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Switzerland: Zurich: The First European Refuge for Electrosensitive People

[Articolo un po’ datato che tratta del primo rifugio Europeo per persone affette da Elettrosensibilità e Sensibilità Chimica Multipla, costruito a Zurigo e completato nel dicembre del 2013.]

15 August 2014 – “mieuxprevenir.blogspot.co.uk”

We do not wish to discourage the initiator of this project, but it seems that the site is badly polluted with cell phone tower radiation.  The article, however, describes well the plight of people living with chemical and electromagnetic sensitivities.

In Zurich, the first European refuge for electrosensitive people
by Solène Cordier, Le Monde, 12 August 2014 (translated by the Editor of this blog)

At first glance, nothing distinguishes this apartment building in the suburbs of Zurich from those surrounding it. Located on the heights of the quiet neighborhood of Leimbach, its sand-colored walls are surrounded by a vast garden of tall grasses. The big trees of the forest of Entlisberg, perched on the adjacent mountain, extend their refreshing shade to the surrounding area.

It is because of the particular setting that the building, destined to welcome people suffering from multiple chemical hypersensitivity (MCS) and electrosensitivity, has been constructed in this location. “Five sites were studied in the beginning,” says Christian Schifferle, the initiator of the project. “Measurements showed that this site was radiated very little thanks to the nearby mountain which offers a protective environment.” The absence of antennas was also a precondition for construction, as well as air quality.

Headaches, chronic fatigue, difficulties concentrating, respiratory problems, depression, food intolerances… the list of disorders of the 14 residents is long. “We do not tolerate fumes from chemical products and electromagnetic wave emissions coming from wireless networks,” says Mr. Schifferle.

At age 59, he says he has been hyper-allergic and electrosensitive since childhood. His suffering has constrained him to live for long periods alone in the forest in a caravan with walls covered in aluminum foil. At that time, all odors assaulted him: perfumes, cleaning products, paints, cigarette smoke… At age 35, he discovered in the press that other people suffered the same symptoms which, when they reached a critical level, constrained these sick people to interrupt all professional and social life. With only his disability pension, Christian decided to fight for recognition of his pathology.

« Today, this building symbolizes our emergence from invisibility, » he says with emotion, « even if in Switzerland as in France, MCS and electrohypersensitivity are not recognized officially as diseases.

A total cost of 4.9 million euros

Completed in December 2013, this first anti-allergic apartment building in Europe cost 6 million Swiss francs (4.9 million euros), the materials and technologies used raising the cost around 25% compared to the usual apartment building in Zurich. The cooperative presided over by Christian Schifferle has benefited from the support of the city which furnished the land of 1,200 square meters and financial aid.

When one goes inside the building, some details betray its specificity. The walls of the common areas painted with lime, the ceilings of raw concrete, and the floor in stone leave an impression of being unfinished. The natural materials were given preference by the architects, who received the support of a chemist during construction. “It is the plaster used for the walls which posed the most difficulty. It was necessary to reduce the additives in order that for it to be tolerated by the residents,” explains the architect, Andreas Zimmermann.

In order to provide protection from electromagnetic waves, fiberglass was used in place of the usual metallic frame. At the entrance of each apartment, a sealed-off area has been foreseen to remove clothes that have too much of an odor and each room is equipped with a system of air purification. In the basement, next to the communal washing machine, there are authorized detergents and cleaning products, all labeled, “odorless” and “without dyes”.

The day before our arrival, Mr. Schifferle explained the rules: no cell phone, no smoking, no perfume is tolerated inside the building. “I have two smartphones but they are nearly all the time in “airplane” mode. I use them to take photos, one of my passions,” says Christian. For communication related to his activity as president of the cooperative and of a foundation for recognition of MCS and electrosensitivity, he uses a corded telephone and a computer connected by cable to the Internet.

Moreover, a special shielding covers all the electric cables in the building which has a minimum number of outlets. Differing from other electrosensitive people, the intolerance of the residents to waves concerns only high frequencies (mobile phones and Wi-Fi).

An inexistent social life

For Christian as well as his 13 neighbors, this place serves as a refuge. Conceived as a Faraday cage, it allows each person to recharge his/her batteries and hope to again return to normal activities.

Marc (his first name has been changed) is 32 years old. Originally from Fribourg, he moved here in April. Like Christian, he receives a disability pension for reasons other than electrosensitivity and MCS. However, after several experiments, he arrived at the conclusion that his exhausted state was very likely due to exposure to waves and chemical products. “They diagnosed me with anxiety disorder, but I believe that this is not the cause but a consequence of my fragility,” he explains.

The victim of severe digestive disorders, chronic exhaustion and food allergies since childhood, Marc had to abandon his studies at age 22. He has never succeeded in holding down a job for more than several months. A year ago, he discovered that his condition substantially improved when he was not in contact with waves. “I slept on many occasions in the cellar of my parents, then I went to live for some time at a farm in the Jura,” he confided, before learning through his brother of the existence of an apartment building project in Leimbach and submitting his application.

Since settling in, he has the impression that his state of health has slightly improved. To his great surprise, in arriving in Leimbach, he met several persons his age. His neighbors include a 28-year-old woman who has been living there since the beginning of the year with her companion who does not suffer from any pathology.

With the exception of the latter person, in order to obtain an apartment, all the residents of the building have had to justify their symptoms by presenting a medical certificate. Certain social criteria are also required to benefit from an apartment whose monthly rent is between 1,300 and 1,600 Swiss francs (1,000 and 1,400 euros), in great part borne by the city of Zurich.

The city of Zurich is awaiting the results of an evaluation conducted by the University of Bern of the inhabitants of this pilot project for an eventual repetition of the experiment. Christian Schifferle has already looked at land in the Ticino and in France on the Côte d’Azur. “For people like us, it would be wonderful to imagine being able to go on vacation”, he says, smiling.

Solène Cordier, Le Monde journalist

Original article/Articolo originale:




Finnish education professor’s warning: Wireless technology in schools may lead to a global epidemic of brain damages.

– “www.emfacts.com”

From Agenta Jonsson who has been in contact with Finnish professor Rainer Nyberg. The following is a current update from a Jan 14, 2014 interview with Professor Rainer Nyberg

Finnish education professor’s warning: Wireless technology in schools may lead to a global epidemic of brain damages.
“We must protect children and youth more than we do today.”

Yle Arenan. Yle Nyheter, Finland Jan. 24, 2014

Translated by Agneta Jonsson
Revised by Rainer Nyberg. Nov. 27, 2015

Professor Rainer Nyberg changed his opinion of wireless technology in March 2013. At that time he had been lecturing in Finland and Sweden for many years and had written books about the uses and benefits of online learning. In this interview, for TV-Finland’s Channel, he explains how he found out about the health risks directly linked to wireless emissions from the technology he had assumed would only have positive effects.

