An increasing level of people are struggling with health issue, and they set the finger at mobile phones, tv, and wifi. Looks like an allergy to electro-magnetic fields. Is it really, or is everything in their minds?

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (ES) is a health problem that is both very questionable and minimal recognized. The symptoms can differ a lot between patients, but will typically include a few of the following: sleep, disturbance, low energy, clinical depression, migraines, trouble sleeping, impatience, focus problems, forgetfulness, learning troubles, constant infections, blood pressure changes, extremity and joint pains, numbness or tingling feelings, tinnitus, hearing loss, reduced balance, giddiness and eye problems.

There have been documents of heart problems such as tachycardia, though these are pretty rare. Symptoms documented have a lot in common with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), and it is quite common for someone who struggles with one condition to deal with the other.

It seems quite reasonable to theorise that both syndromes therefore may affect mainly susceptible segments of the population. It may also be that there is a 'hand in hand' effect; i.e. people develop signs in the presence of both (or multiple) natural exposures, whereas just one such exposure would not begin the signs and symptoms.

A 2005 review by the UK Health Protection Agency and a 2006 methodical review each analyzed the evidence for numerous medical, psychological, behavioral, and alternative therapies for EHS and each found that the evidence-base was minimized and not generalizable, but that the most reliable evidence preferred cognitive behavioural treatment.

WHO Statements About EHS

EHS is identified by a range of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual. The symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity. Whatever its cause, EHS could be a disabling issue for the impacted person.

EHS has no transparent indicative qualifying measures and there is no clinical basis to link EHS indicators to EMF direct exposure. More, EHS is not a health care diagnosis, nor is it clear that it stands for a single medical problem.

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is not an accepted diagnosis, also, medically, there is no case definition or clinical practice guideline and there is no specific test to identify it, nor is there an agreed-upon definition with which to conduct clinical research. What to do than?

The best way to reduce symptoms if you struggle with ES is to avoid being exposed to them. Don't use a mobile or cordless phone, don't use WiFi, and stay clear of public areas that offer Wireless connection. Even then, it can be difficult to find out exactly what you are exposed to from other resources, including in your own home. 

There are a variety of more measures that could be required to help recognize and minimize your exposure, like detectors that can show exposure to sources of electromagnetic fields, and protecting items that can either block or imitate the fields, allowing you to have a very low EMF home environment.

What do you think?