Debbie Bird, allergica alla tecnologia della vita moderna, costretta a rinunciare al cellulare, forno a microonde e internet

[Articolo molto datato comunque utile da leggere. E’ una libera traduzione dall’Inglese, quindi l’Italiano è un po’ stentato ma è comprensibile.

Si parlava di casi di Elettrosensibilità già quasi dieci anni fa, descritti come condizioni molto rare e dovute a qualcosa (i Campi Elettromagnetici) la  cui pericolosità veniva negata.

Eppure le prove della pericolosità c’erano già allora, solo che allora era ancora possibile permettersi di negare o minimizzare il problema.

Adesso sta diventando sempre più complicato farlo, innanzitutto perché le prove della pericolosità dei Campi Elettromagnetici si sono arricchite di ulteriori studi, inoltre molte vecchie prove prima occultate sono state recuperate, e poi negli ultimi anni sempre più persone si sono ammalate di Elettrosensibilità  in modo anche grave.

Si tratta di invalidi sotto ogni punto di vista, i quali sebbene adesso stiano soffrendo nell’indifferenza di tutti, in futuro necessariamente graveranno sulla società, perché prima o poi non si potrà più negare il problema e qualcuno dovrà prendersi carico di tutte queste persone la cui vita è stata distrutta dagli interessi economici dietro al business del Wireless.

Non sarà cosa facile, perché ci si troverà a dover risarcire danni biologici (soprattutto quello genotossico), danni materiali (molti malati hanno dovuto vendersi tutto per sopravvivere, inoltre ci sono i mancati guadagni derivanti dalla impossibilità di lavorare, senza contare le spese affrontate per curarsi e proteggersi) e danni morali (dovuti all’isolamento forzato, che ha portato a dover rinunciare alle relazioni sociali ed in molti casi anche a dover rinunciare a crearsi una famiglia, cosa che già di per sé è devastante).

Ci chiediamo fino a che punto si dovrà arrivare prima di porre fine a questa follia, che si sta configurando come la più spaventosa emergenza sanitaria, sociale ed economica che il mondo dovrà affrontare.]

22 Marzo 2007 – “virtualblognews.altervista.org”, di Pino Silvestri

Debbie Bird, inglese di 39 anni, è diventata allergica alla tecnologia della vita moderna. Non può avvicinarsi ai computers, ai cellulari, forni a microonde, in sostanza a quasi tutto quello che la moderna tecnologia sforna giornalmente. Ha problemi anche con alcune automobili equipaggiate con componenti elettronici. Il suo corpo reagisce con chiazze cutanee dolorose e rigonfiamento delle palpebre.
Debbie Bird, racconta:
“La mia vita è stata influenzata seriamente dai campi elettromagnetici. Adesso non possiedo il microonda, non posso utilizzare il cellulare e il cordless, ho un televisore con lo schermo al plasma perché quello con il tubo catodico ha scatenato l’allergia. Non posso utilizzare la Bmw super elettronica di un amico, appena salgo in macchina mi viene l’emicrania e formicolio. Problemi anche quando devo andare a fare acquisti, non posso entrare in luoghi come Starbucks (catena internazionale di caffetterie), perché hanno postazioni internet Wi-Fi”.
La signora Bird, ha avvertito il problema allergico alle onde elettromagnetiche quando si è trasferita con il marito e la figlia Antonia, in un moderno appartamento a Bowden (Manchester).  Ignorava che tutti i suoi vicini abitavano in appartamenti  con collegamenti internet senza fili e cordless.
“Inizialmente non potevo dormire” – racconta la signora Bird -, “la mia pelle reagiva con sensazioni di bruciore in faccia e sui gomiti, sulla fronte si era formata una severa allergia” [v. foto].
Una visita medica da un esperto dermatologo, cure senza nessun beneficio per la severità dell’allergia, consigliarono la signora Bird e il marito, a trasferirsi a Manchester Hale.
Prima di insediarsi nel nuovo appartamento, i coniugi Bird, hanno fatto controllare da un esperto la presenza delle onde elettromagnetiche.
L’appartamento è stato completamento isolato con alcuni accorgimenti:
– pellicola protettiva sulle finestre;
– vernice nera del carbonio alle pareti per deviare i raggi nocivi;
– tende della camera placcate d’argento;
– sotto alla rete del letto, una zanzariera con fitte maglie metalliche placcate d’argento, anche questa per proteggere dalle radiazioni.
La signora Bird, ha detto che proteggere l’appartamento dalle radiazioni elettromagnetiche, ha richiesto un costo di una certa importanza, ma n’è valsa la pena: le sue chiazze cutanee sono sparite, non ha più difficoltà per dormire.
Ufficialmente nel Regno Unito, l’elettrosensibilità (es), non è considerata un problema medico, nessuna prova scientifica per sostenere un collegamento fra campi elettromagnetici e problemi di salute: quando insorgono, sono attribuiti a sintomi psicosomatici, collegati a influenza e virus e non ai campi elettromagnetici. Molti non  concordano, tra questi, Rod Read, direttore della “Electro-Sensitivity UK”:
“Ho visto centinaia di persone manifestare i sintomi tipici dell’allergia ai campi elettromagnetici. Purtroppo, è una malattia che è “nascosta” dai governi, in combutta con le aziende elettroniche, perché temono che la popolazione può allarmarsi nel venire a conoscenza che i cellulari e i forni a microonde sono pericolosi per la salute.
Nel passato molti medici attribuivano i sintomi all’influenza, ora, grazie a Debbie Bird, la patologia è chiara, i campi elettromagnetici possono minare psicologicamente e fisicamente la vita umana.
Liberamente tradotto da DailyMail

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E’ allergica alle automobili La singolare malattia di Debbie

[Articolo molto datato comunque utile da leggere.

Si parlava di casi di Elettrosensibilità già quasi dieci anni fa, descritti come condizioni molto rare e dovute a qualcosa (i Campi Elettromagnetici) la  cui pericolosità veniva negata.

Eppure le prove della pericolosità c’erano già allora, solo che allora era ancora possibile permettersi di negare o minimizzare il problema.

Adesso sta diventando sempre più complicato farlo, innanzitutto perché le prove della pericolosità dei Campi Elettromagnetici si sono arricchite di ulteriori studi, inoltre molte vecchie prove prima occultate sono state recuperate, e poi negli ultimi anni sempre più persone si sono ammalate di Elettrosensibilità  in modo anche grave.