What started your interest in wireless technology and its effects on health?

It actually began with my deep interest and involvement in new technology. As a teacher-trainer at the Faculty of Education I also started projects on IT-pedagogy and e-Learning. This resulted, among other things, in two books. One was How To Teach Online Education, another was a 350 page Research Guide, with 120 pages on how the Internet can be used to search for scientific information.

So your starting point was about the benefits, and not about the harmful effects?

Yes, definitely. I could only see the benefits then. I had been using cellphones for a long time and wifi-gadgets too. While I was working intensively on the fifth edition of the Research Guide I used both a wireless keyboard and mouse, but started getting a prickling sensation in my fingers. I wondered, why is this happening? Around that time, just before Christmas 2012, I read my grandchild’s letter to Santa Claus, “Please, please Santa, most of all I want to have an iPad.”

How did you react to that wish?

I thought it was great, really great that my grandchild wanted to use computers. At that time I had no idea there could be problems too. I just wanted to promote it, so I bought her an iPad.

Now you have explored the research available in this field, and learned about the injurious health effects. Are you surprised about what you found out from different research studies?

Yes, very surprised. Actually it started with my sister sending me a newspaper article from Sweden about how cellphones and iPads may be harmful to health. That’s silly, I thought. How could that be? Everyone’s using them. But I also thought, I may as well look into it. So in March 2013 I spent three weeks researching. I had been teaching information retrieval and had just written 120 pages in the Research Guide, so I knew how to do online research. We have easy access to fantastic tools at the university, the NELLI portal, where we can search many large scientific databases for free, as well as retrieve and print articles very fast.

What was your first impression? What did you find?

The first thing that really made an impression on me was the warning by the Council of Europe. In 2011 they called on all of the member states of the European Union by basically saying: you must warn all your citizens that there is a danger to cellphone technology and wireless internet. Children especially need to be warned, because they are particularly sensitive. Their cranium is thinner and more susceptible because they’re still growing. I got the message. Yes, protect the children. The warning from the Council of Europe also made it clear that if we don’t do something now, it could lead to devastating human and economic costs.

So you became absorbed in this new knowledge. What happened then?

I became quite concerned and continued looking deeper into scientific reports. The recommendation from the Council of Europe is from a socio-political standpoint but based on science. So I thought I’d better read up on the science. Among many findings I read the new BioInitiative Report of 2012 that included 1800 reviewed studies. The scientists concluded: If we don’t do something now, we may soon see a global epidemic of brain damage. Children are most vulnerable to the effects of pulsed electromagnetic radiation. And of course I thought of my grandchild, to whom I had just given an iPad.

I take it that’s quite challenging for a senior educator to hear?

That’s when I became very troubled about the technology I had been promoting in my books and lectures. I now understand that wired connectivity causes fewer problems and wireless creates many kinds of problems. Millions of people are affected.

Injuries to the brain’s blood vessels have been discovered as well. In our brains we have about 600 km of blood vessels. They have to feed 60-100 billion nerve cells with oxygen and glucose. Even if each nerve cell is extremely small, every nerve cell has many microscopic branches. The longest branch from each neuron (nerve cell), which includes axons (nerve fibers), is between one millimeter and 20 cm. The average is less than a millimeter. However, if we were to connect all these neurons and use only the longest branch from each one and put all neurons in a line, it would reach four times around the equator. Each neuron can have contacts (synapses) to more than thousands of other neurons.

With this context I started to understand why the brain was particularly sensitive. The blood vessels in the brain are far-reaching and extremely thin, and that’s where one problem lies. As it turns out, the thin blood vessels in the brain have walls that are even thinner. When someone is exposed to a cellphone or other wireless radiation, the walls of the blood vessels start to leak. A protein from the blood (albumin) can also leak out to the brain cells and has the potential to kill nerve cells. This has been shown in pictures in research reports from Sweden, published by professors Bertil Persson and Leif Salford in Lund. They studied the effects of active cellphone radiation in close vicinity to a box where rats ran freely. They found that even weak radiation causes damage to the blood vessels and the brain cells in the rats after only 2 hours of exposure. Imagine what can happen to children and adults who hold cellphones close to their ears and brains for several hours every week for years?

Your lecture today is about health consequences from staying too long in wireless environments. What steps have you personally taken to solve this problem?

Nowadays I keep the cellphone in flight mode 99% of the time to reduce emissions. I don’t use this ’smart’ technology much anymore, even though I always had my phone with me and on me for many years. Now I mostly leave it at home, or have it turned off, but check for messages. At home I use wired internet and a wired keyboard and mouse. I also replaced the wireless DECT phone with a traditional wired phone, and I avoid places with high levels of electromagnetic radiation.

As a guest lecturer, what will your key message be today?

First of all I will give a brief overview of how important an instrument our brain is. It’s the most complex structure in our world. It is more complex than any aircraft and so on. It’s very sensitive to electromagnetic pulses. All communication in our brains and bodies is also dependent on electric pulses, which are much weaker than man-made digital electromagnetic pulses. In airplanes you are not allowed to use cellphones because it might disturb the electronic equipment on board. Yet most people still think that a cellphone could not harm the brain, which is much more complex than an airplane and runs on much weaker electric pulses. I will also talk about various damages caused by wireless gadgets, but above all how to protect yourself and how to avoid being exposed to too much electromagnetic radiation.

Based on what you have said so far, your recommendation is that it pays to use traditional cable connectivity and just use wireless networks when we have no other choice. Is that about right?

Yes, it’s much better to use cable internet whenever possible, but you can’t use cable for cell phones, tablets and iPads, because they only function on wireless networks. All digital communication uses high frequencies. Tablets are not held to the ear, but you sit with them in your lap, maybe even while holding a child. Boys and men often keep their smartphone in their pockets. Research shows that sperm die from such exposure, and the sperm that survive is of less quality.
One experiment (by A. Balmori) found a marked difference between two containers of tadpoles placed 140 meters from a celltower. One container was shielded by a Faraday cage. In that container only 4% died, but 90% of the tadpoles died in the unprotected one, and deformities were found among the remaining 10%. No wonder then that sperm die or are damaged if you carry a smartphone in a pants pocket. Frogs, people and birds have also been studied, and the results show that they were also negatively affected by celltowers. This is not just about cancer. Immediate injury is noticeable on EEG, brain activity changes, and also damages to the DNA.
So there are many different types of damage. That’s why it’s so important to protect children and not install wireless networks and iPads in the schools. The worst scenario is when many tablets are in use at the same time and in the same room, as in schools, because they continually search to connect to the same wifi-modem. It’s like every iPad is shouting at the same time to the modem and this electromagnetic smog just gets louder and louder. That’s when it becomes particularly harmful. How would kids know if their teachers do not understand the risks?

