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'Windmills may be an environmentally friendly alternative energy source but they also cause debilitating health problems, say people who live near
'...some residents who live near wind farms complain the turbines cause a number of adverse health effects, such as crippling headaches, nose bleeds
and a constant ringing in the ears.'
Helen and Bill Fraser initially supported the nearby wind farm in Melancthon, Ont. One turbine sat close to the Fraser's kitchen window.
"We thought, more green energy, this is great," Helen told CTV News.
However, Helen says she developed headaches, body aches and she had trouble sleeping. The dog began wetting the floor at night.
"There were nights I was lying in bed and my heart would beat to the pulse of the turbine. It was an uneasy feeling," Helen said.
Ernie Marshall at first supported the wind farm that was placed near his home near Goderich, Ont. However, he also says that once the turbines got
rolling, his health began to suffer.
"I had problems with my heart, with my eyes, my digestive system," Marshall told CTV News. "It traumatizes your whole body."
Dr. Nina Pierpont, a pediatrician in upstate New York, has interviewed dozens of people who live near windmills in Canada, the United States and
Her soon-to-be released book, Wind Turbine Syndrome, documents the litany of health problems experienced by some people who have wind farms near their
Pierpont believes that with the growth of wind farms near residential areas, Wind Turbine Syndrome "likely will become an industrial plague," she
states on her website.
The issue has not just put experts at odds. Communities across North America are divided between residents who say local windmills have made them sick
and their neighbours who don't believe them.
"Everyone was calling me a liar," Ernie Marshall said. "It don't matter who you talk to. You bring 'em out here and they'll say that noise
don't bother us. Sit there for a week under that and listen to it and see what it does to your body."
Some affected residents can only sell their homes and move away. The Frasers left their home of 32 years and moved to nearby Shelburne, Ont. They say
their symptoms have, for the most part, vanished.
Ernie Marshall moved to the town of Seaforth, Ont., which is several kilometres away from the turbines near his former home.
"I had to get out or I wouldn't be standing here talking to you," Marshall said.