Why Fry? is an ad hoc group of citizens concerned with the long-term health effects of microwave and radiofrequency radiation in our surroundings. The pages on this site track news articles about their struggles and peer-reviewed research published in leading scientific journals.

Consumer groups have formed across the United States to fight EMR, electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones, cell towers and ‘smart meters,’ many succeeding in their demands that local governments pass a moratorium of six months to a year to allow city leaders and state agencies to study the current research that has proven their dangers and the overload of EMR or electromagnetic radiation in today’s communities.

There are security & privacy concerns: After testing five different brands of ‘smart meters,’ a top cybersecurity firm found that they could EASILY be hacked, allowing someone to remotely shut down your power, inflate your bills, tell if you’re out-of-town (making you a target for   burglary), commit identity theft, or even bring down the whole electricity grid. (For more details, see http://www.denverpost.com/frontpage/ci_15106430%29)

The BioInitiative Report is a major milestone in understanding the health risks from wireless technology. Every responsible elected official owes it to his or her constituents to learn and act on its findings and policy recommendations.

Whitney North Seymour, Jr. Former New York State Senator, Former United States Attorney, SDNY; Co-Founder, Natural Resources Defense Council  See: http://www.eon3.net./emr_protection/emr_health_protection.html

For more national and international articles, extensive research references, and video clips,  see Downloads .

There is no safety standard for the biological effects of continuous exposure for our 500,000 children currently enrolled in New Mexico’s schools.

The FCC “safety” guidelines are solely designed to protect a 6 foot tall, 185 lb man from tissue heating during a short (6 minute) exposure.  They are not designed to protect even a 6 foot tall man from biological effects during a continuous exposure.6,7 Exposures from transmitting utility meters and other transmitters are continuous, so these “safety” standards are meaningless.

6 Grant L. Microwaves Imitate Pesticides.  U.S. Department of Energy Risk Management Quarterly, Volume 5-3.  http://www.stralingsvrijkind.nl/documenten/Bijlage-MicrowavesPesticides.pdf;  7 Cherry, N. 2000 Criticism of the Health Assessment in the ICNIRP Guidelines for Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation (100 kHz- 300 GHz)


Federal health and safety agencies have not yet developed policies concerning possible risk from long-term, repeated short duration nonthermal exposures….information on exposure scenarios with an exposed population that includes children, the elderly, and people with various debilitating physical and medical conditions, could be beneficial in delineating appropriate protective exposure guidelines.

Norbert Hankin, Center for Science and Risk
Assessment, Radiation Protection Division,
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Those living in apartment buildings will be exposed to every meter in that building.Those with heart implants are told to avoid coming within six inches of the meter.

Microwave and radiofrequency radiation are shown by worldwide, non-industry research to be linked with development of:

  • asthma
  • palpitations, arrhythmia
  • high blood pressure
  • sleep disorders
  • diabetes
  • attention deficit disorder

Research has shown ongoing exposure tied to:

  • DNA breaks
  • chromosome aberrations
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • leukemia
  • brain tumors
  • breast cancer
  • and epilepsy

In my private practice, I have seen a significant rise in the number of patients who experience electromagnetic hypersensitivity over the last 5 years.

Erica Elliott, MD, Board Certified in Family Practice and Environmental Medicine

Some of the early symptoms are:

  • elevated blood pressure,
  • ringing in the ears,
  • and sleep disturbances.

In more advanced cases, the symptoms can include:

  • numbness/tingling in the extremities,
  • heart arrhythmias,
  • seizures,
  • and other neurological impairments.

By blanketing our state with wireless devices, we are potentially putting countless people at risk for developing serious health problems… we are making a grave mistake by moving forward in this project without further studies and consideration of health effects.

What Do We Want?

We want federal help in changing the 1996 Telecommunications Act so that health and environmental issues can be considered in the placement of wireless devices, and new information can be acknowledged in deciding whether to continue to pursue wireless at all.

We want an adequate safety standard that will protect us from the cumulative radiation exposure from ELFs, EMFs, RFs that we all now suffer and that is rapidly becoming much worse.

We want and deserve safe products, and will hold the wireless industry accountable. International evidence from non-industry funded scientific and medical research/studies clearly reveal that wireless devices from cell phones to gas meters and their required infrastructure are presenting all of us with serious health and environmental risks.

Our children are especially vulnerable.Wireless is not safe.  Growing numbers of individuals are verifying this with personal experience. We want our nation, state and communities to install an under- ground fiber optic cable broadband system as an alternative to wireless that will provide all of us with faster, safer, more durable and
secure internet service.This will provide many new green jobs.

Virginia J. Miller
Legislative Coordinator
NM DPI     [pic]

To voice your concerns:

NM Public Regulation Commission:
Consumer Relations Division, 827-4648
John McPhee, SF Alliance for Public Health
and Safety, 577-8351
Santa Fe County Commissioner,
Liz Stefanics, 986-6210
District 3: City of Santa Fe,
Jerome Block, 827- 4533
District 4: Eldorado, Rancho Viejo, La Cienega,
Las Companas, Theresa Becenti-Aguilar, 827-8019
N.M. Representative Brian Egolf, 986-9641
N.M. Senator Peter Wirth, 988-1668, x104
U.S. Senator Tom Udall, 988-6511
U.S. Senator Bingaman, 988-6647
U.S. Representative Ben R. Lujan, 984-8950

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