Wake in Fright: Wind Turbine Infrasound Causes Panic, Fear & Nightmares

The scientific research and verified evidence is now overwhelming. Wind farms are a dangerous hazard.


The evidence proving the unnecessary damage done to wind farm neighbours by the noise generated by giant industrial wind turbines is mounting by the day: Germany’s Max Planck Institute has identified sub-audible infrasound as the cause of stress, sleep disruption and more (see our post here); and a Swedish group have shown that it’s the pulsing nature of low-frequency wind turbine noise  (‘amplitude modulation’) that is responsible for sleep problems in those forced to live with it (see our post here).

The Max Planck Institute’s research exposed subjects to sub-audible infrasound (IS) while subject’s responses were identified using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), establishing a direct connection between IS exposure and responses in the amygdala, indicative of a stress response in that subject. The study led to a postulate that:

stimulation over longer periods of time could exert a profound effect on autonomic functions and may eventually…

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About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from full-time practice in 2002 to take up a lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). His current interest is the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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2 Responses to Wake in Fright: Wind Turbine Infrasound Causes Panic, Fear & Nightmares

  1. Emyr Griffiths says:

    I happened to listen to BBC Radio 4 Unreliable Evidence on 27-09-2017 – The Law and Climate Change – Can lawyers save the planet? In this program Clive Anderson and guests discuss the role the law can play in reducing global warming.

    I’m not sure if the license allows people in other countries to listen to the program, but you might me able to listen to it again on BBC iplayer:

    Although this program is illustrative of the nauseating BBC bias towards man made climate change, it did raise one point which I found interesting.

    Govts have an obligation to protect the health of it’s country’s citizens. THis makes it easier to take govts to court rather than corporations.

    The program illustrated this point with the example of the Urgenda Foundation winning a landmark court case in 2015 which forced the Dutch government to increase its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Similar court battles have since been won elsewhere in the world, most recently in South Africa where judges ruled against government support for a new coal-fired power station.

    If organisations are able to successfully challenge govts in alleged climate change issues, in light of the mounting evidence of industrial wind turbines causing harm to human health, it would be worth exploring the possibility of taking govts to court for allowing people to be exposed to an instrument of torture and harmed in their own homes.

    • Neil van Dokkum says:

      Good point Emyr. There is also the added benefit that governments can be politically embarrassed, especially around election time.

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