Constant exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) affects all of us. Women’s College Hospital in Toronto is the first Canadian hospital requiring its doctors to be trained in treating the effects of EMR, even as Health Canada, the Canadian government health agency, claims EMR is probably harmless.
Women’s College Hospital’s Environmental Health Clinic hosted a one-day seminar in May to raise medical awareness of the symptoms exposure to electromagnetic radiation. The symptoms identified by the hospital include disrupted sleep, fatigue, headaches, nausea, dizziness, heart palpitations, memory problems, and skin rashes. Although these symptoms can arise from a variety of causes, they are now grouped under the label of “Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity”, or EMS.
At the seminar, Dr. Ray Copes, chief, environmental and occupational health for Public Health Ontario, noted the difficulty of assessing the research on EMS, since there is no single, universally accepted definition of the condition.
“We need to create more awareness about this condition. Health-care practitioners need to better understand EMS so they can help their patients prevent and manage their symptoms. The public needs to know how to protect themselves from the broad range of health impacts electromagnetic fields have on their minds and bodies,” said Dr. Rina Bray, medical director of the Environmental Health Clinic, in a statement released by the hospital.
[Dr. Magda Havas] challenged the critics’ suggestion that symptoms are solely psychological by providing real examples of patients whose symptoms subsided when wireless technology was removed from their environment.
In the United States, concern about the health effects of EMR have grown with the spread of smart meters as part of the plan for a wireless-operated Smart Grid. But few health institutions or governments have responded to those concerns. Only Vermont has established a law stating that people can opt-out of having a wireless smart meter on their house or business at no cost to them.
Exposure to EMR comes from a variety of sources besides smart meters, and include power lines, cell phones, broadcast towers, household appliances, and natural background. The question in dispute is whether there is a “safe” level of exposure to this non-ionizing radiation and the evidence to date suggests some danger, but not conclusively.
In the development of nuclear energy, there was a similar debate as to the safety of ionizing radiation, which for a time the industry measured in “sunshine units.” Over time, the scientific consensus shifted toward the currently predominant view that there is no safe level of ionizing radiation.
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It has now become political to whether or not Cell Phones, Power Lines etc are or are not responsible for Health related problems.
First off, every one who thinks they do, will all agree that these emit a HARMFUL energy. "WRONG"
It is NOT the energy emitting that is the problem and "there is a problem".
It IS, IS, IS the ENERGY that these absorb, robbing cells of the body of this needed energy!
The future electric car! Hmmmmmmm
Jonathan Kay from the national posts states that electrosensitivity is nothing more than a psychosomatic disorder..really?
Jonathan Kay from the national posts states that electrosensitivyu is nothing more than a psychosomatic disorder..really?
Shouldn't the companies producing the products (power lines, cell phones, broadcast towers, household appliances, and natural background) that are responsible for EMR symptoms be held accountable through added regulations to protect people from this type of exposure?
Its about time more people recognized that emf is a serious problem. There are ways to help protect yourself, but they all cost money.
Since the gov`t is run by the big companies, and told what to say, you will only hear that there is no problem. This applies to pretty well everything today. The gov`t does not represent us, it is representing big companies to us. Why do you think we get GMO foods, prescriptions that can kill, fluoride in drinking water etc etc. Do not rely on government, rely on yourself.