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Are WiFi Allergies Real?
Arguments For and Against EHS
The overwhelming majority of the medical establishment insists that there is no evidence to support a connection between Wi-Fi radiation and the symptoms of EHS. Wi-Fi routers, as they point out, produce electromagnetic radiation with a frequency that is 100,000 times less powerful than that of a microwave oven. Electronic devices, including Wi-Fi routers, mobile phones and tablets, emit non-ionizing radiation, which are considered too low-frequency to cause any health problems.
One problem with claims of EHS is the lack of consistency in symptoms reported. Symptoms seems to vary from individual to individual, with the only consistency being that they attribute their pain to electromagnetic fields. Almost all symptoms are self-reported rather than independently discovered. Studies on EHS have shown that participants displayed symptoms when they knew they were being exposed, but not when they were exposed to electromagnetic signals unknowingly. A double blind study by the World Health Organization in 2005, concluded that the symptoms did not correspond to exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
However, for those experiencing the symptoms the pain is very real, and no amount of studies saying otherwise will change their minds. In 2015, a 15-year old girl in Britain took her own life as a result of inescapable pain from EHS, according to the suicide note she left behind.
For now, government organizations like the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States and National Health System (NHS) in the United Kingdom deny there is a link between Wi-Fi and mobile device radiation and the health problems described by those with EHS. Only the government of Sweden has recognized EHS as a real medical condition for which sufferers can seek disability.
An Oasis for Those Afflicted by EHS
For some dealing with the pain of EHS, their symptoms have become unbearable leaving them simply unable to continue with their lives as they once did. Some of these have found refuge in the tiny, isolated town of Green Bank, West Virginia in the United States. Wi-Fi, cell phones, TV transmissions, and radios are actually banned within the city limits because the village of around 150 people is located within a National Radio Quiet Zone. The zone was established so large radio telescopes could be used without interference from electromagnetic signals commonly used in the rest of the country. Since 2013, 36 people suffering from EHS have relocated here and have found a sense of peace.
For doctors, the jury is still out on what exactly is causing EHS. More research must be done to confirm why exactly people are reporting these disturbing symptoms. As Wi-Fi and mobile devices become ever more common, we can only expect the number of people experiencing EHS symptoms to increase.