Never underestimate the power of nocebo. Beliefs in environmental illnesses have moved from electromagnetic field sensitivity from power lines, televisions and wifi to now, windmills. Sadly, we can expect more cases of mass sociogenic illness from windmills as this news spreads. The lawyers and alternative practitioners are already lining up in this latest case — of dueling alternative beliefs.
Sue Hobart, a bridal florist from Massachusetts, couldn’t understand why she suddenly developed headaches, ringing in her ears, insomnia and dizziness to the point of falling “flat on my face” in the driveway. “I thought I was just getting older and tired,” said the 57-year-old from Falmouth. Months earlier, in the summer of 2010, three wind turbines had been erected in her town, one of which runs around the clock, 1,600 feet from her home. “I didn’t put anything to the turbines — we heard it and didn’t like the thump, thump, thump and didn’t like seeing them, but we didn’t put it together,” she told ABCNews.com….
In 2011, a doctor at Harvard Medical School diagnosed Hobart with wind turbine syndrome, which is not recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The name was coined by Nina Pierpont, a John Hopkins University-trained pediatrician, whose husband is an anti-wind activist, criticizing the economics and physics of wind power. Pierpont, who lives in upstate New York, calls wind turbine syndrome the green energy industry’s “dirty little secret.” She self-published “Wind Turbine Syndrome” in 2009, including case studies of people who lived within 1.25 miles of these “spinning giants” who reportedly got sick.
But her wind-turbine research has been criticized for improper peer review (Pierpont reportedly chose her reviewers), and for its methodology….