Lots of important issues to talk about today. Thank you so much for this interview, and
I wish you all the best with your lecture.
Thank you too.





In Alto Adige una scuola azzera l’elettrosmog – Grazie ad un progetto con il Centro tutela consumatori

[Articolo di qualche mese fa, che racconta la lodevole iniziativa di una scuola di Merano per promuovere negli alunni la consapevolezza sui danni causati dalla esposizione ai Campi Elettromagnetici in Alta Frequenza tipici della tecnologia Wireless.

L’uso del Wi-Fi non è essenziale e si possono benissimo utilizzare soluzioni cablate per gestire le varie attività all’interno delle scuole, cosa peraltro raccomandabile considerati i notevoli rischi per la salute derivanti dall’uso del Wireless.]

16 luglio 2015 – “www.rinnovabili.it”

Che effetto ha l’elettrosmog sugli esseri viventi? Un esperimento nella scuola di Merano ha portato ad abolire le fonti di inquinamento elettromagnetico

In Alto Adige una scuola azzera l'elettrosmog -

(Rinnovabili.it) – Ridurre l’elettrosmog tra i banchi di scuola. È la missione intrapresa dai ragazzi della quarta elementare nelle scuole De Amicis e Maia Alta di Merano, in provincia di Bolzano. Dopo aver partecipato alle lezioni in cui è stato invitato un consulente del Centro tutela consumatori, gli alunni hanno dato vita ad una iniziativa. L’intenzione era toccare con mano l’inquinamento elettromagnetico, per comprenderne le ricadute sulla natura e gli esseri viventi. Così, le classi quarte hanno condotto un esperimento sui vegetali: alcune vaschette, contenenti piantine di crescione, sono state coltivate in due punti distinti. Il primo ambiente era caratterizzato da un alto livello di elettrosmog, il secondo no. Si tratta di una metodologia di ricerca chiamata “esperimento caso-controllo”: un gruppo di soggetti con le stesse caratteristiche di partenza, in questo caso le piante, viene diviso in due. Uno soltanto viene sottoposto ad una specifica variazione del contesto, per scoprire se essa influisce e in che modo sul risultato finale.

In Alto Adige una scuola azzera l'elettrosmog«Il confronto tra il crescione irradiato e quello coltivato in ambiente meno esposto non ha lasciato dubbi – racconta il quotidiano on line Alto AdigeLe piantine irradiate sono risultate ingiallite e meno rigogliose rispetto a quelle collocate in ambiente meno esposto, pur curate e annaffiate nel medesimo modo».

La classe, poi, munita di strumenti appositi, ha mappato tutto l’edificio, scoprendo che era pervaso da segnali elettromagnetici fino ad un livello massimodi 3.000 microwatt per metro quadro. Hanno saputo dalla preside che servivano all’organizzazione della comunicazione con il personale non docente, per gestire la presenza dei ragazzi nella mensa o rispondere alle varie necessità logistiche all’interno della scuola.

Il plesso è completamente cablato, dunque non serve ad ogni costo un sistema di comunicazione senza fili. Così, è stata inoltrata una richiesta al Comune di Merano per ottenere la disattivazione dei ripetitori distribuiti all’interno della scuola. Il personale ha abbandonato i cordless e ricominciato ad utilizzare i normali telefoni interni. Una volte ripetute le misurazioni, sono stati ottenuti risultati sorprendenti: da 3 mila microwatt si era scesi ad appena 5. Il mentre il governo italiano cerca di alzare le soglie per facilitare la comunicazione 4G e promuove il Wi-Fi nelle scuole, nonostante una lettera firmata da 70 scienziati che chiede di evitare uno tsunami di onde elettromagnetiche nei luoghi di vita quotidiana.



Gli scienziati affermano che il Wi-Fi può portare gravi rischi per la salute

[Articolo datato ma che vale la pena leggere, traduzione in italiano di un articolo originariamente scritto in portoghese sul sito “www.hypescience.com”.]

3 agosto 2015 – “www.pianetablunews.it”

Uno squilibrio metabolico causato dalla radiazione dei nostri dispositivi wireless può essere collegato ad alcuni rischi per la salute, come ad esempio varie malattie neurodegenerative e persino il cancro, suggerisce uno studio pubblicato di recente.

Questo squilibrio, noto anche come stress ossidativo, è definito dal co-autore Igor Yakymenko come “uno squilibrio tra la produzione di specie reattive dell’ossigeno (ROS) e difesa antiossidante.”

Yakymenko spiega che lo stress ossidativo a causa di un esposizione a radiofrequenza è in grado di spiegare non solo i tumori ma anche altri disturbi minori come il mal di testa, affaticamento e irritazione della pelle, che possono verificarsi dopo l’esposizione a lungo termine.“Questi effetti sono un chiaro segno dei rischi reali di questo tipo di radiazioni per la  salute umana”, avverte.

Attenzione al Wi-fi

L’articolo spiega che i ROS, che sono spesso prodotti nelle cellule a causa di ambienti aggressivi possono anche essere indotti dalla “radiazione wireless comune”.

Una recente ricerca mostra i possibili effetti cancerogeni delle radiofrequenza (RFR) e la radiazione a microonde. Nel 2011, l’Agenzia Internazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro RFR la classificata come possibile cancerogena per l’uomo. Ma la mancanza di una chiara spiegazione dei meccanismi molecolari di tali effetti di RFR non ha aiutato l’accettazione di un reale rischio. L’articolo dimostra che gli effetti pericolosi di RFR potrebbero essere sviluppati attraverso la “meccanica classica” di perdita di valore ossidativo nelle cellule viventi.

