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How I Live With Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity

I first became aware of my sensitivity to electromagnetic fields while I was shopping for school supplies for my oldest daughter.

High power electrical wires emit electromagnetic energy.

High power electrical wires emit electromagnetic energy.

What Are Electromagnetic Fields?

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) or electromagnetic radiation (EMR) are created by electric power charges. There are two types of fields:

  1. Extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields from electronic appliances, computers, fluorescent lighting, and power lines.
  2. Radiofrequency radiation (RF) from wireless devices such as cell phones, cordless phones, cellular antennas, transformers, and broadcast transmission towers.

Scientists refer to clean electricity as electromagnetic currents with a wave flow of 60 times a second. Scientists refer to dirty/stray electricity as electromagnetic currents that flow in the 4 to 100 kilohertz frequency range. This indeterminate range contaminates the electrical supply, hence the reason they call it dirty electricity. Dirty electricity runs along the ground, entering the home and office building through grounded water pipes.

What is Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity?

The human body is a highly sophisticated bio-electric machine. Each cell in the body contains positive and negatively charged elements, operating optimally on its own. EMFs disrupt this normal balance by sending electrical impulses through the body, causing dysfunction in the cells.

Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity is also known as electrohypersensitivity, or EHS. According to the World Health organization, EHS is:

“… a phenomenon where individuals experience adverse health effects while in the vicinity of devices emanating electric, magnetic, or electromagnetic fields.”

Electromagnetic fields are all around us, and while we cannot escape from electromagnetic fields, we can do things to overcome the effects. In order to combat the negative effects of EMFs, it is helpful to have a general knowledge of who EMFs affect and what EMFs are.

At least 9.8 million people in America suffer from sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation.

Levallois 2002 –

Who is Affected by Electromagnetic Fields?

Everyone is affected by electromagnetic fields (EMF) to some degree. EMFs penetrate every cell in the body. Most people do not feel the electrical pulses emanated from electronics, however some people are highly sensitive and are afflicted with physical and psychological adversities.

According to the Canadian Initiative to Stop Wireless, Electronic, and Electromagnetic Pollution (WEEP), 3% of the population are severely afflicted with EHS and another 35% experience moderate symptoms.

Everyone is exposed to cell phones, wireless networks, electric appliances, power lines, etc. Generally, these radio waves are harmless to the average person, however people who are sensitive to electromagnetic waves have problems.

The difference in who will and who won't be sensitive to electromagnetic fields has to do with the way a person's brain processes the electromagnetic signals.

Symptoms of EHS Can be Mild to Severe

There are many symptoms associated with EHS.

There are many symptoms associated with EHS.

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What Are the Symptoms of EHS?

People who suffer from EHS tend to have an impaired immune system which can lead to chronic illnesses such as thyroid dysfunction, liver dysfunction, and chronic inflammatory discomforts. Also, because this condition elevates the blood sugar, they can develop a condition called brittle diabetes. Brain wave modification also causes serious psychological abnormalities and deficiencies.

The symptoms of EHS can range from mild to debilitating. If you wake up tired and go throughout the day feeling lethargic and out of sorts, consider that you may be suffering from EHS. One of the first things you should do is take a look around your sleeping environment and take notice of things that emit electricity. If you sleep with the alarm clock near your head, if you have a lamp plugged in at your bedside, if you have a television in your bedroom, you may need to unplug or remove these items. Later, I provide a list of more things you can do to eliminate or moderate EMFs.

The chart below shows many symptoms that are sometimes attributed to EHS. The list includes symptoms under the following headings: Neurological, Cardiac, Respiratory, Dermatological, Ophthalmologic, Other Symptoms, and Serious Symptoms. You may need to slide the tab at the bottom of the chart to see all of the headings.