Si tratta di invalidi sotto ogni punto di vista, i quali sebbene adesso stiano soffrendo nell’indifferenza di tutti, in futuro necessariamente graveranno sulla società, perché prima o poi non si potrà più negare il problema e qualcuno dovrà prendersi carico di tutte queste persone la cui vita è stata distrutta dagli interessi economici dietro al business del Wireless.

Non sarà cosa facile, perché ci si troverà a dover risarcire danni biologici (soprattutto quello genotossico), danni materiali (molti malati hanno dovuto vendersi tutto per sopravvivere, inoltre ci sono i mancati guadagni derivanti dalla impossibilità di lavorare, senza contare le spese affrontate per curarsi e proteggersi) e danni morali (dovuti all’isolamento forzato, che ha portato a dover rinunciare alle relazioni sociali ed in molti casi anche a dover rinunciare a crearsi una famiglia, cosa che già di per sé è devastante).

Ci chiediamo fino a che punto si dovrà arrivare prima di porre fine a questa follia, che si sta configurando come la più spaventosa emergenza sanitaria, sociale ed economica che il mondo dovrà affrontare.]

26 Marzo 2007 – “www.repubblica.it”

I campi elettromagnetici le provocano un doloroso arrossamento della pelle
e forte lacrimazione. E deve vivere in campagna in una villa speciale

Se c’è gente che dell’auto non può fare a meno Debbie Bird invece deve assolutamente evitarle: i campi elettromagnetici le provocano un doloroso arrossamento della pelle e forte lacrimazione.

“Non posso più fare cose che fino a poco fa davo per scontate”, ha dichiarato Bird, 39 anni, al ‘Daily Mail’. “La mia vita di tutti i giorni era fortemente influenzata da (strumenti che emanano) campi elettromagnetici”.
“Non posso entrare nell’auto dei miei amici. Altrimenti inizio subito ad avere mal di testa e la pelle del viso mi brucia”, ha aggiunto. “Anche fare shopping è diventato un problema. Non posso andare in posti come Starbucks dove sono installati strumenti wi-fi”.

Bird ha capito di essere sensibile alle onde elettromagnetiche lo scorso anno quando traslocò assieme a suo marito e a sua figlia Antonia a Bowdon, 25 chilometri a sud-ovest di Manchester. Ben presto si accorse, dalle reazioni della sua pelle, che i suoi vicini utilizzavano telefoni portatili e connessione ad internet senza filo.

“All’inizio non riuscivo a dormire”, ha raccontato la donna. “Poi ho iniziato ad avere delle reazioni sulla pelle. Sentivo una sensazione di bruciore al viso, sulla fronte e sui gomiti”.

Bird consultò un dermatologo ma alla fine l’unica soluzione fu di trasferirsi in una nuova casa nella vicina Hale. Qui dovette spendere oltre 3.000 sterline (4.500 euro) per eliminare dalla sua nuova abitazione ogni tipo di campo elettromagnetico.

I muri sono stati dipinti con vernice al nerofumo e le finestre sono state isolate con una pellicola protettiva. Inoltre, lei e suo marito Tony, 45 anni, dormono in un letto protetto da una zanzariera in silver plate che respinge le onde elettromagnetiche. Nel Regno Unito ufficialmente non esiste una malattia che implica sensibilità alle onde elettromagnetiche. Secondo i medici non ci sono prove sufficienti che queste ultime provochino danni alla salute.
(26 marzo 2007)

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EMFs: sense and sensitivity

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But countering this are the thousands of case studies of people who suddenly suffered fatigue or concentration problems without ever knowing they were in an environment of high EMF levels. In Sweden alone, which has some of the highest reported rates in Europe along with Germany and Denmark, around 250,000 people were identified as EHS sufferers in 2004, while it’s less prevalent in the UK, Austria and France.

Independent research studies are also starting to come down on the side that EHS is very real. One report—entitled ‘Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: fact or fiction?’—decided that it is, indeed, a fact. And more tellingly, the lead author, Professor Stephen Genuis at the University of Alberta in Canada, concluded that “many scientists now recognize that hypersensitivity to EMR (electromagnetic radiation) can be a debilitating medical condition that is affecting increasing numbers of people throughout the world”]

May 2016 (Vol. 27 Issue 2) – “www.wddty.com”, by Bryan Hubbard



Health agencies are in denial over the existence of EHS—electromagnetic hypersensitivity—and especially that EMFs from PCs, mobile phones, Wi-Fi and power lines could be to blame

It’s called ‘electromagnetic hypersensitivity’ (EHS)—a collection of symptoms that range from headaches, concentration problems and insomnia to skin irritation and fatigue. Yet despite the name, the World Health Organization (WHO) and most of the world’s major governments don’t accept that it’s caused by electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from electrical appliances, computers, mobile phones and masts, and power lines.

And there’s only a grudging acceptance that EHS is even a genuine health problem. If it does exist, it affects only around 1 per cent of a population, while the general view is that it’s a problem more in the mind of the sufferer. Sceptics point to studies where EHS sufferers responded more strongly to devices that weren’t emitting EMFs than those that were. Some psychologists have even classified it as an escape from the tensions and pace of the modern world.

So what’s the official line on the causes of EHS? According to the WHO, doctors who have an EHS patient should first order full psychiatric or psychological tests. If the patient isn’t mentally unstable, the EHS could be the result of indoor pollution, excessive noise, poor lighting or flickering fluorescent tubes.

But countering this are the thousands of case studies of people who suddenly suffered fatigue or concentration problems without ever knowing they were in an environment of high EMF levels. In Sweden alone, which has some of the highest reported rates in Europe along with Germany and Denmark, around 250,000 people were identified as EHS sufferers in 2004, while it’s less prevalent in the UK, Austria and France.

Independent research studies are also starting to come down on the side that EHS is very real. One report—entitled ‘Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: fact or fiction?’—decided that it is, indeed, a fact. And more tellingly, the lead author, Professor Stephen Genuis at the University of Alberta in Canada, concluded that “many scientists now recognize that hypersensitivity to EMR (electromagnetic radiation) can be a debilitating medical condition that is affecting increasing numbers of people throughout the world”.1

Follow the money

The cynic might suggest that the reluctance to recognize EHS as a genuine health concern—and EMFs as the cause—boils down to one simple issue: money. Aside from the vast amounts that would have to be paid out in compensation to EHS victims, governments have received enormous sums from the telecoms industry, which has also happened to fund the majority of research that has failed to identify EMFs as a health hazard. The UK government, for instance, garnered £2.3 billion from the auction of the new 4G mobile phone licences in 2013.

