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Evidence of the consequences of over (exposure) to electromagnetic fields in contemporary societies. Despite the fact that this reality is still unknown, in many countries, this pathology is already being recognized and the people affected by it are partially compensated for its consequences as evidenced by this news published in DN.

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electromagnetic hypersensitivity , or allergy to wireless, led to a Frenchwoman isolating herself in a region without electricity. The court awarded her an allowance of 800 euros per month.

What would you do if you suddenly had a wifi allergy? Or the phone, tablet and smart meter? Perhaps the same as Marine Richard, a 39-year-old Frenchwoman who last week won a court case for being “allergic” to electromagnetic radiation from various gadgets. The judge concluded that she is entitled to an allowance of 800 euros per month for the next three years due to this condition, although the World Health Organization (WHO) is not clear about it.
What happened to Richard was a succession of symptoms associated with the condition of electromagnetic hypersensitivity or electro-sensitivity: severe headaches, fatigue, nausea, and constant palpitations . The Frenchwoman eventually moved to a refurbished barn in a mountainous region of south-western France, where she has no electricity at all and fetches water from the well. More and more cases are identified, with long lists of symptoms, and these people are forced to withdraw from society – where radiation is constant.

What is curious about this case is that the Toulouse court, which granted the right to the allowance, did not formally recognize electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) as a disease, which makes Marine Richard’s case unheard of. “Like other environmental conditions, this decision sets a precedent so that these people are not excluded from the rest of society without the means to maintain any dignity,” he tells DN Michael Bevington, trustee of the nonprofit ElectroSensitivity UK (ES- UK). “There have been cases in the UK where people received compensation after losing their job due to wi-fi radiation injuries, but these allowances were awarded using alternative names for the disease or keeping it secret.” Richard can now change that.

WHO classifies this condition as an idiopathic environmental intolerance (ie the cause is unknown) that is linked to sensitivity to noise, light and allergens (as chemicals). It was initially identified among radar workers and electrical components in the 1930s, but it was not until the 1980s – with computers, mobile phones and wi-fi since 2000 – that it began to spread. Organizations like ES-UK put pressure on governments to impose limits; The European Council called on governments to establish “white” zones, free from man-made radiation, and even called for a ban on wi-fi and mobile phones in schools. The WHO, while not recognizing electromagnetic fields as causing the disease, has classified low-frequency and radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation as a potentially carcinogenic agent.

The problem is that the massification of these technologies is recent, and WHO says that more scientific studies are needed to reach a conclusion. But the victims may start to get younger and younger. In late August, the parents of a 12-year-old student sued a school in Boston over wireless. The boy began to suffer adverse effects after internet access technology was installed at Fay’s school in Southboro, but the principal has not complied with his parents’ claims and the case is now in court.

“Recent developments in understanding EHS include suggestions for genetic linkages,” says Michael Bevington, referring to a diagnostic protocol presented in Brussels in May – which suggests that 40% of adults in the United States who suffer chronic inflammation are also sensitive to electromagnetic exposure. “An environmental health expert called this” the 21st century disaster, “” says Bevington. Some countries, such as the United States and Sweden, recognize EHS; others, such as the United Kingdom, deny it. In Virginia, USA, there is a radiation-free zone, Green Bank, where people suffering from the condition have moved: the BBC has called them the “wi-fi refugees.” Several companies sell devices to minimize the impact of radiation, from sleeping bags, monitors and power filters to protective four-poster beds.

In addition to electromagnetic hypersensitivity, other problems related to the use of technology have emerged in recent years. What is already called “the sms neck,” where the person constantly pushes his neck down when he fumbles on the phone, is growing in scale and causing a real epidemic. That’s what New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine spinal surgery director Kenneth Hansraj called him in an article in The Washington Post in late 2014. This forced position equals an overweight of about 30 pounds in the neck, the which can seriously damage the spine. Sleep disturbances are other frequent effects: artificial light from television, computers and smartphones affects melatonin production and disrupts circadian cycles. ”

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