The European Union’s European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recently issued a draft document on Electromagnetic hypersensitivity. It gives a superb analysis of the scope of the issue but what I particularly like are the very positive pro-active steps it proposes for dealing with EMFs. These steps fit into two broad categories: (1.)Recommendations on how to prevent more people from developing the condition. (2.)Recommendations on how to help people that are already suffering.
The EU paper draws parallels between the current situation regarding electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and the way asbestos was initially dealt with. By way of introduction the document notes that : Two international bodies have drawn up guidelines on exposure limits for workers and the general public (ICNIRO and IEZZ). Following on from these recommendations, international organizations like the Council of Europe and the World Health Organization (WHO) have established electrical sensitivity as a “health condition that can prevent people from exercising an occupational activity”.
Despite the many studies which have been published by universities from across the world since the 1930s and the fact that the WHO has acknowledged that radio frequency electromagnetic fields are potential cancer risks, there is no scientific consensus on the matter. Some countries consider ES to be an occupational illness whereas others treat it as a functional disability. More and more people are suffering from electromagnetic and environmental hypersensitivity syndrome.
Possible symptoms include headaches, chronic fatigue, recurring infections, difficulties concentrating, memory loss, inexplicable unhappiness, dermatological symptoms, irritability or sleeplessness, heart problems, poor blood circulation, disorientation, nasal congestion, reduced libido, thyroid disorders, eye discomfort, tinnitus, increased need to urinate, listlessness, capillary fragility, cold hands and feet, and stiff muscles.
People affected by EMFs display no symptoms whatsoever when not exposed to EMFs which leads to the conclusion that any symptoms that diminish or disappear when the person moves away from the source constitute electromagnetic hypersensitivity, even though according to some doctors, scientific evidence of a direct causal link is lacking.
ES sufferers experience a serious deterioration in their quality of life, not only because of the physical symptoms it usually entails but also because their lives are totally disrupted by the need to avoid exposure.
By Lloyd Burrell – Electric Sense –