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Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome: causes, symptoms, and treatment

Are you suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome without knowing it? Oh, sure, you’ve got symptoms, but in all likelihood, it never occurred to you that your electronics and all the technology around you could be playing havoc with your energy field. Headaches, fatigue, mood swings, mysterious symptoms, ADD/ADHD, memory issues, and a long list of other symptoms that get written off as “I’m getting older,” “it’s just stress,” “not enough sleep,” etc.”. Take a few minutes and read you may be surprised and relieved to know that it’s not all your imagination.

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What is Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, electrosensitivity or EHS is a condition in which you may experience symptoms based on your exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation. If those symptoms decrease or disappear when that stimulus (like a Smart Meter, WiFi, or other radio frequency transmissions) is removed, you are considered EHS. 

A growing body of peer-reviewed research has found a relationship between exposure to low electromagnetic fields and a cluster of symptoms that include sleep disorders, headaches, memory and concentration difficulties, dizziness, muscle pain, and more symptoms we will cover below.

EHS individuals are more sensitive to the presence of EMF radiation. One could think of it as being allergic to EMF radiation. A parallel would be to think of those with food or chemical sensitivities.

Could this be you? An EHS person sent this email to us recently after taking our HSP Quiz.

“Thank you so much for taking the time to get back to me and all the information you sent.  One question that I have is that I read that there is a tape that can be put over tags on clothes to prevent them from rubbing. I have been reading about being highly sensitive lately, so I may have seen that from someone/somewhere else.

Amazingly, no one else seems to be sensitive to televisions.  It has become a problem in restaurants, electronic stores, and even in my home.

When I walk into a store like Best Buy,  I am hit with this feeling, and I have to leave immediately.   I’m not sure what you would call it, but negative energy, and if I am forced to stay, I almost immediately get a headache.  I also get that feeling when walking under power lines, from screens like large computers and those Huge large lighted screens that they now have in shopping malls. I just can’t stand it. It feels like my head is going to explode.

Do you know if anyone else has that, and if so, what are they finding they can do to help.    We have one TV that we have been able to keep in the house, and I can watch it if I am 15 or so feet away.   The other TV’s that we have tried out bother me even when they are not on.”

Our reply 

I’m glad you asked. There are several kinds of High Sensitivity. The first is what Elaine Aron dubbed Highly Sensitive Persons about 30+ years ago and is mostly focused on sensitivity to other people’s energy. We’ve expanded this quiz past the usual, “Yes, you’re sensitive to other people’s energy, negativity, moods, etc.” to include the other areas shown below. 
Being sensitive to tags and scratchy clothes falls under Sensory Sensitivity, which you scored high in. The tags that you can get to cover tags can be quite a relief.
You are by far not the only one sensitive to Television, and Best Buy and other stores like it, with alll the TVs, Stereos, WiFi, etc, on is like a blast of electromagnetic radiation. The newer televisions are almost always “smart TVs” even when turned off, they are still on alert mode and getting signals. It sounds like you fall into the Electromagnetic Sensitivity category, and you’re not unusual. It’s for people like you that we created the BioElectric Shield and have been in business for over 30 years.
The good news is – in 99% of cases like yours, we’ve been able to help substantially. Although you still may want to avoid Best Buy.  Read some of the reviews from EMF-sensitive people. 

Symptoms of Electrosensitivity can Mimic Other Health Issues – Solving a Mystery.

If you are allergic to anything;  food, cats, gluten…. how did you figure out you were allergic? In my case, I’m allergic to cat dander. I thought that allergy was gone, but with enough exposure, I get congested being around cats. I recall we visited good friends in Portland, Oregon. We arrived late afternoon, in time for dinner, and about an hour later, I began to be a little congested. By 9 pm, I realized it had to be the dander in the air from their two wonderful indoor cats. (Great cats, by the way.) We solved the problem by keeping the guest room door closed and the window open. By stepping outside and breathing fresh air every hour or so, I made it through the evening just fine and woke up without congestion the next morning. This was a piece of cat to figure out.