Yakymenko e i suoi colleghi avvertono di un approccio precauzionale nell’utilizzo di tecnologie wireless, come telefoni cellulari e internet wireless. [ Science Daily ]

Fonte: http://hypescience.com/wi-fi-saude/



«Noi, malati di Wi-fi»

19 dicembre 2015 – “www.vanityfair.it”, di Alessio Caprodossi

Si chiamano elettrosensibili e non possono (o riescono a) vivere in presenza di campi elettromagnetici.
Come Caterina, che un giorno vide il suo corpo gonfiarsi. E da allora vive giorno e notte in cucina

Immaginate di vivere in due metri quadrati, 24 ore su 24, sette giorni su sette. In pratica per tutta la vita. È la vita di Caterina, costretta a non muoversi dalle mura di una cucina per colpa di una malattia poco nota quanto tremenda. Si chiama elettrosensibilità (che nei casi peggiori diventa ipersensibilità), un problema che causa l’esposizione a campi elettrici, magnetici ed elettromagnetici crea numerosi fastidi, come emicrania, vertigine, disturbo del sonno, vuoti di memoria, sbalzi di pressioni, dermatiti, formicolii cutanei, stanchezza cronica e calo della vista. Per completezza, c’è da dire che i pareri in merito sono contrastanti, e per molti studi scientifici i i sintomi non sono direttamente legati ai campi elettromagnetici, ma al cosiddetto effetto nocebo: se una persona affetta da elettrosensibilità pensa di essere esposta, comincia a manifestare i sintomi. Il disagio, in ogni caso, è assolutamente reale.


A quattro esami dalla laurea in medicina e con tanti sogni da realizzare in ambito lavorativo e famigliare, la vita di Caterina (nome di fantasia) è cambiata radicalmente con l’acquisto di un telefono con tecnologia LTE: «Una volta comprato il nuovo telefono iniziai ad avvertire forti mal di testa, sbandamenti, svenimenti e cadute. Un giorno, poi, in uno studio di avvocati mi sono seduta per caso vicino a un router e all’improvviso il mio corpo iniziò a gonfiarsi».


Così Caterina ha scoperto il suo problema, che secondo gli studi dell’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità riguarda il 3% della popolazione globale, «colpevole» come la ragazza di non tollerare le onde provenienti da cordless, smartphone e reti Wi-Fi. Queste ultime, più dei cellulari – che gli elettrosensibili ovviamente non possono usare – sono il fulcro del problema, poiché pur se banditi nelle proprie case, sono presenti e attivi in quelle dei vicini finendo così per colpire gli intolleranti alle onde.


«Di fronte alle mie richieste di spegnere le stazioni Wi-Fi almeno durante la notte, sono stata derisa e vittima di atti di bullismo dagli abitanti del condominio dei miei genitori, dove sono dovuta tornare dopo aver lasciato il mio appartamento, inadatto per le mie necessità. E vivo nell’incubo che qualcuno arrivi ad abitare al piano di sotto, che con la presenza di una rete Wi-Fi aggraverebbe di molto la mia situazione».

Cucina e sedia di Cristina



Caterina passa ogni giornata all’interno della cucina, che ha schermato con oggetti metallici. E la notte dorme su una sedia a sdraio: «Dopo due anni, però, sono arrivate le fratture su tre costole e nonostante i dolori non posso andare in ospedale, perché la presenza di forti segnali sarebbe ancor più dolorosa da sopportare».


Caterina ci ha pensato. Ha pensato più volte di farla finita, emulando così la 15enne Jenny Fry, adolescente inglese suicidatasi perché stanca di convivere con i dolori provocati dall’impianto Wi-Fi della sua scuola: «Io non posso pensare al mio futuro, non devo pensare al mio domani ma solo aspettare il giorno in cui l’elettro-sensibilità verrà riconosciuta come malattia invalidante anche in Italia».


Questa è la battaglia che conduce l’Associazione Italiana Elettrosensibili, da oltre dieci anni attiva per convincere il governo italiano a seguire l’esempio della Svezia, dove i 2,5 milioni di elettrosensibili ricevono un contributo economico dai comuni e i datori di lavoro sono obbligati a trovare una condizione sostenibile per i dipendenti. È un caso quasi unico nel panorama europeo: l’elettrosensibilità infatti non è riconosciuta come una malattia né dall’Oms né dalla comunità scientifica perché i sintomi, nonostante siano stati riconosciuti come invalidanti, sono vissuti in prima persona e difficili da verificare.


Gli elettrosensibili e in misura maggiore gli ipersensibili tendono a una vita solitaria; c’è chi vive nei boschi, chi nelle caverne, chi si trasferisce in piccoli centri montani oppure chi si rifugia in macchina per passare la notte. Le condizioni di vita minano anche la tenuta psicologica, con numeri allarmanti per l’Italia, dove la stima si aggira tra 1% e il 3% della popolazione (tra i 600 mila e gli 1,8 milioni di individui).


«Noi viviamo il problema come una fuga dalla città, per questo lottiamo per avere un riconoscimento che ci consenta di vivere in una condizione decorosa», spiega Paolo Orio, vice presidente dell’A.i.e. che sottolinea come anche l’Assemblea Parlamentare del Consiglio d’Europa abbia messo in guardia gli stati membri nel «dover prestare attenzione a chi soffre di intolleranza ai campi elettromagnetici e di introdurre specifiche misure per proteggerli, inclusa la realizzazione di aree non coperte dalle reti wireless». Per questo l’A.i.e. sta provando a replicare l’esempio di Green Bank, cittadina americana nel West Virginia sorta per accogliere gli elettrosensibili, dove sono banditi telefoni, reti Wi-Fi, tv e radio. «Stiamo valutando dove poter creare una soluzione di questo tipo, anche perché ci arrivano tante richieste pure dall’estero» dichiara Orio, indicando nella Toscana la potenziale terra della salvezza.

Fonte: http://www.vanityfair.it/news/italia/15/12/19/elettrosensibili-italia

Effect of man-made electromagnetic fields on common Brassicaceae Lepidium sativum (cress d’Alinois) seed germination: a preliminary replication study / Efecto de campos magnéticos artificiales en la germinación de Lepidium sativum (Brassicaceae): un estudio preliminar

[Il presente lavoro è stato condotto in conseguenza dell’esperimento svolto da un gruppo di ragazze Danesi (Lea Nielson, Mathilde Nielsen, Signe Nielsen, Sisse Coltau e Rikke Holm) alla Hjallerup Skole, sotto la supervisione del loro insegnante di biologia il sig. Kim Horsevad.
Queste ragazze hanno presentato il suddetto esperimento come parte di una fiera/concorso della scienza nazionale per gli studenti delle scuole superiori, del quale maggiori informazioni possono essere trovate al seguente sito: 
Tutto è iniziato quando le ragazze si sono accorte di avere difficoltà di concentrazione durante le lezioni e pensarono che la causa di queste (ed anche dei loro disturbi del sonno) potesse essere in relazione con il fatto di tenere il cellulare acceso di fianco al letto durante la notte.
Così hanno esposto dei semi di crescione alle emissioni elettromagnetiche tipiche dei cellulari per valutarne gli effetti biologici.

