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The two different conditions, real physical ES/EHS, or Electrosensitivity, and psychological fear IEI-EMF, or Electrophobia, are often confused.
This confusion between real sensitivity (EHS) and psychological fear (IEI-EMF) pervades much of the modern literature. This includes the WHO Backgrounder 296 on EHS and the Wikipedia entry on EHS.
This confusion between real EHS and psychological fear IEI-EMF makes the WHO Backgrounder 296 on EHS of 2005 essentially invalid from a medical viewpoint. This WHO Backgrounder claims that real EHS no longer exists and defines IEI-EMF as a fear unrelated to real EHS. This reflects the WHO EMF Project's attempt to play down established adverse health effects from non-thermal electromagnetic exposure. The fact that the Backgrounder has not been updated with recent studies confirming real EHS established in the 1960s and 1970s, and that it does not include any reference to the thousands of people now diagnosed with real EHS based on objective medical markers in environmental clinics around the world, is said to indicate that the WHO EMF Project still remains subservient to pro-wireless activists.
Individual symptoms of human sensitivity to non-thermal electromagnetic exposure have been studied and recorded since ancient times. The defined condition with its specific symptoms, such as headaches, sleep effects, heart effects etc, was first published in 1932. It was established in detail, including the three stages in the progression of EHS, during the 1960s and 1970s.
In the 1980s, with the spread of cellphones, real EHS spread from being an occupational hazard for electricity, radar and radio workers, into the general population. The first support group for people with EHS was formed in Sweden in the 1980s, where cellphones were first developed. The first country, therefore, to recognise EHS as a functional impairment was also Sweden.
Real EHS was recognised internationally by groups like the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2000. This group also allocated it an ICD-10 number. The WHO/ICNIRP recognised non-thermal ES effects and symptoms from 2001 and in 2002 advised goverments to adopt non-thermal limits to protect people vulnerable to non-thermal exposures.
This different condition, where a person develops Electrophobia, a fear of electromagnetic exposure, usually from information in the media, was defined in the 1990s. In 2004 the WHO EMF Project proposed the name IEI-EMF (Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance - Electromagnetic Fields) to label this fear. The WHO Backgrounder on this IEI-EMF, which it defined as a psychological fear, was misleadingly labelled "Electromagnetic hypersensitivity", a term most researchers reserve for the Real EHS, the physical condition. By defining EHS as IEI-EMF which in turn is defined as a fear which is not caused physically by EMF, the WHO has failed to provide information on the established Real EHS.
On September 13 2017, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries recommended a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment are fully investigated by scientists independent from industry.
(A global NGO of docotors, scientists and health professionals focused on the linkages between human health and environmental factors, founded in 1990, based at Basel, Switzerland, and possessing official consultative status with the UN and WHO.)
5th Congress, Belgium, May 2015
At the National Assembly, February 2016
"Reykjavik Appeal on Wireless Technology in Schools" (February 24 2017)
This represents the current majority scientific viewpoint.
It was signed by 130 leading experts and adherents to the majority viewpoint on the dangers of low-level irradiation of children:
Protocol for diagnosing and treating EHS:
Warnings to general public on need to reduce cellphone and WiFi radiation exposure:
The USA's CDC says that 50% of US adults suffer from chronic disease. That 50% are potentially having their disease symptoms made worse by Electrosmog from wireless communication devices. It seems that the primary harm from Radio Waves is not brain cancer, but exacerbation of the diseases people already have.
At the 5th International Symposium on the "Interaction of Nervous and Immune Systems in Health and Disease" in St Petersburg, Russia, on June 26th 2015, Prof. Trevor Marshall of the Autoimmunity Research Foundation described two simple experiments which demonstrate that many patients with chronic disease also exhibit Electromagnetic Hyper-Sensitivity (EHS). The experiments are easily replicated.
Immune Sensitivity at -55 to -90 dBm
Professor Leszczynski is an expert on the body's cellular stress response. This is activated by cellphone radiation.