Critical Thinking In The Time Of Coronavirus

The world is experiencing unprecedented levels of fear and uncertainty.  The vast majority of people are following the official narrative unquestioningly. But more and more people are beginning to wake up to what’s really going on. To ask questions. To investigate. Diane Craig is one of them. In this inspiring guest post, Diane shares her story as a canary, her experiences with her smart meter, celiac disease and more recently 5G radiation from supposedly harmless street lighting, and what she did about it, and what you can do about it:


As human “canaries” in our electromagnetic world, prior Electricsense's guest bloggers and its host demonstrate the important responsibility canaries have to communicate the truths they encounter. I endorse Shannon Rowan's solutions for coronavirus pandemic stresses, especially her Solution #16, “Be Gentle And Kind To Your Body And Your World.”

I'm a human canary too, and because I've recently experienced things few canaries and even fewer non- canaries are aware of, I'm writing to add my truths at this difficult time.

The word “critical” can mean being disapproving, but “Critical Thinking” means analyzing both merits and faults of whatever we hear, read or see. One factor that inhibits critical thinking is Confirmation Bias, “the tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions.” [1]

Definition critical thinking
So I ask canaries and non-canaries alike to put on their “critical thinking” caps, to consider possible Confirmation Biases (theirs and/or mine), to keep in mind Shannon Rowan's coronavirus pandemic stress solution #13 (“Reexamine Priorities And Beliefs”), and to continue reading. I'll start with my story.

My Story

At 3am on a 2013 May morning, I was awakened by shrieking coming from … inside my head? The sound accompanied me when I got out of bed and walked around. Doctors call this sound tinnitus. In my humble opinion, tinnitus is a really wimpy word for one's head suddenly shrieking. When I returned to bed, the shrieking volume increased. I got up again, walked again, lay down again, heard the shrieking ramp up again, then got up and stayed up.

At 7am the next morning, while relating this experience to my husband, I watched as my breakfast spoon trembled in my hand. Then I looked at my empty cereal bowl and realized I had no idea what I'd just eaten. As my husband touched my forehead and arms, he murmured that I seemed fine. When he felt around to the back of my neck, his voice changed. He shouted a phrase I'd never before heard him say: “Oh, my God!”

The back of my neck felt hot to his touch. I was moving and speaking normally, so whatever was going on didn't seem to be a stroke. We had no idea why tinnitus, localized heating, and symptoms associated with Parkinson's and Alzheimers all arrived together, and so suddenly.

We got in the car. A few blocks later, I felt anxious and shaky. Great – maybe I'd have to add “crazy lady” to my already-crazy symptoms list. All I could say was, “I was fine when you stopped at that last stop light. Something's wrong at this one.”

After I reported a few more “stop light” reactions, hubby remarked, “Every time you tell me how weird you feel, I can see a cell tower.

I credited serendipity for my husband's observations and the events that quickly followed. A friend called, out of the blue, talking about “that electric guy” who had helped her. “That electric guy” showed us how a smart meter, ten feet from our outside wall, was sending radiation, 24/7, through the wall to my pillow. Before that moment, like most people, I hadn't known what a smart meter was, or that everyone on our street had one.

house surrounded with EMFs
Photo by Wynand van Poortvliet on Unsplash

My utility denied my request for a hearing, revealing only that our neighborhood's smart meters had gone live sometime in August 2011. Was it relevant that my husband's blood pressure readings rose starting one day in late August? Was it relevant that I'd stopped my marathon training the following week, after suddenly having no energy to tackle our long training run over Labor Day weekend?

I testified before my utility's governing board. I appealed the board's inaction to the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. The DOJ eventually rejected my claim and, after I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, sent me everything in my file that wasn't classified. This consisted of one document – my appeal. Was it rational of me to conclude that whatever was classified involved national security?

Don't get me wrong here. I'm in favor of national security. Protecting our country is important. I simply didn't (and still don't) understand a program that seemed to me would result in national insecurity, given how it ignored all the research demonstrating negative effects from pulsed digital wireless microwave radiation for human and environmental health. (Read more on the EMF cover-up here.)

Initially, I spoke out about the research and steps injured people could take to recover. Doing so while symptomatic exhausted me. Like an overcome canary, I fell silent.

Much later, a building biologist (I've consulted five so far) shared with me that certain 24/7- transmitting smart meters like the ones my utility used transmitted high power densities when first measured but lower power densities when measured again years later. Did my and others' experiences have anything to do with the change? I'll never know.