However, EMF is quite a bit trickier. It mimics other symptoms you may have had in the past, so it would be natural to assume that it’s just, say, a tension headache or a long day producing your fatigue. We even tend to write it off as getting older. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Our Computer Programmers Reported Headaches and more…

When Dr. Brown and I had a Pain and Allergy Clinic in the Boston area, we had several computer programmers who came in with symptoms we associate with stress. Many had headaches, neck and back pain, and sleep issues. As an Occupational Therapist, I immediately asked them about the ergonomics of their computer workstation. No one thought it was a problem. Why were nearly all of them getting headaches? Finally, it dawned on us that perhaps it was the job itself, which entailed sitting in front of a computer screen six days a week, 8-10 hours a day. In 1988, no one was talking about EMF radiation from computers.

So, we were mystified. What the heck was going on?

Detective Mode

We love solving mysteries and finding solutions, so we went into “detective mode.” We went to the Harvard Medical School library to search their research journals.

We looked up “EMF radiation and health issues” in their card catalog (does anyone remember these?), and were directed to a bunch of journals in various deep corners of this vast library. Imagine walking down long skinny library stacks that contain huge, fat, heavy journals with titles Bioelectromagnetics, Biomed Pharmacother, or International Journal of Radiation Biology.

In 1988, these volumes were not on the Internet. Sitting on the floor, because the journals were so heavy to hold and take notes, we’d open a volume and start reading. It was as if we were listening to our patients describe the VERY SAME symptoms!

The headaches, brain fog, poor focus, and sleep issues were experienced by utility workers, power station employees, industrial sewing machine operators, computer programmers, and heavy equipment operators. They ALL had constant exposure to EMF radiation at work. What a revelation! That was the good news. The bad news was that there were few solutions. Not enough people had the problem for big businesses to bother looking for solutions. They hadn’t even given it a title like Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, and you know research doesn’t get done unless there’s a name for the problem.

Now that we had the cause, we sent looking for a solution ourselves. We were unhindered by feeling like we needed to turn this into a giant enterprise. We just wanted to help the patients we had. That was successful; our patients improved, and we started BioElectric Shield Company to make the Shield available to those desperately searching for an answer.

Symptoms have been known and covered up for decades

Keep in mind that we were finally reading about published research in 1988. Deeper, darker forces had figured out a way to use EMF Radiation as a weapon!

As reported by  Dr. David O. Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany, in his article reviewing Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, in the Soviet Union, in the 1950s, radio and radar technicians reported various health issues. “Microwave generating equipment first became common during World War 2 with the development of radar. Soviet bloc countries reported that individuals exposed to microwaves frequently developed headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleepiness, difficulty in concentration, poor memory, emotional instability, and labile cardiovascular function, and established stringent exposure standards. “

EMF microwave attack on US Embassy Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome

The Soviets reportedly used this information to create a quiet little war on our US Embassy in Moscow. Do any of you remember the uproar in the 1960s and 1970s from US Embassy personnel reporting that the Kremlin was broadcasting microwave radiation into their building? They were reporting headaches, nausea, memory blocks, and dizziness. David Carpenter states, “The Soviets irradiated the US Embassy in Moscow with microwaves during the period 1953-1975, and while no convincing evidence of elevated cancer rates was reported, there were reports of “microwave illness.” 1 Reports from Europe and India reported similar attacks on their embassies.

By the 1970s, a few cases of EHS were reported in Sweden. By the 1980s, skin reactions were reported by those who worked on computer terminals. Today countries report anywhere from 1.5% (Sweden), 10% (Germany), and 13.3% (Taiwan) of the population has EHS. It is conjectured that these percentages are too low simply because most people either live with the symptoms or seek products that protect them and provide relief.

The World Health Organization, after years of requests from researchers, finally agreed that EMS was not a psychosomatic problem but a true physical illness with its own ICD code. This was fabulous news because now physicians could be reimbursed for treating the condition. You could get reimbursed – We’ve also had two customers submit the cost of their BioElectric Shield to their employers or their insurance company to reimburse them for their BioElectric Shields as a necessity for them to continue to work at their job (at their computers).

Even with all this, a large number of people aren’t aware that they should even be concerned. We’ve been pioneers in EMF awareness since 1991 and will continue researching, educating, and looking for additional solutions to help with our ever-changing levels of exposure.

Different People Have Different Symptoms of EHS.

There is no doubt that electromagnetic radiation is everywhere. It’s emitted by our cell phones, computers, Wi-Fi routers, and even household appliances. And while this type of radiation is said to be safe by the providers of our WiFi and other electronic technologies, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests otherwise.

