Ware, M. AMA: Impacts from Industrial Wind Facilities Have No Rightful Place in Quiet Rural Environments
Melissa Ware, resident of Cape Bridgewater, writes a second letter to the AMA.
May 24, 2013
To Dr Steve Hambleton and Professor Geoffrey Dobb,
Impacts on residents living near industrial wind facilities that have no rightful place in quiet rural environments.
and an extract;
Title: Systematic Review 2013: Association between Wind Turbines and Human Distress
Author: Ian Arra
Categories: Epidemiology & Public Health, Otolaryngology, Preventive Medicine
Background and Objectives: The proximity of wind turbines to residential areas has been associated with a higher level of complaints compared to the general population. The study objective was to search the literature investigating whether an association between wind turbines and human distress exists.
Methods: A systematic search of the following databases (EMBASE, PubMed, OvidMedline, PsycINFO, The Cochrane Library, SIGLE, and Scirus) and screening for duplication led to the identification of 154 studies. Abstract and full article reviews of these studies led to the identification of 18 studies that were eligible for inclusion as they examined the association of wind turbines and human distress published in peer-review journals in English between 2003–2013. Outcome measures including First Author, Year of Publication, Journal Name, Country of Study, Study Design, Sample Size, Response Rate, Level of Evidence, Level of Potential Bias, and Outcome Measures of Study were captured for all studies. After data extraction, each study was analyzed to identify the two primary outcomes: Quality of Study and Conclusion of Study Effect.
Results: All peer-reviewed studies captured in our review found an association between wind turbines and human distress. These studies had levels of evidence of four and five. Two studies showed a dose-response relationship between distance from wind turbines and distress, and none of them concluded no association.
Conclusions: In this review, we have demonstrated the presence of reasonable evidence (Level Four and Five) that an association exists between wind turbines and distress in humans. The existence of a dose-response relationship (between distance from wind turbines and distress) and the consistency of association across studies found in the scientific literature argues for the credibility of this association. Future research in this area is warranted as to whether or not a causal relationship exists.
- The Cureus Editorial Team
The AMA to my knowledge has not changed it’s irresponsible stance on wind farms and every day I am witness to actual harm and distress caused to my family or friends. The harm is evident. The harm is measurable. The harm is preventable.
What is the delay sirs in discovering for yourself what the true impacts are? If a child says I was hurt by that person he did this and he did this, you can not with compassion in your heart and mind ignore him. You investigate. You educate and explain, you do not say it’s nocebo and you for the well-being of the child to the best of your ability protect and ensure it does not happen again.
Many families all around the world are telling their Medical Associations they are being hurt, profoundly hurt and harmed by exposure to wind turbines, in our homes and in our beds with progressively longer lasting and worsening impact. Where is the direct protection and support from the Australian Medical Association and it’s members for those of us enduring agony?
I/We have reported this distress over and over again and I fail to understand how your Association lacks the courage to take responsibility to firstly apologise and then swiftly act to ensure this form of industrial abuse, infrasound, ultrasound is stopped so rural public health is maintained and restored to it’s natural state of acceptable well-being that each of us is entitled to.