But despite the financial pressures, some countries are recognizing EHS as a genuine medical condition. The Swedish government has described it as a “functional impairment”, while Spain has classified it as a “permanent disability” and the Canadian Human Rights Commission includes EHS among a list of environmental sensitivities.

French authorities have gone further and declared EMFs as the cause not only of EHS, but also of various cancers, and small children are especially vulnerable. Last year, they banned the use of Wi-Fi in nursery schools, and ordered that networks be switched off when there are no lessons in schools catering to children aged up to 11. A French court also recognized EHS as a real condition and awarded the 39-year-old claimant, Marine Richard, a £650-a-month disability grant after she described her “allergy” to electronic devices, such as her mobile phone, Wi-Fi router and TV set. Her reactions included heart palpitations, nausea and headaches, and she now lives in a converted barn with no electricity.

Despite its reticence, the WHO has recognized EHS as a “non-specific, multisystem illness”, and has also classified EMFs as possible carcinogens, or cancer-causing agents—although it has stopped short of linking one as a cause of the other.

EHS has even achieved cult status. One of the characters in Better Call Saul, a TV series spin-off of Breaking Bad, is a sufferer who wears a tin-foil sheet when he’s at home.

Do the right thing

Estimates vary for the number of people affected by EHS. Researchers have reckoned that anything from 1 to 8 per cent of a population may be so sensitive that they can’t function properly, while many more could have symptoms, such as insomnia or occasional memory lapses, but never associate them with ‘electrosmog’, as it’s called.

With this build-up of evidence and recognition of EHS by some governments, one group of scientists now wants every major country to accept the dangers of EMFs and limit the exposure of people—and especially children. In 2015, 24 scientists issued a declaration to have EHS “officially recognized” and included in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). They also want government health agencies to adopt simple precautionary measures and warn the public about the potential dangers of EMFs.

In the UK, British doctor Erica Mallery-Blythe has created the organisation PHIRE (Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment), which she hopes will begin to inform the public and get doctors, schools, parents and patients better educated about these risks and working together. “It is impossible” she states, “for individuals to give informed consent, when they are not informed”.

Here in the UK, we use the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) safety guidelines that were devised in 1998 to protect against tissue heating (thermal) effects. But, argues Dr. Mallery-Blythe those standards are obsolete and based on science that has been undermined by thousands of studies that demonstrate serious non-thermal biological effects at intensities far below this level. Other countries, and most other members of the EU, have abandoned the ICNIRP guidelines for far lower safety levels of radiation. She hopes that the UK will take urgent action to protect their citizens as other nations are now doing

So what’s safe?

We’re surrounded by EMFs and always have been. The light from the sun and the earth’s magnetic field are two sources, but from the beginning of the previous century—with the introduction of the electric light bulb and electrical appliances in the home—our exposure started to increase. Today, we live in the electrosmog coming from TVs, power lines, PCs and laptops, Wi-Fi and routers, and mobile phones and masts.

Cases similar to EHS symptoms were reported as early as 1932 and they’ve been given a range of labels over the years, such as microwave sickness or syndrome, radio-wave syndrome, EMF intolerance syndrome and rapid ageing syndrome. In the 1960s, workers in the old USSR and Poland who were exposed to EMR reported a range of debilitating symptoms, and similar patterns were seen among military personnel in 1974.

The science supports the idea that these symptoms are not just ‘all in the head’. Studies have found that EMFs can
affect brain activity, while others have noted changes in the body’s cells, reactions that have been objectively measured by scientists.

Although we can all react differently to EMFs, scientists believe that EMF exposure reduces the body’s melatonin levels while raising nitric oxide (NO).2 These changes affect the body’s ability to fight cancer, and can lead to sleeping disorders, increased cholesterol levels and raised blood pressure.

Brain-wave patterns are also altered by EMF exposures. One study found that 45 minutes of exposure to pulsed microwaves affected choline levels in the brains of laboratory rats. Choline is a building block of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that affects memory, intelligence and mood.3 Mobile phones have similar effects. Researchers in Finland found that just 33 minutes of mobile phone use suppressed glucose metabolism in the brain, which suggests that the brain’s neurons become starved of sugar, so leading to concentration, learning and memory problems.4

These physiological changes are also reflected in population studies. One review discovered that eight out of 10 studies of communities living less than 500 metres from a mobile-phone base station reported an increase in neurobehavioural symptoms and in cancer. Yet, the exposure to EMF radiation in each case was well within the current safety levels.5

Symptoms like headaches, poor concentration and irritability also got worse the closer a person was to a base station.6 And one Austrian study found an association between levels of high-frequency EMFs (like those used in mobile phones) in bedrooms and symptoms like headaches and concentration difficulties.7

Dr Mallery-Blythe describes the rise of EMFs as “the largest change to the earth’s electromagnetic environment that has ever taken place in human history”. Unless we act, she echoes the fears of experts who predict that this could become “the greatest public health disaster in planetary history”.

Paying the piper

Health agencies have pretty much relied on the 13-country Interphone Study results as a gauge of health hazards with mobile-phone use. Its various studies have consistently found no risk, and one even suggested that the devices can protect against brain cancer.

The study was partly funded by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF) and the Global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA), two groups that stand to benefit from positive results.