My Personal Investment Led To Recovery

For me, practicing rather than preaching the wisdom at and elsewhere led to recovery. By August 2019, I was symptom-free, well enough that I was traveling internationally without incident.

By then, my husband and I had moved to a different city. We lived in a house with an opt-out meter, in an environment where outside wireless radiation from others' wifi, smart meters and security systems didn't reach us.

RadAware MeterWhen we returned home on August 30th after two trips away, the RadAware RF Exposure Alarm I'd carried to check new surroundings was still in my pocket and still turned on. That day, it started flashing and clicking, reporting microwave radiation inside the house that hadn't been present when we'd left a month earlier.

The RadAware continued flashing and clicking for five days and nights. We tried to block radiation from entering a single room by putting metal-infused mylar over its window, door, and air duct, but we'd have only a second or two of silence before the RadAware would sound off again. (For tips on shielding a room from EMFs click here.)

After five days, I was experiencing symptoms, some like those I'd had in 2013, others that were new. When my husband went outside, the RadAware “told” him how streetlights along our street and elsewhere in our subdivision were transmitting wireless radiation.

On the sixth morning, the RadAware was silent. Later that morning, it suddenly recommenced flashing and clicking. This time the source seemed to be from the direction opposite the streetlights. Our visitor at the time was startled by these events, but fortunately already informed about wireless radiation issues. Sometime after this person left, the RadAware again went silent and stayed silent.

Is 5G Being Secretly Trialed On Street Lighting (by companies other than the telecoms)?

These are the “critical thinking” questions I asked myself:

What if it isn't just telecommunications companies that add 5G Small Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (“sWTFs”) to lampposts and other structures? 

What if a utility, say, or other government agencies, were to suddenly and without notice “trial” 5G-consistent technology there? How would people notice?

For a canary, one clue might be a worsening of wireless radiation symptoms. However, if a wireless radiation meter registered nothing unusual, wouldn't the canary look elsewhere for the cause? That's what I might have done, except for the unusual circumstance that my RadAware was in my pocket and turned on while change was happening.

My husband's and my next step was to leave our home for awhile. In the 7-1/2 months since then, I've learned a lot. The RadAware's “on” light has functioned normally, from before August 30th to the present day. The only difference has been that, in a different county shortly after the 2019 Labor Day weekend, the RadAware responded as it had in our county prior to August 30th.

Whenever I've shared my story or offered information on the health and environmental effects of pulsed digital wireless radiation, I've received one of four responses.

> Regarding 5G Itself

I've been told on more than one occasion,

But everybody wants this!

> Regarding Streetlight Wireless Transmissions

I've been told, also more than once,

Everyone knows that the topknots on streetlights only turn LED lights on and off.

Some people were interested, but…

…even radiation experts and 5G opponents initially doubted me because, after all, there are no publicly-available Public Utility Commission records consistent with what I reported. There should have been, since the utility owned the streetlights.

These responses began to change after a building biologist, on three separate occasions, measured and documented microwave radiation originating both from the streetlights and from the opposite direction where the State of California, according to, owns a cell antenna.

The professional's directional microwave radiation meter could measure radiation power densities from wireless frequencies up to 10GHz; at the same time the RadAware, limited to recognizing only 4G frequencies up to 6GHz, remained silent.

I later bought my own 10GHz meter to see how current cell tower transmissions power densities' would compare with densities the RadAware had detected before August but no longer responded to.

At that point, the coronavirus took over my and everyone's lives, interests and energies. I hadn't visited many different locations with my new meter before that, but it (and I) already had encountered four instances where wireless sources were transmitting microwave radiation power densities exceeding 100,000 microwatts per meter squared. [2]

(Learn more about EMF meters here.)

