Can You Really Be Allergic to Wifi and Cell Phones?
Along with the incredibly fast increase in our use of wireless technologies, the number of people who claim getting health symptoms from exposure to wifi, cell phones or other sources of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is on the rise
And while the current scientific “consensus” is that this non-ionizing radiation cannot possibly induce health effects besides overheating tissues, an increasing number of independent scientists and doctors are ringing the alarm.
“Will We All Become Electrosensitive?”
In a 2006 letter to the editor of the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, researchers Örjan Hallberg from Sweden and Gerd Oberfeld from Austria shared their concerning observations:
“Each year an increasing number of people claim to suffer from electrosensitivity, also known as being electrically hypersensitive (EHS). There are also other diseases, such as fibromyalgia and burn-out syndrome, that have symptoms similar to those exhibited by people suffering from electrosensitivity.”
And they ended with a pretty damning prediction:
“Contrary to the views of mainstream medical authorities, [our data] shows that the group of electrosensitive people around the world, including Sweden, is not just a small fraction that deviates from the rest of the healthy population. Instead, it points at the possibility that electrosensitivity will be more widespread in the near future. The extrapolated trend indicates that 50% of the population can be expected to become electrosensitive by the year 2017.”
Is “Evidence-Based Medicine” Blinded By Bad Science?
In the last few decades, many researchers attempted to elucidate whether electro hypersensitivity (EHS) is a real medical condition, or if the nocebo effect could be responsible for the symptoms displayed by people who claim they are sensitive.
Several provocation studies using cellular base stations or cell phones against a sham have been mostly inconsistent.
In a 2015 aggregation of two such large studies, researchers concluded:
“These findings are consistent with a growing body of literature indicating there is no causal relationship between short-term exposure to EMFs and subjective well-being in members of the public whether or not they report perceived sensitivity to EMFs.”
But as researcher Dariusz Leszczynski reported in recent presentation he gave in Seoul, South Korea, these studies have been designed with a lot of dangerous assumptions, making them virtually irrelevant to elucidate the truth around EHS.
Scientists do not know if volunteers participating in studies have the correct self-diagnosis of EHS
Scientists have no proof that the methods they using are indeed capable of detecting EHS
Scientists introduce biases by excluding volunteers with pre-existing health problems (and a lot of people who claim being EHS suffer from important symptoms)
In other words, provocation studies mostly designed by psychiatrists and trying to prove that EHS is “all in the head” should not be taken as proof that our exposure to EMFs cannot possibly cause symptoms.
Leszczynski proposes that instead of merely turning a cell phone ON and OFF and seeing if a person reacts, we should be on the lookout for tangible biological markers in people who claim they are EHS.
French Doctor Detects Reliable Biomarkers of Electro Hypersensitivity
About 3 years ago, French researcher Dr. Dominique Belpomme published a groundbreaking paper which identified several reliable biomarkers found in people with electro hypersensitivity:
“Our data strongly suggest that EHS and MCS [multiple chemical sensitivity] can be objectively characterized and routinely diagnosed by commercially available simple tests. Both disorders appear to involve inflammation-related hyper-histaminemia, oxidative stress, autoimmune response, capsulothalamic hypoperfusion and BBB opening, and a deficit in melatonin metabolic availability; suggesting a risk of chronic neurodegenerative disease.”
In up to 80% of more than 500 studied patients, he saw high levels of blood histamine, elevated S100B (a marker of leakage of the blood-brain barrier) and elevated NTT (a marker of oxidative stress).
Dr. Belpomme’s research is still early, but could confirm our greatest fears: that wireless technologies are definitely not as safe as they were touted to be.
Are You Part Of The 35%?
The most dire estimates show that millions of people in North America alone could be feeling various symptoms after being exposed to wifi, cell phones, Bluetooth and the countless wireless gadgets that are now ubiquitous these days.
Dr. Magda Havas, who has been teaching about electro pollution and its effects on health since the mid 1990s at the Trent University in Toronto, Canada, explained in her 2014 paper:
I use a conservative estimate of 3% of the population for those who have severe symptoms. […] Another 35% population may have mild to moderate symptoms of EHS when exposed to electrosmog. People in this latter group can function in an electrosmog environment but may develop headaches or have difficulty sleeping and are living a life compromised by increasingly poor health as a consequence of their exposure.
She explains that the top symptoms of EHS include:
Fatigue, sleep disturbance, headaches, feeling of discomfort, difficulty concentrating, depression, memory loss, visual disruptions, irritability, hearing disruptions, skin problems, cardiovascular problems, dizziness, loss of appetite, movement difficulties, and nausea.
She also reports that these symptoms correspond to the various symptoms that have been reported in various studies in populations exposed to cell phone base stations, and in studies from the European and Soviet literature dating back from the late 1960s.
Could it be that Hallberg & Oberfeld’s predictions have come true? Will we all become electrosensitive?
Most Doctors & Health Practitioners Completely Oblivious To The Problem
“I see EMF sensitivity very frequently in my clinic” explains triple-board physician Dr. Zach Bush. “But the first times I heard it from patients, I didn’t believe it at all.”
Dr. Bush is not alone. Most health practitioners — even in those practicing functional medicine — are still unaware that EMFs can be an environmental trigger leading to symptoms in many people.
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, who has been aware of the problem for decades and has seen tremendous benefits in reducing electrosmog in his chronically ill patients, argues that EMFs is the “most important missing link in medicine”.
Klinghardt, a pioneer in his field, even publicly states that exposure to EMFs is one of the lead causes of most neurological diseases and the main reason most cases of chronic infections do not respond to most treatments.
“There’s a group of Lyme patients that get well, and there’s a group of Lyme patients that don’t budge. The ones that get well are the ones who follow my advice on reducing exposure to Electrosmog.”
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, no functional medicine certification, program or course is available for practitioners seeking to learn the best practices EMF-aware practitioners such as Drs. Klinghardt and Bush are using in their respective clinics.
How to Seek An EMF-Aware Practitioner… or Become OneBecome One
Most people who feel symptoms from EMFs are not taken seriously, or mistakenly referred to psychiatrists. That’s not right.
As an investigative health journalist who has been researching the topic of EMFs for several years and written a bestselling book on the topic, I know that the vast majority of health practitioners today are not well equipped to identify EMF-related symptoms and help their patients or clients reduce their EMF exposure.
This is why I teamed up with medical pioneers such as Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt and independent researchers to try to fix this important knowledge gap in functional medicine.
We recently created a quick guide called “How EMFs Affect Your Patients” — which all GreenMedInfo readers can download free of charge.