Symptoms of Electrohypersensitivity

This table is generated from information by The Canadian Initiative to Stop Wireless, Electric, and Electromagnetic Pollution (WEEP)

NeurologicalCardiacRespiratoryDermatologicalOphthalmologicOther SymptomsSerious Symptoms

Altered Reflexes





Abdominal Pain



Low or High Blood Pressure


Facial Flushing





Pain or Pressure in the Chest



Pain or Burning in the Eyes

Altered Sugar Metabolism


Difficulty Concentrating



Skin Rash

Pressure In or Behind the Eyes




Shortness of Breath



Vision Deterioration

Deteriorating Fillings



Slow or Fast Heart Rate




Digestive Problems







Dryness of Lips, Tongue, Mouth, and/or Eyes


"Flu-Like" Symptoms





Enlarged Thyroid







Frequent Urination and Incontinence







Hair Loss














Immune Abnormalities


Leg/Foot Pain





Impared Sense of Smell


Memory Loss





Internal Bleeding


Muscle Spasms





Loss of Appetite







Night Sweats














Redistribution of Metals Within the Body







Ringing in the Ears







Swollen Lymph Nodes







Testicular/Ovarian Pain







Tooth Pain









How to Live With EHS

The most obvious solution for the person affected by EHS is for the person to move away from the electrical source that is affecting them. As soon as the person moves away from the area, the symptoms disappear. But, as soon as the person moves back toward the source, the symptoms quickly re-appear.

The following list is not all-inclusive, but lists some common tips that can help eliminate or manage contact with EMFs:

Cell Phone an EMF Culprit

Cell phones emit EMFs.

Cell phones emit EMFs.

Lights Off

Turn off electrical devices.

Turn off electrical devices.

  1. Get Rid of Wireless Contraptions – This includes cell phones, wireless internet, wireless mouse, Bluetooth, baby monitors, anything that emits radiofrequency radiation (RF). Replace these gadgets with hard wire options, for instance, instead of using the cell phone, use the corded, land line. And, using the speaker phone adds even more protection from RFs.
  2. Get Away From Electromagnetic Fields – Things like the refrigerator, clock radios, televisions, electric blankets, power outlets, using an electrical toothbrush, or electrical shaver can be detrimental. Do not place your laptop computer on your lap because it emits electromagnetic fields. If you sleep close to, or with these things, your sleep may be disturbed. You must unplug these things. Simply turning them off is not enough, because electrical currents still flow through them even though they are turned off. Some other things you should not use or at least turn them off when not in use are the furnace, air conditioner, hair dryers, sewing machines, printers, copiers, fax machines, basically anything that uses electricity. When possible, you can lessen the effects of electromagnetic energy by using batteries in electronic equipment.
  3. Get Rid of Flourescent Lighting – Replace flourescent light bulbs with incandescent bulbs.
  4. Get Rid of Metal in Your Environment – As much as possible, consider the metal in your bed springs, belt buckles, shoe straps, eyeglasses, metal clasps in jewelry, anything that is made of metal has the potential to transmit and reflect electricity and electromagnetic radiation.
  5. Do not Sit or Stand Between a Transmitter and Receiver - Your cordless phone and phone base constantly transmit and receive. Because of this, holding the phone against your head is not a good idea. It would be better to put the phone on the base and use the speaker aspect of the phone. When the phone is not on the base, do not sit or stand between the phone and the base. Another household scene to avoid is sitting or standing between the modem for your wireless television and the television. If possible, position the modem where the energy force does not have to go through you to get to the television.
  6. Use a Flat Screen for TVs and Monitors - Flat screen TVs and monitors use more electricity to operate, however they emit a lower level of EMFs.
  7. In Your Car, Sit as Far Away as Possible From the Electrical Components – Turn off the radio, don't turn on the air conditioning, don’t use the GPS device.
  8. Install EMF/EMR Filters and Capacitors – These filters harmonize the electromagnetic frequency and electromagnetic interface (EMI) on the wiring in your home.
  9. Use Grounding Rods Near the Meter - This eliminates EMFs emanating from water pipes due to electrical grounding (dirty electricity).
  10. Wear Protective Clothes – Some people have found that wearing leather jackets and shoes help. Also, rubber gloves and shoes are helpful.

Use Batteries When Possible

Whenever possible, use batteries instead of plugging a device into the wall socket.

Whenever possible, use batteries instead of plugging a device into the wall socket.

