There’s at least one section of our community not joining in the frantic clamour for high-speed broadband at present. It’s not that they don’t want the economy to grow and public services to benefit from faster internet connections.
It’s just that the cost to their health of all this rapidly-proliferating telecommunications and electrical technology is already too great a price to pay.
Although not yet a medically-recognised condition, an estimated one per cent of the population believe they suffer from Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS or ES).
Stinging eyes, all-encompassing fatigue and debilitating sensations clouding the head are among the most common symptoms reported by self-professed EHS sufferers.
And their symptoms are getting worse. At nearly 80, Rathmore woman Delia O’Brien has witnessed her fair share of technological progress, but only in recent decades has her health started to suffer at an increasing rate.
She’s now on a one-woman campaign to raise awareness of what she sees as the very real threat to our health of our growing dependence on technologies utilising higher and higher frequency radiowaves and electromagnetic fields (EMF) to transmit information with seemingly every passing year.
Her concern over the powerful tech is two-fold: There’s the impact on her own health as someone who is ES, but there’s also what she fears is the stealthier impact on the health of the wider population from proliferating radio signals.
“It’s not an easy thing to convince people about,” Delia told The Kerryman.
“As someone with ES it is getting so bad for me now that to get to Killarney I have to drive via Knocknagree and Gneeveguilla to avoid masts and I daren’t go near the town centre anymore. with the EMF generated by masts, CCTV and all these devices today.”
She’s been trying to convince successive Irish governments for years of the threat to the general population she sees, having written to everyone from John Gormley to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Jan O’Sullivan and, most recently, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten. “The World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radio-frequency electro magnetic fields as Group 2B, meaning they are possibly carcinogenic to humans, a classification that applies to all RF-emitting devices, including Wi-Fi.”
Public health concerns over the effects of the emerging wireless technologies are not new, just witness the controversy over the one-km rule. Her fears were heightened after a chance meeting with a man at the Coolwood recycling facility outside Killarney recently.
“I would love to hear from him again as I never got his name, but he informed me how his father had passed away from leukemia, one of three to die from the disease in their locality where masts are present,” she said.
As someone deeply sensitive to EMF, Delia looks on herself as something like a canary in the mine for the wider populace – becoming physically sick from what has been described as an ‘electrosmog’ thatshe fears could well be taking a steady, low-level toll on many.
“I’ve written to the National Parents’ Council on the introduction of WiFi to schools which I think is a disgrace.
“God only knows what effect it has on children at such a crucial stage in their physical development.”
If ES people’s symptoms are an indication of concern for all it’s a conversation Ireland needs to be having, Delia said.
While science is sceptical on the ES front, Delia is convinced:
“It is estimated one per cent of the population is ES, which represents over 40,000 people in this country alone. ”
[Un altro atleta che lamenta problemi legati alla Elettrosensibilità…]
13 juillet 2016 – “la1ere.francetvinfo.fr”
Rémi Vila, l’ancien champion de planche à voiles, apporte un témoignage édifiant sur les dangers des ondes. Frappé par un cancer de l’oreille interne, les spécialistes qui l’ont suivi, confirment que sa maladie est liée aux ondes du portable.
Les téléphones portables ont envahi notre quotidien, au point que nous sommes nombreux à ne plus pouvoir nous en passer. Mais tablettes et téléphones portables, ne sont pas sans danger pour les adultes comme pour les enfants. Voici le témoignage et les conseils de Rémi Vila.
L’ancien champion de planche à voiles, parle d’une façon édifiante des dangers des ondes. Frappé par un cancer de l’oreille interne, les spécialistes qui l’ont suivi, confirment que sa maladie est liée aux ondes du portable.
[Negli articoli italiani nessuno ne ha fatto menzione, ma nelle news estere, in aggiunta al problema della perdita di peso, è stato riportato che:
Bartoli added that she needs gloves when she uses her mobile phone as the virus has caused severe electro-sensitivity.
Perché un dettaglio così importante è stato omesso?
