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Ms. Wynne,
 I have asked for your help many, many times and as of yet, never had a reply from you.  We still live in Ontario and I really think we should be able to have the support of our Government.  We have lived with this Transformer station for 8 years now and suffered on most of those days.
 
The MOE still say that they have no jurisdiction over what is bothering us and closed our file last May.  The Deputy MInister of the MOE wrote a letter to Health Canada asking for help for us because the MOE did not have the ability to help us.  But they still closed our file.  We still live here, try to pay taxes, try to make a living, etc., etc. 
 
 Our family cannot come and visit on lots of occasion with out being impacted by the emissions from the Transformer station.  We have friends who will not come and visit with us because of what has happen to them when they have been here in the passed.
 
Is this the way you and your government treat the people in rural Ontario?  Please help us find a solution to this problem.  Someone has to take responsibility for this situation.  It is terrible to go night after night with no sleep or at best broken sleep.
 
Ms Wynne, Please help us,
 Ted Whitworth



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22nd March, 2014 
The Australian Medical Association Position Statement: “Wind Farms and Health” 2014 has provoked instant national and international condemnation from those who have first hand knowledge of the damaging impact of wind turbine noise, including impacted residents, researchers, and professionals providing either clinical care or acoustic services.

Some people are writing privately to the AMA, urging them to remove or update the ignorant AMA position statement, whilst others would like their views made public. As the Waubra Foundation becomes aware of letters written to the AMA and receives permission to reproduce them, they are being posted below.

The Waubra Foundation’s Open Letter to the AMA is here.

Gardner, Mrs. Ann Nine Questions for the AMA     
     My name is Ann Gardner and I have lived and worked happily and healthily for 34 years, on my husband’s and my farming property in south-west Victoria until October 2012, when the first only 15 turbines of the Macarthur wind farm began operation, and threw our lives and those of many others, into turmoil.
     At the time of writing this letter I am suffering terribly from the infrasound emitted by the 140 turbines located FAR TOO CLOSE to our property.
     I have a bad headache. I have a very strong pain shooting up through the back of my neck and into my head. I have extremely sore and blocked ears and very painful pressure in my nose. I have pressure in my jaws and my teeth. My heart is POUNDING .….. I can feel the vibration going through my body, through the chair, like an electric charge. I have just taken yet another two tablets to try and alleviate the pain.
     I am also exhausted, as last night, along with every other night, I spent more time awake than asleep. The infrasound in our bedroom, was appalling .….. I could feel the vibration through the mattress and the pillow, like an electric charge through my body. My head felt as if a brick was on it, and the pressure and pain in my nose was extreme. I have always been a very sound sleeper, that is until October 2012. I am now lucky if I am able to get two or three hours sleep each night, in my own home.


Gallandy-Jakobsen, GretaAMA Concerned About Machines Instead of Human Beings
Do you remember your oath as a member of the medical profession?
At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:
  • I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
  • I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due;
  • I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;
  • The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
  • I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
  • I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
  • My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers;
  • I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
  • I will maintain the utmost respect for human life;
  • I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
  • I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.


Enbom, Dr Hakam, MD, PhD. Otoneurologist, Angelholm, Sweden
"Thus the conclusion is that low frequency sound and infrasound from wind power has the qualities to trigger increased sensitivity and eventually migraine headache or other migraine-symptoms – such as vertigo or tinnitus (without headache)."


Hopkins, Dr Gary D. Emergency Physician, South Australia
"I am rendered speechless by your irresponsible, ill researched, ill advised and reckless statement that those who might suffer physical effects from the presence of turbines are suffering a psychological condition (anxiety). Indeed your very statement itself causes anxiety in those likely to be effected ( “who will believe me when I tell them I feel sick ” ? )."


McMurtry, Professor R. Researcher, Expert Witness, Former Dean Medical School, Ontario, Canada
"I am writing to comment on the AMA Position Statement. The position statement is surprising. It is not well informed, references are absent and the authors of the document are undisclosed. Many of the phrases and claims in the document faithfully reflect wind industry claims, claims which cannot be substantiated.
Review of the existing evidence in which direct assessment of exposed individuals has been carried out uniformly reveals adverse health effects2. The common denominator of complaints consists of sleep disturbance, inner ear disturbance and stress response. These are serious adverse health effects. These adverse health events have been reported globally in the media and grey literature."


