Unless you already know what ‘electrosensitivity’ or electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is, you probably don’t even think that being electrosensitive is a ‘thing’.
The truth is, we are probably all electrosensitive to some degree or another because people are mostly water and water is a really good conductor. So whether you are electrosensitive or not probably comes down to the degree to which you are sensitive and whether you experience symptoms.
What is electrosensitivity anyway?
Depending on where you look you will find a number of conflicting definitions with some sources calling it a ‘pseudomedical diagnosis’ while Sweden and Germany recognise it as a medical condition.
An extract from World Health Organisation International Workshop on Electromagnetic Field Hypersensitivity, Prague, Czech Republic, October 25-27, 2004 defines electromagnetic hypersensitivity as:
“Sensitivity to EMF has been given the general name “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity” or EHS. It comprises nervous system symptoms like headache, fatigue, stress, sleep disturbances, skin symptoms like prickling, burning sensations and rashes, pain and ache in muscles and many other health problems. Whatever its cause, EHS is a real and sometimes a disabling problem for the affected persons. Their EMF exposure is generally several orders of magnitude under the limits of internationally accepted standards. The aim of the conference was to review the current state of knowledge and opinions of the conference participants and propose ways forward on this issue.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends further research and meetings which is necessary because this is a controversial topic and requires more investigation.
The WHO also recommended that EHS be renamed “Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance (IEI) with attribution to EMF” because for many people who are affected there can be a number of different ‘triggers’ for their symptoms.
How would you know if you are affected?
Whether electrosensitivity is a medical condition or not is largely irrelevant if you happen to be experiencing a range of symptoms that affect your ability to function normally.
As the WHO workshop determined, there are a wide range of symptoms which people experience: headache, fatigue, stress, sleep disturbances, skin symptoms like prickling, burning sensations and rashes, pain and ache in muscles and many other health problems and it is not always easy to determine if these symptoms are a direct result of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
So, are there any tests you can do yourself, or anything a doctor can do to help you determine if electromagnetic fields are a factor for you?
There is not a lot around.
A group of Austrian doctors put this assessment together in 2012 to help doctors identify whether the range of symptoms their patients were experiencing related to exposure to electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation.
I have also put this Self Assessment Questionnaire together to help you determine if EMF exposure may be a factor for you.
Neither of these is a ‘diagnosis’, however, they can be a useful tool to help you recognise whether, or not, you need to be addressing some of the symptoms you may be experiencing.
How can you test You?
‘Testing’ is difficult and the most reliable way to figure out if EMF is a factor for you is to visit a naturopath and get a before and after live blood analysis. A naturopath may also be able to help you identify other potential causes for any symptoms you may have.
I say this because if you don’t know what the ‘before’ picture looks like then it is difficult to know what has changed once you start to address potential sources for your symptoms.
Of course, if you are affected by EMF and change a number of things to reduce your exposure then you may notice changes in your symptoms quite quickly. Having a before and after picture can highlight this for you.
There are other practitioners such as kinesiologists and some chiropractors who can also muscle test you to test the impact of EMF on you.
Testing your environment
You can also test your surroundings in the places you spend the most time. There are meters you can hire to test different fields or you can employ the services of a building biologist.
If you choose to hire a meter, then remember to do some research into the kind of fields that meter will measure because different meters will measure different frequencies and you may not get a comprehensive picture.
Electing to get a building biologist report can be an excellent way to find out what are potential sources for any symptoms you and your family may be experiencing because the report will cover other potential problems such as chemicals and mould. If you are looking for a building biologist in Australia then I suggest you start with the Australasian Society of Building Biologists to ensure you find someone who has completed their qualification.
What you can do to reduce symptoms?
If you already know you are sensitive to EMFs then you are most likely more interested in reducing the symptoms you experience.
The most comprehensive solution would be to remove all sources of EMF. This, however, is really impractical because there are sources everywhere these days. Some examples are: mobile phones, modems, portable phones, any smart devices, any Bluetooth device, the wiring in your walls, induction stovetops… The list goes on and I’m sure you get the idea.
So, my advice is to remove the sources you don’t need. Turn off the ones you are able to and get devices to help you deal with the remainder.
Floww Health Technology
Floww Health Technology products are one of the devices which work to reduce the impact of EMF radiation on people so they experience fewer symptoms as a result of exposure.
The Floww products do this by emitting a field which emulates the Earth’s natural field. Because humans evolved with a natural field our cells recognise that natural field and resonate or ‘listen’ to the natural field in preference to the man-made fields from devices and other sources.
This can sound a bit ‘woo woo’ but the Theory of Resonance, on which the Floww technology is based, is used in physics all the time and you only need to think of tuning forks as an example of this.
If you would like to learn more about the Floww technology as a possible solution for your symptoms then I suggest you start with The Floww Principle and How Floww works.
In conclusion, we are probably all electrosensitive, which is why we teach our children not to stick forks into power points.
Whether, or not, you experience symptoms as a result of exposure to electromatic fields is an individual response.
The thing I most want you to take away from this article is that there are ways to mitigate and reduce your body’s response to these fields if that is happening for you and you may well be able to improve a variety of health outcomes by addressing your exposure to EMFs.
The WHO used to have a factsheet on their website about ‘Electromagnetic fields and public health’ that can still be accessed using the Wayback Machine and was more comprehensive than much of what is on their current website.
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