous about not having a monitor on my child. I am a NICU nurse. We are as Type A/control freak as they come. Every time I go to work I am charged with taking care of babies who should still be protected in the womb. It tends to leave us a bit hyper-vigilant if you know what I mean. I am used to seeing my tiny patient’s vitals at all times on a large screen. It was a scary thing for me to let go of the idea of “needing” a baby monitor. I feel your pain. Our mothers never had baby monitors though, nor did our grandmothers. We may have cried a bit, but at least our brains and bone marrow were not being exposed to DNA scrambling radiofrequency radiation. Plus, moms of today know to not have bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, or loose blankets in the crib with the baby, so our kids have that advantage over previous generations. I looked at giving up WiFi, cordless phones, and our baby monitor as just another prong of my family’s desire to regain the health we were created to have by making choices such as eating traditional foods. In the case of baby monitors, it seems that in order to keep our babies truly safe we may have to relinquish the baby monitor. If you are going to, or have to, use a cell phone, then you may choose to use the diode for the chance it works–but do not expect it to protect you and your family from cell phones. Along with the diode, take the measures of buying only low SAR cell phones, using them mostly for texting, using them on speaker only if a call is truly necessary, and not using them near your kids, who are much more susceptible to radiofrequency radiation than adults. However, I would not risk a baby monitor next to my baby’s head knowing what I now know–diode or not.

    May 17th, 2012 5:25 pm Reply
  • Dena

    Thank you for your quick response, Nicole. That is helpful! I wonder what your opinion would be on these EMF neutralizing diodes…
    have you ever heard of them and do you think they work? I found out about them from a homeopathic doc we’ve been do a few times. The one I linked to is for the circuit breaker to cover the whole house. I’ve thought about getting it but haven’t yet. I currently have a couple cell phone diodes – 1 on my phone and 1 beneath my infant’s monitor. I do like being able to see her with the video monitor but not if it’s putting her at risk. Hoping this might be a good solution. What do you think!?

    May 17th, 2012 3:08 pm Reply
  • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

    Dena, that is wonderful that they came out and replaced it right away! The facts that there is no FCC notation and that someone will have to come out and read it monthly are great signs that they are not trying to pass off a smart meter as a regular analog meter. However, I would make sure that someone actually gets out of the car, walks up to the meter, looks at the meter, and copies numbers from the meter each month. I say this because I have a smart meter, but the type I have requires a meter reader to drive through my neighborhood with a special device that “reads” my meter from the road. My power company calls this “someone coming out to read the meter.”

    Knowing what I now know about wireless devices, I have boxed up my DECT baby monitor and will be disposing of it along with my cordless phones. Even if your monitor is not a high-frequency/”DECT”-type monitor, it is still operating in a range that has been found to have effects on human health. Actually, the baby monitors I have looked at fall in the same range as the frequencies emitted by the various transmitters in smart meters, AND baby monitors are typically right next to our children the whole time they sleep:-( Some monitors are sound-activated and transmit only when activated by sound, but most just broadcast the entire time they are on–like a wireless router does.

    I now make sure I am within earshot while my 2.5-year-old daughter is napping. If I have another child, I will not use a baby monitor. I just cannot justify the risk.

    Here is a video, by Magda Havas, PhD, which reveals what our baby monitors etc. would sound like if we could hear the radiofrequency waves we have allowed in our home: .

    May 17th, 2012 12:05 am Reply
  • Dena

    I called this week and had our company remove the smart meter. They came out right away which I appreciated but the one they replaced it with is still digital. I called back to inquire and they said it is an analog meter with a digital face. Someone will still have to come read it monthly and there is no FCC that I can find anywhere on it. Do you think this seems right? I have alerted all of my neighbors and am trying to get as many of them to have theirs removed as well! Also, is it your opinion that we should not be using any type of wireless video monitors like we have since our son was born 2.5 years ago (and now with our daughter who is 6 months).

    May 16th, 2012 3:00 pm Reply
  • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

    Awesome plan of action Beth! Thanks for posting the text of the bill. I was going to try to do that later today, but follow-through can be a bit hard with a two-year-old who wants me to play all day:-)

    Yes, even though your smart meter is a water meter I would not doubt that the RFR is affecting your health if it is in your house. They theoretically emit less RFR than the electric meters, but even small amounts of lower frequency RFR is known to have effects on human physiology:-(

    May 6th, 2012 3:48 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Janice (and Nicole), that’s interesting because the smart meter that I referenced earlier is for water and to my knowledge it’s the only kind we have on our property so far (if the electric one is still analog, which I think it is because it has the spinning wheels and no digital readout). The water smart meter is installed in our basement (I never should have let that guy in the house!). It is the thing that, in retrospect, seems to coincide with my waking up for several long hours every night, a pattern that started a couple of years ago. The smart water meter was also installed a couple of years ago.

    So, I agree, I wouldn’t just sit passively by. It’s time to ask your state legislators to pass the law that Vermont did. Here is the bill that was passed there:
    (the old language is crossed out and the new language, now enacted, is underlined).

    Contact your senator and representative for your local neighborhood district (state level legislators, not national level) and give them a copy of this bill and tell them the reasons you want them to pass one like it, and then send the same thing to your governor. Give them copies of the sources Sarah cited, including the one linked in her last post on this, from the Environmental Medicine Doctors. Then follow up with phone calls and emails and ask others to join in the effort.

    We ALL need to do this. It’s the way local government works… if or when it works FOR the people, which it does sometimes.

    May 6th, 2012 2:30 pm Reply
  • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

    Janice, from what I have read, the water meters are a bit less of a threat than the electric meters. This is because the water meters should never have ZigBee chips in them and are not designed to be a player in the coming Home Area Networks (HANs). Also, water meters tend to be farther away from the house, rather than attached to the house. The preceding said, it is not something I would want on my property. If they can read them without walking up to them, then they are emitting radiofrequency radiation. Contact your legislators. Vermont just passed S214, which allows Vermonters to always have the ability to opt out of smart meters and to not have to pay a monthly fee. I think it can be done, it is just going to take lots of phone calls, letters, and e-mails to law-makers–like they did in Vermont.

    May 6th, 2012 2:05 pm Reply
  • Beth

    They won’t unless enough people raise a fuss about it. Like anything else, it sometimes takes some forthright and enlightened souls to stand up and effect positive change.

    May 6th, 2012 2:03 pm Reply
  • Janice

    Anybody know if smart meters for water usage pose the same threats? The local authority came through the neighborhood and installed the smart meters on everyone’s property without any notice. We came home one day and there it was…they are all installed in the front of the houses so the meter readers can read them from the street without having to walk up to the houses…..From the local chatter that I heard, we have no option. They will not reinstall any old meters….

    May 6th, 2012 1:55 pm Reply
  • Candy

    Well we don’t plan to have one installed. We put ourselves on the opt-out list long ago. However, we have received a letter saying that it will cost us $75 to re-install our current meter and $10 a month into the future. I’m hoping for a class action suit. Those who have the new smart meters installed are charged nothing. Purely punitive.

    May 5th, 2012 11:32 pm Reply
  • jill

    So many seem to be concerned because of what’s happening to people. It’s not a matter of just “bugging” me. It’s already a known fact that kids are so much more vulnerable to this also so it only makes complete sense to keep informed, not just for our health, but for our families and most of all our children.

    May 3rd, 2012 5:21 pm Reply
  • Tawny Brown via Facebook

    Yea, I am not really that concerned about this. So many seem to be. If this bugs you, quit using WiFi, and microwaves, and cell phones, and radios, and .. and.. and….

    May 3rd, 2012 11:18 am Reply
  • Tawny Brown via Facebook

    Yea, I am not really that concerned about this. So many seem to be. If this bugs you, quit using WiFi, and microwaves, and cell phones, and radios, and .. and.. and….

    May 3rd, 2012 11:18 am Reply
  • Danielle Leigh Decker via Facebook

    yes it said that too

    May 3rd, 2012 10:49 am Reply
  • Holly Hixon Chinn via Facebook

    I think it says somewhere that 90ft is a safer range? But who knows….

    May 3rd, 2012 2:13 am Reply
  • Danielle Leigh Decker via Facebook

    yea but i read the link about the smart meters and at the bottom it tells you to use a metal sheet and have it grounded

    May 3rd, 2012 1:46 am Reply
  • Holly Hixon Chinn via Facebook

    the RF/EMF ones are pretty spendy

    May 3rd, 2012 1:45 am Reply
  • Holly Hixon Chinn via Facebook

    I dont have meters that Ive personally looked up saved on this computer but they are worth checking out..

    May 3rd, 2012 1:44 am Reply
  • Danielle Leigh Decker via Facebook

    you’re the best for finding info holly! thanks!

    May 3rd, 2012 1:40 am Reply
  • Holly Hixon Chinn via Facebook

    May 3rd, 2012 1:36 am Reply
  • Danielle Leigh Decker via Facebook

    well what is the range until you’re safe

    May 3rd, 2012 1:32 am Reply
  • Holly Hixon Chinn via Facebook

    that what faces?

    May 3rd, 2012 1:32 am Reply
  • Danielle Leigh Decker via Facebook

    well that article didn’t say much about how to lower the danger. metal pans i think it said. does it matter the way it faces?