Palmer, William. Professional Engineer, Ontario, Canada
"I wish to express to you my grave concern that the Position Statement as it is issued is not consistent with the Code of Ethics of the Australian Medical Association
There is obviously a need for discretion, but this information is from the public record:
  1. A gentleman in his 50’s who stood at a public meeting to declare he was suffering no adverse health effects from wind turbines near his home suffered a cardiac arrest and died within one week of his declaration.
  2. A young lady in her 30’s suffered an unexpected sudden cardiac arrest and died.
  3. Another gentleman in his 60’s had a cardiac arrest while out fishing and could not be revived.
  4. Another gentleman in his 60’s suffered a cardiac arrest while driving and passed away.
None of these individuals’ deaths were expected"


Papadopoulos, George. Pharmacist, Yass, NSW
"Both AMA position statements reflect an abstract position that does not examine reality. 
It seems that the AMA perceives information and open discussion as a threat to the mental wellbeing of the modern Australian.
The harm wind turbines can cause has been described by NASA scientists in the 1980’s. The response by Sarah Laurie to the AMA is very comprehensive and makes the case clear"



Reider, Dr Sandy MD, Primary Care Physician, Vermont USA, has treated impacted residents
"As a rural primary care physician (graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1971) in northern Vermont, USA, I have observed first hand the adverse health effects experienced by individuals living too close to the two large wind projects that have been brought online in the area over the past few years."

Tibbetts, Dr. Jay J. MD, Primary Care Physician, Wisconsin, USA, has treated impacted residents
"Over the past four years the Board has studied the deleterious effects of IWT’s on human health.
We have the Shirley Wind Farm in our county. It consists of eight 500’ 2.5 megawatt IWT’s. The effects on our citizens living in the immediate vicinity i.e. 2–3 mi. of the nearest turbine has been devastating. Ear pressure , pain, tinnitus, vertigo, headache, nausea, chest pain pressure, abdominal pain, poor concentration, sleep deprivation, irritability and depression are some of the symptoms our citizens are experiencing. These symptoms are not unique to our facility but are reported world wide and a direct effect of ILFN. Three families from Shirley Wind have abandoned their homes and several others would move save for financial reasons."



To view and download these full letters and many others please visit the Waubra Foundation website

 
 
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March 18, 2014 

Dear Dr. Hambleton, 

Re: Adverse Health Effects and Industrial Wind Energy Facilities 

I am aware of the Australian Medical Association position (2014) regarding risk of health associated with industrial wind turbines. As background, I am an independent, full time volunteer and published researcher regarding health effects and industrial wind energy facilities and share information with communities, individuals, authorities, wind energy developers, the industry and others.  

I am a co-author of three articles, one a review, published in Canadian rural medical journals, Can J Rural Med 2014;19(1); Can Fam Physician 2013; 59: 473–475 (Commentary); and Can Fam Physician Vol 59: 921–925 Letters / Correspondence. These are cited in PubMed and are attached for your information. 

I am taking the opportunity to share the experiences regarding the negative effects which can occur when industrial wind energy facilities are sited in close proximity to family homes and sensitive environments; and to provide some of the peer reviewed and other evidence regarding this topic. [See Appendix I for additional details. Appendix II briefly lists Krogh publications – author/coauthor.] 

Personal disclosure: I declare no potential conflicts of interest and have received no financial support with respect to the research and authorship of this overview. This commentary is public and may be shared. 

I have made a number of submissions to both provincial and federal authorities in Canada and shared information internationally. An example is one sent to the Minister of Health, Health Canada regarding risks to children. This is public and may be shared.  

This is a complex and challenging topic. The many variables associated with wind energy facilities such as siting design and proximity, wind direction and speed, terrain, house construction, a variety of noise emissions, and electrical pollution to name a few, can affect the assortment and description of symptoms being reported.  

To assist with this topic, I have provided some examples of comments received from Canadians reporting adverse health issues in the attached Adverse Health Effects and Industrial Wind Energy Facilities March 18 2014.  

Of concern is that some report they are hesitant to elaborate on the degradation in their quality of life, the significant changes to their living environment, the negative changes in their health status, and the social-economic impacts. This reluctance could deprive the family physician of information relating to disruptive noise levels, vibration, pulsation and other and the associated symptoms.  

These comments could have significant ramifications as in some cases, the family physician may not be receiving all the facts which could hamper or misdirect the clinical investigation. 

The World Health Organization states with respect to noise in general:  

“In all cases, noise should be reduced to the lowest level achievable in a particular situation. Where there is a reasonable possibility that public health will be damaged, action should be taken to protect public health without awaiting full scientific proof.” [World Health Organization. (1999). Guidelines for community noise. Geneva; OMS, 1999, p 94. Ilus, Berglund, B., Lindvall, T., and Schwela, D. H.]  

