If you do not know anyone with an “allergy” to electronic equipment or toxic building materials, pesticides, chemical cleaners, then please read this page. Supposed you had an allergy that lasted all year and there was no magic pill to alleviate your symptoms. You may have discovered the cause and eliminated it in the dwelling that you own, but how would you feel if you went elsewhere? EHS and MCS are not recognized medically and therefore those who seek help are many times told their symptoms are psychsomatic. Anecdotal evidence reveals these individuals are reactive when in the proximity of the triggers and therefore, not considered epidemic. But, the toll is rising on ‘mysterious’ symptoms with no definable cause in a growing number of people worldwide .
EHS (electrohypersensitivity) is characterized by neurological and immunological symptoms that noticeably flare or intensify upon, or following exposure to electric and magnetic fields (EMF) or one or more of the types of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) found in the modern environment. These include cell towers, electric transmission towers, cell phones, Wi-Fi, computers, tablets, smart houses, microwave ovens, smart meters, wireless devices. People who suffer symptoms caused by electromagnetic fields have a constant quest to find places to stay that can accommodate their illness when they travel. If they are a child, even schools can make them sick. And, as they near retirement it may be difficult to find a place to live that is safe for them.
Symptoms can manifest such as:
- concentration problems
- memory lapses
- aches or pressure in head, throat and chest
- unsteady balance, dizziness
- altered heart rate
- ringing in the ears
- excessive fatigue
- numbness or pain in affected areas
- sleep disturbances
- eye irritation
- red skin blotches, eczema
- biomarkers: increase in copper signifying inflammation, decrease in serotonin, dopamine, serum testosterone, T3 T4 thyroid
- loss of productiveness (EHS individuals often become tired, ill and unable to participate in normal societal activities. This includes being able to use a computer, the internet or a “smart” phone).
*”Electromagnetic fields and public health: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity”. WHO Factsheet 296. World Health Organisation (WHO). December 2005. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) syndrome is characterized by the patient’s belief that his or her symptoms are caused by very low-level exposure to environmental chemicals. The term “chemical” is used to refer broadly to many natural and man-made chemical agents, some of which have several chemical constituents. Commonly attributed substances include scented products, pesticides, plastics, synthetic fabrics, smoke, petroleum products, and paint fumes. Although the symptoms themselves are real, and can be disabling, MCS is not recognized as an organic, chemical-caused illness by the World Health Organization, American Medical Association, and other organizations. Therefore, it is difficult for patients to get treatment other than eliminating the toxins themselves to see if their symptoms are relieved.
Symptoms that have been reported by people with MCS*:
- difficulty breathing
- pains in the throat, chest, or abdominal region
- skin irritation
- contact dermatitis
- hives or other forms of skin rash
- neurological symptoms (nerve pain, pins and needles feelings, weakness, trembling, restless leg syndrome)
- visual disturbances (blurring, halo effect, inability to focus)
- extreme anxiety, panic and/or anger
- sleep disturbance
- suppression of immune system
- digestive difficulties
- vomiting, diarrhea
- joint pains
- abnormally acute sense of smell (hyperosmia)
- dry mouth
- dry eyes
*Graveling RA, Pilkington A, George JPK, Butler MP, Tannahill SN (1999). “A review of multiple chemical sensitivity”. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 56 (2): 73–85. doi:10.1136/oem.56.2.73. PMC 1757696. PMID 10448311.
-for updated information please see sidebar “Studies and Current Information on EHS/MCS”