    May 3rd, 2012 1:31 am Reply
  • Holly Hixon Chinn via Facebook

    Thats probably a bad sleeping spot since he would be laying there for such an extended period of time.
    It sucks, I dont like it. I dont like living so close to the cell tower either! Or the electricity pole that buzzes all day, but moving is not an option right now. Yay. awesome hand basket we;re in huh ? haha

    May 3rd, 2012 1:29 am Reply
  • Danielle Leigh Decker via Facebook

    well ours is right on the other side of the wall where kyle’s new room is. guess i should be figuring that out.

    May 3rd, 2012 1:25 am Reply
  • Holly Hixon Chinn via Facebook

    No. Its on the opposite end of our house from where we sleep. We should block it, but havent. And NO they wont remove them.

    May 3rd, 2012 1:17 am Reply
  • Danielle Leigh Decker via Facebook

    i didn’t know that we had it. do you have yours blocked?

    May 3rd, 2012 1:12 am Reply
  • Holly Hixon Chinn via Facebook

    Danielle Leigh Decker, Yes pse is 100% installed, So Ive heard and they are getting ready to do some other weird install with the city water utility but I dont know what they are calling it.

    May 3rd, 2012 1:11 am Reply
  • Danielle Leigh Decker via Facebook

    Do we have these here Holly Hixon Chinn?

    May 3rd, 2012 1:03 am Reply
  • Holly Hixon Chinn via Facebook

    Tawny Brown I saw you mention something about this to someone in my side bar.

    May 3rd, 2012 1:01 am Reply
  • jill

    Wow, lots of information. I’ll check out all the links.
    Also, I googled earthing sheet, and still have no idea what it means.
    Nicole, seems that you know a lot. I cannot believe you would be hassled in an ER, since this has been going on for you since childhood.
    So, you use this grounding thing for using a kindle? Yeah, they both have wifi/and bluetooth.
    Actually, in my house are 3 laptops, one desktop, tablet and kindle fire. Three cell phones, one wireless router. LOL! Geez, is that crazy? Oh, and don’t forget the microwave. TV too.No cable here though.
    I had no idea so many people had heart arrythmias. My daughter who is an EMT has had to do a few cardio conversions. I no way want to have that.
    I am glad the ablation worked somewhat for you, I know they fail often. I’m hoping my cardio has some good words for me. my holter monitor test came out good, they called me today and told me is was all good. Stress test/echo on Friday. And I’m worried about what to wear? I have to divert my stress somehow, might as well worry about hair, clothes and shoes.

    May 3rd, 2012 12:55 am Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      Jill, just as we ground electrical circuits today by connecting to the Earth’s charge, our bodies once were grounded most of the time when we walked barefoot on the Earth or wore non-insulating shoes made of animal skin. A cable TV executive experiencing ill-health wondered about whether the proliferation of inflammation in modern humans was due in part to the fact that we had evolved with the charge of the Earth on our feet, but are now blocking the flow of its energy with plastic and rubber soled shoes that do not conduct. He used himself as a guinea pig and his health improved when he slept grounded and also made a point to walk barefoot on the earth more often. His “Earthing” sheets and mats ground the user to the Earth’s energy. In my experience, I get that same feeling of relief that you describe with being outdoors when I sleep on his sheet and use his mat while on the computer. The studies that have been done to date (search “Earthing” on PubMed) agree with the accounts of those who have used his inventions: Earthing, by returning our bodies to the electrical state we evolved in, seems to decrease inflammation in the human body and improve many conditions. Several sites sell the Earthing equipment. I bought my Earthing products from I have no financial relationship with them. I have asked to be an affiliate of theirs, because Earthing products have benefited me greatly, but am not one because they do not have such a program at this time. Earthing is also thought to be able to mitigate some of the damage inflicted upon our bodies by the constant barrage of EMFs and RFR we are now exposed to in everyday life. Dr. Sinatra’s Metabolic Cardiology book addresses the effects of EMF and RFR on the heart and discusses how exactly Earthing can help address some of it. My heart is behaving the best it has since I developed the newer arrhythmia, now that I removed the WiFi and DECT devices. I noted even greater improvement (despite the smart meter) with using the Earthing products. You can read more about the science behind earthing at

      May 3rd, 2012 7:27 pm Reply
  • jill

    Ahh, but where to find a dr. that would agree with you that it is related? That could be a tough one. I feel 99% positive that it was that. I’m not saying diet didn’t play any role in this. In fact, my Vitamin D was extremely low, despite living in a usually nice southern state on the west coast. So, I’m assuming that made it easier for my body to become ill. So, I had a new tablet, a new kindle, and a new electric meter, all in a short time period. Then the afib. I’ve since been very careful with my electronics. My holter monitor reading came in today, yah, checked out good. So, despite all the skepticism of those around me, since I first had afib, I’ve toyed with the idea that it was my electronics, but had no idea about the meter. This just tips the scales more in favor that maybe my instincts were correct.
    Thanks for the links all.

    May 2nd, 2012 10:23 pm Reply
    • Beth

      So true. I am luckier than most because I have a doctor (DO) who would do this.

      I do have the sense that this is the tip of an iceberg and we will see clearer and clearer evidence of the hazards of the waves we are bombarded with each day. I would think that natural health practitioners (chiropractors, homeopaths, etc.), and maybe even some conventional docs, will become more aware and enlightened about this, out of necessity.

      May 3rd, 2012 2:00 pm Reply
  • Beth

    I wonder if there are or will be any efforts for individual states to pass bills exempting citizens from additional utility charges for opting out or removing smart meters if they have a signed letter from their doctor regarding a related health issue. Natural health groups, the environmental medicine doctors’ group and grassroots organizations should push for this. Individual citizens should not be penalized for trying to remedy a problem that the utility companies created.

    May 2nd, 2012 8:11 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Sarah, thank you so much for this article! I thought I was going crazy. This Friday I have a follow up appointment with my cardiologist after a month of monitoring my heart. At the beginning of April, I began noticing heart palpitations. I am very active, exercise regularly, and eat a WAP diet. So this really concerned me! NAND it’s not just the palpitations, I have days where my ears ring non stop and frequently I am plagued with headaches. Sleeping has been terrible too. After reading your article I investigated our meter. We DO have a smart meter and I immediately put in a call to the power company. Luckily, we can change it back to an analog. But have to pay an additional $25 per month for someone to come out and read it. Not real happy about that, but I guess it is a small price for our long term health!

    May 2nd, 2012 4:49 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Stanley, Nicole, Sarah, etc.:
    Do you know if a certain kind of metal is needed to make a smart meter shield? For example, would the thin and somewhat flexible metal used for duct work work to deflect the radiation? Or do you need heavier metal, and, if so, what kind? In my case, it’s for a water meter smart meter attached to the water pipe along the wall in our basement. I’m thinking I could fashion a big bowl-shaped barrier that works like a cup, open to the exterior wall but hopefully blocking the EMFs from entering the home. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    Also, other than noticing an improvement in symptoms, where does one get a reliable EMF testing device to know if the shield is helping?

    Lastly, are all cordless home phones called DECT phones? From what I can tell from the many helpful comments, DECT phones give off unwanted EMFs even when not in use — is this true? And is the only way to fix this to get corded phones? (Ah, I think back to my teenage years when I was tethered to the kitchen phone nook in order to talk with friends…)

    Thanks for any additional info!

    May 2nd, 2012 2:58 pm Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      I have not gotten much into the remediation portion of smart meters too much. I am still hoping I will succeed in having mine removed. I have seen YouTube videos of folks getting lesser readings with RF meters after covering walls in sheet metal, but I have not fact-checked these methods. Here is a blog post on the subject that I had bookmarked, but I have not fact-checked any of the info in it: . I think the term for what you are trying to build around your smart meter is a “Faraday Cage,” so you might try Googling that.

      This is the meter that was recommended to me as being the cheapest meter that accurately does the job by an electrical engineer who has compared cheaper meters to a professional-grade meter: .

      Yes, most DECT phones pulse RFR even when not in use. I have not seen the type that only pulse when in use for sale in the U.S. I could only find them on German sites. All cordless home phones are not DECT phones. DECT phones are the newer generation of cordless phones and they say “DECT” on the box. However, all cordless phones that run above 900 MHz are not advisable, according to the experts I have read. The higher the frequency, the smaller the wave. The smaller the wave, the more penetrating the wave. The more penetrating the wave, the more potential for health effects. Cordless phones that run at 900 MHz are not risk-free, either–they are just much preferable to the higher frequency ones. My husband and I decided that we would rather just have corded home phones and be sure we were safe. Yes, being tethered is annoying, and it does bring me right back to being twelve. I just try to think of how much happier my DNA is;-)

      May 3rd, 2012 12:10 am Reply
      • Beth

        Nicole, thank you for your thoughtful and helpful replies! You rock.

        May 3rd, 2012 2:02 pm Reply
        • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

          Glad to share what I have learned among folks who want to hear it. Many are not ready to hear that technology could be hurting them.

          May 3rd, 2012 7:02 pm Reply
  • Rose

    We have two electric meters on our property. I checked them both. They are digital, but I do not see FCC written on them. Don’t I know where to look, or is it possible to have a digital meter without it being a smart meter?