The Policy Interpretation Network on Children’s Health and Environment advises:  

“Policies that may protect children’s health or may minimise irreversible health effects should be implemented, and policies or measures should be applied based on the precautionary principle, in accordance with the Declaration of the WHO Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Budapest in 2004.” [Report WP7 Summary PINCHE policy recommendations Policy Interpretation Network on Children’s Health and Environment (PINCHE) Policy Interpretation Network on Children’s Health and Environment QLK4-2002–02395

I trust the information provided will be helpful and given consideration by the AMA and if I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

Yours truly,

Carmen Krogh, BScPharm
Ontario, Canada



 
 
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William K.G. Palmer, P.Eng, Ontario Canada
March 22,

Dear Dr. Hambleton and Professor Dobb:

Following my review of the AMA Position Statement on Wind Farms and Health 2014, as well as my review of the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Draft Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health, and its source document, the University of Adelaide Systematic Review of the Human Health Effects of Wind, I felt compelled to write to you. I wish to express to you my grave concern that the Position Statement as it is issued is not consistent with the Code of Ethics of the Australian Medical Association which your website identifies as representing the core of fundamental principals to guide doctors in their professional conduct, concerning issues such as respect for patients, standards for care, and so on.

I must openly identify that I am not a Medical Doctor, but as a Professional Engineer, compliance with a Code of Ethics is core to my profession as well. Without getting into every detail, a code of ethics that calls to “Consider first the well-being of your patient” in the case of the AMA or in the case of an engineer to “regard the duty to public welfare as paramount” would require that a position statement such as issued by the AMA on Wind Farms and Health actually should confirm that those first considerations are met. The AMA Position Statement on Wind Farms and Health fails that test in many aspects.

My primary concern relates to the absolute nature of the statements in in the Position Statement that sound from wind farms does not cause adverse health effects, and that individuals who experience adverse health do so as a consequence of heightened anxiety or negative perceptions. These statements do NOT consider the well-being of the patient first, NORdo they treat patients who report adverse health effects with compassion and respect.Instead of considering the patient first, the AMA Position Statement is filled with many (incorrect) laudatory remarks about wind turbines, 


I cannot help to note that in the windfarm of 110 turbines in a neighbouring community over an 18-month period there were 4 sudden deaths due to cardiac arrests of people whose homes are near the wind turbines. In three cases the closest turbine is within 550 m of the home, with 1 to 4 more wind turbines within 1 km. In the fourth case, the nearest wind turbine was about 1500 metres. There is obviously a need for discretion, but this information is from the public record:

  1. A gentleman in his 50’s who stood at a public meeting to declare he was suffering no adverse health effects from wind turbines near his home suffered a cardiac arrest and died within one week of his declaration.
  2. A young lady in her 30’s suffered an unexpected sudden cardiac arrest and died.
  3. Another gentleman in his 60’s had a cardiac arrest while out fishing and could not be revived.
  4. Another gentleman in his 60’s suffered a cardiac arrest while driving and passed away.
None of these individuals’ deaths were expected, and their families and community were indeed grieved. Obviously I cannot and do not say that the wind turbines were the cause of the cardiac arrests, and recognize there are other causes of cardiac arrest, but the above average frequency and similar environment surely begs a question to warrant investigation.
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Re AMA Position Statement Wind Farms and Health

1. I am a Canadian citizen, formerly a dean of medicine, assistant deputy minister of health federally and a practising orthopaedist. I am a founding member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded Evidence Network.



2. I have engaged with over 100 exposed individuals residing near industrial wind developments in the province of Ontario. These cases are documented.1

3. I have appeared as an expert witness on behalf of plaintiffs in actions versus the erection of wind farms too proximate to human habitation.

4. I am writing to comment on the AMA Position Statement. The position statement is surprising. It is not well informed, references are absent and the authors of the document are undisclosed. Many of the phrases and claims in the document faithfully reflect wind industry claims, claims which cannot be substantiated.

5. Review of the existing evidence in which direct assessment of exposed individuals has been carried out uniformly reveals adverse health effects2. The common denominator of complaints consists of sleep disturbance, inner ear disturbance and stress response. These are serious adverse health effects. These adverse health events have been reported globally in the media and grey literature.

5. I concur with that part of the AMA document that asserts that siting of wind farms “should be guided by the evidence”. Unfortunately the remainder of the AMA document fails to meet that standard.

6. I challenge the AMA to support third party research that leads to simultaneous physiological monitoring of exposed individuals during sleep and concurrent recording of sound pressure levels (SPL) including all frequencies (infrasound and low frequency sound) as well as weighted and unweighted decibel or sound intensity levels in the bedroom and outside the home. [Note averaging of SPL should not be done exclusively since key characteristics of the noise such as cresting and amplitude modulation will be excluded.]