Ad ogni modo ci auguriamo per l’atleta che non si tratti di EHS, perché i segni e sintomi della malattia regrediscono solo con l’allontanamento dai luoghi in cui sia presente Inquinamento Elettromagnetico (ormai la regola in qualsiasi ambiente di vita urbano) e questo aspetto, che già impedisce di poter condurre una vita normale, sarebbe totalmente incompatibile con una carriera ad alti livelli come la sua.]
7 July 2016 – “www.bbc.com”
Marion Bartoli: Former Wimbledon champion ‘fears for life’ over unknown virus
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli says she “fears for her life” after contracting an unknown virus that has caused her dramatic weight loss.
France’s Bartoli was barred from playing in an invitational event at Wimbledon this week after doctors expressed fears over her health.
Bartoli, who insists she is not anorexic, says the virus is so rare medical experts have no name for it.
“This is not life. I am just surviving,” said the 31-year-old.
Bartoli says she can only eat organic salad leaves and cucumbers without skins, and has to wash with mineral water rather than tap water.
“I fear for my life. I worry that one day my heart will stop,” the 2013 Wimbledon champion told
“My life is a living nightmare. I don’t wish this on anyone but it is gradually getting worse.”
Bartoli added that she needs gloves when she uses her mobile phone as the virus has caused severe electro-sensitivity.
The former world number seven believes she picked up the virus when flying between Australia, New York and India in January and February this year.
She has since lost 20kg and says she will start course of treatment at a clinic on Monday.
Questo è qualcosa di assolutamente inedito: i personaggi della serie televisiva Britannica della BBC “Holby City” si occupano del loro primo caso di Sindrome da Ipersensibilità Elettromagnetica!
L’episodio in questione è andato in onda il 2 agosto 2016.
Anche se nella vita reale le persone con la EHS sono costrette ad auto-diagnosticarsi la malattia perché i medici non sono ancora addestrati a riconoscerla, questa serie televisiva fornisce alcuni messaggi importanti:
– presentando la EHS come qualcosa di reale (e non psicologico) che deve essere preso sul serio,
– evidenziando che la radiazione in RF/Microonde ha effetti biologici,
– dimostrando come identificare la EHS attraverso la eliminazione della esposizione al WiFi,
– sottolineando che i malati di EHS hanno bisogno di ricevere cure mediche in ambienti privi di inquinamento da segnali WiFi.
Ci auguriamo che questa copertura mediatica sensibilizzi l’opinione pubblica, e susciti l’interesse e la discussione sul problema.
This is groundbreaking stuff: the characters of British BBC hospital drama “Holby City” deal with their first case of EHS!
The episode was broadcast on 2nd August 2016.
Although in real life people with EHS are forced to self-diagnose the disease because doctors are not yet trained to recognise it, this TV soap provides some important messages by:
– presenting EHS as something real (not psychological) that needs to be taken seriously,
– underlining that RF/Microwave radiation has got biological effects,
– demonstrating how to identify EHS by removing the WiFi exposure,
– pointing out that EHS people need to have medical treatment in WiFi-free areas.
We hope that this media coverage will raise public awareness, and it will spark interest and discussion about the issue.
http://bit.ly/2aoDizC – The BBC, writers and actors, put a health issue in the public eye that has been swept under the carpet for way too long. The suffering of those with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity was displayed and thereby making viewers aware that even when test show a person is perfectly healthy, life changing symptoms can be experienced.
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) is a situation where people can react in small or large measures to small exposure to EMF radiation produced by sources like:
– Electrical wiring
– Mobile phone towers
– Wireless devices and cell phones
– Airport navigation systems
– microwave ovens
– smart meters
and much more.
Watch this episode’s content about electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and read our review on our website.
Thank you BBC for having the back bone to put on something controversial. It will help those silently suffering to recognize their symptoms and seek help.
[L’ALTA CORTE SPAGNOLA RICONOSCE LA DISABILITA’ PER EHS IN UN LAVORATORE.
Un altro passo in avanti per i malati di Elettrosensibilità: dopo la Francia, anche in Spagna c’è stato un riconoscimento ufficiale della malattia, questa volta in un ingegnere delle telecomunicazioni.