Cammaerts e Johansson hanno utilizzato i semi della Brassicacea Lepidium sativum (crescione d’Alinois), appurando che sotto gli effetti di alti livelli di radiazione (70-100 W / m2 = 175 mV / m)  non sono germinati.
Infatti, il primo passo della germinazione dei semi – ad esempio le imbibizioni delle cellule germinali – non ha potuto verificarsi in presenza della radiazione, mentre all’interno del compost umido tali imbibizioni si sono verificate e le radici si sono esilmente sviluppate.
Quando rimossi dal campo elettromagnetico, i semi sono germinati normalmente.

Quindi la radiazione è stata molto probabilmente la causa del mancato verificarsi delle imbibizioni e germinazioni dei semi.

In entrambi i casi deve essersi senz’altro trattato di EFFETTO NOCEBO: d’altra parte è ben nota a tutti la incredibile suscettibilità psicologica dei semi di crescione  😉 !]

Phyton, International Journal of Experimental Botany ISSN 0031 9457 (2015) 84: 132-137

Cammaerts MC (1) & O Johansson (2)

(1) Faculté des sciences, DBO, CP 160/12, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 50, Av. F. D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.
(2) The Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden.
Address Correspondence to: Marie-Claire Cammaerts, e-mail: mtricot@ulb.ac.be


Article history
Received: 27 March 2014
Accepted: 19 May 2014
Published: 2015

Imbibitions; Seeds; Water; Wireless waves


Under high levels of radiation (70-100 µW/m2 =175 mV/m), seeds of Brassicaceae Lepidium sativum (cress d’Alinois) never germinated. In fact, the first step of seeds’ germination ‒ e.g. imbibitions of germinal cells ‒ could not occur under radiation, while inside the humid compost such imbibitions occurred and roots slightly developed. When removed from the electromagnetic field, seeds germinated normally. The radiation was, thus, most likely the cause of the non-occurrence of the seeds’ imbibitions and germination.


Las semillas de Lepidium sativum, Brassicaceae, nunca germinaron bajo altos niveles de radiación (70-100 µW/m2 =175 mV/m). En realidad, el primer paso en la germinación de las semillas – ej. imbibición de las células germinales – no ocurrió bajo radiación, mientras que tal imbibición ocurrió dentro del compost húmedo y las raíces desarrollaron un poco. Cuando las semillas fueron removidas del campo magnético, las mismas desarrollaron normalmente. La radiación fue obviamente la causa que no ocurriera la imbibición y la germinación de las semillas.


The present work was undertaken consequently to that performed by a group of Danish girls (Lea Nielson, Mathilde Nielsen, Signe Nielsen, Sisse Coltau and Rikke Holm), at Hjallerup Skole, under the supervision of their biology teacher Mr. Kim Horsevad. These girls made an experiment as a part of a national science fair/competition for high school pupils about which more information can be found at the website
All started when the girls had difficulties concentrating in their lessons. “We all thought we experienced concentration problems in school if we slept with our mobile phones at the bedside, and sometimes we also found we had difficulties sleeping”. The five girls took 400 cress seeds and randomly spread them into 12 trays. They then placed the trays in two different rooms, at the same temperature, six in each room.
They gave to the trays the same amount of water and sunlight over 12 days, but exposed six of the trays to mobile phone radiation. In other words, six trays of seeds were placed in a room with no radiation, while six were placed in another room alongside two activated routers emitted roughly the same type of radiation as a common mobile phone. The results were obvious: the cress seeds alongside the routers did not grow at all, and some even seemingly mutated or died.
The students repeated their experiment twice. The results in both were equally dramatic, and showed a dose-response effect between the two batches. The statistical significance of the biomass reduction in the students’ tests with a p-value (2-tail) of <0.000005 is thought-provoking!
Great effort was made to characterize and measure the premises’ background electromagnetic fields and the climatic conditions. No obvious confounders were then found that could give rise to – and explain – the different growth of the irradiated and the non-irradiated seeds.
It would be tempting to just discard such observations since they have not been performed under controlled conditions, thus not following all the rules of sciences. But often, observations done outside of the regular laboratory environments are the start of new discoveries. So, we decided to try to replicate the girls’ work.
Man-made electromagnetic waves have actually largely been shown to have adverse effects on living organisms. They affect, for instance, mammals (Adang et al., 2006; Benlaidi & Kharroussi, 2011), birds (Everaert & Bauwens, 2007), amphibians (Balmori, 2006), bees (Kimmel et al., 2007, Sharma & Kumar, 2010; Favre, 2011), ants (Cammaerts et al., 2012, 2013), fruit flies (Panagopoulos et al., 2004; Panagopoulos, 2012), and even protozoa (Cammaerts et al., 2011). In fact, they act firstly and essentially on the cellular membrane and so affect any living organism (Cammaerts et al., 2011). Such waves have also been shown to impact plants (Roux et al., 2008; Haggerty, 2010), at physiological and ecological levels.
In order to bring some new information on the subject, we here examine if man-made electromagnetic waves impact plants’ germination and more precisely the first events occurring at the beginning of that germination. We are conscious that our observations are only preliminary ones and that further studies (replication, cytological observations, and physiological studies) are necessary to verify the present finding and to understand what is actually and exactly occurring in germinal cells under radiation.


Four identical series of seeds of Brassicaceae Lepidium sativum (cress d’Alinois) (same quantity, quality, origin, age) were deposited on identical compost (same initial sample), each one in an identical tray (20 cm x 15 cm x 4 cm). Compost is the commonly used material for obtaining germination of seeds. The compost was humidified with same quantity (100 ml) of the very same tap water. Two of these trays were set at a place where the electromagnetic field reached an intensity of 70 – 100 µW/m2 (= about 175 mV/m), this being mainly due to the presence of two communication masts at about 200 meters of distance (Fig. 1). The two other trays were set at another place where the electromagnetic field had an intensity of about 2 – 3 µW/m2 (= 30 mV/m). These two series of seeds, set under low radiation level, were used as the control sample.
Since the existing electromagnetic fields were generated by communication masts, the frequencies of the emitted waves were 900 MHz and/or 1,800 MHz. The intensity of the electromagnetic fields was measured using an HF 35 C radiation intensity meter for frequencies from 800 MHz to 23 GHz (Gigahertz solutions GmbH, Am Galgenberg 12, D-90579 Langenzenn, Germany). All the other environmental conditions were near-identical for each of the two double series of seeds (temperature = 20 °C, humidity = 70%, luminosity ≈ 300 lux). The seeds were then observed after four, seven and ten days, and tap water was poured on the compost, equally for each series of seeds, at regular intervals. When obvious differences were surprisingly observed between the seeds set under the two different levels of electromagnetism exposition, samples of seeds were removed, attentively observed and examined under a stereomicroscope. Seeds which had been maintained under two different levels of radiation were drawn using a camera lucida (magnification = 25x), and via these drawings, their length and their width (two orthogonal segments) were measured in mm. The means of the obtained values were established and the distributions of values (for the length on one hand, for the width on the other hand) corresponding to each two kinds of seeds were statistically compared using the nonparametric χ² tests, the level of probability being set at p<0.05 (Siegel & Castellan, 1989). After these assessments, samples of each kind of seeds were set under the lower exposure and observed once more after two days.

