Health Canada plans to study hair of 1,200 people who live near wind turbines

OTTAWA — Having a bad hair day? Wind turbines could be to blame. The amount of the stress hormone cortisol found in people’s hair could help scientists understand the potential health impacts that may arise from exposure to low-frequency noise and vibrations from wind turbines.

Starting in May, the federal government plans to study the hair of up to 1,200 people who live near wind turbines. Each person will provide samples over a three-month period. The results could tell scientists if wind turbines are linked to health problems, such as chronic stress.

“The objective of the contract is to analyse hair cortisol concentrations from hair samples collected during the community noise and health study,” says a contract notice posted Friday. “The hair cortisol concentrations will be added to the data file for this survey and analysed in relationship to other measures of health and respondent demographics.

“Specifically, the hair cortisol results will be used to assess if there is a relationship between levels of systemic stress and distance from wind turbines.” Read article

12 thoughts on “Health Canada plans to study hair of 1,200 people who live near wind turbines

  1. Many of us believe it is unethical to conduct research on people who are being exposed without consent to known health risks.

    The Health Canada and University of Waterloo research studies have failed to consider these ethics and other legal matters.

    For what it’s worth– if you are somebody who knows you are being adversely affected by nearby wind turbines, I advise that you carefully consider not participating in the Health Canada and University of Waterloo research studies.

    There are risks of participating, and there are risks of not participating. I suggest you carefully consider your circumstances. You may also take advantage of opportunities to ask questions and voice your opinions, or not.

    By participating, you could be providing information that will be distorted and could be used against you. The process failures identified so far indicate that these studies are fatally flawed.

    Sometimes it is advantageous to be ignorant. Other times it is not.

  2. Let’s test the ‘stress level’ @
    The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) – signing energy contracts,
    – accountable to no one;
    hoping to ram privateers’ contracts through the process.

    Snip of hair – please!

  3. CTV-shame on you for the belittling the very real harm happening to my friends and neighbours by your sarcastic and insulting ‘bad hair day’ stupidity. If any at CTV took the time to do some real reporting on the issue by actually coming out to rural areas to meet with, interview or investigate the nightmare we are facing out here, you would see, first hand, how ignorant you look to rural Ontario with your bad pun on ‘bad hair day’. Try looking into the issue with your brain switched to the ON position instead of simply writing what “CanWEA says and Health Canada says”. Try coming out here to see what the people living next to these monstrosities say. I’ll introduce you to them. Let me know. Anytime is fine. You have my email

  4. Health Canada explicitly refers to effects “real” and “imagined’ . Why not extend the hair sampling to cover animals, i.e. farm animals and pets? They’d be roaming around getting exposure, for good area-coverage; and they’d be unbiased, i.e. not “imagining” anything, not idealogically opposed, not jealous of neighbours revenues $$ etc.
    This is a serious suggestion, articulated to me by close family members with good heads on their shoulders. Perhaps such a step could be undertaken by a pro-health** group independent of the Health Canada work, and completed before the Health Canada work has been completed.
    ** I personally detest the term “anti-wind group”…sounds arbitrary / idelogical / political.

  5. First you must understand how wind turbines are to save the planet.
    To understand how Wind Turbines are to save the planet you must understand Climate Science and CAGW.

    To understand Climate Science you must First understand Characteristic Symptoms of Pathological Science .

    Characteristic Symptoms of Pathological Science

    The characteristics of this Davis-Barnes experiment and the N-rays and the mitogenetic rays, they have things in common. These are cases where there is no dishonesty involved but where people are tricked into false results by a lack of understanding about what human beings can do to themselves in the way of being led astray by subjective effects, wishful thinking or threshold interactions. These are examples of pathological science. These are things that attracted a great deal of attention. Usually hundreds of papers have been published upon them. Sometimes they have lasted for fifteen or twenty years and then they gradually die away.

    Now, the characteristic rules are these (see Table I}
    Symptoms of Pathological Science:

    The maximum effect that is observed is produced by a causative agent of barely detectable intensity, and the magnitude of the effect is substantially independent of the intensity of the cause.
    The effect is of a magnitude that remains close to the limit of detectability; or, many measurements are necessary because of the very low statistical significance of the results.
    Claims of great accuracy.
    Fantastic theories contrary to experience.
    Criticisms are met by ad hoc excuses thought up on the spur of the moment.
    Ratio of supporters to critics rises up to somewhere near 50% and then falls gradually to oblivion.
    [we really do need wind turbines to save the planet right? … wr]

    The maximum effect that is observed is produced by a causative agent of barely detectable intensity. For example, you might think that if one onion root would affect another due to ultraviolet light, you’d think that by putting on an ultraviolet source of light you could get it to work better. Oh no! OH NO! It had to be just the amount of intensity that’s given off by an onion root. Ten onion roots wouldn’t do any better than one and it doesn’t make any difference about the distance of the source. It doesn’t follow any in-verse square law or anything as simple as that, and so on. In other words, the effect is independent of the intensity of the cause. That was true in the mitogenetic rays, and it was true in the N-rays. Ten bricks didn’t have any more effect than one. It had to be of low intensity. We know why it had to be of low intensity: so that you could fool yourself so easily. Otherwise, it wouldn’t work. Davis-Barnes worked just as well when the filament was turned off. They counted scintillations.