Overcoming Electromagnetic Sensitivity

I first became aware of my sensitivity to electromagnetic fields while I was shopping for school supplies for my oldest daughter. Throughout the years, I had noticed that I often became ill whenever I went near the electronics section of the store. I would become so ill that I would have to leave without purchasing everything I needed. One day, my daughter, who was six years of age at the time, said to me, "Mom, you always get sick when you see the TVs." It dawned on me that she was right. I started analyzing other events in my life when I would become ill for no apparent reason. Many events, including typing on my computer would leave me too ill to work.

My husband understands and goes to great lengths to accommodate my sensitivity. He wires my office so that electrical currents are nowhere near me. My computer monitor sits at least two feet away from me and I never, ever place my laptop on my lap. As much as is practical, I unplug things when they are not being used.

I rarely go shopping anymore. The abundance of surveillance equipment housed inside buildings and throughout the parking lot render me useless. All the stores have doors that automatically open. This is great for hands-free entrance and exiting, but shoppers are bombarded with microwave radio waves. This is not a problem for most people, but for people like me who are sensitive to EMFs, it can be felt and it can be harmful.

My home is a safe place. It allows my body to heal enough so that I can withstand the occasional encounter with electromagnetic fields.

For most people, the levels of electromagnetic fields emitted into the environment are unnoticeable. But, if you or someone you know is sensitive to electromagnetic fields, just know that the effects of sensitivity can be overcome. It takes putting some thought behind your lifestyle in relation to the EMFs.

Video on Electrosensitivity

The video is 6:49 in length and describes the issue of portable phones and microwave radiation, both forms of electrical impulses that affect electrosensitivity.

Digital Portable Phones and Microwave Radiation on Electrosensitive

Electromagnetic Field Sensitivity Disclaimer

The author is not a medical doctor and makes no medical claims whatsoever with regard to treatment and procedures involved with overcoming the symptoms of electromagnetic field sensitivity or electrohypersensitivity (EHS). Anyone with concerns about electromagnetic field sensitivity or EHS should seek examination from a medical adviser to identify the underlying cause of symptoms that mimic reactions similar to sensitivity. Afterwards, a clearer determination can be made as to whether symptoms are caused by a medical illness or if they are caused by electromagnetic fields.

Resources and Additional Information

World Health Organization explains what Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) are and the biological and health effects of EMFs.

Wireless, Electric, and Electromagnetic Pollution (WEEP) is a Canadian initiative to stop wireless, electric, and electromagnetic pollution. A lot of information about EMFs can be found at their website, along with help in living with sensitivity to EMFs.

MCS America is an organization dedicated to lobbying for and providing information to people who are affected by multiple chemical sensitivity. This includes EMFs, as well.

Levallois, P; R Neutra, G Lee, L Hristova (August 2002). “Study of self-reported hypersensitivity to electromagnetic fields in California”. Environ Health Perspect 110 (Suppl 4): 619–23. PMID 12194896.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 31, 2016:

Hello jonnycomelately... EXACTLY! Who do you think showed me where to go to get the information? My client! First, I'm not going to question my client to the extent that you suggest. Besides, I'm not an expert. How would I know the level to which he should be tested? All I know is that I trust him and the knowledge that he shares with me.

But, what is most important here is that you are missing the premise. The premise is that, at first, I did not know what I was experiencing. All I knew was that every time I was in certain arenas, I was experiencing specific complications. I endured the suffering for years until my young daughter pointed it out to me. Every time I would enter the electronics department of a facility, I would become nauseous to the point where I would have to leave. I did not automatically attribute it to EMF's.

Through suggestions from friends, experts, and research, I came to realize that exposure to electronics might be the problem. Sure enough, it IS the problem. Even being on my computer is a problem unless I set up the environment properly.

I respect that you are doubtful. The truth about life is that none of us knows everything there is to know in the universe. Please respect that I am not lying about my experience. To me it is real and I went to experts for answers.

I hear what you are saying and I understand what you are saying. At the same time, I know what I am experiencing and no matter what you say, you cannot take that experience away from me by saying it is all in my head. That's just you being disrespectful. And, by you being disrespectful, your words are beginning to carry less value.

I would like to end on a positive note to say that you are entitled to your opinion. I will give you that. At the same time, I am entitled to my experience. Please give me that.

