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Forum Post: Wind Turbine Syndrome. Making people sick around the country.

Posted 5 years ago on April 3, 2013, 1:20 p.m. EST by mandy9 (-5)
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nausea, vertigo, and physical and mental debilitation. Time to sue the turbine makers and Al Gore. Well done liberals....Your holy grail of energy. Killing birds by the thousands, and making people sick.




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[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 5 years ago

Lets see: what percent of Americans have seen a ghost? believe in angels? believe Obama is the anti-christ? believe in astrology?

Turbines on wind farms have already been said to kill wildlife and even noted to create localized warming, but could they be spurring health problems as well?

An increasingly talked about, although unofficial condition described as “wind turbine syndrome” by Dr. Nina Pierpont is said to cause nausea, vertigo, trouble hearing, blurred vision and unsteadiness, among other symptoms in those who claim to be sensitive to it.

Pierpont in a talk last year in Massachusetts cited several studies that have been conducted on wind turbine syndrome

Even more recently, a study published last month in the The Journal of Laryngology & Otology found that there is evidence “infrasound” can have effects on the ear. The study notes that it is currently “impossible to conclude that wind turbine noise does not cause any of the symptoms described.” But some people believe the symptoms of those experiencing wind turbine syndrome are actually caused by “stress [... of] unwanted noise exposure.”

NPR reported co-author of this study, Dr. Amir Farboud, a ear, nose and throat surgeon at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Wales, saying, like others, he too thought the condition was “rubbish” at first. But “the more you look into it, the more you realize there’s some science behind this,” he said.

Currently, the symptoms and their relation to infrasound produced by wind turbines is not conclusive enough and more research needs to be done.

NRP went on to report University of Sydney public health professor Simon Chapman calling wind turbine syndrome ”probably an example of community panic.

A paper by Chapman that was submitted to a peer-reviewed journal in March shows that it might be a “mass psychogenic illness.”

“The rapid development of fear and anxiety is key to the transmission of disease by disruption of [behavior] and activities of those involved. Transmission or contagion is increased by the general excitement related to the phenomenon, including media reports, researcher interest, and labeling with a specific clinical diagnostic term. It is enhanced by monetary factors, and related to underlying personality types or stress,” the report said of these types of “illnesses.”

Discover Magazine noted Chapman’s similar “nocebo” viewpoint in 2012 after a group in Massachusetts filed a complaint against local wind farms, citing health issues. The nocebo effect is one where hearing about the negative side effects of something psychologically causes them to come true. The New Yorker recently reported about the nocebo effect as is it related to wind turbines and those claiming sensitivities to Wi-Fi. TheBlaze has reported about Wi-Fi syndrome before, from which 5 percent of Americans reportedly suffer.

Another recent study has called wind turbine syndrome a condition that seems to be all in people’s heads as well. “We measured the actual noise from the turbines and used environmental noise modeling software that helped us to predict how much sound is actually heard by those living in the vicinity,” Claire Lawrence with the University of Nottingham said, according to LaboratoryExperiment.com. “We found there was no relationship between the ‘real’ level of noise and reports of ill health. ”

[-] 2 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 5 years ago

i call bullshit.

[-] 0 points by inclusionman (7064) 5 years ago

I agree with you. Bullshit! The symptoms are all easily faked.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 5 years ago

Largest independent energy growth industry in Australia.

What's all the fuss about? How's about we put some nice "clean coal" burning power plants up, or some more nuclear fission ones?

[-] 1 points by DebtNEUTRALITYpetition (647) 5 years ago

Wind Farms don't have to be located amidst villages, towns and cities, the mere fact that they CAN be located almost anywhere is not a reason to condemn them.

It just means there has to be intelligent planning as to where they go.

A similar article could have been written about gold mining 150 years ago, that it was causing all kinds of unforseen problems, starvation, murder, veneral disease, infidelity, and so on.

It just depends on well thought out the gold mining was before ti was implemented.

[-] 1 points by NVPHIL (664) 5 years ago

How about we compare the health and enviroment impacts of wind and coal.

[-] 0 points by windyacres (1197) 5 years ago

Didn't T. Boone Pickens have big plans for wind farms, then suddenly backed off, just a couple of years ago?