Electrosensitivity / Electromagnetic Sensitivity and EMFs
It may come as a surprise to most people, but EMFs generated by common AC appliances as well as by wireless microwave radiation is a major component of most forms of environmental illness. People who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, lupus, multiple sclerosis, even cancer and AIDS, all exhibit one characteristic in common: a collapsed immune system. In part, this dysfunction of the immune system can be attributed to chronic stress from EMFs. Once this chronic stress is removed, healing and the regeneration of the immune system can occur.
"That workers have high incidence rates of a number of cancers both in the LQMS study and in studies of 270,000 California school employees and in office workers worldwide suggests that the cancer excess may not be limited to one job setting or cancer type and that EMFs may be a general human carcinogen," Dirty Power Linked to Cancers in California School in Milham-Morgan Study
The condition known as electro sensitivity, a heightened reaction to electrical energy, will be recognized as a physical impairment. A report by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), states that increasing numbers of British people are suffering from this syndrome. While the total figure is not known, thousands are believed to be affected to some extent. Sarah-Kate Templeton, Medical Correspondent
The connection between manmade EMF exposure and chronic or unending flight or fight responses has been documented in study after study. See Blake Levitt's book, Electromagnetic Fields for a summary of the scientific research. People who have been overexposed to EMFs as children or have genetically weaker systems often suffer from environmental illness often resulting in chronic fatigue, trouble thinking clearly and a reduction in the body's ability to fight infection. Here is how an article in the Toronto Now Magazine describes the electrosensitive person:
There's something lonely about parties. Especially if you're one of the few who isn't celebrating. And as laptop lovers citywide rejoice in the announcement that downtown Toronto will be a wireless Internet hot spot by the fall, critics worry that we may be feeding a new form of smog that hangs in the air without a trace and makes a growing number of us sick: electrical pollution. Whether it's fluorescent lights, cell phones or computer screens, more and more of us are realizing that the technology we've welcomed into our homes and offices is making us ill. According to stats from Sweden and Britain, about 2 or 3 per cent of the population suffers from potentially debilitating electro-hypersensitivity, or EHS. Symptoms are all over the map, and include nausea, headaches, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, tinnitus and rashes, to name a few.
Researchers also say that many more, over a third of us, are a little electrosensitive and just don't know it, blaming restless nights, office brain fog and Motrin moments on everything but our electrified environment.
I've never seen anything from industry except blanket assurances from their PR departments, says the Brock U Prof. This is the identical strategy used by the tobacco industry in the 50s and 60s.
I wonder how many people out there are being misdiagnosed, asks Martin Weatherall, a retired Toronto cop who started developing a ringing in his ears and headaches when he moved into a new home. They're being harmed by their electrical environments, and doctors are just sending them to a psychiatrist.
Wi-Fi's Electric Shock, Now Magazine, March 9-15, 2006 / Vol. 25 No. 28