PHOTOS: Anti-Smart Meter Rally in Nanaimo

By Kim Goldberg

June 15, 2014

© Kim GoldbergMore than 75 people turned out for Nanaimo’s rally against smart meters yesterday, on the sidewalk in front of MLA Leonard Krog’s office downtown. The event was part of a multi-city Day of Action Against Smart Meters occurring across British Columbia and Quebec.

Speakers described the risks of fire, surveillance, and illness associated with wireless smart meters. And some described their own personal health ordeal triggered by the installation of a smart meter on their home—from headaches, to heart arrhythmia, to loss of vision.

Attendees and passers-by on the busy street corner were encouraged to join the class action lawsuit currently underway against BC Hydro over the risks associated with smart meters.

Story and images © Kim Goldberg

Norm Abbey (© Kim Goldberg)

Jim Stachow dons his 'tinfoil hat' to take the stage. (Photo © Kim Goldberg)

Jim Stachow dons his ‘tinfoil hat’ to take the stage. (Photo © Kim Goldberg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Kim Goldberg

© Kim Goldberg

June 14, 2014 Anti-Smart Meter rally in Nanaimo. (Photo © Kim Goldberg)

© Kim Goldberg

Solar: The Only Smart Grid (Photo © Kim Goldberg)

Save the Bees, Foil your Smart Meter (photo © Kim Goldberg)

Save the Bees, Foil your Smart Meter (photo © Kim Goldberg)

Launched! International Gallery of Electro-Aware Art

Kim Goldberg

May 31, 2014 

Great news! The online International Gallery of Electro-Aware Artists is now live on my Refugium website. 

Please visit the gallery here: https://electroplague.com/electro-aware-artists/ .

Heads Up On Cell Towers © Mardel Sanzotta

Heads Up On Cell Towers © Mardel Sanzotta

The first four Electro-Aware Artists in this online exhibition to raise awareness about the perils of electro-pollution and the ordeal of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) are:

My thanks to each of them for contributing work to this project that seeks to make the invisible world of frequencies and electropollution visible through art. 

I am looking for more Electro-Aware Artists to add to this gallery. If you have visual art that addresses the theme of electro-pollution, please send a hi-res jpeg plus a brief Artist Statement about your thoughts and experiences with electro-pollution and Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity to goldberg@ncf.ca

All styles of visual art welcome—paintings, drawings, photography, graffiti, collage, mixed media, computer-generated, comic strips, fabric/fibre art, or 3D art that you can photograph such as sculpture or installation art.

Electro-Aware Art Wanted for Book on EHS

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

Electro-Aware Art Wanted for Book on EHS

“Making the Invisible Visible” 

by Kim Goldberg

May 25, 2014

I am currently seeking “Electro-Aware” visual art for possible inclusion in my Refugium book and website about people living with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), and the perils of Electro-pollution. I am primarily looking for art from people who are electrosensitive. But I will also consider submissions from others who are exploring this topic artistically.

View the online gallery here.

How do we render the invisible world of frequencies into a visual experience? And what would a healthier world look like? 

A3 drawing on colored paper © Tom van Campenhout

A3 drawing on colored paper © Tom van Campenhout

What To Submit:

Drawings, paintings, photographs, computerized graphics, collage art, cartoons, graffiti, or any other visual art that you can submit as a .jpg for consideration and possible publication.

I am looking for visual art that explores themes such as: electrosensitivity, electricity, wireless radiation, electro-pollution, frequencies, resonance, our electro-sick civilization, or conversely what the antidote to these problems might look like. I am interested in both the nightmare of electro-pollution, and also the dream/vision of a healthier world. You may submit more than one work of art. If the connection to the topic of electro-pollution is not obvious in your work, you will need to supply that connection in your Artist’s Statement. 

Be as creative as you want! You do not need to be a professional artist to submit work. All artists whose work I use in the book will receive a complimentary copy of Refugium in 2015, along with my heartfelt thanks.