Cammaerts &amp; Johansson 2015

Germination did not occur under 70 – 100 μW/m2. After four days, the seeds set under the two different electromagnetic field strengths already differed: those under the lower level had begun to germinate while those under the higher level of electromagnetic field had not at all done so. After seven days in total, many seeds maintained under low level of exposure had completed their germination and other ones were in the process of their germination while the seeds set under the higher level of exposure appeared unchanged (when looking at them from above) (Fig. 2 A). The experiment was continued until a total of 10 days with, at that time, the same results as above: normal germination for the seeds under low radiation, apparently no germination for those set under the higher radiation.

In the humid compost, roots development occurred.  Ten days after the beginning of the experiment, seeds set under the higher exposure (having not germinated) as well as seeds maintained under low exposure (being in the process of their germination) were collected, i.e. taken using small pins and put into cups. First, they were visually examined, and after that, observed under the stereomicroscope.
First, while doing this manipulation, we clearly detected some external difference between the two kinds of seeds.
Those kept under higher radiation were dry, not clinging at all while those kept without nearly no radiation were wet, clinging, and often attached to one another.
Secondly, very surprisingly, inside the humid compost, small roots of seeds set under radiation had developed, nearly like for seeds kept without radiation, with the difference that, in the latter case, the roots were somewhat more developed (Fig. 2B). It might be possible that, inside the compost and the water it contains, the electromagnetic field either had a lower intensity (through shielding effects) or had its adverse effects decreased or even countered (compared to the situation existing above the compost). Of course, if the effects we see are dependent only on the radiation, the most sensitive plant parts would be the ones above the soil, and they would be the first to be affected/retracted/not developed.

Seeds’ imbibitions did not occur under 70 – 100 μW/m2. The two kinds of seed, collected as related above, were observed under a stereomicroscope, drawn (Fig. 2 C), and measured as explained in the ‘Material and methods’ section. For seeds set under 2 – 3 µW/m2, the two variables on average equaled 0.51 mm and 0.27 mm while for seeds set under 70 – 100 µW/m2, these variables on average equaled 0.45 mm and 0.21 mm. Statistically, 0.45 mm turned out only slightly different from 0.51 mm (χ² = 3.34; df = 1; p ≈ 0.05) while 0.21 mm strongly differed from 0.27 mm (χ² = 10.77; df = 1; p ≈ 0.001). The more affected variable was thus the seeds’ width. Consequently, it could be presumed that without radiation, seeds normally went through the expected imbibitions phenomenon (the first step of the plants’ germination) while under radiation, seeds were no longer able to go through this essential first step of their germination.

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According to the previous observation (see previous paragraph), it may be added that the germinal cells of the roots, located inside (surrounded by) humid compost, could realize such imbibitions.

Seeds exposed were still alive. The two kinds of collected seeds were then taken out of their initial location and set, each one, in a small tray (10 cm x 5 cm x 4 cm), the two trays then being deposited side by side, in a room where the level of radiation was low (2 µW/m2). The seeds having begun their germination went on doing so and those having not germinated began to do so, this becoming apparent after two days (Fig. 2 D).


The fact that man-made electromagnetic waves probably have adverse effects on living organisms is actually more and more realized and admitted. Reviews on the subject exist (Pakhomov & Murphy, 2000; Fragopoulou et al., 2010; Sivani & Sudarsanam, 2012; Cucurachi et al., 2013). However, first, the mechanism underlying such adverse effects are not yet fully understood so it is difficult to counteract these effects while still going on using any wireless technology. Secondly, the revealed adverse effects apparently do not worry public health authorities, parliaments, governments, and – thus – not the general public who is not fully informed. Indeed, the wireless technology is actually more and more used, both for human work tasks and hobbies. Users are not worried probably because the revealed adverse effects appear not to be emergent for human beings, i.e. effects on Protozoan’s locomotion (Cammaerts et al., 2011), on Drosophila’s reproduction (Panagopoulos, 2012, Panagopoulos et al., 2004), on ants’ memory (Cammaerts et al., 2012) and response to pheromones (Cammaerts et al., 2013), on bees’ collection of pollen (Sharma & Kumar, 2010), on amphibian’s embryogenesis (Balmori, 2006), on rat’s memory (Adang et al., 2006), and so on, although they -of course- are! Here, we reveal yet an impact of man-made electromagnetic waves on a very important phenomenon: the germination of the seeds of plants. We show that the first essential step of the germination (= the imbibitions) seemingly does not occur under radiation and that the electromagnetic waves are the only likely cause of such a non-occurrence. We presume that the cellular membrane organization, the water and ions transfer through that membrane are perturbed. Indeed, we have previously shown that the cellular membrane is strongly affected by electromagnetism (Cammaerts et al., 2011), which explains, in our mind, the impact of such electromagnetism on nervous cells, reproduction and behavior. Other data are also in favor of such an assumption (see the review of Marino and Carrubba, 2009). Let us add that seeds are often deposited onto the ground and not set inside the earth, and are so potentially maximally exposed to electromagnetism. On the other hand, such electromagnetism has been shown to impact, among others, the health of plants (Belyavskaya, 2004; Roux et al., 2008; Haggerty, 2010; and four Web sites in the list of references). Plants are truly and very necessary for life on earth; people should now be very conscious of this potentially emerging problem!
In conclusion, the present investigation -although preliminary in its character- indicates that the prodigious wireless technology may effectively and seriously impact nature and should urgently be used much more cautiously (see also the published work of Doyon (2008)). The present study also brings some new information on the subject -effect of electromagnetism on plants- but it must be replicated on several plants species, at different independent laboratories, as well as developed further at the cytological and physiological levels by botanists, histologists and physiologists. Finally, in essence, it clearly supports the initial findings of Lea Nielson, Mathilde Nielsen, Signe Nielsen, Sisse Coltau and Rikke Holm, at Hjallerup Skole, under the supervision of their biology teacher Mr. Kim Horsevad.

Conflict of Interest Statement 
The authors know of no conflict of interest related to this work.


Olle Johansson was supported for this study by the Karolinska Institute, and Einar Rasmussen, Kristiansand S, Norway, Brian Stein, Melton Mowbray, Leicestereshire, UK, The Irish Campaign against Microwave Pollution, and the Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA; Cumann Comhshaoil Dhoctuiri na hEireann), are gratefully acknowledged for their general support.


