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If you have a smart meter and are experiencing symptoms like headaches when you’re in a certain room, insomnia, or increased joint pain, this article is for you.
The amount of radiation that emits from today’s smart meters is enough to induce physical changes in our bodies.
Let’s take a closer look at some of those changes, but first, let’s figure out why these changes happen in the first place.
What Is a Smart Meter?
A smart meter is an electronic tool that records a building’s electric energy consumption in time periods of an hour (sometimes less).
Smart meters transmit this data back to a utility company for the purposes of monitoring and billing.
Smart meters permit two-way communication between itself and the utility company’s central system.
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What Causes Someone to Experience Symptoms from a Smart Meter?
Smart meters may appear to transmit negligible amounts of radiation over time, but that isn’t the case.
While in operation, they typically send out strong levels of radiation several times each minute.
These radiation signals can occur without interruption and in two directions – sometimes upwards of 200,000 times a day.
So what does this do to the human body?
People differ with respect to their body sizes, composition of minerals within their bodies, the density of those minerals, and the amount of electrolytes within their bodies.
As a result, some people are far more susceptible to electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation than others.
And if you have a high heavy metal load, the metals in your body can act as an antenna, attracting EMF radiation whenever it’s present.
Usually, most people don’t actually feel symptoms through exposure to EMF radiation.
Despite this, EMF radiation that reaches the human body can permanently alter our cells after enough time has passed, leading to symptoms later on in life.
This sort of radiation has many hazardous health effects that can be cumulative, taking anywhere from 5 to 10 years of exposure to finally surface.
Common Smart Meter Radiation Symptoms
1. Stress and Irritability
Studies such as those published in the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy have shown for decades that EMF radiation can lead to a variety of neurological and psychological issues.
These include mood changes, increased feelings of stress, and increased levels of irritability.
Some people complain that different rooms or buildings affect their mood. As it turns out, EMF radiation may be to blame – whether from a smart meter or wifi.
2. Skin Problems
Some victims of severe EMF radiation report suffering from skin problems such as rashes and facial flushing.
Such individuals have been exposed to high amounts of this radiation for an extended period of time and have become hypersensitive.
3. Arthritis and Body Pain
Arthritis is a collection of pain-inducing and debilitating physical conditions. It leads to stiff, painful joints caused by excess inflammation in the joints.
Beyond arthritis, many types of bodily pains are solely, chiefly, or remotely caused (or worsened) by inflammation.
EMF radiation frequencies can alter and damage the nervous system, and many of the other symptoms of EMF radiation have inflammation as an accompanying problem.
Once the smart meter is removed, people have reported less inflammation and fewer body pains.
4. Sleeping Problems
A harmful effect of EMF and RF radiation gaining more attention in the scientific community is radiation’s effects on sleep quality and duration.
An article published in 2004 entitled “Effect of A Nighttime Magnetic Field Exposure on Sleep Patterns in Young Women,” showed that night-time exposure to EMF radiation was more damaging than day-time exposure.
The brain operates through countless electrical impulses, and our sleep patterns and cycles are regulated through such impulses.
Sleep processes can be altered due to EMF radiation frequencies delivered at intermittent or random intervals – such as those emitted by smart meters.
5. Heart Problems
According to www.DrPawluk.com (an expert on magnetic field therapy), EMF radiation can reach human and animal tissues easily, including heart tissues, with no sensory indications.
The cardiovascular and nervous systems’ responses to EMF are very complicated, ranging from reactions by cardiac muscles, reflexes regulated by the central nervous system, and even by blood vessels.
There are a number of heart problems that have been associated with EMF radiation exposure. Some of these cardiac conditions include:
- Cardiac arrhythmia (can lead to nearly instant cardiac death)
- Bradycardia (slowed heartbeat)
- Tachycardia (quickened heartbeat)
- Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) and Premature Atrial Contractions (PACs) / aka Heart Palpitations
- Atrial Fibrillation or Atrial Flutter (irregular or quivering heartbeat)
6. Eye Problems
There are also some harmful effects of EMF radiation to our eyes that have been reported and studied.
Some symptoms of electromagnetic hypersensitivity include burning or painful eyes, reduced visual acuity, floaters, pressure within or behind the eyes, and cataracts.
Seizures are another bodily condition that involves our electrical signals and impulses.
The brain has billions of nerve cells (neurons) that send and receive electrical signals. Seizures create abnormally high volumes of these electrical signals within the brain.
This series of neuron misfiring and superfluous electrical activity leads to alterations in individuals’ overall awareness and their bodily movements.
Those with epileptic seizures could have more acute negative reactions to EMF radiation. Epilepsy is a kind of brain abnormality that causes irregular periods of unstable and atypical electrical activity within the brain.
Besides these 7 common symptoms, other health effects have also been reported in relation to smart meters:
- Tinnitus (Ringing in Ears)
- Sinus Problems
- Leg Cramps
- Respiratory Problems
- Endocrine and Thyroid Disorders
If you experience any of these smart meter radiation symptoms, get a radiofrequency (RF) meter and measure the amount of radiation emitting from your smart meter.
Then get a cover for it that significantly decreases radiation output. We have a shopping guide you can read here.
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If you’re convinced your health effects are related, you may be able to petition your utility company to switch to an analog meter.
Some states have programs where they will do this for free. Others charge a fee.
Many of the symptoms mentioned above are directly related to how close or far you are from the smart meter because distance dictates exposure level.
Or read our article on the best ways to shield your home from smart meter radiation.
Any questions? Let us know in the comments below!
Oh, and if you’re not even sure if you have a smart meter, here’s what they look like.
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