I just got an e-mail from a potential customer wondering if the negative ion generators we make and sell will protect against radiation from "smart meters", wireless kWh meters.
Below is our reply. Maybe some will find it entertaining or educational.
"Thank you for inquiry and the time you took for your follow-up explanation. I know what smart meters are. ...
... I think it is unlawful to suggest that our products can help with medical conditions. And we have statements at http://negativeiongenerators.com/legal.html
such as this one:THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA. THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE. THIS WEB SITE IS NOT INTENDED TO PRESCRIBE OR DIAGNOSE IN ANY WAY. THOSE WHO ARE SICK SHOULD SEE A DOCTOR. NEITHER THE AUTHORS NOR THE OWNER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY DISPENSE MEDICAL ADVICE OR PRESCRIBE THE USE OF THESE PRODUCTS AS A FORM OF TREATMENT. WE ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU PRESCRIBE FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT YOUR DOCTOR'S APPROVAL.
I know there are others (somewhere) that say negative ions can do many things; some true, some questionable, others completely untrue.
And there is a lot of controversy over whether radio waves or other forms of electromagnetic radiation at various frequencies can harm or not. My personal opinion used to be that this is all a bunch of paranoid people --with an incomplete understanding of the electromagnetic spectrum and with way too much time on their hands-- worrying about nothing. However, after talking to a friend we used to know who has a lot of health issues and claims EMFs bother her, I just don't know. She sounded pretty convincing about current flowing thorugh wires in walls near her affecting her (somehow). Maybe "science" will clarify that (and similar things) someday. We shipped her a couple of our ionizers, but not for that reason; it was just to help remove the particulates in the air in her rooms. She liked them (I forget the details, it's been several years), but I don't think she mentioned a thing about them helping "protect" her from invisible electromagnetic fields or anything like that.
Since we got into this business, I have spent many years researching things such as negative ions and electron physics in order to make the very best and longest-lasting negative ionizers that we possibly can for an price people can afford. There are countless scientific subjects that remain to be discovered and better understood, and that will always be the case. But my present personal belief is that even if EMF, wireless kWH meters, cell phones, radio waves, etc. do harm people in some way(s), nobody's negative ion generator will "protect" or help them in any way. Perhaps a properly designed Faraday cage(!). But not negative ions nor any other product that might be offered for sale claiming to do so.
Like I told the guy, maybe the lady I mentioned --with a ton of health problems-- was (somehow) genuinely affected by the 60 Hz field in this particular wall behind her at someone's house. I guess she got exposed to some radiation, and she has a lot of allergies also. Maybe this is a case of the psychosomatic effect. Anyway, her declared "sensitivity" to it sounded pretty convincing, believe me. It's a long story and I forget the details, but it was a case of her having some kind of symptoms without her being aware of any cause. I rather doubt it
, but the XYL have known her since we were kids, and ever since that phone conversation, my mind is no longer totally closed.
And we occasionally get phone calls and e-mails from other like him. Or people wanting to use negative air ions or negative ion detectors to find ghosts. (I am not making this up.) If I laid awake at night trying to think up wild stories, I would never have come up with some of the insane beliefs and ideas that people have contacted us about over the years we've been in this business.
If you want a good laugh, Google terms such as emf protection
. It's been awhile since I've done that, but I found many quack devices offered to "shield" people from EMF (electromagnetic fields), radio waves, and you-name-it in exchange for their money. In comparison, tinfoil hats almost seem logical.
But I firmly stand by the statements I've made about RF fields below 30 MHz being harmless.
EDIT: Here's some links the person sent us. I haven't looked at them, but they seem "interesting". ;-)http://www.electricsense.com/1462/wounded-by-wireless-smart-meters-more-people-are-succombing-to-the-effects/http://www.smartmeters.com/the-news/1475-two-protestors-arrested-for-blocking-smartmeter-trucks-in-west-marin.htmlhttp://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/06/21/stop-smart-meters-director-arrested-in-capitola-today/http://www.emfacts.com/2013/10/direct-action-in-victoria-smart-meter-removed-by-homeowner-and-returned-to-powercor/http://www.albertasmartmeters.ca/http://www.smartmeterblock.com/http://smartmetershield.com/http://emfblues.com/emf-devices/http://www.blockemf.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=749http://www.blockemf.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=743http://www.lessemf.com/smart.html
They walk among us.