How To Submit:

1. Please email your Electro-Aware visual art as a hi-res .jpg to goldberg@ncf.ca (You may submit more than one work of art.)

2. Please include an Artist’s Statement of 300 words (maximum) about the problem of Electro-pollution and how it relates to your work as an artist. Feel free to describe your own electrosensitivity too.

3. Please attach a photo of yourself that can accompany your Artist’s Statement. Any type of photo is fine—a standard head-shot, zany photo, arty photo. 

4. Please include a sentence in your email stating that you grant me permission to publish your art, your artist’s statement, and your photo in my Refugium book and on my Refugium website under the terms specified in this Call for Submissions.

Response Time: 

I will acknowledge receipt of your submission within three days (unless I am away).

In Fall 2014, I will let you know whether I will be including your art in the book (due out in 2015).

If I use your work and Artist Statement on my Refugium website, I will notify you as soon as it is posted.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Submission of work does not guarantee publication.
  • All artists included in the book will receive a complimentary copy of the book as payment.
  • All artists included will be properly credited and acknowledged in the book.
  • All artists will retain their copyright to their art.
  • All artists, by submitting work to this Call for Submissions, are granting me permission to use their work both in my Refugium book and on my Refugium website (http://electroplague.com), with the artist’s ownership being properly identified and credited in all cases. 

Thank you for living a creative and artistic life! And thank you in advance for whatever Electro-Aware Art you may choose to submit to my Refugium project.

I am very grateful to Dutch artist Tom van Campenhout for being one of the first artists to agree to participate in this collection of Electro-Aware Art for the Refugium project.

Kim GoldbergKim Goldberg

Nanaimo, BC

 

Wireless Radiation Turns Our Protons into Radio Transmitters

By Kim Goldberg

May 21, 2014

RadiofrequencyToolkit_v4_06132013In 2013, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control issued a 377-page report titled “Radiofrequency Toolkit for Environmental Health Practitioners.”

The entire document can be viewed and downloaded here.

The weighty tome appears to be primarily a government whitewash of the wireless industry, in an effort to allay legitimate public concern about the biotoxic nature of RF radiation from cell phones, cordless phones, wi-fi, and (most significantly to the BC government) smart meters.

The report drowns us in “science” designed to make any reader feel that if she can’t wade through dozens of mathematical equations using long strings of Greek letters, then she isn’t qualified to speak out about RF hazards.

The report trots out all the predictable faulty logic and false analogies such as telling us on page 25 that our own bodies are constantly emitting EMF in the 31,000 GHz range (i.e., our infra-red heat signature). So why worry about the lower frequencies of our wireless devices, seems to be the implied question/statement.

“MRI Scanner” courtesy of onlinedocturs, Flickr (CC BY)

“MRI Scanner” courtesy of onlinedocturs, Flickr (CC BY)

But then on page 31, something interesting pops up. While describing the purportedly benign Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines used in hospital radiology, the report tells us that “RF fields of 10-400 MHz [are used] to excite the protons in the body and cause them to emit radio waves for the acquisition of anatomical images.”

(For a more detailed description of this phenomenon of proton excitation by radio frequencies, see the British Medical Journal article on Magnetic Resonance Imaging.)

Thanks so much for making my case for me.

Yes, it can certainly be medically useful (at times) to have those MRI images. But the relevant take-away here is that our protons are perpetually being turned into RF transmitters by our daily exposure to wireless RF radiation from smart meters, cell phones, wi-fi, and more.

And that particular transformation of our bodies at a sub-atomic level is one that nobody signed on for and most people would reject if they knew it was happening to them.

Article © Kim Goldberg, 2014

 

Steve Weller: Dispelling Misconceptions about EHS

By Kim Goldberg

May 13, 2014

Steve Weller, Vice President of Stop Smart Meters Australia, and author of the report: “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS): A Personal Case Study”.

Steve Weller, Vice President of Stop Smart Meters Australia, and author of the report: “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS): A Personal Case Study”.

