If you’ve heard about electrosensitivity, you’ve probably also heard it’s all in the electrosensitivity person’s head. It’s a made-up illness to get rid of all the electronics that are in the world.
Let me tell you that is definitely not true.
Electrosensitivity (ES) is being allergic to electromagnetic fields. These fields have a lot of sources like the power lines above our heads, the cell phones in our pockets and the TVs in our bedrooms, and the microwaves in our kitchen; basically every electronic device you own.
How can someone live in a world dominated by electronics when they are allergic to them?
There aren’t any specific symptoms for electrosensitivity, which is one of the other reasons many people don’t believe ES is a real thing.
A few of the common symptoms are headaches, nausea, fatigue, and an inability to sleep.
Other symptoms are ringing in the ears, memory problems, a racing heart, skin rashes, a burning sensation, and skin prickling.
Is Electrosensitivity Real?
As I said before, many people call electrosensitivity a product of imagination, or a nocebo.
Even the World Health Organization admits it exists, but believes the symptoms electrosensitive people experience are merely due to stress caused by worrying about the harms of electromagnetic fields, or other environmental factors such as the flicker of fluorescent lights.
I’ve read in so many places that there is no science to back up electrosensitivity’s existence, but there is.
Scientists have studied and proved that some people are affected by electromagnetic fields. There was a study about whether or not there was a change in electrosensitive people’s skin when exposed to EMF. There was. Another study also found that electrosensitivity is a real thing.
How is Electrosensitivity diagnosed?
Those who are ES are self-diagnosed. The only country that recognizes ES as an impairment is Sweden.
Unlike other allergies, nobody is born with electrosensitivity; they gain it due to exposure to EMF radiation for a long time.
Prof. Belpomme, professor of oncology at Paris Descartes University and the person who found a way to diagnose electrosensitivity, said that out of all the sources that can induce ES, cell phone is has the highest risk.
50% of his patients had used a cell phone for more than 1 hour a day for several years.
ES is a growing problem. Although it was rare, it’s becoming more common. More and more people are starting to get it.
People first notice they have ES when doing daily activities, like picking up the phone, becomes painful.
For Margaret Lovell, it began when she started noticed tingling in her hands every time she used a portable phone. Soon she was complaining from severe headaches whenever she used electronics. She had to quit her job as a college lecturer when the pain became too much to handle.
Does Electrosensitivity Have A Cure?
There is no doubt that electronics are an important element of everyday life. For those with electrosensitivity, this is a big problem.
Unfortunately, there is no official cure for ES. Some say they have found a way to reduce or even eliminate symptoms.
Dr. Brein Clement says he successfully treated 4,000 electrosensitive people.
However there is one guaranteed way to eliminate symptoms. All electrosensitive people know it; it’s to avoid electromagnetic fields. Doing this is not easy, but unless they want to live in pain, they have no choice.
One electrosensitive person, Tim Hallam, insulated his room. His door and ceiling is lined with tinfoil. There is a layer of aluminum foil under his wallpaper and flooring. His room is a Faraday cage.
Are Electromagnetic Waves Harmful?
Prof. Belpomme said that electromagnetic fields are what’s causing electrosensitivity. So should you stop using your cellphone?
The radiation we get from everyday electronics is a non-ionizing radiation. They don’t have enough energy to break chemical bonds. In other words, they not the kinds of radiation that cause cancer.
But, there have been studies that prove otherwise.
There has been a study that showed a relationship between cell phones and brain cancer. Other studies have found that cell phones cause breast cancer. But cell phones aren’t the only source of radiation.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization, in 2002, declared that electromagnetic radiation is possibly carcinogenic.
In short, there are dangers from electromagnetic radiation. But we still aren’t 100% sure that it is carcinogenic.