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Tyler Hoffmann – Colwood, BC [another negative story about Wi-Fi in schools]

[Una storia un po’ datata che vale comunque la pena di leggere.]

August 15, 2013 – “electroplague.com”, by Kim Goldberg

8-year-old Tyler Hoffmann (Photo by Janis Hoffmann)

Eight-year-old Tyler Hoffmann has energy to burn. And his backyard trampoline, bike, basketball, and hockey stick each get a thorough workout on the afternoon I visit him at his grandmother’s home near Victoria, BC.

But in April 2012, a different story was unfolding. Tyler began coming home from Sangster Elementary School in the Sooke School District with extreme headaches and fatigue. And he was having trouble sleeping at night.

When asked to touch the part of his head that hurt, he would point to the top, his mother Lori recalls. But as the headaches grew worse over the next few weeks—to the point of nausea—Tyler was no longer able to touch the source of it, stating it was now in the middle of his head.

“After a few weeks of using Advil and Tylenol to alleviate the severe pain in Tyler’s head, we knew something was seriously wrong,” Lori says.

The following month, she discovered what it was.

“We accidently discovered, through another parent, that the school district had just finished installing commercial wi-fi networks throughout every school,” Lori explains. “This was done without informing parents. We were denied any opportunity for input,” she adds.

Tyler’s pediatrician recommended that the school shut off the wi-fi router closest to Tyler’s classroom, so that Tyler could remain in school and complete Grade 2 with his friends.

The school’s wi-fi routers, all active and transmitting day and night, were not being used at the time (and still aren’t) because there were no computers to connect them to. So the request from a doctor to turn off a single unused router seemed simple enough, Lori thought. The Sooke School District did not agree.

School District usurps parental choice on wireless radiation

“The Assistant Superintendent told us that the router would not be turned off but would stay on 24/7 because they did not want to set a precedent,” Lori recalls. “I don’t have a cell phone, wireless router, cordless phone, wireless keyboard, wireless mouse or any other wireless devices in my home because I have made the choice of not exposing my children or myself to microwave radiation. The school district has now decided for me that Tyler will be exposed to it,” she says.

Tyler Hoffmann - back to normal once removed from his wi-fi'ed school. (Photo © Kim Goldberg)

Lori pulled Tyler out of school that same day rather than risk his health any further. And upon doing so, she was promptly informed by the school principal that Tyler’s teacher was under no obligation to give Tyler homework, marking, or evaluation so that he could complete Grade 2.

“After we removed Tyler from school, his headaches and associated nausea completely stopped,” says Lori.

In September 2012, his mother enrolled Tyler in an elementary school in the neighboring Victoria School District, where there would be no wi-fi router in his classroom.

Free from the toxic effects of commercial wi-fi in the classroom, Tyler performed at the top of his math and reading classes at his new school.

Tyler Hoffmann (Photo by Janis Hoffmann)

But transferring Tyler to an out-of-district school is, at best, a temporary solution, and does nothing to help the 8,500 other students in the Sooke School District. So Tyler’s family along with the Jeskes (another local family with electrosensitive children) have launched a legal challenge in an attempt to make Sooke School District classrooms safe for all children. Read their legal brief here.

The Hoffmann and Jeske families seek, at the very least, to bring the Sooke School District into compliance with the policies adopted in 2012 by the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, which call for a moratorium on installation of further wi-fi in BC schools plus a minimum of one school at each level in each district to be free of wi-fi to accommodate electrosensitive students.

“unlawful to experiment on children”

Tyler & his sister Julianna with both be attending schools in the Victoria School District to avoid wi-fi in classrooms. (Photo © Kim Goldberg)

“It is unethical and unlawful to experiment on children,” says Tyler’s grandmother Janis Hoffmann. “Wi-fi is an unregulated technology that has not been tested for safety for children in schools,” she adds. “Parents have not been informed of the risks and have never been asked to sign a consent form. Ironically, the student field trips are explained in great detail, requiring parents to sign a permission slip before children are permitted to attend.”

Tyler and his five-year-old sister Julianna will each attend school in the Victoria School District in September 2013 where they will not be exposed to wireless radiation from commercial wi-fi routers in their classrooms.

To donate to the legal fund for electrosensitive children sickened by wi-fi in schools, go here.

Text and images © Kim Goldberg 2013 (unless images are otherwise credited)

(Tyler Hoffmann’s story will be included in Kim Goldberg’s forthcoming book REFUGIUM: Wi-Fi Exiles and the Coming Electroplague, due out in 2014. Read more people’s stories here.)



Wi-Fi: like a mast in your home?

Untested technology

Cordless phones, Wi-fi, digital baby monitors and other wireless products have become ubiquitous. While their health effects are largely untested, there have been numerous studies of the effects of the electro-magnetic radiation emitted from these devices. All scientists agree that this radiation is dangerous at high levels but it is hoped that the low levels emitted from these household devices are safe. We are not convinced.

Radiation 24/7

The levels of radiation emitted from mobile and cordless phones on standby, and of wi-fi routers, digital baby monitors and bluetooth are a fraction of those of a mobile or cordless phone in use on a call. But this does not mean they are safer.

The radiation exposure from wireless products is a “chronic” exposure, constantly at a low level rather than short bursts of high power. There is evidence that this type of exposure might be more damaging in the long-term. It is thought that when the body first experiences a new source of radiation, it reacts by strengthening its immune defences, but then the immune system begins to weaken progressively as the radiation exposure continues. Read more…

There is evidence that long-term chronic exposure to electro-magnetic radiation has a range of health effects. We also know that children are more vulnerable than adults.

The German and French governments have advised against the use of wireless products like wi-fi and cordless (DECT) phones at home. Read more…

A phone mast in your home?

The clearest evidence that this day-in-day-out low-level exposure might be dangerous is from thestudies of the health effects of mobile phone masts.Two studies have shown significantly increased levels of cancers amongst those living within a few hundred meters of a mobile phone mast. Other studies have demonstrated a host of other symptoms linked with exposure to mobile phone mast radiation.  One study has shown directly that wi-fi can affect children’s cognitive skills like memory, attention and reaction time.

The radiation exposure from a wi-fi router at 5 meters’ distance, a cordless DECT phone base unit at 3 meters’ distance, or digital baby monitor at less than 1 meter are all experienced at roughly the same level as a mobile phone mast only 150 meters away. If any of these are closer, for example if you sleep with a cordless phone next to the bed, it is equivalent in radiation terms to being only about 50 meters away from a mast. Read more…

There is now much annecdotal evidence of people experiencing symptoms in the short term, like headaches, nausea, dizziness and loss of concentration. Read more… For this reason, some government and public bodies have stopped the introduction of wi-fi in some public places and schools.