    May 2nd, 2012 2:41 pm Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      Rose, the FCC notation on mine is tiny and on the front towards the bottom. I assume that it would be possible to have a digital meter that is not a smart meter. If yours does not have an FCC notation then that is probably a good sign. You could also look for some notation regarding KHz or MHz, since those would also be indicative of it containing a radio transmitter. Does someone from the power company come out and read your meter by walking up to it and looking at it? If not, then you may have a smart meter. If you have not seen them walk up to the meter and read it visually, then you could call your power company and ask them how they know what to charge you. If they say that the meter reader reads it by simply driving through the neighborhood with a special device in the car, then that is a kind of smart meter. If they say it is automatically downloaded to their computer systems, then that is another kind of smart meter. If they say that a signal goes from your meter to a nearby telephone pole, then that is yet another kind of smart meter. Do not ask them flat out if you have a “smart meter.” They are trained to be evasive regarding that question.

      May 3rd, 2012 12:21 am Reply
      • Rose

        Thanks! This is very helpful!!

        May 3rd, 2012 9:09 am Reply
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    May 2nd, 2012 10:22 am Reply
  • Lilla Nagy via Facebook

    They are emitting microwaves (like mobile phone towers, Wifi), which damages DNA:

    May 2nd, 2012 9:58 am Reply
  • jill

    Nicole, I can’t believe you’ve had ablation, and I know how that episode is. Most everyone thinks I’m a big baby. Okay, I’ve had 4 kids, and believe me, I’d rather give birth than have the afib attack again. Even at the hospital er, they made it sound like it was my fault, if I would just calm down it would go away. Calm down? Right.
    As for the meter, our bill has gone up, yet we don’t even have cable tv, we turn off appliances. I do not use the microwave. Daughter does, but she shuts it off. As for the immune problem. My son who was raised in this home, got transverse myelitis, my grandson who was born here, had a febrile seizure, think his immune system set that off. Although no one knew for sure. My husband and daughter have a lot of weird symptoms, ear ringing, mood shifts. I’ve been beefing up on ubiquinol (CoQ10) and vitamin D3 which for some reason was super low, and omegas. I’m generally a healthy person, but leading up to the afib, started just feeling weird, tired, cramping in my legs which I had never had before and just feeling old, okay, so i am getting old, but just a bit too much.
    Anyway, we do not have cordless phones, just cells. We do have wifi. The afib happened right after I got the wifi, tablet and laptop and kindle, and also the smart meter. I in fact at the time was wondering if it was my tablet.
    I’ve only had one afib attack, a few times I thought I was getting it. Seems worse when I’m in the garage, closer to the smart meter. I am almost starting to see this connection, although right now can’t prove it. I feel better after I’ve been outside walking alot, away from here. Not in a mall either, but out in the open, or the beach.

    May 2nd, 2012 1:27 am Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      Jill, my ablation was a last resort. It cured one of my arrhythmias (one that I have had since I was a kid), but left me with a host of other problems and the new-onset arrhythmia remained.

      Yes, I have also received the “you’re nuts” treatment at a hospital ERs for arrhythmia problems–many times over the years in several different states. Like we don’t have somewhere better to be on a Friday night or something! Seriously! I have also been told by a few doctors that I “just need to calm down” as if supraventricular tachycardia and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia happens to every woman when she is late picking the kids up from school. Even as an eight-year-old, I understood the concept that I had an extra circuit in the electrical system in my heart; yet that is lost on some doctors, even in the year 2012. Ridiculous! They didn’t have an explanation for why I could wake up out of a sound sleep with it in the face of their “calm down” hypothesis;-) Either way, even the worst cardiologist laughed at all of the “calm down” comments by other doctors. You never know what you are going to get when you go to the ER it seems . . . yet sometimes you just have to go.

      I don’t think any of us will be able to “prove” the connection since we do not have the resources to do a double-blind controlled study, or seven, with a placebo condition any time soon. However, if we can correlate our issues to the presence of these devices, which emit waves that are established as causing damage to many aspects of human functioning, then I think we have our answer. There is also a PhD-level researcher in Canada, who has done some preliminary studies on the effects of a DECT cordless phone on heart rate variability. Here’s a link: .

      It could be that you reached a sort of tipping point with adding all of those RFR emitting devices (I am assuming that the tablet and Kindle have wireless/web capabilities). From what I have read, the exposure is cumulative. Devices that you hold in your hand or close to your body, like a tablet or reader also theoretically dole out larger doses than those farther away from your body.

      I too feel better when walking outside barefoot. This, and reading the book Metabolic Cardiology, led me to purchase an Earthing sheet (for the bed) and an Earthing pad (for use at the computer, or on the rare occassion that I am using a Kindle), which, in addition to removing the RFR from my home, has helped my symptoms immensely. I was led to the Metabolic Cardiology book and Earthing by a very enlightened DO. I think you would find the Metabolic Cardiology book, by Stephen Sinatra, MD, helpful. You can see some peer-reviewed research on Earthing by doing a PubMed search.

      May 2nd, 2012 11:31 pm Reply
      • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

        To clarify: I meant that I removed the RFR from my home, not that the Earthing sheet removed it somehow.

        May 2nd, 2012 11:33 pm Reply
  • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

    Jill, the reason I have done so much research into this issue after first hearing about it on Sarah’s blog and discovering that I have a smart meter is that I have had a new onset heart arrhythmia since moving into this home, and my daughter has suffered from laboratory documented immunosuppression. She has lived in this home her entire life. My neighbors say the smart meters arrived to our neighborhood before I bought the home. This home is also the first home in which we had WiFi and DECT cordless phones–just as dangerous as smart meters as long as you have them plugged in. It could all be a coincidence, but, now that I know, I have chosen to remove the risks I can control (the WiFi and DECT devices) and will continue to try and get my smart meter removed. My heart arrhythmia, which even ablation surgery could not fully stop, has been worlds better since removing the WiFi and DECT from my home. I made the mistake of plugging in the DECT phones, after two weeks of having them unplugged, in order to delete our phone numbers out of them before getting rid of them. What ensued is possibly the worst arrhythmia episode I have experienced and some serious vertigo. I did not put two and two together until my husband asked, “Why are all of these phones plugged in?” I had plugged in all 6 handsets and was standing right in front of them deleting the labels and numbers out of them when the attack came on. I am not sure I would have believed the preceding had someone told me it a year ago. However, it is the truth. DECT and WiFi are banned from my house for good. I have replaced all of my phones with corded phones. Regardless of whether or not radiofrequency radiation is responsible, solely or in part, for bringing on my arrhythmia attacks, there is good, solid scientific evidence that it poses harm to human DNA, cells, immunological functioning, and neurological functioning. That alone is enough for me to issue a ban on RFR emitting devices in my household.

    As for the mattress shopping: It is absolutely maddening!

    May 1st, 2012 11:38 pm Reply
  • jill

    This has been informative, especially the comments. I am in N. San Diego County, if there had been an opt out, we never saw it. Ours too was changed out, and we didn’t see it until later.
    As for latex mattresses, oh my, what a task. I so far have ended up with a organic all wool 3 1/2 inch topper. I ordered a latex topper from walmart, twice. First topper went to a house in Middleton, New York. Think Martha Stewart has a house there, hmm. 2nd one just fell through with no explanation. I’ve called, researched, and learned talalay and dunlop. Just have trouble trusting companies based on my research, both on price, and where they actually got this latex. It’s an odd thing. Organic mattresses aren’t necessarily all organic. either.
    As for the smart meter, I’ll be interested in learning more. We seem to have symptoms, heart palpatations, a-fib, cramping, and headaches, and other odd things that were not around before that.
    Very scary indeed!

    May 1st, 2012 8:29 pm Reply
    • jason and lisa

      hey jill.. check www. cozypure dot com

      -jason and lisa-

      May 2nd, 2012 2:57 pm Reply
  • ron

    yellow is know to block paint the box and walls yellow….

    May 1st, 2012 8:12 pm Reply
  • Jack Plating via Facebook

    Can you recommend some good links showing the research behind this? I’d like to look into this, they just installed ours…I was happy to move to a plan that saves some cash on power but am now disappointed to find this out!

    May 1st, 2012 7:34 pm Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      Jack, I have been keeping an annotated bibliography of sorts on smart meter research and resources on my blog site. I have also been updating it as I learn of new resources and research. You may find it helpful. Here is the link: . Resources are linked throughout the article and in list form at the end of the article. Yes, the power companies always try to convince consumers that the smart meter will help them save money. However, if you really think about it, you cannot control your usage in order to save money without real-time usage data. Your power company is likely not giving you the real-time data they are gathering via your smart meter. They are likely going to give you some graphs and charts of your daily, weekly, or monthly usage, well after-the-fact, based on the more useful, real-time data THEY see now that you have a smart meter. However, this does not really tell you anything about what you had plugged in at any given time that was pulling a lot of current. Furthermore, you do not need a smart meter to see the real-time data for yourself. To do that you could simply buy an analyzer that plugs into your breaker box and analyzes draw as someone in your home turns this or that appliance on or off. You certainly do not need a smart meter to save money, but the power companies are hoping we won’t realize that part. You and I both know that if we want to save 60 watts of draw that we could turn off a 60 watt bulb. Appliances are somewhat less straightforward, and there is of course the issue of phantom draw when devices are turned off yet still drawing. However, the power company wants us to think that saving energy is more complex so they can inflict a system upon us that only benefits them (i.e., the smart grid) without us protesting too much. It is easy to be duped by them. When I first heard of the idea of a “smart grid” I was duped. In reality, smart meters will allow power companies to charge higher rates for power used during “peak times” and will also allow them to eventually (once all appliances contain ZigBee Chips) turn off individual devices (such as your refrigerator or washing machine) during periods of high usage. Given their high level of honesty to date (sarcasm intended), what will stop them from turning off citizens’ refrigerators or air conditioners in order to turn around and sell that electricity to the highest bidder during peak demand times in a heat wave? Please spread the word about power company dishonesty and the dangers of smart meters to human health.

