Wind turbines coming? Make sure you have a baseline health report done by your Dr.
there is never a good time to post and act on the info below, but considering 3 projects at least are up for approval in the next 6 months, you and your family would be wise to get a ‘baseline’ health status recorded by your doctor.
From: VOW (Victims of Wind) firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see message below and distribute to others. Print a copy to have at hand.
If you have a wind project pending, use this baseline health assessment tool before they become operational.
BASELINE HEALTH STATUS
WHAT TO DO WHEN WIND TURBINES ARE COMING TO YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD JULY 2012
In spite of peer reviewed evidence; a Freedom of Information obtained from the Ontario Ministry of Environment; excerpts from the Erikson Environmental Review Tribunal Decision; and thousands of noise and health complaints, financial settlements with the developer and people abandoning their homes, wind turbine projects continue to be approved. Once the turbines are operating, there is no mitigation or resolution available. Costly legal actions may take years.
It is important that members of the community prepare for the eventuality that in spite of the evidence and community resistance, industrial wind turbines may be approved.
HERE’S WHAT TO DO
1 Start a personal journal and prepare your own assessment of your health status including:
o do you sleep well or are you restless?
o are you stressed and anxious?
o do you have mood problems such as depression, anger?
o do you engage in conversations which require normal recall of events or names or terms?
o pre- and early-menopausal women include general menstrual cycle comments
o what activities do you enjoy inside and outside your dwelling?
2 Schedule an appointment with your family doctor:
o Tell him or her that you want a baseline of your health status to prepare for the wind turbines
o Give doctor a copy of your own assessment and ask that it be part of your medical record
o Request a complete physical be done including the following:
- blood work( include all blood cell counts ( especially the various leuco and lymphocytes, mineral and hormone levels)
- blood pressure
- cortisol measurement
- glucose tolerance
- Request a referral for a baseline hearing test, a cardiac stress test, a respiratory evaluation and an eye test from an ophthalmologist
- If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, make sure these are noted in the baseline health assessment
- Ask for a copy of the record of this appointment
3 Keep track of any referrals and obtain a copy of the report
4 Keep track of your medication – your pharmacist can provide a record
5 Monitor your day to day health and note any changes in your journal
6 Provide your physician with a copy of the peer reviewed and published reference and abstract entitled Toward a Case Definition of Adverse Health Effects in the Environs of Industrial Wind Turbines: Facilitating a Clinical Diagnosis by Robert Y. McMurtry, Bulletin of Science Technology & Society 2011 31: 316, DOI: 10.1177/0270467611415075, http://bst.sagepub.com/content/31/4/316
Dr. Robert Y. McMurtry is the former Dean of Medicine for the University of Western Ontario. He was a member of the Health Council of Canada for 3½ years and a member and special advisor to the Royal Commission under Roy Romanow on the future of health care in Canada. Dr. McMurtry was a visiting Cameron Chair to Health Canada for providing policy advice to the Minister and Deputy Minister of Health. He was the Founding and Associate Deputy Minister of Population & Public Health, Canada. Dr. McMurtry also sat on the National Steering Committee on Climate Change and Health Assessment. Presently Dr. McMurtry is Professor (Emeritus) of Surgery, University of Western Ontario.
Internationally, there are reports of adverse health effects (AHE) in the environs of industrial wind turbines (IWT). There was multidisciplinary confirmation of the key characteristics of the AHE at the first international symposium on AHE/IWT. The symptoms being reported are consistent internationally and are characterized by crossover findings or a predictable appearance of signs and symptoms present with exposure to IWT sound energy and amelioration when the exposure ceases. There is also a revealed preference of victims to seek restoration away from their homes. This article identifies the need to create a case definition to establish a clinical diagnosis. A case definition is proposed that identifies the sine qua non diagnostic criteria for a diagnosis of adverse health effects in the environs of industrial wind turbines. Possible, probable, and confirmed diagnoses are detailed. The goal is to foster the adoption of a common case definition that will facilitate future research efforts.