But funding seems to have skewed the results, as a team of independent researchers from the Republic of Korea found when they took another look at the findings. On analyzing only the independent studies—and putting to one side the Interphone trials, which the researchers said were of very poor quality—they discovered that continual use of a mobile phone for 10 years or longer increased the chances of developing a brain tumour by up to 34 per cent.1

This funding effect was also identified by researchers from the University of Berne, Switzerland, who found that studies paid for by the telecoms industry were the least likely to report any significant effect of exposure compared with those paid for by charities or other independent agencies.2

Dr Mallory-Blythe will be giving a talk on EMFs and the possible dangers to our health at a public meeting at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, 41 Riding House Street, London W1W 7BE, on 7 June 2016. The talk will start at 6.30 pm. Tickets: £15; www.naturopathy-uk.com/events/events-special-uk/#emblon

Useful resources

• Dr Mallery-Blythe’s PHIRE website: www.phiremedical.org

• Powerwatch, an independent research and advocacy group: www.powerwatch.org.uk

• Radiation Research Trust, a research group exploring the dangers of EMFs: www.radiationresearch.org


References

Main article

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1 Sci Total Environ, 2012; 414: 103–12
2 Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2005; 132: 713–6
3 Pharmacol Biochem Behav, 1989; 33: 131–8
4 J Cereb Blood Flow Metab, 2011; 31: 2293–301
5 Int J Occup Environ Health, 2010; 16: 263–7
6 Pathol Biol [Paris], 2002; 50: 369–73
7 Occup Environ Med, 2006; 63: 307–13

Paying the piper

References
1 J Clin Oncol, 2009; 27: 5565–72
2 Environ Health Perspect, 2007; 115: 1–4

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Ripetitor non iuvat

2 Maggio 2016 – “www.cosmopolismedia.it”, di Marialaura Garripoli

ripetitoreEssere affetti da “fatica cronica e da elettrosensibilità” a causa dell’esposizione a qualsiasi apparecchiatura elettronica che genera e scatena campi elettromagnetici: una condizione non riconosciuta, men che meno dall’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità.  La storia di Savino e la sua lotta per vedere affermato il diritto alla salute e all’ambiente

di Marialaura Garripoli

Incontro Savino in un tardo pomeriggio. “Per prima cosa,” – mi dice – “spegni il cellulare”. Obbedisco, inevitabilmente, sapendo che per lui è un problema. Un piccolo passo indietro di otto anni: un ristorantino in gestione nella felliniana ed eterna Roma ed il resto del tempo speso per il volontariato. Ma una nuova offerta di lavoro sta per cambiargli la vita, del tutto inconsapevole della svolta che prenderà: entra a far parte di una società appaltatrice per la Apple, la più grande azienda di computer e sistemi operativi. I ritmi sono frenetici, tra software, portate ed impegno sociale. E la stanchezza comincia a farsi sentire; probabilmente, il contraccolpo di questa vita estremamente piena e dei tanti caffè presi per restare attivo. Ma insieme alla stanchezza aumentano i capogiri, gli sbandamenti, i mal di testa, le palpitazioni. Savino va a lavoro e lamenta seri fastidi; torna a casa e sta meglio, se non fosse che sente l’irrefrenabile esigenza di dormire il più possibile. La spossatezza, ormai cronica, non sembra passare; mentre sembrano aumentare anche i disturbi epidermici, rossori ed eritemi al viso. È evidente che qualcosa non va, specie quando sente vicino un cellulare. Aumentano i sintomi, sempre più pressanti: forti acufeni, accentuata astenia e disturbi del linguaggio, dolori muscolari ed articolari, stato confusionale fino alla perdita di coscienza. Ma nessun medico ha una risposta per lui. Da solo, Savino comincia a fare delle ricerche, cercando di capire una plausibile causa dalla quale possano derivare le sue reazioni. Dopo tanti, diversi e diversificati tentativi, nel 2013 incontra il prof. Giuseppe Genovesi, specialista in Endocrinologia, Psichiatria ed Immunologia nonché ricercatore presso il Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale del Policlinico Umberto I dell’Università di Roma “La Sapienza”. Il dottor Genovesi parla chiaro: il paziente è affetto da “fatica cronica e da elettrosensibilità” [(ES) o elettroipersensibilità (EHS), ndr], dovuta all’esposizione a qualsiasi apparecchiatura elettronica che genera e scatena campi elettromagnetici. Tradotto: gran parte di ciò che caratterizza e circonda la nostra vita da terzo millennio. E così, Savino dovrà evitare il contatto diretto, l’esposizione e persino la vicinanza a qualsiasi campo elettromagnetico; ed è ovvio che questa singolare condizione “limita significativamente la sua vita di relazione”, configurando un evidente danno morale (in aggiunta a quello biologico). Di colpo, la disoccupazione; il ritorno in Basilicata, sua terra d’origine, e l’adesione all’Associazione A.M.I.C.A. – Associazione per le Malattie da Intossicazione Cronica e/o Ambientale. “Gli attuali limiti di sicurezza ambientale in Italia e in Europa non tengono sufficientemente conto del Principio di Precauzione e sono fortemente condizionate da principi economici” – si legge sul sito dell’associazione; pertanto, “l’informazione è il solo strumento che i cittadini hanno per proteggersi, per fare scelte avvedute come consumatori e per chiedere ai medici e ai politici una maggiore attenzione verso le cause tossiche ambientali di molte delle malattie più diffuse oggi”.

Una condizione non riconosciuta, men che meno dall’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità (OMS), ma che ha portato il Consiglio d’Europa – il 27 Maggio 2011 (con risoluzione n. 1815) – a considerare ed usare il “principio di precauzione”, prestando “un’attenzione particolare alle persone elettrosensibili che soffrono di una sindrome di intolleranza ai campi elettromagnetici e di introdurre specifiche misure per proteggerli, inclusa la creazione di aree wave-free, non coperte dalle reti wireless”; mentre già nel Dicembre 2006, in seduta plenaria, l’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite adottava la Convenzione con la quale si tutelava chi è affetto da Sensibilità Chimica Multipla, da Elettrosensibilità e da altre forme di disabilità difficilmente diagnosticabili (le cosiddette “disabilità funzionali”). Ma nel suo piccolo, nella sua regione, Savino non molla: nell’Ottobre del 2013, la Regione Basilicata riconosce come rare l’Elettrosensibilità [codice regionale RQG020, ndr], la “Sindrome Gilles de la Tourette, la “Cisti di Tarlov” e la “Sindrome Sistemica da allergie al nichel”, tanto da riconoscerne il diritto all’esenzione dal costo delle relative prestazioni sanitarie. La prima ed unica regione in Italia. Oggi, dopo tutti questi anni, Savino ha imparato (suo malgrado) a convivere con la sua elettroipersensibilità: vive a stretto contatto con la natura, lontano il più possibile da qualsiasi fonte di onde elettromagnetiche; ma mai lontano del tutto. Ha inevitabilmente imparato a gestire la sua condizione. I trascorsi 29 e 30 di Aprile, in tutta risposta all’Internet Day, hanno visto la contromanifestazione simbolica che invita a spegnere il router in favore di salute e ambiente: il Comitato Nazionale “No Wi-Fi Days” ha chiesto alla politica estrema prudenza rispetto alle connessioni senza fili, facendo appello proprio a quella risoluzione del 2011 a firma del Consiglio d’Europa. Per più di qualcuno, i ripetitori non giovano.