      May 2nd, 2012 12:07 am Reply
  • jean finch

    As a Californian, we have an opt out with our utility company—–I called and supposedly we will be changed back to an analog system. They said two weeks and a ten dollar a month charge for removing. So far so good.


    May 1st, 2012 7:32 pm Reply
  • Kristina Holmes

    Hi Sarah –

    I’m trying to send you an email via your contact form and it won’t send for some reason. Not sure if there’s an issue with the form, but wanted to let you know.

    Would you please drop me an email?

    Many thanks…

    May 1st, 2012 7:13 pm Reply
  • Ginger Jilek via Facebook

    Logan, what is your opinion on the electronic waves that are being delivered from it? Are they dangerous?

    May 1st, 2012 5:21 pm Reply
  • jason and lisa

    has anyone heard about using tachyons for this?? planet tachyon has little discs that you can place around the meter that are supposed to counter the energy.. they use a tachyon charge or something.. i know someone who uses these and says he noticed a difference but they are a little pricey.. did he feel the difference because they actually work or because he paid up for them?? maybe its in his head.. either way, has anyone body heard of this??

    -jason and lisa-

    May 1st, 2012 4:35 pm Reply
  • ginger

    My community has received notice of the installation of Smart MEters to begin this summer.
    I have aluminum siding on my home and just wondering, maybe the aluminum siding is protective
    in this instance?

    May 1st, 2012 4:31 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, best to opt-out though!

      May 1st, 2012 4:59 pm Reply
  • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

    Neurological symptoms (including vertigo), heart arrhythmia, headache, sleep disturbance, lethargy, immune suppression, and malignancy are among the many conditions I have encountered in my research as being reported after radiofrequency radiation exposure from smart meters and other sources. While it is true that these reports are anecdotal in many cases, it must be remembered that radiofrequency radiation has been used by militaries as a weapon, so to say that there is no chance it is creating such symptoms would be ridiculous. Various illnesses were noted among American Embassy workers during the years that the Soviets were bombarding the American Embassy, in Moscow, with microwaves [see The bottom line is that radiofrequency radiation has known harmful effects on the structure and function of the human body. Thus, whether the individual can discern the damage (through this or that symptom) or not, is less the issue. The issue is that we have studies showing that there are harmful effects to the immune system and human DNA with low level exposure to radiofrequency radiation, yet our government is so deeply in the pocket of the telecommunications industry that it will do nothing to protect us! That is why we must take measures to protect ourselves and our children. The preceding said, it seems that those who do have symptoms will be at an advantage in that they may take measures to stop the exposure before the damage is great. Patricia, I think that your vertigo is your sign to move your bed to another room until you can look into barrier paint or such. I do not think you should put your bed back in the room until you have verified, via an RFR meter that your mitigation measures have worked to shield your bedroom. Your health is far too important to risk. If your meter sticks out farther than others in your neighborhood, it may be a collector smart meter (see my blog for more info on collector meters vs. regular smart meters).

    May 1st, 2012 3:58 pm Reply
  • Helen Ruth Cates via Facebook

    We have a large bird nest that was formed directly above the meter. So far, I haven’t seen anything different going on in my yard, so if the birds/bees don’t mind, then maybe it’s not that hazzardous.

    May 1st, 2012 3:49 pm Reply
    • jason and lisa

      may be causing long term damage or perhaps second and third generation damage that cant be documented yet.. there is a problem in this country with improper testing of a product yet flooding the market with it anyway.. its not until 20 years down the road that we realize the error.. we have a birds nest in our roof also but it hasnt stopped us from looking in to several different options including printing flyers and going door to door getting names on a petition..our power company made the switch and we dont have the option of going back.. would spend a little money printing everything but im sure the local healthfood stores would allow you to put them there.. the word would spread pretty quick.. enough informed people could turn this around.. i dont think they would reverse it all the way but maybe they would allow an opt out.. i would actually pay a little extra each month to not have the smart meter..

      -jason and lisa-

      May 1st, 2012 4:41 pm Reply
  • Logan Pleasant via Facebook

    As an aside, analog meters aren’t even available anymore and are no longer being manufactured for sale in the U.S., so even if you were able to get your utility to go backwards and install an “analog” meter, you would still be getting an “electronic” meter, they just wouldn’t be utilizing that aspect of the meter, and you will most likely be paying a fee to compensate for the hourly cost of someone driving to your home to read the meter.

    May 1st, 2012 3:48 pm Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      Logan, all of the meters you describe qualify as “smart meters” because they emit RFR (as far as I have read and according the the electrical engineer with whom I have consulted). No one I have encountered has a problem with a non-RFR emitting meter that has a digital readout, beyond the fact that power companies are trying to tell folks that their ZigBee-Chip-containing and RFR-emitting meters are simply analog meters with a digital display. There are two places I have found so far to buy “analog meters,” with no radiotransmitter in them, online. My power company tried to tell me they were not available just as you have stated. The country of manufacture would make no difference as long as the meter has the ability to measure kilowatt hours for billing purposes. But this is yet another “issue” (read: lie) my power company presented to me as a reason I could not go back to an analog meter. As for the meter reading fee, my family’s health is priceless. Furthermore, for years, in many areas, folks have read their own meters and phoned in the reading to the power company. In my opinion, the meter reading issue and fee are yet another power company tactic to punish those who will not go gently. You didn’t happen to mention that even those who opt out of smart meters are, in most cases, paying a rate surcharge to cover the cost of implementing the very “smart grid” they are opting out of.

      May 1st, 2012 4:23 pm Reply
      • Stanley A Fishman


        When the power company removed my smart meter, they replaced it with an analog meter with dials, no digital readout, no “fcc”, no indication of any transmitting chip. In other words, it looked almost identical to the analog meter they first removed. Now if my huge power company is installing true analog meters like this one, then they are available.

        What is amusing is that at first the power company claimed no one was making analog meters, and they could not get them. But when they decided to use them for opt outs, they had no trouble finding them.

        May 1st, 2012 7:23 pm Reply
      • Cara

        Nicole, what analog meter are you using right now? I’ve been reading this info all day and trying to figure out what to do. We are moving to a newly built home and it will have a smart meter on it. How do I approach the utility company and get a genuine analog (no radio transmitting) unit? Then you have to worry about all the other adjacent homes (15 feet from yours on either side) bouncing into your home regardless :(

        May 1st, 2012 8:06 pm Reply
        • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

          Cara, I wish I had an analog meter. I do not. After reading Sarah’s prior article on smart meters, I went out and checked my meter and found that it was a smart meter. To date, I have had no luck getting Duke Energy to change it back to an analog meter. I have not given up.

          I also have the same issue as you will have regarding neighbors with meters. The meter on our home is on the far side of our 2-car garage, which is as far from our living quarters as it could be. However, our one neighbor’s meter is roughly 30 feet from our master bedroom wall. Luckily, my daughter’s room is far interior in our home. Ask your utility company for an analog meter. It should have old-fashioned looking dials (that look like little clocks) and/or an old-fashioned looking black and white counter made up of a bunch of rotating discs (like the odometer in an older car). It should NOT have an “FCC” notation on it. The FCC notation means that it has the capability to emit radiofrequency radiation and is a smart meter of some description. On a meter with an FCC notation, even if they have that portion of the meter disabled when they install it, if there is a ZigBee Chip in it they can turn on the radio transmitter portion later, with the stroke of a keyboard at the power company, without telling you. (They can also shut off your power with the stroke of a keyboard, but that is a whole other issue.) You are lucky in that you live in California. There was no opt out for folks around here. Most people around here do not even know what a smart meter is. I didn’t until I saw it here on Sarah’s blog. There are tons of resources linked to on my blog that you could share with your new neighbors. Smart meters are not healthy for anyone . . . regardless of whether or not they are lucky enough to have symptoms to serve as a warning of the damage being done. If your neighbors do not want to opt out of having a smart meter, you could look into buying some EMF shielding paint. It is not a particular color of paint. Rather, it is a special paint that contains metal and is manufactured for the purpose of blocking waves. They also sell fabric that you can make curtains out of. That is my plan for mitigating the exposure from my neighbor’s meter if my bedroom tests high with a RF meter. Hope this helps:-)

          May 1st, 2012 11:14 pm Reply
  • Logan Pleasant via Facebook

    Hi there. I am a professional engineer that works for a rural utility. We have many different types of meters that we install on our system. There is currently no hard and fast definition for what a “smart” meter is. This is a political “buzzword”. There are no longer purely analog meters being installed throughout most of the U.S. Almost all meters are electronic in some fashion. Some of the newer meters are equipped with a “Zigbee” chip which allows them to communicate via a wireless communication with customers equipment in the house. There are others that employ RF to communicate with a hub or other neighboring meters to send meter read information back to the utility. Ther are still others that employ powerline carrier communication that inject a signal in the 12-24 kHz range onto the powerline to transmit the meter information back to the utility. All of these would technically qualify as “smart” meters.

