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  • Electromagnetic Hypersensitvity

    O.K. Firstly I'm not some wackey woman with phsycological problems. the last time I went to my doc was 3 years ago! I'm not a hyperchondriac.
    I work away from home. I have a yacht charter business, so its clean living often away from 21c echnology. I sleep really well. Sometimes I have to sleep in my van whilst away and I sleep realy well in that too.
    I come home and Bang its insomnia and I begin to suffer badly, vague headache,sleep3 hours anight of broken sleep. I bought earplugs, eye covers, don't eat after 6pm,
    Whats wrong... I'm begining to suspect that electromagnetic hypersensitivity is the culprit.
    The van is a farady cage to all intents and purposes. where I park it has no phone sigmal. In fact all my prefered spots don't have one. TWhen I'm out skippering its very remote, little electricity on a 12v sytem. I don't use marinas.

    O.K Mark I'd like some more info EHS, I'm a sceptic and finding it hard to sort through the good, bad and scary stuff. Can you do a peice on it?
    Ta.

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    I heard a documentary about this only last night on BBC World Service. If you click this link you'll be able to listen to it online


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    • #3
      It's all woo-woo bullshit, so I don't think Mark will be posting about this anytime soon.
      Are you afraid of visible light and the sun, too? Because visible light and UV radiation are on the electromagnetic spectrum too, and they both have more energy than radio waves.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by marqueemoon View Post
        It's all woo-woo bullshit, so I don't think Mark will be posting about this anytime soon.
        Are you afraid of visible light and the sun, too? Because visible light and UV radiation are on the electromagnetic spectrum too, and they both have more energy than radio waves.
        Yes, you're bathed in it all the time unless you're down in a mine somewhere, and even then there are those pesky neutrinos.
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        • #5
          I try really hard not to assume that things that don't affect me must not be real. When I tell people I can't eat sulfites or sodium nitrite, or that I routinely beat the National Weather Service in predicting local oncoming storms, I'm sure people think it's just being a hypochondriac or seeing cause and effect where there isn't one.

          Personally, I don't have an issue with EMFs. I read power meters for a living, so I'm around it all the time. Now they've installed "smart meters", so I'm around those all day long, 6 days a week, and they're putting out a really high concentration of RF waves too. So far, no problems that I can see, and I tend to be ultra sensitive to crap in the environment.

          Are you assuming cause and effect where there isn't one? Or are you the canary in a coalmine? I guess I'm saying I don't know, but I don't see the point in being automatically dismissive just because someone else doesn't have the same issue.
          Durp.

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          • #6
            Biologically, the idea of EMF sensitivity is implausible. The whole thing makes absolutely zero sense. Sometimes it's okay to be dismissive.
            Or, you know:

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            • #7
              Originally posted by marqueemoon View Post
              Biologically, the idea of EMF sensitivity is implausible. The whole thing makes absolutely zero sense. Sometimes it's okay to be dismissive.
              Or, you know:
              Every time I have entered an MRI room, I get really dizzy and it doesn't go away until I leave the suite. Have no clue why, nor does anyone else.

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              • #8
                I have a minor annoyance with the low humming that comes with many electronics and appliances. When the power goes out, I feel so much calmer and if it's out at night I sleep better. Sounds weird, I know, but it just is.
                I'm retraining and strengthening my taste buds, one primal meal at a time.

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                • #9
                  I get the sense (from working with clients) that this is akin to a phobia and definitely feels very real to the person experiencing it. Studies I have read on the web (sorry no links!) support this hypothesis.

                  EFT is very effective with clearing phobias and would likely be just as effective with EMF sensitivity.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sassafras View Post
                    Every time I have entered an MRI room, I get really dizzy and it doesn't go away until I leave the suite. Have no clue why, nor does anyone else.
                    I get a temporary imbalance every time enter and MRI room as well. I used to do some MRI studies so I was in and out a fair amount. I've never heard of any one else who had that issue
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Heidi View Post
                      I have a minor annoyance with the low humming that comes with many electronics and appliances. When the power goes out, I feel so much calmer and if it's out at night I sleep better. Sounds weird, I know, but it just is.
                      This is me. It's like I don't know how stressed I am ill the humming stops.

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                      • #12
                        Glamorama, that's what I experience. Day-to-day, I don't notice anything, but when the power goes out it feels so peaceful. I liken it to camping and how getting away from the buzz of the city and back to nature has that calming effect.
                        I'm retraining and strengthening my taste buds, one primal meal at a time.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                          I try really hard not to assume that things that don't affect me must not be real. When I tell people I can't eat sulfites or sodium nitrite, or that I routinely beat the National Weather Service in predicting local oncoming storms, I'm sure people think it's just being a hypochondriac or seeing cause and effect where there isn't one.

                          Personally, I don't have an issue with EMFs. I read power meters for a living, so I'm around it all the time. Now they've installed "smart meters", so I'm around those all day long, 6 days a week, and they're putting out a really high concentration of RF waves too. So far, no problems that I can see, and I tend to be ultra sensitive to crap in the environment.

                          Are you assuming cause and effect where there isn't one? Or are you the canary in a coalmine? I guess I'm saying I don't know, but I don't see the point in being automatically dismissive just because someone else doesn't have the same issue.
                          True this. Everyone around me thinks what I have to say about gluten is woo-woo bullsh*t.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by marqueemoon View Post
                            Biologically, the idea of EMF sensitivity is implausible. The whole thing makes absolutely zero sense. Sometimes it's okay to be dismissive.

                            Just because a scientist hasn't proved it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Scientists don't understand everything and they aren't right all the time about what they think they do understand.

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                            • #15
                              I am a scientist by training, but while I am skeptical of "woo-woo" ideas, I at least keep an open mind and think critically about discussion or evidence about it. I don't know much about electromagnetic effects on the body, but i DO know this: I have a friend who cannot wear a battery powered watch because they die within a few weeks. She cant even have one anywhere on her body, pocket watches even. She says her mom has the same problem. Also, throughout college, her computer was always getting royally screwed up for no discernible reason. She had to wipe the HD and reinstall the OS at least twice a year.

                              Strange anecdotal evidence of the possible bizarre interactions between a living body and electromagnetic energy? Maybe. But theres no way for us to make firm decisions or conclusions about what the effects of electromagnetic fields are on the human body without proper experimental design and testing.
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