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Wind turbine noise affects health

February 24, 2008

Editor
This is a damning report of the govt., the wind industry and the Provincial and Federal health departments.


research has suggested that those effects don’t cause long-term health impacts after people are no longer living near wind farms”.

Health Canada has never done a study of the health affects of wind turbines on the health of the people. I’ve asked, as have many others, both the Provincial and Federal Health Ministries why there hasn’t been a health study conducted. Now we know.

They already know industrial wind turbines are being placed too close to people and they know they have negative affects. Once you have been run off your property, the ill affects you experienced living next to a 400 ft. high wind turbine will disappear. Using their logic, there is no need for a health study.

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Daniel d’entremont and his family were forced from their home. The good news is their health is slowly returning to normal. They can’t live in their home any longer, but who cares about a home when you have your health.

Your government doesn’t give a damn, it’s that simple.

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Wind farm raises health concerns; No long-term effect, says Kingston doctor

Posted By Jennifer Pritchett

Kingston’s public health department will lobby government for more research into the health effects of wind turbines.

Dr. Ian Gemmill, Kingston’s medical officer of health, says there hasn’t been enough monitoring done to determine whether they’re harmful.

Gemmill made the declaration at a board of health meeting this week in response to residents who live near the proposed site of a wind farm to be built on Wolfe Island.

The citizens had asked public health to assess the health risks associated with the turbines, but based on the information that is available, Gemmill said, there is nothing to indicate that wind turbines have any long-term effect on people’s health.

“We haven’t got a lot of evidence to go on right now,” said Gemmill. Gemmill said that though there are concerns about low-level noise, appearance and stress caused by the turbines, research has suggested that those effects don’t cause long-term health impacts after people are no longer living near wind farms.

As well, much of the research that is available, he said, doesn’t appear to come from reputable sources.

“Our conclusion is that while there may be some short-term concerns, this will not have a long-term health effect,” said Gemmill.

Board member Vicki Schmolka told the board that she wasn’t sure that she agreed with Gemmill’s conclusion. She indicated that she felt there are health concerns associated with the turbines that the board should investigate further.

“Seems to me what we’re really saying is that this person needs to move away and they’ll be OK,” she said.

Schmolka, who is also a city councillor, asked Gemmill if he was comfortable saying that there were definitively no long-term health effects from wind turbines.

“I’m saying it’s reversible,” he responded. “I know that people are bothered by this, but the question here is when do we become involved.”

thewhigJennifer Pritchett

Wind turbine noise affects health

According to the results of a new peer-reviewed study made available to us by the U.S. government’s National Institutes of Health, the connection between noise and coronary heart disease — particularly at night — is serious.

Wind energy ordinances must include a top limit for how much turbine noise can safely be added to our environment.

More than 15 million Americans currently have some form of coronary heart disease (CHD), which involves a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. Risk factors for CHD include diabetes, high blood pressure, altered blood lipids, obesity, smoking, menopause, and inactivity.

To this list we can now add noise, thanks to a recent study and assessment of the evidence by the WHO Noise Environmental Burden on Disease working group.

“The new data indicate that noise pollution is causing more deaths from heart disease than was previously thought,” says working group member Deepak Prasher, a professor of audiology.

The working group compared households with abnormally high noise exposure with those with quieter homes. They also reviewed epidemiologic data on heart disease and hypertension, and then integrated these data.

“Many people become habituated to noise over time,” says Prasher. “The biological effects are imperceptible, so that even as you become accustomed to the noise, adverse physiological changes are nevertheless taking place, with potentially serious consequences to human health.”

Chronic high levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart failure, and immune problems. According to research, arousal associated with nighttime noise exposure increased blood and saliva concentrations of these hormones even during sleep.

“Taken together, recent epidemiologic data show us that noise is a major stressor that can influence health through the endocrine, immune, and cardiovascular systems,” says Prasher.

The broader implications of chronic noise exposure also need to be considered.

“Noise pollution contributes not only to cardiovascular disease, but also to hearing loss, sleep disruption, social handicaps, diminished productivity, impaired teaching and learning, absenteeism, increased drug use, and accidents,” says physician Louis Hagler, who coauthored a review on noise pollution in the March 2007 Southern Medical Journal.

Hagler added, “The public health repercussions of increasing noise pollution for future generations could be immense.”

M. Nathaniel Mead

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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Letter from Dr. Pierpont to Kim Iles

February 18, 2008

Editor:
The Ontario govt. ie well aware of the problems caused by wind turbines. They are well documented. They know they are putting the health of citizens at risk. The govt. must stop this insanity now and they must be held responsible for their actions.

I would like to thank Nina Pierpont for her tireless efforts to bring these problems into the open. There are thousands of people around the world fighting the wind farm scourge. Fighting against governments that show no respect for their citizens. The fight will continue until the battle is won.

To all those who still think wind farms are about clean energy and fighting global warming – WAKE UP!

