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Case studies that have convinced me that industrial wind turbines make people sick  

Author:  | Health, Noise | Health, Noise

  • Cape Bridgewater Study in Australia
  • Falmouth, Massachusetts
  • The sound from a wind turbine can make other objects vibrate (such as the body) if the sound frequency matches a resonant frequency of an object
  • Affidavits submitted by Brown County residents in Shirley Wind indicating that the wind turbines have adversely affected their health
  • Wind turbines continue to get larger and larger (in both size and MW output), the noise is dropping in frequency, and the content of low frequency and infrasonic noise is increasing.
  • “Adverse Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbines: A Preliminary Report,” prepared for the International Commission on Biological Effects on Noise (ICBEN), July 24-28, 2011, by Michael Nissenbaum, MD, Jeff Aramini, PhD, and Chris Hanning, MD
  • Closure of mink farm located in vildbjerg denmark due to problems from a wind farm
  • Professor Alec Salt, Washington University Medical School Department of Otolaryngology, study using guinea pigs: “Large Endolymphatic Potentials From Low_frequency and Infrasonic Tones in the Guinea Pig, published in the Journal of the Acoustic Society of America in March 2013.
  • Amplitude modulation of infrasound & low frequency noise
  • Epidemiologic evidence (9 case-crossover examples, 3 revealed preference cases)
  • Wind farm developers that settled with injured residents
  • European countries have written noise codes to protect residents from
  • problems from industrial wind turbines and other devices
  • Sick building syndrome – per acoustical engineer Richard James
  • Since 1973 The United States Government has sponsored a research & development
  • program in wind energy in order to make wind turbines a viable technology
  • British Medical Journal acknowledges health impacts of wind farms: “Wind Turbine Noise Seems to Affect Health Adversely and an Independent Review of Evidence is Needed,” March 2012, Dr. Christopher D. Hanning and Professor Alun Evans.
  • People who have gone through considerable medical analysis to understand their health problems, which started when the wind turbines started up: health studies of their symptoms did not find any explanation to the symptoms other than the pressure pulsations from the turbines; in some of cases the doctors did believe that the problem was the wind turbines and in other cases the doctors could not explain the cause of the symptoms based on their tests conducted in their offices away from the wind turbines.
  • People who have hosted wind turbine installations on their land have become sick from the wind turbines
  • List of symptoms, from the Waubra Foundation
  • Can expectations produce symptoms from low frequency noise & infrasound associated with wind turbines?
  • Epidemiological study of health effects of persons living within 1100 meters of the Mars Hill wind turbine project, 28 wind turbines 1.5 MW in size, study by Dr. Michael M. Nissenbaum.
  • Falmouth Massachusetts study: “Wind Turbine Acoustic Investigation: Infrasound and Low-Frequency Noise – A Case Study,” Stephen E. Ambrose, Robert W. Rand, and Carmen M.E. Krogh, September 11, 2012.
  • Self-reporting surveys to residents living in the Waterloo Wind Farm in South Australia, 37 Vestas V90 industrial wind turbines 3.0 MW in size, started up in 2011: upon start-up there were many negative sleep loss and health impact complaints from the residents and effects on livestock (most notably poultry)
  • Mrs. Anne Schafer has compiled this preliminary survey report from data collected from an anonymous survey of residents living within 10 km (6.2 miles) of the AGL Macarthur Wind Development in southwest Victoria, Australia. The first Vestas V112 3 MW industrial wind turbines started operation in October 2012, a total of 130 wind turbines installed
  • Statement made by epidemiologist Carl V. Phillips, PhD, in “Properly Interpreting the Epidemiologic Evidence About the Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbines on Nearby Residents,“ August 2011.
  • Carl V. Phillips testimony, June 30, 2010, Madison, to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
  • The World Health Organization in their 1999 Guidelines for Community Noise made the following comment: “It should be noted that a large proportion of low-frequency component in a noise may increase considerably the adverse effects on health.”
  • The Royal Society is an independent Scientific academy of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. The is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Royal Society which covers all scientific fields. In 4 the journal published a study called “Low-Frequency Sound Affects Active Micromechanics In the Human Ear,” Royal Society Open Science, August 2014, by Dr. Markus Drexl et al., University of Munich; Dr. Drexl is with the German Center for Vertigo and Balance Disorders and the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.
  • Fibrosis, thickening, and scarring of connective tissue as a result of injury from exposure to low-frequency noise and infrasound: including damage to lung tissue, heart tissue, blood vessel walls, cardiac valves, and pericardium sac; exposure results in abnormal growth of collagen in blood vessel walls, tracheal wall, pleural sac, stomach wall, and kidney glomeruli; also, the cilia that line the respiratory tract are severely damaged: “Vibroacoustic Disease—The Response of Biological Tissue to Low-Frequency Noise,” presented at the 11th International Meeting on Low-Frequency Noise and Vibration and Its Control.
  • Sensitization of people exposed to industrial wind turbine noise
  • Analysis of aerodynamic sound noise generated by a large-scaled wind turbine and its physiologic evaluation
  • Question from Richard James to Professor Alec Salt: “Does infrasound from wind
  • turbines affect the inner ear?”
  • Additional information from Professor Alec Salt
  • Health problems at the Lammefjordens Stauder Nursery in Gislinge, Denmark
  • Effects wind turbines have on domestic animals, farms, & wildlife
  • Poland National Institute of Public Health & Polish Senate
  • Towns that have voted against wind farms
  • Unusual bleeding and problems with menstrual cycles
  • Developmental tissue damage causing flexural deformities in the front limbs of foals at the Lusitano Stud Farm in Portugal
  • Acoustical engineer Steven Cooper of Australlia proves that wind turbine sensitized people can sense the inaudible infrasound noise from wind turbines
  • Fight-or-flight response

William G. Acker
Acker & Associates
Prepared: December 27, 2015 through Feb. 18, 2019

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