B. Blake Levitt is an award-winning journalist who has specialized in medical and science writing for nearly three decades. She has researched the biological effects of nonionizing radiation since the late 1970's. A former New York Times freelance contributor, she has written widely on medical issues for both the lay and professional audience. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications and has been translated into Russian and Chinese.
She is the editor/contributing author of Cell Towers, Wireless Convenience? or Environmental Hazard? Proceedings of the “Cell Towers Forum” State of the Science/State of the Law (Safe Goods/New Century Publishing, 2001). She is also the author of Electromagnetic Fields, A Consumer’s Guide To The Issues And How To Protect Ourselves (Harcourt Brace, edition 1995; iUniverse BackinPrint edition 2007), for which she won an Award of Excellence from the New England Chapter of The American Medical Writers Association. In addition, Ms. Levitt is the author of 50 Essential Things To Do When The Doctor Says It’s Infertility (Penguin, 1995), and the co-author of Before You Conceive, The Complete Prepregnancy Guide (Bantam, 1989), for which she also won an Award of Excellence from the New England Chapter of the American Medical Writers Association.
In addition, Ms. Levitt is the author of a chapter in Electromagnetic Environments and Health in Buildings (Spon Press, Taylor&Francis Group, London and New York, 2004) edited by Derek Clements-Croome, entitled "Moving Beyond EMF Public Policy Paralysis."
Ms. Levitt earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Quinnipiac University with subsequent postgraduate work in essay writing at Yale University. She is a former member of the American Medical Writers Association, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and a current member of the National Association of Science Writers, as well as the Authors Guild. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who of International Writers and Authors.
Ms. Levitt’s work is referenced in numerous government publications and other resources on EMF. She has appeared in numereous documentaries; has helped several congressional offices write legislation for energy research appropriations and land-use issues pertaining to antenna and tower siting. At the invitation of U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy, James Jeffords and other legislators, she has participated in congressional briefings on the environmental effects of ambient energy exposures in 2000 and 2007. In May 2002, she was an invited speaker at the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK, on the environmental effects of nonionizing radiation. She lectures widely on the subject of environmental energy issues, how technology affects biology, and consults for municipalities considering telecommunications regulations.
From a 2007 U.S. Congressional Briefing sponsored by The EMR Policy Institute.
Excellent overview of issues surrounding environmental/health problems and radiofrequency radiation. Explores the Lookout Mt., Colorado community's fight over an HDTV tower in the midst of one of the world's largest antenna farms.
An in-depth exploration of the science, politics, government incompetence and industry cover-ups of the health and environmental effects of the wireless revolution.
A tour de force film about the smart grid's implications for privacy, national security, human and environmental health, constitutional rights and energy savings. A real eye-opener on what's actually behind this dangerous and dumb buildout.
Winner of several awards, filmed on four continents and translated into seven languages, this riveting film explores the hidden dangers of cell phones and accompanying cell tower infrastructure.
Non-Fiction Books by B. Blake Levitt
Publisher’s Note:As significant for Americans in the 1990’s as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring
was in the 1960’s. “...a wake-up call.”
--New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Excellent resource...intended for the layperson and anyone...concerned with cell towers.”
“A passionate text for the lay reader as well as the informed biologist.”
What every couple needs to know before commencing this most important decision.
"Concise, well-organized, down to earth, and upbeat... highly recommened for infertility patients and for their doctor's waiting rooms." -- Merle Bombardieri, M.S.D., B.C.D., author of The Baby Decision
Kiss Your Landline Goodbye? Part 1
An op-ed that appeared in The Lakeville Journal, June 2013, regarding state legislation that would allow AT&T and Verizon to abandon their landline networks and force customers to go wireless-only.
Kiss Your Landline Goodbye, Part 2
Part 2 of an op-ed published in The Lakeville Journal, regarding AT&T & Verizon's attempt to abandon their landline phone networks.
Another Industry Crony at the FCC? Twelve Good Reasons the U.S. Senate Should Reject Thomas Wheeler
This piece, published in 2013 in CounterPunch, examines 12 good reasons why President Obama's choice of longtime industry telecom insider, Thomas Wheeler, has too many conflicts to head the Federal Communications Commission.
Chris Murphy, Smart Guy, Big Blindspots
Op-ed appeared in The Litchfield County Times, March 2011. Focus is on problems with smart grid/metering
Electrosmog -- What Price Convenience?
This is a general piece, written for the layreader, on the health/enviro effects of wireless technologies.
Environmental Reviews: Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays, by B. Blake Levitt and Henry Lai
This paper was published in 2010 in Environmental Reviews, one of the peer-reviewed journals of Canada's National Research Council Press. It is a comprehensive look at the low-level effects scientific literature that would be typical of infrastructure exposures near cell towers and other communications facilities. This is the first time that a paper has specifically focused on just that area of the literature. Often the low-level exposures research gets lost in the 'noise' of meta-analysis and ends up appearing insignificant in what are called "weight-of'evidence" conclusions. But our premise is that such works should be considered separately in public policy considerations. These are the most pertinent red flags on the playing field and they should not be ignored, nor should they be "averaged" away.
Dumb and Dangerous The Problems With Smart Grids http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/03/18/the-problems-with-smart-grids/
There are breath-taking problems with the wireless Smart Grid and accompanying Smart Meters as currently designed, especially since much safer alternatives exist. This piece covers just about all aspects -- from what the real exposures are beyond industry hype; to the health/environmental concerns when every appliance is turned into the equivalent of a 24/7 transmitting cell phone; the unintentional blindspots of some of our most notable environmentalists; and the paradoxes that virtually guarantee the exact opposite of good energy-saving intentions. Smart metering is already creating a whole new layer of radiofrequency radiation without our consent, and people are being made ill. This is happening at a time when the World Health Organization has classified radiofrequency radiation (RF) used in all wireless devices as a 2B (possible) carcinogen.