Today more than 90% of European territory is covered by artificial electromagnetic fields. This cover allows our smartphones, telephones, electrically connected objects, phones and even hospitals to function properly. Although this magnetic cover is a great help in modern, everyday life, for some it is a real ordeal as they are sensitive to electromagnetic waves. People who suffer from the controversially debated allergy called electro-hypersensitivity are often excluded and isolated from everyday life. Read on to discover more about this modern day allergy which could affect more people in the future.
What is electro-hypersensitivity
EHS syndrome orelectro-hypersensitivity is an allergy to electromagnetic waves that are emitted by cordless objects. This can include sensitivities to many elements including:
- Magnetic fields;
- Relay antennas;
- Mobile phones;
- Wifi ;
- Light bulbs, etc.
However this illness has provoked much debate about whether it is fake or fiction. In Sweden EHS is recognised as a functional impairment but Britain, the European Parliament and the WHO think differently. The World Health Organisation recognises that this illness exists but like the European Parliament only recognises it’s psychological existence but does not believe there are any links to magnetic fields.
How do sufferers live with this allergy
Living with sensitivities to waves isn’t easy. Tingling sensations in the head and constant sensations of heat are common symptoms. An allergy to waves causes many side effects and is difficult to deal with. People suffering say they are sensitive to waves. They say that in the beginning they are not affected by the electric waves but slowly but surely the symptoms take hold. They multiply and then can be felt in all aspects of their life.
One sufferer talks about a “growing pressure” in their body, heart, head and blood while they feel their veins swelling and their skin reddening.
When sufferers discover that they are sensitive to waves their entire world changes. They find it very difficult to leave their home and develop extreme anxiety. Hospitaisation is not an option as these buildings are one of the most connected places. In other words going to hospital is a nightmare scenario for sufferers of EHS.
How do people view electro-hypersensitivity
Sufferers find their symptoms difficult to explain to their friends and their colleagues. It is not a visible illness to the naked eye. Therefore it is very complicated to believe in this illness. People doubt their symptoms which means sufferers end up doubting themselves as well. They think of themselves as crazy and sometimes start altering their behaviour to suit this image of themselves.
This is why some people who sufferer from this illness are found on wandering the streets, without even knowing what they are doing. After a while, the pain becomes so intense and their symptoms so incomprehensible that they disconnected completely with reality just to survive.
Is there a cure?
In general the answer is no, but perhaps you could say “yes, but it is very complicated!“.
The only way to survive this illness is to keep yourself to yourself and use no form of device that uses waves. In other words you cut yourself off from the rest of the world. So as to protect themselves, EHS sufferers must find what they call, “white zones“. These zones are places where there are no – or at least very little – waves for the time being.
However you often find yourself in areas that are very secluded and remote and in houses with very thick walls. Often they find themselves in fields where there is no civilisation or in caves… very extreme but there are people out there in this situation!
Some other techniques like meditation and some nutritional diets can help sufferers. However no treatment exists especially as it is not recognised in many countries as a real illness.
Despite the debate about whether electro-hypersensitivity is a real illness or not there are still many cases of people displaying worrying symptoms. In 2017 research study carried out functional MRI scans on 10 EHS patients and concluded they all shared similar abnormalities in their scans.
With the amount of technology that we use every day it is important to be cautious about the waves devices emit and try not to sleep next to your phone and switch off your devices when you are not using them. Waves are one of our biggest forms of pollution however unlike radiation or physical waste we can stop this pollution simply by turning off our antennas.
What does the future hold? With the ever expanding technology industry and an increasing number of products that emit waves, our health may be more at risk! Only time will tell…