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“HOW WE ARE KILLING OURSELVES – THE DANGER OF WIRELESS RADIATION”

13 April 2016 – from a post of Dafna Tachover on her Facebook page

“HOW WE ARE KILLING OURSELVES – THE DANGER OF WIRELESS RADIATION”

An excellent 30 minutes documentary from Israel about the epidemic of Electro-Sensitivity. It was aired last night in prime time with 22% rating! It was supposed to be 10 minutes on ES as part of another film but eventually as they understood the extent of the problem and how important it is to warn the public, they decided to do a 30 minutes documentary only on ES. They explained that at least 800,000 people in Israel, i.e. 10% already suffer from different levels of ES and likely the rates are higher. The gov rep, the 2 clowns who lied to the Israeli Supreme Court admitted that the thermal safety standard is irrelevant…opposite to what they told the Supreme Court. Most importantly, this movie created a lot of buzz, undoubted ES and was another strong warning that radiation harms are not potential but exsting, an in a scale of epidemic. Many participated from Israel and from the US including Jennifer Wood whose testimony is very powerful and Prof. David Carpenter. They also mentioned the tragic story of Jenny Fry, the 15 Y/O from England who committed suicide because of the Wi-Fi in school. Hope to be able to get their permission to put subtitles.

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13 Aprile 2016 – da un post di Dafna Tachover sulla sua pagina Facebook

“COME STIAMO UCCIDENDO NOI STESSI – I PERICOLI DELLA RADIAZIONE WIRELESS”

Un ottimo documentario di 30 minuti da Israele riguardo all’epidemia di Elettrosensibilità (ES). E ‘stato mandato in onda ieri sera in prima serata con uno share del 22%! La parte sulla ES doveva durare 10 minuti come parte di un altro filmato, ma alla fine, poiché è stata capita l’entità del problema e quanto sia importante mettere in guardia l’opinione pubblica, hanno deciso di fare un documentario di 30 minuti solo sulla ES. Hanno spiegato che almeno 800.000 persone in Israele, vale a dire il 10%, già soffrono a diversi livelli di ES e probabilmente i tassi sono anche più alti. I rappresentanti governativi, i 2 clown che avevano mentito alla Corte Suprema israeliana, hanno ammesso che gli standard di sicurezza basati su criteri termici sono inappropriati… l’opposto di quello che avevano detto alla Corte Suprema. Ancora più importante, questo filmato ha creato un sacco di brusio, ha fatto uscire dal dubbio la ES ed è stato un altro forte avvertimento che i danni da radiazioni non sono potenziali, ma esistenti, e in una scala di epidemia. Molti hanno partecipato da Israele e dagli Stati Uniti tra cui Jennifer Wood, la cui testimonianza è molto potente, e il Prof. David Carpenter. Hanno inoltre menzionato la tragica storia di Jenny Fry, la quindicenne dall’Inghilterra che si è suicidata a causa del Wi-Fi a scuola. Spero di essere in grado di ottenere il loro permesso di mettere i sottotitoli.

Click on the image below to watch the video/ Cliccare sulla immagine sottostante per vedere il filmato:

Elettrosensibili


===UPDATE===

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1 May 2016

Amir Borenstein added English subtitles to the YouTube video of Israel CH2 Documentary – “How do we kill our self – Radiation”.

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1 maggio 2016

Amir Borenstein ha aggiunto i sottotitoli in Inglese nel video YouTube della trasmissione di cui sopra.

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“Wired Health Now 2016” Battles “Wi-Fi Now 2016”

13 April 2016 – “www.odwyerpr.com”, by 

Wi-Fi Now 2016Advocates for healthy practices for cellphones, computers and other devices have organized “Wired Health Now 2016” April 19-21 to offset “Wi-Fi Now 2016” in Tysons Corner, Va., on the same dates.

“Wired Health” will be a cyber conference with dozens of participants not only from the U.S. but Canada, U.K., France, Germany and other countries.

An agenda is being drawn up to compete with the agenda of “Wi-Fi Now 2016” which has 60+ speakers.

BULLETIN: After accepting a press reservation for O’Dwyer’s, Heidi Jepsen, chief administrator of Wi-Fi Now 2016, today said no O’Dwyer reporter will be allowed to cover the conference, cancelling the reservation.

Attempts to place health advocate speakers on the Wi-Fi conference have been rebuffed by the organizers.

Claus Hetting
Claus Hetting

Claus Hetting, CEO and chairman of Wi-Fi Now and CEO of Hetting Consulting, Arhus, Denmark, told this website that the conference “is not a forum for discussing health issues of any kind.”

Health Concerns Cited by EHS Victim

An immediate response went to Hetting from Norm Ryder of Canada, who has electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). Ryder wrote:

“I understand you think health concerns about Wi-Fi are groundless and not founded in science.  There are literally thousands of peer reviewed scientific papers on the subject and the overwhelming weight of evidence supports the contention that low levels of radiation are harmful.

“The level of radiation is many orders of magnitude higher than historic natural levels and the radiation is different today than the natural radiation. Most man made radiation today is digital, pulsed and modulated, historically it has been none of these.

”In addition the radiation is polarized today, naturally it is not, and we are also frequently within the near and intermediate field zones of radiation where there can be spectacular peaks of radiation. Man made radiation is an entirely different beast from the minuscule  natural radiation mankind has evolved with.

“As a person with EHS, I am well aware of the various illnesses and poor health experiences I and many others feel when subjected to electromagnetic radiation. The two videos below cover some of the issues of electromagnetic radiation to a greater depth

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: What it is like to live with it.

The highly dangerous and unpredictable zones around Cell Towers, Cell Phones other radiating devices

Cordially, Norm Ryder

FCC Commissioner, Porn on Program

Speakers on the Wi-Fi Now program include Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcellwho will provide a “Fireside Chat.”

Jessica RosenworcelOrganizers of Wired Health Now 2016 say they will seek to have an FCC commissioner speak at their conference.

