Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) Claim Wins in Court

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is becoming common enough that court battles are being won by the claimant instead of being tossed out as “all in your head” scenarios. On August 27, 2015, a French court in Toulouse awarded Marine Richard, a disability payment of approximately $900 a month for 3 years because she cannot be around any form of electromagnetic radiation without becoming ill. She now lives in a remote area of SW France in a barn with no electricity.

The World Health Organization (W.H.O) seems to agree with the French court. On September 5, 2015, they issued a statement calling for the recognition of electrohypersensitivity as a real disease, worthy of inclusion into the ICD, the International Classification of Diseases. This is a reversal of several years of them saying they simply weren’t sure EMF could cause any specific health effects.

Does the United States agree with W.H.O. and the French courts?

It’s actually very unclear what the limits are in this country. In 2013, parents of an electromagnetically hypersensitive boy, filed a lawsuit against Fay School, a private school that provides WiFi for all students. Soon after this system was installed the boy’s symptoms included headaches, nosebleeds and nausea. The school hired a firm to check the EMF emissions from their WiFi. Fay School did not have to pay because according to U.S. safety standards, the radiation emissions were within the safety limits allowed in this country. This led me to wonder…how current are our safety standards?

Does the US have up to date safety standards?

The FCC adopted limits for Maximum Permissible Exposure created by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements in their report “Biological Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields in 1986.

Given that it is now 2015, are these standards still valid? The use of Smart meters is based on “duty cycles” that limit the number of times a meter can send data, but power companies have the ability to change the frequency at will. It would seem that NOW is a good time to review and rewrite the standards for safe exposure to EMF’s.

How do you know if you are Electromagnetically Sensitive?

Are you frequently tired? Have headaches? Poor concentration? Drowsiness? Mood swings? These are just some of the symptoms of electromagnetic sensitivity. Electrosensitivity is masking itself as chronic fatigue and a generalized feeling of “I’m just not super-charged anymore…”.

To find out if you fit this profile, read our article “Electrosensitivity – The Silent Epidemic“. There are solutions for EHS in this article too. Let’s hope that more people do not have to win court cases for doctors and family members to realize that EHS is real, and adequate protection from EMF can restore health and happiness to someone who is now miserable.



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