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Clinical Study of "Wind Turbine Noise Syndrome"

Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD

March 4, 2006

Nina Pierpont, MD, PhD, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a former clinical professor of pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York, has begun a clinical study of
"wind turbine noise syndrome."

Dr. Pierpont is asking anyone living near wind turbines and suffering ill health effects of whatever sort which he/she suspects are a result of the wind turbines -- asking these people to contact her at either (518) 483-6481 (Malone, New York, USA) or pierpont@westelcom.com (see www.ninapierpont.com <> ).  
She will do a telephone interview (takes about 30 minutes), where your identity will be held strictly confidential.  
What she is after is evidence and data; as with any medical research project,
your identity would remain confidential, always. 

Dr. Pierpont's study will be published in a leading clinical medical journal sometime within the next 12 months, she expects.  One of the purposes of the study is to influence public policy, around the world, to ensure the proper, medically-responsible siting of wind turbines.  

A summary of Dr. Pierpont's credentials is attached. 

Wind energy:  "clean", "green", "renewable" ... and evicts you from your home

"Wind Turbine Syndrome" 

Here is a picture of the d'Entremont home in Nova Scotia, where their ancestors have lived since the 1870s. Daniel and Carolyn d'Entremont, with their 5 children, had to abandon it on Feb. 21, 2006, because of "wind turbine syndrome," the cluster of symptoms being found around the world where people live near giant wind turbines.

d'Entremont home, Nova Scotia

Dr. Nina Pierpont of Malone, N.Y., has interviewed them as part of her research into this problem. She testified before the New York State Legislature Energy Committee on March 7. A 68-KB PDF of her testimony is available at AWEO.org. Here is an excerpt.
    Three doctors that I know of are studying the Wind Turbine Syndrome: myself, one in England, and one in Australia. We note the same sets of symptoms. The symptoms start when local turbines go into operation and resolve when the turbines are off or when the person is out of the area. The symptoms include:
       1. Sleep problems: noise or physical sensations of pulsation or pressure make it hard to go to sleep and cause frequent awakening.
       2. Headaches which are increased in frequency or severity.
       3. Dizziness, unsteadiness, and nausea.
       4. Exhaustion, anxiety, anger, irritability, and depression.
       5. Problems with concentration and learning.
       6. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
    Not everyone near turbines has these symptoms. This does not mean people are making them up; it means there are differences among people in susceptibility. These differences are known as risk factors. Defining risk factors and the proportion of people who get symptoms is the role of epidemiologic studies. These studies are under way. Chronic sleep disturbance is the most common symptom. Exhaustion, mood problems, and problems with concentration and learning are natural outcomes of poor sleep.
    Sensitivity to low frequency vibration is a risk factor. Contrary to assertions of the wind industry, some people feel disturbing amounts of vibration or pulsation from wind turbines, and can count in their bodies, especially their chests, the beats of the blades passing the towers, even when they can’t hear or see them. Sensitivity to low frequency vibration in the body or ears is highly variable in people, and hence poorly understood and the subject of much debate.
    Another risk factor is a preexisting migraine disorder. Migraine is not just a bad headache; it’s a complex neurologic phenomenon which affects the visual, hearing, and balance systems, and can even affect motor control and consciousness itself. Many people with migraine disorder have increased sensitivity to noise and to motion -- they get carsick as youngsters, and seasick, and very sick on carnival rides. Migraine-associated vertigo (which is the spinning type of dizziness, often with nausea) is a described medical entity. Migraine occurs in 12% of Americans. It is a common, familial, inherited condition.


Nina Pierpont, MD PhD

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics

February 8, 2006
1991 M.D. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1985 Ph.D. Princeton University (Behavioral Ecology)
1981 M.A. Princeton University (Behavioral Ecology)
1977 B.A. Yale University, National Merit Scholar (cum laude)
Post-Doctoral Training
1992 to 94 Pediatrics Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
1991 to 92 Pediatrics Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
1985 to 86 Ornithology American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
Licensure and Certification
1997 Licensed Physician, New York
1997 Licensed Physician, New Hampshire (expired)
1995 Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor and Affiliate Faculty
1994 Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics (recertified 2000, expires 2008)
1994 Licensed Physician, Alaska (expired)
Hospital or Affiliated Institution Appointments
10/00 to 12/03 Senior Attending in Pediatrics Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY
1997 to 00 Attending Pediatrician Alice Hyde Hospital, Malone, NY
1995 to 96 Chief of Pediatrics Yukon-Kuskokwim (Yup’ik Eskimo) Delta Regional Hospital, Bethel, AK
1994 to 95 Staff Pediatrician Yukon-Kuskokwim (Yup’ik Eskimo) Delta Regional Hospital, Bethel, AK
Other Professional Positions
2004 to … Private Practice (Solo) Pediatrics (emphasizing Behavioral Peds) Malone, NY
1998 to 00 Private Practice (Solo) Pediatrics Malone, NY (poorest county in state)
1997 to 00 Staff Pediatrician St. Regis Mohawk (Iroquois) Health Services, Hogansburg, NY
1997 to 98 Staff Pediatrician North Country Children's Clinic (clinic for needy children), Malone, NY
Academic Appointments
2000 to 03 Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeo

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