Environmental Refugees: Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) Sufferers

EHSBy Catherine J. Frompovich

The State of Maine Public Utility Commission recently received what it thinks is the ultimate verdict in the issue of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) when the Maine Supreme Judicial Court agreed with the PUC that utility companies’ smart meters are safe and not harmful to human health and safety.

Perhaps the judge who rendered that decision ought to reconsider what’s going on regarding EHS, especially at the United Nations and their conference where EHS issues were discussed.

Dr Yael Stein, MD, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel, gave an 83 slide presentation titled “Environmental Refugees” wherein Dr Stein pointed out key factors that need to be addressed in the modern age of microwave technology that super saturates humans with EMFs and RFs from cell phones and towers, Wi-Fi, utility companies’ AMI smart meters, smart phones, routers, monitors, etc. and other electronics that can send and receive data, information, voice, photographs, etc.


Dr Stein’s comprehensive presentation was before the UNESCO 10th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law held January 6 to 8, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel. [1]

One very prominent classification regarding EHS, pointed out by Dr Stein, is that in Sweden, electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) officially is recognized as a functional impairment and not regarded as a disease! Furthermore, there’s a published peer-review paper, “Electrohypersensitivity: state-of-the-art of a functional impairment” [2] wherein Sweden’s position on EHS is discussed. The Abstract for that paper states:

Survey studies show that somewhere between 230,000-290,000 Swedish men and women report a variety of symptoms when being in contact with electromagnetic field (EMF) sources.

Where do U.S. states’ PUCs and utility companies come off with there are no adverse health effects and that EMFs are safe?

Furthermore, the World Health Organization states,

EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual. The symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity. Whatever the cause, EHS can be a disabling problem for the affected individual.

Source: Dr Yael Stein, MD, Slide 67 of 83 / UNESCO 10th Word Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law

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In Slide 68, Dr Stein refers to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and that discrimination against a person with a disability, which a functional impairment as recognized in Sweden also should be included, “is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person.” Aren’t there federal and state laws against discrimination against disability individuals [6] in the United States, and why aren’t PUCs and utilities made to abide by them?

slide 68In Slide 70, Dr Stein emphasizes via a red outline that “States Parties undertake to ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities” to which end State Parties have certain obligations to meet and enforce, including appropriate legislative measures, which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other U.S. states apparently deliberately are neglecting or accommodating those who suffer with EHS by not allowing opt-outs from AMI smart meters.

slide 70Slide 73 deals with Accessibility, which would apply to an EHS person if he/she cannot live or be in an area contaminated with EMFs from AMI smart meters, Wi-Fi, etc. Consequently, those barriers or obstacles to that person’s accessibility to remain safely without adverse health effects within the home, workplace, etc. need to be eliminated or, as in the case of a personal home, allow a legal opt-out from utilities’ AMI smart meters on their homes.

slide 73Dr Stein emphasizes that EHS is being taken seriously for those who suffer with it. In file 80, he lists what are designated as EHS Refuge Zones or areas, plus support groups, in France, Canada, the UK, and Sweden. How come there’s nothing listed for the USA? Probably because utility companies and PUCs work too closely together to get all the federal funding [3-4] that’s available for creating the smart grid that eventually will lead to the Internet of Things [5].

God help us!

References:

[1] http://en.unesco.org/events/10th-world-conference-bioethics-medical-ethics-and-health-law
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17178584
[3] http://energy.gov/oe/technology-development/smart-grid/recovery-act-smart-grid-investment-grants
[4] https://www.smartgrid.gov/recovery_act/overview/smart_grid_investment_grant_program.html
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_Things
[6] http://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/ada

Resource:

SLIDE SHOW – Electrohypersensitive individuals (EHS) in the digital world – a disabled population, deprived of home, work and basic rights, Dr Yael Stein, MD http://www.slideshare.net/YaelStein1/ehs-human-rights

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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

  • cuba_pete

    AMI meters that use microwave frequencies but do not communicate wirelessly can be shielded quite easily to prevent “leakage” from reaching those sensitive to the effects of EMF or RF energy at those wavelengths.

    If a homeowner was truly concerned they could shield the meter regardless…out of concern for their own health vs. the convenience to the power company!

    This is a good article with good references for hearers and EMF sufferers.

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