What is electro-hypersensitivity (EHS)?

A little historical context – during the development of radar by all the so-called super-powers from the 1930s onwards, it was well known and documented that exposure to microwave radiation initiated many adverse biological effects including cancers. Between the 1940s and up to the present day, militaries around the world have been catalouging these effects. The question to ask the telecoms industries and their regulators – are they not aware that as far back as the 1930s, occupational exposure to microwave radiation led to many observed adverse biological as well as thermal effects. In fact, it was the norm to assess biological effects because the causes of the observed cancers needed to be understood much better.  Hard to believe? Download and check out this US military review of the available literature up to about the mid-1980s – you will be shocked to understand that even though many scientists defined microwave radiation as ‘non-ionising’ they knew exposure to these frequencies initiated cancers of different types. Click here.

Most, if not all, of the global population of the world is, to some degree, electro-sensitive (ES) and recent estimates suggest at least 7% -10% suffer from EHS (electro-hyper-sensitivity). It is a slowly emerging fact that exposure to microwave radiation has adverse biological consequences for our health. However, most of us do not appear to display or suffer adverse body effects until some 5 – 20 years of continual exposure. If your sleep pattern is suddenly disrupted and you do not know why, would you suspect that radiation from your modem router which is on 24 hours per day has disrupted production of your melatonin? Some people may think nothing of it and respond to this never-ending sleep disruption by reading in bed for a couple of hours, or even by taking a sleeping pill.

Whichever way we look at the current situation, the use of microwave-enabled products and gadgets has mushroomed of late with alarming consequences on our general health. The human body has not had sufficient time to evolve in response to the electrosmog we live in, day after day.

Elecro-hypersensitivity, or EHS, is the body’s extreme biological reaction to being immersed in a soup of electromagnetic fields from the microwave band i.e. 900 MHz – 30 GHz. The electro-hypersensitives are a small yet significant portion of the global population unable to function within areas of high and low signal intensity from microwave radiation. They are the canaries in the coal mine and their condition tells us where we will all end up if we allow it to happen. People who are electro-hypersensitive display a range of symptoms, the most common ones being severe headaches, fatigue, fitful sleep, depression, the feeling of currents running down their limbs and high susceptibility to infection.

Not many countries in the world recognise EHS as a treatable medical disease. The Nordic countries (Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark) do recognise EHS and patients diagnosed with this debilitating affliction will be helped in reducing their exposure to these signals. Depending on the severity of their EHS, these individuals may be moved to areas of the country where microwave gadgets are banned and/or to other low signal intensity areas. Others may opt for staying indoors for most of the time and their walls, windows and doors are made less EMF-impermeable. Special curtains, nets and paints can be used to lessen the signal intensity from microwave radiation.

It should be noted that although only a handful of countries presently recognise EHS as a disease, a number of countries (including countries in Europe, Canada and the former Soviet Union) have been aware of it since the 1930’s. In those days, EHS was known under a variety of names, such as microwave sickness, Radio Wave Syndrome, EMF Intolerance Syndrome and Rapid Aging Syndrome.


Symptoms of EHS include:

Personal symptoms documented by EHS sufferer: http://www.norad4u.com/ehs/ehs-symptoms

  • heat sensation
  • redness in the face
  • rush of blood to the head
  • pressure on the head temples
  • pressure in the inside of the ears
  •  light headache
  •  feeling incoming calls as a sharp pain in the head and eyes
  •  restlessness
  • concentration problems
  • pressure headaches on the side and back of the head
  • tingling sensations
  • severe headache
  • memory problems
  •  depression
  • ringing in the ears and noises in the headaches
  • depression anxiety
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty finding words
  • episodic hypertension
  • eye inflammation
  • fatigue
  • forgetfulness
  • frequent infections
  • heart palpitations
  • hormonal disturbance
  • impaired balance
  • irritability
  • joint and limb pain
  • learning difficulties
  • loss of appetite
  • lymph node swelling
  • nausea
  • nerve and soft tissue pain
  • night sweats
  • numbness or tingling
  • restlessness
  • skin complaints
  • sleep disturbance
  • thyroid problems
  • tinnitus
  • visual disturbance

You can find more information on EHS in my blog.