Australian Steve Weller was 32 years old when he first determined in 2001 that he was sensitive to wireless radiation. He had used computers his entire adult life. He also worked in the IT (Information Technology) industry, and describes himself as an early adopter of technology.

“I was looking forward to the freedom [wireless technology] would afford me,” Steve recalls. “No more wires cluttering the desk, free to do my work on my laptop at the kitchen table while I had breakfast.”

Being technically savvy, Steve decided to buy the most powerful Wi-Fi router that was available at the time. His subsequent discovery that he was being sickened by the hardware of his life and work was not easy news to absorb. But he could not ignore the alarming effects this technology was having on his body.

“On first using my wireless router, I began to feel pressure in my head, pressure in my chest, and tingling sensations in my hands and face within a few minutes of use,” Steve says. “I also noted (and so did my wife) that my temperament changed from my normally relaxed manner to being more agitated and short tempered when using my Wi-Fi enabled router.”

With more prolonged use, Steve’s symptoms expanded to include a burning sensation in his intestines, chest pressure, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) followed by thumping heartbeats “like my heart was trying to jump out of my chest,” Steve recalls.

“I soon realised that a consistent pattern was developing when using my wireless router… It was at this point that I made a conscious decision to not use a wireless network to connect to the internet,” he says.

Today, 13 years later, Steve still uses computers, he still works in IT, and he is still electrosensitive. But he has, through much research and reading (and relocation), learned how to reduce his exposure and thereby keep the worst of his symptoms at bay—at least until wireless smart meters were introduced to his neighbourhood in 2011.

Although Steve managed to keep a smart meter off his own home in Melbourne, he was severely affected by his neighbours’ two smart meters that were installed three meters away from his bedroom.

“I found I was waking at specific times every night,” Steve recounts. “It felt like someone had taken a long, sharp needle and quickly pushed it into my head.” Steve found he could no longer use the front areas of his house that received the biggest dose from his neighbours’ smart meters. He has recently moved from Melbourne to Queensland, a city that has not been fitted up with smart meters.

Since moving from Melbourne to Queensland, where there are no wireless smart meters yet,  Steve Weller now has a safe haven in his backyard... for the time being.

Since moving from Melbourne to Queensland, where there are no wireless smart meters yet, Steve Weller now has a safe haven in his backyard… for the time being.

Steve, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology from Monash University in Australia, is now the Vice President of Stop Smart Meters Australia.

And in an effort to educate politicians, scientists, and the general public on the under-recognized health crisis of electrosensitivity, Steve has documented his own case, along with much scientific research, in an 18-page brief titled “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS): A Personal Case Study”.

Read and download Steve Weller’s complete case study here: Steve Weller Case Study. 

What needs to happen next…

From the final pages of Steve Weller’s well-researched and thoroughly annotated brief on EHS:

“First and foremost, governments need to recognise that EHS is real and can be a serious health impairment, like Sweden does. Furthermore, medical professionals need to be educated on what EHS is, how to diagnose it and how to treat it. Education programs need to be established at Universities that cover this topic. The public also needs to be educated and informed of the risks of using wireless devices clearly and without prejudice or unwanted influence from those who market these devices. The media often portrays those who are suffering in a poor light, leading to hurtful comments and ridicule from uninformed members of the public. This needs to change. Scientists often weigh in on the argument, suggesting that EHS is a psychosomatic illness based on what I believe to be faulty scientific studies that use only the provocation test as the basis for their claims. Further research maybe required, but those who are suffering should not be held hostage by wrangling scientists and politicians as they argue the validity of EHS and testing techniques. The symptomology and causative factors of EHS are known and have been known for years.”

September 21, 2014 Update: Steve is now exploring the possibility of creating a safe haven somewhere in Australia for people with EHS. He has written a summary outlining some of the many logistical considerations for bringing a community of electrosensitive people together for this purpose. It is a document that may be useful to other people elsewhere who are trying to establish EHS refuges. 

