BOSTON, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Two new, peer-reviewed studies show that there is evidence that individuals living near industrial wind turbines are at risk for a number of health ailments, including stress and sleep disturbance.
“Industrial wind turbines can harm human health if sited too close to residents,” according to a paper in the May, 2013 issue of Canadian Family Physician.
“The documented (medical) symptoms are usually stress disorder-type diseases … and can represent serious harm to human health,” the paper’s authors stated.
In The Journal of Laryngology and Otology, the authors reported in March that “there is ample evidence of symptoms arising in individuals exposed to wind turbine noise.”
“…there is an increasing body of evidence suggesting that infrasound and low frequency noise (caused by the wind turbines) have physiological effects on the ear,” according to Amir Farboud, MD, of Glan Clwyd Hospital in Wales, one of the researchers.
The study pointed out that “a large body of evidence now exists to suggest that wind turbines do disturb sleep and impair health at distances and sound pressures levels that are permitted in the United Kingdom.”
The paper – Wind turbine syndrome: fact or fiction? – was designed to address the effects of infrasound and low frequency noise from wind turbines and review the literature supporting the validity of “wind turbine syndrome.”
Dr. Farhoud said there is a need to do more research and thoughtful planning as to where wind turbines are sited.
In the Canadian publication, the official journal of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the research team headed by Roy D. Jeffery, MD, advised family physicians to recognize the symptoms of patients complaining about adverse health effects from wind turbines.
“A few years ago many people thought the complaints of those living near turbines were without validity. That is no longer true,” said Lilli-Ann Green, a spokesperson for Wind Wise Massachusetts.
“These two papers are adding to the increasing number of peer reviewed medical studies that make it quite clear that the wind turbines are seriously affecting the health of individuals and families,” she said.
Wind Wise Massachusetts is a statewide alliance of grass roots organization and individuals who are concerned about the negative health, environmental, and economic impact of poorly sited wind turbines.
Contact: Barry Wanger, media relations Wind Wise Massachusetts 617-965-6469 firstname.lastname@example.org