[…] It’s a tedious exercise Lewis repeats daily in her ongoing battle to lead a “clean” life — convinced that nearly everything in the modern world is making her sick.
“It’s a hard life,” she admits. “It’s challenging.”
Aluminum foil covers part of her living room wall to block a cable box inside. She has no reservation about wearing a gas mask on the rare occasion she steps outside to get groceries.
“Some people call me courageous,” she said. “I get a lot of stares from children.”
Lewis says all are necessary steps to shield herself from the fumes and wireless signals constantly assaulting our bodies from modern devices.
Nearly every technological convenience so many Americans treasure are dangerous to her. Cell phones, televisions, computers, cars — all are off-limits because of a condition known as chemical and electrical sensitivity. Lewis is convinced the emissions of countless objects are damaging her body… and her mind.
“It’s actually a full-time job,” she says about her plan to stay healthy. Insurance rarely covers her expenses, so she’s relying on savings.
“Which is why I’m currently applying for disability,” she said, “because there’s no way I can work in my previous career.”
This is an astounding story of one woman among a few who live in a motel with modified apartments to avoid technology. They claim to suffer from chemical and electrical sensitivity.
So many things to be doubtful of in this story. What is the mechanism that is causing the body to overreact? Chemicals are different from electrical stimuli. How can an accident trigger this? Why not be tested under double-blind conditions and find out for sure?
This woman is looking to claim disability because she can’t work. This problem is certainly disrupting her life but there is no excuse not to determine if her claims have merit. I don’t see them submitting themselves to controlled tests.
I really wish more stories would come out like this one where it’s clear that there is no basis for a person’s claim. If you are going to say that you suffer from something extraordinary, you need to provide evidence. These claims for electro- and chemical hyper sensitivity so far make no sense. Unless they are carefully and rigorously examined, there is no reason to accept them at face value.