    May 1st, 2012 3:38 pm Reply
  • Patricia

    They installed a smart meter on my home last summer early in the morning since I had stopped them earlier in the summer. I had notified the electric company that I did not want a smart meter placed on my home. Then, a month later, they came without notice and just put it on. I have noticed a dramatic drop in energy since they installed it. It is on the same wall as my bedroom. I also seem to have developed vertigo. I’m not sure if this is a result of the meter, but prior to it, I had no health issues.

    May 1st, 2012 2:59 pm Reply
  • Lyndsey Stang via Facebook

    Sarah, I don’t know…the lady said she had hives and the bees left right when the meter was put in as well as the many birds that came in.

    May 1st, 2012 2:48 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Wifi is a lot weaker of a signal and you can shut it off at night! BIG difference

    May 1st, 2012 2:36 pm Reply
  • Melissa Hanna Nystrom via Facebook

    It’s the same thing as wifi people.

    May 1st, 2012 1:59 pm Reply
  • Virginia

    Here in BC we are just now getting Smart Meters. I don’t know what is true and what is not about Smart Meters. I wonder if the same kind of controversy was around when the electric bulb and radio were invented. I’m still doing my research.

    May 1st, 2012 1:14 pm Reply
  • Cara

    Thanks Sarah for this info. We are buying a house in Southern CA and “of course” it will have a smart meter. I will call SDGE and get it turned off. I’m hoping they “really” turn the thing off. When they installed the one on our current home we say our utility bill “go up” rather than down. These companies are so phony and liars!

    May 1st, 2012 1:11 pm Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      Cara, they should not just “turn off” the “smart” part of the smart meter. They should actually replace the smart meter it with a different, analog-type meter. The new meter should have dials, that look like little clocks, and/or spinning black and white counters (very old-fashioned looking). If it has a digital display be suspicious and look for the letters “FCC” in small print. If you see “FCC,” then it has the potential to emit radiofrequency radiation and is a smart meter. They may claim that they have the “smart” part turned off, but I would not believe it. Besides, even if they do have it turned off at the present time, they can just turn it on remotely if it is ZigBee Chip enabled–and they do not have to tell you that they are activating the “smart” part of it. That is why I would not settle for one that has an FCC notation on it . . . no matter what they told me.

      May 1st, 2012 6:06 pm Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    Beth, people have reported a wide variety of health problems that began or got worse within a short time of having a smart meter installed. Some of the anti smart meter sites have a long list, which is pretty frightening to read.

    For myself, I had no symptoms or health problems at all, for years, prior to the installation of a smart meter. I slept like a baby, through the night. Within a short time of having the meter installed, I started waking up at night, several hours into the night, every night. Just like you.

    I also developed a ringing in my ears, for the first time in my life. You also had the ringing.

    These may be the two most common effects that people have reported.

    I also began to get problems I had not had for over five years, like headaches, sinus problems, feeling tired and low energy, catching an occasional cold, night cramps, and fatigue at various times. These problems motivated me to find solutions, and I tried dozens. The ones Sarah mentioned in her article were the ones that helped. My measure of whether something helped was how I felt, and how my symptoms changed. I think being as far away from the meter as possible was the most effective, but there was a huge improvement when we put a metal barrier between us and the meter, and the Q link helped a great deal. Hope this helps.

    May 1st, 2012 1:08 pm Reply
    • Stephanie

      Would you mind also answering my question? Were you exposed to wifi or cell phones prior to the installation of the smart meter? Sounds like if you were, they did not cause a problem?

      This would be of great help to me in understanding this matter.


      May 1st, 2012 1:19 pm Reply
      • Stanley Fishman


        Yes, I was exposed to cell phones and wifi for a number of years before the installation of the smart meter. Very heavily at times. And they did not cause a problem that I was aware of.

        May 1st, 2012 1:53 pm Reply
  • Vicki DiIoia

    Hi Sarah (and Stanley),
    Thanks for the post, article links and info. I also live in CA and when they started installing in my neighborhood I called Southern California Edison in February and was put on the delay list. We woke up last Thursday (April 26) to find a ‘Smart Connect’ meter installed. There was a hang tag on our door announcing this with a phone number to call. I called- it never connects. I called SCE and they have no idea how this could have happened or when they can replace with the analog. I have filed two complaints with the Public Utilities Commission- bogus phone number and disregard of delay list. There was a PUC ruling on April 19th approving an opt-out option, with fees. One cannot sign up for that until May 9 so my belief is the installation company is taking advantage of that window and disregarding the delay request.

    I believe in the precautionary principle and wish we, as a country, could adopt that guideline. I would like proof there is no harm done- we have been mislead and lied to so often it’s de riguer when it comes to supposed safety.

    I love the idea of the boxes over the meters! Wish we’d thought of it. I also know you can buy analogue meters online and install them yourself or have them installed. We thought we headed off the problem ‘following the rules’.

    Keep up the research and independent thinking!

    May 1st, 2012 1:06 pm Reply
  • B

    What improvements did Stanley notice with the Q-Link? How did he determine that it was working for him?

    May 1st, 2012 12:56 pm Reply
    • Stanley Fishman

      I felt better with it on. All of the symptoms I had were lessened. I experimented a few times with leaving it on or taking it off. Everything was better when it was on.

      May 1st, 2012 4:43 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Stanley or Sarah, I would be curious to know the health issues and symptoms caused by smart meters. I’ve noticed that I wake up for several hours in the night for the last several years and, in retrospect, it coincides with the installation of a smart meter in our basement. I would imagine sleep disturbances are a common symptom, along with ringing in the ears, headaches, etc. Could you elaborate? Also, Stanley, how did you know which of the methods you tried were most effective? Was it based on your observations of the symptoms? Is there an EMF measuring device?

    I’m also eager to read your answer to Stephanie’s question above.

    Thanks for another helpful and eye-opening post!

    May 1st, 2012 12:22 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Thanks for posting. I am worried about them coming to my house, eventhoughI have sent a letter that I received from another yahoo group to our power company. I had called first and they said someone needed to call me and “educate” me about the meters. I told them no and that I already had enough information. They called, I didn’t answer, but called back to leave a message not to call me. After they received my letter, they called and said that we would be “on hold” until 2013. I don’t know what that means, but it obviously isn’t good. I have a friend who is lucky enough to have a privacy fence around her land and wouldn’t let them in. The post office made a comment about keeping power on when I dropped on this letter. I told them it wasn’t about keeping power on, just keeping these off and he said he had posted several letters about this.
    Here is a copy of the letter…


    Send By Certified Mail

    Dear [President, Vice-President, agents, officers, employees, contractors and interested parties]:

    Be advised, you and all other parties are hereby denied consent for installation and use of any and all “Smart Meters” or any other surveillance and activity monitoring device, or devices, at the above property. Installation and use of any surveillance and activity-monitoring device that sends and receives communications technology is hereby refused and prohibited. Informed consent is legally required for installation of any surveillance device and any device that will collect and transmit private and personal data to undisclosed and unauthorized parties for undisclosed and unauthorized purposes. Authorization for sharing of personal and private information may only be given by the originator and subject of that information. That authorization is hereby denied and refused with regard to the above property and all its occupants. “Smart Meters” violate the law and cause endangerment to residents by the following factors:
1. They individually identify electrical devices inside the home and record when they are operated causing invasion of privacy.
2. They monitor household activity and occupancy in violation of rights and domestic security.
3. They transmit wireless signals, which may be intercepted by unauthorized and unknown parties. Those signals can be used to monitor behavior and occupancy and they can be used by criminals to aid criminal activity against the occupants.
4. Data about occupant’s daily habits and activities are collected, recorded and stored in permanent databases which are accessed by parties not authorized or invited to know and share that private data by those whose activities were recorded.
5. Those with access to the smart meter databases can review a permanent history of household activities complete with calendar and time-of-day metrics to gain a highly invasive and detailed view of the lives of the occupants.
6. Those databases may be shared with, or fall into the hands of criminals, blackmailers, corrupt law enforcement, private hackers of wireless transmissions, power company employees, and other unidentified parties who may act against the interests of the occupants under metered surveillance.
7. “Smart Meters” are, by definition, surveillance devices which violate Federal and State wiretapping laws by recording and storing databases of private and personal activities and behaviors without the consent or knowledge of those people who are monitored.
8. It is possible for example, with analysis of certain “Smart Meter” data, for unauthorized and distant parties to determine medical conditions, sexual activities, physical locations of persons within the home, vacancy patterns and personal information and habits of the occupants.
9. Your company has not adequately disclosed the particular recording and transmission capabilities of the smart meter, or the extent of the data that will be recorded, stored and shared, or the purposes to which the data will and will not be put.
10. Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency energy contamination from smart meters exceeds allowable safe and healthful limits for domestic environments as determined by the EPA and other scientific programs.

