EMS vs. ES | Letter

I would first like to thank our EMS providers for all you do for our community.  When my daughter hurt herself, you were all there so fast, and showed such incredibly reassuring skill and compassion.  I was very grateful for that.  This is not really about you.

Some of the reasons for the recent changes to the County Wireless Ordinance, and for OPALCO’s hybrid/ broadband initiative, are to improve our EMS services.

In talking with some EMS personnel, I understand that the health care you give can sometimes be compromised because of inadequate communication service in some areas.

The question I ask you to consider is this: Should improving health services for an individual be prioritized over increasing the daily ill-health facing the 3 percent of the population who have or will develop electrosensitivity?

ES is defined by the World Health Organization as “ a phenomenon where individuals experience adverse health effects while in the vicinity of emanating electric, magnetic, or electromagnetic fields.” (This includes microwave fields.) Researchers estimate that around 3 percent of the population has symptoms of ES, and in Sweden it is recognized as a disability. Symptoms can include: tremors, palpitations, dizziness, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and insomnia, to name a few, with very extreme symptoms leading to seizures, paralysis, and stroke.

Also, WHO has classified microwave radiation (from cell towers and WiFi) as a Group 2B Possible Carcinogen. When considering the question above, I would also ask:

Should improving potentially compromised health services for an individual be prioritized over the potential of ill-health effects suffered by an entire community?

When we chose to live on an island, did we not understand that life would be a little different, in “good” ways, as well as in “inconvenient” ways?

EMS personnel, please come join us on Sunday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Port Stanley Schoolhouse, for a lively discussion on this and other issues related to OPALCO’s broadband. There will be a presentation titled “From Financial to Biological Health: The Problems with OPALCO’s Broadband Initiative.”  OPALCO representatives will be present for this discussion.

Ann Marie Fischer

Lopez School