7. In the absence of the information outlined in #6 above there has not been nor can there be evidence–based guidelines for the siting of wind turbines. This fact ought to concern the AMA and all responsible physicians.

8. More details are available upon request.

R Y McMurtry CM, MD, FRCSC, FACS


 
 
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March 18, 2014
To Whom It May Concern,

I am a practicing physician, member of the Brown County Board of Health and Medical Adviser to the Brown County Health Department and am appalled by the misguided position of theAMA Australia on their position on the effects of ILFN on human health.Over the past four years the Board has studied the deleterious effects of IWT’s on human health. 

We have the Shirley Wind Farm in out county. It consists of eight 500’ 2.5 megawatt IWT’s. The effects on our citizens living in the immediate vicinity i.e. 2–3 mi. of the nearest turbine has been devastating. Ear pressure , pain, tinnitus, vertigo, headache, nausea, chest pain pressure, abdominal pain, poor concentration, sleep deprivation, irritability and depression are some of the symptoms our citizens are experiencing. These symptoms are not unique to our facility but are reported world wide and a direct effect of ILFN. Three families from Shirley Wind have abandoned their homes and several others would move save for financial reasons.

Forty families have left their homes in a wind farm in Ontario, Canada because of the above mentioned symptoms. A study of Shirley Wind in 2013 by a group of acousticians has identified significant ILFN. Professor Alec Salt has identified the pathway of transmission of ILFN in the inner ear.

Brown County has been well aware of wind turbine health issues sending two resolutions passed by the County Board of Supervisors to the State of Wisconsin. Furthermore, Brown County working with Rick James is in the process of amending our noise ordinance to include ILFN similar to Germany, The Netherlands and Poland.

To accept the view of the AMA Australia challenges every bit of reason and study on this subject. 

Dr Jay J. Tibbetts, MD
Green bay, WI 54303–3307
USA



 
 
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To: Dr Steve Hambleton
President, the AMA

Dear sir,
I write with regards your recent press release on wind turbines.

As a practicing physician with 36 years experience in fields as diverse as rehabilitation, emergency medicine and forensic medicine. Previously a senior lecturer at both the University of South Australia and the Adelaide University lecturing both at an undergraduate and post graduate levels. In particular I lectured to the post graduate diploma of Occupational and Environmental Health, and to candidates for the College of Occupational Medicine.

Over the years the AMA has been considered conservative, cautious and at times even out of step with modern advances in medical practice. I should point out however that the above is not meant as a criticism but rather as a compliment. Indeed it is the very conservative and cautious nature of the AMA which gives it, it's strength, authority and power both within the profession and to outsiders.

The above being said I can only say that within the 36 years of listening to advice from the AMA your recent public statement on the effects of wind turbines on health has for the first time caused me to be embarrassed to be a physician. Through out my personal 36 years of practice and drummed into the hundreds of juniors who have passed through my care has always been the pivotal Hypocratc pronouncement " first do no harm". Your recent press release at the very least has broken this very basis of good medical practice not to mention decreased the credibility of the AMA itself.

I am rendered speechless by your irresponsible, ill researched, ill advised and reckless statement that those who might suffer physical effects from the presence of turbines are suffering a psychological condition (anxiety). Indeed your very statement itself causes anxiety in those likely to be effected ( "who will believe me when I tell them I feel sick " ? ).

Was this the attitude of your forbears to those of the London plague just before they died until a connection was made to the transmission of the disease by rats.

Even the NHMRC has suggested caution till further evidence is gained.

"First do no harm" What harm have you now done by your statement ?

Once I manage to recover from my disbelief and disenchantment with the AMA at such an outrageous statement I will communicate further. Hopefully by then you will have realized your error and retracted your "harmful " statement.

Dr G D Hopkins



 
 
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March 20, 2014
Dear Dr. Hambleton,

