Are people allergic to contemporary technology the victims of mass hypercondria, or the newest emerging disabled class? British Columbia, Canada’s Times Colonist reports an effort to ban Wi-Fi on the area’s mass transportation:
While debate rages on over the effects of wireless technology on human health, those who claim a hypersensitivity to electromagnetism have called on B.C. Ferries to provide options to limit their exposure.
Louise Campbell of Nanoose Bay says her sensitivity to wireless devices can make a ferry ride to the Mainland a nightmare. Campbell avoids restaurants, coffee shops, movie theatres and anywhere she expects exposure. Campbell has called on B.C. Ferries to provide a way to limit exposure to the ship’s wireless technology while on voyages.
Many in the scientific and medical communities have countered the assault on wireless with stiff resistance. Those who say they suffer call it a disability. Health Canada maintains that “there is no convincing scientific evidence that exposure to low-level radiofrequency energy from Wi-Fi causes adverse health effects in humans.”
Christel Martin, the Nanaimo representative for Citizens for Safe Technology, said more support is needed for people with the disability. “There has to be a Wi-Fi-free zone,” she said. “We’re asking for equal rights, like any disabled person.”
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control capped off a two-year project in March with the release of its “radiofrequency toolkit” for environmental health practitioners. The 371-page report broke down the myriad types of wireless frequencies used in Canada, the research on their effects and methods to avoid exposure.