Another session will explore “Why porn free Wi-Fi in America is possible and profitable.” Speaking will be Donna Rice Hughes of Enough is Enough and Friendly Wi-Fi.

She has been advocating an internet that would be safer for children and families since 1994 and has appeared on more than 4,000 outlets as an expert on internet safety, child sexual exploitation, prevention, digital technology, public policy, family issues and cyber-parenting. She has testified to committees of the Senate and House orf Representatives.

Other speakers include executives of Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Core Networks for Carrier Wi-Fi Everywhere, Time Warner Cable, Oracle and WiFiForward.

Oregon Candidate Focuses on Wi-Fi and Children

David Morrison, candidate for the Portland City Council, is basing his campaign on his effort to curb use of Wi-Fi in schools. His website says the following:

“Microwave radiation from wireless devices is a serious public health issue that should be investigated by the City Council who should then inform the public of their findings.

“The health and genetic integrity of our children should not be compromised by industry pressure and financial kickbacks. School officials may be personally liable in eventual lawsuits for physical damage caused by chronic Wi-Fi radiation exposure in schools. Telecommunications industries are no longer eligible for liability insurance.

“Oregon House Bill 3350 introduced in 2015 would require that parents, teachers and school employees be advised that the World Health Organization has determined microwave radiation from Wi-Fi and cell towers in schools is a Class 2B carcinogen.”

Zonya Marcenaro Townsend, a candidate for the Board of Education in Orange County, Calif., has said she supports removal of Wi-Fi from schools and replacement with hard wiring. She has received support from the National Assn. for Children and Safe Technology.

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“School Wi-Fi led to the death of my child” says mother

11 March 2016 – “Safe Tech For Schools

A teenager committed suicide after her wireless sensitivity was not adequately dealt with by the school. News Report from December 2015.

Electromagnetic Radiation: A Modern Health Hazard?

5 April 2016 – “www.camexpo.co.uk”, by Dr Erica Mallery Blythe

We are currently witnessing the largest change to the Earth’s electromagnetic environment that has ever taken place in human history. Given that basic household electricity, which was the first anthropogenic (man-made) electromagnetic field (EMF), only became prolific during the twentieth century, artificial EMF has barely seen one generation from cradle to grave. The use of higher frequency microwave devices such as mobile telephony, Wi-Fi and smart meters, have suddenly become commonplace, despite serious health concerns.  Could this be the greatest public health disaster in human history?

Devices that emit RF radiation

Common devices that emit RF radiation include (but not exclusively) DECT phones , Wi-Fi routers, wireless computers, E-readers  and VDUs, Bluetooth, security systems, fluorescent lighting, Smart meters, RFID tags and systems and a range of novel gadgets including wearables that appear in shops on a daily basis .

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines devised in 1998   are currently used in the UK as a ‘safe limit’ for exposure, even thought they were not designed for this purpose. They protect against thermally induced (tissue heating) damage but not the ‘non-thermal’ effects which occur at much lower intensities.  Many thousands of papers  now demonstrate serious biological effects at non-thermal levels, orders of magnitude below current ICNIRP guidelines, but despite this, appropriate ‘biologically based’ protective safety limits have not been provided in the UK. In addition to neglecting non-thermal effects, these guidelines also fail to take into account cumulative effects, modulation effects, interference effects, reflection/conduction effects, frequency and intensity windows, chemical synergy and other important characteristics now known to enhance biological disruption.  Many other countries have chosen to adopt more biologically protective safety limits far below that of the UK.

Health Concerns

In 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified radio/microwave frequency radiation as Group 2B ‘Possibly carcinogenic to humans’. Worryingly, some of those on the IARC panel and other scientists have since publicly voiced their belief that the category should have been Group 2A “Probably carcinogenic to humans”, or Group 1 ‘Carcinogenic to humans’.  Acoustic neuroma and glioma (a rapidly progressive fatal brain cancer) satisfy the Hill criteria for causality from radiofrequency (RF) exposure.

Cancer risk, however is just one of many potential health concerns such as infertility, ADHD, insomnia, headaches, palpitations, dementia etc. Some sensitive individuals are experiencing constellations of symptoms that they may develop rapidly on exposure to any of the different devices. These individuals have a condition referred to as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity or EHS.

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)

What should you know about EHS to help your clients protect themselves?

Definition:

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a multisystemic condition, characterised by an awareness and/or adverse symptomatology in response to even extremely weak (orders of magnitude below current safety levels) electromagnetic fields of multiple types (in terms of frequency, intensity and waveforms). All life is electrosensitive to some degree and thresholds for conscious perception vary depending on age, gender and individual physiology. Testing on both the general population and those with EHS clearly reveals that there is a far broader range of EMF sensitivity than previously assumed and sub groups of extremely hypersensitive subjects exist.

Common symptoms include:

Headaches, dizziness, sleep disturbance, sensory up-regulation, palpitations, unusual pain in multiple sites, visual disturbance, auditory disturbance (especially tinnitus), membrane sensitivity, muscle twitching, dermatological complaints, parasthesias, hyperactivity /fatigue (depends on adrenal status/stage of EHS), restless leg syndrome, memory/concentration disturbance and anxiety. Psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety and depression are likely to be secondary to the physiological effects and socioeconomic sequelae but are also known symptoms of EMF exposure in their own right. Interestingly, with good avoidance, symptoms tend to disappear in the reverse order that they accumulated.

Characterised by multiple sensory up-regulation:

Up-regulation of all senses is commonly noted in persons with EHS, i.e. Photophobia and/or Scotopic sensitivity syndrome (visual sensitivity), Hyperacusis (hearing sensitivity), Hyperosmia (heightened sense of smell), Hypergeusia (heightened taste sensitivity), Hyperesthesia/Photosensitivity (heightened skin sensitivity) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is associated. Thunderstorm prodrome and moon cycle (especially in women) exacerbation of symptoms is also noted.

Characterised by increasing trigger susceptibility and irreversibility:

If EHS is unmanaged and there is general deterioration, there will be reaction to an increasingly broad range of frequencies at increasingly low intensities, i.e. the number of devices complained of triggering symptoms will increaseand symptomatic distances will decrease. Tendency towards Multiple Chemical Sensitivity will also increase and irreversibility will become more likely.