Here's What I Understand Now

  • In the 6GHz to 10GHz frequencies range, most frequencies are reserved for federal exclusive use. [3]
    The 6GHz to 7.125GHz range is for non-federal exclusive use [3], but I'm not aware that commercial telecommunications companies have been granted frequencies in this range. There also are two small ranges available for shared use. [3]
  • We don't know if there are frequencies higher than 10GHz that are active here but can't be detected by our meter.
  • While my utility provided no notice that I'm aware of for what happened in my small rural city starting on or before August 30, it did inform its customers on 2-15-20 that it would be making “infrastructure upgrades” [4] to its grid in connection with its Community Wildfire Safety Program.
  • A nearby utility adjacent to ours completed a planned power outage on 4-11-20 [5].
  • We know of various illnesses, even deaths, that occurred in our neighborhood during and after August 2019. [5] We don't know whether or not these occurred at normally-expected rates. (See this article on how Cell Tower Radiation is linked to cancer.)
  • It's my general understanding that those who are infected with the coronavirus are reported to exhibit symptoms of oxidative stress. [6]
  • My husband and I don't have any symptoms associated with the coronavirus, and we have no reason to believe we've been exposed. But certainly it's been difficult, sheltering in place with wireless transmissions from outside continuing to come through our walls. Beginning before the coronavirus pandemic, we had symptoms we suspected were likely due to oxidative stresses resulting from radiation we're exposed to here. We've been treating these symptoms accordingly. Our doctors have told us to keep on doing what we're doing, because our efforts are having positive results. .
  • We don't know whether microwave radiation has anything to do with the coronavirus or its virulence. We would like public health officials, independent scientists, and research biologists to investigate and answer the questions Shannon Rowan, Paul Doyon and others have raised.

(To read a more extensive article on the link between EMFs and the Coronavirus click here.)



I continue to envision a world freed from man-made pollutants. Getting there might seem complicated – there are so many of these – but my general understanding is that research evidence strongly supports the notion that pulsed digital wireless radiation is prominent among them. [7]

In addition to Shannon's excellent pandemic solutions, I encourage others to also know what's going on in their local communities. A first step is to contact and question local officials. A second step is to measure wireless radiation.

Two radio frequency monitoring devices currently are required to determine whether higher 5G-consistent frequencies are active: one to report frequencies within the 4G 6GHz range, and another that can report frequencies to 10GHz or higher.

Are the power density readings the same or different? To borrow from Freud's conceit about cigars, I would agree that sometimes a streetlight is only a streetlight – but it also can morph into something more.

Go For All-Fiber-Optic Connections

I'd also like to encourage others to consider the advantages of all-fiber-optic connections, Wireless infrastructure already is fiber-optics-based. It's true that installing fiber optics the “last nine feet” to business and residential doorsteps would involve increased marginal costs over wireless installations, but the cost savings would far outweigh these, because:

  • Climate change burdens due to wireless devices themselves have been estimated to account for 4% of the impact, a figure that is projected to double to 8% within five years. [8] 
  • As regards human health: Costs to treat those who are disabled or made ill by negative physical effects from pulsed digital microwave radiation would be reduced. Quality of life for such individuals and their caretakers would increase. Health care burdens would decrease, with the added benefit that quality of life would improve for the medical community as well.
  • As regards the health of the earth, its atmosphere, its soil, and all its inhabitants: The physiological stresses already resulting from wireless radiation would not increase. Fire dangers from wireless' effects on plants terpenes, for instance, would lessen.[9] In the long run, the consequences of oxidative stress for all living organisms would be reduced.

Objection to this proposal might be made by the wireless industry and those who equate national security with the ability to connect to each individual via wireless transmissions. Hopefully, both groups could appreciate that their work too would thrive within all-fiber-optic communication infrastructures.

Then we all could dream.
What could the world become if it included a global treaty that limited pulsed digital wireless microwave radiation?

Many thanks to Diane Craig for this guest post.

Headshot Diane Craig

For more than 30 years, Diane Craig has advocated for persons diagnosed with celiac disease.  From 2013 to 2018, among other activities as a board member for the California non-profit Celiac Support Group, she helped draft a petition to the FDA to label gluten in drugs and wrote blog posts to help publicize research regarding the then-new concept of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

Sources and Bibliography

1-, reference 1, Plous, Scott (1993), The Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making, p. 233, accessed 1-31-2017).

2- 100,000 microwatts/m² is the same as 100 milliwatts/m². My new meter is the Safe & Sound Pro II Broadband RF Meter. I've spoken with two building biologists who have compared results from this meter with readings with their newest meters that also measure frequencies up to 10GHz. These experts tell me the Safe & Sound Pro II Broadband RF Meter is useful, because it and the other meters report power densities that closely match. My three highest measurements were recorded outdoors but on private property, so I'm sharing here photos of my next three highest measurements, also recorded outdoors but on public rights-of-way. My understanding is as follows: The Max is the only meaningful measurement. It registers the largest single measured power density during the current recording period. The “Peak” measurement is simply the peak level of the current cycle at the instant the camera flashes. The “Avg” reading is meaningless, given all the activity that happens within a minuscule time frame.