Significativo è il fatto che gli sia stata riconosciuta una disabilità totale.
Ricordiamo che in Italia, e ancora di più nel Mondo, gli Elettrosensibili sono numerosi.
Alcuni di questi hanno una Elettrosensibilità talmente grave da costringerli a vivere in condizioni di totale isolamento per sfuggire all’onnipresente Inquinamento Elettromagnetico. La cosa, inevitabilmente, porta a tremende situazioni di disagio sociale (per l’impossibilità di frequentare i normali ambienti di vita) ed economico (per l’impossibilità di lavorare).
Poiché la malattia non è ufficialmente riconosciuta, questi malati non possono contare su alcun tipo di aiuto o tutela.
Abbandonati a loro stessi, privati dei diritti umani fondamentali e della dignità, trascorrono le giornate nella solitudine e nella sofferenza.]
El TSJ de Madrid reconoce el derecho a una prestación que le negó el INSS
Un ingeniero de telecomunicaciones que trabajaba en Ericsson y sufre electrohipersensibilidad, un síndrome neurológico que se dispara al exponerse a ordenadores, wifis, teléfonos móviles y espacios en general con alta actividad eléctrica y electromagnética, ha logrado que el Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Madrid le reconozca que no puede seguir ejerciendo su profesión sin enfermar y tiene derecho por ello a una prestación por incapacidad. El Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social (INSS) se lo negó hace dos años amparándose en la dificultad para probar la existencia de ese síndrome.
“Es la primera incapacidad total que hemos conseguido debida exclusivamente a este síndrome”, explica el abogado Jaume Cortés, del Col·lectiu Ronda. El INSS consideraba que era imposible determinar las limitaciones funcionales derivadas de este síndrome de electrosensibilidad basándose en informes de la Organización Mundial de la Salud sobre “la heterogeneidad y vaguedad de sus síntomas”.
“Hablar por el móvil me provocaba acúfenos y dolor de cabeza en menos de un minuto. Pero además del oído enrojecido por el móvil, apenas conseguía dormir, me volví agresivo hasta llegar a provocar accidentes , estaba hundido y mi cerebro cada vez iba más lento. Llegué a olvidar el nombre de amigos de toda la vida. Todo junto aumentó la depresión, la ansiedad…”, explica Ricardo de Francisco, el ingeniero de telecomunicaciones de 47 años a quien todo lo inalámbrico le lleva a
un amplio y cada vez más diverso sufrimiento. Al principio pensó que era un problema de salud mental, pero los especialistas se lo descartaron. “Pero mi tiroides se normalizó en cuanto estuve un mes sin trabajar, y lo mismo pasaba con otras partes de mi cuerpo”.
En Ericsson –tras un periodo de bajas en las que no se reconocía este síndrome, “no existe, me decía mi doctora del servicio médico”– le acabaron despidiendo precisamente por electrosensibilidad. No había ningún sitio libre de ondas en la empresa ni tareas telemáticas que pudieran reducir el riesgo de la responsabilidad de la compañía en su salud.
Se fue al paro y reclamó la incapacidad: “¿Dónde puedo ir a trabajar que no haya un router?”. Primero se la denegaron y ahora la ha logrado por vía judicial. No puede trabajar. Ni puede usar transportes públicos, entre otras razones, porque la sensibilización va ampliándose a sustancias químicas. “Estudio pueblos a los que poder trasladarme, pero les ha dado por poner wifi en las calles”.
Vive en Madrid y por la calle busca antenas. En casa, teléfono fijo y un móvil GSM, con muchos menos megahercios que los móviles que hacen de todo. “No es fácil encontrar esa información. En las tiendas alucinan con la pregunta . Hay que buscar el índice SAR”. Su móvil usa una frecuencia menor y lleva apagadas todas las posibles conexiones inalámbricas. Lo utiliza con auriculares porque llegan menos ondas y es posible reducir aún más el efecto con unos alargadores que emiten al final con aire, “pero es difícil encontrarlos”.