Diagnosis, management and prognosis of EHS:

Diagnosis should be currently based on history (specifically classical symptom constellations in response to classical triggers and disappearance of those symptoms in ‘clean’ EMF environments. Duration of illness, symptomatic distances and range of trigger frequencies all help to quantify severity and stage of EHS. Gravity of measures taken to avoid triggers is also indicative. Biomarkers have also been published and in 2015 EUROPAEM updated medical guidelines were released. In many cases EHS is self-diagnosed due to lack of appropriate awareness and training of current medical doctors.

Management should rely on avoidance of EMF, chemical and other nitric oxide cycle triggers and general health optimisation. Additional therapies such as immunotherapy, chelation, neural re-programming and many other adjuncts are also offered by some specialists. Medical guidelines have been drawn up for doctors to diagnose and manage the condition physiologically with advice to urgently reduce exposure, and this advice is echoed by many other organizations. Additionally, research has shown avoidance can be the only reliable form of management to improve symptoms. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may be useful in helping to control sympathetic nervous system induced exacerbation of symptoms, but should never be used to encourage EHS persons to continue EMF exposures which provoke their symptoms. To do so is unethical and dangerous to health. If implemented, it must be used in conjunction with avoidance for best health outcome. It is not a substitute.

Exposure reduction strategies:

Here are 3 simple steps to reduce your exposure to RF:

  1. Do not use mobile phones except for emergencies. Store them in flight mode and switched off, which disables the RF emissions. If you must use them, a speaker phone or an air tube headset will allow you to keep the phone at a greater distance from your body, reducing the intensity of radiation that your body is exposed to.
  1. Swap your wireless internet for Ethernet, using wired connections.  Remember that because RF is emitted from both the computer and router, you’ll need to disable the RF emissions of your router, which are different for each make and model, as well as your computer.  You can reduce the RF from your computer by disabling the wireless card in the device manager, or by using flight mode if available.
  1. Swap your cordless landline for a corded speaker phone. If you must have wireless capability, get an ECO DECT phone. Get one with a good quality speaker phone, so that it can be used away from your brain, and use ECO mode. This will ensure that at least the RF is only emitted when the phone is in use, rather than continuously, as with other models.

Generally avoid EMF where possible, and create the greatest distance you are able to, where avoidance is difficult. Sleeping areas are the most important areas to make EMF healthy by reducing as many artificial EMFs as possible, including the lower frequency fields from simple household wiring. Electromagnetic fields that cannot be deactivated can sometimes be shielded so that the energy does not propagate into living spaces, and meters can be purchased or rented that will allow the user to measure the frequency and intensity of fields in different areas.

Prognosis for EHS is variable, but full reversal of the condition is unlikely. Full remission of all adverse symptoms is possible even in very severe cases if the individual is moved into a very pure environment (both chemically and electromagnetically), but symptoms will return if re-exposed, at a time interval dependent on duration of ‘good health’ and level of environmental hostility. Certain history characteristics indicate poorer prognosis.

How common is EHS?

Estimates for the number of people with EHS vary widely, but several countries report around 4-10%. In the UK this corresponds to approximately 2.5 to 6.3 million (which is more than the number of UK wheelchair users). This is likely to be a gross underestimation given that figures are based on the number of people who have made the connection between their symptoms and EMF exposure. The number of people who have mild EHS symptoms, but have not linked them yet to exposure would be far higher. Given the ubiquity of exposures now in all environments, it can be very difficult for people to notice the association, as the opportunity for an EMF free area is rare.

Extrapolated figures suggest that 50% of the population may be affected by 2017, and it remains possible that EHS could manifest in all members of the population with enough exposure.

Many children are currently affected, but undiagnosed. Children are likely to be more vulnerable to developing EHS since their exposure is higher and outcomes may be worse given their developing systems and greater time for latent effects.  Brain tumours have overtaken leukaemia as a leading cause of death in children (both are associated with EMF exposure).   There is evidence that genetic damage caused by exposure within current guidelines may not only damage the exposed child, but could also damage their offspring.

In addition to those with EHS and children, other vulnerable groups include the elderly, pregnant women, foetuses and those with co-morbidity (concurrent) illnesses.

Is EHS a recognised condition?

Yes. EHS has been demonstrated in a published, peer-reviewed, double blind research study, as an ‘environmentally inducible bona-fide neurological syndrome’.  The WHO states that ‘symptoms are certainly real’ and ‘in some cases can be disabling’.  Increasingly, professional bodies are recognising this as a serious, physical condition.

Whilst the nocebo effect (physical symptoms induced by fear) has been suggested, there is a great deal of evidence now to invalidate this theory, including evidence of EHS type symptomatology in studies involving small children, foetuses and animals (where media cultivated perceptions are impossible).

The condition is recognized as a functional impairment under the disability act in Sweden, USA and Canada.  Cases are now being won for long term disability pensions or compensation in Australia, France, Spain, UK and United States.

Some EHS individuals are forced to live in extreme isolation, poverty and poor health, unable to access life sustaining public amenities. A duty of care to them exists under the Care Act 2014.

There are clear human rights issues, particularly for vulnerable groups, but in essence for any individual who wishes not to be exposed in their home, place of work or public building and yet is being given no choice.

Precautionary Principle

The application of the Precautionary Principle has been called for by many professional organisations in this case, in order to protect health and right to life first and foremost, but secondly to protect the economy given the already apparent escalating costs to this country of ill health and loss of revenue.

In order to protect vulnerable groups there has been increased call for designated, legally protected white zones (no or low EMF areas).   The longer that we take to respond, the greater the health cost, but also the greater the cost to industry (in terms of compensation) will be. This is only moving in one direction, and if human health is protected and industry is redirected towards healthier technology, overall true progress is made for all.

