Electromagnetic sensitivity (ES)

Electrosensitivity or hypersensitivity is believed by an increasing number of scientists to be to the greatest health threat facing the 21st century. The truly staggering increase in the levels of 'electrosmog' or electro magnetic radiation in which we all live is causing major and probably irreversible damage to cell function in all of us. Most worryingly, the damage is likely to be greatest in our children whose immature brains and immune systems are less able to cope with the electromagnetic assault.

For a very brief video introduction to electrosensitivity by Professor Olle Johasson one of the leading scientists working in this area, click here.

This area of the site includes a tiny fraction of the research material now available logging the increase in electrosmog and its likely health outcomes. We have tried to divide it into fairly manageable sections but there will, inevitably, be considerable overlap. We also include a number of suggestions as to how to minimise exposure and manage sensitivities if you are already sensitised and report on some of the very positive moves elsewhere in the world, especially in Europe, to reduce levels of electrosmog, which, sadly, are not, as yet at least, being implemented in the UK.

For a regular updates on what is happening in the ES world, ES-UK publishes an excellent quarterly newsletter (on line and in print).
They also have a regularly updated (last update March 2018) listing of over 2,000 research studies on and around Electromagnetic Rdiaiton and Electro Hyper Sensitivity.

For very regular updates on all research and breaking news, subscribe to the newsletter of Electromagnetic Safe Planet (ESP)

For a good visual introduction to the subject watch this video from Dr Erica Mallery Blythe.

January 2019

An excellent, fully illustrated primer on electrosensitivity by US Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist, Lucy Sandford. What it is, what it does to the body, her own story, a history of ES, how to manage it and how to protect yourself and your family.

Report on a workshop held in May 2018 by Dr George Carlo, Professor Olle Johansson and Dr Dimitris Panagopoulos - Why is man-made electromagnetic radiation dangerous? What does it actually do to the body?

Peer reviewed scientific studies on EMF related subjects. An invaluable and regularly updated page on the Powerwatch site presenting a list of papers and odds ratios which either show serious effects or are considered important papers on the subject. Each paper is rated:

P – This study has found effects from the exposure or radiation category
N – This study has found no effects from the exposure or radiation category
- This study has offered important insights or findings but is neither a positive or null finding

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issues cell phone warning document. highlighting the health risks from cell phone radiation and providing tips on how to reduce exposure. The document was originally prepared in 2009 and has only now finally seen the light of day thanks to a long battle through the courts by ES campaigner, Dr Joel Moskowitz. A similar document was issued by the Connecticut Department of Health in 2015. December 2017.

Cell phones - how they work and what radiation they emit. A fascinating, heavily referenced and alarming, article by EMR activist and author, Arthur Firstenberg. December 2017

Higher rates of miscarriage amongst women exposed to non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation from wifi, mobile phones etc – 24.2% of the 913 women in the study with higher levels of exposure suffered miscarriage. The rate of miscarriage in the general population is 10–15%. For the original research go here.
See also an interview with Dr Dietrich Klinghardt on the Mercola site in which Dr Klinghardt states that 'Wi-Fi routers and similar devices concentrate twentyfold in the womb, meaning whatever the reading is outside the womb, the measurement will be 20 times higher inside the mother. As noted by Klinghardt, “Unfortunately, the membranes around the womb have that strange effect in significantly concentrating the ambient EMFs that the mother is in, reaching levels that are not sustainable for human development.” December 2017

Could propolis help to protect against electromagnetic radiation? Green Med info thinks so... November 2017

Electromagnetic fields and their side effects on our health, by Olle Johansson. Watch & listen!! A YouTube presentation from Dr Olle Johansson. October 2017

