Every week now, Dr. Riina Bray sees two or three new patients with a similar array of ailments and ends up blaming the same, controversial cause.
Suffering from stabbing headaches, “brain fog,” tinnitus or extreme fatigue, their symptoms seem linked to exposure to Wi-Fi routers, cellphone towers and other sources of radio-frequency radiation, says the environmental health specialist at Toronto’s prestigious Women’s College Hospital.
Dr. Bray’s clinic may be the only mainstream medical facility in Canada that routinely treats patients for a condition known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity. She recently held a seminar to educate physicians about what she calls a major and fast-growing public-health menace, paralleling the explosion of wireless technology in Western society.
“Every year we are getting more and more people coming in,” said Dr. Bray. “I’m very concerned, because the stories are very, very compelling … These are not crazy people. There is a huge, huge problem.”
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It is a huge problem. People aren’t looking to the science because that is not giving them the answers they want to hear. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is not a recognized medical condition, it’s one that the sufferers have named themselves. Not only are we having trouble figuring out how it could be, research has not shown it even IS.
The obvious question is if this is a hazard, why haven’t we seen a clear correlation?
Quite obviously, people in many countries around the world have been using electricity for over a century. And, in poorer regions like parts of Asia, Africa, and South America, there are populations who (even today) use no electricity at all. If normal levels of electromagnetic radiation were indeed harmful to the body, then we would see correlation on a massive scale between such physiological damage and geography. There is no such correlation, and no cases of observed physiological damage caused by electromagnetic radiation even in the most industrialized regions. Thus, there is very good reason for science to not simply accept this self-diagnosis without inquiry.
This is not a new problem to be studied. Data has been collected and reviews were made a decade ago. The science said no, there IS no correlation. No evidence we have (except the sufferers anecdotal reports) tell us that this condition is NOT what they think it is. They are experiencing a condition, but it is NOT related to a physical cause that can be measured. That’s what science does, it works to eliminate the human subjective bias in making determinations about the world.
But, if people are so convinced that they are affected and have pinpointed their own cause, it is nearly impossible to cut that connection and convince them otherwise. Meanwhile, don’t worry about electromagnetic hypersensitivity. People in the modern world live longer, better and more productive lives than ever before. Enjoy life and all the cool things we have as a result of electricity and modern technology.
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