EMF's mesures private property
3- The United States Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration, “United States Frequency Allocations: The Radio Spectrum” chart,,.The Commerce Department offers this chart for sale, updated April 8, 2020, but I do not have access to this; see The Federal Communications Commission Office of Engineering and Technology Policy and Rules Division, FCC Online Table of Frequency Allocations 47 C.F.R. § 2.106, revised on March 6, 2020, can be downloaded from, but this did not provide me with additional information.

4- Email from PG&E Customer Service <>, entitled “You may see us in your community working to improve safety.” The message began, “We are investing in infrastructure upgrades…”. This email arrived in my inbox on Sat 2/15/2020 9:21 PM. There was no mention of wireless transmissions in this email, however.

5- From my conversations with various acquaintances, between August 30, 2019 and April 14, 2020.

6- Dr Martin Pall comments that pneumonia is the predominant cause of death from this coronavirus and that pneumonia is greatly exacerbated by the downstream effects of VGCC activation, which includes oxidative stress, see

7- Burrell, Lloyd. 5G Radiation Dangers – 11 Reasons To Be Concerned, #1, Source: Latest on 5G Spectrum – EMFields Ltd., Last updated January 15, 2020, at See also

8- LePage, Michael. ‘Digital sobriety' can halt tech-fuelled global warming, says report. New Scientist, Article 2195771, 5 March 2019, at , continued at

9- My source is Martin Pall, PhD, who, when interviewed by Josh del Sol during the 5GCrisis: Awareness & Accountability online summit, stated, “EMFs in plants make the plants produce much higher levels of highly volatile and highly flammable terpenes.”

References: I've accessed many websites, including and websites of experts interviewed on My go-to research sources are at and With apologies in advance, I did not seek out specific citations for purposes of sharing my general understanding in this blog post. I apologize in advance if my general understanding cannot be supported elsewhere. 

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  • Shane said,

    As an electronics engineer for 40 years, 5G is specifically 5th generation mobile phone data transmission. Whatever may be on street lights is not 5G. What MAY be on streetlights is very low throughput metrology using a similar frequency to current 5G. That frequency band is also use by home and business WiFi, and older Marine radar (amongst other things), coincidently 5GHz or thereabouts. “Smart” meters SHOULD only transmit, and then very briefly, when they are interrogated by someone wanting to read that meter. This could be done from the road. Whether this is done, I don’t know. Any other mode is a total waste of energy.

  • Brenda Johnston said,

    Thank you to Diane Craig for this post.
    As a fellow “canary” with my symptoms now greatly reduced after several years of natural health efforts, I also had a similar experience last week in a suburb of Chicago. On my regular route home from work, I suddenly had painful pulses of energy that seemed to penetrate my temple on the right side. This was the same side of the street as the light poles and the pulse seemed to recur as I passed each light pole. When these subsided, I realized I was passing a wooded area that no longer had the light poles. This happened only on one afternoon and has not recurred since then.
    Just thought this might be somehow helpful for you to know.

  • Gary Greenfield said,

    There is no need to fear a common flu, nor those who have used the falsely identified, misnamed and misunderstood exosome, referred to as the CoronaVirus to shut down the whole world. An exosome is not a virus and viruses don’t exist. A flu is simply the bodies way of eliminating excess waste. This process is not contagious or infectious. This lie will be used to promote vaccines which will contain corrupted matter which will indeed make us sick, weaken our immune systems and cause death. 5G will be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  • Pat said,

    I have a horrible problem with street lighting. For several years I have found the street lights in Vancouver, BC to be extremely painful and agitating, particularly when driving. At first I drove on back roads to avoid the lights, but now I prefer to use public transport and my car is no longer used. The street lights in other cities across Canada are equally problematic. Not sure if there is shielding for car windows that would prevent the problem.

    In Montreal I have several street lights out my bedroom window that are causing terrible problems, the pain from the lights is unbearable. Thanks to God that I am not in lockdown in that apartment. A friend who works nearby has just developed breast cancer. There is definitely something BAD going on with the street lights. and it isn’t just in Canada, I’m finding the problem lights in Europe as well.