As a rural primary care physician ( graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1971 ) in northern Vermont, USA, I have observed first hand the adverse health effects experienced by individuals living too close to the two large wind projects that have been brought online in the area over the past few years. In my testimony ( see attached below ) last year before the Vermont Senate Health Care Committee ( as well as testimony before the Senate Natural Resources Committee and the Governor's Siting Commission ), I described one such patient in detail.  His complaints are typical, and similar to symptoms reported by the 5 or 6 others, who I have seen in my office, as well as many other reports around the world. Though industry and health authorities alike have dismissed these case reports as anecdotal, their sheer numbers and consistency can be ignored only if there exists an intentional bias, but not on scientific grounds. I do understand there is much current debate about whether the health effects are "direct" or "indirect", but from a clinical perspective, looking at health outcomes, this is an entirely academic distinction, and not at all pertinent for the person(s) adversely affected. 
Likewise, the industry's refusal to consider that very low frequency sound may be contributing to these adverse health effects, seems to represent another example of intentional scientific bias. A detailed study of infrasound produced by large downwind bladed wind turbines, and its health effects, was undertaken by the US Dept. of Energy and NASA in the mid-1980's: 
http://waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/kelley-et-al-1985-acoustic-noise-associated-with-mod-1-wind-turbine/
It clearly documented the significant adverse effects of infrasound generated 
by large downwind bladed wind turbines, and recommended protective sound threshold standards. This is far from new information, and taken with other more recent papers, it does not seem credible to exclude from consideration the adverse health effects from infrasound produced by these large modern wind turbines. 
I cannot escape the conclusion that the siting standards for large wind projects have been, and continue to be, inadequate to protect the health of many persons living in their vicinity, and sincerely hope the Australian Medical Association will review it's current position that negates such concerns.

Sincerely, 
Sandy Reider MD

 
 
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Exploring the Association between Proximity to Industrial Wind Turbines and Self-Reported Health Outcomes in Ontario, Canada 
by Claire Paller March 2014 download entire pdf file

1.2 Relevance and Significance 
Currently in Ontario minimal research has been done to investigate the health impacts of industrial wind turbines on people living in their vicinity (Pedersen & Persson Waye, 2004). More specifically, one of the key gaps in evidence is the health effects from long-term exposure to low frequency noise from industrial wind turbines (Rideout et al., 2010). 
In May 2012, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health concluded that there is a shortage of Canadian epidemiological evidence proving any cause and effect relationship between industrial wind turbines and adverse health effects (CMOH, 2010)

Conclusion: 
Study findings suggest that industrial wind turbines could have an impact on health. Using a sample of rural Ontario residents (although not necessarily representative of the target population), this study explored the quality of life (both physical and mental health) and sleep disturbance of residents living in the vicinity of industrial wind turbines. However, because of study limitations, there are many questions still to be answered before firm conclusions can be drawn. Based on the findings of this study it is recommended that further studies be carried out to examine the effects of low-level stressors, such as industrial wind turbine noise, on health. Specifically, study findings suggest that future research should focus on the effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep disturbance and symptoms of inner ear problems. Although the study findings could suggest that there is a possible association between various health outcomes and how far someone lives from an industrial wind turbine, it is important to remember that there are limitations to these conclusions.



Ontario Wind Turbine Health Study, University of Waterloo, Wind Victims Ontario webpage link

 
 
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Today is “world sleep day”.

As Australian Sleep researcher Dr Sarah Biggs has said as part of the Australian Sleep Health Foundation’s event this year which is targeted at children “you need a good night’s sleep if you want to grow strong, think clearly and feel good”.


Yet for an increasing number of children especially in rural areas, environmental noise pollution, especially low frequency noise, is intruding into their homes and bedrooms and making a good night’s sleep impossible for them, as well as their parents. The Waubra Foundation is aware of children severely adversely impacted... wind turbine noise at multiple wind developments in South Eastern Australia particularly. When this noise occurs at night, in quiet rural environments, and involves a significant proportion of infrasound and low frequency noise, the industrial noise sources significantly disturb the children’s sleep and may cause a physiological stress reaction.


Where the parents of these children affected by noise have signed “good neighbour agreements” or have chosen to host wind turbines, the agreements prohibit the parents from complaining about the environmental noise and their child’s environmental sleep disorder if their child or children are adversely impacted.

For the families whose children are adversely impacted, there is nothing they can do to protect their children from this penetrating sound and vibration energy, except move away. Headphones do not protect their ears or stop their brains from perceiving the inaudible sound energy.


For some rural residents it is financially impossible to move away, so the family is then trapped in an acoustically toxic home, which their bank’s valuer then tells them is unsaleable. If they still have a mortgage, the family psychological stress levels then increase even more, especially if one or both parents become so unwell they are unable to work.


Environmental nighttime noise pollution is a form of child abuse, and shatters family lives as well as children’s health and learning. It needs to stop, so that children and families can get a good night’s sleep.


Read Sophie Hartke’s story, and that of her family, forced to leave their home because of the impact of wind turbine noise on the children. There are many more Sophie’s around the world, including in Australia.


Sophie’s story, written by her father: http://waubrafoundation.org.au/2014/children-are-also-being-harmedby-wind-turbine-noise/

download entire pfd document here