Phonegate: Welcome to La La Land! (France)
'As a result of lax and imprecise international standards, hundreds of millions of users of mobile phones that have been placed on the market over the past twenty years are subjected to radiation levels in contact with the body, for some phones, more than three times the threshold limit (ten times with American standards). We now have proof of this, since Dr Arazi obtained the publication on 1 June 2017 of the initial partial results conducted by the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) , that our health, especially of younger people, is being deliberately endangered.  Despite this, ANFR continues to hide essential informations.  There is total inertia on the part of the public authorities despite having been alerted in various ways.  It is urgent to inform the more than six billion users, including the French population, of the risks involved and the ways to protect against these risks.' October 2017

Pilot Study shows dramatic difference in brain activity between the brains of those with EHS (Electrohypersensitive) and those without. September 2017

Mobile Phone Use and The Risk of Headache: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Cross- sectional Studies Jing Wang1,2, Hui Su1, Wei Xie1 & Shengyuan Yu1. September 2017
...We found that the risk of headache was increased by 38% in mobile phone (MP) users compared with non-MP user.
Among MP users, the risk of headache was also increased in those who had longer daily call duration and higher daily call frequency....

Radiofrequency radiation from any source a Group 1 carcinogen to humans.
Dr Anthony B Miller, an expert cancer researcher and advisor to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) has given it as his scientific opinion that radiofrequency (RF) radiation from any source – cell phones, other wireless and cordless and sensor devices, wifi networks – fully meets criteria to be classified as a "Group 1 carcinogenic to humans" agent, based on scientific evidence associating RF exposure to cancer development and cancer promotion.  August 2017

Telekom (Germany) warns of (its own) Wi-Fi router Speedport. 
'Part of the manual: You should not place it into sleeping rooms, rooms for children and for people to stay there because of the integrated antennas of the Speedport. Those antennas emit and receive electromagnetic waves e.g. for the WIFi. The aim is to keep the exposition by radiation as low as possible.' Noted by Dr Christine Aschermann – October 2017

Excellent new website on Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity from the daughter of legendary jazz musician, Quincy Jones. June 2017
Jolie Jones is ES and has been for nearly 10 years. She has now launched an excellent and very accessible new site explaining the science, the dangers and the risks to which we are subjecting out children and grandchildren, whatever about ourselves.

How electromagnetic fields may suppress immune system function, thereby increasing the individual's risk of falling victim to opportunistic infection. A paper by Paul Doyon and Olle Johansson June 2017

WHO in pocket of telecoms industry. June 2017
Critique by Dr. Lennart Hardell, the world's preeminent researcher on brain tumor risk and long-term cell phone use, of the WHO's EMF Project, WHO's relationship to the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), and the relationships of both organizations to the military and electric and telecom industries.
For more on this see this presentation by Steve Weller B.Sc. Monash of MORSAA – spool down to see tables and pie charts illustrating how funding would appear to affect research outcomes.

Professor Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University - February 2017
This is a long document by one of the more eminent scientists working in the area. However, Professor Pall sets out at the beginning of the document the points that he wishes to make covering the health effects of non-thermal exposure to electromagnetic fields. The industry and many regulatory bodies do not accept that there are health effects form non-thermal exposures.
For those if you who would rather watch and listen than read, here is Dr Pall talking on YouTube about Wireless Technology Safety.

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity – A Summary by Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe.
Dr Mallery-Blythe's working document from 2014 give an excellent overview of the condtion.

For a more detailed investigation of the science read Andrew Goldsworthy's Some facts about cell phone radiation.

For a good general introduction to the subject, read John Scott's article Microwave technology: a 21st century Trojan horse.

For an excellent in depth history of the growth of electrosmog over the last 50 years, its far reaching population-wide effects on both physcial and mental well-being and the threat it poses to wild-life, the environment and our children, Roderick Canning's From boon to bane – electricty today.

For a week-by-week roudup of news and research related to Electromagnetic fields (EMF) and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) see www.electromagnetichealth.org.

ES-UK have a huge range of articles and research material related to ES all of which can be accessed here.

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NB Information on this site is not a substitute for medical advice and no liability can be assumed for its use.