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reader comments: electro-hypersensitive
2 Nov 2011
I am guessing that you have never experienced any of the sensations that people with EHS experience. As a very analytical person with an MBA myself, and a former employee of a worldwide recognized leader of cell phones, I appreciate and understand the value of sound data. However, being someone with this affliction, I can tell you that it is not fun. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to make reasonable conclusions when one feels something negative in certain enviroments or in the presence of certain things in the environment. When you feel sick or hurt, you look for the reason. I spent a year trying to determine what could be causing my malaise and as part of that extensive and analytical primary market research, I noticed that a smart meter, a strong wireless router or multiple iPhones were present. The Smart meter - a strong cellular 24/7 transmitting device - was 3 feet from my kitchen table and 5 from my kitchen sink where I spent a great deal of time. I felt fine away and bad there. After ruling out multiple other potential causes and turning my life, that of my family and my house upside down, I determined this was it. And I experience it now everywhere under the same conditions....not rocket science.
The data from these studies can only be as reliable as the people who collect it and the methodology used. Many of the studies done to date on the connection between cell phone use and brain cancer, have not accounted for the increasing pervasiveness of mobile devices, corporate wireless antennae, personal wifi routers, much more powerful cell phones - now virtually hand held computers (smartphones), wireless tablets, etc. and the respective increase in their use across demagraphics. The use and strength of the personal devices as well as the increased density of wireless meters and cell transmitters (including more Femtocells...cell reception boosters) had gone up by orders of magnitude since the recent 2007 cell phone/cancer study. New cell towers go up at the rate of 3 - 5 per month in some towns and cities. (As evidenced using tools that show cell towers within 4 miles of given addresses - registrations). Perhaps the participants in the study you refer to were nervous or not enough time was allowed between tests of real and placebo. There can be many reasons why something like that could fail. Regardless, whether the scientific proof is there or not between EMF, RF and cancer, many people feel sick around too much radiation. It is sad that one who has never been affected by something as complex and life altering as this would judge and mock those who have.
reply: I don't mean to mock those who suffer from electro-hypersensitivy or anything else. Billions of us live in the same world you do, but are not suffering. You claim to know the cause of your suffering, but you could be wrong. Why should the rest of us believe that you have a special sensitivity to things that don't bother us? Should we accept it because you say it's so? I don't deny you suffer but I see no reason to think your intuition trumps the science. There could be many things that cause your suffering.
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