Health Effects Experienced by Customers When Exposed to DTE & Consumers Energy Smart Meters and Opt-Out Meters

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All of these effects were gathered from witness testimony that was to be used in the DTE opt-out case (U-17053) to show that there are valid health reasons to allow people to opt out of smart meters. The judge refused to admit the evidence. His ruling is being appealed. For an even more extensive list of health effects reported by individuals across the country when exposed to smart meters, see our health survey. Click here to see the personal testimony of seven individuals about the effects of smart meters and the radio-off opt-out meters (non-transmitting meters) on their health and their lives. Click here to read the story of one woman and her son. And, of course, our main health page contains a plethora of information about why and how smart meters and opt-out meters affect the health of everyone.


Health Effects Experienced by Six Individuals When Exposed to DTE Smart Meters



Nervous system

Emotional and/or Nervous System

Intensification of previously experienced sensations or conditions

Health Effect Experienced by Three Different Individuals Exposed to Non-Transmitting Digital Meters

(Specific to the Itron/Centron C1S, class CL200 meter)

Itron, Centron, DTE, Digital, Meter, CL200, C1S

DTE refuses to allow individuals who experience health problems to keep their analog meter. DTE claims that individuals who do not want a smart meter should be fine with a the meter they are “offering” as the opt-out meter: a smart meter with the radiotransmitter turned off. Yet as you can see from the list below, even with the radiotransmitter (wireless frequencies) turned off, the smart meters cause severe health problems. For more on why this is so, click here.  Note that that these are the same health effects experienced by many individuals exposed to smart meters. This is why DTE’s opt-out meter is not O.K.




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Terms to Know

Advanced meter: smart meter (term used by DTE to hide the fact it is a smart meter).

AMI meter and AMI program: another name for the smart meter and the smart meter program. AMI stands for advanced metering infrastructure.

Blood-brain barrier: EMFs can cause the blood-brain barrier to be breached, allowing toxins to enter the brain. Toxin entry is thought to be partially responsible for Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.

Dirty electricity: spiky, pulsed electromagnetic field generated by smart meters that rides through building wiring and permeates the building’s rooms. Responsible for many of the health problems seen with smart and digital meters.

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs): consist of an electrical field and a magnetic field. Fields are created by the flow of electrical current through the wire, sunlight, etc.  

Electromagnetic frequency: examples are 60 Hz electrical current of your home, RF of a cell phone. Often used interchangeably with electromagnetic field.

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS): sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Symptoms are complex and involve all bodily systems

Hydrogen bonds: Electrostatic bonds that help hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of hydrogen bonds may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs may disrupt the Hydrogen bonds.

Meter upgrade: the installation of an advanced (smart) meter on your home by DTE.

Microwave radiation: the type of radiation emitted by smart meters. Known to cause biological harm.

Non-transmitting meter: another name for the DTE and Consumers opt-out meters.

Opt-out meter: this is a smart meter. The only thing that is different is the radio-transmitter is turned off. It still generates dirty electricity, it still retains the two antennas, and it is only incrementally less harmful to your health. It can still record detailed information about your electrical usage.

Radio-disabled meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.

Radio-off meter: another name for the DTE opt-out meter.

Radiofrequency (RF): high-frequency electromagnetic waves in the range of 10 MHz to 300 Ghz. All wireless devices, including smart meters, cell phones, and Wi-Fi emit RF.

Switched mode power supplycontained in all smart meters, it creates dirty electricity.

van der Waals bonds: an extremely weak electromagnetic force that helps hold the DNA double helix together. Breakage of the van der Waals bond may cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer. RF and other EMFs can disrupt the van der Waals bonds.