Information taken from www.who.int written in 2005
As societies industrialize and the technological revolution continues, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number and diversity of electromagnetic field (EMF) sources. These sources include video display units (VDUs) associated with computers, mobile phones and their base stations. While these devices have made our life richer, safer and easier, they have been accompanied by concerns about possible health risks due to their EMF emissions.
For some time a number of individuals have reported a variety of health problems that they relate to exposure to EMF. While some individuals report mild symptoms and react by avoiding the fields as best they can, others are so severely affected that they cease work and change their entire lifestyle. This reputed sensitivity to EMF has been generally termed “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” or EHS.
What is EHS?
EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms, which afflicted individuals attribute to exposure to EMF. The symptoms most commonly experienced include dermatological symptoms (redness, tingling, and burning sensations) as well as neurasthenic and vegetative symptoms (fatigue, tiredness, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation, and digestive disturbances). The collection of symptoms is not part of any recognized syndrome.
There is a very wide range of estimates of the prevalence of EHS in the general population. A survey of occupational medical centres estimated the prevalence of EHS to be a few individuals per million in the population. However, a survey of self-help groups yielded much higher estimates. Approximately 10% of reported cases of EHS were considered severe.
There is also considerable geographical variability in prevalence of EHS and in the reported symptoms. The reported incidence of EHS has been higher in Sweden, Germany, and Denmark, than in the United Kingdom, Austria, and France. VDU-related symptoms were more prevalent in Scandinavian countries, and they were more commonly related to skin disorders than elsewhere in Europe. Symptoms similar to those reported by EHS individuals are common in the general population.
Fast Forward to 2016
MP and MEP and Michele environmentalists Laurence BEE RIVASI held Thursday, February 11 for the first time in the National Assembly a symposium for the recognition of electro hypersensitivity as a disability. Below is the petition they have created. It has been translated below from French to English.
There is urgency to act now, because facing the current deployment of connected objects, experiments of 5G mobile telephony and still more wifi in public places, we are more than ever surrounded by a “fog wave “harmful to everyone’s health. In late August, a court recognized a disability of 80% to a woman with electro-hypersensitivity.
The Belpomme teacher present at the symposium, presented his research on over 1200 electro-hypersensitive and chemical-sensitive; it demonstrates the reality of this pathology.
Physicians, allied health professionals and health professionals, as citizens, we call on you to sign this appeal, released at the symposium and having already collected 50 first signatures of doctors and health professionals
“To better understand and recognize electro-hypersensitivity”
We, doctors, scientists and health professionals, considering the appeal of Fribourg launched in 2002 by physicians, we find in recent years during our consultations, a dramatic rise in severe and chronic diseases among our patients, such as:
Symptoms usually found in mobile phone use:
- Pain and / or heat in the ear
- Disorders of the surface sensitivity type dysesthesia (tingling, tingling, burning or itching) on the face, scalp or arm
Then gradually, and permanently:
- Headache, associated typically with stiffness and pain in the neck.
- Tinnitus, hyperacusis,
- Visual disturbances type of blurred vision,
- Anomalies of deep sensitivity (false vertigo), malaise
- Skin lesions with sensation of burns (causalgia) and / or itching,
- Muscle disorders (myalgia, spasms, twitching) and / or joints (arthralgia, stiffness)
- Cognitive disorders.
- Onset of severe cognitive disorders (attention deficit and concentration, loss of short term memory)
- Vegetative symptoms sympathomimetic (chest tightness, tachycardia)
- Digestive or urinary disorders,
- Insomnia, chronic fatigue and possibly depressive tendency.
And finally, in the absence of treatment and protection measure, evolution is marked by progressive constitution of pathological lesions, totally irreversible: delirium, absences, spatial disorientation or temporal state of dementia resembling a disease Alzheimer including young subjects. In children headache and sleep disorders, dyslexia, attention disorders and concentration, loss of memory attachment, sometimes behavioral problems (child refusing to go to school without reason)
Considering that we know the residential environment and habits of our patients, we often see a correlation in time and space, between the occurrence of these disorders and the beginning of the extension of the radiation waves electromagnetic, in cases such as:
- The installation of a mobile phone mast in the vicinity of the home or the patient’s workplace,
- Intensive use of a mobile phone,
- The use of a wireless DECT telephone at home or at work.
Electromagnetic fields thus appear to partly explain the appearance of these disorders.
As indicated by the International Scientific Statement on electromagnetic sensitivity and sensitivity to multiple chemicals signed by scientists and doctors around the world gathered at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Brussels in May 2015, on the initiative of the ECERI biomarkers have been identified in the EHS sufferers that establish the existence of true debilitating conditions. So much so that some people must isolate polluted places by electromagnetic fields (WiFi, mobile phone …) to continue living under the most normal conditions possible. However, this disease is still not recognized by the French health authorities.
In the context of the recognition by the Dispute Tribunal of the inability of Toulouse, 80% of disability suffered by a patient with electro-hypersensitivity, we believe it is time to finally discuss this major issue public health.
This pathology is complex and multifactorial, we are clueless about these people, whose physical suffering is real and symptoms found. Although scientific controversy remains in some respects on the subject, these patients exist and their responses must be made medically to alleviate their suffering.
We need to be better informed on health impacts of electromagnetic fields and to be equipped with tools to better help these patients. We call solemnly as the French government and particularly the Minister of Health to the health impact of electromagnetic fields a health priority and take these patients, more and more, which are mostly in big trouble and social insecurity.
It seems essential, as a precaution, lower the general population exposure to electromagnetic fields; especially in terms of children, reduce their exposure to wifi and tablets in schools. An independent and thorough research should be conducted on the subject and electro hypersensitive persons should be able to take refuge in “white areas”
Finally, decisions of some houses Departmental Disabled Persons recognize electro-hypersensitivity as a disability must be definitively validated and applied by all MDPH for people to EHS are all supported.
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