The Cause: Electromagnetic Radiation Opponent Matthew Fisken
Matthew Fisken, of Lyme, checks electromagnetic frequency fields at Norwichs Lewiston Lot, where a smart meter was recently installed. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
The Man: Matthew Fisken, 32, of Lyme.
The Cause: The effects of electromagnetic frequency, especially smart meters, on human health.
The Impetus: A couple of years ago, Fisken started experiencing headaches, a ringing in his ears, and a general lack of focus that made it difficult to work. Eventually he tied those symptoms, which occurred only in certain places, to high electromagnetic frequency fields. When he learned tat so-called smart meters would soon replace analog electric meters in Vermont, a cause was born.
To be realistic, I know that wireless devices aren’t going away and that electricity is a necessary fact of life. What I’m working towards, and what I’m hoping will happen, is that we’ll move in a direction of better understanding and being more accepting that health problems can be caused by EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies). I’m fighting it in what I think is a nontraditional way. I’m not exactly out there picketing or doing large actions that are trying to get the attention of large groups of people. But I am trying to create an additional awareness through my blog and YouTube that I think is an appropriate amount of action. I have to remember to continue living my life and not let this issue consume me. I think that’s always going to be the balance, and is probably the balance for most people who are passionate about an issue and actively try to change anything in the world. But obviously, it’s hard for me to completely detatch, because I experience it and live it on a daily basis. ...
I think that’s what I’m advocating the most, not to throw away technology, not to completely give up on these advances that we’ve made, but to understand better how they are working.
Photograph and interview by Sarah Priestap
Published in print on May 20, 2012.
This article was amended on Jan. 16, 2013 to reflect the correct links to Fisken's websites.