En el caso del teleco madrileño, la clave de la sentencia favorable ha sido contar con un informe de la sanidad pública, en esta ocasión, el de un internista estudioso del tema del hospital de Guadalajara.“Es la historia de todas estas enfermedades, no existen hasta que los afectados reclaman y un juez las reconoce y se convierten en noticia”, explica el abogado del Col·lectiu Ronda. Pasó con la fibromialgia, con la fatiga crónica –“hoy ya tenemos unas 300 invalideces reconocidas por esta causa”–, con la sensibilidad química múltiple, “unas 50 ganadas”. Ahora le toca a la electrosensibilidad.
[This is the auto-translation of the Spanish article into English. It’s not great, but you’ll get the gist of it.]
A ‘teleco’ electrosensitivity achieved with the inability to work between wifis
The TSJ of Madrid recognizes the right to a benefit denied the INSS
A telecommunications engineer who worked at Ericsson and sufferselectrohipersensibilidad, a neurological syndrome that is triggered when exposed to computers, wifis, mobile phones and spaces in general with high electrical and electromagnetic activity, has made the High Court of Madrid recognizes him which can not continue to exercise their profession without becoming ill and therefore is entitled to a disability benefit.The National Institute of Social Security (INSS) was denied two years ago citing the difficulty in proving the existence of this syndrome.
“This is the first we have achieved total disability due exclusively to this syndrome,” says attorney Jaume Cortés, the Col·lectiu Ronda.The INSS considered it impossible to determine the resulting functional limitations of this syndrome electrosensitivity based on reports from the World Health Organization on “the heterogeneity and vagueness of its symptoms.”
“Using a mobile phone caused me tinnitus and headache in less than a minute.But besides the ear flushed mobile, could barely sleep, I turned aggressive even cause accidents, was sunk and my brain was getting slower.I came to forget the name of lifelong friends.All together increased depression, anxiety … “explains Ricardo de Francisco, telecommunications engineer 47 who all wireless leads to a large and increasingly diverse suffering.At first he thought it was a mental health problem, but experts dismissed it.“But my thyroid was normal as was a month without work, and so did other parts of my body.”
In Ericsson -after a period of declines in this syndrome is not recognized, “does not exist, my doctor told me the medical service” – ran out precisely by laying off electrosensitivity.There was no free site waves in the company or data communications tasks that could reduce the risk of liability of the company’s health.
He went to unemployment and the inability claimed: “Where I can go to work do not have a router?”.They first denied the application and now has achieved through the courts.It can not work.Nor can use public transportation, among other reasons, because awareness is expanding to chemicals.“Study people they can move, but has given them to put wifi in the streets.”
She lives in Madrid and down the street looking antennas.At home landline and a mobile GSM, with far fewer megahertz phones that do everything.“It’s not easy to find that information.In stores they hallucinate with the question.We must find the SAR “.Your phone uses a lower frequency and takes you off all possible wireless connections.Use with headphones because they reach less waves and may further reduce the effect with some extension cords that emit air at the end, “but it is hard to find.”
In the case of Madrid teleco, the key favorable judgment has been to have a report of public health, on this occasion, a scholar internist hospital theme of Guadalajara. “It is the history of all these diseases, not there until those affected claim and a judge recognizes and become news, “says attorney Col·lectiu Ronda.It happened with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue – “today we have about 300 disabilities recognized by this cause” – with multiple chemical sensitivity, “some 50 won”.Now it’s up to electrosensitivity.
The following letter (sent to the Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson, and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on 15 June 2016) has generated an overwhelming response from people all over the world. Many of them have electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), but some of them are discovering this information for the first time and are alarmed by how much it has been distorted, downplayed and denied by those elected to protect our well-being. They have shared their own personal stories and some of them have also written to Robertson, as well as their own elected officials, expressing their concerns and calling for this issue to be urgently addressed.
The letter has gone viral, reaching thousands of people. It has been shared on social media, distributed on various networks, sent out in newsletters and its content re-purposed for other cities.
