Is Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity a Real Concern?

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As we’re surrounded by sources of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) — cell towers, mobile phones, computers — and with the addition of 5G technology, some people remain uneasy and sceptical about their health safety. 

All these ongoing and forthcoming innovations in tech, it’s expected to have different public perceptions. There’s even a term for fear or avoidance of new technologies: technophobia. Which might be one of the causes of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). 

What is Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity?

Some people have reported that they experience headaches, body pain, lethargy and anxiety near Wi-Fi routers and other sources of electromagnetic radiation. They have also reported dermatological symptoms like redness, tingling and burning sensations. Surveys yield high estimates of EHS sufferers, especially in Sweden, Germany and Denmark. 

As stated on the website of the World Health Organisation (WHO), some of these individuals are so severely affected that they have to change their entire lifestyles. Some people who have EHS have their internet wired on their devices, abandoning wireless internet even in Airbnbs where they can unplug the router. 

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Also known as Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance, EHS has been studied with blind provocation studies. This means telling subjects that they were within the presence of electromagnetic fields when they weren’t. They then believed that they felt the negative symptoms even without EMR. They were also told the opposite, that they weren’t within EMR and they said that they didn’t feel any symptoms. 

In this situation, the nocebo effect explains the results. The Nocebo effect, the counterpart of the placebo effect, happens when a person says they feel something bad because they were told that they were exposed to something that will make them feel bad or sick. 

Treating Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

Although there is no evidence that electromagnetic radiation causes EHS symptoms, patients can go through cognitive behavioural therapy. They can also examine other probable causes of their symptoms such as air quality at home or lack of sleep. Porch also shared some helpful tips on limiting EMF and radon exposure at home and at work.


Maël Dieudonné, a French sociologist who’s been studying EHS says: “Saying EHS is not real should not mean that EHS persons are not sick. I want to be very specific on this. They are sick in a way that resists medical reductionism — in a way that fails to be demonstratively ‘real’ in the current medical framework. But the suffering is real, the predicament is real and it must be addressed seriously.”

Radiation Monitoring in Telecom

As companies build more cell towers, radiation exposure is an expected concern within communities. Consultation with residents and safety assurance is essential. 

With years of experience in radiation protection, safety management and IT, the SensaWeb team aims to make positive changes in the community. We have developed a technology that allows enterprises to easily detect and interdict radioactive materials. The SensaWeb solution automatically captures radiation measures continuously, requiring no input from end-users. Our system also automatically generates reports required by the government regulatory authorities. 

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