Huron County MOH suffers from cognitive dissonance when it comes to wind turbines

Below is a letter sent to a citizen in Huron County, from Dr. Maarten Bokhout, acting Medical Officer of Health from the Huron County Health Unit.

Everyone knows wind turbines are pummelling rural population’s health, but the only recourse offered anymore is through the courts… not an option for most unless you have a safe place elsewhere to live, bottomless pockets of cash, and decades left in life to fight.

From: Maarten Bokhout
To: Carla Stachura ; Erica Clark
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2019, 11:14:02 PM EDT
Subject: possible adverse health effects from wind turbines

Dear Ms. Stachura,
I am responding to your email addressed to Dr. Erica Clark, dated August 29, 2019. I have reviewed your correspondence of August 14 and Rick Chappell’s May 15, 2018 response to the article “Altered Cortical and Subcortical…(etc)”.

I offer the following:
Your concern is that the wind turbines in your vicinity are noncompliant with MOE noise regulations. The noise is tonal. This is significant, as the foregoing article suggests that “infrasound near the hearing threshold may induce changes of neural activity across several brain regions,some of which…are regarded as key players in emotional and autonomic control “.

I am sympathetic to your ongoing concerns suggesting that there is a link between wind turbine noise and your (and your partner’s) health and wellbeing. In part, it was your persistence in notifying us at the health unit of your concerns that led me to seek approval for a study to try to determine whether or not there were particular health issues which could be linked to wind turbine activity. The study was approved but we were unable to attract enough participants to do a quantitative analysis of the data gathered. We will complete a descriptive analysis in the next month or so, but this will, unfortunately, not give us enough information to be able to state whether or not not the presence of wind turbines have an adverse effect on the PUBLIC health.

There is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that some INDIVIDUALS have trouble coping with the effects of active wind turbines (flicker, infrasound, possible stray electric currents). I note that the Madison county Board of Public Health recommends changes to the setbacks of FUTURE wind turbine projects.

Your best bet may be to seek redress in the courts. It is unfortunate that our study was not supported by enough residents of Huron County, some of which allegedly encouraged non participation in the study…

Maarten Bokhout, MD, etc. a/MOH

1,811 thoughts on “Huron County MOH suffers from cognitive dissonance when it comes to wind turbines

  1. The problem is not sound we can hear. The problem is INFRASOUND. which we cannot hear, but it insidiously upsets some of our organs. Read the documents on this and do testing around the sites. Ultrasound can cause permanent damage to peoples organs.

  2. Take a look at what Daniel Stapleton, Director of Public Health in New York State has said recently.

  3. This is a statement made by Dr. Alan C. Watts:
    “I have been medically involved with people suffering from the effects of wind turbines for a number of years. These people occupy a broad spectrum of society suffering a significant reduction in their quality of life and who are trapped in a situation beyond their control with little prospect of improvement. These people cannot be dismissed as simply suffering from “annoyance” and “anxiety”, and why should rural populations be annoyed or rendered anxious anyway? Where is their right to the rest, repose and quiet enjoyment of their property as prescribed in Australian law?”
    This is a human rights ethical crisis.

    • Considering that there were no studies done to prove that residents whose homes would be surrounded by arrays of turbines would be safe on their properties and in their homes from acoustic trespassing of emissions of audible and inaudible noise, this incursion must be considered an experiment. The logical and legal conclusion is that residents who have been and are being harmed have had their rights violated. The Nuremberg Code was established to protect them.

      The first statement of the Nuremberg Code addresses the key issue that must be considered in order to end the ethical crisis we’re facing in Ontario regarding harm to health from industrial wind turbines as a result of this experiment.

      #1The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.

      Residents did not consent to being harmed.

      Residents were not told about the risks of being exposed to audible and inaudible(LFN modulations and infrasound radiation) noise which would be emitted by industrial wind turbines in such close proximity.

      When residents reported harm, the MoECC’s responses were inadequate to protect them and prevent further harm.
      Residents consistently reported that the wind industry’s compliance standards for audible noise were obviously wrong because they were repeatedly experiencing the annoyance response.

      Finally, after four years of enduring the harm and reporting the harm, more than half of Ontario’s largest wind turbine project was derated because the tonal noise was finally properly tested and the results showed non-compliance.
      Despite the derating, the tonal noise continues along with the swooshing and whomping noise which is ruining the environment of residents.

      After repeatedly asking the Federal Minister of Health to enforce the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, absolutely nothing has ever been done to protect and prevent harm from LFN modulations and infrasound radiation.
      Residents have gone to their medical doctors, reporting the symptoms of this harm and instead of doctors interceding on their behalf and going to the government to ask that the turbines be turned off, in fear of the ramifications for doing that, doctors have prescribed pharmaceutical medications to prevent the symptoms from recurring!

      The relationship of trust between doctors and patients has been lost.

      Also within the Nuremberg Code, in statement #7 it says that this code was established to protect the experimental subject against even the remote possibility of injury, disability or death.

      This does not say that there has to be medical or scientific certainty in order to inform that there is a risk. So why is it that this government insists on having medical or scientific evidence of harm, after the harm has been done in this experiment?

      Residents were not told about the risk of harm of having clusters of turbines surrounding their homes. This is the violation. These residents were told there would be no harmful acoustic emissions and yet as soon as the turbines were turned on, there were noticeable changes in health and residents started reporting them because they truly believed they would be protected. No residents consented to being harmed. Who in their right mind would ever consent to being harmed?

      In closing, please consider the profundity of this violation in light of this statement from the New England Journal of Medicine, written by Evelyn Shuster, PhD, Nov. 1997-

      Informed consent, the core of the Nuremberg Code, has rightly been viewed as the protection of subjects’ rights. The key contribution of Nurembergers was to merge Hippocratic ethics and the protection of human rights into a single code.

    • Companies/businesses employees are expected to follow company policies. And others just won’t or don’t want to look.

  4. Take a look at this website, Barbara.

    Notice this statement about Energy-
     “Energy, as a great deal of corruption is tied to oil and gas extraction and commodity trading as well as the push for renawables driven by illegitimate concerns”

    This statement on their website is fair warning.

    “Now is the time that forward looking leaders can begin to prepare, so you can honestly state that this is on your radar, and you are taking pro active steps to manage the situation.
    Whether you are an existing business owner or starting your career in an organization: you need to prepare now and you need to do it fast.
    There is ample evidence of this being very real and serious situation and to ignore it is irresponsible.”