Dr Mallery-Blythe will be talking about Electromagnetic Radiation and its effects on health, at CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) in London on 7th June.  Details from www.naturopathy-uk.com

About the author

erica_mbDr Erica Mallery-Blythe is an experienced medical doctor with an interest in Electromagnetic Radiation.  She is the founder of PHIRE (Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment), which provides useful free online resources at www.phiremedical.org. You may wish to join or support PHIRE for:

  • Medical doctors and associate specialists interested in EMF Health
  • Supporting vulnerable groups including children and those with EHS
  • Expanding current British research team
  • Annually sharing new research
  • Maintaining global academic connections
  • Constructing English / UK medical best practice guidelines
  • Opening constructive dialogue with PHE/DOH

 

About CNM

CNM provides Diploma Courses, Postgraduate Courses and Short Courses in a range of natural therapies. There are CNM colleges across the UK, Ireland, and in Finland, South Africa and the USA. www.naturopathy-uk.com

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“INQUINAMENTO ELETTROMAGNETICO DA ALTE E BASSE FREQUENZE: UNA REALE EMERGENZA SANITARIA”

[Corso di formazione ECM per PEDIATRI]

“INQUINAMENTO ELETTROMAGNETICO DA ALTE E BASSE FREQUENZE: UNA REALE EMERGENZA SANITARIA”

8.30/13.30 – 09 aprile 2016 – Istituto DE FILIPPI – via Brambilla, 15 – Varese

 

PROGRAMMA

8.30-9.00
Presentazioni e introduzione al convegno

9.00-9.45
CAMPI ELETTROMAGNETICI NON-IONIZZANTI (CEM): quali rischi per la salute umana?
Prof.Levis

9.45-10.00
Discussione   

10.00-10.45
EFFETTI ACUTI NOCIVI PER LA SALUTE UMANA, PROVOCATI DA RADIAZIONI ELETTROMAGNETICHE NON-IONIZZANTI
Ipersensibilità ai campi elettromagnetici.
Dott. Paolo Orio

10.45-11.00
Discussione 

11.00-11.30
Pausa     
 

11.30-11.45
I BAMBINI E L’UTILIZZO DEI DISPOSITIVI WIRELESS
Laura Masiero

11.45 – 12.30
Discussione

12.30 – 12.45
Conclusioni

12.45 – 13.30
Test di valutazione dell apprendimento.Customer

 

RELATORI

Prof. Angelo Gino Levis, Biologo Docente ed esperto internazionale di danni organici  da inquinamento elettromagnetico

Dott. Paolo Orio, Vice Presidente della Associazione Italiana Elettrosensibili

Laura Masiero, Presidente A.P.P.L.E. Associazione Per la Prevenzione e la Lotta all’Elettrosmog

Versione PDF del PROGRAMMA scaricabile al seguente link:

6 aprile 2016 – corso ECM per pediatri – PROGRAMMA

Does Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Originate from Nocebo Responses? Indications from a Qualitative Study

[Quando viene effettuato uno studio di qualità sulla EHS, l’EFFETTO NOCEBO viene SMENTITO.

Da notare quanto segue:

“Overall, symptoms appear before subjects start questioning effects of EMF on their health, which is not consistent with the hypothesis that IEI-EMF originates from nocebo responses to perceived EMF exposure.”

“In generale, i sintomi compaiono prima che soggetti inizino ad interrogarsi sugli effetti dei campi elettromagnetici sulla loro salute, il che non è coerente con l’ipotesi che la Intolleranza Ambientale Idiopatica attribuita ai Campi Elettromagnetici origini da risposte nocebo dovute a percepita esposizione ai campi elettromagnetici.”

Questo è un aspetto fondamentale, che da solo basterebbe a smentire chiunque parli di EFFETTO NOCEBO, facendo venire meno la necessità di produrre studi in merito alla questione.

E dalle storie di Elettrosensibilità che abbiamo raccolto, emerge chiaramente che i malati hanno iniziato ad avere problemi ben prima di scoprire a cosa fossero dovuti.

Non si tratta di sintomi, ma di segni (!), ergo di qualcosa di obiettivo e tangibile: disturbi endocrinologici con manifestazioni cliniche importanti, rash cutanei di varia natura, disturbi urinari gravi con infezioni urinarie ricorrenti, disturbi gastrointestinali, …, che hanno portato a trafile cliniche lunghissime datanti molti anni (in alcuni casi anche 20 o più!), prima che i diretti interessati iniziassero ad avere il sospetto della causa!

La scoperta della causa li ha poi portati ad allontanarsi dalle fonti di CEM che loro avevano individuato come responsabili e, cosa ancora più degna di nota, l’allontanamento ha portato ad una TOTALE regressione delle patologie di cui sopra, le quali immancabilmente si ripresentavano in caso di successive esposizioni.

Francamente, una somatizzazione può anche dissimulare una patologia neurologica, ma non è in grado di causare infezioni urinarie come la cistite emorragica, oppure ileo paralitico, eruzioni cutanee eritemato-papulose su base endocrinologica od allergica, tricodistrofia e caduta dei capelli, ecc.]

Bioelectromagnetics. 2016 Jan;37(1):14-24. doi: 10.1002/bem.21937. Epub 2015 Sep 15.

by Dieudonné M1

1Centre Max Weber and Université Lumière-Lyon 2, Lyon, France.

ARTICLE INFO

Article history
Received for review: 20 June 2015
Accepted: 3 September 2015
Published online: 15 September 2015 in Wiley Online Library

Conflict of interest: None.

Keywords
IEI-EMF; attribution process; causal reasoning; idiopathic environmental intolerance; illness narratives

ABSTRACT

Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance attributed to Electromagnetic Fields (IEI-EMF) is a condition in which symptoms are attributed to electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure. As electro-hypersensitive (EHS) people have repeatedly been observed, during provocation trials, to report symptoms following perceived rather than actual exposure, the hypothesis has been put forward that IEI-EMF originates from psychological mechanisms, especially nocebo responses. This paper examines this hypothesis, using data from a qualitative study aimed at understanding how EHS people come to regard themselves as such. Forty self-diagnosed EHS people were interviewed. A typified model of their attribution process was then elaborated, inductively, from their narratives. This model is linear and composed of seven stages: (1) onset of symptoms; (2) failure to find a solution; (3) discovery of EHS; (4) gathering of information about EHS; (5) implicit appearance of conviction; (6) experimentation; (7) conscious acceptance of conviction. Overall, symptoms appear before subjects start questioning effects of EMF on their health, which is not consistent with the hypothesis that IEI-EMF originates from nocebo responses to perceived EMF exposure. However, such responses might occur at the sixth stage of the process, potentially reinforcing the attribution. It remains possible that some cases of IEI-EMF originate from other psychological mechanisms.

Source/Fonte:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26369906

Full paper PDF/ PDF dello studio completo:

EFFETTO NOCEBO-studio di qualità