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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