Wi-Fi Sensitive Push For Recognition Of Their Disability

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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.

9 Comments on "Wi-Fi Sensitive Push For Recognition Of Their Disability"

  1. InfvoCuernos | Jul 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm |

    Even more sad is the fact that only Dr. Henry Rollins seems to be the only physician treating black cancer sufferers.

    • atlanticus | Jul 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm |

      “Black shakes”, but yeah…damn, you beat me to it…

      • InfvoCuernos | Jul 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm |

        I knew I was off on that one, thanks for the catch. You must be the other Johnny Mnemonic fan.

  2. All you have to do is put up “wi-fi free zone” signs. Repeated testing has shown that these people only show symptoms when they think they are being hit with radio waves. I understand that they are very sincere in their beliefs, but believing in something does not make it true, even if you really, really believe.

    • Be careful, belief is much more powerful than you would guess. Might not make things true, but it makes things happen.

      We are in an area of little or no clinical research because if they believe it is not true, they do not research it. And here is one case in point…

      • Ok- I really, really believe that it is all in their heads. That should also make things happen. Also authors of the following clinical studies on the phenomenon believe it is psychosomatic- and this is a tiny sample of the available scholarship-

        “Electromagnetic fields and public health: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity”. WHO Factsheet 296. World Health Organisation (WHO). December 2005. Retrieved 2012-10-24.

        Rubin,James; J Das Munshi J, Simon Wessely (March–April 2005).
        “Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: a systematic review of provocation studies”. Psychosomatic Medicine 67 (2): 224–32. doi:10.1097/01.psy.0000155664.13300.64. PMID 15784787.

        Röösli M (June 2008). “Radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure and non-specific symptoms of ill health: a systematic review”. Environ. Res. 107 (2): 277–87. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2008.02.003. PMID 18359015.

        Regel,Sabine; Sonja Negovetic, Martin Roosli, Veronica Berdinas, Jurgen
        Schuderer, Anke Huss, Urs Lott, Niels Kuster, and Peter Achermann
        (August 2006). “UMTS Base Station-like Exposure, Well-Being, and Cognitive Performance”. Environ Health Perspect 114 (8): 1270–5. doi:10.1289/ehp.8934. PMC 1552030. PMID 16882538.

        Rubin, James; G Hahn, BS Everitt, AJ Clear, Simon Wessely (2006). “Are some people sensitive to mobile phone signals? Within participants double blind randomised provocation study”. British Medical Journal 332 (7546): 886–889. doi:10.1136/bmj.38765.519850.55. PMC 1440612. PMID 16520326.

        Wilen,J; A Johansson, N Kalezic, E Lyskov, M Sandstrom (April 2006).
        “Psychophysiological tests and provocation of subjects with mobile phone related symptoms”. Bioelectromagnetics 27 (3): 204–14. doi:10.1002/bem.20195. PMID 16304699.

        Roosli,Martin; M Moser, Y Baldinini, M Meier, C Braun-Fahrlander (February 2004). “Symptoms of ill health ascribed to electromagnetic field
        exposure–a questionnaire survey”. Int J Hyg Environ Health 207 (2): 141–50. doi:10.1078/1438-4639-00269. PMID 15031956.

        “Definition, epidemiology and management of electrical sensitivity”, Irvine, N, Report for the Radiation Protection Division of the UK Health Protection Agency, HPA-RPD-010, 2005

        Sage, Cindy. “Microwave And Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure: A Growing Environmental Health Crisis?”. San Francisco Medical Society web page. Retrieved 2008-05-31.

        Levitt, B. Blake (1995). Electromagnetic Fields. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Company. pp. 181–218.

        Carlsson, F; B Karlson B, P Orbaek, K Osterberg, PO Ostergren (July 2005).
        “Prevalence of annoyance attributed to electrical equipment and smells in a Swedish population, and relationship with subjective health and
        daily functioning”. Public Health 119 (7): 568–77. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2004.07.011. PMID 15925670.

        Rea, William; Yaqin Pan, Ervin Yenyves, Iehiko Sujisawa, Hideo Suyama, Nasrola Samadi, Gerald Ross (1991). “Electromagnetic field sensitivity”. Journal of Bioelectricity 10: 241–256.

        ^ Philips, Alasdair and Jean (2003–2011). Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) (in 8 sections)

        Hillert, L; N Berglind, BB Arnetz, T Bellander (February 2002). “Prevalence of self-reported hypersensitivity to electric or magnetic fields in a
        population-based questionnaire survey”. Scand J Work Environ Health 28 (1): 33–41. PMID 11871850.

        Levallois, P; R Neutra, G Lee, L Hristova (August 2002). “Study of self-reported hypersensitivity to electromagnetic fields in California”. Environ Health Perspect 110 (Suppl 4): 619–23. doi:10.1289/ehp.02110s4619. PMC 1241215. PMID 12194896.

        Schreier N, Huss A, Röösli M (2006). “The prevalence of symptoms attributed to electromagnetic field exposure: a cross-sectional representative survey in Switzerland”. Soz Praventivmed 51 (4): 202–9. doi:10.1007/s00038-006-5061-2. PMID 17193782.

        • Nice list. But I was referring to research in belief and it’s effects. Sorry you went to all that work for nothing.

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