A man we know used to take his children to play at the top of the mountain where the cell towers now are. “I remember going up there just after the first cell tower was put up. We got out of the car and all the hairs on my arms stood up. Straight up, like this.” He showed us. “I knew something was terribly wrong. I packed the kids back in the car and got out of there as fast as I could. I’ve never gone back.”
Obviously, this man’s body was reacting to the electromagnetic field around the cell tower. The raised hairs on his arms were the symptom. Would you say he was EHS (electrohypersensitive), ES (electrosensitive), or just normal? I’d vote for “normal” because it doesn’t take much imagination to recognize that if you’re in the presence of pulsing man-made electromagnetic fields, they are bound to have some effect on you. The cell tower is clearly there to do something; it isn’t inert or decorative.
There are people who question whether EHS/ES is real, and some who attribute this condition to a psychological problem. Many ES sufferers, who know it is real, would like it to be officially considered a disability. Clearly some people (and animals) react more strongly to the presence of electromagnetic fields, but I would be careful about sticking labels on the condition. I think everyone is electrosensitive, because everyone without exception is affected by electromagnetic fields (EMFs). We are electromagnetic beings, after all.
In my last blog, (I Know, But…) I pointed out that, to a greater or lesser degree, almost everyone I know is sick in some way or another. All of their conditions could be attributed to the presence of man-made EMFs, and there is a huge body of independent scientific literature to support this contention. Everyone is affected by EMFs, whether they are consciously aware of this or not.
Let me give you an example. I have neighbours who don’t have Wi-Fi at home. Until recently, their house didn’t get Wi-Fi signals from anywhere. Then a young couple moved into the top floor flat of the house opposite and turned their Wi-Fi on. Suddenly my neighbour can’t sleep. Worse, she’s become aggressive and argumentative, always trying to pick a fight. Her husband is now in a permanently bad mood, as well as very depressed. Are they aware that their neighbours’ Wi-Fi is causing these things? They would deny it; they can’t feel the EMFs. Their bodily responses say otherwise. Are they ES?
The fact is, everyone’s physical responses to EMFs is the same, though the symptoms may vary. First, EMFs cause oxidative stress, which means that electrons break off from cells and ricochet around the body; they become free radicals. Free radicals lower the body’s natural immunity, which leads to cancer and other diseases.
Second, EMFs affect the endocrine system. There is much talk of “brain fog” these days, and it has become such a recognized problem that the condition was featured on a morning health show here in Greece. A doctor explained in detail how mast cells from the thyroid gland penetrate the blood-brain barrier and cause mental confusion (The solution? Eat lots of apple skins and peanuts).
What the reporter did not ask was how this happens, and why it happens. After all, the blood-brain barrier exists to prevent this sort of event. So the doctor was not given the chance to explain that EMFs render the blood-brain barrier permeable, or that EMFs affect our hormonal system, causing the thyroid gland to release these mast cells (which it shouldn’t), or that we are generating these EMFs ourselves, with our smartphones and cellphones, walk-around phones, Wi-Fi and cell towers. No, it wouldn’t do to say that. Phone companies are major advertisers, and the government insists that EMFs are harmless.
Another effect of EMFs on the endocrine system is that they trigger our fight-or-flight hormones such as adrenaline. This is particularly noticeable with Wi-Fi. A few minutes after entering a Wi-Fi environment, people’s heart rates speed up, and the release of adrenaline expresses itself in different ways. Some people feel a sort of “rush”, like a mild form of speed, which can turn into depression afterwards. Some people get headaches, feel sick, lose their balance or feel faint. Some people experience brain fog; they can’t think clearly, remember things, or find the words they want to use. Some people become very aggressive. Others experience intense rage. The point is, everyone has some reaction, because all of us without exception are responding to to the release of hormones into our bloodstream.
The rage, as I mentioned in my last blog, is all too evident in society. As we increasingly live in Wi-Fi-saturated environments: every home, every shop, Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere, even Wi-Fi sidewalks (courtesy of Amazon), it is hardly surprising if some members of society cannot control their fury. They are, not to put too fine a point on it, being tortured. It may well be that Wi-Fi (or EMFs generally) is responsible for the spate of mass shootings that has been sweeping the U.S., and that the only thing preventing the same thing happening in other societies is the lack of available weapons. And it may turn out that the shooters are not crazy in the conventional sense but are in fact extremely electrosensitive. In this case, are they in fact legally responsible for their actions?
