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Are wind turbines a headache?

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turbine1LEADING SCIENTISTS are concerned that a new threat may be posed by wind turbines, a threat that could damage our ears known as ‘Vibro-Acoustic Disease’. 

This new warning may come as too little too late for a local Pembrokeshire resident, Gwen Burkhardt, who it is alleged had to sell her Newcastle Emlyn farm several years ago because the of the three wind turbines that were a mile away from her home and were adversely affecting her health. Her doctor, apparently, put it down to ‘infra-sound’, that sound which is inaudible to human ears. She was suffering from headaches at home, which was on a B road near to Emlyn’s three 250 foot wind turbines. According to Gwen Burkhardt, once she sold up and moved from the area, the headaches disappeared.

The main proponent of this theory, ‘Vibro-Acoustic Disease’, is Dr Nina Pierpont, who published a book entitled ‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’ in 2001. In this book a link is alleged between low frequency noise and vibration and a range of symptoms such as tinnitus, dizziness, nausea, palpitations, sleep disturbance and migraines. Another disturbing case was reported in the Danish press who reported the story of a garden centre going out of business because of nearby wind turbines. Headaches were frequent among employees, and female workers complained of unusual bleeding and problems with their menstrual cycles.

The employers were worried that more serious illnesses may have followed after five employees resigned. The owner, Boye Jensen, closed the business for fear of being held liable should a child be born with deformities. The World Council for Nature (WCFN) is calling attention to the fact that, as occurred for tobacco, asbestos, thalidomide etc, governments are siding with private financial interests in ignoring or denying the existence of what they see as obvious health problems linked to wind turbines.

They went on to say: “In Denmark as elsewhere in the world, many rural families are suffering, particularly since the manufacture of the mega turbines, which emit more infrasound as they grow bigger. This may explain why the complaints are growing. How much longer can this suffering be ignored, or even denied by health authorities? Some countries, including Canada and Australia, have commissioned studies into the matter of noise emitted by windfarms. But the studies’ scope and methodology doom them to failure, perhaps intentionally”. Such is the concern of the potential damage caused by these turbines that the WCFN have called for an epidemiological study, and the measurement of low frequency sound (including infrasound down to 0.1 Hz), inside the homes of windfarm victims.

They suggest that as a precaution, no mega turbines should be erected less than 10 km from habitations until these studies are completed, published and analysed. They finished by saying: “There is indeed compelling evidence that infrasound travels much farther than other noise, and tortures sensitive people in their homes at distances of 10 km and more. Shorter distances could be temporarily set for smaller turbines, in proportion with their generating capacity”. Pembrokeshire residents, many of whom may be living near to these turbines, will be hoping that this concern proves to be a false alarm.

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  1. Marie

    September 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    The case of the garden center is the second resent major case of impact from the giant wind turbines. The other case concerns a mink farmer whose minks became aggressive whenever the turbines where on. This year abortion rate rose to whopper 1600 puppies and many adult died of stress and fighting.

  2. Windy

    September 4, 2014 at 1:31 am

    What a load of rot, I work on a wind farm and have never heard of a wind farm worker getting sick, we are the ones closest to the turbines. How can workers in a neighbouring garden centre suddenly be affected when our industry workers are not?

  3. Shellie Correia

    September 4, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Not everyone is affected by the wind turbines, much like everyone that smokes, or is exposed to toxins, develops cancer, or other diseases. But, for those who cannot tolerate the noise, infrasound, and light flicker, it can be torture. That is a fact, that cannot be denied!

  4. JohnFLob

    September 4, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Windy September 4, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Perhaps working at/on the turbines and towers you are to the source(s) of the ‘infra-sound’. The wave lengths involved be so long they are not “felt” at the source.

  5. JohnFLob

    September 4, 2014 at 2:43 am

    \”Perhaps working at/on the turbines and towers you are to the source(s) of the â��infra-soundâ��. The wave lengths involved be so long they are not â��feltâ�� at the source.\”Should have proof read before hitting the ADD REPLY button.Perhaps working at/on the turbines and towers you are too close to the source(s) of the â��infra-soundâ��. The wave lengths involved may be so long they are not â��feltâ�� at the source.

  6. Geoff McPherson

    September 4, 2014 at 6:59 am

    A 2012 published study from Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, Tufts University, Massachusetts found that very gentle lateral vibration at infrasound and ultrasound frequencies (7-100 Hz) of fish and frog embryos for several hours were shown several days later to have combinations of neural tube defects, left-right patterning defects and abnormal tail morphogenesis. Those embryos would not have survived in the wild.
    Impact of low frequency sound or vibration on the movement of chromosomes during cell division, and subsequent cell defects, have been looked at sporadically for over 4 decades.
    So now, in-progress monitoring of homes close to turbines in Australia has shown that low frequency sound and infrasound and low frequency vibrations of the aforementioned frequencies resonate, are enhanced, inside the homes. So there the human cells are subject to enhanced frequencies/vibration implicated with cell defects or simply disturbed cells. What about the environment generally?
    The move we look the more we are finding. No-one outside of the wind industry is claiming the impact of low frequency noise and vibration on growth or receptor cells is fully understood. Most calls are for better science to better understand the problems being reported by people under an undefined close proximity to industrial wind turbine impact. The problems may be structured by age, activity state or genetic predisposition to explain the differential responses but real responses they are for a percentage of people.

  7. Marie

    September 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    This is link to stories around the world of animals affected by wind turbines:http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/category/what-effects-do-wind-turbines-have-on-domestic-animals-wildlife/?var=aaHere in Denmarkwe have lots of unofficial death of birds and bats and now the death of minks. The mink story is very well dokumented by vets and the numbers of deaths documented by layers.We have ofcourse lots of families giveing up their homes but that is all over the world now. Extremely many testemonials now (only the big wind turbines 3MW+). (windy -the problems of low frequencies grow as you move away from turbine due to physics and also due to the fact that ones ear do not have a blend of low and high freq. in a distance from turbine. Finally some teories are that the syndrome escalates do to long time expossion – sorry lots of misspellings 🙂

  8. mark duchamp

    September 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Geoff, this is most interesting. I found this study:http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0023306Is that the one, or is there another?

  9. Geoff McPherson

    September 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Yes thats the one Mark.
    The more one looks the more one finds IF one wants to find anything that is.
    From the human body impact perspective its all in the 1980’s NASA Reports publicly available and the US Navy flight research.

  10. Mark Duchamp

    September 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Indeed! The NASA reports were recommending a maximum not to be exceeded regarding emission of infrasound by wind turbines. But they have been promptly shelved by the criminals in government, and wind turbines were never ever again checked for emissions of infrasound. Yes, “criminal” is the word, for infrasound can kill people over years of exposure. It has already killed 400 goats in Taiwan: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8060969.stm, and caused a great number of birth defects – http://wcfn.org/2014/03/31/windfarms-vertebrates-and-reproduction/ – and still-births – http://wcfn.org/2014/06/07/windfarms-1600-miscarriages/

    Criminal because this goes beyond gross negligence: governments and industry KNOW they are doing harm to people.

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A MAN who stayed overnight at Pembroke Leisure Centre and filmed his actions, before posting them on Facebook, was led away by police.

Pembrokeshire County Council say the incident happened last week on February 8.

The videos were posted on Facebook last night (Feb 14).

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