Letter to the Editor re: 'How the factoid of wind turbines causing ‘vibroacoustic disease’ came to be ‘irrefutably demonstrated’'

This informative response letter provides useful detail on the work of Mariana Alves-Pereira and her study of how wind turbine infrasound impacted the health of family members living near a wind project. Due to health concerns, the Supreme Court of Justice in Portugal ordered in 2013 that four of the wind turbines, initially erected in 2006, be removed. A portion of the document is provided below. The full letter can be accessed by selecting the links on this page.

Some biological considerations

The fundamental histological feature found both in LFN-exposed patients and LFN-exposed laboratory animals was also observed in the horses raised on the WThome property: thickening of vascular walls due to proliferation of extra-cellular matrices in the absence of an inflammatory process.5 To fully comprehend the rationale and the highly significant implications of these results, a large amount of self-citation would now be required.

Understanding the pathophysiology of LFN-induced diseases requires knowledge on cellular tensegrity architecture7 that goes beyond the classical models of general physiopathology.8,9 Mechanotransduction cellular signaling,9 a relatively new concept, becomes of paramount importance because it is a major target of the LFN agent.10 In the absence of this new cellular model, the nature
of the biological response prompted by LFN exposure cannot be fully understood. 

Final remarks

Given the complexity of this subject, difficulty in recognising the significance of our scientific findings reported over the past three decades is entirely understandable. Unfortunately, the vast majority of studies concerning health impacts of WT on neighbouring residents do not yet provide an adequate quantification of the physical agent of disease, and are based on highly subjective questionnaires lacking clinical corroboration on relevant endpoints. This is flagrantly perpetuated by the Wind Turbine Health Impact Study, as prepared for the State of Massachusetts.11 In our ongoing investigations, we have repeatedly pointed out the inadequacy of questionnaires as a valid measure of health effect,12 a position shared by the Strategic Health Impact Assessment on Wind Energy Development, as
prepared for the State of Oregon.13

We reiterate that LFN-contaminated homes are a significant public health concern, and substantial health deterioration can be observed in humans and animals dwelling without respite in LFN-rich environments. (Disclaimer: this statement cannot and should not be construed as an argument against the implementation of wind turbines.) On 30 May 2013, the Supreme Court of Justice in Portugal decided upon the removal of the four WT, initially erected in 2006.14

Alves Pereira Et Al 2014 Australian And New Zealand Journal Of Public Health

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