  • Ing said,

    Try to google: “2019 was the breakthrough year in Europe for 60 GHz unlicensed 5G”


    “Facebook has been operating its Terragraph project, which uses 60 GHz for fixed wireless in dense, urban areas, for several years with partners, including Cambium, Common, MicroTik, Nokia, Qualcomm, Radwin and Siklu. This has yielded commercial deployments in Alameda, California, for instance, where Common Networks deployed a localized network.”

  • Bernie said,

    The day after Smart Meter was attached to our house outside my Laundry Room 5/2019, meter readings in side Laundry Room jumped, Sensor light in room would not go out & I had several physical problems: hand paralysis, 5 trigger fingers, Loss of Smell & Taste, Bronchitis, etc. We grounded the room which reduced readings some and after several weeks of painful physical therapy & medication, I was back close to normal but then working in the garden near the meter I got a burn on my neck which, although much better after medication & spending thousands of dollars moving the meter 400 feet to the street, is still irritated. I have been diagnosed EMF Sensitive. Although I let ALL of our officials I did Not want the Smart Meter, one day when we weren’t around, they installed it because our Almight, all knowing legislature passed law that we could not Opt out. Shane glad you said “SHOULD” also in caps. I’m not an electrician but Smart meter apparently is doing something more than transmitting, I apparently was in the wrong place at the wrong time & I dread to think what 5G will do.

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  • Paul Gregory said,

    5G and the new streetlights.
    I have been electrosensitive since 2013 and felt the 5G test and switch on 1st January 2020 in Sutton Coldfield. I can just tolerate 4G with Aaronia Shield hood and full body protective suit, but the 5G coming from the new streetlights in my road is intolerable; causing me instant depression and thoughts of suicide if in direct line with them, digestion problems, tinnitus much of the day,marked muscle pain in the neck and shoulders, heart arrhythmia and extra systole heartbeats. The radiation emitted enters my house through all the windows resulting in me living on the floor to avoid the beam. I cannot go in my garden even with the protective clothing on.

    During the testing in December 2020 I phoned the city council and complained and they turned off the RF radiation emitted from the new streetlights around my house during the day and night but leaving the LED to come on during the night. But on 1st Jan 2020 the radiation came back on and is controlled now by Amey who cannot be contacted; so my life at present is absolute hell.

    Here a link showing RF radiation is used as a weapon by NATO forces the induce a desire to commit suicide in enemy soldiers. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), USA and Russia use RF radiation as a weapon (

    Below are numerous links showing that streetlights are to be used to deliver 5G radiation.

    This video by Mark Steele of describes how 5G radiation is delivered through the new streetlights and how it triggers coronavirus symptoms.

    Health problems due to LeafNut smart streetlight system in England.
    The town facing a ‘humanitarian crisis caused by the radiation from state-of-the-art street lamps’: Residents have endured insomnia, nose bleeds and even stillbirths, one local claims.
    This link below shows diagrams of how new streetlights are to be used to deliver more connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).

    Revealed: 5G rollout is being stalled by rows over lampposts … › technology › may › revealed-5g-rollout-is-b…
    19 May 2019 – Lampposts have suddenly become hot property because 5G requires the installation of transmitters on a dense network of masts taller than a double-decker bus. … Experts say the sheer volume of local disputes is jeopardising the government’s pledge to get 15m premises connected to 5G by 2025.

    Street Lights 5G? – a Freedom of Information request to North … › request › street_lights_5g
    My main concern is if transmitters and/or receivers are in these and if so if they are 5G? Yours faithfully,. George Robinson. Link to this Report. North Yorkshire …
    You visited this page on 12/03/20.
 This website shows that North Yorkshire County Council’s new streetlighting is smart city ready; namely able to emit RF radiation.
    Today’s cellular and Wi-Fi networks rely on microwaves – a type of electromagnetic radiation utilizing frequencies up to 6 gigahertz (GHz) in order to wirelessly transmit voice and data.  This era of wireless frequency is almost over making room for new 5 G applications will require using new spectrum bands in much higher frequency ranges above 6 GHz to 100 GHz and beyond, utilizing submillimeter and millimeter waves.

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  • Diane said,

    Hi all, I hadn’t visited this site since I wrote the post above. One thing I’ve learned since my experience is that transmissions above 6GHz are also known as “4.5G” in the telecommunications industry. Hope that new piece of information helps everyone to make sense of what happened here in 2019. Thanks to everyone for your interest.

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