No, Wind Turbines Do Not Cause Cancer. Or Anything Else.

June 13, 2019

Jeffrey Ellebogen is in a very small club of well prepared experts who know the global scientific literature on the health effects, or lack thereof, of wind power.

Formerly an Assistant Professor in Neurology at Harvard, and director of the Sleep Lab at Mass General Hospital, Ellenbogen was lead author of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health study on the issue, in 2012. He continues his research at John Hopkins University today.

Dr. Ellenbogen was recorded last month in Saginaw, MI.


2 Responses to “No, Wind Turbines Do Not Cause Cancer. Or Anything Else.”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Excellent video—-Ellenbogen is a great communicator, and this piece should permanently flush every last toilet full of the crap from the anti-wind morons. The Canada study alone is beyond definitive. Let’s hope this video gets lots of views.

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    Published online 2014 Nov 11. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00220
    PMCID: PMC4227478
    PMID: 25426482

    The Link between Health Complaints and Wind Turbines: Support for the Nocebo Expectations Hypothesis


    An analysis of the evidence concerning symptom reporting attributed to sound produced by wind farms supports the nocebo expectation hypothesis; that health complaints can be explained by the influence of negative expectations. It is apparent that symptom reporting coincided with an increase in health concern about wind farms promoted by a book and internet sites focused on highlighting the purported heath dangers posed by sound, particularly infrasound produced by wind turbines. Such information, which has been further circulated though social discourse and media reporting, is liable to trigger health concerns and related symptoms of anxiety, while also creating a blueprint for what symptoms can be expected – expectations, which, in turn, are likely to guide the type of symptoms noticed and reported. This is supported by epidemiological evidence that increased symptom reporting has occurred in locations where there has been targeted dissemination of negative health information about wind farms, indicating that exposure to such information is shaping symptomatic experiences. Experimental work also suggests that it is expectation rather than wind farm sound exposure that is responsible for symptom complaints.

    Symptom reporting is also consistent with patterns of health complaints seen in other environmental health scares involving benign exposure, and which often follow the introduction of new technologies. Importantly, indications that negative expectations are implicated in symptomatic experiences ascribed to wind farms aligns with evidence that instances of symptom reporting attributed to perceived environmental hazards and exposure to modern technologies have been triggered by nocebo responses.

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