Claims of electromagnetic harassment by RF waves are often rediculed as tin-foil hat conspiracy. But “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS)” is a recognized term for a group of symptoms that could be caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields.
The EHS symptoms most often reported include headache, fatigue, tinnitus, dizziness, memory deficits, irregular heart beat, stress, sleep disturbances, skin symptoms like prickling, burning sensations and rashes, pain and ache in muscles and other problems.
EHS is a subject of intense debate, because sufferers are reporting these symptoms at electromagnetic field intensities that should fall well below the limits permitted by international radiation safety standards.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity has been estimated as being up to 5% of the population depending on location and definition.
EHS can be caused by electric fields, magnetic fields and various frequencies of electromagnetic waves, including lighting. But cell phone and WiFi are the most often cited causes.
A number of clinical trials tested treament options for ES and have concluded that “the best evidence currently available suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy is effective for patients who report being hypersensitive to weak electromagnetic fields”.
It seems logical to assume that if cell phones can cause cancer that they can also cause electromagnetic hypersensitivity, but officially the jury is still out.
Conspiracy theorists have went on record to say that specifically designed GWEN and cell towers are being used by clandestine agencies to harass and neutralize dissident targets by intentionally inducing EHS symptoms in them. (See the Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory story on this site).
The Freiburger Appeal
In 2002 a group of over 70 German doctors petitioned against the “devastating health consequences” of exposure to electromagnetic radiation. They also warned that the new cordless DECT phones were especially aggressive and were like having a cell phone tower inside your home.
In part the appeal reads:
“Out of great concern for the health of our fellow human beings do we – as established physicians of all fields, especially that of environmental medicine – turn to the medical establishment and those in public health and political domains, as well as to the public.
We have observed, in recent years, a dramatic rise in severe and chronic diseases among our patients, especially:
- Learning, concentration, and behavioural disorders (e.g. attention deficit disorder, ADD)
- Extreme fluctuations in blood pressure, ever harder to influence with medications
- Heart rhythm disorders
- Heart attacks and strokes among an increasingly younger population
- Brain-degenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s) and epilepsy
- Cancerous afflictions: leukemia, brain tumors
Moreover, we have observed an ever-increasing occurrence of various disorders, often misdiagnosed in patients as psychosomatic:
- Headaches, migraines
- Chronic exhaustion
- Inner agitation
- Sleeplessness, daytime sleepiness
- Susceptibility to infection
- Nervous and connective tissue pains, for which the usual causes do not explain even the most conspicuous symptoms.
Since the living environment and lifestyles of our patients are familiar to us, we can see, especially after carefully-directed inquiry, a clear temporal and spatial correlation between the appearance of disease and exposure to pulsed high -frequency microwave radiation (HFMR), such as:
- Installation of a mobile telephone sending station in the near vicinity
- Intensive mobile telephone use
- Installation of a digital cordless (DECT) telephone at home or in the neighbourhood
We can no longer believe this to be purely coincidence, for:
Too often do we observe a marked concentration of particular illnesses in correspondingly HFMR-polluted areas or apartments;
Too often does a long-term disease or affliction improve or disappear in a relatively short time after reduction or elimination of HFMR pollution in the patient’s environment;
Too often are our observations confirmed by on-site measurements of HFMR of unusual intensity.
On the basis of our daily experiences, we hold the current mobile communications technology (introduced in 1992 and since then globally extensive) and cordless digital telephones (DECT standard) to be among the fundamental triggers for this fatal development.
One can no longer evade these pulsed microwaves. They heighten the risk of already-present chemical/physical influences, stress the body’s immune system, and can bring the body’s still-functioning regulatory mechanisms to a halt. Pregnant women, children, adolescents, elderly and sick people are especially at risk.
Our therapeutic efforts to restore health are becoming increasingly less effective: the unimpeded and continuous penetration of radiation into living and working areas , particularly bedrooms, an essential place for relaxation, regeneration and healing, causes uninterrupted stress and prevents the patient’s thorough recovery.
In the face of this disquieting development, we feel obliged to inform the public of our observations, especially since hearing that the German courts regard any danger from mobile telephone radiation as “purely hypothetical” (see the decisions of the constitutional court in Karlsruhe and the administrative court in Mannheim, Spring 2002).
What we experience in the daily reality of our medical practice is anything but hypothetical! We see the rising number of chronically sick patients also as the result of an irresponsible “safety limits policy”, which fails to take the protection of the public from the short- and long-term effects of mobile telephone radiation as its criterium for action. Instead, it submits to the dictates of a technology already long recognized as dangerous. For us, this is the beginning of a very serious development through which the health of many people is being threatened.
We will no longer be made to wait upon further unreal research results – which in our experience are often influenced by the communications industry, while evidential studies go on being ignored. We find it to be of urgent necessity that we act now!
Above all, we are, as doctors, the advocates for our patients. In the interest of all those concerned, whose basic right to life and freedom from bodily harm is currently being put at stake, we appeal to those in the spheres of politics and public health. Please support the following demands with your influence:
New health-friendly communications techniques, given independent risk assessments before their introduction
and, as immediate measures and transitional steps:
Stricter safety limits and major reduction of sender output and HFMR pollution on a justifiable scale, especially in areas of sleep and convalescence
A say on the part of local citizens and communities regarding the placing of antennae (which in a democracy should be taken for granted)
Education of the public, especially of mobile telephone users, regarding the health risks of electromagnetic fields
Ban on mobile telephone use by small children, and restrictions on use by adolescents
Ban on mobile telephone use and digital cordless (DECT) telephones in preschools, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, events halls, public buildings and vehicles (as with the ban on smoking)
Mobile telephone and HFMR-free zones (as with auto-free areas)
Revision of DECT standards for cordless telephones with the goal of reducing radiation intensity and limiting actual use time, as well as avoiding the biologically critical HFMR pulsation.
Industry-independent research, finally with the inclusion of amply available critical research results and our medical observations.”
…the above FREIBURGER APPEAL was signed by over 70 German doctors.
The following link is a GWEN tower health effects study published in 1993:
The following videos feature experts in the study of cell phone EMF Exposure and explain some of the issues surrounding EMF Electrical Sensitivity in greater detail.
Proven Harmful Effects of EMF Exposure
UW Scientist Henry Lai says the dangers of EMF Exposure are fact, not fiction.
Dr. George Carlo EMF Cell Phone Dangers Interview
Dr. George Carlo has examined this issue in cell phones extensively since the 90s.