By Miriam Robles Yáñez
Electro-sensitivity or electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a disease caused by exposure to electromagnetic fields, and is part of the new diseases that have emerged in modern societies. Headache, chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping or dizziness, are some of the symptoms that, as a whole, people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity suffer. These symptoms appear when being near electrical appliances, transformers, mobile phone antennas or Wi-Fi devices. Although at any age it poses a risk, the most vulnerable are children; In most schools the Internet is accessed via Wi-Fi, and it is estimated that children are exposed to these radiations for a minimum of 6 hours a day, 132 hours a month, 1,188 hours a year.
In Sweden, electrosensitivity is recognized as a disease, and together with other countries such as France or England, they are withdrawing Wi-Fi from schools, museums, libraries and other public places as a preventive measure against electromagnetic radiation that it generates at very high power. The expert Fernández Solá relates the symptoms of hypersensitivity to those of allergies and explains why it only affects a part of the population; " it is the same reason that people get sick from pollen or dust. Because not everyone endures things the same. In addition, the number of electromagnetic fields has increased greatly in recent years, which has led to the appearance of more cases of hypersensitivity, whose symptoms are similar to the rest of allergies. "
From the Affected Persons Platform they seek to help public administrations to become aware of the danger posed by these radiations and for the legislation to set more restrictive exposure limits. But you can also take action on a personal level; From the Platform they recommend some such as disconnecting the Wifi when its use is not required, reducing the use of the mobile phone in general and, when it is used, doing it in areas with good coverage, since it multiplies its radiation power in areas where this is low. It is also advisable to turn off the phone or keep it away during sleep hours, since, as the coordinator of the Sleep Disorders Clinic, Guadalupe Terán Pérez explains, “light is perceived through the retina and it travels to the suprachiasmatic nucleus , a structure considered our biological clock, so when stimulating with artificial light our sleep cycle is altered, causing phase delay and, in some cases, insomnia ”.
Despite the studies and the numerous testimonies of those affected by this disease, some question its existence and argue that the cause - effect relationship between the symptoms suffered by people and electromagnetic radiation is not demonstrable. The Telefónica company itself addressed the issue on its website, taking as a reference the article in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research: “there is a relationship between an increase in the percentage of people supposedly affected by the syndrome and the appearance of news about electromagnetic hypersensitivity in press".
This mistrust is the main protest of Phil Inikey, who due to hypersensitivity left his city and its surroundings in search of a new one free of electronic devices: “while you fight for your life, people insist that everything is in your head” .
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