David Carpenter continues by saying: “Why some individuals are more sensitive is unclear. While most individuals who report having EHS do not have a specific history of acute exposure, excessive exposure to EMFs, for even a brief period, can induce the syndrome.” 1

From the literature, it is believed that some people are simply more sensitive to electromagnetic radiation than others.

EHS – Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity – Different People, Different Symptoms

EHS symptoms can differ for each person suffering from the condition before exposure. Each person has their health history and possible vulnerabilities to anything that challenges their immune system. When you’re being affected by any kind of toxin (EMF IS a toxin), the area in your body that is most vulnerable and weak is usually hit most strongly. Often if you’ve been aware of an issue, you assume it’s getting worse for other reasons, even age. Think again. It may be that the technology around is causing the symptoms to come back or get worse.

The good news is that you’re reading this post and may find answers that work for you. If you’re unsure or suspect an interaction, take advantage of our free photo analysis. We’ve helped thousands of people recover their health and well-being because we can give specific answers and suggestions, not just wild guesses.

We have noticed at the BioElectric Shield Co. that many of our customers who are empaths or HSPs (Highly Sensitive Person) are sensitive to EMF radiation and other people’s energy. Their entire being is simply more sensitive to the world around them.

Add to this any exposure to heavy metals or mold, which will also add to the susceptibility to other challenges for your immune system.

are you experiencing symptoms -cell damage from cell phone emf radiation

Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?

This man may have quite the headache from using his Smartphone. But it’s equally possible that all that radiation is building up slowly over time to cause something even worse. Cellular changes can occur in your brain when exposed to more EMF radiation than your body can fend off with your immune system. In a comprehensive review of EHS, researchers found the following symptoms are commonly noted. 1

If you experience any of the following symptoms after extended exposure to electronic devices or electromagnetic fields, you may be suffering from EHS:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Headaches
  • Asthenia: Fatigue – Lack of Energy
  • Memory and Concentration difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Skin conditions
  • Mood disorders
  • Read the long list of over 40 symptoms

Being symptom-free doesn’t mean that cumulative cellular damage isn’t happening.

Most smokers don’t take a puff from a cigarette and become instantly aware that their lungs are being damaged. We’ve been exposed to asbestos, pesticides, and so much more without noticing anything daily, only to find out twenty, thirty, even forty years later that the damage is done and is irreparable.

How much EMF exposure do you have?

No one can answer this question precisely, but there are several areas to examine that could help guide you to solutions for relieving Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome.

Your Location:

  • Do you live in a large metropolitan area or a suburb of one? The greater the population, the higher your exposure to EMF radiation.
  • How close are you to cell towers? Go to www.antennaesearch.com. You may be very surprised at the number of towers and transmitters close to you.
  • Did you notice a sudden change in your health after a Smart Meter was installed in your home? Maybe not immediately, but a month or even six months later?

Your Exposure to EMF-producing devices:

  • Do you have WiFi at work or home? If you’re in an apartment or office building or have neighbors, you are getting their WiFi signals.
  • Is your home WiFi on 24/7.
  • Are there Smart meters in your neighborhood and on your home?
  • Is your phone on all the time? Do you keep it within two feet of you most of the time?
  • Do you keep your phone on and in your bedroom at night?
  • How many hours a day are you in front of a screen – your phone, tablet, or PC?
  • Now here’s the rather scary part – even if You don’t use much technology if you’re not in a rural area, you are probably being hit by the smart meters around you, your neighbors’ Wi-Fi (check your computer to see how many wifi signals you can pick up you’ll be amazed), then there are the cell towers, and in many areas, 5g has been installed, and you’re not even aware of it.

How is your health?

  • Have you ever been exposed to mold?
  • Do you know if you have an issue with heavy metals in your body? If you have silver fillings, mercury is in all those fillings.
  • Are there any other health conditions that challenge your immune system?
  • Have you started developing symptoms after WiFi was installed at home? Or at work?

Other People’s Energy

  • Are you at all sensitive to other people’s energy? If you are, your sensitivity to EMF radiation is likely heightened.
  • Do you feel drained after being with other people, particularly some individuals?
  • Do you avoid crowds and prefer to stay at home rather than deal with large groups, such as in malls or grocery stores?

