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Diagnosis “Smart Meter”

smart meterYou’re probably familiar with what utilities call “smart meters”: Wikipedia defines them as “… an electronic device that records consumption of electric energy in intervals of an hour or less and communicates that information at least daily back to the utility for monitoring and billing. Smart meters enable two-way communication between the meter and the central system.”

A Philadelphia woman says her smart reader made her sick – physically, medically sick – and the state’s Public Utility Commission is taking her complaint seriously.

As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the woman

… said she suffered “deleterious health effects” after Peco [note: her electricity provider] installed the new meter on her Germantown home in 2013.

The commission is evaluating the woman’s complaint, the Inquirer reports,

…because she said she could produce medical documentation showing that the electromagnetic radiation from the meter caused her to get sick. The meter violates the state’s public utility code requiring utilities to provide “safe and reasonable” service, she has maintained.

So what’s the problem? The woman who filed the suit says

 … her illness was diagnosed as a vaccine injury, a variant of Guillain-Barre syndrome, that makes her susceptible to the smart meter’s signal. She said she suffered from elevated blood pressure and a loss of sleep.

Her health improved, she has said, after she paid an electrician in 2014 to replace Peco’s smart meter with an old-style analog meter she bought on the Internet for $85. She mailed the uninstalled device back to Craig Adams, Peco’s chief executive.

Well, The Curmudgeon is in no position to draw any conclusions about the woman’s physical health but as for her mental health…