The information contained in this document applies to most developed countries, since Wi-Fi, cell phones and cordless phones are everywhere, saturating our environment with rapidly rising levels of radiation that’s affecting more and more people every day. I encourage you to share it as widely as you can, even if you are not personally (or knowingly) affected.
The more people I speak to about this, the more I (and they) realize that we’re all affected, in some way—some so severely that they can no longer function normally. I receive letters every day from those who are desperate for a solution and a safe place to live. I hear horror stories—a teenager committing suicide because she’s been forced to sit beside a Wi-Fi router at school, even though it makes her seriously ill; adults who have taken their own lives because there is nowhere for them to lead a normal life; and a 10-year-old boy who can no longer go to school as the Wi-Fi causes blinding headaches and makes him vomit. (For a list of symptoms of electromagnetic intolerance, see page 13.)
As much as 50% of the population in many developed countries will be affected by electromagnetic radiation by 2017.
The questions on pages 20 & 21 raise some key issues that politicians, decision-makers and Internet service-providers have an obligation to answer—but will be unable to, since the proliferation of electromagnetic radiation is now so vast and is escalating so rapidly that there is no way to measure, monitor or contain it.
As of 3 July 2016, I had not yet received a reply from Robertson or Trudeau, but I will be following up with them personally, sharing the many stories and messages I’ve received and alerting them to the growing public awareness of what’s really going on. Change will come as a result of your involvement. There is a tipping point for everything—your tolerance for the rising radiation, as well as the pressure we can collectively bring to bear on those tasked to protect our health, safety, human rights and natural environment.
L’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (ANSES) invite à une consultation publique de son rapport prédéfinitif sur l’électrosensibilité intitulé « hypersensibilité électromagnétique ou intolérance environnementale idiopathique attribuée aux champs électromagnétiques ».
La sensibilité aux ondes électromagnétiques est un sujet qui revient régulièrement sur le métier des experts de l’ANSES qui avaient remis un premier rapport « Radiofréquence et santé » en octobre 2013, suivi d’un autre, plus récent, mettant en avant un possible effet des radiofréquences sur la cognition des enfants.
Suite à son rapport de 2013, dans lequel l’agence estimait que la littérature ne permettait pas de trancher clairement le débat de la nocivité supposée attribuée aux radiofréquences, l’ANSES a été saisie par des associations d’hypersensibles pour approfondir son travail sur la question du syndrome de l’hypersensibilité aux ondes électromagnétiques.
Le rapport prédéfinitif ne propose en l’état ni synthèse ni conclusions ou recommandations qui seront rédigées après la consultation publique. Les auteurs tentent cependant de classifier les différents troubles attribués aux ondes électromagnétiques, et notent qu’aucun test biologique n’est apparu comme pouvant entrer dans la constitution d’un ensemble de critères diagnostiques. D’un point de vue épidémiologique, le rapport estime à 5 % en moyenne la prévalence des personnes se déclarant hypersensibles aux champs électromagnétiques. Le rapport explore aussi les explications médicales des syndromes d’électrosensibilité.
[“Searching for a Golden Cage” è uno dei più recenti docufilm sulla difficile realtà quotidiana di chi è affetto da Sindrome da Ipersensibilità Elettromagnetica (EHS), costretto a vivere in un mondo sempre più saturo di Radiofrequenze/Microonde.]
Thank you ‘The Doctors’ for reporting this important subject.
I suffer from this condition and I know of many other people who also suffer. Besides being called Electro Hyper-Sensitivity, it is also known as Radio Wave Sickness and Microwave Sickness and was first reported in a German Scientific Paper in 1929 when the exposure was from AM radio transmitters. The condition became more well known during the Second World War when aircraft radar technicians became ill from microwave radiation transmitted from the equipment that they were working on.
There are thousands of scientific papers which show that electro magnetic radiation causes serious biological effects and it is linked to many illnesses including several different cancers. A good place to learn more about the many adverse health effects can be found in the Bio Initiative Report www.bioinitiative.org This is a report by nineteen scientists and ten medical specialists who have researched masses of scientific reports.