The whole thing is one big FRAUD

Dear Ms. Iles,

February 16,2008

Dear Ms. Iles,
Yes, there are indeed medical problems caused by noise and vibration from current, upwind, three-bladed industrial wind turbines. I am in the process of preparing a paper for publication in a medical journal documenting the consistency of these problems from family to family, the study subjects being a collection of families in several countries who have been
driven from their homes by problems with sleep, headaches, tinnitus, equilibrium, concentration, memory, learning, mood, and child behavior-problems which started when the turbines went into operation and which resolve when the family is away from the turbines. These problems all occur in proximity to recently built industrial turbines, put into operation in 2005,2006, and 2007.

The ear is indeed the most sensitive receptor for noise and vibration. This does not mean,
however, that if you cannot hear it, it cannot hurt you. The ear does more than hear. A number of the effects of noise and vibration from wind turbines appear to be mediated by
the inner ear, which is a complex organ, only one of whose functions is detecting certain sorts of vibration as noise. The inner ear also detects movement, acceleration, and position relative to gravity. Inner ear (vestibular) signals ramify throughout the central nervous system, influencing brain functions related to sleep, vision, hearing, movement, digestion, thinking, and learning and memory. My data indicate that one of the principal effects in Wind Turbine Syndrome is vestibular detection of either airborne pressure waves or solid borne vibration (via bone conduction), which is influencing the vestibular system as if the
body or head were moving, when it’s not.

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Ontario Boasts 472 MW of Wind Energy

January 27, 2008

We now have 472 MW of  clean renewable wind energy, making us less dependent on those dirty fossil fuels, or are we?

At 300 homes per MW, the wind farms in Ont. should according to  the Govt., wind industry and the media, the 472 MW should be powering 141,600 homes.

At 3pm I checked to see how wind energy was helping meet the needs of the people of Ont.

The wind farms at 3pm today were producing 10 MW, enough to power 3000 homes.

Wonder what the other 138,600 homes are being powered by.

They are being powered by dependable energies like, Hydro, Nuclear and yes folks, fossil fuels.

How does Dalton McGuinty feel about wind energy?

Ontario Hansard – 19-April2006
“I think the member opposite knows that when it comes to natural gas, prices there tend to be volatile, and it remains a significant contributor to global warming. Wind turbines: We are investing heavily in those, but again, those are an expensive form of electricity and they’re not reliable, because sometimes obviously the wind does not blow. When it comes to solar, those tend to be expensive as well.”

Dalton says “Wind Farms” are expensive and unreliable. He intends to back up the wind farms with Natural Gas, expensive and a significant contributor to global warming.

We should all be P_R_O_U_D to have Dalton McGuinty running the affairs of Ont.

I don’t want to upset anyone, but guess who’s looking after your health care and educational systems.

Dalton McGuinty – the leader of  Ontario’s Puppet Govt.

Reputrace Visits this Blog Regularly

August 7, 2007

 What are they looking for and who is running the software? The Govt., the wind industry? They have no reason to check this blog as we make every effort to post only truth. The Govt. and the wind industry on the other hand………………

Maybe the citizens should get Reputrace software and track their web sites and blogs instead of them tracking us. We have nothing to hide.

Anyway give them a visit. Send them a note. They’re probably a lonely bunch. You know, the kind that snoop and spy on others.

Reputrace web site

Are they tracking you or your blog?

Cuba-trained US medics graduate

July 24, 2007

This is off topic but very important. The municipality of Kincardine with the help of Bruce County and spearheaded by the McGuinty govt decided that filling rural Ont. with wind farms is a good idea. IT IS NOT.

In the meantime 45% of our residents have no family doctor. They continue to starve the healthcare system while handing out billions to the energy companies. Cuba has its problems yes, but if such a poor country can make sure everyone has a family doctor then one must ask. What is wrong with Ontario and Canada in general.

Canada must be for Canadians first and and must not be handed over to the corporations. It will be your children and grandchildren that suffer because of your apathy.

Please comment

 

Cuba-trained US medics graduate

 

By Michael Voss
BBC News, Havana


Cuban doctor (file image)

Students were offered tuition, textbooks and accommodation

Eight US students are to graduate from a medical school in Cuba where they have spent the past six years training to become doctors.

Their studies were fully funded by Cuba’s communist government.

Under the deal, students must return to their communities in the US to offer low-cost healthcare.

The students came to Cuba as part of a deal agreed between President Fidel Castro and members of Washington’s Congressional Black Caucus.

The stories of the six medical students are something of a propaganda coup with Cuba, a poor communist Caribbean island, providing free training to medical students from its arch-enemy, the US.

Foreign policy tool

Under the plan, Cuba offers students from deprived backgrounds full scholarships – including tuition, textbooks, food and accommodation.

The single condition is that they must return to their respective communities and provide cheap healthcare to those who cannot afford full-price healthcare.

Senior members of the Cuban government are expected to attend Tuesday evening’s graduation ceremony in the capital.

According to the Cuban authorities, more than 80 young US students are currently receiving training at the Latin American Medical School in Havana, whose qualifications are recognised by the World Health Organization.

In recent years, Cuba’s free healthcare system has become a key foreign policy tool for winning hearts and minds in the developing world, particularly across South and Central America and parts of Africa.

The government has sent tens of thousands of Cuban doctors abroad to help some of the world’s poorest communities.

It also trains large numbers of foreign doctors on the island.

According to the official newspaper, Granma, there are currently more than 5,000 medical students from 25 countries studying in Cuba.