Medical tests for ES available in the UK - courtesy of ES UK
Lymphocyte chemical sensitivity – electrical sensitivity
Dr John McClaren Howard of Acumen Laboratories was awarded a prestigious medal by the British Society for Ecological Medicine in 2009 for his dedication and deep personal commitment. He has developed a blood test where the blood samples are examined for lymphocyte sensitivity. They test the samples against seven common allergens before and after the sample is exposed to electro magnetic fields. The allergens include: benzoate; burnt petrol exhaust; formaldehyde; metabisulphite; natural gas; nickel; salicylate.
What the test illustrates is that if there is a chemical sensitivity, then exposure toward EMFs may amplify the sensitivity. Where there are no chemical sensitivities, nothing untoward shows up after exposure to EMFs. This test does not indicate whether someone is electro sensitive or not.
Dr David Dowson, who was medical adviser to ES-UK but is now, sadly, retired, made the following comments about the blood test and suggested the following doctors as possible sources of tests:
‘As outlined in my telephone call, this looks at the level of calcium inside the white blood cells as it appears that people with chemical sensitivity have increased calcium levels when exposed to chemicals to which they are sensitive and this is further increased when there is additionally exposure to electro magnetic fields (if calcium enters the cell it displaces the magnesium which is pushed out of the cell, and this results in an interference with ADP/ATP metabolism, the primary symptom of which is fatigue). This explains why, as we have become aware, chemical sensitivity and electrical sensitivity often go together.
Although these practitioners use the lab I am not certain whether they do this specific test and it would be advisable for any patients considering consulting them to ascertain before doing so. The doctors are as follows:
Dr Shideh Poria, Burghwood Clinic 01737 361177
You may be able to request a referral from your GP to consult Dr Sarkany for diagnosis and advice regarding skin sensitivity, rashes, tingling and pricking related to photo or light sensitivity around lighting, daylight or computer screens. (at this stage it is not known whether this includes skin problems brought on by televisions)
Given the prevalence of low energy light bulbs in almost all public buildings, we are noticing more and more complaints of ES symptoms being triggered around low energy and fluorescent lighting.
Dr Sarkany is quoted in a recent Daily Mail article, which refers specifically to low energy bulbs affecting those with skin disorders.
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