Read more about the health effects of cordless (DECT) phones…

Wifi may be more damaging to some people than mobile phones…

Cumulative exposure

Even if the power level of one wireless router or computer is small, a child’s environment may include many of these devices at once. Radiation exposure from a wi-fi system comes from the router and each of the computers. A cordless DECT phone emits radiation from the base stations and the handsets. A mobile phone on standby, or worse on a call, also adds to the radiation “load”. 

At school, a set of wirelessly connected computers in a classroom is known to result in exposures much higher than one computer being used alone. The radiiation level has been found to be equivalent to being in the main beam of a mobile phone mast (which official guidelines state should not fall on school grounds without the consent of parents and the school). In 2007 a BBC Panorama programme found that the readings next to a classroom laptop showed radiation at double the level experienced only 100 metres from a mobile phone mast. This exposure from wi-fi is additional to mobile phones, cordless DECT phones and bluetooth used around the children in schools.

So at any one time a child may be exposed to cumulative levels of radiation much higher than each product emits alone. They may be exposed constantly at school and at home, even when asleep.

Formative exposure

This exposure generally starts young and continues throughout children’s lives. Children are now being exposed to wireless products from a very early age and often throughout their developing childhood and teenage years. This is experimental – no-one has any idea of the cumulative effect of such long-term exposure starting at such a formative age.

We know from the scientific studies relating to mobile phones that children are more vulnerable to this type of radiation, absorbing more radiation than adults through their thinner skulls. Given the many studies that show this radiation could be very dangerous, do we not have a duty to protect children from the possibly serious future health effects of this exposure?

Read about the dangers of mobile phones…

Read more about children’s greater vulnerability…

Read more about this global experiment…




4 dicembre 2015 – “sottocorno.blogspot.it”, di 

Morire a 15 anni perché elettrosensibile, questa è la storia incredibile di Jenny Fry , una ragazza come tante altre , come tua figlia ,tua nipote o semplicemente come una tua amica , raccontata dall’articolo del dailymail (leggi QUI l’articolo in lingua inglese), e questo è solo l’apice di un problema che sta diventando sempre più frequente anche qui in Italia tra gli adolescenti che frequentano i licei (fino a qualche anno fa era limitato agli studenti universitari) perché oggi valutiamo le scuole per le loro connessioni internet non per i loro programmi o capacità.


La notizia è di qualche giorno, ci siamo presi del tempo per verificare la veridicità di tale informazione, che ci è stata confermata dall’Associazione Eletttrosensibili

L’ elettrosensibilità è una malattia, una sindrome immuno-tossica che compromette diverse funzioni dell’organismo, nel caso di Jenny ha dato problemi alla vescica , stanchezza cronica e mal di testa  (immaginatevi di essere celiaci e di essere costretti a mangiare sempre e tutto a base di glutine), ancora oggi , non viene riconosciuta (anche se qualche tribunale afferma il contrario) e qualche paese in Europa (Francia e Svezia) hanno adottato leggi più cautelative delle nostre ,

Ma noi abitiamo in un paese dove la stampa è più preoccupata delle interferenze che possono generare le luci degli alberi di natale agli effetti generati dalle reti WI-FI, non ci stupiamo quindi come questa notizia venga coperta mediaticamente.

Si proprio il Wi-Fi , ultimo ritrovato della nostra società, che ci permette di essere connessi sempre e ovunque (ma poi per quale ragione !!), abbiamo immesso nella nostra società una tecnologia senza nemmeno porci il ben che minimo dubbio se facesse male o no, prendendo per scontato che le alte frequenze , come le basse , essendo non ionizzanti non fanno male.

A questo si aggiunge l’ignoranza di molti , qualcuno in buona fede e qualcun altro magari mascherando un conflitto d’interessi, non si fanno scrupolo di arrecare danni ai malati con i loro comportamenti scriteriati assumendo posizioni quasi “medioevali”.

Le emissioni Wireless, costituite da microonde, danneggiano l’organismo anche di chi non è in grado di percepirne gli effetti dannosi, proprio come succede se accendiamo un forno a microonde, visto che entrambi i dispositivi hanno le stesse frequenze di funzionamento  ovvero operano sulla banda di frequenza pari a 2,4 Ghz. con la differenza che il  forno ( che è schermato solo sul vetro ) serve a cuocere i cibi, il Wi-Fi a connetterci ad internet , ma la domanda che sorge è : cosa succede al nostro organismo ?

Ammettere la pericolosità significherebbe ammettere che i Campi Elettromagnetici in alta e bassa frequenza (tradotto antenne radio base , Wi-Fi , cellulari , elettrodotti ecc…) sono in grado di arrecare danni all’organismo e questo causerebbe un problema politico ed economico enorme, e allora, per molti  è  meglio stare in silenzio negando anche l’evidenza, far soffrire “l’altro”, sempre che l’altro un giorno non si trasformi in te stesso o in tuo figlio o qualche tuo parente o amico, perché allora l’egoismo personale che ha regolato il tuo stile di vita muta drasticamente.
Crediamo che si possa vivere in modo differente dal modo attuale, senza necessariamente abbandonare tale tecnologia, e per chi è preoccupato degli effetti delle luci di natale consigliamo di non accenderle quando è connesso così come consigliamo vivamente di spegnere il WI-FI quando non lo si usa.
Alla famiglia di Jenny va la nostra solidarietà e la nostra vicinanza come va a tutti gli elettrosensibili che devono vivere nascosti perché frutto di un effetto indesiderato di una tecnologia imposta che a ben guardare, forse, non ci serve e la verità forse è troppo scomoda ( leggi QUI l’articolo di  microwavenews in lingua inglese)




30 novembre 2015 – “www.leggo.it”

Si toglie la vita a soli 15 anni a causa di una rara allergia. Jenny Fry, una studentessa inglese, si è impiccata dopo aver scoperto di essere allergica al wifi a causa della sua elettrosensibilità.

La mattina della morte, come riporta il Mirror, aveva mandato un messaggio a un suo amico dicendo che non sarebbe andata a scuola, poi il tragico ritrovamento.

Dal 2012 aveva iniziato a soffrire di cefalea, stanchezza paralizzante e altri sintomi della sua allergia. La sua vita era cambiata e anche il semplice andare a scuola era diventato problematico. «Non penso che volesse togliersi la vita», ha raccontato la madre, «si sentiva frustrata ed esasperata e ha commesso un drammatico errore».