Are WiFi Allergies Real?

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In the hit AMC series Better Call Saul, actor Mike McKean stars as a reclusive lawyer, who rarely leaves the house due to his extreme sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. He works only by sun or lantern light, forbids anyone from bringing a cellphone into the house, and only goes outside wearing a special foil blanket to protect him from the harmful rays of electromagnetism. If he is exposed, he experiences piercing headaches, dizziness, and eventually blacks out.

Obviously, Chuck McGill is a fictional character, but the show brought attention to a rumored condition that has been either dismissed as a myth or completely ignored until now: Electromagnetic Hyper-Sensitivity, or EHS. An increasing number of people around the world are claiming to suffer from symptoms very much like those experienced by this popular television character.


Life for People With EHS

EHS is believed to be triggered by exposure to cell phone radiation and most importantly, Wi-Fi signals. Those who claim to suffer from this condition describe a wide variety of symptoms including headaches, searing pain in the teeth, nausea, and heart palpitations. A British woman claiming to suffer from EHS named Mary Coales stated that it feels like “being tasered in her mouth.” Those who claim to suffer from it insist that their symptoms intensify depending on their proximity to the electromagnetic signal’s source, such as a Wi-Fi router. Given how ubiquitous the presence of Wi-Fi is these days, it has made life for EHS sufferers very difficult. Movie theaters, cafes, hotels – all things the rest of us take for granted – are off limits to them.

What is interesting is that many EHS sufferers seem to develop their symptoms later in life, after already being exposed to Wi-Fi and cell phone signals for years, or even decades. It is currently unknown why some people can seemingly spontaneously develop these symptoms, even after years of exposure without problems.

Some people with EHS have found relief in the form of a special material called Aaronia Fabric, which filters out electromagnetic shields. The fabric, which is made from a combination of polyamide and silver, can be used to line the walls of a house, or in the case of Mary Coales, make a bonnet that allows her to walk outside unharmed. Other EHS sufferers have found their symptoms improve by replacing newer florescent light bulbs with old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. This suggests that some people with EHS are more sensitive than others if even mere light bulbs are triggering their symptoms.

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