Friday, September 11, 2015

Consumers Energy Shuts Off Power of Woman Who Is Disabled and Highly Electrosensitive

 “I won't put a death sentence on myself,
so we have said no to the digital meter.”
--Jaime Chimner--
Consumers Energy shut off power today to a woman with extreme sensitivity to electromagnetic frequencies. Jaime Chimner was severely disabled by a chemical accident in Lewiston, Michigan in the 1990s. She developed numerous health problems, suffered a stroke, and has to use a breathing machine. In 2009, she moved to Cheboygan, Michigan. Her symptoms began to worsen, and she developed many new ones, including pain, great difficulty walking, tinnitus,  balance issues, swelling, and more.  She has two doctors who have treated her for years. They pinpointed the genesis of her new and worsening symptoms to the digital meter on her new home. Her old home had an analog meter.

On August 26, Jaime (pronounced “Jamie”) and her husband, Joe, removed the meter and replaced it with an analog meter. Jaime says, “By the next morning most of my major medical issues had improved tremendously.”

Her doctors consider her improvement “amazing.” They have documented the changes in her health, and have written letters stating that the digital meter is the only cause they can find for the symptoms she experienced. One doctor wrote a prescription for an analog meter. I spoke with Jaime prior to the time she and her husband replaced their meter. Her thoughts, which were very jumbled with the meter on, were much clearer.

Thursday evening, Jaime and her husband met with Dennis McKee, Consumers Energy’s slick spokesman. He told her that he was going to have her power shut off, despite all of the terrible health effects she has suffered as a result of the meter, and despite the fact that once the meter was removed, the new health effects disappeared. Jaime asked to speak to someone higher up. McKee said, “I have personally made the decision that you will be shut off if you do not accept the digital meter. There is nowhere else to go.” Jaime says, “I won't put a death sentence on myself, so we have said no to the digital meter.”

Jaime has been highly proactive, despite her numerous health problems. Today (Friday, September 11), a camera crew from NBC 4 & 7 appeared at Jaime’s house, along with a reporter from the Cheboygan Tribune, after Jaime told them her power was to be shut off at 2 p.m. Consumers Energy appeared at the appointed time, and proceeded with shut-off. The TV story may run on the 11 o.clock news, or it may run tomorrow.

Jaime requires a breathing machine! Her health has been devastated by the meter. This is inhumanity at its worst! How someone, in this case Dennis McKee, could sit across from someone, look them in the eye, and tell her he does not care about her life is beyond comprehension.These utility companies and their agents are focused on one thing only—power and money. They are like the Nazis who considered the disabled of no account, and sent them to the gas chambers. Jaime has been living in hell, and it was slowly killing her. Rather than do the right thing, the utility company decides to assert its power and its will.

Please let this story spur every one of you to do everything you possibly can to get the Analog Opt-Out Bill passed. If you care for your fellow human, if you believe in justice, you must get out there.

This famous quotation from Martin Niemöller, a Protestant pastor who opposed Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime, says it all. Niemoller spent 7 years in a concentration camp, standing by his ideals, and was released when Hitler fell.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


If you don’t act . . .


  1. Here is our story joe and jaime Chimner

  2. I am surprised Consumers did not allow them to opt out. I am also electromagnetic sensitive and there was no way I was going to allow a digital meter on my house. I got a letter from my environmentalist doctor detailing my
    condition and stating no way could I tolerate a smart meter. I called consumers and was able to opt out over the phone and not even use my doctors letter. Perhaps because I had called them last summer about a couple of trees losing their leaves near the wires. When the consumers guy came I had him do some measuring of electromagnetic fields and told him I had leukemia. I do have to pay $69.00 up front and $10.00 extra a month, but it's worth it to me!