Read and download Steve’s Safe Haven Brief here: Safe Haven Brief by Steve Weller.

 

FILM: Searching for a Golden Cage

Kim Goldberg

May 11, 2014

Jennifer Wood's cabin in Greenbank, West Virginia.

Jennifer Wood’s cabin in Greenbank, West Virginia.

“Search for a Golden Cage” is the latest documentary film to capture the challenging reality of living with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). In this well-produced, 12-minute documentary, photographer and filmmaker Nadav Neuhaus introduces us to three unrelated people with EHS – each struggling to find a safe haven in our increasingly electrified world.

Electrosensitive people can experience extreme pain and illness from exposure to wireless devices such as cell phones, cordless phones, smart meters, wi-fi, as well as other everyday sources of electromagnetic radiation.

Watch the complete film here: http://time.com/golden-cage/ 

Jennifer Wood, Greenbank, West Virginia

“I’ve had to give up every single thing in my life because of this illness,” says Jennifer Wood.

The film opens with architect Jennifer Wood, who now lives in a tiny cabin she built in the mountains of Greenbank, West Virginia. The small community of Greenbank has, in recent years, become famous as a safe haven for so-called “WiFi Refugees” – people who cannot tolerate wireless radiation. Greenbank houses the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which makes it part of the US Radio Quiet Zone, so that the radio telescopes can monitor sounds from outer space without interference.

Jennifer first became electrosensitive in 1996. At her worst, she weighed a mere 77 pounds and was near death. She now lives without electricity or running water. We watch her heat her kettle on her woodstove.

“I’ve had to give up every single thing in my life because of this illness,” Jennifer says. “I didn’t do it because I wanted a natural lifestyle. I did it to survive… More and more people are getting extremely ill from this and are being displaced from their homes,” she adds. “They are calling us ‘WiFi Refugees'”.

Dafna Tachover visits 60 rural homes and finds only one where she can live without pain from wireless radiation.

Dafna Tachover visits 60 rural homes and finds only one where she can live without pain from wireless radiation.

Next we drop in to the life of lawyer Dafna Tachover as she searches for a safe place to live in the rural countryside of upstate New York. Dafna researched 500 possible homes, and physically visited 60 of them with her radio frequency meter in hand. Out of all that searching, she found only one house she could tolerate.

Dafna’s electrosensitivity cost her everything –  her marriage, her ability to work. At one point she found herself sleeping in her car for seven months. 

In the words of David Carpenter, director of University of Albany’s School of Public Health, “We live in a wireless world, in an electrified world, and there are very few places one can go to that would reduce exposure.”

Musician Andrew McAfee sleeps in an underground bunker to shield himself from wireless radiation each night.

Musician Andrew McAfee sleeps in an underground bunker to shield himself from wireless radiation each night.

Professional musician Andrew McAfee had to go underground to reduce his exposure and get a decent night’s sleep. He built a subterranean concrete bunker beneath his home in Raleigh, North Carolina, and that’s where he sleeps most nights.

“I’m worried about people knowing I have a bunker,” says Andrew. “Being a professional musician and a horn player and a conductor – it’s just a little weird that’s where I sleep most of the time.”

Dr. Carpenter estimates that 2-3 per cent of the population now suffers from electrosensitivity. Some experts put the figure higher still. And of course, there are many ill people who have not yet identified the cause of their malaise as being wireless radiation and other forms of electromagnetic radiation. Most people with EHS go for months or even years before accurately diagnosing the cause of their problem.

The film closes with Dafna telling us that, after one year in her rustic radiation-free home, the biggest change in her life is that she now smiles again.