    I forbid, refuse and deny consent of any installation and use of any monitoring, eavesdropping, and surveillance devices on my property, my place of residence and my place of occupancy. That applies to and includes “Smart Meters” and surveillance and activity monitoring devices of any and all kinds. Any attempt to install any such device directed at me, other occupants, my property or residence will constitute trespass, stalking, wiretapping and unlawful surveillance and endangerment of health and safety, all prohibited and punishable by law through criminal and civil complaints. All persons, government agencies and private organizations responsible for installing or operating monitoring devices directed at or recording my activities, which I have not specifically authorized in writing, will be fully liable for any violations, intrusions, harm or negative consequences caused or made possible by those devices whether those negative consequences are justified by “law” or not..

    This is legal notice. After this delivery the liabilities listed above may not be denied or avoided by parties named and implied in this notice. Civil Servant immunities and protections do not apply to the installation of smart meters due to the criminal violations they represent.

    Notice to principal is notice to agent and notice to agent is notice to principal. All rights reserved.

    //your signature//


    May 1st, 2012 12:10 pm Reply
  • Raine

    I don’t know if this petition will make any difference or not, but the purpose is to make analog meter conversion a no-cost event for consumers, which I definitely advocate. To my knowledge, any petition that will actually be looked at and considered must have 10,000 signatures. This one only has 1300 some, so there definitely needs to be more.

    Thanks Sarah and Stanley for this important information.

    May 1st, 2012 12:05 pm Reply
  • jill

    Well, we do have the smart meter, given no choice in the matter. After it was installed, I had a heart episode. A-fib. Yeah, stress might have added to it. But there is no heart history for me or my family.
    I avoided buying a house 26 yrs ago that were near those big sizzling power lines, there was an idea then that they were not good, had no idea why though.
    Yeah, my afib was so far a lone thing, but it was scary to have my heart beat out of my chest. I worry of the little guy. He is 3. I wonder if it affects behavior, it seems to have gone downhill in this house with some of the adults. My 27 yr old gets heart palpitations sometimes.
    So, I’ll want to get husband to put in some of the metal that is mentioned in your article. I do not know a lot of technical stuff, but we’ll figure it out. Also, as someone else mentioned, my bill is sky high.

    May 1st, 2012 11:45 am Reply
  • Sarah Nelson Miller via Facebook

    Lyndsey: I have a smart meter and 2 bird feeders located just a few feet away from it and it has not deterred them. They pig out! I could use another income just to feed them. Also, I keep mason bee houses on my property and they do not seem to mind the meter. There is a flower bed nearby and it is full of bees, wasps, and other pollinators all spring and summer. Whatever harm it may do, the wildlife at my house are oblivious to it.

    May 1st, 2012 11:34 am Reply
  • Cortney Rogers LeMasurier via Facebook

    Is every digital meter a smart meter or is there something else to look for? I’ve never heard of this before and we just moved last year and upgraded to a 200 amp service so if they had to install a new meter they probably went ahead with a smart meter :(

    May 1st, 2012 11:29 am Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      Look for the letters “FCC” on it in small print. This means that it has the potential to emit a radiofrequency, whether or not your electric company is currently using it as a smart meter.

      May 1st, 2012 4:05 pm Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    Those of you who believe in mainstream medicine should realize that even organizations of conventional doctors are opposed to the use of smart meters, and have warned about their dangers. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine sent a detailed letter, in January, 2012 to the head of the California Public Utilities Commission warning of the health dangers caused by smart meters, and calling for a moratorium on their installation. AAEM is as conventional an organization of mainstream doctors as you will find. Here is a link to their letter, which is well worth reading.

    May 1st, 2012 11:28 am Reply
    • Stephanie

      It’s my understanding that smart meter emit less than a cell phone. Do cell phones bother you as well? How about wi-fi? Microwave ovens?

      I’m just curious as the debate is currently going on in our town and many say that the smart meters emit less than these other pieces of technology. We limit our use of cell phones but have had wifi for some time and have had no health problems whatsoever.


      May 1st, 2012 11:53 am Reply
      • Stanley Fishman


        The power companies all say that, but it is heavily disputed by many organizations who have actually tested the meters. These organizations say the emissions are much more than that, with the problem being made even worse by the fact that smart meters constantly bounce signals between each other, which means that every house with a meter is getting radiation from many meters.

        I suggest that you read the link I posted above, and share it with others in your town if you like. It exposes the dangers of smart meters, and is by a mainstream medical organization.

        May 1st, 2012 12:05 pm Reply
      • Andrea

        A smart meter was installed on my house right outside our living room without our knowledge. I am a very sensitive person and yes it does bother me, I have had problems sleeping and headaches, ringing in my ears and general discomfort. I went to see my applied kinesologist and had him test to see if it was bothering me or if it was something else. It turns out that all of my symptoms are from the smart meter and it is also disturbing my endocrine system.
        I am also sensitive to cell phone (even though I use one for convenience and business/school) if I am to close to Microwaves and anything magnetic or emitting wi-fi.

        May 1st, 2012 1:22 pm Reply
      • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

        The claim power companies tend to make is that a person receives more radiofrequency radiation from a cell phone at the head than from a smart meter at three feet away from the meter. The problems with this statement are two-fold. The first is the issue of duration. I do not know anyone who holds their cell phone to their head, engaged in a call, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. However, smart meters, according to industry data, transmit up to two times per second, 24-7, 365.

        The second issue is the issue of distance and the fact that radiation exposure works on a logarithmic scale and not a linear one. Thus, the radiation that one is exposed to at 2 feet from the meter is not a linear increase, but rather an exponential increase from that at 3 feet. Similarly, the radiation exposure at 1 foot from the meter is yet another exponential increase from the exposure at 2 feet from the meter. Closer than 3 feet from the smart meter, the radiation put out by a smart meter is far more than that put out by a cell phone at the head. It is no coincidence that the power industry always says, “3 feet.” They are intentionally trying to mislead people.

        Comparing a cell phone to a smart meter is like comparing an orange to a poison apple. The power industry knows that you have heard of oranges, knows that you know people with oranges, and knows that you may even have an orange yourself. They assume that you are somewhat comfortable with oranges. So they are trying to convince you that their poison apple is really a lot like your orange . . . even though it is not.

        Given that walls in places like California can be as thin as 4″, and drywall and 2×4’s do not stop radiofrequency radiation, it is highly likely that many folks will be within a foot of the smart meter quite regularly (let alone within less than 3 feet). Having the head of one’s bed on the other side of a wall to which a smart meter is attached is a recipe for utter disaster. Especially for a child. Children are better conductors because their bodies have a higher percentage of water. Children also have thinner skull bones and other bones. Therefore, their brains and bone marrow are more susceptible to radiofrequency radiation than are adults.

        The radiofrequency radiation exposure you get in a smart meter enabled neighborhood is not just coming from your own meter either. You are getting it from your neighbors meters too if you live in a typical neighborhood. Some homes also receive a type of smart meter that is known as “a collector meter.” If you are the unlucky home that gets the collector meter, your house will have an extra-powerful meter that sends and receives signals from the other homes in your neighborhood. I would say that a person whose bed was on the other side of a wall with a collector meter on it will be most unfortunate.

        Furthermore, even if distance does mitigate some of the danger of radiofrequency radiation exposure, studies (cited on my blog) have shown that even low-level radiofrequency radiation has non-thermal effects on the body that can put the body into a pre-cancerous state by interfering with the function of DNA-repair proteins and letting the many mutations we all experience on a daily basis persist unchecked. Nevermind the fact that the industry plans to install radiotransmitter chips in ALL appliances in the future, right down to toasters and hairdryers, that will communicate back and forth with your smart meter via even more radiofrequency radiation waves (see my blog for more info). Thus, the smart meter will only be the first of MANY sources of radiofrequency radiation exposure for your household if you get a smart meter.

        Yes, cell phones and WiFi are also bad news. As are DECT coordless phones and DECT baby monitors. WiFi, most DECT coordless phones, and most DECT baby monitors are much worse than cell phones, because they pulse radiofrequency radiation (in the microwave range) 24-7, 365. I had no idea how dangerous these devices were prior to my reading Sarah’s first post on smart meters and doing TONS of research on my own. Within hours of reading Sarah’s article, I had seen enough research done by highly-qualified PhD scientists to switch back to a wired internet connection and remove the DECT cordless phones and DECT baby monitor from our home. In Sweden, WiFi is being taken out of universities and schools. There are movements in the U.S. and Canada to take WiFi out of schools.

        You may not have health issues now from WiFi etc., but exposure and damage are cumulative. It could take years, but your body will be affected on some level. The processes of our bodies, right down to a DNA level, depend upon electrical gradients for normal functioning. When the body is pulsed with electromagnetic waves from external sources, the body will not function as it normally would. Technology is so amazing and seemingly wonderful that it is easy for us to forget to think about how it might affect our own physiology. I know that I personally had forgotten to consider it.

        I have written two articles for my blog as a result of the research I have done, and have actually connected with some organizations in the U.S. and Canada who are trying to get the word out. I have placed links to MANY organizations and experts at the end of the first article I wrote. I have also been updating the list as I learn of new evidence and organizations. Some of these links may help you spread the word in your town. You will find enough research cited on my blog to keep you busy for weeks.