Take a Quiz and Find out

Take the quiz, are you experiencing Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome

BE A DETECTIVE – FIND OUT if you have Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome

We’ve designed a free EMF Exposure quiz that will provide you with an EMF protection recommendation based on the total points you score in several areas related to EMF exposure. The score won’t tell you that you have electromagnetic sensitivity syndrome, but it can tell you how high your risk level is and give you suggestions for protection.

For those sensitive to other people’s energy, you can take the HSP, Highly Sensitive Person quiz, which also includes questions about EMF exposure, and receive detailed scores about your sensitivity and protection recommendations. When you go to the quiz page, you’ll notice that BOTH quizzes are available on that quiz. Choose the one you want to take, or take both!

Once you determine you have EHS, you can launch into ACTION and use three effective and proven strategies to get your life back and live your dreams!

Note about being a detective.

EMF radiation and its effects are cumulative. It’s not just the TV on right now or the cell phone in your hand. It’s all the EMF radiation you’ve been subjected to throughout your life.

Turning off the cell phone probably won’t make the symptoms magically disappear. You’re still surrounded by multiple other types of radiation, but your body needs time away from radiation to detox.

Many skeptics claim the whole thing is fake or in your head because someone who thinks they’re EMF sensitive can be sitting in a room and not immediately react when a cell phone is turned on. Well, that’s just not reasonable. Short-term exposure may or may not produce symptoms. It’s the day-in, day-out, constant exposure causing the breakdowns. You combat that by looking at all the sources of EMF Exposure and Risk around you and taking steps to reduce your exposure and the impact on your body.

EHS PROTECTION STRATEGIES

The overall strategy for Electromagnetically Sensitive People is to lower your exposure by either using protective strategies or by physically removing yourself from the source of EMF Radiation.

There are three areas of EMF Protection any person with Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity can address. Some involve protection products, and other strategies involve distancing yourself from sources of EMF radiation.

  1. EMF Protection to protect your entire Biofield: Your First and Best Defense
    An EMF Protection pendant is considered the most effective form of protection because you can wear it all the time and even have it next to your bed at night to provide 24/7 protection. Read a blog tcalled What is EMF Protection? that goes into detail about what a BioElectric Shield can provide for you.
  2. EMF protection from your Electronics 

    Once you have full body protection, we suggest additional EMF protection for Electronics and Devices as well as your home. As the technology around you and your personal use of technology increases, so does your overall exposure and the resulting stress on your cells. The more you reduce exposure, the less likely Electromagnetic Sensitivity Syndrome will be an issue in your life.

    There are simple ways to get EMF protection from your electronic devices, including your cell phones, laptops, tablets, routers, etc. These include pouches, sprays, stickers pads for under laptops and tablets, EMF reduction headsets, and even a fabric rinse for your clothing and curtains. In this blog 7 Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself from WiFi Radiation we explore several strategies for lowering the EMF exposure from your WiFi, but also your electronic devices. To view an overview of protectioin product, visit our
    Shield Your Electronics section in our store.

  3. EMF Protection in your home – from WiFi and EMF coming in from outside your home. To read about all the ways you can reduce EMF and dirty electricity in your home, refer to this article: EMF Blockers for Your Home (and Auto). And you can visit our Shield Your Home, Home Office and Auto section of our store.

Conclusion: EMF Protection for Electromagnetically Sensitive People

EMF protection can make the difference between feeling good and feeling great. While no one can promise that EMF protection will enhance your life, the feedback we have received is very positive after more than 30 years of providing EMF protection. Many people even report life-changing results.

Imagine living in an all-natural environment, just as your grandparents did, where all you feel is nature! EMF protection can filter out the jarring, disruptive frequencies from our electronics and WiFi. We think you’ll be very pleased with the results if you try this.

PS:  Our independent reviews through Shopper Approved average 4.8 stars out of 5 on our company integrity, service, and products. We are very proud of this and are committed to providing excellent products and exceptional personal customer service.

Sources

  • The Microwave syndrome or electro-hypersensitivity: historical background. Rev Environ Health2015;30(4):217-22. doi: 10.1515/reveh-2015-0016. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26556835/
  1. Dieudonné, M. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: a critical review of explanatory hypotheses. Environ Health 19, 48 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12940-020-00602-0

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