On January 28, 2014, Dr. Karl Maret gave a presentation at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, California on the potential biological and adverse health effects from the radiofrequency radiation emitted by “smart meters” and other wireless devices.
Dr. Maret is an engineer, physician, former researcher in the Canadian Armed Forces and expert in electromagnetic fields. He is President of Dove Health Alliance in Aptos, CA and Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy in Washington, D.C.
As stated by Dr. Maret:
“What this debate is about scientifically right now is whether long-term low-level emissions such as those from smart meters are actually causing a health effect. We know they cause a biological effect.”
“Here’s the big issue. When smart meters were rolled out there weren't any scientific studies done by the industry, and I think that is a grave absence of social responsibility. Before you put a microwave transmitter on your house no matter how powerful or how weak, you need to do scientific studies before you subject the population to that. This is an epidemiological experiment of tremendous proportions and we are all the guinea pigs.”
To include a bit of interpretation for Dr. Maret’s informative presentation, he appears to acknowledge that short-term biological effects occur due to exposure to very low-level RF emissions but then states that it is uncertain as to whether those types of exposures over time can cause long-term adverse effects such as cancer. Hence the need for the precautionary principle. “We need more data but we have to presume there is going to be an [adverse] effect.”