In writing this hub, I relied on people I know and trust to help me understand my plight and to help me get through this ordeal. They may be right and they may be wrong. Nevertheless, I trust their consultation. Right or wrong, we all have opinions. It is a free world. Say what you want to say. I know what I know and what I know leans toward the information I shared here in this hub. I stand by everything I have said. If you disagree, then so be it. This is America. You are entitled to do so.

jonnycomelately on August 31, 2016:

Hi Marlene. You have quoted from MCSA. Can you honestly, totally accept information from that organisation, when it's proclaimed mission is so concentrated in its agenda? It's totally biased.

Have you asked your electrician if a full knowledge and understanding of electromagnetic radiation was an integral part of his training as an electrician?

All I am doing is showing you there might be a real cause for doubt. Your worries about perceived dangers from selected EMF frequencies might be unfounded.

There are studies which hint at possible psychological influences in people who claim to be oversensitive. How common might this be in the United States?

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 30, 2016:

Thank you for your input, jonnycomelately. I see your compassion for this subject. A client of mine is an electrician and he has verified and confirmed all of the statements that have been made in this hub.

jonnycomelately on August 30, 2016:

As an example of doubtful statements, this paragraph at the beginning of this Hub is not at all authorative:

"Scientists refer to clean electricity as electromagnetic currents with a wave flow of 60 times a second. Scientists refer to dirty/stray electricity as electromagnetic currents that flow in the 4 to 100 kilohertz frequency range. This indeterminate range contaminates the electrical supply, hence the reason they call it dirty electricity. Dirty electricity runs along the ground, entering the home and office building through grounded water pipes."

I have never heard of that description applied to "dirty electricity." It can be applied when electricity has been produced using a "dirty" or non-sustainable fuel such as coal.

And if there is any electrical current "running into the house via grounded water pipes," get an electrician to check it out immediately. You are in danger of being electrocuted. But the frequency of that current, if it's from you mains, is only 60Hz, which you have been subjected to your whole life....and fortunately you are still alive!

The frequency from those towers and high tension power lines is also the same as in your house: 60Hz.

The magnetic flux between those power lines and the ground is also at 60Hz.

The intensity of that magnetic flux is proportional to the current in the wires, NOT the voltage (or kilovoltage).

So, I suggest you stop worrying about it, unless that worry is something you enjoy.

jonnycomelately on August 30, 2016:

Tech, I am not claiming to be an "expert." Merely showing that possessing other information it's possible to have other perceptions.

It seems to be tied up with what any person wants to believe, feels comfortable in believing, is "able to get their head around."

I appreciate what you and Marlene are saying, i.e., some - repeat SOME - individuals might be susceptible to SOME types of electromagnetic influences other than light and infra-red. Yes, various treatments involve some other EMFs such as radio-frequencies, micro-waves at the lower end of the spectrum and UV/X-Ray/Gamma at the upper end. Yes, there are some unscrupulous individuals and organisations around the world who abuse these radiations for greedy purpose.

However, most people involved in medicine are genuinely concerned with the welfare of their patient/client.

If you find it your preference to doubt the opinions of "experts," yet accept the opinions of skeptical, non-expert theorists, that is your freedom.

One final point I would offer you here: "Radiation" is not a substance, it is not a "thing."

Radiation describes the direction in which a transfer of energy is taking place. We cannot measure radiation, because it has no substance. However, we can measure the effect of that energy which is being transferred when it is absorbed by a physical substance.

The general populous gets hold of terms when they are used in the mass media. Many people have none, or very little, background of understanding the information which comes over the Internet. The terms used give no in-depth understanding. Concepts get distorted, passed from person to person, used/abused by people with ulterior motives.

Fear is brought into the equation. Fear itself breeds further beliefs. "Truth" is bandied about, dressed up in emotional language. Ultimately who do we (you and I) accept as "telling the truth?"

I will leave all these questions with you now. Nothing I say will convince you one way or the other, I suspect. It matters not to me, because all of my opinion might prove to be wrong.

So be it.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 30, 2016:

Hello TechWzrd. Thank you very much for your feedback. Your words are very comforting. I definitely do feel the effects of electromagnetic currents. People who aren't affected act like it is all in my mind. But, I know otherwise. Thank you for sharing your experience, technical knowledge, and candid feelings about EMF's.