        I highly suggest you build or buy a cage for around your analog meter. Put a lock on it and post a water-proof sign that you do not give permission for any new meters to be placed on your home, nor do you give permission for your property/cage to be tampered with in any way. As long as they can read the meter through the cage, they have no right to destroy your lock or cage as far as I can tell (you would have to speak with a lawyer to be sure, but hopefully they would at least make a racket that you would hear if they tried to change it out). Take a photo with a date stamp of your caged analog meter, so that you have a record of what they destroyed if they do destroy it. I have also read about folks who installed a fence around their caged meter, so that the meter could only be accessed, even to be read, when they were home. This addresses the possibility that they would be willing to tamper with the cage around the smart meter. I speak from experience that having a smart meter removed from your home is not an easy task. My power company has threatened me with “service interruption” if I attempt to have the meter changed out on my own. Better to prevent one from being installed it seems. Good luck to you!

        May 1st, 2012 2:47 pm Reply
        • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Totally brilliant insight Nicole. Thank you for taking the time to share this detail.

          May 1st, 2012 3:00 pm Reply
        • Cara

          Nicole, how do we know that the smart meters are actually turned off if we opt out and choose to switch back to analog (and pay their monthly switch back fee!) ?? Do you have any info about this ?

          May 1st, 2012 5:06 pm Reply
          • Julie D.


            If you opt out (in CA) you keep your old meter or they bring back an old style one if you already were given a smartmeter. I opted out. My smart meter was replaced within 2 weeks.

            May 3rd, 2012 1:28 pm
  • TerriAnn Welsh-Farrell via Facebook

    Can I really object to this when I have wifi in my house or don’t unplug everything or use a microwave or….

    May 1st, 2012 11:21 am Reply
    • Cara

      TerriAnn, I think we have a right and should object to a lot of un-safety-tested technology and eliminate as much as possible. We owe it to our kids because we didn’t have to deal with all of this when we were growing up. We have WiFi too and I plan on turning it off at least at night when my family is sleeping. I try to ignore my microwave and it ignores me back 😉

      May 1st, 2012 4:34 pm Reply
  • Lyndsey Stang via Facebook

    I lady on YouTube put a turkey pan on hers and checked to see how much radiation it was giving. It was so low. She had noticed bees had been leaving their hives when they put the meter in and birds were no longer visiting near her house.

    May 1st, 2012 11:16 am Reply
  • Jess Young via Facebook

    Because of this, I have been reading up on how to make solar panels at home. Cost around $150 per panel, and you stop paying the electric company and they pay you instead. The new meters are making folks pay double to triple what they’d been paying before.

    It’s quite disturbing how many things have been pushed at us that make us sick. Finally got rid of our CFLs and moved to LEDs. Don’t think we have this box yet, though.

    May 1st, 2012 11:12 am Reply
    • Marcia Wilwerding

      Yes, Jess, I was just going to add that this is another good reason to “go off the grid,” so to speak. I’ve been reading Countryside magazine for YEARS, and that is my dream. Maybe we should look more into this option as the utility companies become more and more oppressive.

      May 1st, 2012 1:58 pm Reply
    • bean

      We had solar panels installed and learned, after the fact, that the Smart Meter is required to run the panels, so we have lost the option of going back to analog. Turning them on requires paperwork and a visit from the power company. We just had our first brown out and discovered that without the battery packs we cannot use our solar panels without the help of electricity. Ironic, all that money and we still lose power with the rest of the neighborhood. My advice–Get the back up battery packs, or don’t bother with solar… :(

      May 1st, 2012 10:30 pm Reply
  • Diane

    Thank you for the article Sarah, I do not believe that Smart Meters are in my area yet but very well could be. I am wondering if you or anyone who reads this has ever used Orgonite? It seems that it would be similar to the Q-link pendant that is mentioned in the article. I have been thinking of making some Orgonite items on my own and am interested to hear what others experience with it may be.

    Thank you for bringing interesting issues to light.

    May 1st, 2012 11:12 am Reply
    • Tracey Stirling

      My kids and I have made Orgonites and placed them all around the house. I can’t say for sure if we’ve noticed a difference as they say it can be subtle, we have already had our Smart Meter removed, but it makes me feel a little better about our computer use, etc.

      May 1st, 2012 11:58 am Reply
      • Cara

        I wonder if himalayan salt lamps would have an impact on smart meters.

        May 1st, 2012 4:27 pm Reply
        • watchmom3

          Cara, I have wondered that myself! Just an aside to the other bloggers, this is not the only well respected website that I have found information on how BAD smart meters are, so rest assured the truth will come out to the general public. I just don’t know how long….

          May 1st, 2012 7:41 pm Reply
  • Amber Danelle via Facebook

    Thank you for this!!!
    I was fine with moving outta California for reasons such as this… didn’t think it would take long for it to move across the USA, though. :-(

    May 1st, 2012 11:11 am Reply
  • Angela Blazek Salinas via Facebook

    How do we know the Q-link isn’t just a lucky rabbit’s foot to make money off us?

    May 1st, 2012 11:11 am Reply
  • Jennifer Sara Jansky via Facebook

    Ours is still a regular one that they put in when we moved in.

    May 1st, 2012 11:09 am Reply
  • Jennifer Sara Jansky via Facebook

    Smart meter? I have not heard of this.

    May 1st, 2012 11:08 am Reply
  • Amanda McCandliss via Facebook

    I need some Rearden Steel! lol Sorry, I watched Atlas Shrugged last night.

    May 1st, 2012 11:03 am Reply
  • Angela Blazek Salinas via Facebook

    I live just north of Houston. We locked up our old analog meter, sent a certified denial of consent letter, taped a copy of the letter to the meter, and they STILL cut off our lock and removed our meter, replacing it with a smart meter. No phone call has made any difference whatsoever. If you want to buy electricity in Texas, you have to have a smart meter. Period.
    Our meter is 4 ft from our living room couch and chair, and we have 3 kids under the age of 9.

    May 1st, 2012 11:01 am Reply
  • Angela Harris Hartline via Facebook

    Oh great we have one. I had no idea they posed a threat :(

    May 1st, 2012 11:01 am Reply
  • Janet

    Thank you Sarah for this wonderful article, as I was looking through your website and i haven’t seen you mention anything about mattresses that don’t out gasses, Is there anything you recommend or you haven’t got to this topic as yet?
    Please let me know if you know of any good sources.
    Thanks alot,
    Regards J.

    May 1st, 2012 11:00 am Reply
    • Kathy

      Yes, Sarah. Like Janet, I have had this question. Any sources for organic mattresses? I wonder about the “organic” ones made of latex as many people have trouble with latex. What do you know on this subject? Thank you.

      May 1st, 2012 11:15 am Reply
      • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

        The latex mattresses are manufactured via high heat and then washed with soap and water. The heat denatures (or changes) the proteins in the latex, theoretically rendering them harmless (the allergen in latex is the protein, so if you change the structure of the protein it theoretically cannot function as the original protein could). I am latex sensitive. Latex products typically make me itch. I have never experiencing anaphylaxis from latex, but I do get short of breath around latex balloons. I just ordered some sample chunks of latex matress–my daughter is about to go to a twin bed. I rubbed the latex on my skin and did not get the immediate itching I get with latex gloves, balloons, or other thin latex products. I also experienced no shortness of breath after sniffing the various chunks. While I have no scientific proof that latex mattresses do not elicit allergy symptoms across the board, my personal anecdote is that various firmnesses of talalay and dunlop 100% natural latex did not elicit my allergy symptoms. I plan to write an article for my blog on my non-toxic mattress buying experience soon. It has been quite a process, and it is not yet over.

        May 1st, 2012 12:58 pm Reply
        • Kathy

          Nicole, Thank you for the reply. I will await your article on buying mattresses, but I am glad to know that you had no problem with the one you tried out.

          May 1st, 2012 1:11 pm Reply
        • Cara

          Nicole, I am looking into safe organic mattresses too. Thanks for bringing the question up Kathy :) I think Mercola has some info on this subject too.

          May 1st, 2012 4:22 pm Reply
      • jason and lisa

        hey kathy.. www. cozypure dot com.. made in america.. organic latex core with organic wool wrapping.. located in virginia i believe.. there is a lot to read on the site also and they have a showroom.. may be a trip depending on where you are but worth a look.. hope this helps..

        -jason and lisa-

        May 1st, 2012 4:28 pm Reply
        • jason and lisa

          forgot to add.. no voc’s..

          -jason and lisa-

          May 1st, 2012 4:30 pm Reply
      • Amanda

        I just bought a latex mattress and actually got it at the fair price although it is thin and because of this it makes the bed a more extra firm/firm. I figure thats fine because next step is to buy an organic wool topper with the money saved. So personally I haven’t experienced any allergic symptoms actually a decrease in morning allergies and I guess if you were sensitive you could just purchase a nice topper.

        October 21st, 2013 10:15 pm Reply
  • Carrie Miller via Facebook

    Ok its not letting me click to go on this site to read it…says its down for maintenance or something but what is all this about? Our electric bill has been outrageous…more than it should be by double sometimes triple. When I called to ask them about it, they said they were in the process of installing new meters to all the customers and said to wait and see if that clears it up. Said I should have had the new one by last friday but its still not installed yet. I have heard nothing about it…what is it?