Look what happened to a schoolteacher in London who developed ES as a result of exposure to Wi-Fi and 5G. Her extremely interesting testimonial, “Electrical Hypersensitivity Symptoms” can be read at https://app.box.com/s/u3m0alxuxbnna6w8g2w2huaxny9o7ys6. Among her many symptoms was extreme rage. She writes: ‘The symptom that worried me most, emerged right from the start and is still bothering me… is anger. I have sudden bursts of rage that I could not externalise and I had to bite my teeth in order to keep my self control. I would have an episode almost every day or even many times in a day. I felt like a bull provoked by a waving red flag…At the peak of my symptoms these episodes would last for hours and I could even lose track of time. I still have them even now, although less frequently. I am now down to one per week and the rage lasts [a] few minutes rather than hours..”
Violence against others may easily result when a person does not realize that feelings of anger and rage are being caused by environmental factors such as Wi-Fi or 5G. Rage is becoming a common symptom of ES, and it is extremely dangerous to both the person who feels it and to society as a whole.
Some individuals whose bodies react badly to EMFs become aware that EMFs cause unpleasant symptoms and try to avoid them whenever they can. Some people cannot cope at all, and must go live somewhere entirely devoid of EMFs (which is getting very hard to do). There is no doubt that for such people, ES is in fact a serious disability, effectively barring them from the workplace, from school, from hospitals (which are full of EMF-emitting electronic equipment) and most social situations. For these people, normal life is over.
So, do we pension these people off, write them off as “collateral damage” and go with an increasingly wireless world? After all, aren’t there always a few people who just can’t cope with new technologies? It probably goes right back to the discovery of fire. Even way back then, there were undoubtedly a few who complained of burnt fingers and impaired night vision.
However, since all of us are affected by the same physical processes EMFs cause, all of us must be to a greater or lesser extent electrosensitive. After all, if one has never heard of ES, one cannot possibly know if one has it. Many people attribute the symptoms of ES—the sleeplessness, anger, depression, exhaustion, headaches, brain fog, etc.—to stress. People are becoming used to feeling unwell; it’s the new normal. Those who can’t find a reason for feeling bad tend to soldier on. And that, by the way, is most people.
Some years ago, before we had ever heard of ES, we met a woman and child living in a tent at a campsite near Athens. She couldn’t, she told us, live in a house—any house—because wherever she lived, she and her little girl developed terrible allergies which no doctor could cure. The allergies did not appear to be caused by being outdoors (by plants, etc.) but by something in the houses themselves. After several years of moving from one place to another, one inspired doctor suggested that they try living in a tent. Desperate for relief, they did, and after a month both of them felt much better. Now they lived in the tent year-round, despite cold winters and a lack of amenities.
I think now that this woman and her child were both ES, though she did not mention the term and clearly could not identify what aspect of living in a house caused their problems. It might have been a cordless phone, or Wi-Fi from neighbours, or a nearby cell tower; I know she didn’t have a cell phone because she made her calls from the campsite office. How many people are like her, unable to pin down the cause of their illness? Even today, very few people know what ES is.
So what can we do about ES? I would hesitate to ghettoize ES—and I think the term elelctrohypersensitivity does just that, because it implies that there are an unfortunate few who just can’t cope, and that their problem is primarily psychological. “Microwave illness” or “radiation sickness” are terms which more accurately define what is in essence a medical condition. But is this condition really limited to a very small proportion of the population? If so, the government can well afford a few disability pensions so that everyone else can keep using this marvelous technology that is making a few people so very rich. Classifying ES as a disability may be a useful short-term solution (what else can you do if ES prevents you from earning a living?) but it gives government an easy out.
The other alternative—in my view the only alternative—is to put an end to the myth that only a few people are electrosensitive and make people realize how much of perceived illness/lack of well-being is due to the EMF-saturated environment we all live in. This is not a psychological condition; it is a physical condition that is being caused by physical processes which affect everyone. And since “everyone” includes leaders who have their finger on the trigger of nuclear weapons, it is a very scary condition indeed.
There is a great danger to society in pensioning off the electrosensitives—and, at the end of the day, you cannot pension off everyone. EMFs are an environmental poison, just like pesticides, or just as arsenic in the water supply is a poison. With any poison, some people show symptoms earlier or more drastically—but at the end of the day, everyone gets sick and dies. You don’t adapt to a poison; it kills you. The physical symptoms are warnings that should not be ignored. And this is why we must get rid of wireless technology; it’s a poison, and it’s killing all of us.
Picture caption: Living in a tent among the trees may be the only way some ES sufferers can find a measure of relief.