TechWzrd on August 28, 2016:

Thank you for posting this Marlene. While I'm not a medical expert nor do I claim expertise in an area I clearly do not fully understand (jonnycomelately), I have worked in electronics engineering and repair for over 30 years and can personally confirm your assessments. A bio-electric system such as the human body can and is affected by EMI in it's environment. How does a defibrillator or a stun gun work? It disrupts your internal electric system. Electromagnetic "smog" has the exact same effect on a much subtler level, so subtle that some do not even perceive it until a serious condition becomes physically evident. We have all been fed the same story for decades from so-called "experts" (JCL you know who you are) that say, "radiation is safe", "cigarette smoke won't hurt you", "asbestos is safe", "this drug has been tested and is perfectly safe", thousands of examples of these lies exist and continue to pervade our lives, where are the real "fear-mongers" now? Pretending they don't exist and pointing the blame elsewhere. My wife and I both have similar experiences to yours, long before reading this information and can confirm your findings. Thank you again for the excellent article. Countries outside the U.S. where there is less fear by the profiteers that the truth will damage their bottom line and choose to work for human longevity vs quick profits have openly echoed your information, schools in the UK have banned WiFi in their learning environments due to multiple studies proving it interferes with thought processes. It's too bad U.S. businesses find it more important to accumulate worthless paper while selling false medications and treatments while denying the simple truth staring us in the face. I challenge jonnycomelately to read his cell phone manual warning include in the first few pages of the users guide (more reading in general may be a good idea as well) that states due to EM radiation emitted by the device it is recommended the it remain at least 1 inch away from your body. Thanks again and be well.

jonnycomelately on December 17, 2015:

Sorry to have been so pedantic. I have a background of many years in medical radiography. My understanding and working knowledge of "radiation" and EMFs allows me to observe misconceptions where others don't.

Anything that can't be seen or felt, anything which has some kind of mystique about, seems to appeal to fear-mongers.

I am not for one moment saying you "should" believe this or reject that. It's your choice. I can only point in the direction of other possible explanations for the symptoms you describe.

As one example of such fear-mongering, we often hear people worrying about the perceived dangers of microwave radiation from mobile phone use. Yet the same people seem to fully accept the very real dangers of using their cell phone while driving a motor vehicle - but do it anyway! Getting the risks into perspective seems to be the difficulty.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on December 17, 2015:

No. To be perfectly honest, jonnycomelately, I was not very aware of it until my children started mentioning how ill I would be during certain specific events. Then, I started looking into it.

To be more honest, I'm not going to go around and around about this issue with you. I value your opinion, but I'm not going to let anyone beat me up about it.

Just because you are not affected by it does not mean it doesn't exist. That's all I'm going to say about it right now.

jonnycomelately on December 17, 2015:

And you don't think it could be "all in the mind," Marlene?

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on December 17, 2015:

Hello RTalloni. Thank you for your comment. Definitely, I am glad that my husband was able to understand how I was suffering and was able to re-wire everything so that I would be less affected by electromagnetics.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on December 17, 2015:

Hello Kristen Howe. Thank you for your comments. It took a while to figure it out, but now that I know what was causing my issues, I can now do what it takes to avoid the affects of electromagnetics.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on December 17, 2015:

Hello ChitrangadaSharan, thank you for your feedback. It has been a condition that has affected me for many years. The good news is that I am aware of it and now I know how to deal with it.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on December 17, 2015:

Hi jonnycomelately. That's fine if you feel the way you do about electromagnetic sensitivity. Not everyone is affected. I am, so it is definitely a real condition for me.

RTalloni on December 17, 2015:

Such interesting food for thought. I've heard bits and pieces on this topic but this is a great springboard. So glad you've determined the issues you face and that your husband was able to make your home a safe environment. Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this informative post.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 17, 2015:

Marlene, congrats on HOTD! This was an interesting hub on EMFS and how to deal with it and how to prevent getting it, too. More importantly, how you dealt with it, since it happened to you. Thanks for sharing your tips and story with it as well.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2015:

Congratulations for HOTD!

