Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: A disease for the wireless age?: Page 3 of 3

December 15, 2015 //By Paul Pickering
Paul Pickering considers the unexplained ailments and diseases that have arisen in different eras and speculates that a widely-held distrust of electromagnetic radiation may be about to go into decline.

In smiliar fashion, many EHS sufferers in the US have relocated to the National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ), an area of about 13,000 square miles including parts of West Virginia, Virginia, and a sliver of Maryland, in which radio transmissions are strictly restricted by law to facilitate scientific research and military intelligence.

Science may be skeptical, but that hasn't stopped EHS suffers from pursuing recognition through the legal system. In Sweden, although EHS is not regarded as a disease, it's officially recognized as a "functional impairment" or disability; a court in Toulouse granted a $900-a-month disability payment to an EHS sufferer.

In the US, the parents of a student are suing a Massachusetts boarding school for $250,000 after it installed new WiFi in 2013, blaming it for their son's headaches, skin rashes, nosebleeds and nausea.

If this EHS follows the same pattern as fashionable diseases of the past, it will reach a peak then slowly decline as publicity fades and the next malady gains prominence. Any nominations for the next disorder brought on by modern technology? Perhaps Wind Turbine Syndrome, would be a suitable candidate?

Paul Pickering has more than 35 years' experience in the electronics industry, including time spent in automotive electronics, precision analog, power semiconductors, flight simulation and robotics. Originally from the North-East of England, he has lived and worked in Europe, the US and Japan. He has hands-on experience in both digital and analog circuit design, embedded software, and Web technologies such as HTML, PHP, jQuery, and mySQL.

This article first appeared on EE Times' Planet Analog.

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