Dafna Tachover: "I now smile again"

Dafna Tachover: “I now smile again”

Article © Kim Goldberg, 2014
Images from the film “Search for a Golden Cage” by Nadav Neuhaus

Media Refuse to Publish Mayor’s Critique of Smart Meters

April 23, 2014

The following guest editorial about smart meters was written by John Ranns, the longtime Mayor of the District of Metchosin on southern Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Mayor Ranns wrote this guest editorial in November 2013 and submitted it for publication to the Victoria Times-Colonist and subsequently to other major newspapers in British Columbia. When his secretary followed up with the Victoria Times-Colonist about the status of his submission, the newspaper said it would not be publishing the piece because the piece was not topical. Mayor Ranns received no other replies from major media, and ultimately no major media outlets published his piece.

Read for yourself the opinion that British Columbia’s news outlets saw unfit to print.

Guest Editorial on Smart Meters

by John Ranns, November 2013

Mayor John Ranns, District of Metchosin on Southern Vancouver Island

Mayor John Ranns, District of Metchosin on Southern Vancouver Island

What I find most disturbing about BC Hydro’s forced imposition of smart meters is how readily politicians of all parties have abandoned fundamental principles of a free society in order to accommodate bureaucratic expediency. Individual freedom demands that government has boundaries. As far back as the 1600s the concept that individuals need sanctuary from government was established in British Common Law (still applicable in British Columbia), clearly stating that your home is your castle and the sovereign will not cross your threshold without following due process. Except now they have. In one stroke, the Province is saying that lawful citizens no longer have a choice in what enters or leaves their homes.

Although debate has been carefully steered to encompass technical arguments and ignore principle, there are two facts about smart meters that cannot be denied: They emit radiation into your house. And, when Hydro chooses, they will gather and disseminate personal information, which previously would have required a court order. 

Whether the radiation is harmful or ultimately proves to be safe is not the point. What is critical to the issue is that many people believe it to be harmful, and now their sanctuary, along with their peace of mind, is denied them. Nor does it matter how little you may care what government, corporations, and hackers know about what you do in your home. What matters is that the safeguards protecting others who do care must remain in place.

And forget the argument that people are free to go somewhere else. In our current economy most people in this province who have a job and a mortgage have no choice but to stay where they are and do what BC Hydro dictates. For populated areas, supplied electricity has become more essential to life than supplied water. Urban regulations will not permit alternative sources. And those who could legally go off-the grid can rarely afford the expense. BC Hydro is a government-established monopoly, so there are no competitors to turn to for service provision. Under these circumstances the only protection an individual has are our elected representatives. Except in this case, regardless of party, they have determined that what is good for business is more important than long established individual rights.

Recently, politicians of all description prominently displayed poppies and paid homage to the sacrifices made by previous generations who understood that to maintain a free system over time it is necessary for certain principles to be inviolate. Government must conform to the principle rather than change the principle to accommodate the wishes of whoever happens to be in power. It is why we have Constitutions. Unfortunately many politicians these days don’t seem to think that way. They do not recognize that our jobs are not only to represent our electorate, majority and minority, but also to serve as guardians of the free system. Sadly we seem all too willing to thoughtlessly forfeit our freedom for the latest of fleeting conveniences that our runaway technology may provide.

John Ranns

Mayor, District of Metchosin

Boil The Frog Slowly: Interview with Kim Goldberg

April 23, 2014

Photo © Kim Goldberg

Photo © Kim Goldberg

Radio host Pat Rullo of Boil the Frog Slowly interviews me for one hour about the risks of smart meters, wireless radiation, school Wi-Fi, and the growing quest for EMF-free sanctuaries around the globe on her radio show “Boil the Frog Slowly”. You’ll also find out what the word ‘refugium’ means to biologists. Interview begins 8.5 minutes in:

http://boilthefrogradio.com/kimgoldberg/

FILM: Where Can We Live?

by Kim Goldberg – April 19, 2014

Where Can We Live?