Very informative and well written hub. I learnt a lot more on this topic after reading and thanks for the education. It is a matter of concern for people who are sensitive to electromagnetic fields. Your suggestions to get away from the source of the problem as much as possible is right. Though for some people it is not an easy task and they have to suffer.

Thank you for sharing the information!

jonnycomelately on December 17, 2015:

Marlene, I see your hub here as a scare-mongering statement of your beliefs, and nothing to do with factual information.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on May 20, 2015:

Hi colorfulone. Being a sufferer of this condition, I certainly do identify with people who are in situations where they just can't escape the discomfort of EMFs. At times, it can be debilitating.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on May 20, 2015:

I learned a lot more on this topic after reading your article, Marlene. I sure do feel for people who are sensitive to electromagnetic fields. Your advice is solid, get away from the sources of the problems as much as possible. For some people that is not an easy task and they have to endure suffer symptoms.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on September 02, 2014:

Hi Pawpawwrites! You are so right. Today's, digital world makes it really difficult to deal with this dilemma. I'm just glad I was able to identify the problem in order to deal with it effectively.

Jim from Kansas on September 02, 2014:

That would be a rough problem to have in today's world. Interesting, didn't realize there were that many people who suffered from it.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on September 01, 2014:

I agree with you, DealForALiving. I use my cell phone as little as possible. Also, I prefer to use the phone on "speaker" rather than holding the phone to my ear. I believe every little bit helps. By the way, thank you for reading and for your feedback.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on September 01, 2014:

Hi The Examiner-1. It took a while to finally figure it all out, but now that I know what was causing my discomfort, I know what to do about it. Thank you so much for reading and for your feedback.

The Examiner-1 on September 01, 2014:

This Hub was very interesting Marlene. At the moment I am not affected by any of those but it is useful to know if I ever am. Thank you. I voted this up, shared and pinned it.


Nick Deal from Earth on September 01, 2014:

It's very important to take a holiday from one's phone every now and then because of what the latest research shows regarding EMF effects on the human body and brain.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 25, 2014:

Hello MJ Martin. It should make a big difference when you move electrical components away from your environment. It did for me. Thank you for your feedback.

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on August 25, 2014:

Wow, I can relate to so many of the symptoms you've listed. According to your hub I have way more electrical stuff around me than is safe. Getting up right now to go shut some lights off, and rearrange some things. Gotta share this, thanks.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on August 03, 2013:

Hi Natashalh, It's worth investigating. Like you, I could tell when people turned on the TV. Thanks to my husband who set up the house so that I am not affected by electromagnetic pulses, I feel better when I am at home. Going out is not as traumatic to my system because I'm healthier as a whole and have the ability to tolerate EMFs enough to be able to recover once I get home.

Natasha from Hawaii on August 02, 2013:

Huh. I wonder if I'm sensitive to this...I dunno. I always just thought it was my hearing, but I can tell when old style televisions are on, even from outside a building, and I can sometimes hear fluorescent lights/they make me feel funny. My mom thought I was making up hearing TVs for years! I really enjoy that most people have converted over to flat screens - it makes my life much more comfortable. Very interesting hub!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on March 06, 2013:

Hello Brett, yes I imagine when most people describe their symptoms to the doctor, the doctor just pooh-poohs the notion. But, when people start looking at their surroundings and health issues, the sensitivity is something worth considering.

Brett C from Asia on March 05, 2013:

This was very interesting. Something that is hard to diagnose and to live with, but possibly quite common.

Shared, up, interesting, pinned and tweeted.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 28, 2013:

Hi sparkster, while the population of people who suffer is small, it is serious enough for us that it makes our lives miserable. That's the short-term effect. For people who are sensitive, the long-term effects are the complications shown in the chart. Prolonged exposure can lead to death. As for people who are not sensitive, whether or not they feel it, they are being affected by RMFs. They just don't know it.

Marc Hubs from United Kingdom on February 28, 2013:

What a great article, lots of information on this topic. I knew that electromagnetism has effects on health but I really didn't know they could be this adverse. Additionally, I didn't know that there are certain people who suffer from electromagnetic sensitivity. I'm wondering about the long-term consequences of our technological advancement.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 27, 2013:

Hi Maralexa. I think it comes down to the big buck. Money has greater power. Forget about how these microwave towers are hurting people. If generating power generates money, then that's the way they go.