    May 1st, 2012 10:58 am Reply
  • Seeley Amber via Facebook

    In Australia people have been constructing locked boxes with a window for readings around their analogue meters to avoid them being replaced. Legally the box is part of the house so forcing it open would be breaking and entering. :)

    May 1st, 2012 10:57 am Reply
    • Tracey Stirling

      When my neighbor complained and said she didn’t want hers and wished she’d have put a lock on her box they just said to her “lady we would’ve just broke the lock!” We were able to have ours switched back but they charged us $75 to switch out a meter we didn’t want in the first place and now we’re being charged an extra $10 a month to keep it! Can’t say for sure if this was due to the meter but they installed our smart meter right on the other side of our bedroom where we sleep. My 7 year old daiughter has always had sleep issues but during the time the Smart meter was on our home she woke every night with night terrors and about a month after it was removed she has started sleeping through the night again. Also can’t say for sure if the Smart meter is to blame but I also miscarried during the time we had ours. There is a device called an Orgonite which you can make yourself that harnesses Orgone energy and is supposed to protect against radioactive energies. You can do a search for Orgonite and read about it.

      May 1st, 2012 11:55 am Reply
  • David Warren via Facebook

    Me scientist…..this silly!

    May 1st, 2012 10:57 am Reply
  • Raya King via Facebook

    Google MU metal, it is very effective for EMFs

    May 1st, 2012 10:56 am Reply
  • Thea Steggall via Facebook

    Thanks for this article. I had no idea! We already have this, I think. The picture looks just like what we have right outside the kitchen. :(

    May 1st, 2012 10:56 am Reply
  • Carol Hauge via Facebook

    site maintenance, can’t read the article…

    May 1st, 2012 10:54 am Reply
  • Amanda McCandliss via Facebook

    They installed one on my home and it’s right outside my son’s bedroom. They won’t remove it. I’m so pissed!

    May 1st, 2012 10:48 am Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      Please remove your son from the bedroom immediately. Distance is the only protection from smart meters. You can buy shielding paint for the room and make it safer, but how safe can only be determined with an RF meter. Many smart meters are installed in a neighborhood-level network, and, contrary to electric company claims, emit signals up to two times per second 24-7! Also, if you are the unlucky home that has the “collector smart meter,” then the exposures will be even higher. I have written two pieces on smart meters on my blog that may be of interest to you–they explain what exactly smart meters can do to harm our bodies. Please do not let your son back in the room until the risk is mitigated.

      May 1st, 2012 12:33 pm Reply
      • mary

        What is the difference between a smart meter and a “collector smart meter”?

        May 1st, 2012 1:07 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    Thanks for this article, Sarah. I don’t think theres any smart meters in my area yet but I’ve been interested in ways to protect yourself from dirty electricity.

    May 1st, 2012 10:32 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      My article on dirty electricity and what to do about it to minimize it in your home is linked in this post above if you want to get some ideas :)

      May 1st, 2012 10:47 am Reply
  • Kaley

    I have never heard about this. Not even sure if my home has one. Thanks for the information. I like to be educated on what is going on around me… whether or not I can change it. I will be looking into this ASAP. Thanks again Sarah for the tip!

    May 1st, 2012 8:34 am Reply
  • Angie

    I’ve been reading your blog for a little over a year now, and I think you’ve got a lot of interesting information here.

    I do think it’s interesting, however, that you seem to document titles, particularly MD, when it suits your purpose. For example, in your response to amf, you say that there’s a video from a Harvard MD, but most of the time, you seem to believe that allopathic medical doctors are part of a great conspiracy about this or that. This is just one example, admittedly not the best given so many posts since I started reading. Simply an observation…

    April 30th, 2012 9:53 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      As the daughter of an MD, I have seen the medical profession go from one that is esteemed and professional such as the medicine my Father practiced to one where most MDs today are little more than drug pushers for Big Pharma, arrogant and closed minded to anything except the pharmaceutical industry approved agenda that they learned in medical school. It is refreshing and truly wonderful to come across an MD that has stayed true to the Hippocratic oath and is open minded about alternative methods to staying well and healing that are not drug or surgery related.

      April 30th, 2012 10:43 pm Reply
      • RosalindaL

        Thank God for people who research, observe and learn with their own brains instead of the herd mentality our society has morphed into… I am so grateful for the information on this blog, a lot is out of my capacity because of my financial situation, but it opens the mind to alternatives and truth. Some people need to walk away from the TV and start doing their own research. The herd mentality is the death of our society full of apathetic and complacent people just getting through life instead of truly making the best of it. Thank you Sarah!! I truly appreciate the information you offer.

        May 1st, 2012 10:58 am Reply
      • Stanley Fishman

        Well said, Sarah.

        May 1st, 2012 1:59 pm Reply
      • Susan

        I am the daughter of a retired doctor also, and unfortunately I see the detrimental effects of my father for his own health who believed in and never questioned the conventional medical system, not realizing what it has become.

        August 6th, 2013 2:30 pm Reply
    • amf

      great point, sister.

      May 1st, 2012 8:25 am Reply
  • amf

    your crazy lady. you get everyone all worked up with bad info.

    April 30th, 2012 9:35 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You must work for the power companies. Have you seen this video from a Harvard MD who talks about the dangers of smart meters?

      April 30th, 2012 9:46 pm Reply
    • Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse

      If you think smart meters are nothing to get “worked up” about, then you need to familiarize yourself with this report written by a panel of experts (renowned PhD physicists and electrical engineers among them): . You might also consider that the World Health Organization has classified radiofrequency radiation as a “Class 2 carcinogen,” along with the likes of lead and DDT. As a healthcare professional, who has written about the scientifically established health risks of radiofrequency radiation, I think you need to educate yourself regarding the dangers it presents . . . rather than dismissing, as “crazy,” those who have chosen to educate themselves and spread the word.

      April 30th, 2012 10:46 pm Reply
      • amf

        crazy is, as crazy does. sarah also believes vaccinations are evil. how do your nursing bones like that? sarah is a devil that feeds on peoples fears.

        May 1st, 2012 8:57 am Reply
        • Kelli

          Yes, Sarah is crazy for thinking outside the box and refusing to swallow conventional medical dogma. Too bad the same can’t be said for you, amf.

          May 1st, 2012 10:28 am Reply
        • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Well, I just checked and I don’t seem to have any horns hidden in my hair! LOL

          May 1st, 2012 10:46 am Reply
          • Laurie

            “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

            Keep asking questions, Sarah. Someone needs to do it.

            May 1st, 2012 12:20 pm
        • Nicole Rice

          If you think she is crazy- why bother reading anything she rights? Going against the stream and refusing to be a blind sheep is not the definition of crazy.

          May 1st, 2012 10:53 am Reply
          • Nicole Rice

            ugh! writes- not rights. Wish there was a way to delete a post and start over.

            May 1st, 2012 10:54 am
        • Betheney

          You obviously need to educate yourself and not put down those that are. Your guinea pig mentality is the perfect fit for the medical system. I’m sure they love people like you who do not question anything. Hopefully, your family will not bear the consequences of your stupidity. Thank you Sarah for not being “normal”, my family and I appreciate it.

          May 1st, 2012 11:10 am Reply
        • jason and lisa

          amf.. how old are you?? no other details.. just age??

          -jason and lisa-

          May 1st, 2012 4:23 pm Reply
        • tbinca

          What does amf stand for, asinine mofo? Could your trolling be more obvious? Geez, what a pathetic shill you are.

          January 19th, 2013 10:10 pm Reply
        • Chris

          Vaccines contain mercury and aluminium in the adjuvant used. How is it that you have internet access yet are apparently unable to do basic research? Most vaccines are highly ineffective and a money scam. What else is new regarding modern medicine? Educate yourself, rather than make a fool of. Devil, indeed.

          May 9th, 2013 10:24 am Reply
          • bev

            your so right the us is hurting us with all their hupla

            February 19th, 2014 10:42 am
        • Tona the truth telling it like it is child of God

          How pitiful you are thinking there is no harm with these smart meters!
          As a matter of fact they in long term can kill and have! I might suggest instead of your self absorbed arrogance you educate your self before making a complete idiot of yourself publicly!
          thank you Sarah and Nicole for moe info.
          I myself have been researching and studying this for years and sad but true the effects and even deaths are alarming!
          It’s just easier for some people to criticize something they are not intelligent enough to understandthemselves!
          Keep it up ladies together we can educate the ones in search of the real truth!

          March 8th, 2014 12:45 am Reply
      • Wesley

        You hold yourself out to be a nurse. Are you an RN or an LPN? What state are you licensed in?

        You do realize that in most states, identifying yourself as a licensed nurse when you are not is a crime, right?

        May 17th, 2016 12:02 pm Reply
    • watchmom3

      amf, it would probably make your point if you spoke clearly, politely and intelligently. I just have to conclude that you are ignorant of this subject, which is not a problem unless you do what you just did. Study this carefully and THEN make an educated, informed statement. You will find that it will be respected, even if it does not agree with other bloggers.

      May 1st, 2012 7:36 pm Reply
    • Brandy

      I really trust the opinion of someone who cannot even properly spell ”you’re”, as in ‘You are crazy lady.’ Please educate yourself. Or hold your ignorant tongue. And if you want people to take your opinion seriously, learn English.

      May 9th, 2013 8:47 am Reply

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