    Another characteristic thing about them all is that, these observations are near the threshold of visibility of the eyes. Any other sense, I suppose, would work as well. Or many measurements are necessary, many measurements because of very low statistical significance of the results. In the mitogenetic rays particularly it started out by seeing something that was bent. Later on, they would take a hundred onion roots and expose them to something and they would get the average position of all of them to see whether the average had been affected a little bit by an appreciable amount. Or statistical mea-8urements of a very small effect which by taking large numbers were thought to be significant. Now the trouble with that is this. There is a habit with most people, that when measurements of low signifcance are taken they find means of rejecting data. They are right at the threshold value and there are many reasons why you can discard data. Davis and Barnes were doing that right along. If things were doubtful at all why they would discard them or not discard them depending on whether or not they fit the theory. They didn’t know that, but that’s the way it worked out.

    There are claims of great accuracy. Barnes was going to get the Rydberg constant more accurately than the spectroscopists could. Great sensitivity or great specificity, we’ll come across that particularly in the Allison effect.

    And so on. Best of luck with the understanding folks…

    …and oh yes — it will explain the study of the sufferers as well…

    • Makes me think of MOE Officer Tim Webb’s observation that he recorded in an email on October 14, 2010.

      The email is available here:

      Officer Webb was asked to describe what he’d sensed when he’d been at the home of someone who was suffering from nearby wind turbines. Officer Webb reported the following:

      “I would describe it as a sensation that was neither a discernable sound nor a detectable vibration, but somewhere between the two. Definitely more felt than heard. If I concentrated very hard, I could sense something below the hearing threshold, but above what can be felt as a vibration. I have to say, though, that it takes an unusual amount of concentration to even notice it.” -Officer Webb, Oct 14, 2010

      How many people would understand the significance of the last sentence? And why do people like Officer Webb fail to consider the health implications of having this “sensation” imposed on your body?

      If you should be so unlucky as to become “highly annoyed” by wind turbines in your home, it will be too bad, so sad. This is the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s approach to regulating industrial wind turbines.

      How many children are being exposed to these risks? Why does Eric Hoskins still have a medical license? These are fairly serious issues that Eric Hoskins should not be ignoring.

  6. Does anyone actually ” believe” that when billions of dollars are at stake by an industry that has SCAMMED it’s way into our pockets and supported by SCAMMING politicians would let a fair and honest inquiry be enacted?

  7. It would not be the first time that government, in collusion with big business, has harmed people because to save them from harm, would COST TOO MUCH MONEY! If the turbine fiasco was truly about being green, they would be happy to accept a 2km setback, and they would not have to be asked to bury wires near populated (even sparsely) areas, they would do it because it is safer. They also would be willing to buy land and create a community of pro-turbine people to live in a community filled with homes and turbines. That way, we could study them at various distances, to determine a correct setback, test various noise types and levels during different conditions. We would have no problem with our participants “being affected by turbines because they do not like them! We would not pay them, they would do it because they profess to be “green” and truly concerned about the environment,( so that they would not be gagged or co-erced into saying there were no negative health effects if there truly were.) It is such a simple solution, and it would solve so many problems. If people do not want industrial machines in their backyards… is only common sense, you don’t put the damned things there. Simple. But the reality is…..this is all about money. The less they worry about us, the more money they get to keep for themselves. To admit that there are health issues, is to admit that they are responsible to mitigate the damages that they have caused…..and once again, that would cost money. They do not want to spend their money on us. It is far cheaper to deny and cover-up, and that is exactly what they are doing, and they do not like all of the fuss the victims are making. Don’t any of these victims know how to “suffer in silence?”” I certainly hope not!!!

    • You are describing the city of Toronto. That is the ideal location for all the wind turbines.

      The we can check the green in the jeans of the people of Toronto!

  8. So now the University of Western Ontario has been chosen to take hair samples of the Lab Rats.
    How demeaning is this to all the victims? This is a repulsive display of a complete lack of respect
    for the people that have endured victimization by the wind industry and government for far too long. It is deplorable and disgusting that so called professionals would even suggest this testing, not under these circumstances. What’s next !!!!!!! I Q test levels need to be done on the people who came up with this idea.

    • Welllllll… as I keep telling people the real issue is that they may want to check your jeans.

      I don’t think the hairs from your head will do the trick.

      Be wary!

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