Marilyn Alexander from Vancouver, Canada on February 27, 2013:

This is such an interesting and important hub, Marlene. Thank you so much for researching this topic and writing this excellent article. I did quite a bit of research myself because I used to live across the street from a powerful radio transmitter station. Now I live in a large complex that has microwave towers on the roof! It is so discouraging that the "authorities" don't have even this much information or won't/can't do anything about these dangers. Gee, I wonder which it is.

Again, thanks so much. Good to hear you are looked after in your home. Voted up useful, interesting and awesome.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 26, 2013:

Hi Arlene, it is good to see you here. Yeah, electromagnetic fields are really something to consider, especially if you are sensitive to them. For years, I did not have a keen awareness of them. All I knew was that whenever anyone turned the TV on in the house, no matter where I was, I could sense it. And, I have never been able to sleep with an electric blanket. I never knew why, but I learned later in life that it was because of the current flowing through it. Even after doing research for this hub, I learned a lot more and I am very fortunate to have a husband who gets it and has completely rewired the house so that I am not in the least bit affected while I am at home. At least, I get a little buffer from EMFs while I am in the house. Outside is a whole other story.

Arlene V. Poma on February 26, 2013:

This is all new to me. I always found power lines in neighborhoods very unattractive, but now I have more factors to consider--other than looks. I live close to the railroads, and I was told years ago that the incidence of cancer was very high. At least, if you happened to live where the railroads came together. Lots of helpful information here, Marlene. Thanks!

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 25, 2013:

Hello alocsin, actually that's exactly what I did - moved to the middle of the country. But, even that comes with some challenges. Well water (yuk), wild animals, isolation, and farmers who fertilize at 3 a.m. We give up one struggle just to get another. Oh well, that's life.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 24, 2013:

I didn't know such a condition existed. I imagine it would be an especially difficult one in the modern world. Moving someplace more rural may help. Voting this Up and Useful.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 23, 2013:

Hi drmiddlebrook. You are smart about the surge protectors. And, thank you for your compliment. I do hope it is helpful to people who are sensitive. You are right about all of this wireless technology. It's wreaking havoc on people's internal systems.

Sallie B Middlebrook PhD from Texas, USA on February 23, 2013:

This is an important and interesting article. I believe that more people will soon begin to recognize "symptoms" of this sensitivity. I've been aware of this for a long time and I know that as we become more and more dependent on wireless technology, the problems of those who are hypersensitive are likely to increase. I use surge protectors in my home for just about everything that I plug in, and I believe doing this helps. Well done, MarleneB.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 21, 2013:

Hi prasetio30. I suffered for years before getting it all sorted out. It doesn't affect most people, but it is worth checking into for people who seem to get sick for no reason. Now that I'm following the tips listed, I no longer feel the effects so long as I am at home. Thank you for reading and for leaving a comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 21, 2013:

Very informative hub. I had never heard about this before reading your hub. Thanks for teaching us something new and we should know about this. You have done a great job by share this hub with others. Voted up and take care!


Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 20, 2013:

Thank you - Mhatter99 and Rajan - for reading and leaving a comment. Most people don't notice electromagnetic energy flowing through their body. But, people who are sensitive feel it right away.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 20, 2013:

Very interesting. Though I knew electromagnetic radiation was not good for health, learning that there can be an immediate effect, on people who have EHS, is new to me.

Thanks for sharing this.

Voted up and interesting.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on February 20, 2013:

Great information. Very interesting. Thank you for this.

Marlene Bertrand (author) from USA on February 19, 2013:

Hi billybuc, and I remember living on one of the army bases. There was a tower right in the middle of the playground. We could run around it, but we were taught not to touch it, and we didn't. Then, in the 90's there was this mad movement against power lines. A friend had a home with the power lines running across her back yard. She couldn't sell that house for any price. She still lives there today, but the electric companies have convinced people that it's nothing to worry about.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 19, 2013:

That was really interesting and it all makes good sense. For my first five years we had a power plant right across the street. I remember listening to it hum in the middle of the night. Logic would dictate that there had to be something dangerous about it, right, but nobody ever thought of stuff like that back in the 50's.

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