Length: 42 minutes

Year: 2011

Language: Swedish with English subtitles

Producer/Director: Hélène Aastrup-Samuels

Company: Eira Film

Contact: eirafilm@tyfonmail.se

Watch the 7-minute trailer here:

Where Can We Live is a 2011 documentary film by director Hélène Aastrup-Samuels tracing the lives of two unrelated Swedish women and their young families as each woman, in her own way, struggles to find peace and safety from the toxicity of wireless radiation. Lisa and Linn are electrosensitive, and each has been forced to abandon the life she knew (including job, home, education, and city) in order to escape the nearly ubiquitous presence of wireless devices.

The director and her crew followed each woman for three years to produce a film that reveals both the logistical and psychological price paid by those suffering from this growing environmental illness. The final result is a narrative work that switches back and forth between the two unfolding sagas throughout the course of the 42-minute film.

The film opens with Lisa and her young children at their small off-grid cottage in the Swedish countryside. For many of us, this would be an idyllic existence. But when one is required to live this way—far from the amenities of the city, and with no electricity—it can also be confining. For Lisa, it meant the end of her academic studies and her ability to have a paying job, relying instead on her husband to support them all.

Within minutes, the film cuts away to Linn’s story, which begins in Stockholm where she is a computer engineer. By the end of the film, after several moves and job changes, Linn is also ensconced in a country home with minimal exposure to electromagnetic radiation. She is still a computer engineer, but she is now enclosed in a specially designed workplace with much shielding.

Lisa found peace from electro-pollution by moving to an off-grid cottage in the Swedish countryside with her family. (Photo courtesy of Eira Film)

Lisa found peace from electro-pollution by moving to an off-grid cottage in the Swedish countryside with her family. (Photo courtesy of Eira Film)

The director’s cinéma vérité style of filmmaking, in which the camera follows each woman in her daily activities and lets each woman speak directly to the camera about the impact of electrosensitivity of her life, ends up supplying us with a startlingly frank portrait of the full scope of electrosensitivity. (And, although this may not have been the director’s intention, the film is also an excellent travelogue for life in the Swedish countryside. I was ready to pack my bags by the end of the film.)

A highlight of the film is the “house call” from Swedish electrosensitivity physician Dr. Ulrika Åberg, who has seen more than 700 electrosensitive patients over 15 years of treating this problem. Recognizing that electrosensitive people are often unable to travel or return to a city, she goes to them when necessary. We meet her when she arrives by bus to visit Lisa in the countryside.

Dr. Åberg describes Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity as “a barrel overflowing”. On the bottom, she says, “we have metal fillings and other toxins from pesticides and other things.” Add to that, the ever-increasing radiation in our daily lives, plus the emotional and psychological and financial stress that results when a person can no longer function as before, and it is a recipe for total health collapse.

To order a copy of the film, email: eirafilm@tyfonmail.se

Article © Kim Goldberg, 2014

VIDEO: Dr. Magda Havas, Live Blood Analysis & EMR

By Kim Goldberg

April 11, 2014

Watch this 2 ½ minute video featuring Live Blood Analysis done before and after exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation, with Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

 

Dr. Havas examines her own blood under a microscope three times over a three-hour period on August 20, 2009.

In the first examination, she was in an environment with no significant electromagnetic radiation. She found that her red blood cells were round, some were separate and some were sticking to others. This is healthy-looking blood.

The second examination was done after she had spent 70 minutes working on a computer. The majority of her red blood cells were now sticking together like long stacks of coins—an appearance known as “Rouleaux Formation”.

The third examination was done after she had used a cordless phone for 10 minutes. There were now no separate cells. All were organized into Rouleaux Formation, and the separate “stacks of coins” seemed themselves to be stuck to one another. This is what doctors see in cancer patients.

The clumping of red blood cells into Rouleaux Formation interferes with the delivery of oxygen and the removal of waste products like carbon dioxide. It also results in poor circulation since capillaries are often just wide enough for a single red blood cell to squeeze through at a time.

Consequently, some of the symptoms a person may experience if their red blood cells are locked in Rouleaux Formation are:

-headaches

-fatigue

-difficulty concentrating

-numbness, tingling, cold extremities

-heart and blood pressure problems

-risk of stroke 

Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening…